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4/12/2018

GOP Launches “Lyin’ Comey” Website With White House Approval

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:09 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Last month, President Trump said “As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State”. He followed that up with this tweet: “Comey knew it all, and much more!” The former FBI director tweeted in response, or warning:

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Next week, Comey will be embarking on a publicity tour as his memoir “A Higher Truth” is set to be released. In an effort to blunt any negative fallout impacting the President, there is a new website being paid for by the Republican National Committee which aggressively lays out this administration’s case against Comey. It will also be fact-checking the book for contradictions and lies. According to reports, the White House approved all the talking points posted on the website. Amusingly, the site itself can literally be found at www.LyinComey.com:

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Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement:

James Comey’s publicity tour is a self-serving attempt to make money and rehabilitate his own image. Comey is a liar and a leaker, and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing. If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we’ll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility.

Question: How effective will this be, and does anyone really care about James Comey (other than Trump)? And, at this point in time, would a tell-all from an embattled figure like James Comey really impact voters in any meaningful way?

While it’s an open question how successful Republicans will be in making their case against Comey, given that Trump unceremoniously dismissed him last May 9, there is no doubt that many Democrats remain furious at how the former FBI director treated Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Republicans hope to remind Democrats why they disliked Comey by assailing his credibility, shining a new light on his conduct and pointing out his contradictions — or the three Cs.

Comey recently compared Trump to a “mob boss” during an interview which will air next Tuesday. No doubt when it airs, Trump will fire off his own searing series of tweets in response. This in spite of other very real and perilous situations demanding his attention.

–Dana

258 Responses to “GOP Launches “Lyin’ Comey” Website With White House Approval”

  1. Hoo boy.

    Dana (023079)

  2. why can’t we just call him naziboy comey – he used to lead the Nazi FBI you know

    he was like the head gestapo there

    corner office etc

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  3. Question: How effective will this be, and does anyone really care about James Comey (other than Trump)?

    Nobody cares about Comey. We should all care about Stormy.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  4. He had his chance. He’ll make a lot of money and accomplish what? Ignore him.

    crazy (d99a88)

  5. he’s also super best friends with herr mueller who’s the de facto fuhrer what all the other dirty fbi nazis take orders from now

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  6. This in spite of other very real and perilous situations demanding his attention.

    More catch-22 logic. Trump is being brought down by the likes of Comey and his cabal. He should counter that, or he’s done. But if he does, he’s ignoring “very real and perilous situations”, so he shouldn’t.

    The bit never gets old.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  7. If Trump was a mob boss Mueller would give him immunity,

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  8. “How effective will this be” – probably not all that much. The democrats will lionize Comey, especially if he disses Trump. but so what?

    “Does anyone really care about James Comey (other than Trump)?” Not especially. I think he deserved to be fired and I wish he would just go away in shame. His behavior since being fired in fact reinforces my feeling on the matter. FBI agents leaking anything to anyone should be canned immediately.

    “Would a tell-all from an embattled figure like James Comey really impact voters in any meaningful way?” – Hard to say really. Did Fire and Fury impact anything? Do these kind of books really accomplish anything? I seem them being pointless cathartic exercises for all involved.

    Cassandra (a815b9)

  9. I know, I know, Trump didn’t have a License to Collude. Well, maybe he didn’t need one.

    Sessions needs to wake up and raid Comey’s putative lawyer’s house and jamb him up for leaking. Or refer it to someone who will.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  10. Comey is a self-serving, disingenuous jackass.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  11. Question: How effective will this be, and does anyone really care about James Comey (other than Trump)? And, at this point in time, would a tell-all from an embattled figure like James Comey really impact voters in any meaningful way?

    Your kidding! You must not watch television news or read the paper.

    AZ Bob (9a6ada)

  12. comey’s the one cowardly john mccain delivered his dossier to

    the one about the urinating hookers

    he so bad wanted comey to use it to do a blackmail coup on president trump

    he was so proud of himself

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. “And, at this point in time, would a tell-all from an embattled figure like James Comey really impact voters in any meaningful way?“

    Like Michael Wolfe’s book, it will be geared to a special breed of reader and too salacious not to be true. As our host likes to say, it will raise interesting questions.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  14. If you’re a Democrat, such websites aren’t necessary since the effort is outsourced to a friendly and obliging media.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  15. In an effort to blunt any negative fallout impacting the President, there is a new website being paid for by the Republican National Committee which aggressively lays out this administration’s case against Comey.

    At this point, w/Ryan abandoning ship, likely the better waste of donated party funds the RNC could think of rather than bowing bucks to shore up doomed House candidates. The least objectionable show– but hey, that’s the TeeVee biz, eh, Captain, sir.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  16. You canNOT get any gayer than this… (NTTAWWT)… https://twitter.com/Comey/status/938214524926267392/photo/1

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  17. James Comey

    @Comey
    In NYC to meet with my publisher. Hope leadership book will be useful. Reassuring to see Lady Liberty standing tall even in rough weather.
    6:12 PM – Dec 5, 2017

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  18. Sanctimonious grocery clerk of a man.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  19. I don’t suppose that it occurs to some folks that the “red line” around Trump’s finances, that the Special Prosecutor better not cross, is drawn by the same guy who promised to release his taxes in the first place.

    noel (b4d580)

  20. What’s with all the “gay” and “cuck” stuff you guys keep throwing around, Colonel Haiku. Not all guys are that insecure. You aren’t scaring them off.

    noel (b4d580)

  21. noel is so very concerned about an off-hand promise referencing tax returns. As for an oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, in sworn testimony— not so much.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  22. No doubt when it airs, Trump will fire off his own searing series of tweets in response. This in spite of other very real and perilous situations demanding his attention.

    If a prosecutor has time to blog, why shouldn’t POTUS have time to Tweet? Must he spend every minute of every day only focused on the most serious of issues? If so, why does that rule not apply to everyone else? This is a ridiculous standard that you are trying to apply to Trump that you apply to literally nobody else.

    Anon Y. Mous (6cc438)

  23. And, at this point in time, would a tell-all from an embattled figure like James Comey really impact voters in any meaningful way?

    Hopefully, the Horowitz/Huber team are making a case against him. I think it likelly that some of the suspected plea deals offered to some of his colleagues and underlings are generating solid evidence against him. Perhaps if Comey is on trial you will find the motivation to care about his criminal acts.

    Anon Y. Mous (6cc438)

  24. Donald Trump calling someone else a liar…

    Comedy gold.

    Dave (445e97)

  25. The FBI theoretically has the right to deny publication of anything an FBI agent would like to publish during/after their tenure. Why in the hell was this even allowed? Why not just stamp ‘deny’ across it? And laugh?

    Ingot (1de9ec)

  26. Comey, Hillary, Cheryl Mills and the whole Team Deep State are loving this, well as much as you can love it from outside the White House.

    harkin (607a84)

  27. Dave calling out a liar, but only if it’s Trump…

    Comedy gold.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  28. He leaks him here, he leaks him there

    That Comey leaks him everywhere

    Is he a hero? Is he a c***?

    That damned effusive Comey runt

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  29. Mr. President, the American people will hear my [Comey’s] story very soon.

    So like a tweet, but on paper.

    But how will we be able to tell if he gets ratioed?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  30. Likely includes the dedication “To my dearest pal, Robert Mueller”

    random viking (6a54c2)

  31. Comey is claiming more people will believe him, but not that he’s telling the whole truth exactly.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)


  32. Tenured University of Texas pharmacy professor Richard A. Morrisett, whose felony domestic violence case prompted a change in UT policies regarding school employees who commit crimes off campus, was found dead at his home on Thursday.
    The cause of death of Morrisett, 57, has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office, said Travis County sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Jonathan Ede. Morrisett’s death is not considered suspicious, Ede said
    Link

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  33. Some of those FoxNews hosts and guests are encouraging the firing of Rosenstein and Mueller. Gosh, you would think that the President of the United States would have great lawyers and be able to defend himself during an investigation or in court… rather than trying to prematurely rid of the Special Prosecutor. But maybe all those charges and guilty pleas that are stacking up have put their nerves on edge.

    noel (b4d580)

  34. An armed group of extreme antifa leftists, calling themselves “Revolutionary Student Front,” made continuous threats against Morrissett, a tenured pharmacy professor, following the charges. The door of his lab was defaced with menacing messages like “GET Out Morrisett OR ELSE” and “WATCH YOUR BACK RICHARD,” accompanied by communist iconography. Link

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  35. Rosenstein was on the verge of being impeached, noel.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  36. Pinandpuller says, “Rosenstein was on the verge of being impeached, noel”

    So…. Trump then appoints him to Deputy Attorney General?

    noel (b4d580)

  37. Are “witch hunts” supposed to actually result in a bunch of convictions?

    noel (b4d580)

  38. Which convictions, noel? You sound oh so very impressed by process crimes. With all the forces arrayed against Trump, with unlimited resources and scope, and to find nothing of substance after a year — it must be a huge disappointment to you.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  39. @13. “… it will be geared to a special breed of reader and too salacious not to be true.”

