Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

President Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. "I hope you can let this go," the president told Comey, according to the memo. The existence of Trump's request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and FBI investigation into links between Trump's associates and Russia. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation.

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"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Trump told Comey, according to the memo. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go." Trump told Comey that Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo. Comey did not say anything to Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: "I agree he is a good guy." In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.

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The story reports that former Director Comey made notes every time he had a phone call or meeting with the President.

No wonder he wants to testify in an open hearing. Trump's days as President are nearing an end and so are the careers of those partisans still blindly supporting his unethical destruction of presidential norms and laws.

Tick toc....

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

On a related note:

All is not well at the State Department: "The White House issued a statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after the publication of a Washington Post report saying that Trump had revealed highly sensitive intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in the course of a conversation about ISIS. The only issue: State Department officials had no idea the statement had come out, learning about it only from CNN."
This is not normal.

Tic toc....

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 05:51 PM | Reply

This story is what I like to call Article 8 of Trump's Impeachment.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-16 05:53 PM | Reply

"The story reports that former Director Comey made notes every time he had a phone call or meeting with the President."

Okay...but I suspect many FBI directors have been doing that for many many years.

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-16 06:02 PM | Reply

Alone in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump began the discussion by condemning leaks to the news media, saying that Mr. Comey should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information, according to one of Mr. Comey's associates.

Well, isn't that special

#5 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-16 06:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.

"While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn," the statement said

Tweet from Donald Trump dated 5/17/17

"I told James "Has Been" Comey to stop investigating my friend and everyone says great guy General Flynn"

#6 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-16 06:05 PM | Reply

Okay...but I suspect many FBI directors have been doing that for many many years.

True, but

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Anyone believe that this President is ordered enough to similarly write down contemporaneous notes of his own conversations as well? What this is saying is that notes trump (pardon the pun) recollection without notes.

Tic toc....

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 06:07 PM | Reply

Ya gotta like it when Eberly offers to help.

Don't know about y'all but my eyes seem to see much better after a good pipe cleaning, just sayin'....

#10 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 06:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

CNN is obsessed with trump. And not in a good way!
Also, notes aren't facts as anybody can write anything they want at anytime.

It's a nuffin' burger.
OBAMA did it
Clinton(s) too
Fake news

Sincerely

Msgtboazberly

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-05-16 06:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Trump's problems may soon all be over....

"Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's talking with Trump administration about press secretary job"

Now, with rumors boiling in Washington, D.C., about a broad shakeup to Trump's press team following a drumbeat of controversies, Guilfoyle's name has resurfaced. The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump had suggested Guilfoyle for the press secretary job in conversations with political allies.

www.mercurynews.com

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-16 06:45 PM | Reply

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Damn, Sally Yates picked a bad night for her interview. TV is wall-to-wall Comey.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 07:23 PM | Reply

I see your "tapes" and raise you memos.

Now lets see whether the tapes confirm my memos

You would think a casino owner would understand this better, no wonder his casinos went bankrupt.

#14 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-16 07:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Rick Wilson‏ @TheRickWilson

1/ Imagine this: Barack Obama calls James Comey to the White House.

2/ "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Hillary go. She is a good person. I hope you can let this go."

3/ Now tell me what Fox, and every clickservative would be doing right this minute?

Spoiler: Screaming for impeachment

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-16 07:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.

Since the White House never lies, this story is over. Nothing to see here.

#16 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-16 08:32 PM | Reply

"In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo."

And 150 million people rolled their eyes Anderson Cooper style.

We really need an "eye rolling" protest where someone repeats Trump's lies and thousands of people roll their eyes at the same time. The video would be brilliant!

#17 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 08:40 PM | Reply

If this memo is real, then this is really a bad thing for Trump. The problem is, the story is based on "unnamed" sources and is substantiated "according to two people who read the memo." Double hearsay gets you nowhere if you want to impeach the POTUS.

Show us the memo, and if it is real, then Trump needs to defend himself against obstruction charges, it's that simple.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-16 08:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I am beyond fascinated to find out exactly how bad this Russian scandal is.

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-16 08:43 PM | Reply

The problem is, the story is based on "unnamed" sources and is substantiated "according to two people who read the memo."

The memo has been shared with several news organizations.

#20 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-16 08:45 PM | Reply

Can they fry him for this?

#21 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-05-16 08:47 PM | Reply

Can't wait for onetontomato to show up and remind us all that this is Hillary's fault, or Obama's, or sumpin'.
(#IMPEACH)

#22 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-05-16 08:49 PM | Reply

"Can they fry him for this?"

