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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper has accused Donald Trump of placing American democratic institutions "under assault" following the sacking of James Comey and cautioned that the former FBI director's removal is "another victory" for Russia. The forceful criticism comes as the Justice Department began screening candidates for Comey's replacement and Democrats renewed calls for a special prosecutor to oversee an investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. "I think in many ways our institutions are under assault," Clapper told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. "Both externally, and that's the big news here, is Russian interference in our election system. And I think as well our institutions are under assault internally." When asked to clarify if the internal assault came from the president directly, the former spy chief added: "Exactly."

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In a later interview on ABC news, Clapper added that "the Russians have to consider this [Comey's sacking] as another victory on the scoreboard for them".

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"Clapper called on the other branches of the federal government to step up in their roles as a check on the executive.

"The founding fathers, in their genius, created a system of three co-equal branches of government and a built-in system of checks and balances," Clapper said. "I feel as though that is under assault and is eroding."

Clapper also said Sunday that the President and the White House are wrong to cite Clapper's previous Senate testimony on the questions about alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia as proof that no such collusion exists, emphasizing that no one should portray his comments as "exculpatory" -- something Trump has done repeatedly on Twitter."

www.cnn.com

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-14 01:32 PM | Reply

Democracy is under assault by the electoral college. Twice they have given us a disastrous president when the people voted for someone else.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-14 04:00 PM | Reply

"U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes

U.S. lawmakers on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to turn over any tapes of conversations with fired FBI chief James Comey, potentially setting up a showdown with the White House as Democrats considered a boycott of the vote on Comey's replacement.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the White House must "clear the air" about whether there are any taped conversations.

"You can't be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

If there are recordings, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah told the "Fox News Sunday" program it was "inevitable" that they would be subpoenaed and the White House would have to release them.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump must immediately provide Congress with any tapes and warned that destroying existing tapes would violate the law."

www.reuters.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-14 04:48 PM | Reply

"Sacked FBI chief Comey plots strike at Trump in congress

James Comey, the FBI director sacked, then vilified and threatened by Donald Trump last week, is poised to exact his revenge on the US President by testifying against him publicly before congress.

Although Mr Comey has declined to appear before the Senate intelligence committee at a closed hearing this Wednesday, he has made clear via friends that he wants to strike back against Mr Trump in an open session that could be one of the most-watched events in US political history."

www.theaustralian.com.au

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-14 04:55 PM | Reply

"You can't be cute about tapes."

Being cute about things is a big part of Trump's cachet, and it's kinda funny how much the base eats it up.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-14 05:33 PM | Reply

a man we know beyond debate lied under oath, naturally, is a leftist 'expert'.

makes sense when Susan Rice can lie her butt off on every Sunday show and beyond about benghazi and she gets promoted.

so it does make sense.

carry on.....

#6 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-05-15 11:01 AM | Reply

makes sense when Susan Rice can lie her butt off on every Sunday show and beyond about benghazi and she gets promoted.

so it does make sense.

carry on.....

#6 | Posted by afkabl2

The thing about being a trump supporter is you that give up the right to complain about anyone lying, because you support the biggest liar in the world.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-15 11:14 AM | Reply

Democracy is under assault by the electoral college. Twice they have given us a disastrous president when the people voted for someone else.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-14 04:00 P

from "falling for the lies" by Susan Brown

Donald Trump is an illegitimate president, just like George W. Bush who "stole the election" they incessantly regurgitate. The only difference in their rhetoric now is that hanging chads have become Russian hackers.

In 2000, recounts reflected Bush won, even in the four Florida counties Al Gore cherry-picked for recount because they leaned heavily Democrat. Gore was such a pathetic loser, he couldn't win his home state of Tennessee. Even so, Bush stole the election. In its majority opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court described the cheating by Democrat Party counters who continuously changed the counting rules during recounts to rig the election in favor of Al Gore.

my favorite part..

"Their goal is to normalize abnormality to the point our brains begin convincing us that the Star Wars Cantina scene is as regular and ordinary as a Mayberry R.F.D. soda shop. "

#8 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-05-15 11:17 AM | Reply

The thing about being a trump supporter is you that give up the right to complain about anyone lying, because you support the biggest liar in the world.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-15 11:14 AM | Rep

I don't give up a right to do or say anything. I can tell the difference between what he says, what the media reports and what I read on majority biased sites like this one.

#9 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-05-15 11:21 AM | Reply

what a useful example.....

