34 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-8-17

  1. Sometimes AJ gives you the talking points of Republicans, and sometimes I give you the talking points of Republicans.

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  2. Banana if you do and banana if you don’t. Yesterday, we read that removing Trump might make us like a banana republic. However, after reading Comey’s testimony, The Trump Cult’s favorite person noted that leaving Trump in office allows him to continue to make us like a banana republic.

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  3. Ricky, it seems that the MSM has you in a tizzy – you really should get off their talking points.

    Again, what crime has been committed, and where is the obstruction of justice?

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  4. An interesting article on the country’s divide from David French:

    He has the right recipe to deal with the problem: federalism.

    Unfortunately, federalism will not help solve the one characteristic that the two groups have in common: complete fiscal irresponsibility.

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  5. I just want to go on record as being the first among us to worry about the US becoming a Banana Republic. I think the blame lies as squarely on the left as it does on the right.

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  6. Kim, Agreed. The Left gave us a candidate who was even worse than Trump, and the left-wing press cried “Wolf” for years, thereby discediting themselves. The Right gave us Hannity and Britebart and Trump himself. The idiocy extends across the political landscape.

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  7. Tychicus, See the Goldsmith article I posted yesterday which references articles by French and Wittes. There will be scores of other articles written on this subject (pro and con) after today’s Comey testimony.

    However, as I said yesterday, the smoking gun for me was always Trump’s answer to Lester Holt. Though only semi-coherent as always, Trump essentially admitted that he fired Comey because Comey wouldn’t end the Russia investigation. That is the type of act that results in the impeachment of Presidents who are mentally competent. That brings us back to the defense set forth @7:30.

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  8. “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creep in it’s steady pace.
    To the last syllable of recorded time”

    It’s always something. The media has to create news when there isn’t any.
    What did the Russians do?
    If they influenced the election, what did they do?

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  9. That is a good piece, spot on.

    Someone was talking to me yesterday after a meeting I’d covered about how awful the tenor in the country had become due to Trump and his supporters. When I suggested “both sides” politically were out of control at this point, she shut the conversation down.

    I could definitely see secession in our future, though not immediately (probably not in what’s left of my lifetime). But if this continues, I suspect that’s where it all goes someday.

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  10. If only Comey had been stronger…. 🙄

    So when Trump did far less, it’s used as an excuse to impeach. But when Obama and Lynch do far worse, it’s OK with the left and media. Why am I not shocked?

    http://circa.com/politics/comey-says-former-obama-ag-pressured-him-on-clinton-email-case

    “For the first time, former FBI Director James Comey, who is testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal a “matter” and not an “investigation.”

    Under questioning by panel chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Comey said that he was uncomfortable with the unexpected meeting Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last year.

    Comey said that meeting convinced him that the independence of the investigation was tainted with regard to the Justice Department and led him to go public with the bureau’s findings on Clinton.

    When Comey testified on May 3 before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was asked about the Lynch meeting.

    He told lawmakers “a number of things had gone on which I can’t talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people’s confidence in the justice system.””
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    And Comey did at least debunk some of the lies the media spread. And note that even though he told both sides it was false, Dems continued to push the false narrative.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/comey-debunks-nyt-report-about-trump-campaign-having-repeated-contacts

    “In the main, it was not true,” former FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Thursday.

    He was talking about a February 14 New York Times report titled, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.”

    According to that report:

    Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

    American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

    The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation. But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin.
    Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) on Thursday asked Comey if he remembered the article.

    Comey said he did; “It was about allegedly extensive electronic surveillance,” he said.

    Risch noted that after the report came out, Comey “sought out both Republican and Democrat senators to tell them that, hey, I don’t know where this is coming from, but this is not factual.”

    Risch told Comey: “So the American people can understand this, that report by the New York Times was not true. Is that a fair statement?”

    “In the main – it was not true,” Comey said. “The challenge — and I’m not picking on reporters — about writing stories about classified information is that people talking about it often don’t really know what is going on. And those of us who actually know what’s going on aren’t talking about it. And we don’t call the press to say, hey, you got that thing wrong about this sensitive topic. We just have to leave it there.”

