Coward Comey Corruption Taints @FBI And #SpecialCounsel Mueller Must Resign

Make the F.B.I. great again – arrest, prosecute, imprison James Comey. If Special Counsel Mueller does not immediately raid the homes and offices of James Comey and his partner in crime Daniel Richman (who has now fled the scene of the crime[s] in order to avoid interrogation by the authorities), to seize computers and other materials pertinent to his investigation, then Robert Mueller himself deserves to be investigated by a special prosecutor. Robert Mueller has a decision to make: stand by the law or by his long time pal the corrupt James Comey.

When Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel we celebrated. We celebrated because the more Swamp Deep State players come forth to attack President Trump openly, not from the shadows, the easier it will be to take down the Deep State “resistance” to a duly elected President. We wrote, “The more the political establishment swamp tries to destroy President Trump however, the closer they are to their own destruction.” This prediction is comeying truer and truer.

At the time we also declared, “We’re gonna need a special prosecutor to investigate the special prosecutor.” Ain’t that the truth!

We were wrong about one particular detail. We thought the leaker of the Comey memo was Comey crony Benjamin Wittes. We were wrong in that particular instance but Robert Mueller should question Wittes under oath (and seize his computers) to determine if Wittes conspired to leak on behalf of Comey previously.

Because of his self-confession we now know the illegal leaker was Former F.B.I. Director James Comey himself using a cutout crony from Columbia. What Comey confirmed is the extent of Deep State corruption and that we face an attempted coup by the Obama Dimocrat and GOP establishment Deep State against a duly elected President. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich strikes all the necessary warnings about why we believe Special Counsel Mueller is a crony creep of clown Comey:

The most startling revelation from fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony this week was his barefaced admission that he intentionally leaked details of his private conversations with the president to the press in an effort to prompt the appointment a special counsel.

When asked Thursday by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine whether he shared the memos he wrote about his conversations with President Trump with anyone outside the Department of Justice, Comey answered:

I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter – didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons – but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”

This statement is tremendously important because it completely delegitimizes Robert Mueller’s so-called independent investigation and reveals it as poisoned fruit.

Poisoned fruit of corruption. Robert Mueller must either prove himself via a raid of Comey’s hideouts and computers, as well as the deep holes of his crony friends and computers, or Robert Mueller himself must be viewed as corrupt.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed though the efforts of James Comey. James Comey wanted to interfere in the ongoing investigations by Congress and the F.B.I. So James Comey corruptly interfered with the investigations and thereby violated the law which prohibits interference with government investigations. Corruption. Jeff Sessions must intervene and demand the resignation of Robert Mueller and prosecution of Mueller and his leaker employment office pal James Comey.

Let’s continue with Newt Gingrich’s analysis:

Think about it: Comey was the top law enforcement officer in the nation before he was fired on May 9. Had he felt a special counsel was necessary to investigate possible Russian influence in the 2016 election, he could have requested one from Congress at any time. If he felt his conversations with President Trump warranted additional attention, he could have approached Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about it.

But instead he decided to do nothing. Comey apparently didn’t think there was need for a special counsel until the Monday after he was fired, according to his testimony.

In a clear act of retaliation, Comey went outside the system and shared secret information with the media via a college professor-friend, in a calculated attempt to inflict pain on the Trump administration. Further, he said he turned all his memos about his conversations over to the special counsel upon his termination – so Mueller’s investigators already had all they needed to make their own decisions.

But Comey knows that the press feed off attacking Trump. He also knows that they have an incomplete, false understanding of the Russia investigation and would therefore gladly perpetuate the false narrative that Trump was somehow under investigation. He saw a chance to cause drama, and he took it.

Yet this is the same person who on Thursday, under oath, exonerated Trump on the Russia question. Collins asked Comey two very direct, simple questions. She asked, “whether there was any kind of investigation about the President underway” and “was the President under investigation at the time of [Comey’s] dismissal on May 9?”

For both questions – under oath – Comey answered “no.”

Gingrich correctly announces the death of the “collusion” angle of the Deep State abuse of power against a duly elected President. Then Newt Gingrich goes for the kill:

But there’s another wrinkle in this story: Comey and Mueller are very close.

Throughout his testimony, Comey described Mueller as “one of this country’s great, great pros,” called him “the right person” to lead the Russia investigation, and said “Bob Mueller is one of the finest people and public servants this country’s ever produced. He will do it well. He is a dogged, tough person, and you can have high confidence that, when it’s done, he’s turned over all the rocks.”

When Senator John Cornyn asked whether anything Comey had testified would “impede the investigation of the FBI or Director Mueller’s commitment to get to the bottom of this,” Comey stressed that the appointment of Mueller was “a critical part of that equation.”

Let’s also not forget that 97 percent of campaign donations from Department of Justice employees went to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The culture and people at DOJ are predisposed to be hostile to President Trump.

So, what we have here is a fired FBI director, who leaked private material to the press, so he could get his friend appointed as a special counsel in order to take retribution on the President – with the aid of a department full of federal lawyers who would have rather seen Hillary in the White House. And we are supposed to believe this will be an objective, unbiased investigation?

Comey’s testimony – and the situation he orchestrated around it – really show the depths to which the deep state will go – working around Congress, outside of even the federal process – to damage and undermine President Trump. And it perfectly illustrates how sick the system has become. [snip]

Make no mistake: This is not about law and order, it is not about justice, it is not even about any investigation. This is about influence peddling, this is about the search for vengeance, and this is about stopping the revolution President Trump was elected to implement.

This is everything that sickens normal Americans about the swamp.

America is on a knife’s edge. The question is now whether Republicans in Congress will have the courage to stand with President Trump and fight the deep state that was personified in Comey’s testimony Thursday.

The GOP establishment is in cahoots with the Obama Dimocrat Deep State opposition to a duly elected President of the United States. It is citizens who must stand up against the cowardly Comey cronies who strike from the protection of shadows.

We, and Newt Gingrich, do not stand alone in this analysis. Jonathan Turley sees the FBI tainted by cowardly Comey corruption:

The testimony of James Comey proved long on atmospherics and short on ethics. While many were riveted by Comey’s discussion of his discomfort in meetings with President Trump, most seemed to miss the fact that Comey was describing his own conduct in strikingly unethical terms. The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined. After calling Comey a “showboat” and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.

Comey described a series of ethical challenges during his term as FBI director. Yet, he almost uniformly avoided taking a firm stand in support of the professional standards of the FBI. During the Obama administration, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave Comey a direct order to mislead the public by calling the ongoing investigation a mere “matter.” Rather than standing firm on the integrity of his department and refusing to adopt such a meaningless and misleading term, Comey yielded to Lynch while now claiming discomfort over carrying out the order.

When Trump allegedly asked for Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn or pledge loyalty, Comey did not tell the president that he was engaging in wildly inappropriate conduct. He instead wrote a memo to file and told close aides. He now says that he wishes he had the courage or foresight to have taken a stand with the president.

However, the clearest violation came in the days following his termination. Comey admits that he gave the damaging memos to a friend at Columbia Law School with the full knowledge that the information would be given to the media. It was a particularly curious moment for a former director who was asked by the president to fight the leakers in the government. He proceeded in becoming one of the most consequential leakers against Trump.

Jonathan Turley notes that not only is Comey a self-confessed coward and conspirator, leaking documents to injure a duly elected American president, Turley notes that Jim “Olive Oyl” Comey could open his own “Chock Full o’ Nuts” kook den franchise:

Comey said that he took these actions days after his termination, when he said that he woke up in the middle of the night and realized suddenly that the memos could be used to contradict Trump. It was a bizarrely casual treatment of material that would be viewed by many as clearly FBI information. He did not confer with the FBI or the Justice Department. He did not ask for any classification review despite one of the parties described being the president of the United States. He simply sent the memos to a law professor to serve as a conduit to the media.

As a threshold matter, Comey asked a question with regard to Trump that he should now answer with regard to his own conduct. Comey asked why Trump would ask everyone to leave the Oval Office to speak with Comey unless he was doing something improper. Yet, Trump could ask why Comey would use a third party to leak these memos if they were his property and there was nothing improper in their public release.

In fact, there was a great deal wrong with their release, and Comey likely knew it. These were documents prepared on an FBI computer addressing a highly sensitive investigation on facts that he considered material to that investigation. Indeed, he conveyed that information confidentially to his top aides and later said that he wanted the information to be given to the special counsel because it was important to the investigation.