On May 11 during a meeting of the Judiciary Committee which had nothing to do with Russia, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley [R-IOWA] and Ranking Member Democrat Dianne Feinstein addressed the subject of Russia. Grassley said both he and Feinstein were briefed by former FBI director Comey regarding the individuals the current FBI investigation targeted.

Grassley said, "Mr. Comey testified before the Judiciary Committee last week ... Shortly after Director Comey briefed us, I tweeted that he should be transparent. I said he should tell the public what he told Sen. Feinstein and me about whether the FBI is or is not investigating the president. On Tuesday, the president's letter said that Director Comey told him he was not under investigation. Sen. Feinstein and I heard nothing that contradicted the president's statement."

Grassley also said the FBI should "confirm to the public whether it is or is not investigating the president. Because it has failed to make this clear, speculation has run rampant" tempering "some of the unsubstantiated statements that have been made."

Later, Grassley told Fox News' Neil Cavuto: "There's no evidence whatsoever now that they [Russia] changed one vote, but that suspicion is out there." Sure is. Ask the hog-scratchers.

#10 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-05-15 11:24 AM | Reply

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Several things to keep in mind: The FBI has two investigations open on Team Trump: a counter-intelligence investigation and a criminal investigation. It is possible that the criminal investigation is looking into Trump (we haven't heard much about what one from Comey or anyone else). It is also possible that the counter-intelligence investigation isn't targeting Trump, as Grassley has said, but that doesn't mean he couldn't become a target at some point:

What to make of the Grassley-Feinstein exchange? While nothing is ever completely clear in the Russia affair, it seems that Grassley was saying that Comey had told him, and Feinstein, that some individuals were targets of the FBI Russia probe, and that President Trump was not among them.

That's not an exoneration; the investigation could be focused on others around Trump, and perhaps on his campaign as an organization, in a way that could eventually lead to the president. And it's important to That's not an exoneration; the investigation could be focused on others around Trump, and perhaps on his campaign as an organization, in a way that could eventually lead to the president. And it's important to remember that James Comey is the FBI director who did not tell the Director of National Intelligence that the FBI had opened a counter-intelligence investigation involving Russia and the 2016 election. Who knows how Comey decided what to tell Congress.

But Blumenthal opened the question of Trump being a target of the investigation right now. Grassley and Feinstein appear to have closed it.

www.washingtonexaminer.com

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-15 11:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is also possible that the two FBI investigation will merge someday, if it emerges that Trump has had a previous history of laundering money for the Russians:

Treasury unit to share records with Senate for Trump-Russia probe: WSJ

A unit of the U.S. Treasury Department that fights money laundering will provide financial records to an investigation by the Senate into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The Senate Intelligence Committee asked for the records from the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, late last month, the Journal cited the people as saying.

One person said the records were needed to decide whether there was collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign, the Journal said. Representatives for FinCEN and Republican Senator Richard Burr, the intelligence committee chairman, declined to comment, the Journal said.

www.reuters.com

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-15 11:56 AM | Reply

the investigation could be focused on others around Trump, and perhaps on his campaign as an organization

I really find it hard to believe donald himself had anything to the with the Russian business. I don't think he had any desire to win the election... he wanted to lose and then whine about it forever. He wanted exactly what Hillary got... win the popular vote and not have to actually do the job. It's obvious he is in way over his head already and it's just getting started.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-05-15 12:04 PM | Reply

I don't give up a right to do or say anything. I can tell the difference between what he says, what the media reports and what I read on majority biased sites like this one.

#9 | Posted by afkabl2

You can't even tell the difference between a con man and a patriot, and you make yourself look dumber with every post.

The reason trump TRICKED you rubes into hating the media is because he doesn't want you to believe when you hear the things he does. Worked like a charm on morons.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-15 12:51 PM | Reply

Ironic. I always thought our democracy and our most back civil rights were under attack when Clapper and his gang were secretly cyber spying on millions of Americans under guise of 'national security'. Screw him. He has ZERO credibility when it comes to accusing others of 'attacks on democracy'. In many ways, he and Trump are two sides of the exact same coin.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-05-15 01:30 PM | Reply

If we only had a Democracy.

#16 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-05-15 05:30 PM | Reply

I can tell the difference between what he says, what the media reports and what I read on majority biased sites like this one.

#9 | Posted by afkabl2

Can you tell when Trump is lying?

Somehow I don't think you have developed that capability yet.

Keep working on it. Maybe by the time you grow up.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-15 06:56 PM | Reply

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