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Friday, May 19, 2017

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the FBI director, James B. Comey, had relieved "great pressure" on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump said, according to the document, which was read to the New York Times by an American official. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off." Trump added, "I'm not under investigation." The conversation, during a May 10 meeting -- the day after he fired Comey -- reinforces the notion that Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.

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UnF-ing Buh-lievable!

Almost as stupid as the news that Trump wants Flynn back in the WH.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:18 PM | Reply

"I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job," Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

Mr. Trump added, "I'm not under investigation."

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:19 PM | Reply

Apparently he was trying to impress the Russians with his best Putin impersonation.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:21 PM | Reply

Here's what Preet Bharara tweeted the day Mueller was appointed special counsel:

Preet Bharara‏ @PreetBharara

Urban Dictionary: backfired backfired.urbanup.com ...

6:53 PM - 17 May 2017

twitter.com

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:22 PM | Reply

Trump still thinks he is the smartest guy in the room. As smart as Putin and his spies. As smart as Comey and the FBI. Nyet.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:24 PM | Reply

He's not even as smart as his Hair.

btw, how many 70 year olds do we know that grow their hair into a long combover and dye it blond?

Besides Unkie Babbles, I mean.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:31 PM | Reply

I have so little to contribute these days. I'm overwhelmed with the sheer insanity of it all.

I am stunned. This just can't be real. And there are idiots out there that still support this lunatic.

#7 | Posted by YAV at 2017-05-19 03:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

"UnF-ing Buh-lievable!"

LOL I say that all the time about Trump and Company.

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:36 PM | Reply

#7

It's surreal ain't it? If someone had produced a movie script like this it would have been laughed out of town as too stupid to believe.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:42 PM | Reply

And a senior WH official is under investigation.
All I can say is "let it be Pence."

Make it a twofer.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2017-05-19 03:43 PM | Reply

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#9 - it does.
Trump's "big league" isn't even "bush league."
It's "out-in-the-weeds!"

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2017-05-19 03:45 PM | Reply

Washington (CNN)

At a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked a very simple question: Had he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to slow or stop an FBI investigation into deposed national security adviser Michael Flynn?

"No. No. Next question," Trump responded.

It was over in a flash. But in those four words, Trump staked the viability of his presidency.

Why? Because he directly contradicted the reporting around a memo that Comey had written in the wake of a February 14 meeting in which Trump told him to see if he could find a way to end the Flynn investigation, The New York Times first reported and CNN confirmed.

Both of those things can't be true.

www.cnn.com

His people are going to have to cut out his tongue and pry his cold dead hands from his twitter phone.

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:46 PM | Reply

If these statements can be proven to be true, isn't this evidence of obstruction of justice?

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-19 03:57 PM | Reply

Sure sounds like it.... although for Trump it may just be evidence of Alzheimers.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-19 03:59 PM | Reply

**And a senior WH official is under investigation.
All I can say is "let it be Pence."

Make it a twofer.**

Yav, you do know who is next in line if 45 and Pence are booted out of office?

How does President Paul Ryan sound to you?

#15 | Posted by Judity at 2017-05-19 09:03 PM | Reply

If these statements can be proven to be true, isn't this evidence of obstruction of justice?

The White House isn't denying the comments.

Trump tries harder to be found guilty of obstruction of justice than any politician in history.

How can any American defend him taking this way to officials of a hostile foreign power?

#16 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 09:37 PM | Reply

"How can any American defend him taking this way to officials of a hostile foreign power?"

-(R)

That's all it takes these days.

#17 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-19 09:57 PM | Reply

Air Force One is out of U.S. airspace so quickly build some walls.

#18 | Posted by TenMile at 2017-05-19 10:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Substantiated by.....?

#19 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-05-20 01:16 AM | Reply

#19 From the article:

The White House document that contained Trump's comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to the Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-20 10:40 AM | Reply

Is it quotations or is it outlines?

#21 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-20 10:44 AM | Reply

#21 I'm assuming both:

The White House document that contained Trump's comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.

www.seattletimes.com

I think it is important to note:

Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary, did not dispute the account of the Oval Office statements. He said in a statement that Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State group.

"By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia," Spicer said. "The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations."

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-20 11:04 AM | Reply

Didn't dispute but didn't address either.