Impeachment is entirely a political weapon, the Republicans in Congress aren't required by any law to bring Articles of Impeachment and they won't. Get used to it, this is business as usual for the next 4 years. Trump isn't going anywhere.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 08:49 PM | Reply

"Can they fry him for this?"

Impeachment is entirely a political weapon, the Republicans in Congress aren't required by any law to bring Articles of Impeachment and they won't. Get used to it, this is business as usual for the next 4 years. Trump isn't going anywhere.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 08:49 PM | Reply

Only thing that could jeopardize Trump is if both houses of Congress flipped to the Democrats in 2018 and that is unlikely....but possible if this clown continues to perform as eradically as he has.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 08:51 PM | Reply

Only thing that could jeopardize Trump is if both houses of Congress flipped to the Democrats in 2018 and that is unlikely....but possible if this clown continues to perform as eradically as he has.

#26 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 08:51 PM | Reply

The memo has been shared with several news organizations.

#20 | POSTED BY RCADE AT 2017-05-16 08:45 PM

Meaningless, those are the "several people who have seen the memo."

Release the memo to the general public, otherwise this is merely more unsupported conjecture by the press.

#27 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-16 08:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Remember. The right wing apologist brigade (like afka and rightocenter) refused to believe when Obama released the long form birth certificate.

Comey could personally hand them the memo and they wouldn't believe..

These emasculated armchair tough guys have no credibility.

#28 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-05-16 09:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Only thing that could jeopardize Trump is...

... a massive mental breakdown brought about by accidentally winning the election.

#29 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-05-16 09:03 PM | Reply

RoC=🙈

#30 | Posted by jpw at 2017-05-16 09:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Rachel Maddow is reporting as confirmed that a subpoena has been issued for Paul Manafort's financial records for a loan he received immediately after his firing by the Trump campaign and it's relation to a foreign source. The subpoena was issued by one of the DOJ grand juries seated in Virginia that are hearing testimony related to Trump and his associates along with Russian interests involved with both.

This is the same grand jury that was first identified by Claude Taylor weeks before CNN tried to take credit for an exclusive.

It is likely related to money laundering although that is NOT being reported by Maddow at this point.

#31 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 09:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

PS: Comey visited the courthouse where the Grand Jury is seated the week before he was fired. It is not known whether he gave testimony before the panel or not at this time.

#32 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 09:16 PM | Reply

Release the memo to the general public, otherwise this is merely more unsupported conjecture by the press.

#27 | Posted by Rightocenter

Well, it has been a whole 12 hours so... Of course Comey is probably doing the appropriate thing and sharing it with DoJ and Congress.

Are you calling for a release of trump's "tapes"

#33 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-05-16 09:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ROC...

Your wish is Comey's command:

@KenDilanianNBC just reported that Comey "plans to go public" about the memos he kept from his meetings with Trump.

#34 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 09:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#28

Don't assign me positions that I never took, you are not smart enough to craft an effective strawman.

#30

Like I said, if this is true, show us the memo. Otherwise, it is double hearsay.

#31

Doubt she can confirm that, unless Virginia law is different from California, grand jury proceedings are secret and anyone leaking information regarding those proceedings is in contempt of court and is a violation of the Penal Code (usually a misdemeanor). That being said, not a surprise if they have subpoenaed Manafort's financial records.

#35 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-16 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Ha! this is great! and I thought it would take two days for another amusement! Awesome!

#36 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-05-16 09:21 PM | Reply

Are you calling for a release of trump's "tapes"

If they exist, absolutely.

#37 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-16 09:22 PM | Reply

#34

We shall see, I still don't consider a Tweet by a journalist to be competent evidence of, well, anything.

#38 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-16 09:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Your wish is Comey's command"

Don't expect too many more posts from RIGHTOCENTER tonight. You sure know how to kill a conversation Tony!

#39 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-16 09:24 PM | Reply

Feds Subpoena Records for $3.5M Mystery Mortgage on Manafort's Home

Federal investigators have subpoenaed records related to a $3.5 million mortgage that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort took out on his Hamptons home just after leaving the campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter. The mortgage document that explains how Manafort would pay back the loan was never filed with Suffolk County, New York -- and Manafort's company never paid up to $36,000 in taxes that would be due on the loan.

In addition, despite telling NBC News previously that all his real estate transactions are transparent and include his name and signature, Manafort's name and signature do not appear on any of the loan documents that are publicly available. A Manafort spokesperson said the $3.5 million loan, which was taken out through a shell company, was repaid in December, but also said that paperwork showing the repayment was not filed until he was asked about the loan by NBC News.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is also taking a "preliminary look" at Manafort's real estate transactions, according to a separate source. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Justice Department has requested Manafort's banking records.