Many in the media have tried to spin this as not a “leak” because leaks by definition only involve classified information. That is entirely untrue as shown by history. Leaks involve the release of unauthorized information — not only classified information. Many of the most important leaks historically have involved pictures and facts not classified but embarrassing to a government. More importantly, federal regulations refer to unauthorized disclosures not just classified information.

James Comey must be prosecuted by Special Counsel Mueller or Mueller will be incontrovertibly exposed as a Comey crony who owes his job to Comey and further exposed as a co-conspirator in a conspiracy to interfere in a federal investigation[s]. Turley correctly notes how Comey corruption taints the entire F.B.I.:

Comey’s position would effectively gut a host of federal rules and regulations. He is suggesting that any federal employee effectively owns documents created during federal employment in relation to an ongoing investigation so long as they address the information to themselves. FBI agents routinely write such memos in investigations. They are called 302s to memorialize field interviews or fact acquisitions. They are treated as FBI information.

The Justice Department routinely claims such memos as privileged and covered by the deliberative process privilege and other privileges. Indeed, if this information were sought under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) it would likely have been denied. Among other things, the Justice Department and FBI routinely claim privilege “inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency.” [snip]

Besides being subject to nondisclosure agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and unclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641, which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”

There are also ethical and departmental rules against the use of material to damage a former represented person or individual or firm related to prior representation. The FBI website warns employees that “dissemination of FBI information is made strictly in accordance with provisions of the Privacy Act; Title 5, United States Code, Section 552a; FBI policy and procedures regarding discretionary release of information in accordance with the Privacy Act; and other applicable federal orders and directives.”

One such regulation is § 2635.703, on the use of nonpublic information, which states, “An employee shall not engage in a financial transaction using nonpublic information, nor allow the improper use of nonpublic information to further his own private interest or that of another, whether through advice or recommendation, or by knowing unauthorized disclosure.”

The standard FBI employment agreement bars the unauthorized disclosure of information “contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI” that impact the bureau and specifically pledges that “I will not reveal, by any means, any information or material from or related to FBI files or any other information acquired by virtue of my official employment to any unauthorized recipient without prior official written authorization by the FBI.”

Had Comey taken the minimal step of seeking clearance, the department would likely have said that this was FBI information and not personal information. Comey instead decided to ask forgiveness rather than permission.

Comey is also subject to bar rules on releasing information inimical to the interests of his former employer. For example, under professional rule 1.6, lawyers need to secure authority to release information that “(1) reveal a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client; (2) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client to the disadvantage of the client; [or] (3) use a confidence or secret of the lawyer’s client for the advantage of the lawyer or of a third person.”

Comey actually showed both how to and how not to disclose such information. When Comey released the information, he knew that he was going to be called to Congress where he could disclose this information properly after giving the White House a chance to claim privilege. Instead, he decided to release the information early. Why?

Comey gave two equally implausible explanations. First, he suggested that he wanted to get the information to investigators. However, he knew not only that he was likely to testify but that these memos would inevitably be demanded by both congressional and federal investigators. Second, he said that he wanted to ensure the appointment of a special counsel. However on that Monday, many of us were saying that such an appointment was virtually inevitable. More importantly, he could have given the memos to investigators and properly laid the foundation for a special counsel.

The fact is that the leaking of the memos worked to the advantage of James Comey, not Robert Mueller. Comey was able to take over the narrative and news cycle after Trump had publicly belittled him and his record. Special counsels do not like leaks of this kind. It would have been far better for the special counsel (or Comey’s own former investigatory team and congressional investigators) to have the memos confidentially.

Um, didn’t James Comey lead an “investigation” swamp thing Lynch dubbed a “matter”, against Hillary Clinton for the very reason of mishandled government documents?

If we are to believe Jimmy Comey, he is a self-confessed coward. If we are to believe Jimmy Comey, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a coward too. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has not seized computers from Comey and his Columbia crony. Special Counsel Rober Mueller is either a corrupt co-conspirator against a duly elected President or a coward – OR BOTH!

Comey the Coward of the Deep State conspiracy alongside Robert Mueller against a duly elected American president:

Former FBI Director James Comey is master operator on the Washington scene. That is the predominant impression I came away with from Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday. It is an impression that is consistent with his self-serving confessions of uneasiness, discomfort, confusion, cowardice, fright, tongue-tied wonderment and the like. What manner of man (let alone FBI Director) is this?

Comey has met with his friend Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to supervise the investigation into Russia-related matters and whatever else strikes his fancy. Comey is Mueller’s old colleague and friend. We learned yesterday that once he was fired by President Trump Comey himself sought to engineer the appointment of a special counsel. Mission accomplished. [snip]

Comey testified that he read the memo to Richman for the purpose of having Richman transmit the contents to “a reporter” (presumably a Timesman).

Why use a cutout? Comey testified: “Because I was weary [of] the media [that] was camping at the end of my driveway at that point. I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide. I worried it would be feeding seagulls at the beach, if it was I who gave it to the media.”

Here the clock strikes thirteen. This is ridiculous. [snip]

What is Comey talking about? And by the way, what other seagulls has he fed? As I say, this guy is a master operator. He is a master operator who can dish out a patently absurd story with a perfectly straight face.

How many “seagulls” has Jimmy Comey fed as part of his conspiracy alongside Robert Mueller against a duly elected President:

Today fired former FBI Director James Comey stated that he leaked data to a Columbia University friend who in turn provided the leaked information to the New York Times. Comey did this even though he stated under oath in the past that he never leaked information to the press.

The current updated analysis of the most recent list of so-called ‘leaks’ being reported and repeated by the liberal mainstream media (MSM) involving President Trump includes at least 38 leaks in total.

Many of these ‘leaks’ are now proven fabrications and the probability that many remaining ‘leaks’ are completely inaccurate is very high. [snip]

Of the 38 leaks listed below, nine are related to James Comey.

How many of these did Comey actually leak? [snip]

The President has the law on his side. Attorney General Sessions needs to add these entities and individuals to a growing list of corrupt swamp dwellers that need to be brought to justice. Former FBI Director Comey needs to be added to this list.

Drain the Swamp!

The list of leaks is long. Special Counsel Robert Mueller must investigate these leaks. Or is Robert Mueller himself a leaker? Or, as is apparently true as demonstrated by the lack of raids on the homes, offices, and computers, of James Comey and Daniel Richman, is Robert Mueller only interested in protection of his pal and co-conspirator James Comey?

No raids, no seizures of computers and records, point to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as corrupt as his pal Jimmy Comey.

Jimmy Comey aided and abetted swamp thing Loretta Lynch’s successful attempts to aid the Hillary Clinton political operation in 2016. Robert Mueller is in collusion with James Comey in a conspiracy to destroy a duly elected American president. Robert Mueller knows there is no “obstruction of justice” to investigate as it relates to President Trump. If there is “obstruction of justice” the obstruction is from the Comey/Mueller conspiracy to destroy a duly elected American president, especially as we all are now in agreement (including Chris “tingles” Matthews) that the “Russia collusion” lie is now proven so false even Obama Dimocrats have abandoned that sunken craft.

This Tuesday, possibly in open session, Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be able, like Dorothy with the lion, to punch the cowardly Comey in the snout.


125 thoughts on “Coward Comey Corruption Taints @FBI And #SpecialCounsel Mueller Must Resign

  1. Obama Dimocrats attack duly elected President Donald J. Trump, because that is all they have. Well, they do have a circular firing squad “manned” by Bernie:

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tore into the Democratic Party in a speech Saturday night in which he said the party’s strategy is “an absolute failure.”

    The comment from the 2016 Democratic primary runner-up came during an address at the annual People’s Summit in Chicago. Sanders said he gets asked frequently how the Democratic Party lost to Trump, and he told the audience, “My answer is that Trump didn’t win the election, the Democratic Party lost the election.”

    CNN reported that while Sanders made these remarks members of the audience chanted, “Bernie would have won.” Sanders’ former campaign manager Jeff Weaver told The Washington Post that the Vermont senator is open to running in 2020. Sanders would be 80 years old on election day.

    He has frequently made this criticism of the Democratic Party, and on Saturday referenced the recent success of the Labour Party in Britain to show what the Democrats could aim to do. Sanders said Labour didn’t move to the right, “they won those seats by standing [up] to the ruling class of the UK.”

    “Unfortunately, to a large degree, the Democratic leadership has ignored the needs of working people – black workers, white workers, Latino workers, Asian American workers and Native American workers in almost half the states in our country,” Sen. Sanders said. “That has got to change. The working people of Mississippi and Wyoming, of South Carolina and Oklahoma, of Texas and Kansas, of Nebraska and Utah and many other states will support a progressive agenda – if we bring that agenda to them.”

