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The Comey Effect
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:08 pm    Post subject: The Comey Effect Reply with quote

Comey’s testimony humiliates Trump
By Jennifer Rubin

Before FBI Director James B. Comey began his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, President Trump was back, compulsively tweeting — and underscoring the growing perception that his allegation that President Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” is nonsensical, his attachment to reality fleeting and his concern about Russian interference in the election on his behalf is palpable. He tweeted: “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” (Interestingly, he limited the denial of collusion to him, POTUS, only.) Certainly, he had been rattled by a parade of Republican lawmakers affirming there was no evidence of wiretapping. He was right to be anxious.

Comey did in fact confirm that the FBI is currently investigating Russian interference with our elections, including any links with members of the Trump campaign, and whether the latter constituted any crimes. A short time later, Comey lowered the boom. What about evidence of wiretapping, as Trump claimed in tweets? Comey was succinct: “I have no information that supports those tweets.”

That testimony is not “fake.” Trump cannot change the fact that his own national intelligence team is attempting to determine whether a foreign power tried to manipulate our election. Try as he might, there is no way for Trump to discount or conceal that reality. The stone-faced Comey crisply providing definitive, unemotional testimony that was compelling, as was that of National Security Agency chief Michael S. Rogers, who, with furrowed brow, often answered with a simple yes or no.

Comey’s statement was not surprising, but it was nevertheless devastating. To hear the head of the FBI in essence call the president a liar or wide-eyed conspiratorialist is bracing, if not humiliating, for the chief executive. And reflecting on the morning tweet, Trump now seems desperate, childish and vulnerable. He’s been tripped up by his own grandiose lies. At some level he must know it.

Perhaps now Republicans can stop treating the president’s outbursts seriously. They need to call them what they are: Wild lies and accusations designed to distract from the very real investigation into Russian attempts to throw the election his way. In just a few brief lines, Comey eviscerated whatever credibility Trump still had. Whether the intelligence agency will find evidence of collusion remains to be seen. But what we do know is that Trump will not be able to lie his way through this nor distract the public.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.), who appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” made an interesting observation. “It’s going to go down in the history of Mother Russia as the greatest covert action campaign, not because President Trump won,” he said. “There was no manipulation of the vote-tallying machines. It’s going to go down as the greatest covert action because it drove a — created a wedge, whether real or perceived, between the White House, the intelligence community, and the American public.” Well, it will also go down as the greatest covert action in history because Russia sought to manipulate the outcome of our election and provided assistance to the Trump campaign. Moreover, Vladimir Putin has convinced a significant chunk of the American electorate that Trump is “illegitimate.” (One poll shows 57 percent of young voters between 18 and 30 consider him “illegitimate.”) And worse, it’s convinced many Americans that our president’s word cannot be trusted.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/03/20/comeys-testimony-humiliates-trump/?utm_term=.d66f512d9547
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:12 pm    Post subject: Trump tweet teases new theory Reply with quote

Rebuffed by Comey's testimony, Trump tweet teases new theory
By Dan Merica, CNN

Louisville, Kentucky (CNN)After the FBI director said he had no information to back up a conspiracy theory pushed by President Donald Trump on Twitter, Trump took to Twitter to tease something new.

The official presidential Twitter account noted Monday that FBI Director James Comey declined to say before a House panel whether he briefed President Barack Obama on former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contacts with Russian operatives.

The response amounted to Trump's first direct public response to Comey's testimony, in which he also confirmed the Department of Justice was looking into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian government. Comey also said he was unaware of any evidence supporting Trump's allegations that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign.

"FBI Director Comey refuses to deny he briefed President Obama on calls made by Michael Flynn to Russia," said the tweet, which was sent out shortly after 12:30 p.m. ET.

It is unclear if Trump sent out the tweet or ordered it. The account says it is managed by Trump's social media manager, Dan Scavino.

The tweet suggests Obama -- and by extension Comey -- could have been the source of leaked information about meetings between Flynn and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak that eventually led to Flynn's resignation. There's no evidence to back up that suggestion, either.

In testifying before the House Intelligence Committee Monday, Comey cautioned against drawing conclusions from his decisions to not comment on certain topics.
"I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment," Comey said.

Rep. Jim Himes asked Comey and Rogers about the White House, to which, Comey replied that it would be hard to comment without seeing the tweets, but Himes, a Connecticut Democrat, pressed.

"It was not our intention to say that today," Comey said, noting that the they have not been tasked with determining the effectiveness of Russia's efforts.

Comey responded, it's not "something that we looked at" as part of Intelligence Community review into Russia cyberattacks, disputing the White House.

Trump's official Twitter account also tweeted an exchange between the Director of the National Security Agency and committee chair Devin Nunes on how there is no evidence vote totals were changed in a series of 2016 battleground states.

"So you have no intelligence that suggests, or evidence that suggests, any votes were changed," Nunes asks.

"I have nothing generated by the national security industry, sir," Rogers says.
Comey was later asked a similar question and said it's not "something that we looked at."

And Trump's account also tweeted Rogers telling Rep. Tom Rooney, a Florida Republican, that revealing the name of an American swept up inadvertently in a wiretapping would damage national security and future surveillance programs.

The tweets amount to selective responses in light of a pair of statements Comey made Monday morning that could undercut the administration.