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  11. Just sick.

    http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/06/07/female-genital-mutilation-doctors-michigan/378219001/

    “A federal prosecutor dropped a bombshell in court Wednesday, telling a federal judge that the government estimates that as many as 100 girls may have had their genitals cut at the hands of a local doctor and her cohorts.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward disclosed the information while trying to convince a judge to keep a doctor and his wife locked up in the historic case. It involves allegations that two Minnesota girls had their genitals cut at a Livonia clinic in February as part of a religious rite of passage and were told to keep what happened a secret.

    “Due to the secretive nature of this procedure, we are unlikely to ever know how many children were cut by Dr. (Jumana) Nagarwala,” Woodward said, referring to the lead defendant in the case, later adding, “The Minnesota victims were not the first victims.”

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  12. And another media narrative debunked, again, because it was false.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/06/07/wapo-trump-asked-coats-intervene-fbi-russia-probe/

    “If this breaking news story from today’s Washington Post sounds familiar, it should. A little over two weeks ago, the Post reported that sources inside and outside the Trump administration claimed that Donald Trump had asked director of national intelligence Dan Coats and CIA director Mike Pompeo to publicly state that the probes into Russian interference had nothing to do with him. Today, sources now say that Trump also asked in the same meeting for the two men to “intervene” with then-FBI director James Comey to get him to back down on the probe:”
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    “For anyone who has a historical sense of the relationship between the FBI and the CIA, this is … rather humorous. It may not be quite like asking the Hatfields to check in with the McCoys to see if they could take it easy on the revenuers, but it’s not that far off either. For most of their existence, the two organizations were more likely to investigate each other than to cooperate on a request like this. If Trump was serious about this suggestion, it seems more a demonstration of naïveté than undue pressure.

    In any event, nothing came of the request anyway, even if one trusts the sources involved. Coats made the obvious analysis of the situation and decided that hitting up Comey to take it down a notch would be “inappropriate,” which put an end to the issue. After that meeting, it does not appear that the topic got raised again, which makes this look like an eruption of frustration rather than a coldly planned strategy. Besides, Trump had the authority to order Comey to back down, so Coats couldn’t have taken this too seriously. The timing of this meeting to Comey’s firing makes it less interesting than it seems, too; it took Trump almost two more months to pull the plug on Comey. If that was the proximate cause for Comey’s firing, it would have taken place much earlier, especially with Trump’s less-than-notable impulse control.

    For Coats’ part, he denies having been pressured to do anything at all:

    Brian P. Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), declined to comment on whether Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey regarding the Flynn investigation. Hale said in a statement: “Director Coats does not discuss his private conversations with the President. However, he has never felt pressured by the President or anyone else in the Administration to influence any intelligence matters or ongoing investigations.”

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  13. A big, fat, nothing burger.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/06/08/krauthammer-trying-seduce-comey-isnt-crime/

    “Allahpundit tweeted out earlier that today will be known in history as The Day of Hot Takes as the political world awaits James Comey’s testimony, but perhaps not in this sense of hot. “What the president was doing was trying to sort of seduce him,” Charles Krauthammer told Bret Baier last night after the release of Comey’s prepared testimony, “but seduction is not an impeachable offense. Well,” Krauthammer quips, “perhaps in the ’90s, but not any more.”
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    http://hotair.com/archives/2017/06/07/law-professor-dont-see-obstruction-justice-comeys-testimony/

    “Did President Trump obstruct justice in his conversations with former FBI Director Comey? If you’ve been following Allahpundit’s excellent post on Comey’s prepared testimony you already know that both he and Ed don’t see any evidence of obstruction in it. Now George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley has weighed in on the issue. From the Associated Press:

    Did President Trump obstruct justice in his conversations with former FBI Director Comey? If you’ve been following Allahpundit’s excellent post on Comey’s prepared testimony you already know that both he and Ed don’t see any evidence of obstruction in it. Now George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley has weighed in on the issue. From the Associated Press:”
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    But yet again, facts be damned, the press (CNN) says otherwise.