    Socialist kook thinks he could have beaten Donald J. Trump. Bernie2020!

  2. Mueller has been quiet lately. What exactly was he doing while Comey was pretending to be so brave confessing that he is the leaker? Can Deputy AG Rosenstein ask him to resign?


    President Trump will not unconditionally cooperate with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s recently opened investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and any possible coordination with the Trump campaign, a defense lawyer for Trump signaled on Sunday.

    The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, also questioned the appropriateness of Mueller’s advance review of the prepared testimony that former FBI Director James B. Comey delivered last week to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    While noting that Trump said Friday he would answer Mueller’s questions under oath, Sekulow declined to rule out ordering at some later date the firing of the widely praised Mueller, who preceded Comey as FBI director.

    “The president is going to seek the advice of his counsel and inside the government as well as outside,’’ Sekulow told ABC’s “This Week,’’ adding, “I’m not going to speculate on what he will or will not do.’’

    Sekulow’s position points out the complexity created by the parallel congressional and criminal investigations into what happened during the campaign and its aftermath. Mueller’s inquiry may also now include questions about whether Trump tried to influence the FBI investigation.

    Comey has made clear that he vetted his prepared Senate testimony with Mueller and his aides to avoid revealing information that might compromise the special counsel’s pursuit of possible criminal wrongdoing.

    Yet by vetting his testimony, Comey provided Trump’s defense team an opening to question his coziness with Mueller. The two had worked together during the George W. Bush administration when Comey was deputy attorney general and Mueller was FBI director, a position he kept until late 2013, when Comey succeeded him.

    “What is the role of the special counsel here?’’ asked Sekulow, who is chief counsel for the Washington-based American Center for Law and Justice. “The special counsel allowed James Comey to testify. James Comey said he reviewed his testimony with the special counsel.… I think this is unprecedented.’’ [snip]

    At 5:29 a.m. EDT, the president’s Twitter account posted criticism of Comey — focusing on the former FBI director’s acknowledgment to the Senate committee that he had used an intermediary to leak to the news media the existence of notes he had kept memorializing his private conversations with Trump.

    I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible,’’ said Trump’s tweet. “Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’

    Mueller and Comey collusion.

  4. The GOP needs to demand that Mueller recuse himself.

    I seriously doubt they will do that. Why? Because most of them are sniveling cowards themselves, and hate Trump as much as Comey does.

    Therefore I think Trump will have to fire Mueller.

    Do it, Mr. President. This ain’t Watergate. There’s no crime here. Put an end to this nonsense.

  5. What in the world was Sessions thinking when he recused himself?

    Can not tell you how disappointed I am in him at this point, didn’t think I would be…

  6. What in the world was Sessions thinking when he recused himself?

    Can not tell you how disappointed I am in him at this point, didn’t think I would be…
    I hear you. I feel the same way. And yet .. it’s possible we’re rushing to judgment here.

    Lindsay Graham pointed out that Sessions had no choice but to recuse himself. The Trump-haters would never have accepted him as unbiased.

    Yes, those convos between Sessions and the Russian ambassador were normal and natural. But a large chunk of the public thinks otherwise.

    So I’m starting to think Graham may be right.

  7. Strongly agree with Gonzo and Matthew77…


    Found this interesting doubledown tid-bit on Breitbart earlier..

    Will there ever be an end to the persecution/prosecution of Trump?

    Leading liberals develop blueprint to expand ‘deep state’ and undercut Trump

    Left-Wing American ‘Constitution’ Society Urges Deep State to Undermine Trump

    by JOEL B. POLLAK 11 Jun 2017

    The Washington Examiner has published an account of a meeting of the American Constitution Society — the left’s version of the conservative Federalist Society of lawyers — at which participants discussed how to encourage the “deep state” to undermine President Donald Trump.

    Ryan Lovelace of the Examiner reported Saturday:

    Forlorn liberals took refuge at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington this week, discussing whether to encourage the growth of the “deep state” resistance inside the government or fight President Trump from outside.

  8. O/T

    Found this interesting doubledown tid-bit on Breitbart earlier..

    Will there ever be an end to the persecution/prosecution of Trump?

    Leading liberals develop blueprint to expand ‘deep state’ and undercut Trump

    Left-Wing American ‘Constitution’ Society Urges Deep State to Undermine Trump

    by JOEL B. POLLAK 11 Jun 2017

    The Washington Examiner has published an account of a meeting of the American Constitution Society — the left’s version of the conservative Federalist Society of lawyers — at which participants discussed how to encourage the “deep state” to undermine President Donald Trump.

    Ryan Lovelace of the Examiner reported Saturday:

    Forlorn liberals took refuge at the American Constitution Society’s national convention in Washington this week, discussing whether to encourage the growth of the “deep state” resistance inside the government or fight President Trump from outside.

  9. Lindsay is not someone I would agree with on most any subject.

    As usual, it was the Rinos who did not come to his Sessions side.

    All part of the plan to try and oust Trump

  10. I have been watching this site for as long as admin has been dealing with the frustrations of working out the kinks and having it run smoothly as it should-

    kudos to you, admin, for having the intestinal fortitude getting this baby delivered and home.
    Hey, Gonzo.. I know, it’s been a while getting my legs back under me again.. and wanting to post again.. But, the snowflakes are really getting under my skin and I’ve decided to speak out for as long as I can.. Must be that ole’ Texas spirit I inherited after moving here several years ago..

  11. I’m in! Glory be! 🙂

    Lynch asked Comey to lie, and he did.
    Trump asked Comey to tell the truth, and he refused.

    Comey is a scumbag.

  12. Early birthday gift for President Trump: Today Melania Trump and Barron, after his school semester finished, moved into the White House.

  13. Dumbass Frank Bruni at the New York Times on the Dim future:

    Can Democrats Save Themselves?

    HALCOTTSVILLE, N.Y. — On a recent weekend at the farmers market here, Fred Margulies sat under a “Vote Where It Counts” sign and beckoned second-home owners to re-register in this area upstate instead of wherever their main residences were — New York City, most likely.

    To win the House in 2018 and buck President Trump’s worst impulses, Democrats don’t need more votes in Manhattan and Brooklyn. They need them around Halcottsville, in the 19th Congressional District, where the party should be able to prevail but keeps falling short.

    Its optimism grows with Trump’s woes. But will Democrats put forward the right candidate for a largely working-class region whose barns need paint, whose town centers want for bustle and whose manufacturing plants are too few and far between?

    Margulies told me that a man might fare best, especially someone who doesn’t feed residents’ fears that they’re “under the thumb of the city.” But in the Democratic primary last year, Margulies spurned a male contender with unquestioned local ties in favor of Zephyr Teachout, a Manhattan law professor who’d just moved to the district to run. She got the nomination, then lost by about nine points in the general election.

    “I liked her mind,” Margulies said. “I guess I’m not practical.”

    Well, the time for romance is past. The 2018 midterms could hinge on how ruthlessly pragmatic Democrats are.

    From the scandalous look of the last week, dominated by James Comey’s testimony, Democrats are beautifully positioned to trounce Republicans wherever Republicans are trounce-able. But the party has done an ace job of sabotaging itself before. The 19th District, also known as the Hudson Valley, tells that story well.

    So could Georgia’s 6th District, the Atlanta suburbs where a fiercely contested special election — the most expensive in the history of House races — concludes on June 20. If the Republican, Karen Handel, emerges victorious, it will in part reflect the shortcomings of her Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff. At 30, he has an underwhelming résumé and occasionally callow air, and lives near, but not in, the district that he’s vying to represent.

    Next year, Democrats should pick up many seats in Congress, given the usual midterm correction and the unusual melodrama in the Trump administration. Control of the Senate is probably beyond the party’s reach, because Democrats have to defend two states to every one that Republicans do, on turf that’s plenty red. Control of the House, though, is entirely possible, even with all the gerrymandering that has occurred. But that presumes that Democrats can get their act together.

    They’re still not sure how much of Trump’s victory had to do with Hillary Clinton’s flaws versus the party’s poor grasp of America, and the more they focus on the former, tattling for the tell-all book “Shattered” and then tittering over its revelations, the less they own up to the latter.

    They’re still searching for a concise, coherent message. They’re still feuding: the Bernie Sanders/Elizabeth Warren wing versus the moderates. And they’re still indulging in elitist optics at odds with the lessons of 2016. Although new research commissioned by Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, concluded that many Obama-to-Trump voters believed that Democrats are out of touch with less affluent Americans, a recent, high-profile Democratic brainstorming session in Washington was held at the opulent Four Seasons Hotel. [snip]

    Their horse in 2014 was a pampered foal, Sean Eldridge, then 28, who is married to the Facebook multimillionaire Chris Hughes and qualified for the race by purchasing a $2 million country house just an hour from the $5 million country house the couple already owned.

