Friday, May 12, 2017

Donald Trump threatens James Comey over possibility of taped conversations.

Holy shit! Is this man actually threatening the man he just fired as the head of the FBI?

This has to be in response to the New York Times article that claims Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty:  

As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. 

Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not “reliable” in the conventional political sense.

By Mr. Comey’s account, his answer to Mr. Trump’s initial question apparently did not satisfy the president, the associates said. Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty. 

Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him “honesty” and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the account of the conversation. 

But Mr. Trump pressed him on whether it would be “honest loyalty.” 

“You will have that,” Mr. Comey told his associates he responded. 

Damn!

To me this sounds as if Trump was trying to pressure Comey into sabotaging the Russia probe and to instead agree to protect Trump from possible prosecution or impeachment.

Of course the White House is denying this account. (Of course.)

One has to wonder if part of Trump's concern is over the fact that Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee nest Tuesday?
Courtesy of Second Nexus: 

A day after being fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey was invited to testify in closed session in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday, May 16. The invitation was extended by both the committee’s Republican Chair, Senator Richard Burr, as well as its Democratic ranking member, Senator Mark Warner.

I am hoping like hell that Comey takes them up on this.

Clearly he has much to share, and now without the constraints of being the actual director of the FBI he might be a little more forthcoming than he was during his last appearance before the Senate.

I still assume that he cannot share classified information, however he should feel more free to share information about conversations he had with Trump, or with Trump associates.

67 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:17 AM

    Comey's loyalty is to the United States of America and its citizens. That tRump asked Comey for personal loyalty speaks to tRump's unsuitability for office at best, and could be considered the actions and desires of a fascist proto-dictator at worst.

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    1. Anonymous7:36 AM

      Trump obviously did not understand the oath that he took on Jan. 20. His loyalty, like that of any other federal government employee, is to the Constitution of the United States of America. No one swears "loyalty" to an individual. Comey's apparent response, that he would always be honest was obviously not what Trump wanted to hear. Trump truly is the emperor who wears no clothes; someone had better explain that story to him. Soon.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous7:36 AM

      Trump obviously did not understand the oath that he took on Jan. 20. His loyalty, like that of any other federal government employee, is to the Constitution of the United States of America. No one swears "loyalty" to an individual. Comey's apparent response, that he would always be honest was obviously not what Trump wanted to hear. Trump truly is the emperor who wears no clothes; someone had better explain that story to him. Soon.
      Beaglemom

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    3. Anonymous9:07 AM

      @6:17. and SHOULD be considered the actions and desires of a fascist proto-dictator...

      Fixed that for you. You're welcome.

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    4. Anonymous9:10 AM

      Haven't you heard, Beaglemom? T.Rump thinks the Constitution (and our checks and balances system of government that it created) is an archaic document that just impedes his ability to run roughshod over everyone else or anything that keeps his businesses and family from making money.

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    5. Anonymous12:03 PM

      Note the date of this article: November 23, 2016
      "10 Ways to Tell if Your President Is a Dictator
      Just because the United States is a democracy now, it doesn’t mean it will stay that way." by Steven M. Walt, Foreignpollicy.com

      http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/11/23/ten-ways-to-tell-if-your-president-is-a-dictator/

      1) Systematic efforts to intimidate the media. (Fake news, "The media is the enemy."

      2) Building an official pro-Trump media network. (Fox News already in place.)

      3) Politicizing the civil service, military, National Guard, or the domestic security agencies.
      (The Director of the FBI fired.)

      4) Using government surveillance against domestic political opponents. (Using a foreign government to do it for him.)
      5) Using state power to reward corporate backers [and family] and punish opponents.

      6) Stacking the Supreme Court. (The GOP congress refused to allow Obama to appoint anyone.)

      7) Enforcing the law for only one side. (Where do we start: emoluments? refusing to divest his business holdings? profiting from the position of President?)

      8) Really rigging the system. (If you want to know what Trump is guilty of, just see what he is saying about his opponents.)
      9) Fearmongering. (How soon before there is a staged terrorist attack and he declares martial law?)

