Saturday, June 10, 2017

The most chilling line of Comey’s testimony

Mod: Pretty good column from Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee former FBI Director James Comey repeatedly called President Donald Trump a liar. Not a single Senator there, not even the Republicans, objected to that characterization. Apparently at the highest levels of our government Trump's lying is an accepted fact and doesn't need to be questioned.

The most chilling line of Comey’s testimony (The Washington Post link): There will be much for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to unpack after this last week’s momentous testimony of James B. Comey: Did President Trump’s actions amount to obstruction of justice? Did Attorney General Jeff Sessions violate his recusal from the Russia probe? Should Comey have acted sooner?

But such legal considerations, though important, miss the real significance of Comey’s testimony heard ’round the world. In the three hours I sat transfixed in Room 216 of the Hart Building, 15 feet behind the fired FBI director, the line that chilled me more than any other was Comey’s account of why he wrote extensive, real-time notes of his conversations with Trump. “The nature of the person,” Comey explained in part. “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.”

The nature of the person.

This was the essence of Comey’s testimony: that the president of the United States is at his core a dishonest and untrustworthy man. It was judgment on character, not a legal opinion, and even Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee made no real attempt to dispel it.

By itself, it’s neither a high crime nor a misdemeanor for a president to be dishonorable. But it’s a stain on the country, and it defines this moment. This is why Trump can’t get legislation through Congress and can’t get allies to cooperate, and why so many worry that he will disregard constitutional restraints. The president is not to be trusted.

The Founders did not anticipate this, a defect not just of private misconduct (which we’ve seen before) but of public character. “The process of election affords a moral certainty,” Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 68, “that the office of president will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single state; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of president of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue.”

But the moral certainty of the Enlightenment broke down with the election of something more medieval. When Sen. Angus King, the Maine independent, asked Comey whether he took as a directive Trump’s expressed “hope” that Comey drop the FBI’s probe of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn, Comey reached back to the words of 12th-century autocrat Henry II that led to the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket. “Yes,” Comey said, “it rings in my ear as kind of ‘Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?’ ”

The former FBI chief and top official in the George W. Bush Justice Department was unsparing in his challenge to Trump’s character, saying that Trump’s administration “chose to defame me” and the FBI with “lies, plain and simple.” Comey noted that he never felt the need to document his conversations with Presidents George W. Bush or Barack Obama, telling Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), again, that he got “a gut feeling” about Trump “and the nature of the person that I was interacting with and my read of that person.”

Republicans on and off the panel largely accept Comey’s assessment of Trump’s character. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) suggested that “the president’s new at this” and “probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols.” But, he added, “I’m not saying it’s an acceptable excuse.”

Republicans on the committee defended Trump on some technical points but not on matters of integrity. Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho) called Comey’s testimony “as good as it gets” for legal writing and accepted that “we know exactly what happened” between him and Trump. Collins said Trump “never should have cleared the room, and he never should have asked you, as you reported, to let it go — to let the investigation go.”

Trump is growing lonely in his protestations of his own probity. Friday morning he inexplicably claimed “total and complete vindication.” Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders vouched that “the president is not a liar. I think it’s frankly insulting that that question would be asked.”

No, what’s insulting — to America — is that the question didn’t need to be asked. Comey, until last month the nation’s top lawman, confirmed what we already knew.

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69 comments:

  1. Wake up, people lie, people change what they say, but we are all human, even the President. Do you think others in Washington have done the same thing? If your answer is no then you are in denial. Think about the video that caused the Bengazi attack, was that truthful? Wow, I think if must be hard to believe that the President of the United States is as human as we all are.

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    1. Trump is a liar. It is a recognized fact the world over, and this is doing great damage to our country. Stop making ridiculous excuses and deal with this at a more rational level.

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    2. Take in all that has been found out about the 'phony Trump administration' so far, just like the puppet governments Stalin (a communist) set up to govern Eastern Europe after WW2. United States of America has been attacked and is at war with the dangerous communist fools in Russia, do not turn your back on Communist China either.