    His bid was cast as a tale “of nouveau riche liberal ambition, real-estate excess and carpetbaggery run amok,” Michael Barbaro wrote in The Times, and, shockingly, he never captured the hearts of the region’s dairy farmers. Although the district is almost evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, and Barack Obama won it by about eight points in 2008 and six in 2012, Eldridge suffered a 30-point defeat.

    He ran against a popular, deft incumbent who then decided to retire from the House after 2016, so Democrats nursed renewed hopes in last year’s congressional election. Party chieftains in Washington put the Hudson Valley high on their wish list of House seats to turn blue.

    Teachout was the favorite of the local progressives who held sway in the primary. She had been anointed by Sanders. She had attained some celebrity by challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 re-election bid. So they passed over Will Yandik, a relative moderate whose family farm went back several generations and who had graduated from a local high school before getting bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Ivy League.

    Many of the local Democrats I interviewed over recent weeks worried, in retrospect, that they had screwed up: Teachout was inevitably caricatured as an elite interloper. Many others said that it probably didn’t matter in the end. Trump notched a roughly seven-point victory in the Hudson Valley, which bears striking similarities to the beleaguered Rust Belt counties where he did so well, and Teachout’s opponent, John Faso, undoubtedly benefited from the billionaire’s coattails (though he never officially endorsed Trump). [snip]

    He’s taking a pass on 2018 but is watching to see whether Democratic primary voters “are going to be strategic and pick a centrist and someone with deep roots — someone who can beat John Faso — or whether they are going to adhere to their progressive principles and put a firebrand like Zephyr Teachout up again.

    The Hudson Valley is shaping up to be a laboratory for how Democrats do — or don’t — stage a comeback. Several political analysts pointed out to me that before new congressional boundaries took effect for the race of 2012, much of it fell in the 20th District, which Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, won in 2006 and 2008. (She later graduated to the Senate.) Of course she was less liberal back then, when she bragged about the guns under her bed and opposed driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

    For now, party leaders are optimistic.

    This is not political analysis. It is comedy.

    Bruni hunts down the one Trump voter who is not happy with Trump then turns that into a trend. Bruni then describes the Dim candidates. No matter how Bruni tries to hide the candidate histories it is clear that most are carpetbaggers or far out leftists who are destined to lose. There’s a big time Manhattan lawyer from a super big law-firm who just moved into the district from New Jersey. There’s a 28 year old from Harvard. There’s a guy who is humble because he graduated from Georgetown and lives in Manhattan and never voted in the district before. Clowns.

    Bruni is a snippy fat little bitch who mentions in passing the problems the Obama Dims have.

    Obama Dims have as their #1 problem a hatred of America and the middle and lower classes they cannot disguise. They meet at the Four Seasons to discuss how cool they are with the working class.

    Obama Dims will lose in 2018 and this subtext of Bruni’s masturbatory fantasies, as much as he tries to hide it, is not well hidden. Obama Dims have no message other than “hate Trump and America”.

  14. I, for one, am I very happy Jay Sekelu (sp) is representing PDT
    he is tough & blunt
    Why in the world did the deputy AG choose Mueller to begin with
    Knowing full well there is an inherent conflict of interests
    ..makes you wonder about that from the get go
    I trully hope Sessions shows some, shall I I out I it I diplomatically and say some COURAGE & FORCEFULLNESS this week & not wilt away and allow himself to be browbeated
    It is time to freaking FIGHT BACK…enough is enough

    Btw…even the Tony audience hardly responded to Colbert’s attempt to ridicule PDT…trying as hard as he I could it did not rouse the way he expected…flat

  15. Btw I was at I an event today in Boca & could not help overhearing a convo by some jewish couples arguing…all were dems & formers dems & two of them were really letting their friends have it over O’s abandonment of Israel…one was talking about her relatives there that live on border of Lebanon & possible plans etc…she was very well informed and articulate…she is no longer a dem nor her friends…she spoke adamantly about seeing and understanding exactly just what is going on…she & her husband said while they don’t “like ” DT they I fully support him
    I so wanted to join in but contained myself…

  16. I think it is a persistent rumor that Howard Schultz intends to run for President in 2020 and that is why he resigned a CEO of Starbucks. Last night I had dinner with a senior member of that organization and he told me he shares that belief. He sees Howard as charismatic and concerned about the less fortunate, based on the fact that he grew up in the Brooklyn projects. He said that there was a proposal on the table to cut benefits for parttimers in his organization and he refused to do it. He said he would rather sell the company than do that, which is fine and well. However, in my view, while we may want a president to show compassion up to a point, too much of it can break a country, and create perverse incentives such as we see today in the welfare state. And, of course, there are other opinions, apart from those Howard made rich. For example, there have been property disputes with neighbors that do not reflect the warm hearted generosity he showed to his employees. This apparent ambiguity gets back to something the actor Jimmy Steward said in the Hollywood movie Anatomy of a Murder:

    No one is all one thing.

    Jbstonesfan: Herb Stern taught me that one.

  17. While many were riveted by Comey’s discussion of his discomfort in meetings with President Trump, most seemed to miss the fact that Comey was describing his own conduct in strikingly unethical terms. The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined. After calling Comey a “showboat” and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.

    Quos Deus vult perdere prius …

    “Those who the gods would destroy, they first make angry”

  18. I think some of the Dims are thinking about Kamala Harris and Corey Booker as a team to harness the kids, the ‘resistence’ and minority votes…go full on identity politics like they did with O…

  19. The goddess Nemesis is not quite finished with Mr. Comey.

    The Law of Probability tells us that this was not the only leak he made.

    Others may be even harder to explain.

    They will need to build a giraffe cage for him at Fort Levenworth.

  20. Comey the coward (used to be Comey the clown) drags everyone around him down to save himself. That includes, not only his friend Dickhead Richman but even his ex boss Muleskinner.

    Courage should be made of sterner stuff.

  21. What in the world was Sessions thinking when he recused himself?

    Can not tell you how disappointed I am in him at this point, didn’t think I would be…
    The guy that got us into this mess is assistant attorney general rosenstein.

    If only he had waited for the Comey testimony, he could have said no special prosecutor is required.

    Not for nothing did Old Hickory warn is troops at the Battle of New Orleans:

    “Don’t fire til you see the whites of their eyes”

  22. I would be curious to know why Rosenstein chose Mueller to be special counsel, given the glaring conflict of interest. It leads me to wonder whether Rosenstein is the third piece of this Tinkers to Evers to Chance move to take down Trump. At a minimum it creates the appearance of impropriety, and I hope some of those Republican castrades in the Senate remind Muleskinner of the impropriety of meeting with Comey and ask him whether he is capable of setting aside his friendship with Comey, his protogee, and conducting a fair investigation. Normally, a question of this nature would not be necessary, but here a foundation has been laid to ask it, and that question must be asked to give the public confidence in the integrity of his investigation.

  23. S
    June 12, 2017 at 1:12 am
    I think some of the Dims are thinking about Kamala Harris and Corey Booker as a team to harness the kids, the ‘resistence’ and minority votes…go full on identity politics like they did with O…
    S: if Schultz runs, these jamokes will be history.

  24. John McCain is so eaten by jealousy he isn’t making sense anymore. Not that he ever made much but this is pathetic. While John was off crashing airplanes and getting tortured Trump was in school and collecting rents. Both men followed the family businesses but one was a lot better at it than the other. While Trump was making money and learning international economics so he could do as he pleased later in life McCain was reduced to marrying it and humping it for dirty donors to keep body and soul together. John chose poorly and has gotten more chances than a cat has lives and he still blew it. He needs to shut up now and go home like the kept man he has been for decades.

  25. One of the things the Comey “matter” has exposed is all of the BS about “reputations”. This one is smart and principled and that one is honest and upright. It is hooey. It is garbage. Some are better at not getting caught. Some are too stupid to do anything but toot their own horn. Some may be just plain old suckers. And more than a few are mental cases. DC is a snake pit. In a cesspool. The claims of smart, savvy, upright, learned, courageous, etc people working there are complete horse $(*#.