      10) Demonizing the opposition. (And all “Other” — Muslims, etc., etc.)



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    6. Anonymous12:05 PM

      From the article above -- dated Nov 23-2016

      http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/11/23/ten-ways-to-tell-if-your-president-is-a-dictator/

      Final paragraph:
      "...This list of warning signs will no doubt strike some as overly alarmist. As I said, it is possible — even likely — that Trump won’t try any of these things (or at least not very seriously) and he might face prompt and united opposition if he did. The checks and balances built into America’s democratic system may be sufficiently robust to survive a sustained challenge. Given the deep commitment to liberty that lies at the heart of the American experiment, it is also possible the American people would quickly detect any serious attempt to threaten the present order and take immediate action to stop it.

      "The bottom line: I am by no means predicting the collapse of democracy in the United States under a President Donald J. Trump. What I am saying is that it is not impossible, and there are some clear warning signs to watch out for. Now, as always, the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Or to use a more modern formulation: If you see something, say something."

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  2. Anonymous6:21 AM

    Jesus Christ! First he threatens Sally Yates before she testified and now Comey. There could be tapes, after all, if anyone would know about having a tape used against them, it would be Donny. I want Comey to answer theses questions; did u ever tell trump he was not being investigated? Did he ever ask u about the Russia investigation? Did u ask DOJ for additional resources for the Russia probe which DOJ denies? Do u know if your deputy director really told Reince Priebus that a NYT story was BS as the White House claimed? Were u ever given any indication u might b fired? Tru.p claims u requested to have dinner with him so u could ask to keep ur job, what actually occurred at this dinner? There is something very despotic about trump demanding loyalty to him as opposed to loyalty to country, Constitution and rule of law. And I want to see the DAG called before Congress for his side of the story in firing Comey. And Sessions too, for violating his recusal.

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  3. Leland6:26 AM

    IF this is true, it smacks of Hitler's personal loyalty oath required of every member of the military forces. And THAT smacks of dreams of Humpty Trumpty's desire to be a dictator.

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  4. Anonymous6:36 AM

    OT? $ADISTIC PIG$! PRIVATE PRISON BONANZA
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/sessions-attorney-general-justice-department

    $HAME and PUNI$H! Sessions "has promised to make combating violence and drugs the Justice Department’s top priority.
    “This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is MORAL and just, and produces consistency,”The requirements “place great confidence in our prosecutors and supervisors to apply them in a thoughtful and disciplined manner, with the goal of achieving just and consistent results in federal cases,” the memo states"“It looks like we’re going to fill the prisons back up after finally getting the federal prison population down,” said Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. “But the social and human costs will be much higher.”

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    1. Anonymous7:04 AM

      "the president bizarrely resurfaced a tweet from December in which O’Donnell called for former FBI Director James Comey to be fired, with the comment: “We finally agree on something Rosie”"Chelsea>
      "Born addicted to heroin. She has had a tough road.”

      http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/12/rosie-o-donnell-s-alleged-affair-sparks-custody-battle

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    2. Anonymous7:31 AM

      Last evening we watched an Anthony Bourdain program about Provincetown MA and other communities in that state where heroin addiction is alarmingly high - among the working and non-working white population. As in other parts of the country, it all began with the excessive prescription and use of opiod medications. This is and always has been a tragedy. More money thrown at private prisons will not help anyone except those who've invested in private prisons. Do Trump and Sessions have stock in any of those companies?
      Beaglemom

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    3. Anonymous7:54 AM

      7:31 Beaglemom : dick fucking cheney does>
      i A$$ure you! He is the Ma$terMind behind ALL.

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    4. Anonymous9:38 AM

      "First of all, what on earth was Sessions doing sending a letter in the first place? He said in early March, “I have recused myself in the matters that deal with the Trump campaign,” after he himself was found to have lied about meeting with the Russian ambassador.
      How exactly does a person who is a proven liar about his own dealings with the Russians — and who has recused himself from matters dealing with the Trump campaign — make a recommendation to a president whose associates are being investigated for their ties to Russia? And the recommendation is to fire the man leading those investigations?

