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Trump fires Comey 

So I’m sitting in the dentist’s chair waiting for my gum to numb so I can be fitted for a crown (Cha-Ching!!) when CNN notified me that James Comey has been fired for misstatements he made about Clinton’s email. Notice how clever it is that it’s all still Clinton’s fault for having email or whatever?  

The Washington Post unpacks the bullshit: 

Officials said Comey was fired because senior Justice Department officials concluded he had violated Justice Department principles and procedures by publicly discussing the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email. Just last week, President Trump publicly accused Comey of giving Clinton “a free pass for many bad deeds’’ when he decided not to recommend criminal charges in the case.

Officials released a Tuesday memo from the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, laying out the rationale behind Comey’s dismissal.

“The FBI’s reputation and credibility have suffered substantial damage, and it has affected the entire Department of Justice,’’ Rosenstein wrote. “I cannot defend the director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken. Almost everyone agrees that the director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.’’

In a letter to Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he agreed.
“I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI,’’ Sessions wrote. “I must recommend that you remove Director James B. Comey, Jr. and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.’’

oh, please.

They just want to see how many news organizations are willing to chase Clinton’s emails to keep from looking at what it is Trump qnd Sessions are trying to do.

What are they trying to do? Will the media fall for it? Will Trump accuse them of fakery if they dont?

Speculate away while I expectorate.

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22 Responses

  1. I think that you are reading the situation correctly. It is a way of distracting from Sally Yates’s testimony yesterday regarding Flynn and the ties to Russia.

    Comey developed a reputation for probity especially during the Bush 43 administration was John Ashcroft was recovering from surgery. That probity was questioned with the announcement of the e-mails in late October and the investigation into the Russian ties of the Trump administration.

    Comey’s firing may also be a way to delay investigation into Russian hacking of the election.

  2. It was very weird what Comey said about Abedin’s emails on Weiner’s laptop in the hearing two (?) days ago — he said hundreds and thousands and many classified. All false. I saw the clip of it and thought he was being melodramatic. Why did he do that?

    If you follow Claude Taylor (and believe him), you get a sense of what was going on with the Trump-Russia investigation, 3 grand juries, sealed indictments and such. He could not fire Sally Yates a second time and this was his second option to create chaos and for revenge.

  3. I was think of this. We should be prepared to fight this if it happens.

  4. I thought Comey should be fired because he stole the election from Hillary.

  5. Meh, Claude Taylor has been tweeting about the Grand Juries for over a week now. CNN catches up. Also Comey was seen at EDVA yesterday or the day before. Sally Yates hearing, Comey at EDVA are what caused Trump’s actions today.

  6. Well for some laughs while we cry …

  7. Claude Taylor was right about GJ and he may be right about this too (people give him a hard time but I think Claude has good sources).

    • Yeah, it looks like Trump was hoping to slow things down by firing Comey but it’s not going to work. The indictments are coming soon I would guess.

  8. I’m thinking, after the Comey firing a major march on the White House should be forthcoming. And my big concern is if voter anger isn’t structured, and actions against Trump are not swift, we not only return to like- Watergate politics but the riots and civil unrest that were a result.

  9. For so many reasons…

    • A very appropriate choice Riverdaughter.

      The New York Times (NYT) reported yesterday that the firing of Comey came after Comey requested additional funds to investigate the Trump connection to Russia.

      And then in the NYT Daily Briefing, was a photograph of the meeting between Trump and the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in the Oval Office. The photograph was taken by TASS since no US news outlets were allowed to photograph the meeting. (I was tempted to put the last sentence into all capital letters for emphasis, but I understand the convention that it is considered “shouting.”)

      If Trump were to be impeached, the line of succession would be followed. I’m not a lawyer, but I wonder if a case could be made that Pence should not be allowed to benefit from Trump’s malfeasance and that he should have been aware of what was going on.

      And I also wonder whether Hillary would have cause to say that she is the rightful winner once more is know about all this.

  10. If the traitor had a rose garden party to celebrate their monstrous AHCA, Putin sent his guy to celebrate firing of Comey, in the Oval office yesterday. Trump said FU to American people and hosted him with pictures from the Russians after barring his own media/photog. How can any of this be acceptable? How did the Russian know to send his guy coinciding with Comey’s firing? Putin is laughing at us seeing how difficult it is for us to remove a president that is mentally ill, incompetent, and has let in foreign agents into his realm. If this does not enrage people, I don’t know what will.

    • I blame the Trump Chumps to some degree for this situation–and, to a lesser extent, the third-party chumps–but even more so, I blame all the voluntary non-voters who just couldn’t be bothered to get out and vote to keep a sick joke of a candidate out of the Oval Office because the other major candidate wasn’t as pure as a unicorn pony (never mind that much of that “impurity” was an illusion, resulting from what is perhaps the best-funded smear campaign in human history).

      I can’t call it the most successful smear campaign, however–Bill did win twice in spite of it, and Hill actually won the popular vote.

      I use the term “voluntary” to distinguish these idiots from the responsible citizens who actually did want to vote, but were prevented from doing so by GOP dirty tricks and/or other factors beyond their control.

      And yes, we need to fix our system. Putin (a collective term here and hereafter, for Putin himself and his subordinates) found a weak spot. The GOP Establishment (GOPe hereafter) set up the voter-suppression systems and propaganda networks, but the GOPe never meant for Trump (or Ted Cruz) to use them. The GOPe meant for Jeb! or Marco Rubio or John Kasich to use them. Putin found a way to hack the GOPe’s nominating system to get his stooge in there. Putin then found ways to hack the general election system, the media, and the less intelligent members of the USAmerican electorate, to get his stooge all the way to the top.

  11. Over at the once-estimable site of Ian Welsh (I now go there as an Internet version of “slumming”, rather like visiting the Freshwater Crustacean Pit), I find it amusing to read the local Trump Chumps.

    To use a metaphor from gridiron football, Team Trump won on a Hail Madoka pass on the last play of the game–a game characterized by questions of both the competence and honesty of the officials–but the fans of Team Trump strut and swagger as if their team won 77-0. 😉

    • I go to the New York Daily News as a form of “slumming,” but I also refer to it as “light reading.” 😉

  12. riverdaughter,
    The link to Alfie has put me on a Burt Bachrach and Hal David bent now.

    So I found this link. You might enjoy what the back up singers do at the end.

  13. OK laugh! Dammit… they are so adorable.

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