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Comey testimony today

I didn’t think this would be a big deal. After all Trump didn’t do anything wrong.

But apparently the media does think it’s a big deal, probably because all the liberals who work in the media are convinced that Trump couldn’t possibly have won the election without doing something nefarious and illegal. And if they can’t get him on that, then they are hoping something else will stick, maybe “obstruction of justice” (although Constitutionally, I don’t see how that’s possible, because the President has the authority to tell DOJ and the FBI who to investigate and who not to, and furthermore Trump has the power to pardon anyone he wants for whatever reason, so surely he has the lesser power to do whatever it is that liberals think he did).

I previously wrote that Comey is a passive-aggressive snake in the grass. And furthermore, he seems to dislike Trump quite a bit. So I do expect that Comey will go out of his way to say unflattering things about Trump.

UPDATE: 9:27 AM

I’m listening to a news source right now. Becuase the company I work for sells the service that I’m using to listen, I can say that I’m doing “production validation testing” and I’m not shirking work.

10:18 Democrat Mark Warner, instead of letting Comey actually say anything, is doing a very long-winded smear job on Trump. Typical Senate hearings bullshit.

10:34 Comey says there was a massive “spearfishing” campaign againsts 100s, maybe more than a thousand, of government and government-related entities. (So there wasn’t just a targeted campaign against the Democratic party or Hillary Clinton.)

10:40 Between the lines, Comey loathes Trump and thinks he’s a liar.

10:50 Mark Warner has a man-crush on Comey.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2017 at 8:47 am

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  1. Andy McCarthy with another excellent take:

    The president has the constitutional authority to order that an investigation be closed. Under the Constitution, all of the power in the executive branch is vested in a single official—the president of the United States. Every other executive branch officer is a subordinate, an inferior officer who is delegated to exercise the president’s power at the president’s pleasure. The FBI is not a separate branch of government, granted immunity from direction by political superiors. Nor, as important as it has become, is the FBI a necessary agency of government—i.e., there is no provision for it in the Constitution, and the nation managed to survive quite nicely in the nearly century-and-a-half of constitutional governance before the Bureau was created in 1935.

    https://amgreatness.com/2017/06/07/comey-testimony-not-accusing-president-crime/

    Andrew E.

    June 8, 2017 at 9:27 am

  2. But what is my excuse for reading your blog right now?

    Greg Pandatshang

    June 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

  3. The press seems to think where there is smoke, there must be fire.

    Trump has gone to great lengths trying to protect Flynn. He asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. He asked some top intelligence officials to pressure Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Finally he fired Comey to try to end the investigation of Flynn. Trump apparently does not care about Paul Manafort, Carter Page or Roger Stone in the same way.

    Why this focus on Flynn? There apparently were intercepts of Russian officials discussing the Trump campaign and the Russian officials said they thought they could use Flynn to influence Trump’s foreign policy if he won the election. Interestingly, Russian media coverage was very positive on the Trump administration until the day after Flynn was fired, then the coverage changed to more reserved coverage. Several news organizations reported there was an order from the Kremlin to end the very positive coverage of Trump.

    Flynn has almost certainly done some things that were of questionable. He lied to the FBI about his phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. He lied on his applications for security clearance about his sources of income failing to mention $50,000+ from RT, the Russian owned propaganda outlet and failed to register as a foreign agent after taking a $600,000 contract from a Turkish businessman to lobby for Turkey. Flynn could claim that these were all memory lapses or clerical errors, but a prosecutor could chose to bring charges.

    Perhaps Trump just wants the prosecutors to lay off Flynn because he likes him and doesn’t think he really did anything, but it is also possible that Flynn knows something that Trump does not want to be made public. Trump is afraid that prosecutors will charge Flynn with lying to the FBI and on security clearance applications to get his co-operation as a witness against Trump or other campaign officials. If there was any co-ordination or deal with the Russian’s, Flynn would be the one that would know.

    Mike CA

    June 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

    • “Trump apparently does not care about Paul Manafort, Carter Page or Roger Stone in the same way.”

      Might have something to do with Flynn being an official in his White House…

      IHTG

      June 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

  4. Do you suppose that he will be asked how people like Franken *knew* to ask all these specific questions about contacts with Russian citizens during the confirmation hearings?

    Lion o' the Turambar

    June 8, 2017 at 10:22 am

  5. If they are wasting time with blowharding , we are winning.

    Curle

    June 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

    • That’s a very astute observation. If they had bullets in their guns they’d be using them. They’re shooting blanks.

      destructure

      June 8, 2017 at 8:29 pm

  6. And if they can’t get him on that, then they are hoping something else will stick, maybe “obstruction of justice” (although Constitutionally, I don’t see how that’s possible, because the President has the authority to tell DOJ and the FBI who to investigate and who not to, and furthermore Trump has the power to pardon anyone he wants for whatever reason, so surely he has the lesser power to do whatever it is that liberals think he did).

    Congress can also impeach the president for any reason they want with any definition of obstruction of justice that they want.

    And people want to know what Trump is telling the FBI not to investigate the same way they want to know who he pardons.

    And Democrats have just as much of a right to carry on stupid and pointless congressional investigations as Republicans do.

    Magnavox

    June 8, 2017 at 10:39 am

    • I agree that impeachment is political and has nothing to do with High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

      • “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” has a very broad definition even under strict originalist interpretation.

        Magnavox

        June 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

  7. A Senate hearing proves more than almost anything else how most of our elected representatives ought to be horse-whipped, tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail. What a collection of vile snakes.

    peterike

    June 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

    • Fantastic outcome of all of this would be identifying and impeaching all of the senators and representatives wasting time on this non-story whose sole purpose is literally to fabricate controversy.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      June 8, 2017 at 6:07 pm

  8. Ann Coulter’s twitter feed on Comey’s testimony is great.

    Andrew E.

    June 8, 2017 at 11:20 am


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