      The sheer brazenness of it all is stunning."

      " this is of a different nature. This says to America:
      " I’m going to tell you a lie that is so outrageous that you will want to believe that some part of it is true, to preserve your faith in truth, democracy and mankind.

      They are using our own human nature against us. We want to believe that people’s natural default is toward truth and good, because the alternative is untenable: Moral anarchy? Well, the alternative is upon us."
      2 GUYS>
      " Trump met at the White House with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian ambassador, the same ambassador whom Sessions had lied about meeting and who apparently met with other people associated with the Trump campaign. Trump also met Wednesday with Henry Kissinger, who served as Nixon’s secretary of state."

      "This is not about partisanship, but patriotism. We must protect this country from MORAL corrosion, at best, and actual destruction, at worst."

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/opinion/trump-letter-comey.html

      70 years + in the making......

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  5. Can he share some classified info since it's a closed session with the Senate Intelligence Committee? (hard to believe I just put "Senate" and "intelligence" in the same sentence.

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  6. Anonymous6:42 AM

    That sob pos is insane. He must resign today. He is a pathetic loser.

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  7. Anonymous6:47 AM

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/05/12/trumps-lawyer-admitted-president-business-dealings-russia.html

    "Donald Trump's attorney made a big mistake on Friday when he claimed that the President Of The United States has no income from Russia, "with FEW exceptions.""Those exceptions are an admission that Trump DID have income from Russia over the past decade. They also likely explain at least part of the reason why the President will not release his tax returns.

    It was just three days ago that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Trump has no business in Russia:"

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    1. Anonymous7:25 AM

      Was Spicer trying to clean up after it became known that little Eric Trump had bragged about all of the Russian loans and deals? Spicer had better get back in his E. Bunny suit; no one requires him to say anything then.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous8:11 AM

      http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/05/breaking-trump-lawyer-says-trump-innocent

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    3. Anonymous11:33 AM

      Loans are not considered income.Trump has been getting his financing from Russians for years.

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  8. Susie Ethel6:48 AM

    So Trump is paranoid about the US gov taping him but not so much about "dual-hatted" russian photographer, etal. in the oval office just yesterday.

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  9. Anonymous6:49 AM

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

    James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

    5:26 AM - 12 May 2017


    Has Trumped threatened Putin he better hope there's no "video tapes" of his Golden Shower?

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    1. Anonymous9:19 AM

      Yep. And in this case, I beleive it is called witness intimidation.

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  10. Anonymous6:50 AM

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-press-briefings_us_5915a471e4b0031e737cfc64?ngc&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

    "hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy??? Written on 1 page in Crayon, MY color choice of the day"

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  11. Anonymous6:55 AM

    Why is Trump so paranoid?

    Why is Trump threatening Comey?

    Is there truth to what Comey's associates are saying against Trump?


    Anonymous4:48 AM
    You threatening me mother fuc_er?


    The Hill:
    May 12, 2017 - 08:34 AM EDT

    Trump warns Comey: Better hope there are no tapes of our meeting

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    1. Anonymous11:43 AM

      These statements are most likely what putin said to dump.

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  12. Anonymous6:59 AM

    Whatever happened to trump's threats to sue all the women who accused him of being a sexual predator?

    More empty threats?

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    1. Anonymous8:22 AM

      Oh yeah the long list of lawsuits (500) filed against that pos sob. They are still there and ready to go after him. He will NEVER see the end of it nor his family.

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    2. Anonymous8:25 AM

      You can bet trump's days are numbered sitting in the white house. He has f*cked up and will never escape the charges and his crimes committed.

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    3. Anonymous11:42 AM

      I hope jare, ivan, bannon, preebus get orange jumpsuits.