Jason Maloni, a spokesperson for Manafort, said, "Mr. Manafort has not been contacted by any authorities other than the United States Congress and officials responsible for FARA guidance, and he is cooperating with those inquiries."

A review of New York state and Suffolk County records shows the loan was made by S C 3, a subsidiary of Spruce Capital, which was co-founded by Joshua Crane, who has partnered with Donald Trump on real estate deals. Spruce is also partially funded by Ukrainian-American real-estate magnate Alexander Rovt, who tried to donate $10,000 to Trump's presidential campaign on Election Day but had all but the legal maximum of $2,700 returned.

May be nothing, maybe not.

#40 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 09:30 PM | Reply

Show us the memo, and if it is real, then Trump needs to defend himself against obstruction charges, it's that simple.

#18 | Posted by Rightocenter

And when trump says it's fake who are you going to believe?

And if repubs say it's fake who are you going to vote for in 2018? The guys who refuse to hold a criminal president accountable so that their rich masters can still get their fat tax cuts?

#41 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-05-16 09:31 PM | Reply

Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump's Campaign Chief AUG. 14, 2016

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych's pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine's newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau, which obtained the ledger, said in a statement that Mr. Manafort's name appeared 22 times in the documents over five years, with payments totaling $12.7 million. The purpose of the payments is not clear. Nor is the outcome, since the handwritten entries cannot be cross-referenced against banking records, and the signatures for receipt have not yet been verified.

"Paul Manafort is among those names on the list of so-called ‘black accounts of the Party of Regions,' which the detectives of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine are investigating," the statement said. "We emphasize that the presence of P. Manafort's name in the list does not mean that he actually got the money, because the signatures that appear in the column of recipients could belong to other people."

#42 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 09:36 PM | Reply

Oh, look, Nulli has turned into Tony's funny flag stalker. Cute!

#43 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-16 09:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh, look, Nulli has turned into Tony's funny flag stalker. Cute!

Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-05-16 09:41 PM | Reply

There's something seriously wrong with him. He used to not be this way.

#44 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-16 09:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

If Donald Trump disclosed classified information to the Russians OR if he pressured Comey in any way to drop the investigation of Flynn, he should be impeached. How much damage will Republicans allow this man to do to our country in the name of partisanship?

#45 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-05-16 09:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The guys who refuse to hold a criminal president accountable so that their rich masters can still get their fat tax cuts?

#41 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Honestly, Trump was such a brazen scumbag during the campaign I wouldn't be surprised if the GOP voters are still too ---- stupid to kick those morons out of office. We'll be sitting here in May 2019 reading tales of woe from proud GOP voters lamenting another dagger in the back.

#46 | Posted by jpw at 2017-05-16 10:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

How much damage will Republicans allow this man to do to our country in the name of partisanship?

It depends on how much money they stand to make...

#47 | Posted by jpw at 2017-05-16 10:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

More than this Moder8?

Back in the summer of 2016, the Obama administration provided some information to the Russians about some of the things happening on the ground. Guess what happened? The Russians then attacked some of those sites of our allies, our proxies that we were working with. And that's a problem.

www.newsbusters.org

#48 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-16 10:09 PM | Reply

When Obama is indicted, we'll call for Trumps.

Deal?

#49 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-16 10:11 PM | Reply

#48

So by your own post shouldn't Trump be excoriated for inviting Russian spies into the Oval Office and divulging specific information on ISIS that this nation received from an Israeli intelligence asset that wasn't his to tell per the agreement under which it was shared? But according to Orange Julius, the Russians are our allies and deserved to be informed of the information he gave them.

So I guess Trump didn't learn from Obama's mistake did he? He even continued to justify his error today during his presser with Hungary's butcher. That's what I call resolve...and utter madness.

#50 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 10:16 PM | Reply

Obama isn't president, Trump is, but you know that deflector of record. What a waste of bandwidth....

#51 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 10:17 PM | Reply

Oh, come on, it was just 'Locker Room' Obstruction of Justice.

#52 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-05-16 10:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

When Obama is indicted, we'll call for Trumps.
Deal?

#49 | POSTED BY TONTONMACOUTE

The issue isn't that information was given, as I'm sure communication between our governments does occur.

It is that the information that was shared was highly sensitive and restricted even in our own government. IIRC there was also an agreement to not share it with the country who provided it.

BTW you blithering old fool, "but they did it too" is as childish as your orange mancrush.

#53 | Posted by jpw at 2017-05-16 10:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh snap!