More (including video) at: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/politics/donald-trump-james-comey/
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:17 pm    Post subject: Comey Delivers Political Gut Punch to President Trump Reply with quote

Comey Delivers Political Gut Punch to President Trump
by Mark Murray

At the outset of a pivotal week in Washington, FBI Director James Comey delivered a political gut-punch to President Donald Trump Monday — and the news possibly could get worse for the president in the days and weeks ahead.

In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Comey said there was no evidence to Trump's claims that Barack Obama wiretapped him and Trump Tower, as the current president alleged in a series of tweets earlier this month. And he confirmed that his agency was investigating the 2016 Trump campaign's links with Russia's effort to intervene in the presidential election.

His confirmation of that investigation was "historic," as NBC's Ari Melber declared on MSNBC, even as the director declined to discuss details.

So, in the span of an hour, the head of the FBI debunked Trump's explosive charge that Obama tapped his phones.

More at: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/comey-delivers-political-gut-punch-president-trump-n735926
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:20 pm    Post subject: But Trump never gives up! 'Nothing has changed' Reply with quote

What an idiot! Rolling Eyes

White House on Comey Testimony Countering Trump’s Wiretap Claim: ‘Nothing Has Changed’
by Alex Seitz-Wald

President Donald Trump is not backing down from his claim that former President Obama wiretapped him — despite FBI Director James Comey's testimony to Congress on Monday that he had no evidence to support the allegation.

"No. We started a hearing, it is still ongoing," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said when asked during his daily press briefing if Trump would back off the charge.

Trump made the unsubstantiated claim over two weeks ago and promised evidence will be forthcoming.

Earlier Monday, Comey became the latest official to counter the wiretapping allegation.

In his first public comments on the matter, Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI had "looked carefully" at Trump's wiretapping claim and that both the bureau and the Department of Justice found "no information that supports those tweets."

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The director said the FBI's investigation is ongoing.

"That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination," Comey testified.

In his testimony, Rogers also said Trump's unfounded allegation that a British intelligence agency helped Obama snoop on Trump during the election could damage U.S.-British relations.

"I think it clearly frustrates a key ally of ours," Rogers said of the president's claim.

Read the whole article here: http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/white-house-comey-testimony-countering-trump-s-wiretap-claim-nothing-n735871
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:06 am    Post subject: "This is a Disaster for Trump?" Reply with quote

"This is a Disaster for Trump?": Wolf Blitzer breaks down over Comey hearing Another embarrassment

https://youtu.be/niYeKxoE9j4
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:16 am    Post subject: Trump should probably flee the country Reply with quote

The Most Telling Thing About the FBI’s Probe into Trump
… And why it means Trump should probably flee the country (*)

https://youtu.be/PsheoKNDTHY



(*) I wouldn't hold my breath about that one! super grin
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:35 am    Post subject: Trump Slams Comey Hearing as ‘Fake News’ Reply with quote

PREEMPTIVE STRIKE
Trump Slams Comey Hearing as ‘Fake News’

On Monday morning, in advance of the first public hearing related to the investigation of Russian ties to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, the commander in chief wrote a series of tweets addressing the “FAKE NEWS” that he said was “made up” by Democrats. “James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia. This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!” he wrote. “The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a terrible campaign. Big advantage in Electoral College & lost!” Trump sent the tweets just a few hours before FBI Director James Comey will be called before legislators in the House Intelligence Committee. Comey is also expected to address Trump’s allegation that President Obama had wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign. Members of the committee on both sides of the aisle have addressed the wiretapping claims, including Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), who said Sunday, “Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No. It never happened.” National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers will also testify before the committee on Monday. “I hope that we can put an end to this wild goose chase because what the president said was just patently false,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who also sits on the panel.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/james-comey-could-shed-light-on-russia-trumps-wiretap-charge-1489954181.html?via=newsletter&source=CSAMedition
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:46 am    Post subject: Trump Lies on Twitter on His Twitter Lies Reply with quote

Trump Lies on Twitter During a Congressional Hearing on His Twitter Lies

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:33 am    Post subject: Trump Needs to Respond to Comey Testimony Reply with quote

Sen. Graham: Trump Needs to Respond to Comey Testimony

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., wants President Donald Trump to clarify his wiretap claims following FBI Director James Comey's comments Monday saying there was "no information" to back the allegations, The Hill reported.

"I don't know if this changes the president's view, but I think the next question to the president, in light of this, is do you still maintain those claims?" Graham told reporters.

Comey made his statement during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump claimed via tweet former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower during the election. He equated the alleged tapping to the Nixon/Watergate scandal and called it "McCarthyism."

Since then, the White House has backpedaled on the claims.

"He doesn't really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally," White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said last Monday. "But I think there's no question that the Obama administration — that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. That is a widely reported activity that occurred back then. The president used the word 'wiretapped' in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/wiretap-Lindsey-Graham-FBI-James-Comey/2017/03/20/id/779805/
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:41 am    Post subject: Trump fumes before Comey testimony Reply with quote

Trump fumes before Comey testimony: ‘No evidence’ I colluded with Russia
Dylan Stableford

Hours before FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress on the bureau’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, President Trump took a few swings on Twitter.

First, the president pointed out that former National Intelligence Director James Clapper had said in a recent interview that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

“James Clapper and others stated that there is no evidence Potus colluded with Russia,” Trump tweeted. “This story is FAKE NEWS and everyone knows it!”

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-fumes-before-comey-testimony-no-evidence-i-colluded-with-russia-123540618.html
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