Comey Strikes Back!

Gonna be one of those Tuesdays!

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

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.

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 the memo to a Times reporter.

In the same article The NY Times also reports the White House’s response to their breaking this news.

“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. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

Much more at the link!

531 replies
  1. 1
    David Anderson says:

    Bureaucrats for the score

  2. 2
    Corner Stone says:

    “This was no accident. This….was murder.”
    [sunglasses]
    YYYYEEEEAAAAAAHHHH!!!

  3. 3
    Bailey says:

    You mentioned something about “tapes,” Mr. Trump? Please proceed.

  4. 4
    lamh36 says:

    This can all be put to rest by Cheeto releasing the tapes…amirite..

  5. 5
    Baud says:

    This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

    Translation from Trumpspeak: This is a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.

  6. 6
    Paul W. says:

    Absolutely INSANE! Comey goes public, and earns a TINY bit of my respect back.

  7. 7
    quakerinabasement says:

    @Baud: Or else, “It was actually much worse than that, but let’s just call it inaccurate and let it go, shall we?”

    If this holds up, it’s obstruction.

  8. 8
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Karoun Demirjian‏ @ karoun 3m3 minutes ago
    Graham reacts to NYT story about Comey memo on Flynn: “If he felt confident enough to write it down he should come in and tell us about it.”

    Does Lindsey think he’s being clever? everything I’ve heard suggests Comey wants to talk, in public and on the record, he’s just waiting for the invite Burr doesn’t (or didn’t) want to extend

  9. 9
    sixthdoctor says:

    (Staffer sighs)
    (returns to 1 DAYS WITHOUT IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE sign)
    (Replaces 1 with 0)

  10. 10
    SFAW says:

    Waiting for the overnight tweetstorm from Shitgibbon:

    “Yeah, I told him to stop. What of it? I make the rules around here! And you’re all f-ing FIRED! I MAKE THE RULES. ME, ME, ME!!!!”

    or something similar

  11. 11
  12. 12
    Corner Stone says:

    Jesus Fucking Christ. Trump asked for this. He begged for it. Now he’s going to get buried by it. Is there an X-Man who has the power to spontaneously create avalanches?

  13. 13
    Morzer says:

    Ace Venttoya: Russian Pet Detective.

    Starring veteran Beltway actor James Comey in the title role.

  14. 14
    Brachiator says:

    “I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

    Oh, shit. Is this what Trump means by “show boating?”

    Great googly moogly, it’s only Tuesday. This shit is getting more real by the second. What Twitter messages might Trump be working on right now?

    “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

    Maybe Trump’s got some “tapes.” He’s gonna need them.

    Oh, mercy!

  15. 15
    SFAW says:

    @sixthdoctor:

    Hilarious, wish I had thought of it.

  16. 16
    TenguPhule says:

    @sixthdoctor: And what day was this?

  17. 17
    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Is there an X-Man who has the power to spontaneously create avalanches?

    Yes. His name is…Avalanche.

  18. 18
    mdblanche says:

    Gonna be one of those Tuesdays days that end in y!

    Fixed that for you.

  19. 19
    Baud says:

    Statement from Paul Ryan: “We would like to impeach Trump, but we don’t have enough paper….Let’s pass tax cuts!”

  20. 20
    joel hanes says:

    Lock him up.

  21. 21
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Corner Stone: Rictor. New Mutants then X Force.
    http://x-men.wikia.com/wiki/Rictor

    Origin
    As a child, young Julio Esteban Richter was forced to watch his father, an arms merchant, being killed by the time-tossed villain known as Stryfe. Later, Rictor was captured by the anti-mutant organization called the Right, who connected him to a machine that amplified his already uncontrollable power of earthquake generation to wreak havoc in San Francisco. Rictor was freed by the original X-Factor team and was accepted by them as a trainee member. During the chaos, he was assisted by Boom Boom, who talked him out of a severe emotional crisis. He was recaptured by the Right shortly afterwards, but was again freed by X-Factor.

    More at the link.

  22. 22
    Bostonian says:

    “Part of.” My favorite words there. Part of a paper trail.

    Drip drip drop.

  23. 23
    lamh36 says:

    MSNBC confirms contents of the memo…and Comey wrote a memo about nearly EVERY interaction with Cheeto! Comey left a paper trail!!

  24. 24
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Baud: my only critique of Maxine Waters and others calling for impeachment: Slow down. We want them to bleed and struggle in the trap for at least a year, and that’s still six months away from the election

  25. 25
    Yoda Dog says:

    This motherfucker is going down.

  26. 26
    Baud says:

    But were they meeting on a tarmac? Isn’t that what’s really important?

  27. 27
    NotMax says:

    Only one word comes to ind: bombshell.

    (And likely more in the arsenal.)

  28. 28
    Morzer says:

    @Baud:

    “I would love to impeach Trump (whom I have never met), but first I have this particularly tricky jammed printer that I have to fix.. I mean rig… I mean repair!”

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    SFAW says:

    @Brachiator:

    Maybe Trump’s got some “tapes.” He’s gonna need them.

    It’s not a question of whether he has them.

    It’s a question of whether he can get them edited well enough to stab Comey, and not get caught. Either that, or there’ll be a letter from his Russian-mobbed-up lawyers stating “From a close listen to teh tapes, it has been determined that President* Shitgibbon, in his meeting with Director Comey, did not try to obstruct justice, with few exceptions.”