Comey Damns Trump By Saying He Didn't Write Memos On Obama Because Obama Was Truthful

CNN's Pamela Brown reported, "Even though he liked to create paper trails through his years at the Justice Department and the FBI, it was not common practice for him to document conversations with senior officials unless he thought it was significant. Conversations that Comey had with Trump he documented. In one memo, Anderson, he included a description of the President talking to him about crowd size at the inauguration. The source I spoke to said Comey did not do this with President Obama in part because he had fewer one on one conversations with the president, and as the source said, in Comey's view, there was no need to document the conversations with people that are truthful or situations that are routine."

That's gonna leave a burn.

The White House better keep this story off Fox News or WWIII might start tomorrow....

#54 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-16 10:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

BTW you blithering old fool, "but they did it too" is as childish as your orange mancrush.

#53 | POSTED BY JPW

You feeling a bit randy, we shall see, if you overplay this your party will be finished so high stakes yes? Than that corrupt cankled pig really will be the good old days of your poor burned out party.

#55 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-16 11:12 PM | Reply

#55
Unclear on the concept All Time Grand Champion Award Winner.

#56 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-05-16 11:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Jaffetz is ready to subpoena all of Comey's documents related to this alleged event.

#57 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-16 11:21 PM | Reply

That's gonna leave a burn.

Yet, it may not burn the way you want. What you quoted undercuts reliability of the memo from an evidentiary point of view. Always writing a memo projects regularity and reliability. Picking and choosing when and if to write a memo projects self serving concerns and raises hearsay issues.

Gregg Jarrett raises a few issues worth considering that also go to reliability. www.foxnews.com

BTW, I ain't buying his rhetoric only pointing out valid evidentiary issues.

#58 | Posted by et_al at 2017-05-16 11:34 PM | Reply

#58

You may be right but reread the statement again. The person relaying Comey's rationale did not say that Comey didn't write memos of his meetings with Obama or other high officials, he said that Comey didn't "document conversations" which can be openly interpreted by and directly supported with the example of Comey memorializing Trump's words describing his inaugural crowd size. That factoid has no value as it stands alone for anything but to accurately recount the exact language Trump used due to the strange nature of the topic of conversation itself, given the circumstances. Let us not forget Comey has over a decade-long track record which would make legal challenges like those you mentioned seem out of place based on his known history of testimony. Comey likely wanted any memo to reflect the precise words he heard so that it couldn't be construed as a subjective rendering due to the factors you mention.

What do you think?

#59 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-17 12:04 AM | Reply

"Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo.

It was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey's associates read parts of it to a Times reporter.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go," Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. "He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."

www.nytimes.com

"An F.B.I. agent's contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations."

How much more so the FBI Director's notes?

#60 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-17 12:06 AM | Reply

#60

His questions weren't directed toward the memos themselves Corky. He was commenting on what I posted in #54 that attorneys might use to impeach Comey's objectivity due to him showing admitted selective bias. I read the statement differently and knowing Comey's lifelong professionalism I find it doubtful.

But the objectiveness of Comey's judgment is something most of us have questioned due to his decisions regarding Hillary, even though I've always believed him to be by-the-book. It is an interesting premise which I believe won't even come into play. Trump has far more to worry about than Comey's memos.

#61 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-17 12:17 AM | Reply

Once again, let's see it.

Journalists claiming to see it, sources claiming to know about it, formal officials claiming its true...not impeachable evidence.

Show us the memos.

#62 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 12:29 AM | Reply

How much more so the FBI Director's notes?
#60 | POSTED BY CORKY AT 2017-05-17 12:06 AM

Agreed.

Looking forward to seeing the actual notes.

#63 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 12:30 AM | Reply

Don't expect too many more posts from RIGHTOCENTER tonight. You sure know how to kill a conversation Tony!

Are you ever tired of being wrong?

#64 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-05-17 12:41 AM | Reply

-Show us the memos.

You have much more chance of seeing the memos than Trump's tax returns, which at this point anyone other than a slobbering sycophant would like to see.

#65 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-17 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Once again, let's see it.
Journalists claiming to see it, sources claiming to know about it, formal officials claiming its true...not impeachable evidence.
Show us the memos.

#62 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2017-05-17 12:29 AM | FLAG:
^ Someone's getting nervous that their boy is about to get rolled. ^

#66 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-05-17 12:55 AM | Reply

What do you think?

Mostly as ROC points out, a memo only has value if it exists then only to the extent of what it actually says. Putting much into a report saying what a source says the memo says is pretty much folly at this point. It's triple hearsay.

Assuming it exists, and I don't necessarily doubt it, its value lies within what the rules of evidence have to say. I was raising some of those issues to try to tamp down some of the exhilaration (not just yours.)

#67 | Posted by et_al at 2017-05-17 12:58 AM | Reply

Damn it, Et_Al!

