democrats and the media are coming unglued. Completely unglued. Donald Trump has their heads spinning as he trolls them non-stop. Trump fired James Comey and while no one has really said that Comey didn’t need to go, the left is all frothing at the mouth about the timing, which I suspect is no accident.
Elizabeth Warren said that Trump “no doubt” fired Comey to kill the Russia investigation.
But Acting Director Wayne McCabe said the not only will the probe go on, but that no one has attempted to interfere with it.
But McCabe told senators that the investigation – which he called “highly significant” — is continuing unimpeded.
“The work continues despite any changes in circumstances,” McCabe said. “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date. You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”
Comey originally had been set to testify Thursday about worldwide threats, but McCabe appeared in his place, offering assurances to lawmakers that if there was any interference he would inform them. When asked by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., if he would promise to tell them of any moves to interfere in the probe, McCabe said: “I absolutely do.”
The NY Times reported that Comey was asking for more money for the Russian investigation days before his firing said “three congressional officials familiar with the matter” :
Days before he was fired, former FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department for additional resources to expand the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to multiple press reports.
Not so, said McCabe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI’s acting head said on Thursday he believed the agency has sufficient resources to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and he was not aware of any request for more resources.
“If you are referring to the Russia investigation, I do. I believe we have the adequate resources to do it and I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately,” acting FBI director Andrew McCabe told lawmakers, adding that he was unaware of any request by the agency for additional resources.
And that such a request would be highly unusual:
Senator: “Can you confirm that that request [funding request for Russia probe] was, in fact, made?”
McCabe: “I can not confirm that request was made.
As you know, when we need resources, we make those requests here. So, I’m not aware of that request and it’s not consistent with my understanding of how we request additional resources.
That said, we don’t typically request resources for an individual case. And, as I mentioned, I strongly believe that the Russia investigation is adequately resourced.”
And McCabe did not see the need for a special prosecutor:
Senator Lankford: “Is it your impression at this point that the FBI is unable to complete the investigation in a fair and expeditious way because of the removal of Jim Comey?”
McCabe: “Is is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely.”
Senator Lankford: “Do you need someone to take this away from you and somebody else to do it?”
McCabe: “No, sir.”
Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts beclowned himself when spread false information to CNN:
Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Wednesday spread a false news story about the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign team’s purported ties to Russia.
“There are very strong allegations that the Russians had relationships with people inside of the Trump campaign,” Markey said during an interview on CNN.
“In fact, subpoenas have now been issued in Northern Virginia with regard to General [Michael Flynn] and General Flynn’s associates,” Markey continued. “A grand jury has been impanelled up in New York.”
Markey took the information from left wing blogs and had to eat his words later:
“This morning Senator Markey erroneously reported that a grand jury has been empaneled in New York related to the wider inquiry of possible Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia,” a spokesman said in a statement.
“Senator Markey does not have direct intelligence that is the case, and the information he was provided during a briefing is not substantiated,” the statement continued. “Subpoenas have been issued in Eastern Virginia, but Senator Markey apologizes for the confusion.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta was galactically trolled by Trump. Trump met with two Russian officials at the White House and shut out the US press, allowing only TASS , an official White House photographer and a Russian photographer. The media wasn’t happy:
The distribution prompted fury from members of the U.S. press for their perceived shutout of the meeting, and their reliance on Russian state run media to get a look into the meeting. The move left the U.S. press reliant only on the Russian government distributed photos for a meeting between their President and foreign officials.
Then someone allegedly leaked to Acosta that the White House was “furious” over the Russians publishing the photos.
WH furious over Russian government photos of Trump meeting with Lavrov/Kislyak. "They tricked us," an official said of Russians "They lie."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 11, 2017
This is hysterical. Trump was “bamboozled”? No.
How can anyone in their right mind truly believe that Trump allowed the Russian photographer to capture images and would not publish them?
Meanwhile, democrats are stewing in the broth of their own hypocrisy. They scream about Trump firing Comey but they all wanted Comey fired last year. Here’s a tasty treat:
Chuck Schumer lost confidence in Comey last November. Rosie O’Donnell wanted Comey fired.
– FIRE COMEY
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2016
Trump nailed her:
We finally agree on something Rosie. https://t.co/BSP5F3PgbZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2017
And dear Maxine Waters can’t stop making as ass of herself. She said Trump firing Comey was wrong but that she would support hillary clinton firing Comey.
However, in the interview Wednesday on MSNBC, asked if she would be okay with a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton dismissing Comey from his position, Waters said yes.
“If she had won the White House, I believe that given what he did to her, and what he tried to do, she should have fired him. Yes,” the California Democrat said.
“So she should have fired him but had he shouldn’t fire him. This is why I’m confused,” Alexander said to Waters.
“No, no you’re not confused,” Waters told Alexander.
“I am confused,” Alexander responded.
She had publicly stated that Comey “had no credibility.”
Just last week Adam Schiff was highly critical of Comey but strained his neck from whiplash while pirouetting to his new perch:
He also said by firing Comey, Trump caused the public to wonder:
By firing Comey, Trump again has caused the public to wonder whether there is more here than meets the eye. To the long list of questions about his former national security adviser, his attorney general’s flawed testimony before the Senate and his campaign’s contacts with Russia, we must now add one more: Why, really, did the president fire James Comey?
