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Post by FluteHolder on Wed May 31, 2017 2:15 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/fbi-comey-testimony/index.html
(CNN)Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide's ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.
Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year's presidential election.
Comey has spoken privately with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III to work out the parameters for his testimony to ensure there are no legal entanglements as a result of his public account, a source said. Comey will likely sit down with Mueller, a longtime colleague at the Justice Department, for a formal interview only after his public testimony.
When he testifies, Comey is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI's investigation into the charges of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign -- the centerpiece of the probe, this source said. But he appears eager to discuss his tense interactions with Trump before his firing, which have now spurred allegations that the president may have tried to obstruct the investigation. If it happens, Comey's public testimony promises to be a dramatic chapter in the months-long controversy, and it will likely bring even more intense scrutiny to an investigation that Trump has repeatedly denounced as a "witch hunt."
The appointment of Mueller as a special counsel in the Russia investigation had raised concerns among some members of Congress that his probe could scuttle the chance for Congress and the public to hear directly from Comey. That appears less likely now that Mueller and Comey have discussed the limits of his testimony.

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Since his firing last month, dramatic accounts have emerged in the New York Times, CNN, and elsewhere about the tense confrontations with Trump that Comey memorialized in memos afterward. A week after he took office in January, Trump allegedly demanded Comey's "loyalty" if he kept him on as FBI director, and he urged Comey to drop his ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, in a separate, one-on-one meeting.
The source said that Comey is expected to stand by those accounts in his testimony.
"The bottom line is he's going to testify," the source close to the issue said. "He's happy to testify, and he's happy to cooperate."
Officials with the Justice Department and Mueller's office declined to comment.

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Re: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

Post by t w on Wed May 31, 2017 2:21 pm

pretty pessimist about it. nothing will happen. media is simply jumping on everything it hears, with not much to stick. something more solid has to happen from within congress, which doesn't seem likely. atleast not until they fear their 2018 prospects.

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Post by Idéfix on Wed May 31, 2017 2:52 pm

This hearing should be interesting. I will be watching for Trump to live-tweet the hearing and Comey being asked about those tweets in the hearing.

America is an emirate now, as as Tom Friedman said in the Times today. Until Congress starts behaving again like a coequal branch of the government.

We have an emir. His name is Donald. We have a crown prince. His name is Jared. We have a crown princess. Her name is Ivanka. We have a consultative council (Congress) that rubber-stamps whatever the emir wants. And like any good monarchy, our ruling family sees no conflict of interest between its personal businesses and those of the state.
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Post by SomeProfile on Wed May 31, 2017 8:46 pm

t w wrote:pretty pessimist about it. nothing will happen. media is simply jumping on everything it hears, with not much to stick. something more solid has to happen from within congress, which doesn't seem likely. atleast not until they fear their 2018 prospects.

An honest comment, especially the bolded part. I find it surprising that for someone as bad as Trump, who has half the country opposing him, who has his own party members opposed to him, the entire DNC hates him, the previous administration hated him and spied on him, the Clintons are against him, his own intelligence community is against him, the entire media is against him, and none of these people have been able to find something that would "stick"? How is that even possible? There is a popular saying that if a cop wants to nab someone for a traffic violation, all he has to do is follow them while they are driving for a mile or two, and they will end up making some mistake or the other. So, why are these big groups of people, who have been watching, analyzing, shouting and ranting about every single thing that Trump does and does not do, why have all these people not been able to find anything so far that would "stick"? Especially, when Trump is supposed to be so, so bad! Puzzling!

Any ideas why?

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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Wed May 31, 2017 9:04 pm

SomeProfile wrote:
t w wrote:pretty pessimist about it. nothing will happen. media is simply jumping on everything it hears, with not much to stick. something more solid has to happen from within congress, which doesn't seem likely. atleast not until they fear their 2018 prospects.

An honest comment, especially the bolded part. I find it surprising that for someone as bad as Trump, who has half the country opposing him, who has his own party members opposed to him, the entire DNC hates him, the previous administration hated him and spied on him, the Clintons are against him, his own intelligence community is against him, the entire media is against him, and none of these people have been able to find something that would "stick"? How is that even possible? There is a popular saying that if a cop wants to nab someone for a traffic violation, all he has to do is follow them while they are driving for a mile or two, and they will end up making some mistake or the other. So, why are these big groups of people, who have been watching, analyzing, shouting and ranting about every single thing that Trump does and does not do, why have all these people not been able to find anything so far that would "stick"? Especially, when Trump is supposed to be so, so bad! Puzzling!

Any ideas why?

Yes I do have ideas. Putin and the KGB apparatus he inherited run a tight ship. They covered their tracks very well and helped orange fatty cover his tracks very well too.
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Post by SomeProfile on Wed May 31, 2017 9:21 pm

Sounds like Russia can be seen from everywhere in the US these days, not just Alaska!  Laughing

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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Wed May 31, 2017 11:29 pm

SomeProfile wrote:Sounds like Russia can be seen from everywhere in the US these days, not just Alaska!  Laughing

Has to be Putin because Donny's brain is as large as his micro weewee.
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Re: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

Post by Hellsangel on Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:59 am

MaxEntropy_Man wrote:
SomeProfile wrote:Sounds like Russia can be seen from everywhere in the US these days, not just Alaska!  Laughing

Has to be Putin because Donny's brain is as large as his micro weewee.
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Post by southindian on Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:10 am

Hellsangel wrote:
MaxEntropy_Man wrote:
SomeProfile wrote:Sounds like Russia can be seen from everywhere in the US these days, not just Alaska!  Laughing

Has to be Putin because Donny's brain is as large as his micro weewee.
Hypocrites do not have a tail, but hypocrites can be spotted.... very easily. 

