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WTAF, Jim??

James Comey gave an interview about his recent congressional testimony to Nicolle Wallace.

Every time I think Comey gets it, the neverending Hillary email issue and his own personal role in helping to elect the least scrupulous, dumbest, squishy orange peanut as president, he goes back to saying stupid shit. Take this for example:

“I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be,” Comey told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, “but they have to win. They have to win.”

Over the course of more than an hour, Comey repeatedly derided Trump’s character, again likening the atmosphere around the President to what he saw in prosecuting mafia figures and suggested that Trump’s tweets could eventually amount to witness tampering. Asked if Trump might be an unindicted co-conspirator in some of the crimes recently described by special counsel Robert Mueller, Comey said he didn’t know, “but if he’s not there, he’s certainly close.”

Still, Comey said he hoped that Trump would be swept out of office without being impeached. Framing the rise of Trumpism as a political ill the country needed to exorcise at the ballot, he expressed a hope that Americans would “in a landslide rid ourselves of this attack on our values.” 

Removal by impeachment would muddy that,” he said, and potentially leave a third of the country feeling like their chosen leader had been removed in a “coup.”

No, Jim, having an organized crime boss “elected” with the generous assistance of the Russians, THAT was a coup.

First, Cohen’s commission of two campaign finance crimes on the eve of the 2016 election for President of the United States struck a blow to one of the core goals of the federal campaign finance laws: transparency. While many Americans who desired a particular outcome to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks, or found any number of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows. He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs with Individual-1. In the process, Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the election.”

And those payments were likely just the tip of the iceberg, judging by the sealed documents and highly redacted memos. Just think of all the people who tried with all their might (including yours truly) who campaigned very hard in 2016 only to see Clinton’s lead diminish towards the election and then vanish altogether after your letter came out.
I think even you will have to agree by this time that Hillary Clinton would have made a *slightly* better President than Trump. You probably shouldn’t be telling Democrats what they have to do in 2020. We did it in 2016.
We have spent far, far too much time worrying about the feelings of people who voted for the losing candidate. Yes, Jim, Trump LOST by 3,000,000 votes. You could say that the Electoral College decides everything, in which case it failed spectacularly in its duty when it met to confirm him. But I am not particularly worried about the vast expanse of enraged rural voters from Ohio to Idaho. Seriously, Jim, they’ve exceeded their 15 minutes of fame. Their movement might have weakened on its own if Trump had lost, you even suggest as much going into 2020. We don’t need to hear about what they’re thinking over their pancakes and coffee at the local diner. We’ve heard it and find it shallow, short sighted and unconvincing.
What about the movement of the majority? We haven’t heard much from the rest of us who woke up on November 9, 2016, feeling terrified and despondent about our futures under Trump, McConnell and Ryan.
That was when the actual coup happened.
But in any case, we’re not talking about that. We are talking about holding Trump and his campaign responsible for their actions. And the only way we’re going to know what those actions were is if we investigate and see just how bad it was. If impeachment is warranted, can we really afford to wait until 2020 to vote him out? Let’s face it, Trump is unstable, incompetent and reckless, on top of his criminality. The Russians are sending troops to Crimea and the trade wars are making the markets unstable. This whole administration was a mistake that keeps unspooling all of our worst fears about Trump.
The coup ship has already sailed and there are far more of us who are livid about it than the dainty 1/3. That’s what all those women’s marches were about, Jim. Women. Remember them? The blue wave swept a bunch into office a few weeks ago? I’m beginning to think you have a real blind spot when it comes to the competence of women.
You can be sure we’re going to vote every one of the rogue Republicans out of office. But if we find out that guy at the top engaged in a conspiracy to nullify all the effort we put into canvassing and phone calling and envelope stuffing, we’re going to want his head.
I suggest you just stand aside and let us get on with it.
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  1. Excellent, RD, at expressing my Comey rage. I want a full disclosure about what really happened to him eleven days before the election which I think should be a complete disclosure of what was going on in the NYC FBI office. And again, why the intense Hillary hate.

    Both times, with Comey’s announcements, my immediate thought and question was who was he really working for? Or , maybe now the question is who was playing him. It seems his out-sized ego made him an easy pawn.

  2. “Removal by impeachment would muddy that,” he said, and potentially leave a third of the country feeling like their chosen leader had been removed in a “coup.”

    Well, if there is a CYA statement, this one tops it. He knows he is already being blamed for railroading a perfectly capable candidate’s chance and now he does not want to be associated with aiding the candidate who got impeached. Perfect CYA sentiment in that stupid statement. This guy is scared about his legacy.

  3. As I have said before, the GOP and even anti-trump Rs, want a soft landing from all the criminality they have been complicit in bringing about with trump. They want these 4 years to quietly go by without impeachment, without further damning revelations about trump and his many criminal enterprise so that they can save the party.