  26. The Democratic Machine is turning on Hillary. Her ability to pull in money is gone so she is too. Currently both parties are money machines and not much else. San Fran Nan turned the congressional caucus into a money pit in a way never seen before. Her nexus was the old money of the devolving stupids in San Francisco (think of the fourth generation degenerating wealthy DNA of the federal judiciary there) hooked up with the up and coming psychos (Zuckerwhatever-shudder) of Silicon Valley. Trump beat both groups to their horror. They don’t have enough voters to win anything much but a thin strip of decaying shoreline along both coasts.

    The Republicans (globalist Ryan, ossified old things like Jeb, NAFTA thugs, weird wienie Priebus, impotent Rove) are still butthurt over being trounced by a populist billionaire and non club member. What is the point of a party/club if you can’t keep people out and fewer and fewer people want to join to begin with. These parties are turning into old run down country clubs that have members dying off or fleeing from bug bites from the moldy carpet or cannot afford it all anymore.

    Both parties are struggling with the notion that they can’t buy what they want (what donors want really). The aforementioned Bruni (I only know him from tv shows about eating as much fat as he can shove in his gaping maw that someone else is paying for to publish or videotape like a freakshow) is still puzzled that the elites cannot buy congressional seats for their boy-toys who creep out the hicks. That Ossoff in GA is a creepy little dude but seems to have realized that he is reaching “pointing and laughing” condition and thus refused to debate on CNN since he may need to move out of Atlanta and doesn’t want to be recognized internationally in case he moves to Germany.

    Back to Hillary. Now they are turning on her although she is the perfect Democratic party creature who did all she could to please them. Comey is the Uni-Party creepy crawlies of DC metro area. McCain is the brain rotted Republicans. Failures.

    The Trump the Builder infrastructure money is going to be spent in the states who voted for Trump. Long neglected with pent-up suppressed economic energy these regions will take off and those already doing ok will become supercharged. The tax code will about-face away from cost-shifting high tax progressive states who will be caught holding the freebies bag. This is happening whether Dems, globalists, Never-Trumpers, techies who have run out of the easy stuff to “invent” and need tax breaks to hide the dough, or the national chamber of commerce like it. The DC, NYC, San Fran duds can only slow it down but everyone is tired of them.

  27. I hate to say this but sometimes, imo, Sessions gets that “deer in the headlights” look and does not seem ‘fast on his feet’ when reacting…I want to see him come out as a warrior, not someone on the defense with a whimper…or cornered

  28. …also, imo, PDT should be getting legal advice to stop…stop…making comments regarding the investigation…he runs the risk of broadening & prolonging this monstosity…

    Perjury trap…ask Bill Clinton
    His enemies a r e trying to BAIT him…do not allow them to suceed

    PDT should keep to taxes; infrastructure, healthcare…stick to issues regarding the work for the people, do not step in your message and drown out what you are accomplishing by reacting to the investigation
    Leave that to pitbull Jay Sekulow

  29. Bryan York doesn’t get to half the reasons why Mueller must leave or be removed:

    Byron York: Is Robert Mueller conflicted in Trump probe?

    Fired FBI Director James Comey has emerged as the main figure in what some Democrats believe will be an obstruction of justice case against President Trump in the Trump-Russia matter. Comey’s stories of conversations with the president, plus the fact that he was fired, ostensibly as a result of the Russia probe, make him potentially the star witness in the case.

    Which brings up an intriguing legal question. Comey is a good friend of special counsel Robert Mueller — such a good friend, for about 15 years now, that the two men have been described as “brothers in arms.” Their work together during the controversies over Bush-era terrorist surveillance has been characterized as “deepening a friendship forged in the crucible of the highest levels of the national security apparatus after the 9/11 attacks,” after which the men became “close partners and close allies throughout the years ahead.”

    Now Mueller is investigating the Trump-Russia affair, in which, if the increasing buzz in the case is correct, allegations of obstruction against the president will be central. And central to those allegations — the key witness — will be the prosecutor’s good friend, the now-aggrieved former FBI director.

    Is that a conflict? Should a prosecutor pursue a case in which the star witness is a close friend? And when the friend is not only a witness but also arguably a victim — of firing — by the target of the investigation? And when the prosecutor might also be called on to investigate some of his friend’s actions? The case would be difficult enough even without the complicating friendship.

    It’s not a question. Mueller is not only conflicted, he is corrupted.

  30. Georgia:

    It wasn’t exactly your typical Saturday afternoon sight in this sleepy Sandy Plains neighborhood: almost a dozen barrel-chested, leather-clad bikers — led by a quartet of clean-cut high school students, no less — going door to door asking if these 6th District voters plan to support Republican Karen Handel.

    But then again, this isn’t your typical special election and this hasn’t been a typical year in politics.

    The biker brigade was trying its hand at something new: getting involved on the ground in local congressional races.

    We’re here to put Karen Handel where she needs to be,” one of the bikers told a voter at his front door, “in D.C. supporting President Trump.”

    Bikers for Trump formed in 2015 to back the then-Republican candidate whose campaign was viewed by many at the time as quixotic. Chris Cox, the group’s Charleston, S.C.-based leader, said Trump’s anti-establishment bent and pro-veteran, anti-Islamic terror rhetoric appealed to him and other bikers, so he started holding rallies with fellow enthusiasts across the country.

    Since Trump’s inauguration, Cox said he noticed voters weren’t giving the president the respect he deserved. So he began channeling the energy of the group’s roughly 260,000 Facebook members into local races.

    Bikers for Trump is going to support any candidates, Senate, (House), local, that supports President Trump,” said Brian Strzalkowski, a power company lineman based in Winston who’s one of the group’s more than 700 members in Georgia. “Our goal is to see the state stay red and go all the way through and support President Trump.”

    Handel’s bid to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional District is seen as the first such effort.

    “It wasn’t terribly hard for me to turn bikers out to the polls for the presidential elections,” Cox said. “So this is more of a political science experiment here, if I’m going to be able to rally the bikers behind Karen.”

    So members of the group – some from as far as Florida – dropped in on a Handel campaign event Saturday at Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q in Marietta. The contrast in style was striking: Handel, sporting boat shoes and a white collared shirt, shaking hands with the bikers, clad in leather vests with patches stating “all my ammo is dipped in pig’s blood.”

    Handel’s relationship with Trump has changed over time. She often avoided discussing the president ahead of the first round of voting on April 18, but she’s since embraced him and Vice President Mike Pence, who fundraised for her in Cobb on Friday. Among Republican voters in the 6th, a majority said Trump has not been a factor for them as they’ve decided who to support in the congressional contest, according to a recent AJC poll.

    After refueling with pork sandwiches smothered in the restaurant’s secret sauce, Veterans for Trump members split up to canvass the nearby neighborhoods along with volunteers from the Handel campaign. For most members of the group, it marked their first time knocking on doors for a candidate.

    “This is not about Karen Handel. It’s about the Republican Party,” said Strzalkowski. “We support Karen Handel because she supports President Trump.”

    As the group crisscrossed the neighborhood, curious onlookers snapped quick photos from behind the dashboards of their cars. One man tapped the brim of his “Make America Great Again” hat as he answered his door.

    As the procession of motorcycles circled around and parked in the neighborhood’s cul-de-sac, one of the residents stepped into his driveway.

    “I’m sorry to interrupt,” Cox said.

    Oh, I don’t mind,” the man said with a smile.

  31. While Trump was making money and learning international economics so he could do as he pleased later in life McCain was reduced to marrying it and humping it for dirty donors to keep body and soul together.

    DC is a snake pit. In a cesspool.

    The Republicans (globalist Ryan, ossified old things like Jeb, NAFTA thugs, weird wienie Priebus, impotent Rove) are still butthurt over being trounced by a populist billionaire and non club member. What is the point of a party/club if you can’t keep people out and fewer and fewer people want to join to begin with.
    Ah, Mormaer. We don’t get to hear from you often, but when we do it’s always a pleasure. Pauca sed matura.

  32. Wbb

    The guy that got us into this mess is assistant attorney general rosenstein.

    If only he had waited for the Comey testimony, he could have said no special prosecutor is required.

    Sessions picked Rosenstein who picked Mueller
    Rosenstein was an obama acolyte

    WTH Sessions !!!

  33. So I am thinking Sessions was trying to be the “good guy”
    I’ll recuse myself and pick this bright obama supporter because I will show them how impartial I am…

    This is not his first rodeo, I can’t believe we are in this situation with Mueller hiring big guns and not caring the least about collusion, met with the 6’8″ Bigfoot who was just gleeful at the testimony because…because he and Mueller have a plan to take down Trump…

    These boys don’t get on these investigations to end up saying everyone is in the clear.

    I’ve been calling Republicans telling them to man up and support vocally on TV and radio our President and demand Mueller step down.

