Wednesday, June 07, 2017

According to former DNI James Clapper, Watergate "pales" when compared to the Trump/Russia investigation.

Courtesy of Reuters:  

The Watergate scandal pales in comparison to events in Washington surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump and alleged links between his campaign and Russia, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Wednesday. 

Clapper questioned Trump's continued pro-Russian stance, saying his sharing of intelligence with Russia "reflect either ignorance or disrespect, and either is very problematic". 

"I think if you compare the two that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we're confronting now," Clapper told reporters in Canberra, Australia's capital.

You know when a regular person says this is worse than Watergate you can dismiss that fairly easily.

When a reporter suggests that this is worse than Watergate you might think they are simply trying to be provocative in order to get more interest in an article.

But when the former DNI says that this is worse than Watergate, well....that is something else entirely.


  1. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Just in time for more indepth journalism!

    Rachel Maddow’s Return Crushed Fox News In The Ratings

    Rachel Maddow's return was the most watched show on all of cable television, as Maddow drew 3.12 million total viewers. Maddow finished more than 400,000 viewers ahead of her nearest Fox News competition.

    1. Anonymous5:49 PM

      She's the best and it's so good to have her back. Have her on right now - MSNBC - in Alaska.

  2. Anonymous4:23 PM

    Trump Lawyer Emerges From The Land Of Alternative Facts To Say Trump Is ‘Totally Vindicated’

    The statement from Trump’s lawyer is particularly puzzling given the content of Comey’s statement and the fact that the former FBI director has yet to deliver his full testimony.

    With that said, the information in Comey’s opening statement is damning in and of itself.

    According to Comey, Trump inappropriately demanded his loyalty and urged him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia scandal that continues to hang over the White House to this day.

    Comey also noted that Trump was lying when he told the American people that he did not try to end the Michael Flynn investigation. In fact, it was just the opposite.

    1. Anonymous5:48 PM

      Trump needs to be arrested for treason, put on trial, impeached and a hanging should be his punishment!

  3. Anonymous4:44 PM

    NSA’s Latest Leak Debacle Explained

    No Intelligence Community leaker has ever been unmasked and arrested this fast—here’s why

    Yesterday began splendidly for The Intercept, the online news outlet which specializes in leaking the secrets of Western intelligence. They had a genuine bombshell on their hands—a current above-Top Secret document from the National Security Agency, which is that outlet’s preeminent bugbear. Moreover, the intelligence report The Intercept got its hands on deals with the hottest topic in Washington these days: Russian meddling in last year’s election.

    Only published by NSA on May 5, after months of analysis, the highly classified report’s wordy title indicates its importance:

    Russia/Cybersecurity: Main Intelligence Directorate Cyber Actors [Redacted] Target U.S. Companies and Local U.S. Government Officials Using Voter Registration-Themed Emails, Spoof Election-Related Products and Services, Research Absentee Ballot Email Addresses; August to November 2016 (TS//SI//OC//REL to US, FVEY//FISA)

    Translated into normal English, this NSA signals intelligence study of cyber-espionage by the Russian General Staff’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU for short) demonstrates that Kremlin agents indeed attempted to covertly influence last year’s presidential election—precisely as Hillary Clinton and her backers have insisted. The political import of this leak is therefore genuinely massive.

  4. Anonymous4:55 PM

    Donald Trump told James Comey 'I need loyalty, I EXPECT loyalty' in one-on-one dinner, fired FBI director reveals in bombshell sworn testimony - and says president asked him to PROVE he hadn't used Russian hookers

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Dodgy Data On Health Care, Infrastructure Stimulus

    Trump Team Blows Loophole in Its Own Anti-Lobbying Order

    A top person at Health and Human Services will push his former clients’ interests so the rules against that don’t apply to him, the White House says.

  5. Anonymous5:34 PM

    OT - Kansas legislature votes for a tax hike, ending it's tea party taxcut nightmare/experiment.