    • Unless there’s sufficient (and sufficiently damning) evidence to persuade 2/3 of the Republican-controlled Senate to convict, impeachment is pointless. I’m not saying we won’t end up with that sort of evidence when Mueller lays all his cards on the table, but we’re not there yet. I think impeaching Trump only to have him “exonerated” (note quotes) in the Senate would do more harm than good.

      My hunch is that conviction won’t be possible until after the 2020 election (when, one hopes, Democrats will regain control of the Senate). Since I sincerely hope Trump will be voted out of office in that same 2020 election, I think just prosecuting the hell out of him in Federal and State court will take care of him (as well as Don, Jr, Ivanka, and Jared).

      • evidence to persuade 2/3 of the Republican-controlled Senate to convict

        I have no hope for this crop of Rs that anything will persuade them. Given that the question becomes, does the House let him go scot-free? But that is not how it should work. In fact, putting forth this argument that the Rs won’t convict him, will exactly work in their favor and in favor of the criminal, not justice and rule of law.

      • I am not the only one who says mfer or fucker, 🙂 and they so deserve it.

      • Well, the Republicans used the impeachment of Bill Clinton to solidify their power base and drive their agenda forward along with building up majorities in both houses of Congress. I would suggest to the Democrats to investigate, charge and then impeach Trump regardless of what the Senate Republicans do. Put the onus on the Republicans to actually do something about their corrupt idiot. If the Democrats put all the information out to the public and the Senate doesn’t convict and the public doesn’t care then all is lost anyway because that will mean a big portion of US citizens are corrupt and don’t care about our Democracy or doing what is right. What I would hope happens is that people will understand that the Republicans are corrupt through and through and abandon their party.

  4. And he should be.

  5. Comey should have been fired by Loretta Lynch the minute he stepped away from the microphone after telling the American public 6 days before the election that he was re-starting his investigation into Hillary’s e-mails. Who the hell did he think he was breaking with protocol in such an extreme way which clearly could hurt the woman, while protecting the dickhead, trump.

    Comey does have a problem with powerful women when he obviously did not run his news conference by his boss, Lynch, before he went forward. If she were a man, I guarantee he would not have acted in such a reckless way. While he was going to break protocol why hasn’t he ever come up with a viable explanation for why he never mentioned trump being under investigation at the same time? Clearly the man is blind and tone deaf when it comes to powerful women by doing what he did. Was it a lame attempt to prove his “manhood” to the majority of men who are republicans and make up the FBI?

    He failed miserably and should never be taken seriously ever again. He should just shut up and go away. I can’t stand the man.

    • I feel exactly the same.

    • Comey is a fool and a disgrace. He got conned by someone, maybe even Fox News talking heads. He has an over inflated sense of self worth and he got to worrying about his “legacy” which made him the perfect dupe. Crimes were being committed all around, including by him and yet Hillary bore the brunt of the punishment for something they are all doing and have done. He was a dupe but he intentionally torpedoed Hillary’s Presidential bid thinking that he was only setting her up for impeachment and conviction based on a pack of lies. He was so stupid that he didn’t understand that the fix was in and that with his help stealing the election for a foreign government was in the cards. The irreparable harm this turnip did to the legitimacy of our government is astounding. But he isn’t the only person culpable in all of this as there are many people in the Obama administration and many people on the ground who did commit election fraud. I still can’t believe that Obama kept this guy on after all the crap he did the last couple of years of his administration or why on earth Obama had it in his head to appoint Republican’s who were working against his agenda. It is just mind numbingly stupid for a Democratic President to hire and employ people who are committed to blocking everything he wanted to do.

      • Gregory, I honestly believe Obama didn’t consider himself to be a “Democratic President.” He was after all the “one we have been waiting for,” children chanted his name and told their parents to vote for him, white people swooned, and the media fluffed him to a point that would have brought a mere mortal to orgasm. He got a Nobel for talking pretty, was portrayed as a Superman (he too saved planet earth) and IIRC was also considered the ultimate feminist. In short, he believed his own bull shit as did his supporters.

  6. Yes, well said! I see Comey as virtually a tragic character out of Shakespeare; a person who did the absolute wrong thing three times, but it so full of his own sense of infallible virtue, that he can’t see it, will never see it, and who keeps insisting that what he did was absolutely right and honorable. because of course he would never do anything else.. It is actually almost as upsetting to see him doing this continuing non-apology tour, while we and the world have to live through what he caused, than it was watching it happen.