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    3. You make a great comparison between Trump and this guy:

      Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the Coptic Christian whose short video “The Innocence of Muslims” was initially faulted for sparking the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack at U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya, is now living in a homeless shelter run by First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, Calif. He has served time in prison, been shamed publicly by the White House and threatened with death

      “I don’t believe in democracy anymore,” Nakoula told FoxNews.com. “I don’t think there is such a thing as freedom of speech.”

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    4. Trump lies. Established fact. The problem is he lies so badly, and what he says is so easily disproved. Good to see the FBI hates Trump as much as they do. They will be the ones that will take him down.

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    5. Weakest, most desperate troll defense ever

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  2. Sarah Sanders is typical among Trump staffers in encouraging further lies by their boss by lying about his lies. There is no downside to such lying, and these lying enablers will go on to very lucrative private sector careers.

    Corporate CEO and corporate board members need to be asked to go on record whether they will hire people like Sanders, Spicer et al, or will use lobbyists that employ them, after this dishonest administration ends. If they are willing to hire these liers, how can shareholders and the capital markets ever trust the integrity of their mandatory SEC reports?

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  3. Trump Impeachment Calls Surge as President Faces ‘Most Serious Scandal’ in U.S. History

    Amid James Comey’s damning testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, calls for President Donald Trump to face impeachment proceedings are surging. In the past 48 hours, two of the leading Trump resistance groups have called for the first time for the impeachment process to start against Trump on charges of obstruction of Justice.

    “In the United States, no one is above the law,” read a statement from Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action. “The testimony that former FBI Director James Comey is expected to deliver today makes clear that Congress must begin impeachment proceedings immediately.

    “MoveOn does not make this call lightly.”

    Later in the day, another group that has led the resistance against Trump’s policies, Indivisible, joined the chorus.

    “James Comey’s testimony confirms that Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice,” read its statement. “That is an impeachable offense. Impeachment takes time but we need to start the process now. It’s time to call for impeachment hearings.”

    Political historian Allan Lichtman, a professor of history at American University who gained fame for correctly predicting Trump’s victory last November and author of a book on Trump titled The Case for Impeachment, believes the case against Trump is already stronger than that faced by Clinton.

    “We have more direct evidence than we did against Clinton in 1998,” Lichtman told Newsweek Friday. “We have direct evidence of the president of the United States going to the person in charge of the investigation and trying to get him to put loyalty to the president above the investigation.”

    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-impeachment-comey-testimony-president-623888

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  4. In your real life have you ever had to deal with a BSer/liar like Trump? If so what did you do?
    I know there are few in the rarified air of lies and BS he lives in -
    but I have to think most of us have encountered a motor mouth ass like Trump.
    Seems like every town has at least one no matter how small.

    I usually stop the conversation and walk away. If they keep blowing I have lost my temper and let them have a blast. If they get abusive i move out quickly.

    Characters like Trump are all over - what do you do?

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    1. I "unfriend" them on Facebook. :/

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    2. I mutter a bit to myself boldly stand up in my home and forcefully turn off Fox News

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    3. I turn my back and walk away.

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  5. Hi! I understand this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask. Does managing a well-established blog like yours take a lot of work? I am brand new to running a blog however I do write in my diary everyday. I'd like to start a blog so I will be able to share my own experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

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  6. Ex-Twitter CEO: Meeting with Trump is like drinking a bottle of gin and then waterboarding yourself
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/ex-twitter-ceo-meeting-with-trump-is-like-drinking-a-bottle-of-gin-and-then-waterboarding-yourself/

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  7. Having worked with many attorneys over the years I have learned that in the Halls of Justice most cases are decided in the Halls of Justice. With that said, when you get in front of the judge your attorney will be using fact and fiction to win her/his case and yes it helps to know the likes and dislikes of the judge and their integrity. The law is not inforced by the truth of the facts but on how good the attorney presents the case.

    The hatred for a female is incredible, Clintons emails are trivial compared to the treason of Trump. When hatred over rules the facts then freedom in America will be lost forever. This is exactly what our enemies are working for and they are succeeding. Remember, united we stand divided we fall, if you care wake up and get with the facts while you still can. Stop the division and save our country.