    I’m sure they are shaking in their boots…

  34. Trump at risk from Comey/Mueller: If “they don’t get you on the crime, they get you on the process”
    William A. Jacobson | 6/12/2017 – 9:10pm
    Robert Mueller should not be the “investigator in this because he is friendly with a key witness, James Comey”

    I was a guest today on Newsmax TV – America Talks Live with Bill Tucker.

    The main topic was my post about James Comey’s Senate testimony, Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends:

    “… the case has dramatically changed since James Comey was outed, or outed himself, as the leaker of a memorandum to the NY Times and testified before the Senate. Remember this case started as an investigation of Russian involvement.

    We now know from Comey’s testimony that as of the date Comey was fired in late May, Donald Trump individually was not under investigation for anything, not criminal, not counter-intelligence. So there’s nothing for Mueller to be investigating about Donald Trump individually except for one thing, which is James Comey’s conversations with Donald Trump regarding the Michael Flynn investigation. That’s where Comey famously quotes Trump saying ‘I hope you let it go, he’s a good guy,’ I’m paraphrasing there.

    That is now the center of attention. That involves James Comey as a key witness. Who is James Comey personally and professionally friendly with? Robert Mueller.

    Robert Mueller, if he is going to consider the alleged obstruction of justice asserted by James Comey, should not be the prosecutor or investigator in this because he is friendly with a key witness, James Comey. So that’s what I meant when I said ‘friends should not be investigating friends.’ And Robert Mueller, if he is considering Trump’s asserted obstruction of justice, cannot and should not be the investigator on this case.”

    I then discussed Comey’s history of involvement in obstruction of justice prosecutions where he could not prove an underlying crime. I’d refer you to an excellent article on this topic by Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist, James Comey Has A Long History Of Questionable Obstruction Cases. Frank Quattrone, someone wrongfully convicted by a Comey investigation and ultimately vindicated, has been tweeting about the team Mueller is putting together.

    I discussed how this history increased the risk to Trump from testifying before the Special Counsel.

    That is what this crew [of prosecutors] that Mueller’s putting together specializes in, … if they can’t get you on the substantive crime, they get you on the so-called process crime, which is a crime committed in the course of the investigation. And that’s why this is beginning to smell a little bit like a traditional Comey set-up, like he did with Martha Stewart and others, like was done with Scooter Libby by another special counsel, special prosecutor, that they don’t get you on the crime, they get you on the process.

    For Donald Trump, even if he’s right about what was said or what was not said, needs to be extremely, extremely careful around a group of prosecutors who, as I think you’ve noted, have a history of bringing overly aggressive prosecutions.”

    We ended the discussion with two more of my posts:

    Pathetic endings to prosecutorial careers of James Comey and Loretta Lynch
    Jewish Voice for Peace targeted at-risk LGBTQ contingent in Israel Day Parade

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    PrincetonAl | June 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm
    Great stuff professor. Far more substantive and detailed about the threats than I have read elsewhere, and very persuasive points to share.

    Also far better than the incredibly annoying Never Trumpers who are still whining and still hoping to see Trump on the wrong end of one of these investigations. I cannot believe the Republicans who are jumping into bed with the media enemy on this one – even gleefully and willfully and frankly ignorantly. The same ones who complain about media bias but forget the next second and jump at every charged drop. Y the MSM.

    This is a critical and dangerous time in the presidency, and clear thinking is needed.

  35. I do not understand the blatant audacity of Mueller bringing in hardnose Democratic prosecutors…people with trails of contributions and outright support for Democrats…he is obviously bringing in a team to expand this “investigation” and find something to trap and implicate DT on…glaring red flags…this is getting way, way out of hand and dangerous…imo…

    How is this not obvious to everyone…and where in the hell is the Republican leadership…are they going to just stand by silently while our President is railroaded…

    Christopher Ruddy (of Newsmax) has begun floating that PDT might ‘fire’ Mueller…

    as I mentioned earlier…I cannot understand how Sessions and Deputy AG Rosenstein can stand by and allow this prejudiced fiasco…how is this whole set-up in any way fair…it seems to me that Comey must have been ‘colluding’ with Rosenstein for this whole thing to so seemlessly line up…

    Is Rosenstein just another mole of the Deep Swamp…

    they are all, Comey, Rosenstein, etc, ethical, trustworthy, bla, bla, bla…until they are NOT!

    anyone with a brain can see what is going on…

    Sessions better get in there and show some cahunas tomorrow…if I see that ‘scared’ look in his eyes I am going to scream…I won’t be able to watch it until I can see replay late in the day so for all of you watching please post your impressions…I will be checking in here for updates…

  36. S
    June 13, 2017 at 12:45 am
    I do not understand the blatant audacity of Mueller bringing in hardnose Democratic prosecutors…people with trails of contributions and outright support for Democrats…he is obviously bringing in a team to expand this “investigation” and find something to trap and implicate DT on…glaring red flags…this is getting way, way out of hand and dangerous…imo…

    How is this not obvious to everyone…and where in the hell is the Republican leadership…are they going to just stand by silently while our President is railroaded…

    Yes, the Republican leadership will stand by and do nothing because they too want Trump to fail. They are all in cahoots. Sickening.

  37. Trump should fire Mueller for grotesque conflict of interests (Comey his boyfriend) and in the same firing memo s(!#-can that numbnuts Rosenstein for idiocy or corruption. Don’t waste paper and make it a two-fer. And if Sessions can’t show some spine today he may as well head for Biloxi and the grand-kids too.

  38. Rosenstein worked for Mueller right out of law school at DOJ. It is a regular old home week and homecoming for all of the crypt creatures at the DOJ. They all must go. They can form Mueller, Comey and Rosenstein and blackmail everybody in DC.

  39. Other than frustration, this Sessions session is a dry hole for tools like Mark Warner.

    Our frustration would be eased if a smiling Sessions would just throw Keebler cookies at Warner instead of answering.

  40. The Associated Press play-by-play:

    3:20 p.m.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he recused himself from the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia because he was involved in the campaign.

    Sessions says his recusal was not because he had done something wrong or was, himself, the subject of the investigation. He says he stepped aside because Justice Department rules prevent such a conflict of interest. Sessions became attorney general in February but did not recuse himself from that probe until March.

    He says it “became clear to me over time that I qualified as a principal adviser to the campaign and it was appropriate and right for me to recuse myself.”

    3:10 p.m.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is contradicting fired FBI director James Comey’s testimony about his concerns over a meeting he had with Trump.

    Comey testified last week that Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with President Donald Trump again. This was after a February meeting in which Comey said Trump told Sessions and others to leave the room before asking him to drop a probe into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia.

    Sessions says he was not silent, saying he stressed to Comey the need to be careful about following appropriate policies.

    He says he is confident that Comey understood and would abide by the Justice Departments rules on communications with the White House about ongoing investigations.

    3:05 p.m.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the suggestion that he colluded with Russians in the 2016 presidential election “is an appalling and detestable lie.”

    Sessions’s comments came during his Senate testimony on whether he met privately with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Sessions says he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump and members of Sessions’ staff also were there.

    He says the suggestion he was “aware of any collusion with the Russian government to hurt this country which I have served for 35 years, or to undermine the integrity of our democratic process, is an appalling and detestable lie.”

    Sessions adds that he has no knowledge of “any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.”

    3:00 p.m.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he did not have third meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

    His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Sergey Kislyak at an April 2016 foreign policy event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Sessions says he was there for a speech by then-candidate Donald Trump and members of Sessions’ staff were also in attendance.

    But he says he does not recall any private meetings or conversations with Russian officials at that event.

    Sessions in March stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice last year with Kislyak.

    All the Obama Dimocrat knives to stab at Sessions are made of rubber. Sessions is made of steel.

  41. Nothing the Left has done up until the Mueller investigation gave me pause, but that did.

    It terrifies me, and the fact that the usual suspects like Ryan, Light in the loafers Lindsey, come out and make statements that it would be a mistake to fire Mueller, despite the clear, very clear collusion between he, Comey and Rosenstein, well that is the basket of apples right there.

    They are willing to sacrifice the Constitution of America, and see our way of life destroyed in a few years by letting in antiAmerican Muslims and open borders for 30 pieces of silver.

  42. Keebler cookies, took me awhile Admin lol

    Maybe the Lucky Charms cereal would also be in order…

  43. I hear Rubio was Dems best buddy, what did the fool say?

    I’m sure he’s making up for being the star of the Comey hearings, probably appalled him, he said as much.

  44. Deplorable_Vespucciland on June 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Wyden ~ Nosferatu with a speech impediment?