    =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    …aka Americans.

    Anybody remember “Who shot J.R.?” Who cares, but ‘between 83 million and 90 million American viewers (or 76% of all U.S. television viewers in the United States on in November, 1980) watched the episode.’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  40. So…. Trump then appoints him to Deputy Attorney General?

    noel (b4d580) — 4/12/2018 @ 3:40 pm

    I’m afraid you lost me there. If he wasn’t convicted he would still be DAG and if he was convicted he likely wouldn’t be confirmed by the same senate that threw him out.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  41. I can picture Comey yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theater.

    mg (9e54f8)

  42. Who can forget what happened nearly 40 years ago… right, Pops?

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  43. Witch Hunts got a lot of confessions, to be sure. If it went to trial you didn’t survive your exoneration.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  44. Comey rattles off a bunch of impeachable offenses:

    The 6-foot-8 Comey describes the president – described by the White House doctor as 6 foot 3 – as shorter than he expected with a ‘too long’ tie.
    His ‘face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his’.
    ‘I remember wondering how long it must take him in the morning to get that done.’
    He also says he made a conscious effort to check the president’s hand size, saying they were ‘smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so.’
    When they were together again at a White House reception for law enforcement Comey says Turmp tried to grab him for a hug.
    ‘He was not going to get a hug without being a whole lot stronger than he looked. He wasn’t,’ he says.
    Even his speaking style is up for ridicule with Comey calling it ‘an oral jigsaw puzzle contest, with a shot clock’.

    From the Daily Mail.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  45. 20… “You canNOT get any gayer than this… (NTTAWWT)…”

    Apparently, noel, you don’t know what that last bit means

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)


  46. …. rather than trying to prematurely rid of the Special Prosecutor….


    If you actually believe getting rid of a “Special Persecutor” after 15 months of zero charges against the President is premature I have a bridge to sell you. About how long should a “Special Persecutor” run his investigation, until they can dig something up to say they won? Or forever until a leftist is finally in the seat of power where a leftist rightly should be?

    You guys have 95% of the media running 24/7/365 at a 90% against Trump rate, all of Hollywood, late night TV, every academic from K-grad school, Zuckerberger and assorted and sundry other millionaires and billionaires and the entire Deep State and finally your “Special Persecutor” when exactly is enough, enough?

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  47. The sun has been without spot for ten days. [jpg]

    papertiger (c8116c)

  48. Just like the Democrats’ take on taxation, “it will never be enough”, Hoagie.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  49. Interesting that Comey touts himself as a truth telling leader. He spends some time on the dossier and reaction by Trump, et al, according to early leaks of the book.

    Wonder if, when he told Trump about the dossier in their very first meeting, he also told him that it was funded by the Democrats (and Clinton campaign)?

    pete (a65bac)

  50. hey mr mg, hope you are getting max spf’s

    your bit reminded me of the lyrics to smoke gets in your eyes

    They asked me how I knew
    My true love was true
    Oh, I of course replied
    Something here inside cannot be denied
    They said someday you’ll find
    All who love are blind
    Oh, when your heart’s on fire
    You must realize
    Smoke gets in your eyes
    So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed
    To think they could doubt my love
    Yet today my love has flown away
    I am without my love
    Now laughing friends deride
    Tears I can not hide
    Oh, so I smile and say
    When a lovely flame dies
    Smoke gets in your eyes
    Smoke gets in your eyes

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  51. @43. =Haiku!= Gesundheit!

    ‘Who can forget what happened nearly 40 years ago…’

    Even w/a Trump NDA, who can’t:

    Ex-Trump doorman confirms leaked affair reports

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amuVjVBHPpo

    ‘Dino Sajudin, a former doorman at a Trump building, confirmed reports that the National Enquirer paid Sajudin $30,000 to prevent him from publicizing a rumor that Donald Trump fathered a child out of wedlock w/a housekeeper.’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  52. HR noel

    happyfeet is using a couple of hours Flextime this afternoon to do some personal errands. I told him I’d cover his shift and I will clock out a few hours early tonight.

    Thanks

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  53. If I were Comey, I’d sue their asses. It’s actual malice to call him a liar before they had read the book. He’s got money of his own; he can afford the lawyers.

    And I say this as someone who thinks that Comey should have been fired.

    nk (dbc370)

  54. And I did not vote for him (Comey) in the primary.

    nk (dbc370)

  55. “If I were Comey, I’d sue their asses”

    “He talks tough just like a lawyer… yes he does.”

    —- Knob Dylan

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  56. Rod Rosenstang

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  57. Soda jerk

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  58. About how long should a “Special Persecutor” run his investigation, until they can dig something up to say they won?

    Lawrence Walsh stretched out his paycheck for 6 years, and in the end came up with pretty much zilch. That should give you some idea, Rev.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  59. If a prosecutor has time to blog, why shouldn’t POTUS have time to Tweet? Must he spend every minute of every day only focused on the most serious of issues? If so, why does that rule not apply to everyone else? This is a ridiculous standard that you are trying to apply to Trump that you apply to literally nobody else.

    Surely we can agree that the responsibilities, expectations and demands that come with being POTUS are like no other.

    Dana (023079)

  60. And the assault on this POTUS by all manner of forces is like no other.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  61. “Surely we can agree that the responsibilities, expectations and demands that come with being POTUS are like no other.”

    Don’t know about Shirley, but one would think if all that were true, how did 0bama get away with being a shiftless Hollyweird groupie for 8 years?

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  62. If you actually believe getting rid of a “Special Persecutor” after 15 months of zero charges against the President

    Do you really not understand that Mueller’s assignment involves more than finding crimes committed by Spanky himself?

    Dave (445e97)

  63. Like noel, Dave is so very impressed by process crimes.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  64. @45. From the Daily Mail…

    Peevish or vindictive? They report; you decide.

    “Just the facts, ma’am.” – Sgt. Joe Friday [Jack Webb] ‘Dragnet’, NBC TV

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  65. Would that be public figure on public figure crime, Mr nk? You

    Pinandpuller (216dee)

  66. Mr comey would know from high hurdles methinks

    Pinandpuller (216dee)

  67. Like noel, Dave is so very impressed by process crimes.

    So when Trump or one of his lackeys lies, it’s an irrelevant “process crime” and when McCabe or Comey (allegedly) lies it’s a deeeeeeeeeeep staaaaaaaaaaaate coup and the dawn of fascism.

    Got it.

    P.S. Stop defending Bill Clinton.

    Dave (445e97)

  68. Lee Zeldin

    @RepLeeZeldin
    Make no mistake…Trump-Russia probe was launched, bc @RealDonaldTrump won GOP nomination for Pres. It’s clear why DOJ/FBI didn’t want to turn over memo opening the investigation. They didn’t come up w/ a sufficient alternative justification to start the probe.
    12:54 PM – Apr 12, 2018

    MLee Zeldin

    @RepLeeZeldin
    Trump-Russia probe was continued, bc @RealDonaldTrump was about to possibly win Presidency. It’s clear why DOJ/FBI didn’t want Nunes memo released. They broke rules and misled a FISA court to improperly secure a warrant to spy on a U.S. citizen.
    12:58 PM – Apr 12, 2018

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  69. Lee Zeldin

    @RepLeeZeldin
    Make no mistake…Trump-Russia probe was launched, bc @RealDonaldTrump won GOP nomination for Pres. It’s clear why DOJ/FBI didn’t want to turn over memo opening the investigation. They didn’t come up w/ a sufficient alternative justification to start the probe.
    12:54 PM – Apr 12, 2018

    Lee Zeldin

    @RepLeeZeldin
    Trump-Russia probe became a Special Counsel probe, bc @RealDonaldTrump won the Presidency…so the FBI Director then illegally leaked classified info to the media to trigger a Special Counsel appointment.
    1:01 PM – Apr 12, 2018

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  70. Surely we can agree that the responsibilities, expectations and demands that come with being POTUS are like no other.