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  14. Meanwhile……..

    Dems and the media don’t seem concerned with actual obstruction of justice, just the made up stuff about Trump.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/07/fast-and-furious-report-slams-holder-doj-for-deception-in-gun-running-scandal.html

    “for deception in gun-running scandal
    William La Jeunesse
    By William La Jeunesse, Andrew O’Reilly Published June 07, 2017 Fox News

    Members of a congressional committee at a public hearing Wednesday blasted former President Barack Obama and his attorney general for allegedly covering up an investigation into the death of a Border Patrol agent killed as a result of a botched government gun-running project known as Operation Fast and Furious.

    The House Oversight Committee also Wednesday released a scathing, nearly 300-page report that found Holder’s Justice Department tried to hide the facts from the loved ones of slain Border Patrol Brian Terry – seeing his family as more of a “nuisance” than one deserving straight answers – and slamming Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Fast and Furious.”
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    ““More than five years after Brian’s murder, the Terry family still wonders about key details of Operation Fast and Furious,” the committee’s report states. “The Justice Department’s obstruction of Congress’s investigation contributed to the Terry family’s inability to find answers.”

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, testified Wednesday in front of the committee, accusing DOJ and ATF officials of obstructing the investigation and working to silence ATF agents who informed the Senate of Fast and Furious.

    “The Department of Justice and ATF had no intention of looking for honest answers and being transparent,” said Grassley, now chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a staunch supporter of whistleblowers.

    “In fact, from the onset, bureaucrats employed shameless delay tactics to obstruct the investigation.””

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  15. Despite all the stupidity, Trump continues to do the job we sent him to DC to accomplish.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/06/while-you-were-focused-on-comey-trump-nominated-another-group-of-conservative-judges/

    “It’s understandable why everyone is focused on The Greatest Show on Earth, the appearance of James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

    But barring some surprise testimony not in Comey’s prepared statement, the hearing will merely confirm “bad” news for Trump already leaked to the press – none of which rises to the level of criminality. And there are some good aspects of the testimony, including that Trump was not personally under investigation and never asserted any type of interference in the Russia probe.

    While everyone was focused on Comey’s prepared statement, Trump went about his business filling vacancies in the federal judiciary.

    I wrote about this a month ago, Trump begins counter-packing federal courts, Dems can’t stop him thanks to Reid Rule:

    As we have pointed out repeatedly, Trump has an unprecedented opportunity to nominate a substantial percentage of the federal judiciary.

    There are currently over 100 vacancies, and many more are likely to open up, Liberal nightmare: Trump could appoint half federal judiciary. Yet Democrats, so blinded by the light of #TheResistance, appeared oblivious to the approaching Tsunami of Trump lower court nominations.

    Today the first waves of the Trump judicial nomination tsunami hit the beaches in D.C.

    Those ten nominees received mostly rave reviews, as detailed in that prior post.”

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  16. One of the main things that has distinguished the US from banana republics is the corps of non-partisan, competent civilian leadership in law enforcement and intelligence agencies. After the way Comey has been slandered by Hillary and her slimy supporters and Trump and his goofy cult, it is much less likely that honest, intelligent people will want to serve in such leadership positions.

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  17. Interesting.

    http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/04/men-women-college-proportion/

    “John Maxwell is curious about the world and freely shares, in casual conversation, tidbits of English history. Yet he says he’ll never again set foot in a college classroom.

    “I consider myself mostly self-taught and I just believe I should cut my own path in life,” said the 24-year-old Maxwell, who dropped out of Littleton’s Araphoe Community College after one semester.

    Maxwell said he didn’t want to waste his parents’ money on college work that held little or no interest to him.

    “I just wanted to see what I wanted to do with my life and college was never a part of that,” said Maxwell, currently an employee at a Parker liquor store. “It might cost me financially down the road, but I never really saw myself as getting rich anyway. So I don’t see it as much of a loss.”