  45. 0 0 snopercod | June 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    People have mostly forgotten, but when Wyden was first running for Congress, he was unable to answer a reporters’ questions regarding the price of milk/bread/ground beef in the supermarket, or identify Bosnia on the map (although we were bombing them at the time). Typical liberal…

    Yet they re elected him…

  46. Senator Cotton up now. Cotton is mocking the Obama Dims. Says the Dims have had to let go of the collusion angle because it is totally debunked. Sessions is smiling and giggling like a Keebler elf.

    Cotton says the hearing questions by Obama Dims are very stupid for anyone who has ever enjoyed a James Bond style spy movie.

    Cotton notes that Sessions debunks Comey testimony as to when Comey spoke to Sessions.

    Cotton presents a list of leaked stories and asked if the leaks are serious? Sessions says the leaks are serious and “extraordinarily damaging to American security”.

  47. This Russia rigged the election consumes the democrat party, and it survives without a scintilla to support it. Nevertheless, it was enough to shivied the weak kneed Rod Rosenstein to appoint Comey’s buddy to investigate Trump, who has gone on to hire democrat operatives to handle the investigation. Rosenstein is to Trump what Dean was to Nixon, and when he did the ambush appointment of this douchebag Muleskinner, Trump should have asked him: et tu Brutus? Gingrich tells that there is zero chance this investigation will be a fair one. It is nothing like the free pass they gave Obama. They would rather bring down the nation than conduct a fair investigation. As for finding the facts, yes, those pesky little things, there are like the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that is not there. But if you think they will stop there, think again. There will be lies and leaks and cover-ups of dims, and the entire goal is to protect the deep state and hang Trump an his supporters. Rothstein made all of this possible. If he had waited until he saw the whites of Comey’s eyes he would have realized there is no need for a special prosector and no good can come of it.

  48. …the interesting little tidbit for Rosenstein is that he serves at the pleasure of the President…big talker today…but PDT could fire his butt if he so chooses…(why he ever got this position is beyond me…worked with Comey, Mueller and Holder) (Donald has gotten a lot of bad, bad advice)

    imo…way too cozy…comey gets fired, he leaks to provoke a special prosecutor…mueller is waiting in the wings for his cue…steps forward and hires 4 democratic hardnose prosecutors…rosenstein starts talking very tough about his own independence…all ducks in a row…

    …now it is up to Sessions, who in fairness I think did pretty well today…to start going after the bigshots for leaks and put the headlights on Loretta Lynch and Comey and Clinton…turn around is fair play…time for Sessions to go on the Offensive…forget the GOP leadership, they along with McCain…are the Swamp…time to corner evil doers in the swamp and take their power away…

    not going to be easy with Mueller and his band of hungry Dimocrat prosecutors…the knives are all out…

    Rubio and Lindsey vacillate…they want to play all sides…

    imo…the Star today was Senator Tom Cotton…something right with that boy…

  49. from twitter…

    The Columbia Bugle‏ @ColumbiaBugle 4h4 hours ago

    Tom Cotton is one hell of a Senator. The guy is roasting his colleagues. #SessionsHearing
    42 replies 215 retweets 471 likes

  50. from twitter…photo on twitter (don’t know how to bring it here)

    The Columbia Bugle‏ @ColumbiaBugle 4h4 hours ago

    Just your daily reminder that Kamala Harris failed miserably on the Bar after Law School. #SessionsHearing

  51. gonzotx
    June 13, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    My question to you wbb,

    Will the Generals side with Trump?

    If by side with Trump you mean support him when the going gets tough?

    General Mattis: yes
    General McMaster: no

    H.R. does not know the meaning of the word loyalty.

    He does, however, know the meaning of the word leaker.

    H.R. is fond of leakers, being one himself.

    H.R. is controlled by General Betray Us.

    H.R. is like a character in Springtime For Hitler.

    Winter for Poland and France, and this country if he prevails.

    He has also got a little MacArthur at Chosin Reservoir in him.

    I will have the boys home by Christmas, but the #$^&&*(()+!!!!

    And he is very very very friendly to the deep state.

  52. Pat Buchanan says, “Time to burn down the Bastille”:

    Are We Nearing Civil War?
    By Patrick J. Buchanan

    President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down.

    We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration.

    Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly marked by fistfights and brawls. Police are having difficulty keeping people apart. A few have been arrested carrying concealed weapons.

    That the objective of this city is to bring Trump down via a deep state-media coup is no secret. Few deny it.

    Last week, fired Director of the FBI James Comey, a successor to J. Edgar Hoover, admitted under oath that he used a cutout to leak to The New York Times an Oval Office conversation with the president.

    Goal: have the Times story trigger the appointment of a special prosecutor to bring down the president.

    Comey wanted a special prosecutor to target Trump, despite his knowledge, from his own FBI investigation, that Trump was innocent of the pervasive charge that he colluded with the Kremlin in the hacking of the DNC.

    Comey’s deceit was designed to enlist the police powers of the state to bring down his president. And it worked. For the special counsel named, with broad powers to pursue Trump, is Comey’s friend and predecessor at the FBI, Robert Mueller.

    As Newt Gingrich said Sunday: “Look at who Mueller’s starting to hire. … (T)hese are people that … look to me like they’re … setting up to go after Trump … including people, by the way, who have been reprimanded for hiding from the defense information into major cases. …

    “This is going to be a witch hunt.”

    Another example. According to Daily Kos, Trump planned a swift lifting of sanctions on Russia after inauguration and a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin to prevent a second Cold War.

    The State Department was tasked with working out the details.

    Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received “panicky” calls of “Please, my God, can you stop this?”

    Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded.

    “It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own.

    Not in memory have there been so many leaks to injure a president from within his own government, and not just political leaks, but leaks of confidential, classified and secret documents. The leaks are coming out of the supposedly secure investigative and intelligence agencies of the U.S. government.

    The media, the beneficiaries of these leaks, are giving cover to those breaking the law. The real criminal “collusion” in Washington is between Big Media and the deep state, colluding to destroy a president they detest and to sink the policies they oppose.

    Yet another example is the unfolding “unmasking” scandal.

    While all the evidence is not yet in, it appears an abnormal number of conversations between Trump associates and Russians were intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies.

    On orders higher up, the conversations were transcribed, and, contrary to law, the names of Trump associates unmasked.

    Then those transcripts, with names revealed, were spread to all 16 agencies of the intel community at the direction of Susan Rice, and with the possible knowledge of Barack Obama, assuring some would be leaked after Trump became president.

    The leak of Gen. Michael Flynn’s conversation with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, after Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for the hacking of the DNC, may have been a product of the unmasking operation. The media hit on Flynn cost him the National Security Council post.

    Trump has had many accomplishments since his election. Yet his enemies in the media and their deep state allies have often made a purgatory of his presidency.

    What he and his White House need to understand is that this is not going to end, that this is a fight to the finish, that his enemies will not relent until they see him impeached or resigning in disgrace.

    To prevail, Trump will have to campaign across this country and wage guerrilla war in this capital, using the legal and political weapons at his disposal to ferret out the enemies within his own government.

    Not only is this battle essential, if Trump hopes to realize his agenda, it is winnable. For the people sense that the Beltway elites are cynically engaged in preserving their own privileges, positions and power.

    If the president cannot rewrite Obamacare or achieve tax reform, he should not go around the country in 2018 wailing about Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. They are not the real adversaries. They are but interchangeable parts.

    He should campaign against the real enemies of America First by promising to purge the deep state and flog its media collaborators.

    Time to burn down the Bastille.

  53. admin
    June 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm
    Other than frustration, this Sessions session is a dry hole for tools like Mark Warner.

    Our frustration would be eased if a smiling Sessions would just throw Keebler cookies at Warner instead of answering.
    Yes indeed.

    Does Warner remind you of anyone.

    There is something about his manner of delivery that rings a faint bell?

    And now I have got it:

    Peter Lorrie.

  54. I word rather call Shumer lard ass schumer rather that Schumer the clown. A weak brain—of course. But my god that ass of his is six axe handle wide. I guess you could call him Lumpy, but he is too malevolent for that.

  55. The question that reverberates in my mind is this:

    Which is worse: Russia hacking the election or Soros hacking the election.

    I say it is a distinction without a difference.

    Or maybe not

    To the best of my knowledge information and belief

    Putin is not the one funding black lives matter, and the radical left

    Soros, on the other hand, is.

    Bottom line?

    Soros is more likely that Putin to bring down this country.

    So lets have a congressional investigation in the Old Nazi, i.e. Soros.