    Yes, I agree. But, that doesn’t mean he is always working. Always available to work, yes. But, always working? No.

    Anon Y. Mous (6cc438)

  71. @ 68 Given that the leaks say that McCabe lied to the FBI, when should I mark on my calendar to expect his indictment for said crime?

    pete (a65bac)

  72. Lee Zeldin

    @RepLeeZeldin
    Trump-Russia probe became a Special Counsel probe, bc @RealDonaldTrump won the Presidency…so the FBI Director then illegally leaked classified info to the media to trigger a Special Counsel appointment.
    1:01 PM – Apr 12, 2018

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  73. Lee Zeldin

    @RepLeeZeldin
    DOJ/FBI shouldn’t be opening/continuing/expanding investigations simply for winning election w/out evidence the candidate committed a crime to win the election. To be a tad more candid: This is an insider, dead end hack job still w/out a case for collusion.
    1:05 PM – Apr 12, 2018

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  74. Dave, leaking classified info is not a process crime. And, these crimes occurred independent of any investigation.

    Mueller was tasked to find illegal activities that occurred prior to his investigation, and his only convictions are the direct result of activities during the course of his investigation. In other words, he’s found absolutely zilch. But, give it 5 more years like Lawrence Walsh….

    Actually, you don’t need more time because you’re already impressed.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  75. Given that the leaks say that McCabe lied to the FBI, when should I mark on my calendar to expect his indictment for said crime?

    When the Trump administration decides to indict him, I guess.

    Dave (445e97)

  76. Here is an excerpt from Comey’s book concerning his dinner with the newly elected Trump, and it sounds exactly like how Trump would behave:

    […]Trump, Comey writes, told him: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.”

    Comey writes that to him, “The demand was like Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony,” referring to Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, a former leader of the Gambino crime family, whose testimony ultimately helped convict mob boss John Gotti.

    Comey responded with silence, he writes in the book, and Trump moved the conversation along. Later in the dinner, Trump returned to the subject: “I need loyalty.”

    “You will always get honesty from me,” Comey writes that he responded.

    “That’s what I want, honest loyalty,” Trump said.

    Dana (023079)

  77. Too good to not be true.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  78. Oh joy! CNN: WaPo Reports Trump Allies Fear Feds Have Tapes Of Cohen’s Conversations

    Tapes? Tapes!

    History rhymes.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  79. Comey teh Bullschiffer

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  80. Nothing wrong with expecting loyalty from your subordinates. It is an almost universal expectation in politics. If you have a job in the president’s administration, and you can’t him give loyalty, you should resign. There’s nothing mafia about that scenario.

    Anon Y. Mous (6cc438)

  81. Surely we can agree that the responsibilities, expectations and demands that come with being POTUS are like no other.

    Dana (023079) — 4/12/2018 @ 4:53 pm

    Real Corinthian Leather.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  82. Rod Rosensteed

    Ron Jeremy’s

    Hair Apparent

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  83. Isn’t it nice to not have to ask for loyalty, but just get it —blindly? Like with Loretta Lynch, as Comey himself indicates.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  84. 45.Comey rattles off a bunch of impeachable offenses:

    “The 6-foot-8 Comey describes the president – described by the White House doctor as 6 foot 3 – as shorter than he expected with a ‘too long’ tie. His ‘face appeared slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles, and impressively coiffed, bright blond hair, which upon close inspection looked to be all his.”

    Please, just kill me now.

    Cassandra (a815b9)

  85. Oh joy! CNN: WaPo Reports Trump Allies Fear Feds Have Tapes Of Cohen’s Conversations

    Tapes? Tapes!

    History rhymes.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 4/12/2018 @ 5:36 pm

    Is it live

    Or is it Memorex

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  86. When the Trump administration decides to indict him, I guess.

    Dave (445e97) — 4/12/2018 @ 5:31 pm

    Are you familiar with the term “Gypsy Cop”?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  87. his only convictions are the direct result of activities during the course of his investigation.

    1) That isn’t even close to true:
    a) Flynn’s crimes occurred months before Mueller was appointed
    b) Gates pled to a conspiracy charge involving money laundering while working for Putin’s boy in the Ukraine
    c) Richard Pinedo pled guilty to selling stolen identity bank accounts to the Russian Gang of Thirteen during the election

    2) It’s an absurd criticism anyway. Mueller was appointed less than a year ago. Investigation and trials involving money laundering, fraud and espionage take time, and defense attorneys can and do stall (hey, more billable hours!). He has Manafort dead to rights, and he has also laid out a detailed case that documents an important part of the Russian election interference.

    Dave (445e97)

  88. If Comey is the snake I believe him to be, then YES, it matters. The most possible sunshine needs to be directed on him and his cronies.

    The Left routinely begins and ends character wars. Why? Because they work. At the very least, they blunt harmful impacts.

    More, please.

    Ed from SFV (4f3559)

  89. @ 76 You mean the Justice Department of the Trump Administration–the same Justice Department that refuses for months to hand over documents to Congress that were lawfully subpoenaed, and if delivers documents only does so under threats of contempt, lawsuit, etc? Guess I better not hold my breath.

    pete (a65bac)

  90. 88… compare that weak stuff with known 0bama-Clinton crime family activities.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  91. “…impressively coiffed…”

    Damn, I guess Comey is a liar, after all.

    Dave (445e97)

  92. Guess I better not hold my breath.

    #ifonlyTrumpknew

    Dave (445e97)

  93. Dave— Richard Pinedo? Please. But, yeah you got me. To bag that guy is very impressive. And, I should’ve said “the” investigation, rather than Mueller’s, so it’s ridiculous to bring up Flynn and you know it. Flynn was guilty of nothing, other than lying in the course of the investigation. As for Gates, from the fishwrap LAT:

    “Gates, 45, who is married with four children, does not appear to be well positioned financially to sustain a high-powered legal defense.“

    He took a significantly reduced sentence and cut his losses. In mob parlance, an offer he couldn’t refuse. Hang you hat on that.

    “He has Manafort dead to rights” because why? Because we’ve suspended the presumption of innocence? Is it in the dustbin like attorney-client privilege? Or, like Gates, when your opponent has unlimited resources he’ll take one of those same mob offers? Sounds like you’re totally down with this. “Name the person, and I’ll find the crime.”

    random viking (6a54c2)

  94. ….It was dull listening when you didn’t know the punch lines and catch lines. Barlow pushed another button, with his free hand ready at the volume control.

    “—latest from Washington. It’s about Senator Hull-Mendoza. He is still attacking the Bureau of Fisheries. The North California Syndicalist says he got affydavits that John Kingsley-Schultz is a bluenose from way back. He didn’t publistat the affydavits, but he says they say that Kingsley-Schultz was saw at bluenose meetings in Oregon State College and later at Florida University. Kingsley-Schultz says he gotta confess he did major in fly casting at Oregon and got his Ph.D. in game-fish at Florida.

    “And here is a quote from Kingsley-Schultz: ‘Hull-Mendoza don’t know what he’s talking about. He should drop dead.’ Unquote. HullMendoza says he won’t publistat the affydavits to pertect his sources. He says they was sworn by three former employes of the Bureau which was fired for in-competence and in-com-pat-ibility by Kingsley-Schultz.”

    –C.M. Kornbluth, “The Marching Morons”

    I am reminded of this little story more and more.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  95. Which is to say I find the level of discourse in DC to be at an all time low. And this is a town where Maxine Waters has worked for years.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  96. what a perfectly Nazi book title

    there’s truth

    and then there’s a higher Nazi FBI slutboy truth

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  97. @97. Mr. Feet, are you Trump’s long lost ‘love child’ or figure the housekeeper never turned down his bed?

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  98. You mean the Justice Department of the Trump Administration–

    No, it is largely the Justice Department of the Obama Administration, with nearly all middle-managers and staff held over. Many of these holdovers are the wild-eyed Democrat activists hired by Holder after he purged the department of Bush’s people.