  6. Anonymous5:43 PM

    The numbers:

  7. Anonymous5:46 PM

    Your country better hurry up and stop President Trump, Ivanka's husband, Eric and Junior before they get you into a big war without NATO countries coming to your aid. We can't expect Trump and USA loyalty, Don't expect NATO Loyalty.

    1. Anonymous8:53 PM

      Our military spending is nearly 3 times that of all other NATO nations combined, so I think we'd be fine fighting a war on our own.

      We'll pretty much just blow 'em all up and then head home. Hell, we can just drone them, like we're doing in the middle east, a few collateral damages here and there but it gets the job done, or we just stand back and nuke 'em, sends a pretty clear message .

    2. Anonymous12:04 AM

      8:53 I hope you're joking. Do you really think that the nuclear powers in the world would just stand by and twiddle their thumbs while you "head back home".

  8. Anonymous5:48 PM

    ‘The equivalent of the Nixon tapes’: Ex-White House ethics czar stunned by Comey’s ‘remarkable’ testimony

    Comey-Trump timeline:

    WATCH: Jake Tapper calls BS on Trump ally’s claim that closed-door Comey meetings weren’t a big deal

  9. Anonymous5:55 PM

    Pissed off bully.

  10. Anonymous5:59 PM

    I still say that CYA is the name of the game in all of this. Look how many have taken "gifts" from and/or tied to Russia somehow, and you expect them to tell the truth? Anyone that gets close is silenced.

  11. Anonymous6:15 PM

    Remember "Donald Trump's Draft Deferments: Four for College, One for Bad Feet"?

    Well his feet, they're starting to act up since he became president and now he has to ride in golf carts and has to resign. Too much weight on his baby feet will be his excuse on his "Presidential Deferment"

    1. Anonymous7:18 PM

      He probable has gout!!!

    2. I have gout in both hands and it is no day at the beach. Having said that I hope he gets it and learns a little humility.

  12. Anonymous7:17 PM

    Little donnie’s administration can’t stand that Obama was trying to save the Sage-grouse.

    They must have all the interns looking for anything with the words Pres. Obama, then try to eliminate it.

    Interior chief to review sage-grouse conservation plan
    By MATTHEW DALY - The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday he is ordering a review of federal efforts to conserve the imperiled sage grouse to ensure that officials in 11 Western states where the bird lives are fully consulted.

    While the federal government has a responsibility under the Endangered Species Act to protect the ground-dwelling bird, "we also have a responsibility to be a good neighbor and a good partner," Zinke said.

    Zinke made the comments Wednesday as he announced a 60-day review of a sweeping 2015 conservation plan put in place by the Obama administration. The plan set land-use policies across the popular game bird's 11-state range that were intended to keep it off the endangered species list.

    .... Nada Culver of The Wilderness Society called Zinke's order "disruptive" and said "it undermines carefully balanced and negotiated plans against the advice of the stakeholders involved. The plans do not need to be revised they need to be supported and implemented in good faith by Interior."

    Jim Lyons, a former Obama administration official who helped develop the 2015 plan, called the review "a thinly-veiled and unnecessary attempt to open up important habitat to oil and gas drilling, jeopardizing the important balance and flexibility offered in the existing plans."

  13. Anonymous7:28 PM

    O/T What is up with privatizing air traffic controllers by using a non-profit company?

    Isn’t that called “the government”?

    Oh right I forgot little donnie has turned the office of the president into his personal money making machine.

  14. Anonymous8:04 PM

    Gryphen, will yoy be live blogging during the Comey testimony?

  15. Anonymous9:32 PM

    Are the Feds Treating the White House Like a Mob House?

  16. Anonymous9:36 PM

    Is Us Weekly Turning Into a Trump Family Mouthpiece?

    A fawning cover on Ivanka, hit pieces on Kathy Griffin, silence in the face of Melania’s hand-slap—Us Weekly seems to be sucking up to the first family under its new leadership.