  30. 30
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TenguPhule: Avalanche was in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

  31. 31
    Corner Stone says:

    @Baud:

    Translation from Trumpspeak: This is a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.

    Translation: I completely stuck my dick in the pie.

  32. 32
    TenguPhule says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: You think we’re going to have actual elections with these Nazis in charge?

  33. 33
    TenguPhule says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Touche. Well played.

  34. 34
    Baud says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Agree. Until we capture at least one house, it’s not in our interest to have a quick (and sloppy) resolution to Trump.

  35. 35
    Davis X. Machina says:

    Digging Nixon out took from October of ’73 to August ’74.

    This time, it either takes longer, or gunfire, or both.
    This is a whole different country now.

  36. 36
    Peale says:

    @Baud: God, I hope they pass a budget that 0s out the FBI budget, effective immediately.

  37. 37
    zhena gogolia says:

    @Paul W.:

    Yep.

  38. 38
    TenguPhule says:

    So what’s the third thing, Adam. These things always happen in threes.

    What’s the final disaster from Trump for today?

  39. 39
    Mezz says:

    President Tyson Zone. I imposed a news blackout on myself after the election. I lifted it the first time they bagged repeal of ACA, and every day since, there’s been a tantalizing dripdripdripdrip. But simultaneously frustrating because it certainly seems that nothing is ultimately going to happen, considering the Revanchist GOP hold on government.

    I won’t believe *this* will be the breaking point, because honestly, it won’t be. But That Man has now entered the Tyson Zone – an idea from Bill Simmons re: Mike Tyson. Tyson was so crazy, so bloody NUTS, that nothing that followed “Mike Tyson today…” would surprise you,

    That Man should push Iron Mike aside, and take the honors for himself. God help us.

  40. 40
    MattF says:

    Shit hits fan. Scheiße schläge ventilator.

    ETA: Also, I just remembered that Germans gleefuly adopted the word shitstorm:

    https://www.thelocal.de/20120213/40703

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    Citizen Alan says:

    @Corner Stone:

    There is, in fact, a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with that exact power. That seems more fitting than an X-Men in this situation.

    Edit: I’m pleased to see that at least two other people are as big a comics nerd as me

  42. 42
    dm says:

    Hmm. I was just standing at the coffee machine musing to myself that, aside from some self-incriminating tweets last night, there’s been no new major revelations today. Feeling sort of let down.

    Return to my desk, and now I’ve got my fix.

    “White House issues statement denying the story.” That’s good until 45 finds himself alone with Twitter tonight.

  43. 43
    Morzer says:

    @MattF:

    Orange shit too. It’s going to take a long time to get that out of the GOP’s decorous little white hoods.

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    David Anderson says:

    @sixthdoctor: thank​ you this image is cracking me up

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:
    You are right😄

  46. 46
    mdblanche says:

    @MattF: Дерьмо попадает в вентилятор.

  47. 47
    GregB says:

    @lamh36:

    Fake Comey news!

  48. 48
    Wjs says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…

    Sorry. The schadenfreude got the better of me.

    “Don’t shoot, let’em burn.” -saving private ryan

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    matt says:

    It’s starting to smell a lot like obstruction of justice.

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    randy khan says:

    This story really should strike terror into the hearts of the Trump & Co. Of course Comey protected himself by creating a record, and of course there’s going to be a lot in it that will be trouble for the President, because Trump has no filter, and thinks of himself as a CEO with effectively unlimited powers and as someone who can enforce loyalty on his minions. (He probably also mistook Comey’s actions on Hillary as representing some kind of desire for Trump to be President.) Anybody who was in those meetings with Trump and Comey is at risk.

  51. 51
    lamh36 says:

    @Levitt_Matt

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @mdblanche:

    Оранжевое дерьмо!

  53. 53
    Aleta says:

    Matthew Miller @matthewamiller
    In addition to the underlying Russia probe, was Comey quietly building an obstruction case against Trump, for either DOJ or Congress?

  54. 54
    NotMax says:

    @sixthdoctor

    “Why did we waste money on any numbers other than zero and one? Maybe we can get a refund.”

  55. 55
    Corner Stone says:

    I think it was Matthew Miller who said repeatedly on MSNBC that Comey was known for writing down any event he felt did not stand up to an ethical line. He made notes every time that happened in his career.
    Seems like creepy foreshadowing but whatever damn mutant or other comic book character we need to step in, it certainly looks like Trump is about to get fucking avalanched.

  56. 56
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TenguPhule: These idiots can’t even fire someone properly. Take a deep breath.

  57. 57
    SFAW says:

    @Citizen Alan: et al.

    Re: the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants:

    Shitgibbon should be made an honorary member, obviously, but what is his special power? The ability to cloud his own mind? The ability to NOT intentionally speak the truth? The ability to speak in tongues (where “tongues” == “completely indecipherable babbling”)? The ability to behave like a not-very-bright person one-twentieth his actual age?

  58. 58
    Spaniel says:

    Does this not only remove Cheeto Benito but also Pence, Tillerson, Mnuchin, Chou, and all of the others?

  59. 59
    p.a. says:

    In Cosell voice
    “Down goes Trumpzier
    Down goes Trumpzier…”

    Tick tock. Agree with ‘drag it out’ except for concern for ginning up a war: see ‘scoundrel, last refuge’.

  60. 60
    Baud says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I think it was Matthew Miller who said repeatedly on MSNBC that Comey was known for writing down any event he felt did not stand up to an ethical line. He made notes every time that happened in his career.

    I’d love to see his notes on his own handling of emails.