And yes, the real story is there are people undermining and leaking conversations. Trump really needs to clean house and get it in order and frankly it is embarrassing that people in the white house are doing such things, regardless of who is in office.

I suspect a lot of administrative white house staff from all departments are going to quietly just lose their positions.

#23 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-20 11:13 AM | Reply

#23

The real story is whether Donald is a money laundering criminal and Russian asset.

#24 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-20 11:22 AM | Reply

"And yes, the real story is there are people undermining and leaking conversations. Trump really needs to clean house and get it in order and frankly it is embarrassing that people in the white house are doing such things, regardless of who is in office."

Maybe the leakers consider themselves to be patriots and whistleblowers.

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-20 11:25 AM | Reply

"the real story is there are people undermining and leaking conversations."

Only to apologists. For the rest of us, it's the President's pathological lying.

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-20 11:31 AM | Reply

"And yes, the real story is there are people undermining and leaking conversations."

The " real " story is that if Trump said " "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off. I'm not under investigation," then this would support the allegation that Trump used his position as President to fire Comey and obstruct justice.

The fact that an official memo may have been leaked is a problem for the WH and one I would expect them to try to address, but it is not the " real" problem; it is a secondary and different problem.

Ignoring this type of distinction appears to be the go to tactic these days, to divert attention from the content of the message to the existence of the message.

#27 | Posted by Foreigner at 2017-05-20 11:37 AM | Reply

Patriots and whistleblowers.......what are they blowing a whistle about, and the only patriot could be party patriot not country.

And it is very difficult to believe any common sense normal person would ever think this has any patriotism involved at all, it is an outrage regardless of party politics. I don't support such action from either side, no matter who is in office, it reduces the Presidential ability to actually converse what so ever.

I understand why trump is making everyone leave when really trying to converse.

#28 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-20 11:39 AM | Reply

Ignoring this type of distinction appears to be the go to tactic these days, to divert attention from the content of the message to the existence of the message.

I suppose, just by chance, you hold the same attitude about the pedestal Hillary leaks?????

#29 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-20 11:41 AM | Reply

Leaking treason is patriotic.

#30 | Posted by bored at 2017-05-20 11:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"it reduces the Presidential ability to actually obstruct justice what so ever. I understand why trump is making everyone leave when really trying to obstruct justice."

#31 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-20 11:42 AM | Reply

Imagine if Hillary had been elected, and President Obama had called in James Comey to tell him to back off the HRC investigation.

What's the over/under on the number of apoplexies Sean Hannity would have?

#32 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-20 11:43 AM | Reply

No, with the leak the whole context of the conversation isn't known, it is being selective, but if it fits the hacking political narrative that's OK.

#33 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-20 11:44 AM | Reply

"I suppose, just by chance, you hold the same attitude about the pedestal Hillary leaks?????

#29 | POSTED BY CRASSUS AT 2017-05-20 11:41 AM | FLAG: "

Without knowing the specifics of the " Hilary leaks" to which you refer, I can't answer definitively, but as a general statement, I would expect to hold exactly the same position, ie that the content of the message, if important , takes precedence over the existence of the message.

If, for example, you have in mind the DNC leaked emails concerning their anti-Bernie Sanders stance, then I have no problem with the content taking center stage over their existence. There were, of course, consequences arising from the contents - Wasserman Schultz resigned, Bernie supporters got upset, Clinton lost votes and eventually lost the election. If Trump did say the things attributed to him, his words should also have consequences for what they represent. One of those consequences should be to make partisan supporters look at themselves and ask themselves why they are continuing to blindly support a man whose actions are deeply flawed.

#34 | Posted by Foreigner at 2017-05-20 01:08 PM | Reply

Time to start warming up "old Sparky"!

#35 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-05-20 11:00 PM | Reply

As I remember six months ago the very Democrats who were calling for Comey's head were now outraged that Trump fired him. Comey is a victim of the situation he created. He should have NEVER said a word about the investigation into Clinton's practices while the election was heating up. He didn't have to, he is actually precluded from doing so,(LEOs and ongoing investigations). When he was called up to testify at the Benghazi committee, he should have said no comment and left. But he didn't. Cops should keep their mouths closed until they build up a list of facts and get a lawyer to indite an offender. His mouth got him fired. He became a distraction. The FBI deserves better.

#36 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-21 09:37 AM | Reply

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