Always the wet blanket and NEVER the glass slipper!

#68 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-05-17 01:37 AM | Reply

*(not that I don't appreciate it...)

LOL

#69 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-05-17 01:39 AM | Reply

"Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's talking with Trump administration about press secretary job"

If Trump wants to torpedo the media, he would appoint Katrina Pierson as press secretary. Ratings would go through the roof!

#70 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-05-17 06:34 AM | Reply

Impeachment is entirely a political weapon, the Republicans in Congress aren't required by any law to bring Articles of Impeachment and they won't. Get used to it, this is business as usual for the next 4 years. Trump isn't going anywhere.

#23 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2017-05-16 08:49 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Congress' loyalty to Trump lasts only until he begins dragging them down with him. The public now supports impeachment. It will be the GOP's come to Jesus moment when the announce they are doing their job. They then get Pence who will continue to push their agenda and as an added bonus install Christian Sharia Law to boot.

#71 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 07:38 AM | Reply

Meaningless, those are the "several people who have seen the memo."

It's hardly meaningless that major media outlets like the Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal have said they saw the memo. They've been right again and again during the Trump presidency on stories like this, while Trump and his top officials keep getting caught in provable lies.

You should wake up and realize where the truth's coming from these days. It ain't 1600 Pennsylvania.

#72 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-17 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Congress' loyalty to Trump lasts only until he begins dragging them down with him."

And then what? President Pence? God help us!

#73 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 09:17 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"And then what? President Pence?"

Frightening, but as some pundit pointed out last night, Pence has a pen, but not a movement behind him.

#74 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-17 09:18 AM | Reply

My disdain for the Puritopians grows exponentially every day. Many of us saw this coming, and now it is here. If you didn't do everything you could to prevent this then you put your own ego before your own country. Thanks Puritopians. Me and Bill Maher are on the same page.

#75 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 09:19 AM | Reply

So basically, Trump isn't even competent enough to use proxies to create plausible deniability..

#76 | Posted by sully at 2017-05-17 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#76 He probably floated it by a proxy who informed him that it would be obstruction of justice so he decided to do it himself anyways.

#77 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 09:46 AM | Reply

Pence has a pen, but not a movement behind him.

#74 | POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2017-05-17 09:18 AM | FLAG:

He will have the persecuted Christian majority behind him.

#78 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 09:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Donny the Turd has been doing shirt like this all his life and letting his lawyers settle his way out of it.

Sexually assaulting women.

Discriminating against minorities.

Screwing over small business contractors.

His entire pampered life has set him up for believing he can weasel out of anything he does. He said it himself that he could murder someone on 5th avenue and his supporters would bail him out.

He never learned that some actions have irrevocable and dire consequences. It took 70 years, but if the Congresscritters do their jobs, he will learn it now. Probably not. He will fade off into retirement blaming the fake media and the evil libruls. Everyone else is wrong and he is always right.

#79 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 09:52 AM | Reply

"His entire pampered life has set him up for believing he can weasel out of anything he does."

His destiny was determined by the wealth he inherited, as our destiny is determined by the wealth people like the Koch brothers inherited. When inherited, not earned wealth is the basis for power you can be assured that the power is going to be focused on all the wrong things because these guys never worked a day in their lives and don't know what life is even about. America should automatically reject anyone for public office who didn't earn their way to the top, no more spoiled rich boys running things.

#80 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 09:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#80 The only way to get good people to run for office and not be beholden to the 1% is to remove private money from the election cycle. So long as they have to bow before the 1% to afford to run for office, they will always be owing a favor in return.

#81 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 10:18 AM | Reply

BREAKING NEWS: TRUMP CLEARED OF WRONGDOING BY GERALDO RIVERA

Geraldo Rivera‏Verified account @GeraldoRivera 1h1 hour ago
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News Flash, @realDonaldTrump hoping @JamesComeyFBI cuts @MikeFlynn some slack because he is a 'good man' is not close to #Obstruction

#82 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 10:41 AM | Reply

"His entire pampered life has set him up for believing he can weasel out of anything he does."

#80 | Posted by danni

Why you bringing Ted Kennedy into this?

#83 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-05-17 10:47 AM | Reply

Geraldo Rivera‏Verified account @GeraldoRivera 1h1 hour ago
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News Flash, @realDonaldTrump hoping @JamesComeyFBI cuts @MikeFlynn some slack because he is a 'good man' is not close to #Obstruction

#82 | POSTED BY 726

So why did he clear the room of even the Vice President if he just asked Comey to cut Flynn some slack because he is a good man, Mr. Rivera?