    This is one of the places where the transfer of power isn’t happening. Part of this is the Senate, part of this is Sessions’ sloth.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  99. Yeah, Kornbluth was a Nazi. Right. Except not on Yom Kippur.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  100. No, hf is the guy all those perverts he talks about spurned.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  101. i don’t even know who Mr. Kornbluth is i’m not educated like you are

    i’m talking about the title to lyin comey’s nazi screed

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  102. Quick! Look over there: MSNBC reports ABC News says President Trump to pardon Scooter Libby.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  103. That the GOP is devoting so much time and energy to this, do Party members here think this puts the party in a good, and healthy light? And with midterms coming up and seats in jeopardy, is it prudent for the GOP to be focusing on a Lyin’ Comey website??? Because I am hard-pressed to see how it helps or benefits the party as a whole or puts Trump in a good light, let alone convince voters that the party as a wholy focused on retaining as many seats as possible and building a strong consensus for 2020.

    Dana (023079)

  104. that such a petty vindictive nazi was the head of the nazi fbi for so many years

    does that put Nazi America in a good light?

    no it makes it look like a second-rate grocery clerk nazi state

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  105. @104. Debris moves faster as it circles the drain, Dana.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  106. @105. does that put Nazi America in a good light?

    Our Captain will fire Rosenstein on Friday, April 20.

    The missiles get fired on or after April 15- the new moon.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  107. is that a marijuana joke

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  108. When Comey was fired, most Democrats said “Good!” until Trump said something that made them think there might be an angle against Trump. At that point Comey because the Son of Liberty.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  109. *beCAME the Son of Liberty.

    Spellcheck doesn’t always help.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  110. With the midterms coming up, the GOP needs to get all the Trumpies to the polls, without alienating the center more than they already have. It’s a tough call.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  111. “Because I am hard-pressed to see how it helps or benefits the party as a whole or puts Trump in a good light, let alone convince voters that the party as a wholy focused on retaining as many seats as possible and building a strong consensus for 2020.“

    Maybe the media and the anti-Trump Gimpinistas have mischaracterized the mood of the nation. It’s a possibility.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  112. building a strong consensus for 2020.

    the only consensus the Rs need is to oppose the rise of Nazi fascism in America

    that’s pretty much all that matters

    and right now Jim Comey’s one of the more prominent Nazi foot soldiers in America

    Comey

    Mueller

    mattis and the other dirty pentagon nazi filth

    John McCain

    and of course the nazi DOJ and the gestapo FBI

    no the struggle against sick sick fascism isn’t the fight the Rs were looking for

    but this is the fight that found them

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  113. Dana (023079) — 4/12/2018 @ 6:39 pm

    The national Republican Party is falling apart. Because its head is repulsive. Nobody wants to coalesce around him. The Lyin’ Comey website is the spasm of a severed body part which is not getting guidance from the brain.

    nk (dbc370)

  114. 86… He got them BarcaLounger Blues

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  115. Suppose the plan is to keep Mueller poised (perched) ready to spring (swoop), and if the House flips then sweep Pence out as well and install President Pelosi?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  116. why did dirty fascist food stamp never leave DC

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  117. FLA… Future Lawyers of America>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuWEFjnwLiA

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  118. the housekeeper never turned down his bed?

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 4/12/2018 @ 6:32 pm

    Sleeping on a made bed-the first thing you learn in prison or the military.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  119. With respect, Dana, we’re well past any “good light”, Dana.

    The soft coup we are witnessing demands dark responses. And I am no fan of DJT. But, he is POTUS.

    We are up against the deepest of the deep state (Intel agencies and internal security apparatus). We’ve got to take them all on – on their terms.

    Ed from SFV (4f3559)

  120. Or at least every show depicting such, let me just say.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  121. I did not mean to use your name twice as posted, Dana. Apologies. I sincerely respect you and I do not enjoy being on the opposite side of this fence.

    Ed from SFV (4f3559)

  122. Comey is a self-serving, disingenuous jackass.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5) — 4/12/2018 @ 1:39 pm

    That’s a remarkably succinct way of putting it. I always thought it was a mistake for Trump to not have fired him on Inauguration Day; you just don’t let people like that get close to you. They tend to try to play both sides, then use anything they learned against you.

    Whether or not the website is a good idea or the best use of Republican time and money is debatable. However, it’s very clear that Comey and people like him ought to be rooted out of Washington, and I don’t much see a problem with signalling to others like him that their shenanigans will not be tolerated.

    bridget (784de3)

  123. The soft coup we are witnessing demands dark responses.

    yes this is a higher truth

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  124. @ bridget (#123): Yes, Trump should indeed have told Comey during the transition that Comey would be out of a job on Inauguration Day, because Comey had already demonstrated, beyond any possible argument to the contrary, that he thought himself entitled to stand above the law as supposedly something better than the law, someone who served a supposedly “higher loyalty.”

    Comey has been a weasel for decades.

    Since Trump neither knows nor cares about the Rule of Law, he didn’t. Comey’s weasel qualities had already worked to Trump’s huge benefit, and Trump figured Comey would be loyal to him, Donald J. Trump, regardless of the Rule of Law.

    They absolutely, positively deserve each other, but America deserves better than either of these two self-centered self-righteous self-deceiving weasels.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  125. @ Ed from SFV: I hope you’ll think better of that “dark responses” assertion in a week or two. It’s not like you, or at least not like the impression I have of you.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  126. If Trump were serious — if Trump were something other than a self-obsessed chaos agent focused on no-one and nothing but the “Trump brand” — then Comey would already be the defendant in “United States v. James Comey” based on Comey’s confessed violations of federal law and regulations.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  127. Indictment for a self-confessed crime isn’t a “dark response,” it’s the proper bright-light-of-day use-the-Rule-of-Law-to-preserve-the-Rule-of-Law response.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  128. If The Trump Presidency dies of a fever in Babylon don’t you think the generals will be looking to carve up The Trumpire and ixnay SuperEvangalisticExpealidocious Mike Pence?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  129. Trump to pardon ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby: report

    contrast President Trump’s yearning for justice to the oppression that so delights nazi robert mueller’s fbi gestapo

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  130. HF, it’s a craven attempt at currying favor with a major font of never- and reluc-Trump.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e)

  131. well plus the part where justice gets done all up in it

    that’s gonna be really special and a very touching human moment

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  132. 120… grab your pearls, noel… no, damn it…use your hands!

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  133. Beldar – Your regard means quite a lot to me.

    I would love to be in a world where some nice bright lines could be drawn when “war” breaks out. My belief is that some very high-level operators within our security apparatus have worked through extra-constitutional means to delegitimize the 2016 election.

    To be sure, DJT spit the bit with his abject failure to clean house through basic and standard means. As DRJ keeps insisting, much of the blame rests on DJT and whichever advisors failed to impress upon him the true nature of what he, and the country, were up against. The severe and intentional lack of genuine congressional oversight is also a major contributor to the mess we now find ourselves in.
    Yet, here we are.

    The rot is so pervasive, I just don’t see how we rebuild the foundations of the Rule of Law without some extraordinary actions – even some dark ones.

    Ed from SFV (4f3559)

  134. He may as well curry favor from Preet Bharara mr urbanleftbehind. I almost left off a ra.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  135. Colonel Haiku blathers, “grab your pearls, noel”

    Yet another masculinity jab. Jesus, there is something seriously wrong with you people.

    noel (b4d580)

  136. The hounds won’t stop baying for blood and by no means is it certain that they will turn on The Bastard Robert Snow esq.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  137. Working a split shift today, mr noel? I hate those.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  138. He likes the Desi, though, and not just Nimrata Haley.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e)

  139. Think positively, mr noel. Now days, if you think you’re a man, you are.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  140. @119. Sleeping on a made bed-the first thing you learn in prison or the military.

    PP, sleeping on a maid’s bed-the first thing you learn in Trump Tower or Mar-A-Lago.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  141. Not doing a split shift pinandpuller. And challenging my manhood again? Oh man.

    Truth be told, I am still kind of a handsome dude and I get lots of attention from the ladies and a few men too. I can’t be on here 24/7. Just sayin that it is quite time consuming to take care of all of their physical needs.

    No, I am not full of myself. Just spilling the truth here. Besides, like Rush says, “It aint bragging if you can do it.”

    noel (b4d580)

  142. Rush stole that from Reggie Jackson.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e)

  143. But….I am a humble guy. Just ask me.

    noel (b4d580)

  144. More humble than anybody. Guaranteed!

    noel (b4d580)

  145. He likes the Desi, though, and not just Nimrata Haley.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e) — 4/12/2018 @ 8:23 pm

    Well who doesn’t? Aside from Barry Goldwater.