  61. 61
    Morzer says:

    @GregB:

    Double Comeyism: post-Trumpian theological doctrine among the fever swamp dwellers that holds that the True Comey resigned to spend more time with his rubber plant, whereas the False Comey viciously betrayed an innocent and noble president who was just about to make America great again.

  62. 62
    Corner Stone says:

    @randy khan: He does shit like he was a mafia don. Like he can just tell someone to back off or go away and that is what will happen.

  63. 63
    mdblanche says:

    @lamh36: It’s almost as if Comey knew who he was dealing with.

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Things can’t keep going at this pace for another year, can they?

  64. 64
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    IANAL but this is not how I, as a citizen, want congressional oversight to work

    Lisa Desjardins‏Verified account @ LisaDNews 8m8 minutes ago
    BURR just now: the burden is on the New York Times to get and show the memo.

    that said, Please proceed, Senator, drag it out. Keep the headlines going, give Kamala Harris and Chris Murphy something to talk about. Hickenlooper! You looking for a way to make a national splash? Time to speak up as a Concerned American. Jaime Harrison, is your senior Senator showing enough independence, in your humble opinion? Jason Kander, as a lawyer and a veteran, how do you feel about this?

    ETA @mdblanche: good point, even if he resigns, the investigations must continue, Republicans must not stand in the way of our finding out everything that happened in the brief and un-mourned trump administration.

  65. 65
    SFAW says:

    @zhena gogolia:
    Большой хороший

  66. 66
    jl says:

    So, I guess the next line they’ll roll out is “What the hey, Trump just wants to protect a pal. We all want to protect our pals, right? No harm no foul. You wouldn’t do that? What are you a jerk?” Yeesh.

    If Comey’s story stands up, the GOP Congress will face ever more ‘serious decision situations’. But I predict McConnell will trot out the over riding importance of pushing big tax cuts for the rich through at least one more time.

    I’m wondering whether Trump is goofy enough to destroy himself to protect his flunkies. Yes he is, but seems out of character. So, Flynn probably leads to something closer to Trump. What is the truth? God, or the FSM, only knows. Well, clearer than ever that the public needs to know.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TenguPhule: I have no idea. Not even I am that imaginative.

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    rikyrah says:

    Comey has a paper trail😄😄😄

  69. 69
    MattF says:

    @Mezz: So, is Trump going to bite Comey’s ear off? Seems unlikely.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Fucking Sen Burr saying it’s on NYT to prove out their case. Of course it is, but you actually still think this WH has any shred of credibility left to lean on? At all?

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @TenguPhule: pee pee tape

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    Morzer says:

    @MattF:

    Sounds like a job for JarJar Son-in-law. He’ll just have to put off world peace until the weekend.

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    Corner Stone says:

    AG Sessions and his team not touching this story. Throwing Trump under the bus?

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    Teddys Person says:

    @Spaniel: It’s my hope that, once the SS Trump starts to really sink, a number of his enablers will get caught in the undertow. The Orange One will not go quietly into that good night.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Fucking Bill Kristin tweets: Watergate comes at you fast.

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    vhh says:

    @zhena gogolia: Мертвец идет, mертвец идет туда!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Corner Stone: You are correct. Miller did say this last week.

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    lamh36 says:

    So Burr putting onus on NYT to produce the memo…guessing Burr doesn’t realize that more news orgs have confirmed the alleged memo is true..

    https://twitter.com/eschor/status/864599105502416897

    @Sam_Frizell

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    Burr says the “burden is on the New York Times” to produce the memos, not on Comey. Says there may be an effort to undermine the president.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    very recent Republican congressman says what?

    David Jolly‏ @ DavidJollyFL
    Hope that private school tuition in Maryland this Fall for the POTUS family is refundable.

    would love to know what he said about trump on the campaign trail

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    mdblanche says:

    @dm: Did you miss that the ally whose intelligence sources Trump compromised was Israel?

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    Corner Stone says:

    @MattF:

    So, is Trump going to bite Comey’s ear off? Seems unlikely.

    Does it? Does it really?

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    TenguPhule says:

    @NotMax: Or resort to binary.

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    p.a. says:

    Dense orders massive DoS attack on Twitter by CIA…

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    sigaba says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Geez Senator Burr, stop making an ass out of yourself. Ask the fucking DOJ for the memos if you want to see them.

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    @Corner Stone: Comey’s is taller, so it would be a bit difficult to achieve.

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    geg6 says:

    @Bostonian:

    Yup, that hit me right away, too.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Simon Maloy‏Verified account @ SimonMaloy 25s25 seconds ago
    imagine being so dumb you get impeached for Michael Flynn

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    Morzer says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Perhaps Trump tried to bite Comey’s ear, only to be stymied by the lack of a step-ladder. Fat little white men definitely can’t jump.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @SatanicPanic:We’re looking for disasters, not a cheap laugh.

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    Mike J says:

    From the linked story:

    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.

  91. 91
    Keith P. says:

    @Brachiator:

    “This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

    Given how creative they’re getting, tonight’s explanation will be that Trump was talking about letting his hand go from a long handshake….as in, “Can you can *this* go?”. But by tomorrow morning, Trump will tweet, “Yeah, I asked him to shut the investigation down. So what?”

  92. 92
    sigaba says:

    Anudder memo leaks

    President Donald Trump suggested to ousted FBI Director James Comey that journalists who publish classified information should be jailed, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

  93. 93
    Morzer says:

    @Bostonian:

    Shouldn’t paper trails rustle, rather than dripping? A good, rattlesnake moving through the leaves towards the babbling shitgibbon kind of rustling.