#84 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-17 10:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It's obvious to me that Comey was fired while he was in California so that his office could be sealed and raided, because the Drumpfsters knew that he kept notes on conversations and wanted to get to them so they didn't go public. By writing and sharing memos with trusted senior officials, Comey probably saved his own life. If Drumpf had the notes and there were no memos, what happens when Comey falls off a tenth story balcony, or commits suicide over losing his job, or does from a heart attack? Look at all the dead Russians tied to the Steele Dossier and tell me that's just coincidence.

#85 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-05-17 10:49 AM | Reply

GOOD NEWS for the Liberals who support the Destroy Trump Media... the stock market is down 250 points WOOO HOOO...with just a little more effort you guys can Destroy the whole Country...
,,,

#86 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 10:57 AM | Reply

"GOOD NEWS for the Liberals who support the Destroy Trump Media... the stock market is down 250 points "

The Party of (No) Responsibility strikes again.

#87 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-17 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

He will have the persecuted Christian majority behind him.

#78 | Posted by 726

The "persecuted" Christian "majority" in this country doesn't know what the word means if they actually think they are being persecuted.

#88 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-05-17 10:58 AM | Reply

i wonder how much welfare broke countries like Venezuela pay out to their liberals...
,,,

#89 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 10:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#86 | Posted by ATaxpayer

Are you saying the market doesn't fluctuate on a whim regularly?

#90 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-05-17 10:59 AM | Reply

Are you saying the market doesn't fluctuate on a whim regularly?
#90

With every FAKE NEWS story produced by the Destroy Trump media the stock market is loosing confidence President Trump will be able to reverse the last 8 years. This WILL eventually translate into a downward trend WOOO HOOO.
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#91 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 11:07 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"With every FAKE NEWS story produced by the Destroy Trump media "

I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

#92 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-17 11:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Let's keep score....

Trump asks Comey to end the investigation and then fires him.

The excuses are....

But Obama....

But Ted Kennedy...

But fake media....

Sad! Low energy!

#93 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 11:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

GOOD NEWS for the Liberals who support the Destroy Trump Media... the stock market is down 250 points WOOO HOOO...with just a little more effort you guys can Destroy the whole Country...
,,,

#86 | POSTED BY ATAXPAYER AT 2017-05-17 10:57 AM | REPLY

Actually that fault lies with the morons, hicks, rubes and Purity Pony Riders that caused this abomination to be elected. I'll leave it to you to select the category into which you fall.

#94 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-05-17 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Cheetolini has been conspicuously absent from Twitter for 19 hours now.

#95 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-17 11:14 AM | Reply

GOOD NEWS for the Liberals who support the Destroy Trump Media... the stock market is down 250 points WOOO HOOO...

Time to buy!

#96 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-05-17 11:17 AM | Reply

The stocks are breaking records. One day of a Trump "fake" news story "crashes" the market and "destroys" the country?

Your hyperbole does you no good, not that we would expect anything less than hyperbole from the likes of ATAXPAYER.

#97 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-05-17 11:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Cheetolini has been conspicuously absent from Twitter for 19 hours now."

Probably on his way to rehab.

#98 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 11:34 AM | Reply

For those who are confused it has become clear that Trump has committed multiple crimes in defense of Putin and he clearly supports Putin more than America.

#99 | Posted by Tor at 2017-05-17 11:35 AM | Reply

"With every FAKE NEWS story produced by the Destroy Trump media the stock market is loosing confidence President Trump will be able to reverse the last 8 years."

Is this idiot under the misconception that the last eight years didn't see incredible gains in stock market prices and employment? These folks are allergic to facts.

#100 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 11:36 AM | Reply

GOOD NEWS for the Liberals who support the Destroy Trump Media... the stock market is down 250 points WOOO HOOO...with just a little more effort you guys can Destroy the whole Country...
,,,
#86 | POSTED BY ATAXPAYER AT 2017-05-17 10:57 AM | REPLY
Actually that fault lies with the morons, hicks, rubes and Purity Pony Riders that caused this abomination to be elected. I'll leave it to you to select the category into which you fall.
#94 | POSTED BY REAGAN58

You just don't get it. It's Libruls fault for Trump being a liar, crook and criminal. Because...Hillary something something.

#101 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-17 11:44 AM | Reply

So it looks like the classified info to Russia story is going away and tomorrow this one will be gone. What will the sleazy Dems come up with tonight?

#102 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-05-17 11:47 AM | Reply

Actually that fault lies with the morons, hicks, rubes and Purity Pony Riders that caused this abomination to be elected. I'll leave it to you to select the category into which you fall.
#94 | POSTED BY REAGAN58

Which is actually your fault for bringing in a candidate that was so crappy that she lost to him. Congrats on that one.