    I only say that because a Hindi friend corrected my I Love Lucy mispronunciation.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  146. 136… Ed @120 be talkin’ deep state, noel. Didn’t want to frighten you.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  147. PP, sleeping on a maid’s bed-the first thing you learn in Trump Tower or Mar-A-Lago.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 4/12/2018 @ 8:32 pm

    Get to the choppah!

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  148. 142… noel be crushin’ it. Don’t forget teh Courvoisier.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  149. Comey is right for the wrong reasons:

    Donald is a Maid Man.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  150. So far it’s Deep Throat we’ve been seeing with Mr. President the Trump, not Deep State.

    nk (dbc370)

  151. Courvoisier?? You don’t know how funny that is.

    noel (b4d580)

  152. if you guys think I’m corny you should have seen Jimmy Fallon last night. His monologue looked like it came back from three years in zero g.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  153. contrast President Trump’s yearning for justice to the oppression that so delights nazi robert mueller’s fbi gestapo

    Better yet, contrast it with “decent, honorable” Dubya Bush who the anti-Trumpers here are so very proud to have cast a vote for. Deep State operatives Powell and Armitage let Libby take the fall, and Dubya lectures DJT on decency.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  154. If Deep State is anything like Michael Douglas it better stop smoking and running its mouth.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  155. Looking for Trump in all the wrong places

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  156. The soft coup we are witnessing demands dark responses.

    And just desserts; our Captain’s favorite- chocolate cream pie.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  157. Oh joy! CNN: WaPo Reports Trump Allies Fear Feds Have Tapes Of Cohen’s Conversations

    Tapes? Tapes!

    History rhymes.

    DCSCA (797bc0) — 4/12/2018 @ 5:36 pm

    Is it live

    Or is it Memorex

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5) — 4/12/2018 @ 5:40 pm

    Magnets [DINGOES!]

    Besides – nobody uses tape.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  158. 131
    It’s a way of signaling the faults of the Special Counsel system.

    It seems Trumpnik and similar terms offend some people. Well, I think the insult is often deserved. I apply it to those people who try to defend a corrupt authoritarian statist. Hillary is a leftist corrupt authoritarian statist. Trump is a socially conservative (not economically conservative) corrupt authoritarian statist.
    The only true difference between them is that it takes much more money to buy Hillary than it does to buy Trump.
    Which is why I voted for Johnson.

    To those who say Cruz and others would have undergone the same treatment from the media, may I point out that with President Cruz, we would not be dealing with Presidential love-children, hush money to porn stars, ethically challenged relatives working in the White House, and other things Cruz is free of. Cruz did not have business dealings with members of the Putin mafia, meaning nothing to give credence to charges of collusion with Russia. Etc.

    Kishnevi (ad27e2)

  159. @ Wapo opinion writers;

    The 80’s called.

    They want their data storage media back.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  160. I agree with everything you say, Kishnevi, except Trump being socially conservative. He defines “libertine”. He has no principles, only appetites.

    nk (dbc370)

  161. Speaking of having no principles, in an exerpt leaked to the New York Times (Comey’s peculiar addiction) Jimmy confesses that if Clinton were not comfortably leading the newspaper polls he never would have brought the matter of her secret homebrewed server to the public.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  162. And if Cohen taped conversations with, or about, his client, it would be unpardonable. I find it hard to believe that even as stupidly as he has behaved he could be that stupid.

    nk (dbc370)

  163. He likes the Desi, though, and not just Nimrata Haley.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e) — 4/12/2018 @ 8:23 pm

    What do you think about a reboot:

    What’s Happenin’ Raj?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  164. Yeah, I saw that, papertiger. And if you’ll remember at the time, we discussed that if he had not, honest FBI agents involved in the investigation would have leaked it, despite him. That was what forced his hand.

    nk (dbc370)

  165. Clinton has been tossing darts around for months trying to find someone beside herself to blaim the defeat on.

    How fitting that it was a crooked media polls (liberal true beleivers thumbs on the scale)/ crooked FBI director, combination bankshot.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  166. Courvoisier?? You don’t know how funny that is.

    noel (b4d580)

    Oh, but I do, Ladies Man…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  167. Because we’ve suspended the presumption of innocence?

    LOL.

    So saying someone on trial is likely to be convicted is now “suspending the presumption of innocence?” You’ve never expressed an opinion on the guilt of someone like, say, Jose Zarate or Hillary Clinton, right?

    Hey, if you think all those millions of undeclared dollars of income were from collecting Green Stamps, you’re welcome to live in Fantasyland. In the real world, any sane person would conclude that Manafort looks to be guilty as sin, and will eventually either plead once his lawyers run out of procedural dodges to try, or be convicted. He is certainly entitled to a fair trial with an impartial jury; if I’m called for jury duty I promise to disqualify myself.

    Dave (445e97)

  168. And if Cohen taped conversations with, or about, his client, it would be unpardonable.

    nk (dbc370) — 4/12/2018 @ 9:23 pm

    So it’s like lawyer suicide in the eyes of God?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  169. Lock her him up!

    Wow! First love for lawyers and now the presumption of innocence. Next thing Trumpkins will tell us is that police should not slam arrested persons’ heads into police car doors, and soldiers who go AWOL should not be thrown out of helicopters over Afghanistan.

    nk (dbc370)

  170. honest FBI agents involved in the investigation

    There were honest FBI agents involved in the investigation?

    Do tell.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  171. Why have you been keeping secret all this time?

    Wasn’t it just the two love birds and the guy who got fired a minute before his pension would kick in?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  172. 163.And if Cohen taped conversations with, or about, his client, it would be unpardonable. I find it hard to believe that even as stupidly as he has behaved he could be that stupid.

    Mail order graduate, Richard Nixon School Of Law.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  173. And if Cohen taped conversations with, or about, his client, it would be unpardonable. I find it hard to believe that even as stupidly as he has behaved he could be that stupid.

    Maybe he just wanted to be able to hear the sound of his voice when Spanky wasn’t there.

    Is that too much to ask?

    Dave (445e97)

  174. Oh, but I do, Ladies Man…

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 4/12/2018 @ 9:27 pm

    If you get Crown Royal you can sit in with The Red Hot Chile Peppers.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  175. soldiers who go AWOL should not be thrown out of helicopters over Afghanistan.

    nk (dbc370) — 4/12/2018 @ 9:35 pm

    It costs too much to send him there unless you throw in Nidal Hasan. I’d love to put them on an all military episode of Fear Factor with whatsherbucket the changeling.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  176. Next thing Trumpkins will tell us is that police should not slam arrested persons’ heads into police car doors, and soldiers who go AWOL should not be thrown out of helicopters over Afghanistan.

    We still get to summarily execute the wives, mothers and children of suspected terrorists though, right?

    RIGHT?

    Dave (445e97)

  177. Won’t you please just stop and think for minute, papertiger, before you get your MAGA hat taken away? If they hurt Hillary, they’re honest. If they hurt Trump, they’re Swamp.

    nk (dbc370)

  178. Mr Ludacris, sir, we have representation for Mr Hasan on line three. They want to know if the horse **** is halal.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  179. Dave, it’s suspending the presumption of innocence if you’re already counting Manafort as one of Mueller’s skins on the wall. Most likely he will not run out of “dodges”, but rather money, and I doubt we will ever know if Manafort and Gates are really guilty. In the end, it doesn’t really matter, as the choice is between being ruined financially or serving big time and having a ruined name. The mob parallels are legit, but you aren’t bothered in the least. Guilt or innocence likely is not even going to get resolved, and you’re okay with that. Clinton would never have to face that choice, so there is no analogy there.

    Just curious, did you think Libby deserved to take the fall? How about Armitage? Whatever your answer, is it the same now as in 2006?

    random viking (6a54c2)

  180. Thats a whole load of bull[crikey] right there nk. (and you dare to duck behind principle)

    It was Strzok, Page, and McCabe. {—– I had forgot their names so I googled “crooked FBI agents”.

    Popped up just like toast.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  181. Let’s play spot the honest FBI agent.

    Comey, Strzok, Page, and McCabe.