  94. 94
    Aleta says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Matthew Miller @matthewamiller
    Comey is a lot of things, but dumb ain’t one of them.
    Christopher Hayes @chrislhayes
    Just as @matthewamiller predicted. Comey has the receipts

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    that said, Please proceed, Senator, drag it out. Keep the headlines going, give Kamala Harris and Chris Murphy something to talk about. Hickenlooper! You looking for a way to make a national splash? Time to speak up as a Concerned American. Jaime Harrison, is your senior Senator showing enough independence, in your humble opinion? Jason Kander, as a lawyer and a veteran, how do you feel about this?

    I agree in a way. It seems like some serious bones can be made off this if they do it right.

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    Tom says:

    NOW can we impeach him!!

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    Baud says:

    @Mike J:

    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.

    People who follow Greenwald need to tell me his reaction, especially how much he blames Dems for this.

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    Everybody in the White House needs to be arrested and walked out of the building by both elbows, right now. No jackets over heads, either.

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    nightranger says:

    This must be getting close to impeachment territory.

  100. 100
    Aleta says:

    LA Times via Maddow

    Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) said Tuesday it is time for a special prosecutor to take over the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    “It is time for an investigation of Russia’s intervention in the U.S. election. There is too much at stake at home and abroad to not take this step. There is so much conflicting information from many sources”

  101. 101
    Morzer says:

    @nightranger:

    Out the other side and over the fence and away for the hills.

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    lamh36 says:

    CNN sources say they have a copy of memo…said after briefing with Sessions and Pence…Cheeto asked VP and AG to leave…that’s when Cheeto said “let this go” about Flynn

    Per Tapper on CNN…Comey wants to testify PUBLICALLY!!! And hope these tapes Trump claimed he had…he’d “love to have them” public!!!

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @sigaba: Same NY Times article. TPM is covering different parts with different reporters.

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    Seanly says:

    The memo 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.

    Seems like there may be more memos…

    I would like to think that this would hobble the Republicans but they’ll just have Pence as a more compliant puppet. At least if Trump resigns or is impeached, it will also kick his grifting family to the curb.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Aleta: And it will be a loyal (R) investigator determined to never find the truth. Bank on it when the Republicans start squawking.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Teddys Person: You’re in luck. Due to outdated safety regulations the SS Trump only carries enough lifeboats for half the people on board.

    But seriously, Trump is definitely the “if I’m going down I’m taking you all with me” sort.

  107. 107
    TenguPhule says:

    @Tom: No. SATSQ.

    Because Republicans. It always comes down to the fucking Republicans.

  108. 108
    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:
    This is not good news😟😟😟

  109. 109
    sigaba says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Yeah you got me.

    I demand one leaked memo every two weeks.

  110. 110
    Corner Stone says:

    Good God. I left it on MSNBC and now Greta is letting Alan Dershowitz go on at length about how totally dumb Sally Yates is.

  111. 111
    Aleta says:

    @Frank Wilhoit: I’d like Congress to convene inside a prison for awhile to remind them every day that crime does not pay.

  112. 112
    Mike J says:

    @mdblanche: it’s race night. No sinking boat analogies, please.

  113. 113
    Corner Stone says:

    Greta’s show is completely un fucking watchable. I want to beat Andy Lack into a puddle.

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    clay says:

    Damn it, I’m not getting any work done tonight either!

    I need to grade tests; I can’t watch the news all night! Can we just have ONE normal day?

  115. 115
    lamh36 says:

    Per CNN memos shared with confidantes WITHIN AND OUT of the FBI…
    https://twitter.com/psddluva4evah/status/864605391883259904

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    Raoul says:

    BTW, at this point I don’t really feel like Trump firing Spicey, doing a staff shakeup is gonna right the ship. I know that was the CW as of maybe Saturday. Life moves a little fast these days.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Man, this thing has really sprung a leak and it looks like the bilge pump has shorted out.

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    les says:

    @Corner Stone:

    AG Sessions and his team not touching this story. Throwing Trump under the bus?

    No, this is what he meant by recusal. He can meddle but he won’t say anything bad about his buddy Trump.

  119. 119
    Teddys Person says:

    @mdblanche: And Jarad/Ivanka will be “distributing” those lifeboats for the low, low price of $10,000 each.

  120. 120
    debbie says:

    Reposted from below:

    So would this be the third or fourth shoe to drop? I’ve lost count.

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    Brachiator says:

    @nightranger:

    This must be getting close to impeachment territory.

    The Republicans cannot allow an impeachment. Never. They will stand or fall with Trump.

    I’m hoping for the fall option.

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    MattF says:

    @mdblanche: The ship is not sinking. The ship is upside down on the sea floor, with marine fauna peeking into the portholes.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @Corner Stone: Yeah. He’s all bluster. I see him turning to a figure sitting alone in a dark corner of the office and yelling “Christie! Bite his ear off!” then returning to tweeting with his tiny thumbs.

  124. 124
    Jeffro says:

    @David Anderson: Who says that the intelligence community and deep state don’t know how to carpet bomb when they want to ???

  125. 125
    NotMax says:

    @les

    At this point Sessions has recused himself from so much that it seems he’s collecting pay for sitting at his desk and twiddling his thumbs.

  126. 126
    clay says:

    On Chuck Todd’s show, they noted that Sessions tried to stay behind to be present for the Trump-Comey conversation. They noted that it was probably proper of Sessions to do so, since he was Comey’s direct boss, and such a conversation should be observed.