#103 | Posted by fishpaw at 2017-05-17 11:49 AM | Reply

We had a choice between hillary and Trump. You can't blame Trump getting elected on the people who were smart enough to see what a fraud he is.

YOU VOTED for a man who has lost or settled over 175 fraud cases. All the evidence was there. Trump is not doing anything he hasn't done his whole life.
You saw all the evidence and voted for him anyway. You were stupid enough to fail to see that Hillary was a better candidate. You let 30 years of accusations and allegations that all fell apart under scrutiny poison you to the point where you ignored all the actual evidence against Trump.

30 years of investigations and millions of dollars spent never provided a shred of any evidence of wrongdoing by the Clintons but YOU chose to believe allegations against Her but ignore actual crimes by Trump.

The Trump Voters own this mess 100%

#104 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-05-17 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Which is actually your fault..."

The Party of Responsibility...as long as it's someone else's.

#105 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-05-17 12:06 PM | Reply

i wonder how much welfare broke countries like Venezuela pay out to their liberals...
,,,

#89 | POSTED BY ATAXPAYER

that is the saddest attempt at deflection I have ever seen in my life. EVAH!!!

(you didn't even say benghazi!)

#106 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-17 12:09 PM | Reply

Next REAL news story...>>> Seth Rich remember him?? well it turns out he was a Big Wig at the DNC AND he was murdered... i know i know we haven't seen anything like this since VINCE FOSTER...

anyway it turns out Seth Rich had many contacts with a place called WIKI LEAKS..... hmmmmm i wonder what they talked about.
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#107 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 12:15 PM | Reply

Which is actually your fault for bringing in a candidate that was so crappy that she lost to him. Congrats on that one.

#103 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Wait, it's Hillary's fault that people chose the worse of two evils? Man, that's a new one... Voters were warned up and down about the dangers of Trump. They just were too stupid to believe it. Fox News and Conservative news and some Russian help convinced them. Democrats can't be blamed for your stupidity.

#108 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-17 12:15 PM | Reply

#106
Sorry for the Pesky facts... :)
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#109 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 12:18 PM | Reply

"anyway it turns out Seth Rich had many contacts with a place called WIKI LEAKS..... hmmmmm i wonder what they talked about. "

Aren't you the guy who keeps asking for proof about the Russian connections to Trump? Where's your proof of anything, from what I read the police thought this was a tragic crime but not necessarily anything to do with politics. Most likely a simple robbery.

#110 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 12:20 PM | Reply

#109

By definition, what you posted is conjecture. No facts involved.

#111 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-05-17 12:21 PM | Reply

"Sorry for the Pesky facts... :)"

YOu link Vince Foster's suicide to Seth Rich's murder which occurred about 30 years apart and then have the gall to say "Pesky Facts?? Laughable.

#112 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-17 12:22 PM | Reply

Next REAL news story...>>> Seth Rich remember him??

#107 | POSTED BY ATAXPAYER

This story?

money.cnn.com

FTA:

"It took only hours for one of the biggest stories in conservative media this week, which some outlets had chosen to focus on over news that President Trump disclosed classified information to senior Russian officials, to fall apart."

You should read the story at that link. It will do you some good to get some information about it from someone who isn't on Steve Bannon's payroll.

#113 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-05-17 12:25 PM | Reply

Danni,

He's just basically playing with foil, shouting "LOOK! SHINY!"

#114 | Posted by RevDarko at 2017-05-17 12:26 PM | Reply

and some Russian help

#108 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

WAIT stop...don"t say Russian because VLAD after he finishes laughing at us for being sooooo stupid is planning on releasing transcripts of what was said...
this may NOT fit the MSM narrative so you boyz will have to write a little faster
after you finish tanking the Stock Market.
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#115 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 12:26 PM | Reply

so what. Bush & Cheney asked Daschle to end his investigation. and 3000 people died on American soil.

#116 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-05-17 12:27 PM | Reply

and some Russian help
#108 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT
WAIT stop...don"t say Russian because VLAD after he finishes laughing at us for being sooooo stupid is planning on releasing transcripts of what was said...
this may NOT fit the MSM narrative so you boyz will have to write a little faster
after you finish tanking the Stock Market.
,,,

#115 | POSTED BY ATAXPAYER

"Transcripts" you mean? Are you honestly dumb enough to trust Vlad? Of course you are. You also trust Trump.

Stop blaming the Democrats for Trump breaking the law and selling out the country. You idiots elected him.

#117 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-17 12:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What will the sleazy Dems come up with tonight?

#102 | Posted by fishpaw

That depends on what Trump tweets today.