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  13. Anonymous7:03 AM

    What I would like to see is a diagram of the organization of our government, drawn by Trump. I bet anything that he would show the president at the top and in charge of every other organization. He seems to think that he is the boss of everyone in government and this little task would probably result in proof of that. THEN, he could be tossed for having the idea he is the emperor and not merely the president. Or, at least we could hope that would help push him out.

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    1. Anonymous7:30 AM

      Brain$torm

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    2. Anonymous11:41 AM

      Wow, great words. That would have been a great exercise back in october.

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  14. Anonymous7:23 AM

    O/T but I'm sure we've all seen it coming. Trump has just reversed President Obama's end to the Pebble Mine. Bristol Bay is again in danger. Sarah Palin must be just delighted by this tragic turn of environmental events. What won't Trump destroy?
    Beaglemom

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  15. Anonymous7:28 AM

    "What President Trump is doing here is openly threatening a private citizen against exercising the right to free speech that is his right as a citizen. We have seen for months that the President believes that the rather narrow obligations of confidentiality federal employees are bound by are somehow comparable to the kind of absolute confidences and loyalty he demanded and often got from employees as the head of a private company. But of course they are not."
    "The President is now publicly BLACKMAILing Comey"

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/trump-i-am-the-state-i-am-the-boss

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    1. Anonymous6:36 PM

      He would have asked for a letter of confidentiality from Comey and the rest of them if he could. Isn't that how palin and trump kept their friend -a- mies in check? Friends close,enemies closer.

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  16. Anonymous8:02 AM

    dRUMPf sounds like my grandmother in late stage dementia - repeating ad nauseum, paranoid, defensive, combative, etc. They must dump him before he kills democracy.

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    1. Anonymous6:38 PM

      His face has taken on a red tint to it. I noticed that in the Russian pics. Blood pressure? Stroke on the way?

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  17. Anonymous8:15 AM

    It is time to handcuff and remove that distasteful pos from our buildings. He has threatened our country. He is a disgrace. I will never forgive nor forget who elected that criminal and put this country in harms way. NEVER.

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    1. Anonymous8:27 AM

      You GOT THAT right! ditto.

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    2. Anonymous9:25 AM

      Neither will I, both those that voted fro him,and those who made false equivalency claims with Hillary Clinton (Bernie Bros), those that wanted to "blow up the system (anarchists) and then didn't vote for her. Equally at fault.

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    3. Anonymous9:57 AM

      Fat Ass cheeto horrifies me.I've been watching MSNBC (you can watch it live on You Tube) and people who say they are life long repugs are saying how appalled they are by trump and the repug congress.

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  18. Anonymous8:18 AM

    “Former FBI Director James Comey was furious at the lack of respect the White House showed him in the way he was fired, sources have told ABC News."used words like “atrocities”
    "The scrutiny on the Russia scandal has gone up by {100} one hundred fold" Trump has thrown gasoline on the fire"

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/05/12/james-comey-furious-fbi-resolved-bottom-trump.html

    a·troc·i·ty
    əˈträsədē/
    noun
    plural noun: atrocities
    an extremely wicked or cruel act, typically one involving physical violence or injury.
    "war atrocities"
    synonyms: abomination, cruelty, enormity, outrage, horror, monstrosity, obscenity, violation, crime, abuse;..

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    1. Anonymous1:08 PM

      I hope it is a case that the different groups inside the FBI now have a common enemy.

      It's one thing for group A to support Hillary charges and for group B to oppose.

      But now it is We are FBI: all for FBI against Trump.

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  19. Anonymous8:19 AM

    Another person to take a close look at is this security guard attached to don john. Who is he? And who was the clown during the campaign that stood next to Donald in the costume with the raven on his shoulder? I have never witnessed such crazy ass politics in my life. It is pathetic.

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  20. Anonymous9:01 AM

    Donald trump better hope that he and his criminals have not been taped making threats and committing crimes. But really? There is no hope because they did and it will come out soon.

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    1. Anonymous11:38 AM

      Heck, I'd like to see the russian's surveillance on dumpy.

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  21. Anonymous9:04 AM

    A social dinner with the President is not classified.