    I’m thinking that Trump should’ve had Sessions stay, because then it would be the word of two against one. (I’ve no doubt Jeff Sessions would lie for Trump about this.)

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    dmsilev says:

    @Corner Stone:

    Man, this thing has really sprung a leak and it looks like the bilge pump has shorted out.

    At this point, the band is on deck playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee”.

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    Raoul says:

    Also, reading the tick-tock of the day covering the Trump blabs to Russia, there was a moment when a WH staffer, amongst the McMasters “I’m not ready to face the jackals yet” pantomime, was quoted as saying “I have other dumpster fires to deal with.”

    Was this it?

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    Mike in DC says:

    It sounds like Trump just taunted Happy Fun Ball.

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    les says:

    @nightranger:

    This must be getting close to impeachment territory.

    Not until he stands up and says we need to raise the top tax brackets. Nothing else will motivate the House.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Brachiator:

    Me too but I think there will be just enough of them to tip the balance … would be nice if they had any principles whatsoever and could join the Democrats in repudiating this much corruption and evil

    But I won’t hold my breath

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    Baud says:

    @Mike in DC: Heh. Memories.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Aleta: I believe Rep. Knight is a moderate*.

    *moderate adj. representing a district insufficiently gerrymandered to withstand a wave election

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    dm says:

    @Corner Stone: Nahh. It’s just the Democrat party left going off on a loony conspiracy theory that only they care about.

    I wonder how long the Hannitys and Limbaughs can keep that up until they’re listened to by only 27%.

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    Yarrow says:

    He pissed off the Intelligence Community. That is always a bad idea. I’ve been saying for months that they will take him out and they are.

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    Davebo says:

    @dm:

    They aren’t listened to by anywhere near 27% today.

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    les says:

    @NotMax:

    At this point Sessions has recused himself from so much that it seems he’s collecting pay for sitting at his desk and twiddling his thumbs.

    Is that what they call what he’s doing with his thumbs? I wish; he’s working full on on voter suppression and dismantling civil rights; he probably guesses his window for destruction is shorter than he was counting on.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    @dm: The which party?

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    Morzer says:

    @Corner Stone:

    The bilge pump is the only thing working. Sadly, it’s now discharging into the main drinking water reservoir. Never trust a plumber named Jared!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @dmsilev: I don’t hear the fat lady singing yet though.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Brachiator:

    Oh, shit. Is this what Trump means by “show boating?”

    If it is, I really like the cut of his jib.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Baud: Morbid curiosity got the better of me:

    Glenn Greenwald‏ @ggreenwald 30 minutes ago
    A successful espionage prosecution of WikiLeaks/Assange would provide the perfect precedent for this

    Erin McPike @ErinMcPike
    Also in NYT story, Trump told Comey he “should consider putting reporters in prison for publishing classified information.”

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    Fester Addams says:

    @mdblanche: Excellent! Worthy of Bierce.

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    Teddys Person says:

    New York Times reports that even J-Kush is the recipient of 45’s wrath.

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    Baud says:

    @mdblanche: Thanks. He’s clear about who he loves. But at least he didn’t blame Obama.

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    dm says:

    @Ceci n est pas mon nym: The one Hannity would refer to that way.

    I think I’ve figured out what one of the White House apologists’ lines will be: Trump was in his rights to ask Comey to drop the investigation because, after all, Trump has the Presidential power of pardon.

    ETA: maybe in a tweet tomorrow morning.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Corner Stone: Rictor@TenguPhule: Actually Avalanche was with the Brotherhood/ Freedom Force. Rictor was an X-Man with similar abilities.

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    chopper says:

    The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

    jesus, for anybody other than a republican this would be a straight-up do not pass go impeachable offense.

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    Morzer says:

    @Fester Addams:

    A moderate conservative is a right wing crazy who might have to face a free and fair election.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Corner Stone:
    That’s why I’m actually watching Wolf who’s as big of a moron as Tweety. I refuse to give her any ratings.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @SFAW: You speak Trump very fluently, though it can’t be pleasant for you.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Oy vey…

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    lamh36 says:

    @clay: Counter terror guy just said, that if your are the FBI Director then once you come from that meeting, you see the AG…then you are gonna say to the AG…did he just do what I think he did?

    This guy said the question for reporters is, what did Sessions know and did Comey go to Sessions about it aftewards…time to see what the AG says about this…esp since the memo alleged that conversation happened right after the briefing with AG and VP…

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    randy khan says:

    @MattF:

    Since he likes his meat well done, it does seem unlikely.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Baud: Yes, tarmac is alwats suspicious.

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    @Baud: Emails, Baud, emails.

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    boatboy_srq says:

    WH statement is fake news. Too many long words.

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    sigaba says:

    @Adam L Silverman: This revelation here gives Bibi the perfect pretext, he doesn’t even have to mention the whole Burning their Sources business. Just needs to say sometthing about how he internal US political… uh… atmospherics make a state visit at this time… uh… problematic to accomodate.

    Though Bibi is pretty firmly on the Trump Train, I have my doubts he’s cut bait at this moment.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @MattF: who is playing the role of Shelley Winters?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Melania’s decision not to move is looking quite sage at this point.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Jeffro:

    Me too but I think there will be just enough of them to tip the balance … would be nice if they had any principles whatsoever and could join the Democrats in repudiating this much corruption and evil

    A co-worker is saying that Fox News is conspicuously not covering this story. On my commute home I may check out a local talk radio station which bends over backwards to paint Trump in a positive light. At worst, a couple of the hosts will say that they wish that Trump would stop doing dumb things. I realized that two other hosts are really in the Steve Bannon camp. They think that the government is rotten and are happy that Trump is a bumbling, destructive force.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Gee, I wonder whatever could have happened?