    You go first.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  182. Strzok, Page, and McCabe investigated the Hillary emails in Anthony Weiner’s computer? Three weeks before the election? Really?

    nk (dbc370)

  183. Then why all the hate? From Trump I mean. They could very well be the reason he won.

    nk (dbc370)

  184. Next thing Trumpkins will tell us is that police should not slam arrested persons’ heads into police car doors,

    Next thing anti-Trumpkins will tell us is that police should not slam a crooked cop’s head into a police car door but okay to do that to anyone else.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  185. I think Mr President Trump would get on great with my acquaintance that I mentioned told me he shot dolphins out of a helicopter soon after joining The Navy.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  186. It could have been The Japanese Navy.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  187. Then why all the hate? From Trump I mean. They could very well be the reason he won.

    nk (dbc370) — 4/12/2018 @ 9:57 pm

    Let’s not forget your personal contribution. {laboring mightily to bulk up the biased media charge}

    papertiger (c8116c)

  188. Strzok, Page, and McCabe investigated the Hillary emails in Anthony Weiner’s computer? Three weeks before the election? Really?

    nk (dbc370) — 4/12/2018 @ 9:56 pm

    According to Mr Senator Beat TFD Rand Paul the first two still have security clearances.

    Really.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  189. Never mind, papertiger. You can keep your MAGA hat. I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more.

    nk (dbc370)

  190. I guess we will see if Cohen is as dumb as sext with company ink Strzok and Page.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  191. mr papertiger is trying to hold the line against Make California California Again. He doesn’t need melanoma.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  192. mr nk can I interest you in some Make Chicago Beirut Again merch?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  193. I don’t have to hold the line alone. Something deep inside Jerry Brown stirred, and he called up a hundred or two National Guardsmen to man the border.

    Might have been this.

    Eighteen Illegal Immigrants Injured After California Crash Of Apparent Smuggling Operation

    They’re being freighted over in cattle cars. Bulk rate.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  194. Trump should pardon Manafort, next. Sploody heads gonna go splat.

    mg (9e54f8)

  195. A question fore the legal minds here:

    What is the natural end to this witch hunt? Does ANYONE other than the special counsel have the moral authority to put an end to it? Obviously there are several people, from Trump on down, who have the LEGAL authority to end it, but everyone seems afraid of the optics.

    Kevin M (752a26)

  196. Did they have Linda Ronstadt in a non consensual adult bondage crawl space?

    Pinandpuller (4e199a)

  197. Kishnivi

    Cruz, has huge baggage, including women.

    The fact that his mother surrendered her citizenship to own a business in Canada when he was born, to his fathers highly questionable activities during the Cuban revolution and his sermons afterwords.

    They would be eating him alive with greater ferocity than trump.

    EPWJ (37d014)

  198. When it was Beirut on the Lake in the 1980s, parts of it were actually livable and affordable for regular kind of guys. You had the Vrdolyak 29 and the greaser gangs holding the line.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e)


  199. Cruz, has huge baggage, including women.
    They would be eating him alive with greater ferocity than trump.
    EPWJ


    Again, Trump is not the reason the left is up in arms. He’s the excuse. They really hate us. You, me, this blog, Christians, Jews, conservatives, Republicans and every person and idea that refuses to conform to their politically correct world of lies and obfuscation. Any Republican who had won in 2016 after the reign of The Smartest & Greatest President Evah™ would have been met with a hale of lies and innuendo tailor made to that specific person. Cruz would have had to endure his own. The Smartest Woman Alive™ was supposed to follow the One and when she blew it all hell broke loose and still is.

    The interwoven conspiracy of the left (Media/entertainment/Academia/Deep State) has become powerful enough to run or ruin the Republic and they are showing us 24/7/365. The communist left has infiltrated so deep into the body politic you don’t even hear people in the outside world even use the term “communist” any more unless they’re talking history lest someone ask them what a commie is. The resultant description would match the description of todays democrat party so discussion of such is forbotten. They don’t even use commie when describing N. Korea or Cuba they use “dictatorship” instead for the most part. They are erasing communism and in America replacing it with democracy and diversity.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  200. @188. More like McHale’s Navy. And we know our Captain Binghampton well, Elroy.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  201. @ bridget (#123): Yes, Trump should indeed have told Comey during the transition that Comey would be out of a job on Inauguration Day, because Comey had already demonstrated, beyond any possible argument to the contrary, that he thought himself entitled to stand above the law as supposedly something better than the law, someone who served a supposedly “higher loyalty.”

    Comey has been a weasel for decades.

    Since Trump neither knows nor cares about the Rule of Law, he didn’t. Comey’s weasel qualities had already worked to Trump’s huge benefit, and Trump figured Comey would be loyal to him, Donald J. Trump, regardless of the Rule of Law.

    They absolutely, positively deserve each other, but America deserves better than either of these two self-centered self-righteous self-deceiving weasels.

    I can’t really agree with the last point.

    There are plenty of ethical people who hate Comey but thought that firing him on Inauguration Day would be overkill. It’s a bit much to go from Trump taking four months to fire him to Trump wanting to use Comey. (Also, if Comey were a weasel whom Trump thought he could use, Comey would have indicted Hillary.)

    bridget (784de3)

  202. NYT….”President Trump abruptly issued an executive order on Thursday demanding an evaluation of the Postal Service’s finances…”

    Issuing yet another…. IRONY ALERT!

    noel (b4d580)

  203. postal service is a pension piggy ponzi what doubles as a subsidy to green vehicle technology makers

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  204. it’s not just what a liar comey is

    he’s catty and womanish

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  205. Many of the bills he supports or signs affect his finances personally. His effort to repeal the estate tax alone would have benefited his family by billions of dollars. But there is no need to see HIS taxes or check Trump’s own finances, right?

    The President says something like… “Look over there! The Post Office needs a financial evaluation.” But his finances? No, that is a red line no-one dare cross. Are we fools?

    noel (b4d580)

  206. drones will take care of the silly postal service in short order

    all those otherwise-unemployable losers better keep them eyes on the skies

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  207. He’s lost. Trump is. And has. A lame duck flailing to appear relevant.

    Don’t believe me? What happened to all the primaries he was going to run against non-Trumpkin Republicans? Now, he’s a millstone that’s sinking the whole party.

    nk (dbc370)

  208. Conservatives and Republicans have always been big supporters of estate taxes.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  209. Your people might not repeat their day-before-rehab bender they did on 11.08.16 if you start messin’ with the post office.

    urbanleftbehind (bb5d4e)

  210. He is doing it to attack Amazon. While his company is hidden from view.

    Now please…. tell us why this is all apples and orangeskins.

    noel (b4d580)

  211. O/T. I’m told tweeting 240 characters doesn’t take long. So people who tweet aren’t spending much time which could be used otherwise. In which case, they could be doing an exceptionally economical head fake. Certainly seems to work hereabouts.

    Richard Aubrey (10ef71)

  212. “HOWIE CARR: Come clean on FBI frame-up, Bob Mueller. “What did Bob Mueller know about the FBI’s framing of four innocent men for a murder they didn’t commit, and when did he know it? This is an important question for the ‘special counsel,’ and for two days I’ve been emailing his press office, asking for answers about his tenure in the U.S. attorney’s office here. No response. Zip, zero, nada.”

    Plus: “In 2013, the Boston Globe also reported the existence of a Mueller letter. The Parole Board now cannot find it. I found other two U.S. attorneys’ letters in the state archives — but none from Mueller. The special counsel’s office is not commenting. So let me ask the question again: Mr. Mueller, what did you know about the framing of four innocent men for a crime they did not commit? Did you ever write any letters demanding that the parole board not correct this gross miscarriage of justice? When did you find out that the FBI office in Boston was in the business of framing innocent men on behalf of their serial-­killing, cocaine-dealing underworld paymasters? And what exactly did you do about it when you ran that agency for eight years.”

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/293945/

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  213. I believe you Mr. Aubrey. Because everything Trump does is a head fake. A bluff which may or may not work, and when it doesn’t he folds like a wet noodle. A pouting, whining, vituperative wet noodle.

    nk (dbc370)

  214. Bob’s BBQ and Foot Massage… serving teh whiney legal community for 47 years…

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  215. April 5th.
    Trump authorises payment for 4000 national guard to be deployed to the southern border.

    April 7th.
    Several injured in human-smuggling crash on I-8 near Campo [SanDiego Tribune]
    {horse trailer stuffed to the brim with illegals became unstable on the freeway}

    April 11th.
    Jerry Brown answers Trump’s call to send National Guard to the border.

    Trump said the magic phrase that’s music to any Democrat’s ear.

    “I’ll get the bill.”

    papertiger (c8116c)


  216. 207.Many of the bills he supports or signs affect his finances personally. His effort to repeal the estate tax alone would have benefited his family by billions of dollars. But there is no need to see HIS taxes or check Trump’s own finances, right?
    noel


    Many of the bills ALL presidents support benefit them personally. After all they are taxpaying Americans too, noel. Air conditioning the Whit House benefits Trump personally, should the A/C be removed? Your leftist envy should be kept to yourself. You sound petty and foolish.