It was Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi till Nov 8th 2016.
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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:13 am

Hellsangel wrote:
MaxEntropy_Man wrote:
SomeProfile wrote:Sounds like Russia can be seen from everywhere in the US these days, not just Alaska!  Laughing

Has to be Putin because Donny's brain is as large as his micro weewee.

You bet.
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Post by Hellsangel on Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:24 am

MaxEntropy_Man wrote:
Hellsangel wrote:
MaxEntropy_Man wrote:
SomeProfile wrote:Sounds like Russia can be seen from everywhere in the US these days, not just Alaska!  Laughing

Has to be Putin because Donny's brain is as large as his micro weewee.

You bet.
Yes, Jan!
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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:11 pm

While I have no specific information (who knows who reads these websites; such disclaimers are always good), some general reading suggestion to anyone dealing with this administration which many American citizens feel, is in cahoots with Putin and his thugs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Litvinenko
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Re: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

Post by Idéfix on Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:48 am

Further proof that there is nothing at all weird going on with Russia. Nothing to see here, believe me, I have to be honest with you, I am going to tell you the truth, really, believe me. Believe me.

Interestingly, this one has named sources. So Trumpsters will need to come up with new excuses to keep up their pretenses that aal iz vell.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-white-house-secret-efforts-lift-russia-sanctions-putin-619508

Trump White House Made Secret Efforts to Remove Russia Sanctions

“There was serious consideration by the White House to unilaterally rescind the sanctions,” according to Dan Fried, who retired in February as Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department.

Lifting the sanctions “would have been a win-win for Moscow,” according to Tom Malinowski who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy until inauguration day. Malinowski told Yahoo News that he heard the administration was working on a “grand bargain” with Russia.
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Post by garam_kuta on Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:17 am

SomeProfile wrote:
t w wrote:pretty pessimist about it. nothing will happen. media is simply jumping on everything it hears, with not much to stick. something more solid has to happen from within congress, which doesn't seem likely. atleast not until they fear their 2018 prospects.

An honest comment, especially the bolded part. I find it surprising that for someone as bad as Trump, who has half the country opposing him, who has his own party members opposed to him, the entire DNC hates him, the previous administration hated him and spied on him, the Clintons are against him, his own intelligence community is against him, the entire media is against him, and none of these people have been able to find something that would "stick"? How is that even possible? There is a popular saying that if a cop wants to nab someone for a traffic violation, all he has to do is follow them while they are driving for a mile or two, and they will end up making some mistake or the other. So, why are these big groups of people, who have been watching, analyzing, shouting and ranting about every single thing that Trump does and does not do, why have all these people not been able to find anything so far that would "stick"? Especially, when Trump is supposed to be so, so bad! Puzzling!

Any ideas why?

the bar is set so low in the trump scale, you can't even see it - that's why.

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Post by Idéfix on Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:21 am

Hellsangel wrote:
Thank you for believing me, believe me. Believe me.
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Post by Hellsangel on Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:57 am

Idéfix wrote:
Hellsangel wrote:
Thank you for believing me, believe me. Believe me.
Of course, Mr Squirrel.
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Post by Idéfix on Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:25 pm

More in the ongoing series: Nothing at all weird going on here, believe me. Believe me. Make no mistake about it, believe me.

Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.

This NSA summary judgment is sharply at odds with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial last week that Russia had interfered in foreign elections... The NSA report, on the contrary, displays no doubt that the cyber assault was carried out by the GRU.


https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/

Here is the top secret NSA memo. We know it is authentic because NSA tried to dissuade The Intercept from publishing it. When they declined, they requested redactions.

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Post by Hellsangel on Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:13 pm

The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept 
Bwahaha! The NSA doesn't seem so secure if it is leaking like a sieve.
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Post by Idéfix on Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:10 pm

House catches on fire. Some of the residents are upset that the fire had burnt down a portion of the house, and they want to understand what caused the fire and how to prevent it. One of the residents who likes smoking near the barbecue in the backyard is really upset at the fire alarm for "leaking" information about the fire to the neighbors. Some other residents were cheering the fire on and saying we need more fires like this.
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Post by Idéfix on Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:02 pm

Further confirmation that the NSA document was accurate... barely an hour after the document was published, its leaker was arrested.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-arrest-nsa-contractor-leak-top-secret-russia-document-n768561

Even as the document was ricocheting around Washington, the Justice Department announced that a criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.

The fig leaf of anonymity that Trumpsters use to dispute the authenticity of the memo is blown away barely an hour later.
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Post by Idéfix on Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:11 pm

In a further irony, an accurate headline for this new story would be: Trump Administration Arrests Reality on Leak Charges
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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:31 pm

That's a patriotic young lady!
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Post by MaxEntropy_Man on Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:36 pm

No hiding any more. It's black and white.
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Post by Idéfix on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:57 am

MaxEntropy_Man wrote:No hiding any more. It's black and white.
Yes, it is clear now with no more room wiggle room to say "nothing to see here."
But for Trumpsters, the hiding is just about beginning. They will hide from all news until they find a new crazy conspiracy theory to peddle.
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Post by Hellsangel on Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:04 am

Idéfix wrote:
MaxEntropy_Man wrote:No hiding any more. It's black and white.
Yes, it is clear now with no more room wiggle room to say "nothing to see here."
But for Trumpsters, the hiding is just about beginning. They will hide from all news until they find a new crazy conspiracy theory to peddle.
Yes, yes! Repent the end is nigh!
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