    /snerk

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    hovercraft says:

    @Jeffro:
    Michael Continetti pointed out earlier that presidents who go to war against the IC have a very poor record, he pointed out that they got Nixon, almost got Reagan, and they got Bush. I was kind of shocked that he was willing to acknowledge that Reagan and Bush were at fault.

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    El Caganer says:

    When asked for comment, Sen. McConnell pulled back into his shell and refused to come out.

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    @Morzer: Weekends are the bestest time to World Peace.

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    debbie says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Make it so!

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    lamh36 says:

    @sarahcwestwood 15m15 minutes ago
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    .@FoxNews reporting on the air now that they can’t get a Republican member on the air right now to defend Trump

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    JKC says:

    It appears Mr. Comey remembered the old Delta House saying: Don’t get mad- get even!

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    lamh36 says:

    @kylegriffin1 33m33 minutes ago
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    Politico: Lindsey Graham has invited Comey to testify publicly at a Senate hearing.

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    lamh36 says:

    @MichLKosinski 6m6 minutes ago
    More
    Donald Rumsfeld tonight on the string of developments: “I can’t believe it.”

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    Baud says:

    @lamh36: You go to war with the fascists you have, not the fascists you wish you had.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Aleta:

    Steve Knight’s re-election is in trouble, and he knows it. He’s my adopted district from Swing Left.

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    Thru the Looking Glass... says:

    Aw, MAAAAAAN…

    I feel like standing up and applauding…

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    rikyrah says:

    Bradd Jaffy‏Verified account @BraddJaffy

    Schumer moments ago: “The country is being tested in unprecedented ways. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate – history is watching.”

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    GregB says:

    @lamh36:

    John Miller on line one!

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    hovercraft says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Who had tonight for the cancellation? I was thinking late tomorrow. I guess he feels that there’s so much shit flying right now, he may as well slip this in, and tomorrow he’ll be shocked that everyone’s making a big deal about him canceling his first overseas trip.

    ETA: Why would he cancel, he did nothing wrong? Even Dermer has said no biggie, so what’s the problem, is he afraid of not being allowed to sit at the cool kids table?

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    dm says:

    @Mnemosyne: They (currently) plan to move down to Washington for the next school year — Barron is going to a private school in Maryland.

    May make “helicopter parenting” literal.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Brachiator: They’re running wall to wall coverage that includes a Fox News paid contributor who has falsely claimed to be the PI for family of Seth Rich claiming the FBI found emails with wikileaks on his laptop. The guy doesn’t work for the Rich family, the FBI never took Rich’s laptop into evidence for examination, and the family has indicated they’ve reviewed the emails and theres nothing to or from wikileaks. And they’ve had Ken Starr on talking about Vince Foster’s suicide.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Gravenstone: Is a puzzlement!

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    Thru the Looking Glass... says:

    @rikyrah:

    I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate – history is watching.”

    And fighting dearly to not soil itself…

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    lamh36 says:

    @GregB: they can’t be on Fox, when they all just seem to drop onscreen at MSNBC…smh

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    Baud says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    nd they’ve had Ken Starr on talking about Vince Foster’s suicide.

    Old news. All the kids are talking about Seth Rich.

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    lamh36 says:

    @RonBrownstein 1m1 minute ago
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    Comey/Trump memo: “This is a direct parallel to what was in the ‘smoking gun’ tape” in Watergate says John Dean on @CNNSitRoom @wolfblitzer

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    Corner Stone says:

    I can’t remember ever being so happy to see Tweety come on air. Seriously, Greta is unwatchable and I want to watch some talking heads.

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    Thru the Looking Glass... says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Ah yes… the infamous Fox ‘parallel universe’ rears its ugly head…

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    Aleta says:

    RichardNixonLibrary @NixonLibrary 32m ago
    We have: 47 million pages of docs; 500,000 pix; 4,469 hrs WH Tapes; 700 hrs film; 4,000+ hrs TV; 40,000 artifacts! nixonlibrary.gov

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    lamh36 says:

    whatever…Jason…whatever..

    @jasoninthehouse

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    .@GOPoversight is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.

    @AdamSerwer 7s8 seconds ago
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    Seems weird to tweet about issuing a subpoena instead of just issuing one

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    Thru the Looking Glass... says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I want to watch some talking heads.

    And I want to see some talking heads explode…

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    @Corner Stone: Since EFGoldman is taking his afternoon nap…Doesn’t your TV machine have an off switch or channel control switch? They may be next to the top right hand side of the picture tube.

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    lamh36 says:

    @Corner Stone: right…I’m glad that last guy didn’t let Greta spin her Faux News “I’m a lawyer” bullshit

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    Zach says:

    Canceling the trip isn’t surprising… they were clearly trying to GO BIG with the trip and make as much news as possible hoping that, combined with a normal-ish FBI pick and some Senate progress on Obamacare would move the narrative beyond Comey.

    That obviously depended on Comey rolling over and deciding it’s not worth dirtying himself further. This is a tactic I’m sure Trump relied on a lot in business. It probably works often in DC… but not with Comey.