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  8. Another GOP sleaze ball is going downJune 10, 2017 at 8:39 AM


    FBI Notified: Mitch Mconnell in $2.5M Money Funnel Connected To Putin.

    http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/06/09/fbi-notified-after-mitch-mcconnell-exposed-in-2-5m-money-funnel-connected-to-putin/

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  9. Wake up 6:38. The problem in Bengazi was the CIA director who lived in Benghazi.

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    1. The cover-up or blame was a supposed video, was that truthful? How many people sputtered that to the news? So there was at least one lie, as told by the then Secretary of State and the then President of the United States. Face it people lie.

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    2. Some far more than others.

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    3. yep, your are right about that

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    4. Of course Trump lies. He is a developer.

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  10. 7:22am. Sadness fills me, thinking because of that nasty woman Hillary, Loretta Lynch and the rest of the ugly's; that poor man Nakoula, a Coptic Christian has been destroyed by telling the truth.
    This is exactly why President Trump has been elected, the dark cloud of lies and deceit must be drained from the core of this government. Thank you President Trump. MAGA.

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    1. Sadness probably does fill you. So does your endless supply of BS.

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    2. Hold on a minute,I assume you are @6:38? You just said he was "untruthful" now you state he has been destroyed by telling the truth? It is hard to understand how the deranged mind functions.
      And this lol yes a nice guy.....
      The Daily Beast reported that Nakoula was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1997 after being pulled over and found to be in possession of ephedrine, hydroiodic acid and $45,000 in cash.[6] Nakoula was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine.[20] He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 1997 to one year in Los Angeles County Jail and three years probation. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney, he violated probation in 2002 and was re-sentenced to another year in county jail.[25]

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    3. At the end of the BS trump 'maga' saga this troll is gonna get locked up

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  11. 8:38am. Ok, let's blog about the "facts". If you are getting an education from hallway backroom deals attorneys and Judges make ( i don't dispute those truths), then offer up the truths on treason and President Trump; not hatred and fiction.

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    1. That is what the closed session was for. Not hatred and fiction, sadly. We have a corrupt president who is in bed with the enemy. That will come out during the impeachment hearings.

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  12. Ex Director Comey, has been unmasked as the head swamp monster.

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    1. I think he is the Roto-Rooter man. He is unplugging the drains so the swamp creatures can be flushed out off office.

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    2. Comet just drained trump's swamp
      And the trolls are drinking it

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  13. 8:18am touche. Diary for self, keeps inner peace. Anonymous postings on blogs (kudos for the Moderator), keeps "like minded" rants from ...bloggers acting out in public.

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  14. No corrupt President, no impeachment, the closed sessions from Senators? Hoping those Senators drank less koolaid then some in the public.

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  15. Anybody catch Trump's incoherent press conference yesterday? Senility seems to be drawing the blinds on Donald's fast fading consciousness.

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  16. Anti Sharia protesters standing shoulder to shoulder with pro Sharia protesters. Any wager on who will be first to physically strike another human being? Any wager on which group feels entitled to have physical and mental "power" over another, in the name of religion?

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    1. Hopefully they'll beat each other up. Both sides deserve a good ass kicking.

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    2. Probably some Christian fanatic will start violence would be my bet if I were lowly enough to bet on such things.
      And please stop answering your own comments it's annoying.

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  17. There are no tapes of the Comey/dTrump exchanges that #45 would want to release as the Truth of Comey's account will be there for all to hear. If he tries to cut out or doctor up the tapes, today's IT guys will uncover it in a heartbeat. Stay tuned!

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    1. I hear they are holding a seance in the Oval Office today. They're looking to get some advice from Richard Nixon on the tapes question.