    What Comey did was: 1) Announce that no prosecutor would see fit to bring a case against Hillary Clinton based on facts, and then spend 30 minutes on nationwide TV excoriating her lawful handling of emails. FBI is never supposed to add commentary to announcements of no prosecution, so Comey broke all precedent to do this. 2) Write a letter to Republicans in the House that “new emails were found, which might have a bearing on the case.” There were no new emails. Any duplication check device could have readily shown that. The FBI in NY had apparently held onto Weiner’s computer (which they probably had no right to; he was not sexting with anyone underage, that was made up), waiting for the most advantageous pro-Trump time to use it. Comey felt he had to inform the Clinton-hating Republicans in the House, and he had to know that they would release that information, in the most disadvantageous manner to Hillary, as they did. Then three days later, Comey announced that there were no new emails, they were duplicates; but of course it was far too late. 3) He decided that the public must not know that the FBI was investigating Russian interference in the election, on behalf of Trump. And he keeps saying that he didn’t want to interfere with the election, which of course he had markedly done in the first two instances. He said nothing about the bogus NYT headline about “FBI sees no clear ties to Russia,” which was patently untrue, and which came out on the same day as the letter he wrote about Hillary’s ‘new emails.” He seems to have thought that this headline was part of the master plan to not let anyone in the country know that they were investigating Trump

    Now, why did he do and not do all these things? The human psyche may ultimately be unfathomable; but I would suggest, as others have done, that like so many other major players, he was intimidated by the Far Right Congress, the Republican attack machine. He probably thought he would lose his job if he did it the other way; the Shakespearean irony is that he lost it anyway, to the same people. He couldn’t indict Hillary, but he gave the Right some raw meat through his excoriation of her. He though that if he did not write a letter to the Right Wing Congresspeople, the virulently anti-Hillary people in SDNY FBI would “leak” the false story about “new emails,” and that the Far Right Congress would destroy him for not alerting them. Also, history appears to show that Comey never liked the Clintons, was somehow infuriated that President Clinton pardoned Mark Rich. To this day, I do not know why FBI even investigated Hilary’s use of a private server; Colin Powell had done exactly the same thing. Why suddenly was this such a big deal? Because it was Hillary,and because some people had put pressure on FBI to launch this absurd one-year long investigation, because they could not beat her otherwise? Ultimately, Comey did immense unwarranted damage to Hillary, and apart from anything else in the campaign, absolutely cost her and us the election. To see him going around, having written a book; showing up on the TV shows, telling us how awful a President Trump is,and what we as Americans should do about it, is beyond infuriating, it is pathetically piteous, though obviously not to him, who will spend his life pronouncing his virtuousness to all who have the stomach to listen to it.

    • “[H]e was intimidated by the Far Right Congress, the Republican attack machine.”

      I don’t think that the guy who stood up to Bush, Cheney, Gonzales and Card on surveillance reauthorization when he was acting AG (while Ashcroft was hospitalized) was intimidated by the Republican attack machine. I think he made a bad judgement call.

      For those who don’t recall this incident: https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mueller-comey-ashcroft-domestic-surveillance-20170517-story.html

    • I see it more that he was manipulated and coerced by people from the right than being intimidated though the RW noise machine certainly could have influenced his actions. I think they used his so called “virtuousness” against him and played him like a violin. I hold the theory that he was trying to set Hillary up so that she’d get impeached. I have no evidence to back this up but I think he was trying to derail her presidency and didn’t realize that he’d actually be elevating Trump. He got fired for his trouble and now his legacy is in ashes as it should be. He is a villain. Not a Iago type villain because he is so damned stupid but rather an Othello type villain who got manipulated into doing something terrible. And make no mistake elevating Trump to President will result in a lot of people dying if it hasn’t already. We are so close to war and the nuclear arms race is getting restarted and we are doing nothing about climate change. Millions of lives if not billions of lives were on the line and Comey chose to screw everybody.

  7. Properties,

    If this was a “bad judgment call” then why didn’t he include trump during that press conference, who was also under investigation? If Hillary’s was the only person being investigated then maybe, maybe it could be viewed as bad judgement on his part. But he made a choice between the 2 ongoing investigations and he chose to unfairly focus on Hillary’s investigation (which had already wound down and nothing was found). By ignoring protocol that had been adhered to for decades, plus dissing his boss (a woman) he effectively destroyed Hillary’s chances, while inadvertently helping trump, with that press conference. I call that the same double standard applied daily to women by men every day. However, this particular double standard hurt men as well as women when he helped put trump in the WH.

    Now to add insult to injury, he’s too narcistic to admit he was wrong, which makes what he did to Hillary even worse, if that’s possible. I will never forgive him. We lost an extraordinary chance to have a great president that could have made the lives of all Americans better, instead of a nut case tearing us apart, all because of his ego and self-righteous attitude.

    He knows what he did was wrong and that’s why he’s going around giving interviews trying to make himself not only look and feel honorable but to assuage his guilt as well.