    He is more of a security threat to this nation and free elections than Vlad.

  56. Admin: the problem and the solution.

    4:09 et. seq.

    By the way, Roger Stone pegs Muleskinner as a butboy for the neocons, and a tool used by the corrupt James Comey to undermine the republic.

    That is the truth.

  57. Sinking:

    A re-air of CBS’s 60 Minutes more than doubled the viewership of NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

    In head-to-head competition, 60 Minutes, which was Sunday’s most-watched show, drew 7.9 million viewers while the second episode of Kelly’s show, which included an interview with Erin Andrews, averaged 3.6 million, down -42 percent from its debut episode a week earlier.

  58. Let us remember where Russia! came from in the overall lay of the political landscape. ” “I’m angry,” Hillary told her friend. And exhausted. After two brutal campaigns against Sanders and Trump, Hillary now had to explain the failure to friends in a seemingly endless round of phone calls. That was taking a toll on her already weary and grief-stricken soul. But mostly, she was mad— mad that she’d lost and that the country would have to endure a Trump presidency.”

    “The authors detail how Clinton went out of her way to pass blame for her stunning loss on “Comey and Russia.”

    “She wants to make sure all these narratives get spun the right way,” a longtime Clinton confidant is quoted as saying.”

    “The book further highlights how Clinton’s Russia-blame-game was a plan hatched by senior campaign staffers John Podesta and Robby Mook, less than “within twenty-four hours” after she conceded:

    ” That strategy had been set within twenty-four hours of her concession speech. Mook and Podesta assembled her communications team at the Brooklyn headquarters to engineer the case that the election wasn’t entirely on the up-and-up. For a couple of hours, with Shake Shack containers littering the room, they went over the script they would pitch to the press and the public. Already, Russian hacking was the centerpiece of the argument.”

    All of it came out of a political implosion and an ass covering operation to make sure the money didn’t get cut off nor that any Democrat would have to answer to donors. All of it is lies. Every bit of the Russian malarkey. While the Hillary campaign luminaries cooked this idiocy up, Mook doesn’t understand the electoral college and Podesta is online security illiterate, Hillary needed a cover story on why she wasted a billion dollars of other people’s money to be beat like a dead horse by a neophyte she with great hubris underestimated. Bill tried to tell her and as usual she wouldn’t listen. Like Seinfeld she ran a campaign about nothing. And lost.

    This entire “witch trial”, started by hateful, lazy, losers may be the greatest con of all. And it is slowly fizzling out. Donors are staying away from Democrats (they is a rat hole of nothing) and young people are finally saying Hillary needs to go away. Everything in that hearing yesterday was for theater and spite. For losers. And to keep the money rolling in from idiots. How are Democrats different from Bernie Madoff? Madoff is more honest and not as greedy or destructive.

  59. Muellar is a walking conflict of interest.
    28 CFR Section 45.2 provides in part as follows:
    Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship.
    (a) Unless authorized under paragraph (b) of this section, no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with:

    (1) Any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution; or

    (2) Any person or organization which he knows has a specific and substantial interest that would be directly affected by the outcome of the investigation or prosecution….

    (c) For the purposes of this section:

    (2)Personal relationship means a close and substantial connection of the type normally viewed as likely to induce partiality….Whether relationships (including friendships) of an employee to other persons [outside his or her family] or organizations are “personal” must be judged on an individual basis with due regard given to the subjective opinion of the employee.”

    Comey is a prime witness so Muellar is out. Add in Rosenstein to the mutual admiration society as Muellar was his first boss out of law school so I would say he is out as well and needs to recuse too. The bar in DC has got nothing on a family of inbred yokels for weird interconnections. They are all their mother’s nephews. We need a old, crusty senior federal judge (who went to Baylor not Harvard) to do a review and say there is nothing, that is a crime, here so get out of my courthouse and shut up it’s over.

  60. Deep State keeps Iran deal afloat
    Former U.S. foreign minister John F. Kerry speaks during a news conference, at the opening of the Oslo Forum at Losby Gods outside Oslo, Norway June 13, 2017. NTB Scanpix/Hakon Mosvold Larsen via REUTERS
    European foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday she was confident the United States would stick to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, despite its protestations to the contrary, as the deal is working.
    Catalyst for above published info:

  61. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise shot, aide too:

    Steve Scalise shot in Virginia, aide also hit

    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip and at least one other aide was also hit in the chest by a gunman with a rifle who opened fire at a baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday morning, Fox News confirmed.

    Police tweeted they “believed” the gunman was in custody. Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was dead. He said a staffer used a belt as a tourniquet to stop Scalise’s bleeding. [snip]

    Scalise, 51, is the House majority whip. He has represented Louisiana’s First Congressional District since 2008 and chairs the House Republican Study Committee. He is married with two children. Scalise’s district includes New Orleans.

    President Trump and VP Pence have been alerted.

  62. Seems to be politically motivated.

    Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., told Fox News he left just before the shooting. As he walked to his car, a man asked DeSantis if it was Republicans or Democrats practicing. About three minutes the shooting began, DeSantis said.

  63. The very violence they claimed certain Trump supporters would bring but instead some nut who likely is watching too much liberal media spewing their hate towards Trump and the GOP.

  64. let’s face it…it is open season on republicans…

    last night I left a post about how disgusted i am with the Dims…i went on and on about how uncouth, violent, disrespectful, etc they have become…how they are setting such a terrible example for the youth…all they do is pitch aggressive violence, insults, fake news and swear…

    how they are openly encouraging and supporting examples of “art” that depict assassinating the President of the USA and beheadings…etc

    how all they are about is “resistence” and fighting against creating solutions…etc etc etc

    somehow that post got swallowed into the abyss…

    and then we wake up to the Republican Congressional Baseball team being sitting ducks on an open baseball field and a shooter asks who is playing on the field…Repubs and or Dems…and over 50 rounds are fired at them…taking down one of the most important repubs who is actively working to pass the policies of the President…

    what the freak does anyone expect…just think about all the thoughts have been planted…by the far left and the current Dim party to harm the President, his family and his party…

    nonstop negative energy…nonstop…

    I am so done with them…the far left owns the Dims…devoid of all rationale and intellect…only resistence and revenge…

    the two remaining honest and fair minded Dems that I respect are Jonathan Turley and Alan Dershowitz…at least they have kept their integrity and principles…and not sold out or lowerd themselves to behavior attributed to a rebellious 14 year old…

    I noticed above someone referred to the
    “Persistence”…I consider myself part of the “Persistence Movement”

    thank goodness for those capitol police or we would have been left with multiple dead bodies…

  65. Resist movement/antifa are calling for blood in the streets.
    Trump assassination porn is being shown in the guise of “jokes” and Shakespeare.
    And now Republicans are being shot early morning on a baseball field as they practice for a charity event.
    Draw your own conclusions.

  66. Tony Stark

    June 14, 2017 at 10:38 am Bernie supporter?

    Tony, i thought the same exact thing when i heard about this…

  67. Time for Trump to publicly name the domestic enemy geoups violently opposed to him and his supporters just as he named radical Islamic terrorism: radical progressive terrorism.

  68. Grain of salt as many details that come out first after these tragedies may be wrong but some are saying shooter has been identified and yep he’s a Bernie supporter

  69. At all these charades of investigation meetings for public display, I want to hear at least ONE…one republican say that even in their own investigations they have equal number of party representation on their panels…so

    WHY? WHY? are there not equal representation of PROSECUTORS that have been hired by the Special Counsel, MR Mueller?

    Why is it that all the prosecutors he has chosen in his widening investigation are Democrats and large donors to the Democrats and even the Clinton Foundation

    Are we to believe that there are no Republican or pro Trump Prosecutors Mr Mueller could choose to balance the perspectives of his Prosecutorial Team???

    How stupid do they think we are?

    But our stupidity or lack thereof will not matter if there are not any REPUBLICANS that will stand up publically in one of these investigative settings and at the very least and at the most DEMAND…ask the question…what is wrong with them to just stand by and allow this travesty of justice…

    FAIRNESS is that so foreign a word that the Special Counsel would not understand the concept…

  70. We need a old, crusty senior federal judge (who went to Baylor not Harvard) to do a review and say there is nothing, that is a crime, here so get out of my courthouse and shut up it’s over.

    We need to do our part, too. I take every opportunity to let my acquaintances and colleagues know that the Russian collusion story is a scam, and that anyone who believes it is an idiot.

    Ditto the “obstruction of justice” bullshit.

    Probably not a great career move in Silicon Valley, but I don’t give a shit. I’m sick of this fucking nonsense.

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