Welcome to the Resistance.

Where everything Trump says can and will be used against him in the court of public opinion.

This creation is your monster. Enjoy your disaster. I know I am. I just hope I have enough popcorn for this show.

#118 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-17 12:47 PM | Reply

GOOD NEWS for the Liberals who support the Destroy Trump Media... the stock market is down 250 points WOOO HOOO...with just a little more effort you guys can Destroy the whole Country...
#86 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 10:57 AM | Reply

Why do you assign a thing to "liberals" that TRUMP HIMSELF is doing?
No need to thank me, I consider it a civic duty to point out your misrepresentations.

#119 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-05-17 12:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

In for one look forward to republican waiving around a transcript sent to them by a well documented dictator of another nation as "evidence" of trumps innocence.

That will be some nice and unforgettable theater

Why doesn't trump just release the tapes he said he has. That certainly provides better optics than some note from a despot.

#120 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-05-17 01:05 PM | Reply

FISHPAW, if you can read this, you are the Resistance.

#121 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-17 01:12 PM | Reply

Gotta wonder if the only reason Trump launched his "fake news" rejoinder was to create a magical unicorn of broad-based CYA protection for transgressions past, present and future.

He knew his die-hardest devotees would swallow it, and judging by the posts here from people like ATAXPAYER and Fishpaw, they most certainly have.

#122 | Posted by cbob at 2017-05-17 01:39 PM | Reply

"after you finish tanking the Stock Market." - #115 | Posted by ATaxpayer at 2017-05-17 12:26 PM

U.S. stocks skid as volatility spikes on Trump worries
Oops.
White House Stumble Slams Market
And oops.

Your stupidity is breathtaking.

#123 | Posted by Hans at 2017-05-17 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Wouldn't Comey have a duty to notify Congress the day after Trump asks him to drop the investigation?

#124 | Posted by homerj at 2017-05-17 02:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#124

Not if Comey himself didn't deem Trump's conversation to rise to the level of obstruction. Remember, there hasn't been one public word allegedly from Comey where he puts any subjective terms to Trump's words or actions that we're aware of yet. It is the outside observers who are calling what Trump did obstruction, not Comey.

Perhaps if Comey does now call it obstruction, he can claim that Trump firing him in light of Trump's other statements and actions became the moment he lost any doubt.

#125 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-05-17 02:19 PM | Reply

"Wouldn't Comey have a duty to notify Congress the day after Trump asks him to drop the investigation?" - #124 | Posted by homerj at 2017-05-17 02:12 PM

Perhaps.

But failure to notify Congress on the part of the director of the FBI does not invalidate the crime of obstruction of justice on the part of the POTUS.

#126 | Posted by Hans at 2017-05-17 02:20 PM | Reply

"Hoping for an end to an investigation is grounds for impeachment?"

#127 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-17 02:21 PM | Reply

#124

Wouldn't Donald have a duty not to obstruct justice?

You guys are so damned warped you no longer perceive it.

#128 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-17 02:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Hoping for an end to an investigation is grounds for impeachment?" - #127 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-17 02:21 PM

If it is considered obstruction of justice then, yes, it is.

#129 | Posted by Hans at 2017-05-17 02:22 PM | Reply

#127

Asking the favor is obstruction.

#130 | Posted by Zed at 2017-05-17 02:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Sure

#131 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-17 03:53 PM | Reply

OK, The truth. The note about the Flynn"s investigation was not wrote by Trump. It was Comey's notes he made during a meeting with Trump. The part that the WaPo received was read aloud over the phone and it was far from complete. For God's sake, we are basically talking about third hand information at best. What Comey wrote down,(2nd hand). what was transmitted to the reporter at WaPo, abridged,(third hand) and what the WaPo wrote for the public. 4th hand? The incriminating part concerns Trump asking sense nothing on Flynn was found after months of investigation, why not end the probe? He was a good guy,(which was true, long service- got canned because he lied to the VP, or didn't tell the whole story). BTW, At the time Flynn met with the Russians he was a private citizen. If the Russians believed he could ether effect policy or make a decision, they were being stupid, and they seldom are. It would take a FOIA or a court order to get the actual document made public. Proving obstruction when no crime is committed is hard to call obstruction. A request is not a command. Plus, the FBI is an independent agency. The POTUS is not supposed to be involved in any investigation. As I remember, one of Nixon's staff went to prison for having one page of an official FBI file. Sort of makes HRC's possession of 500 files sort of an irony .

#132 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-18 08:59 PM | Reply

"With every FAKE NEWS story produced"

Says the guy using a fake account to agree with himself whenever possible.

#133 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2017-05-18 09:36 PM | Reply

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