However, last week Schiff blasted Comey, after the former FBI director defended his decision to announce the FBI was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton.
He told CNN last Wednesday that Comey’s decision was “colossally poor exercise of his judgment that has had really significant consequences:”
Consequences on how the country now views the FBI, how it views the Justice Department, I think it has cast a lot of doubt on the impartiality – the apolitical nature of the FBI, and he did the very same damage to the bureau that I think he was hoping to avoid.
He added: “I think it was a very bad judgment that had a very substantial and adverse consequence.”
The last time a President fired an FBI Director? Why, that was Bill Clinton, who fired William Sessions one day before Vince Foster was found dead.
democrats need to tread lightly here. That might get more than they are ask for, i.e. a new review of the hillary clinton scandal:
Brian Weidner, a veteran former FBI agent, suggested both the case and the immunity deals struck during that investigation could be revisited.
“I would be surprised if they did not review all the investigations regarding HRC and come up with [a] conclusion regarding prosecution. The statute of limitations hasn’t come into play yet,” he said in an email to Fox News.
As for the immunity deals struck with key players in the Clinton orbit, he noted those deals are “with the government, so in theory it wouldn’t change.”
However, he wrote, “a new AG and new director may take a good look at the entire case, and if anyone who received immunity did not live up to their agreement, like Huma [Abedin] with the classified documents on her computer, the deal is off and they are potential targets again.”
I suspect all this is happening for a reason. Trump is impeaching the media. He ponders cancelling press briefings for the sake of accuracy:
“As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!……Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
And then spelled it out
The Fake Media is working overtime today!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
It’s Trump’s turn to unmask- to unmask the press as an arm of the DNC.
While most people would likely consider collusion with an unfriendly foreign power to alter the course of a U.S. presidential election unethical , contrary to American values, and entirely unacceptable, statutory illegality is another matter entirely. An opinion piece that appeared in Newsweek earlier this month cited one possible basis for prosecution:
@Greg: Trump has begun distancing himself from most all on his campaign team.
Of course as a NYC builder and business magnate ethics is a word unknown in his vocabulary. With him there are only winners and losers. IF you ain’t cheatin you ain’t tryin he told his ghost writer.
@Greg: You know what else? If he shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, that would be a violation. Why don’t you hang your hopes on that one?
Bill Clinton had far more illicit association with the Chinese and Hillary with the Russians than ten times the contact Trump and his entire team have had.
@Greg: Thanks Greg, if that’s about it, it’s kinda as I suspected. There is no law.
If that happened, why wouldn’t they be charging the Russians? So anyone using money from George Soros might be guilty? Or would just George Soros’ be guilty. So if Soros were contributing to Hillary campaign, they would just have to report them on Federal Election Forms?
‘if Trump campaign advisors coordinated’? but if they didn’t?
So there are now just two questions? Wow, those two sound serious and , of course, we have to establish that it was Trumps campaign doing that and NOT Hillary’s. Right? Which Trump campaign advisors worked for the Russian government and why is that chargeable to Trump? Wouldn’t the guilty party be the advisor that worked for the Russian government and which advisor was that? Sounds like some really serious stuff here.
@Richard Wheeler: So if you are in business in New York, you are a crook? You do realize that Hillary is from New York, right? And even worse than being a business man in New York is being a politician in New York. Right?
@Redteam: THEY ARE BOTH CROOKS–I didn’t vote for either. I’ll tell you 2 more lying crooks–Flynn and Manafort–Let’s throw in Bannon–talk about a swamp.
@Richard Wheeler: So all the crooks are on the Republican side? I realize Hillary is not on a ‘side’.
@Richard Wheeler: Seeing ANY liberal discuss who they consider “crooks” is enough to make one retch.
@Bill- Deplorable Me: Some poll says Trumps approval dropping a little more. So they line up a hundred liberals and can’t get a 100% disapproval. That’s a shame, they should be able to find some more trustworthy liberals.
@Redteam: “Trustworthy liberal”. You’ll find a Bigfoot before you run across one of those.
Indeed, there is a law, and at least one formal complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission specifically citing it. Maybe someone should call Geraldo Rivera and advise him of this fact.
Often when “trivial” things are investigated, bigger problems follow from other matters that come to light, and from a guilty party’s reflexive cover-up efforts. Ask Bill Clinton about that. There’s a lot Donald Trump has kept hidden. He’s made a lot of powerful enemies. It almost seems as if he’s gone out of his way to do so. It’s part of his tragic flaw. I don’t think this is going to end well for him.
You won’t find me celebrating, since the next guy in line for the job is Mike Pence. Pence is a theocrat.
@Greg: Your crybaby left is full of accusations without foundation.
“Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” ~attributed to Mark Twain~
@Greg: Greg, the law you cited says foreign nationals are prohibited from spending money to influence federal elections. There seems to be a problem here. First foreign nationals are not subject to US law unless they are in the US. If they are, then maybe we should change the speed limits all over Russia just to slow them down. There doesn’t seem to be any mention in that law that prohibits Russians and Americans from discussing either US elections or Russian elections. There seems to be several mentions of Russians violating US election finance laws. Russian nationals are not subject to US laws while not in the US. As I said: :There is no law.
:So Bill Clinton is your standard. So people might want a better standard bearer.
So all those that saw a memo from Comey are now admitting they have not seen a memo. Making it up as they go along.
@Greg: that would be de nile