    210.Conservatives and Republicans have always been big supporters of estate taxes.
    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 4/13/2018 @ 6:07 am


    Who says and since when? I don’t know one single conservative or Republican who is a “big supporter” of estate taxes. Not one. But every single leftist democrat I know either believes in confiscatory inheritance taxes. They have zero respect for private property and zero respect for property already taxed. Hell, envy is what makes leftists, leftists. That and a total ignorance of economics and human nature.

    Rev.Hoagie (1b0402)

  217. “Who says and since when? I don’t know one single conservative or Republican who is a “big supporter” of estate taxes. Not one. ”

    That’s the point, Hoagie. Meet noel, a Republican… or so he claims.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  218. Moonbeam added a rider to the agreement – Only if theyre not from “Jefferson”

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  219. Tammy Faye Conway should moisturize before going on the TeeVee.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  220. I don’t know one single conservative or Republican who is a “big supporter” of estate taxes.

    but we know a lot of republicans what are big fanboys of mueller-style fascism and of the soft soup being orchestrated by the sick gestapo fbi

    it’s not always the pocketbook issues what are most defining

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  221. soft soup lol

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  222. Kevin M asked (#197):

    A question fore the legal minds here:

    What is the natural end to this witch hunt? Does ANYONE other than the special counsel have the moral authority to put an end to it? Obviously there are several people, from Trump on down, who have the LEGAL authority to end it, but everyone seems afraid of the optics.

    Kevin M (752a26) — 4/12/2018 @ 11:48 pm

    That depends on how many prosecutions Mueller brings and how long those cases last. It already seems quite likely, for example, that the Manafort prosecution may take years to complete if it includes a full jury trial and appeals therefrom.

    But then again, I wouldn’t characterize the Manafort prosecution as a “witch hunt.”

    With respect to potential charges against Trump, Mueller is obviously still gathering evidence before making a charging decision. If, as seems likely, the charges being considered include obstruction of justice — whether with respect to the investigation into Flynn or an investigation into Trump himself — then the evidence to be gathered necessarily, essentially must include whatever the best available evidence is available from Trump himself. Does he have the “corrupt heart” necessary to qualify for a violation of the obstruction laws? Was his “I hope you can take it easy on Flynn” intervention designed to protect some secret of Trump’s own, or was it merely an incredibly stupid and inappropriate comment by a POTUS who has no fricking clue about his own role in the criminal justice system? When he fired Comey, was he merely acting out of confused pique over Comey’s refusal to publicly confirm that Trump wasn’t then under investigation, or did Trump instead have some deeper secret he’s trying to conceal? To complete a thorough investigation into such potential charges — even and especially if Trump ends up not being charged — any prosecutor would be obliged to at least try to question Trump face to face and in detail, for that is the best available present evidence about what his mental state was when he did the actions that may be under consideration as possibly obstructive of justice. If Trump cooperates, the prosecutor can then include in his charging considerations his evaluation of Trump’s credibility, in the interview/examination and more generally. If Trump takes the Fifth, the prosecution won’t have that face-to-face interview, but will indeed have a very, very powerful indication that Trump was then and is now acting with corrupt heart.

    So while it’s possible that the natural end of Mueller’s investigation into Trump (as opposed to peripheral players, including not only Manafort but also, for instance, Cohen or Kushner or someone else close to Trump) could come within a few weeks, if the prosecution decision ends up being one not to charge, even that best-case scenario can’t reasonably be expected to complete itself unless and until Trump cooperates. And if he instead refuses, he absolutely positively is ensuring that the “natural end” of this will be significantly extended.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  223. Talk about setting the foxes to watch the hen house. Will there be a single California National Guardsman there who won’t have a Mexican cousin trying to sneak over the border?

    Or a married one even?

    nk (dbc370)

  224. Trump is tweeting today that it was his “great honor to fire James Comey.”

    What an idiot Trump is. The self-obsessed moron has absolutely, positively been told by his own lawyers, under cloak of attorney-client privilege, that he needs to STFU about Comey on Twitter or anywhere else.

    Comey needed firing. He needed firing months before Obama left office, and he certainly needed firing on Inauguration Day. He needed firing for exactly the reasons in the Rosenstein memo, which merely reprised arguments made by many other observers, including past high DoJ officials from both Dem and GOP administrations. But Trump completely and comprehensively bungled the implementation, and by talking about it even today — today! — he’s continuing to act exactly as if his real reason for firing Comey, when he actually got around to it, was to prevent Comey from finding something Trump corruptly desired to conceal.

    Moron. Willful, self-obsessed, clueless, self-destructive man-baby. Clown car presidency.

    But oh yeah, “Only I can fix the problems!” He’s making America great again — with every stupid and self-incriminatory tweet?

    Still waiting, by the way, for any Trumpkin, Trump voter, or for that matter Trump opponent to point to a single significant negotiation that Trump has closed in the first third of his presidential term.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  225. @ bridget, who wrote (#203):

    There are plenty of ethical people who hate Comey but thought that firing him on Inauguration Day would be overkill.

    Only if they’re terribly confused people who believe someone who’s demonstrated, in full and in public, an absolute violation of his oath of office should be maintained in that office. I don’t think it’s possible to be “ethical” about government while deliberately keeping a weasel in such high office.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  226. some people are just awfully emotionally invested in both muellerian neo-fascism as well as the failure of the united states president

    and they’re not all named vladimir putin

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  227. He is doing it to attack Amazon. While his company is hidden from view.

    noel has a scoop. People in government might use it to their personal advantage. And, people in business, particularly rich ones, might acquire influence. But, we only care if it’s Trump. Maybe you can go to the WashPost with that one.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  228. Nk- its the 2010s, why go through all that crap for a pittance job up here when you charge a triangle Central American several large to do that in your place?

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  229. amazon is no small part of the media environment that’s orchestrating a sick fascist Nazi coup right here in America

    and the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

    is that what you would have our president do?

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  230. One of the things I think that George W. Bush got exactly, consistently right, from its beginning in 2003 through its end in 2007, was his handling of L’Affair Plame. He played it exactly by the book, he kept his mouth shut, he let the process play out — and when, finally, it all boiled down to the Libby prosecution, he let that go on for as long as he could before he made the decision to commute Libby’s sentence — and not to pardon him outright. As Bush wrote and said at the time, the commutation was a carefully considered balancing of competing considerations, which included, as of that moment, the fact that Libby had been duly convicted by a jury, sentenced by the trial judge, had his trial court motion for bail pending appeal denied, and had his appellate attempt to overturn that decision denied too; the commutation deliberately left in place the judgment of conviction, but spared Libby from further consequences, specifically imprisonment, beyond the very considerable destruction that had already been inflicted upon him and his family’s lives.

    Now the press is reporting that Trump’s making noises about pardoning Libby outright. Libby’s already put his life back together with the benefit of the commmutation. He’s applied for, and received, re-admittance to the D.C. Bar. Pardoning Libby now, when he doesn’t need the pardon for practical purpose — it’s not going to change anyone’s opinion about Libby either way, if they were paying close attention during his trial — appears not to be a valid use of the POTUS’ pardon discretion. To my knowledge, Libby hasn’t gone through the formal pardon application process; he hasn’t sought more than the commutation. So whatever this proposed pardon will be about, it won’t be about Scooter Libby.

    It will be about obstruction of justice; it will be about special prosecutors; and more than anything else, it will be about Donald J. Trump. It will be about Trump reminding Mueller and Rosenstein and every Congressional Republican, past or future, that Trump has a pardon pen and could, in theory, use it to pardon himself, at least for federal crimes.

    Giving Libby a pardon he hasn’t sought would be all about Donald J. Trump, in other words. And it would be further inferential evidence that Trump has something — something worse than payoffs to porn-stars or even Trump Tower housekeepers — to hide.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  231. I agree, Beldar. Scooter Libby and Howie Carr’s four seminarians (that’s sarcasm) whose paroles Mueller argued against is part and parcel of Trump’s campaign against any law enforcement which does not cheer him wildly at his rallies.

    nk (dbc370)

  232. and to think the whole time cowardly US army general Colon Powell knew the leaker was his dirty navyboy Dick Armitage

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  233. Some higher quality copypasta. A comment DRJ left at The Jury:

    At this point, who cares if Comey is more honorable than Trump? Everyone has already factored that into their decision-making. My feeling is that Trump’s paramours are fortunate they were never on Fifth Avenue when Trump was there during the campaign. It might have been too tempting.

