Monday, June 05, 2017

James Comey to be asked directly if Donald Trump attempted to interfere in Russia probe.

Courtesy of Reuters:  

Former FBI Director James Comey will be grilled on whether President Donald Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, key U.S. senators said on Sunday ahead of Comey's testimony this week on Capitol Hill. 

Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, was fired by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. 

The move sparked accusations that Trump dismissed Comey to hinder that investigation and stifle questions about possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. 

"I want to know what kind of pressure - appropriate, inappropriate - how many conversations he had with the president about this topic?" Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CBS's "Face the Nation" program on Sunday.

According to Raw Story what Comey does not say may be just as damaging to Trump as what he does say:  

The worst-case scenario for President Donald Trump when former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate this week might be if he refuses to answer questions about their meetings because they're part of a criminal investigation. 

That is thought to be one of the more likely results of at least some of Comey's testimony. 

Comey clearly has a story to tell. His not telling it may indicate that the president is in jeopardy from the criminal investigation, which is now run by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed special counsel in the case.

I have to admit I am looking forward to this testimony on Thursday even more than I am looking forward to the summer blockbusters.

And for a movie buff that is saying a lot. 

I even rearranged my schedule on Thursday so that I could watch the entire thing uninterrupted.


  1. Anonymous6:28 AM

    Call me jaded, but why do I expect this to be a big ol' nothing burger when all is said and done? It depends on the questions asked and "how" they are asked, but CYA is first and foremost the name of the game.

    I don't trust Comey as far as I can throw him.

  2. Anonymous6:34 AM

    I expect little donnie will break twitter with all his nasty remarks on Thursday.

    He better be supervised because we all know he projects his crimes onto others.

  3. Anonymous6:43 AM

    On Ari Melber's The Point last night, policy analyst Steve Clemons told panelists to "watch Wednesday's [intelligence] hearings.

    "While a lot of people have focused on James Comey -- and that's obviously a huge anchor in this, watch the Senate intelligence committee hearings on Wednesday," he said.

    "National Security Agency director Mike Rogers may have a bomb to drop in this as well as Dan Coates. I have been tipped off that Mike Rogers has a story to tell as well that goes right along the lines that our friend David Corn has shared."

    David Corn was talking about this story in Mother Jones in which he said:

    But whatever happened out of public view, the existing record is already conclusively shameful. Trump and his crew were active enablers of Putin's operation to subvert an American election. That is fire, not smoke. That is scandal enough.

  4. Anonymous7:12 AM

    I broke into the movie theater near me and stole their popcorn machine last night to get ready for Comey's comments.

    Will be cooking popcorn all week waiting for the big reveal. SHOW TIME

  5. Anonymous7:25 AM

    " “This is the playbook Putin has run in other countries,” says Bergmann, notably in Ukraine "
    drumpf : "He went looking for money,"
    /"“I can’t remember any story this sprawling. We’ve been doing this for months, and we meet new characters every day,” says Jentelson, who describes CAP’s role as having the resources to be able to paint the bigger picture, and put all the disparate stories into some context."There is something infectious about working on a big story, and learning how the Moscow Project operates is very much how journalism works. “It’s an incredible story and exciting, but also terrifying,”

    There is something infectious about working on a big story, and learning how the Moscow Project operates is very much how journalism works. “It’s an incredible story and exciting, but also terrifying,”

    1. Anonymous7:58 AM

      Moscow Project

  6. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Trump wants to distract from Comey's appearance this coming Thursday with his infrastructure photo op today.

    Aint gonna work fat boy. Thursday will be watched by everybody.

  7. Anonymous8:50 AM

    “There was a fully coordinated other speech everybody else had worked on”—and it wasn’t the one Trump gave. “They didn’t know it had been removed,” said a third source of the Trump national security officials on hand for the ceremony. “It was only upon delivery.”The president appears to have deleted it "
    "relayed to others by several White House aides is that Trump’s nationalist chief strategist Steve Bannon and policy aide Stephen Miller played a role in the deletion. (According to NSC spokesman Michael Anton, who did not dispute this account, “The president attended the summit to show his support for the NATO alliance, including Article 5. His continued effort to secure greater defense commitments from other nations is making our alliance stronger.”the president withholding crucial information from his top national security officials—and then embarrassing them by forcing them to go out in public with awkward, unconvincing, after-the-fact claims that the speech really did amount to a commitment they knew it did not make." It’s destroyed the credibility of Trump’s advisers when they offer reassurances for allies to discount the president’s inflammatory rhetoric—and cast into doubt the kind of certainties necessary for an uncertain world to function."“Are these people going to steer Trump,” one former senior U.S. official asked, “or are they simply going to be made enablers?”
    “Once we have exhausted all possible alternatives,
    [FACT$} the Americans will do the right thing.

  8. Anonymous10:00 AM

    "The president’s well-documented management style — put together a team of “mini-Trumps,” “He likes to pit advisers against each other,” one former campaign aide told the magazine. “He likes the infighting …
    " “They’re probably sitting on TAPE$ — what if they get motive to release them?” “You’d have to be pretty stupid — but there are some pretty stupid people in the Trump camp.”

  9. I hope he's working on a book and that it is published just in time for 2020.

    Let's face it, the Democrats won't retake squat in 2018. They've already lost.

  10. Anonymous1:05 PM





    Putin Dismisses Claims He Has Damaging Information on Trump as 'Nonsense'

    (WASHINGTON) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russia has damaging information on President Donald Trump and denies having any relationship with him.

    "I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us," Putin said in an interview with NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly." He added: "Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all — have you all lost your senses over there?"

  11. Anonymous1:24 PM

    American voters support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Melania's husband which means she can stay in New York with Barron

    Virtually every single poll tracking President Donald Trump's approval rating showed the figure plummeting Monday morning, well below the margin of error compared to the rising level of support for impeachment. The results follow Trump's controversial decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord; the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to the Kremlin is also a factor.

    The president's approval rating dipped from nearly 42 percent to just 36 percent over the weekend, according to a Gallup daily tracking poll published Monday. Trump's declining popularity is inching closer toward his all-time low of 35 percent as president in March, when Gallup had the president’s approval at just 35 percent. What's more, nearly 43 percent of American voters support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Trump, according to aPolitico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday.


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