    The piece itself reads like an editorial blowjob buffered by anonymous sources that paint Ivanka as a fierce, independent adviser to her father and a doting but hot mom to her three children. Among other things, the piece claims that it was her husband, Jared, who convinced Donald Trump to remain in NAFTA, that the pair are tireless advocates of LGBTQ rights (the White House has yet to acknowledge that June is Pride Month), and that, according to “a source close to Ivanka,” Ivanka is very, very, very sad that President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement. She tried so hard! She even set up meetings!

    This source, who knows a suspicious amount about Ivanka Trump’s inner thoughts, goes on to point out emphatically that there’s nobody the president listens to more than Ivanka, the president’s “beloved daughter.” (Poor Tiffany!) “Ivanka is the best woman for the job,” the piece adds. Well then. That settles it.

    The piece was widely mocked online for its over-the-top gushing over the first daughter. But its starry-eyed treatment of Ivanka has become par for the course for the celebrity gossip magazine, which just this April was sold by longtime owner Wenner to American Media, Incorporated. And that exchange of ownership looks to be behind the magazine’s change of tune on the Trump family.

    ...AMI’s close ties with Donald Trump are well known. Trump is friends with David Pecker, the company’s CEO. It’s been reported that Pecker has traveled between New York City and Florida on Trump’s private jet.

    Given his cozy relationship with the CEO of its parent company, it should shock nobody that The National Enquirer, another AMI property, was one of Trump’s biggest cheerleaders during the 2016 election.

  17. Anonymous9:41 PM

    Let’s Read James Comey’s Opening Testimony And Learn What A Pig Trump Really Is!

    Trump moved on Comey like a bitch and tried to buy him furniture, but he couldn’t get there.

    So what about that loyalty oath Trump allegedly wanted Comey to sign in blood and Russian pee? Did Trump, as Wonkette memorably joked, actually move on Comey like a bitch, but couldn’t get there? Oh yes he did. It happened during an intimate dinner in the White House on January 27. Comey explains that Trump basically put him in a situation where he was supposed to beg for his job and “create some sort of patronage relationship” with Trump, which is decidedly not how the relationship between the president and the FBI director is ever supposed to work. That was when Comey started to squirm in his chair:

  18. Anonymous9:52 PM

    He colluded with Russia. They hacked the election and the machines and made him President. He did NOT win.
    Now... MOTIVE: The Russian MOB has been laundering money through Trump Businesses for many years. This is a federal offense in which Trump could have went to jail for, so they have the dirt on him at any point. This has been a whole process of laundering money through Trumps businesses and they all launder money through foreign banks to each other. They won the election for him, he removes Sanctions on Russian oil , they all make big money. He can't release his tax returns because they are full of fake businesses laundering money. He's getting away with everything because the GOP has been paid off. They sold their souls to the Devil called Trump/Russia. End of story. You're welcome. Thats the jist of it. No one is in the dark, they all know about it. They're all covering for it. Now.. IMPEACH THIS WHOLE ADMINISTRATION! America is being held hostage.

  19. you are right saying DNI James Clapper amarica done just one good work about tom and jerry band songs

  20. Anonymous12:02 AM

    O/T: IF tRump DARES to show his face in London later this year, here is what the Brits are likely to do:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! That would be even better than the reception Tillerson got down in New Zealand!

  21. Anonymous3:19 AM

    When don john trump pretended to take the oath of office, he never planned on honoring that. He never intended to honor marriage vows, signed bank loans, signed contracts. The hand shake by decent people meant something but not for don. Don was trained to lie, deny and be the sleazy bully we have today. He would sell your country, your family and your job if you let him. His agenda is profits for don and friends at your expense. Are you gonna let him?

  22. Anonymous3:28 AM

    Is Donald allowed in the bohemian grove or did he blow that gig too? Will he be attending in july with other party goers? After all there is much to discuss in world affairs. The art of the deal dude is full of it with so much to share.

  23. WA Skeptic8:04 AM

    Seeing all the exposed links between Trump and Putin I can appreciate the stunned expressions of the senators and congresscritters that had gotten the secret briefing earlier this year. It exposed the criminal activities of this entire administration.


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