    Too much, too little, too late, Jim. Please go away.

    • And don’t forget that Weiner is a sexual deviant. It certainly was by design that they got his name in there and linked his with Hillary’s. It just blows my mind that people in the USA will not vote for a Democrat because they are godless, sexual predators but will actually vote for a Republican who is a pimp, a liar, a rapist or even a pedophile.

    • According to Comey’s statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017, Trump wasn’t personally under investigation at that point although people affiliated with his campaign (Page, Stone, Manafort, Don, Jr. etc.) were.

      Under normal circumstances, Comey shouldn’t have issued his original statement exonerating Clinton – that should have come from Lynch. I don’t know if Comey did this on his own initiative or if it was a mutually agreed upon attempt to silence speculation that Lynch suppressed the investigation as a result of her friendship with and visit from former President Clinton. In hindsight, the press conference was probably a bad idea and led directly to his later statement that the investigation had been reopened. If he’d just been silent all along things probably would have turned out better all around. No statement of any kind from anyone was going to silence the (Russo-Republican?) conspiracy noise machine at that point.

      Frankly, the meeting between Clinton and Lynch was pretty ill-advised. There’s no way that a private meeting between an ex-President whose spouse is under Federal investigation and the AG would go unnoticed. It may indeed have been perfectly innocent, but the optics are horrible. They both should have known better.

      I haven’t read any statements from Comey disparaging Lynch – can you point to a specific instance of him “dissing” her?

  8. Evidence of Russian meddling, so much for everyone to see, yet so not enough. What is wrong with people? Trump picked this woman to answer a question about Russian sanctions in 2015. How did he know to pick her from the crowd and say he won’t enforce sanctions? You all have seen that video.

    • This whole miasma of deceit, corruption and treachery is going to go down in history as the worst assault on American Democracy, perhaps the final death blow to the Republic. It remains to be seen if anyone, other than Hillary, of course will be held to account. If he gets impeached but not convicted, everyone gets pardons, he gets re-elected, and the statute of limitations runs out on his crimes, it is over. It’s not just the elections that have been rigged.

      • I think everybody has to come to a realization of doing the right thing by the country and rule of law. We have to have the same intensity or more in 2020 as we saw in the midterm to defeat this scourge but the way the Rs are cheating everywhere, it scares me. They have no morals whatever.

      • Cats, I do not think that Trump will be reelected , unless, assuming he actually runs, the Democrats fall into the the trap of nominating someone who can be effectively portrayed as too radical, and someone who will raise taxes, which Middle America seems to fear more than that none of the problems which need money to fix, are dealt with.

        The big problem is that Trump’s “election” has already caused immense damage to so many aspects of our society. The Supreme Court, global warming, the lower courts now stacked with judges who are not just conservative, they are mostly unqualified right-wing hacks who believe in fascism. Trust in our system of justice, in fair elections, in media reporting, all severely eroded. Plus the economy will collapse under the weight of the immense deficit, if nothing else. Republicans might eventually stand up, but only to protect their corrupt and greedy party from losing more elections. Switch the front person, and they figure they can delude people some more. My great hope has been that the entire Republican Party will be so tarnished, that they won’t win any more elections for decades. But of course that is unlikely. In fact, if they somehow stuck Romney or Kasich or Haley out there, they might win in 2020, because most people do not understand the issues, and what awfulness Republicans are wreaking on our country. The less educated people are, the less able they are to discern truths, and make logical voting decisions. All of this will be a major hurdle to overcome, even if Trump is jettisoned by Republicans. One could make a strong case that Republicans just wanted the entrenchment of power and perquisites that came with “winning,” Trump was always disposable. That is why Hillary should actually be installed as President, but of course this is never going to be allowed.

        • William, i recall a clip of Gingrich speaking (recent CPAC?) where he said that one-party rule by 2020 was the goal along with the total destructuin of the social safety net. With the help of trumputin, they are ahead of schedule.

      • I heard some discussion in this regard, that the statute of limitations may actually toll during his “presidency”, possibly extending the period in which he can be indicted. It seems to be a gray area.

  9. America will not be destroyed from the outside but from within…and she can only be saved by the people’s unwillingness to give in to the “enemy within” and our willingness to fight for the last best hope for peace, dignity and better life that people around the world aspire to.

  10. More of this.

  11. Dang, not one word here about Brett Kavanaugh? No apologies for all the untrue things y’all said about him? Turns out he’s not a crazy right-wingnutter after all.

    You were wrong about Kavanaugh, you’re wrong about Comey, and you’re wrong about Trump.

    • I thought wingnuts felt that apologies were for weaklings?

      In any case, don’t hold your breath, cr@wd@d.

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