    So the trip won’t serve its purpose and it’s a big risk that Trump will say something stupid and he’d rather stay home and golf so it’s not a hard sell.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @lamh36: It’s fucking scandalous. Get these fools off my TV and back to FNC.

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    GregB says:

    The worst part of this will be the lionizing of all of these recalcitrant douchebags once they start doing doing the impeachment wave after it has gotten 3/4 of the way around the stadium.

    Look for Jason Chaffetz and presidential gravitas to pass across some lips.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Mnemosyne:
    But she just found the perfect school for Barron! Here she thought she’d have an excuse to still be in a different State from the Orange blob and now his stupidity may end up with her having to live with him again. Oh well at least the “apartment” is three floors.

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    El Caganer says:

    Dude’s the Little Grifter That Could, though – never stops trying to make a buck:
    http://addictinginfo.com/2017/.....-scandals/

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    lamh36 says:

    @joncoopertweets

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    White House sources say Trump is cursing up a storm – ranting and raving. Yelling at staffers & using the “F” word. He’s losing it tonight.

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    clay says:

    @lamh36: If you’re Comey, and you know the AG met with Russians and lied under oath about it, do you talk to him at all? (I can’t remember if this was before or after Sessions “recused” himself.)

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    Teddys Person says:

    @lamh36: They always leave themselves some wiggle room. “if it exists” indeed. What a weaselly McWeaselson.

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    rikyrah says:

    Ylan Q. Mui‏Verified account @ylanmui

    The White House has gotten a one-page, bullet-point draft of the $1 trillion infrastructure proposal

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    Sam says:

    Trump doesn’t do anything out of the goodness of his heart. He was protecting himself. I am sure Flynn has a story to tell.

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Just like their tax plan.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: The question is just as stupid when you ask it as it is when he asks it. People make choices. I like to bitch about mine on this blog. I guess I could talk about my tomatoes or that my overflow valve in the spare bathroom is leaking and needs to be replaced.

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    rikyrah says:

    @lamh36:

    @MichLKosinski 6m6 minutes ago
    More
    Donald Rumsfeld tonight on the string of developments: “I can’t believe it.”

    IRONY….

    BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

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    efgoldman says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I want to beat Andy Lack into a puddle.

    You need to get a different cable service. For some unaccountable reason,. your TV only gets one channel.
    Only other explanation is you have a major stock position in NBC/Universal and you’re doing your part to keep the price up.
    There is no fucking reason, none at all, for anyone with two brain cells to rub together to watch that channel.

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    lamh36 says:

    @ByRosenberg

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    What’s striking to me is how quickly other outlets confirmed this week’s Trump stories. Suggests lots of unhappy people willing to talk.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Adam L Silverman: If the Clintons didn’t exist, Fox News would have to invent them. Though I suppose they did invent the mirror-universe version of them they report on.

    @Aleta: Man, who would’ve ever thought the Nixon library would one day become the hottest new troll account on Twitter?

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    Aleta says:

    From Politico

    “It’s very rich in detail and hopefully it will come out soon,” the friend of Comey, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told POLITICO. “There are other memos about his meetings too. He wrote down every word Trump said to him as soon as he could.”

    The White House immediately pushed back against the allegations.

    “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 President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey,” the White House said in a written statement.

    Also

    NYT reporter who broke Comey story also broke story about Hillary Clinton’s email server.

    This reporter and Comey …

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    clay says:

    @Teddys Person: I can’t believe that the twitter handle is “at GOP oversight”. What an oxymoron.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @lamh36: oh that makes me feel good

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    mdblanche says:

    @hovercraft: There’s still time to get the locks changed…

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @clay: You do not. You go back to the office, provide a backbrief to a trusted agent, then immediately transcribe your notes in the presence of that trusted agent, give him/her a copy, and then give additional copies to the other trusted agents you’re going to leave them with for safekeeping.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @lamh36: Maybe Rep. Chaffetz could show Sen. Burr the proper procedure for requesting and obtaining documents pertinent to ongoing investigations under their respective committees? Seems the latter would prefer a crowd sourced effort rather than the direct approach.

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    lamh36 says:

    Former prosecutor and Erin Burnett now taking DJT side saying if Comey had these memos then his credibility is in question…why not resign

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    Corner Stone says:

    @efgoldman: Hey! I’ve got an idea! Let’s all meet in your backyard, form a drum circle and finger paint each others’ faces. That’s a peachy keen idea, isn’t it Beav?

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    But at least he didn’t blame Obama

    Yet, this time.

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    @Corner Stone: We’re just concerned about your mental health.

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    rikyrah says:

    Patrick Caldwell‏Verified account @patcaldwell

    “Yes I do, as simple as that,” Elijah Cummings says on CNN when asked if this is obstruction of justice

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Proof! Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep State!

    #DeepState trying to frame Trump because he’s a pacifist!1!1

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    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Yup, not like that grandma with the emails.

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    japa21 says:

    OT, but what the heck. My DIL just found out she will become a citizen next Tuesday. She is also due to provide us with another grandson the first week of June. Hopefully the latter won’t mess up the former.

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    lamh36 says:

    @ThePlumLineGS

    Follow
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    Just in:

    Pelosi says Dems will file a discharge petition tomorrow to try to force vote on independent Russia probe:

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    clay says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Huh. That sounds exactly like what Comey did. Funny, that.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @japa21: Congratulations!