    Maxwell is among a generation of young men who increasingly are turning their backs on colleges, universities and the associated degrees — either dropping out of upper-level learning or never considering it a viable option.

    Some of the young men shunning campus say they don’t want to take on massive student-loan debt.

    “If you don’t want to go to college you can go to a trade school and come away with something and not be on the hook for $150,000,” said 28-year-old Adam Stark, who dropped out of college and now is thriving in the music business in Denver.

    Others say the campus environment has become testy, even hostile, toward men. “You definitely get the sense you are the problem,” said Maxwell. “One woman once told me that she could use statistics to determine how many of my friends were rapists.”

    Whatever the reason, enrollment data show men are becoming less of a presence on college campuses both in Colorado and across the United States.”

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  18. The response.

    I think Comey has more questions to answer, like why he leaked privileged conversations with the President to the press, which he admitted to today.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/08/donald-trump-james-comey-hearing-marc-kasowitz/102588032/

    “While President Trump stayed unusually silent on James Comey, his lawyer stressed Thursday that Comey’s testimony proved that Trump did not collude with Russia during last year’s election nor try to obstruct justice in the FBI investigation — and went on to accuse the former FBI director of directing unauthorized news leaks designed to damage the president.

    Comey’s testimony, attorney Marc Kasowitz said, “makes clear that the president never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

    “And in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the president told Mr. Comey ‘it would be good to find out” in that investigation if there were “some ‘satellite’ associates of his who did something wrong.'”

    In attacking Comey’s testimony — as Trump surrogates did throughout the day — Kasowitz said the ex-director “admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president.”

    Trump’s lawyer was referring to the memos Comey kept on conversations he had with the president.”
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    More,

    https://www.axios.com/comey-testifies-in-front-of-senate-intel-committee-live-updates-2436847918.html

    “Another big thing: After his firing and this Trump tweet, Comey asked a close friend of his — Columbia law professor Daniel Richman — to leak the content of his memos to the media with the hope of triggering the appointment of a special counsel.”

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  19. Apparently the NYTimes is getting a knuckle-rap for a false article they ran in February about Trump. I don’t look for a retraction.

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  20. Aj@3:47 I’m surprised at Comey’s lack of professionalism in leaking conversations with the President. However, Trump created a terrible mess by firing him in the manner he did. There should have been a little more professionalism on both sides; it might have calmed the situation marginally. But pouring oil on troubled waters does not seem to be our President’s strong suit. :–)

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  21. We were busy at work so I just saw bits and pieces, but have the following thoughts:

    1. It seems Comey did a good job of defending himself and the FBI against the lies and smears of the New York twins (Hillary and Trump) who have to be the most dishonest and disgusting pair in the history of American politics.

    2. Comey clearly reminded distracted Republicans that all Americans should be concerned when a foreign power successfully interferes in a US election.

    3. If crimes were committed, Mueller will identify and prosecute the criminals.

    4. Only the dullest minds can fail to see that Trump has the honesty of a Mafia don combined with the maturity of a 6 year old.

    5. Republicans are in a pickle. The more they support Trump, the more devastating their losses are going to be in 2018 and 2020.

    I hope the next chapters of the farce are as entertaining as the first five months have been.

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  22. Was there ever a smidgen of credible evidence Russia interfered in the election? To me that has long been a “there is nothing there; move on” story.

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  23. Cheryl, Only the opinion of every single Western intelligence agency, each of which concluded that the Russians hacked the DNC and the Hillary campaign computers and then released a slew of embarrassing memos and emails throughout the campaign via Wikileaks.

    If you remember, this is how we learned that the DNC favored Hillary over Sanders, CNN gave Hillary debate questions, etc. Again, if you remember, these stories often led the news on days when Trump wasn’t commenting on women’s menstrual cycles, or posting unflattering photos of Mrs. Cruz on Twitter or being caught on tape boasting of committing sexual assaults.

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