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  22. About those tapes, dear tovarisch Donika...

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byw_mdx_m3nDU3ZKellDUy1wamc/view

    PS If you don't care for a googledoc link:

    https://krishnamoorthi.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-krishnamoorthi-calls-upon-white-house-counsel-turn-over-trump-white-house

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  23. Anonymous9:20 AM

    Bring it on>
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/comey-eager-for-trump-to-release-those-tapes-theres-nothing-hes-worried-about/

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    1. Anonymous9:51 AM

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/adam-schiff-donald-trump-comey-tapes-238321

      "“If the President has ‘tapes’ of his conversations with Director Comey, it is because the president himself made them,” Schiff said in a statement. "For a President who baselessly accused his predecessor of illegally wiretapping him, that Mr. Trump would suggest that he, himself, may have engaged in such conduct is staggering.

      “The president should immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading — and in this case threatening — statement,” it is difficult to know how to respond — except to say, being TRUTHful with the American people is a CORE responsibility of the job,”

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    2. Leland10:30 AM

      "...except to say, being TRUTHful with the American people is a CORE responsibility of the job,..."

      That's all well and good, but you have to think about what Humpty Trumpty calls truthful!

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  24. Anonymous10:00 AM

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/former-intelligence-chief-clapper-comey-was-uneasy-with-trump-dinner-msnbc/

    "Clapper, in an interview with MSNBC, said he had spoken with Comey at an unrelated event hours before the White House dinner and that the FBI chief “was uneasy with it” because of the potential appearance of compromising the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s independence." OK?

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    1. Anonymous11:29 AM

      All this chaos, comey does the humanidid, whatever her name is, laptop dump and pushes it.
      Guess he found out goprump was just like mafia.

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  25. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Themoscowtimes is funny, trolls

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  26. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Russian perspective, more US agression then china and russia can dump the us dollar. Wow. Us will die with worthless dollar.

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  27. Anonymous10:30 AM

    Trump and stumps are slime buckets. That meeting was a set up to somehow get comey to say what trump needs him to say so that he can blackmail him too. We are talking low life criminals that use bribes, extortion and threats to get their way. They are lousy actors and the worst criminals on the planet today. The world is watching and waiting for the entire bunch to go down. And they will. Where is sara? Her and McCain had fun with this too in 2008. Lousy liars.

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  28. Anonymous10:33 AM

    What Christian university would ask trump to speak? How disgusting. How can someone claim to be religious and witness what we see and hear today from that man?

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    1. Anonymous11:26 AM

      Because they use it, im sorry i repent, now i can do evil again. Sheets

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  29. Anonymous10:50 AM

    So 45 has suggested that he has an illegal wiretap in his (office? dining room?) and he is willing to reveal this illegally obtained evidence?
    (in some states wiretapping only requires the consent of one party - i.e. Maryland where Tripp taped Lewinsky. Not so in D.C. - that requires consent of all parties.

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    1. Anonymous5:50 PM

      Mafia Don taped himself asking Comey to "Kiss the ring"??? What an idiot.

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    2. Anonymous9:33 PM

      Wash.DC is a one party state. However,wouldn't asking about an investigation on one's self plus asking ones *loyalty in exchange for their job is all kinds of corrupt.

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    3. Anonymous8:51 AM

      you're right. WAshington is two-party. D.C. is one-party.

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  30. Anonymous11:03 AM

    America had eight years to prepare for Trump. We all witnessed a deranged Twitter fool from Alaska who didn't become VPOTUS. Same childish bs!

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    1. Anonymous1:01 PM

      I tell my friends that everything I know about how Trump behaves I learned from Sara.

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  31. Anonymous11:35 AM

    I took it as he was worried Comey taped him. Who has the most to lose if a tape-the one lying. Remember his paranoia about obama taping him. Now I assume it would be illegal if Comey taped him and that's why Comey would be in trouble.

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  32. Anonymous4:16 PM

    Swearing personal loyalty to the Fuhrer, didn't that happen before......

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