    Comment by DRJ — 4/12/2018 @ 5:28 pm

    nk (dbc370)

  234. now we have ideation of violence

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  235. By the way:

    The fact that Rosenstein’s memo was only reprising, third-hand and long after the fact, obvious arguments made by others about Comey’s misconduct — prior arguments cited and is exactly the reason why Rosenstein is not himself disqualified as a potential witness in any future legal proceedings involving Comey. Under the relevant canons of legal ethics and enforcing disciplinary rules, a lawyer may be disqualified from participating as counsel in a legal matter in two situations.

    The first prevents the lawyer from accepting, or from continuing in, a representation when the lawyer is or may be “a witness necessary to establish an essential fact on behalf of the lawyer’s client,” which in this instance would be the prosecution. If another witness can establish the same essential fact, then no disqualification is required. If the testimony relates to an uncontested issue, or if relates “solely to a matter of formality and there is no reason to believe that substantial evidence will be offered in opposition to the testimony,” then no disqualification is required.

    The second basis for disqualification doesn’t bar the lawyer from undertaking or continuing in a legal representation, but only prevents him from both testifying and also appearing as an advocate in an adjudicatory proceeding. It only is triggered when the lawyer believes he will be compelled by the other side, as an adverse witness, to furnish testimony that will be substantially adverse to the lawyer’s client, unless the client consents after full disclosure.

    These rules vary slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but the Texas version, contained in Rule 3.08(a) & (b) of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys, is typical.

    Rosenstein isn’t a witness necessary to establish an essential fact about anything Comey did during the Obama Administration. Everything described by Rosenstein in his memo was third-hand and based on Comey’s public — indeed, too public! — conduct, and nothing in the memo purported to be based on Rosenstein’s personal knowledge. (He was the U.S. Attorney for Maryland, literally in another state, at all of the relevant times.) Moreover, no one disputes that Rosenstein wrote the memo, or that it says what it says, or that he gave it to Sessions who then gave it to Trump. Rosenstein’s testimony isn’t needed, or even competent, to prove why Trump did with the memo whatever he subsequently did with it, regardless of whether that was to decide to fire Comey (as first claimed) or whether it was largely ignored because Trump was basing his decision on other factors unrelated to Comey’s public conduct as summarized in Rosenstein’s memo.

    Likewise, there is no reason to believe that Trump or any other defendant is likely to be able to call Rosenstein as an adverse witness on something that would be harmful to a future government case in which Rosenstein is also participating actively, at trial, as an advocate. There’s almost no scenario in which that could ever happen, in fact. But if it did, the entirely adequate cure is preventing Rosenstein from continuing as an advocate in front of a jury; he’s not obliged to be disqualified from participating as an upstream supervisor outside the jury’s view.

    TL/DR version: Those claiming Rosenstein is disqualified are full of crap.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  236. Yikes, accidentally deleted a phrase. That ought have read:

    The fact that Rosenstein’s memo was only reprising, third-hand and long after the fact, obvious arguments made by others about Comey’s misconduct — prior arguments cited and quoted by Rosenstein in the memo itself — is exactly the reason why Rosenstein is not himself disqualified as a potential witness in any future legal proceedings involving Comey.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  237. If you want some OT, take a peek at “Trump’s nominee” (that’s also sarcasm) for the Ninth Circuit: http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/04/12/9th-circuit-nominee/

    nk (dbc370)

  238. @ nk (#236): Thank you for cutting & pasting that here, I agree it’s a high-quality comment!

    Beldar (fa637a)

  239. The most likely result of Baby-man POTUS’ unhinged and wildly inappropriate tweets about Comey now will be that any future indictment of Comey will immediately draw a powerful, possibly a winning, motion to dismiss based on the POTUS’ improper poisoning of any potential jury pool.

    That’s why grown-ups who are POTUS don’t talk about specific criminal defendants or potential defendants. That’s why grown-ups who are POTUS don’t go public with calls to their own subordinates, their own prosecutors, to prosecute someone.

    This is not a close call, this is not a borderline case, this is not a matter that is subject to reasonable dispute. Trump, by running his damned mouth on Twitter, is preventing the very thing he purports to be calling for. This stuff is indefensible, and if you find yourself defending it, you need to question your own sanity: You’re a cult member, not a rational adult.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  240. i don’t think useless jeffy sessions or attorney general rosytwat are gonna be indicting any of their fellow fascists anytime soon

    but if it comes to that we can all abjure donald’s tweets

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  241. Beldar believing “future indictment of Comey” are words that go together in one sentence, as something in the realm of possibility, is the sign of a “grown-up, rational adult.”

    random viking (6a54c2)

  242. Libby’s already put his life back together with the benefit of the commmutation. He’s applied for, and received, re-admittance to the D.C. Bar. Pardoning Libby now, when he doesn’t need the pardon for practical purpose — it’s not going to change anyone’s opinion about Libby either way, if they were paying close attention during his trial —

    From CBS news;

    The process to pardon Libby began when Reince Priebus was chief of staff, but it was stalled in the White House counsel’s office. It was revived recently by former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova, who assists Mr. Trump’s legal team but did not formally join it, and his wife and law partner Victoria Toensing.

    DiGenova has long argued for a pardon and has accused former FBI director James Comey of misconduct in Fitzgerald’s investigation of Libby. When Libby’s law license was restored in Nov. 2016, the Daily Caller reported that diGenova made accusations against Fitzgerald and Comey. “False testimony was coerced by Jim Comey’s friend Patrick Fitzgerald, and Comey was part of the team to destroy the vice president of the United States, and it didn’t happen.”

    Interesting that Scooter Libby finally “put his life back together” after President Trump won the election.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  243. it’ll never be back like it was

    chalk up another ruined american life to them rambunctious nazi fbi slutboys

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  244. random viking has let the cat out of the bag @ 244. Even Trump supporters don’t believe that Comey did anything criminal.

    nk (dbc370)

  245. nk has let the cat out of the bag. It seems that if someone isn’t prosecuted, then they did nothing criminal.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  246. Hey, what happened to the presumption of innocence?

    nk (dbc370)

  247. “Howie Carr’s four seminarians (that’s sarcasm) whose paroles Mueller argued against “

    Are you in the loop on how this was mischaracterized, nk?

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  248. It went the way of attorney-client privilege.

    random viking (6a54c2)

  249. I suspect that it was the Good Fellas being sent up for the murder of Tommy DeVito instead of Spider and Billy Batts, Haiku. Or did the FBI just pick four ordinary citizens at random?

    nk (dbc370)

  250. I don’t know, nk, they’ve been such stalwart law enforcement in Boston, e.g., Connolly and Bulger.

    Colonel Haiku (89ebb5)

  251. Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) criticized former FBI Director James Comey for his forthcoming tell-all book, which Gowdy said was beneath the “dignity” of the office Comey held at the FBI.

    According to Gowdy, Comey’s book subverted their agreed upon desire for an “apolitical” FBI.

    “I think it is sad,” Gowdy said. “One of the things that Director Comey I agreed on, we need an apolitical FBI. We had fairly heated exchanges about that. I can’t think of anyone who has done a job of politicizing the FBI than he has in the last 36 to 48 hours than talking about tanning bed goggles and the length of a tie. That is the beneath the dignity of the office he held.

    yes yes the more womanish Jim Comey giggles and yawps about President Trump and his tiny hands the more people come to understand how trashy and political your average FBI agent is

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  252. “womanish”

    Happyfeet learned a new word today

    Davethulhu (fab944)

  253. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has struck a stoic and righteous tone in private conversations he has had this week about the fate of his job as President Donald Trump has launched public criticism against him and considered firing him, according to three sources who have spoken to Rosenstein.

    In those conversations, he has repeated the phrase, “Here I stand,” a reference to Martin Luther’s famous quote, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

    who *are* these effing weirdos

    yeah rosytwat you goddamn nazi

    you’re just like Martin Luther

    go with that

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  254. so here’s the report on FBI lickspittle princeling Andrew McCabe

    the title has something of the charming smack of lemony snicket

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  255. You have got to be kidding. What about lying Donald Trump or How Don the Con keeps screwing America?

    M J Miller (1f6449)


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