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  18. 8:52, Look at the facts yourself. Look at over the years all the workers who have had to sue Trump to get money owed them. Look at what he has said and done. Lying and conniving may be the way business is done in some places but not what we want in American government. Lying and conniving is what we are trying to get rid of in government not perpetuate it. Hatred against immigrants and women has got to stop. Using religion as an excuse to reduce costs on health care is not a Christian way to act, religion should not even come into play with Politics.

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  19. 9:25am. Very Gandhi of you.
    I can make the deduction that you did not vote for the President.

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    1. Proudly I can say that I did not. I am hardly alone, either. 3 million more people voted for Clinton than that Fat Fibber.

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    2. Many old voting machines can be hacked by simply changing the numbers on what is basically a spreadsheet. If you think Russian hackers didn't think of that, you're a fooling yourself.

      The polls weren't wrong; the polling places were wronged.

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    3. Trump is the best president Putin's money can buy.

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  20. 9:43am. I'll answer my own question; again with the 3 million koolaid drinkers. Put the koolaid down, back away from the koolaid.
    President Donald J. Trump is here to stay. No amount of koolaid drinking, Yellow Journalism, Hollywood instability will change that fact.

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    1. I guess we'll have to wait and see if you are right. Here's a question I've been meaning to ask you. Do you ever have any original thoughts? Everything that you post here looks like it was taken from some KKK or Breitbart style site.

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    2. But trump has a Hollywood reality show
      Troll got trumped

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  21. Robert Mueller Delivers Terrifying News to Donald Trump ahead of Comey’s Senate Hearing
    http://vibesroll.com/robert-mueller-delivers-terrifying-news-donald-trump-ahead-comeys-senate-hearing/

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  22. 9.43 post... When the free intitlements, the free money, the walfare, the free money are reduced or gone, all Democrats will be voting Republicans. #2 get a life - go get signatures for the gas tax ballot initive and vote no on Sierra Madre 2018 UUT, let's make American great again, one piece at a time.

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    1. Entitlements. Not intitlements. Spell check. Get one. Maybe there is a "walfare" fund that will hook you up.

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    2. Another 'graduate' of trump university

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  23. 10:05 ditto. MSNBC,Politico, CNN, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, N.Y. Times, Washington Post, Hollywood Insider; opp's the entertainment industry doesn't count as a news source.
    The regurgitation of left slant opinions won't shift my analysis of the day, as mine won't matter a *#@! for you.

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    1. Where do you go to get your news?

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    2. If you had any analysis, people might listen, but all you have is Fox, Breitbart, RT, and Tass propaganda.

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    3. Have those outlets aren't even 'left'. You are fake

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  24. 10.54 thank you for acknowledging my post, American has been in turmoil, things will never be perfect, but we as United States residents must help as need to make this country a better place to live. When are you planning to start?

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  25. 10:54am.. if welfare recipients can afford spell check, then they can get off their butts and find work.
    "Your entitled" obssion ( tho correct) of grammatical sentence structure, punctuation and spelling, while not acknowledging content, puts you in the hysteria koolaid "snowflake " group.

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    1. Illiteracy and Trump support go hand in glove.

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    2. True, 11:31. Coupled with a resentment towards education.

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    3. The mindless scapegoating is pretty sad as well.

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    4. 11:22 wants the easy tyranny of the Putin/Trump ticket--just do as they say. No thinking required. He hates the educated liberal founding fathers' modern Constitutional form of government. Too liberal.

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    5. Spell check is free you idiot.

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    6. You finally figured that out?

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  26. Our two beloved trolls are so desperate today. Trump is tickling his golden shower of alt reality on them

    And they are drinking because all the heat makes them
    Thirsty

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  27. Trolls get trumped again!

    On Saturday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions canceled his scheduled appearance before an open session of the House and Senate appropriations committees set for the coming week.

    Think Progress reported that Sessions sent letters to the chairmen of the committees saying that he will send his deputy Rod Rosenstein in his stead. He explained that he was withdrawing from public testimony because he believes members of the committee intend to question him on “issues related to the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election.”

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    1. Now why in the world would those people want to go and ask Jeffy Sessions about those darn Russians?

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  28. Sessions better lawyer up--criminal counsel and bar counsel.

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