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    lamh36 says:

    @SXMPolitics 1h1 hour ago
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    .@johnpodesta’s message to White House staffers: get “the courage to stand up to Trump who’s a bully and who expects to get his way”

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    debbie says:

    @Brachiator:

    On my commute home I may check out a local talk radio station which bends over backwards to paint Trump in a positive light.

    Not even Glenn Beck will do that!

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    efgoldman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Since EFGoldman is taking his afternoon nap…

    Time difference. I was eating dinner.

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    clay says:

    @japa21: Anchor baby!

    Naw, seriously, congrats on both counts!

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    japa21 says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Thanks. Means, among other things, one more vote for the good guys, and trust me, she will vote. And since this is the Chicago area, it will be early and often.

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    mdblanche says:

    @lamh36: I’m pretty sure Comey is more eager to show Chaffetz his memo than Chaffetz is to see it.

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    @Brachiator:

    On my commute home I may check out a local talk radio station which bends over backwards to paint Trump in a positive light.

    Have you considered a Bluetooth audio system for your automobile?

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    @efgoldman: Oh, that’s right you’re in the wrong timezone(and wrong coast).

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    p.a. says:

    Will he quit?
    I don’t see it; he’s never been wrong, he can win this. What shit will he reveal about Rethugs who jump ship??!!
    Shadenfreude: it’s what’s for dinner!

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    hovercraft says:

    @lamh36:

    “White House sources say Trump is cursing up a storm – ranting and raving. Yelling at staffers & using the “F” word. He’s losing it tonight.”

    Aww poor manbaby, is presidenting not as fun as he thought?
    He wants to just go back to signing ceremonies and vroom vroom in the shiny big truck dammit!!!!

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    lamh36 says:

    @ChrisMurphyCT

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    Just leaving Senate floor. Lots of chatter from Ds and Rs about the exact definition of “obstruction of justice”.

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    David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch says:

    Rachael Bade‏ @rachaelmbade 58m58 minutes ago

    I just asked @DarrellIssa abt the Comey news and he flicked me off — literally gave me the middle finger –– and kept walking. Said nothing

    2,195 replies 13,109 retweets 13,130 likes

    but, but…… Bangahzi!1!

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    efgoldman says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    We’re just concerned about your mental health.

    Long since.
    OTOH, he does live in Texas. That rots anyone’s brain.

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    lamh36 says:

    @tomlobianco
    House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she wants the White House to explain what happened and Comey to testify ASAP

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    Aleta says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Republicans must pay for restorative mental health care for all.

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    hovercraft says:

    @rikyrah: @Baud:
    I think I read somewhere that the tax plan was rushed as a distraction to get the news off of some bad story that the media was focused on, I’m thinking that eleventy billion trillion dollars wouldn’t be enough to get the media off of ComRussiagate.

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    Brachiator says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: .. Have you considered a Bluetooth audio system for your automobile?

    I ride the Metrolink or Metro rail. But I do have Bluetooth headphones that I use when listening to podcasts, etc.

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    debbie says:

    @efgoldman:

    O/T but I’m glad that phone call went well.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @lamh36: Sounds right. They need Comey to testify NOW so they can attack it or decide to cut their losses if it’s too irrefutable.

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    hovercraft says:

    @efgoldman:
    Don’t worry about it, BillinGendale already put it your admonition for you, I hope you enjoyed your nap ;)

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    debbie says:

    @hovercraft:

    Really? Something that he, as he’s told us so often, is so important to him and to the country? I’m shocked.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @debbie: I missed the report – can somebody post a link?

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    Teddys Person says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: That Darrell’s a classy one.

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    Morzer says:

    Jon Cooper‏Verified account @joncoopertweets 48m48 minutes ago
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    White House sources say Trump is cursing up a storm – ranting and raving. Yelling at staffers & using the “F” word. He’s losing it tonight.

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    Morzer says:

    @Aleta:

    But… how… I thought Trump closed all the ObamaFEMA death camps?

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    hovercraft says:

    @japa21:
    Yay!
    Mazel Tov!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @hovercraft: Hey! I hear that ringtone. Sounds like a wagon calling someone who has fallen off.

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    Amaranthine RBG says:

    I wonder if Trump’s tweet about Comey better hope there are not tapes was a ham-handed attempt to get Comey to spill about whether HE had tapes.

    Of course, if Comey does have tapes, I would think he would wait until Trump explicitly says that he never asked Comey to drop Flynn investigation and _then_ release the tapes showing the contrary.

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    @lamh36: Is it wrong that that tweet fills me with glee?

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    rikyrah says:

    the IC has been holding its tongue….dropping in bits and pieces, hoping that the GOP would do the ‘ right thing’. They have been telling the GOP – get rid of him and his White House full of Russian assets, and we’ll leave you alone.

    The firing of Comey, in addition to him now betraying Israel, and probably getting Israeli assets KILLED…that has sent them to DefCon1

    Without cooperation from our allies around the globe, our people are in danger.

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    rikyrah says:

    Eric Geller‏Verified account @ericgeller

    Eric Geller Retweeted Erica Werner

    The White House isn’t returning the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman’s phone calls about POTUS’s sharing of classified intelligence.

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    Morzer says:

    “Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – the most famous of which is ‘never get involved in a land war in Asia’ – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go in against an FBI director when a filing cabinet of memos is on the line”!”

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    amk says:

    @japa21: Grandson making a grand entrance. Congrats.

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    @hovercraft: You misspelled Molotov.

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    rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall‏Verified account @joshtpm

    US Intel officials warned Israel in January abt sharing Intel with Trump http://talkingpointsmemo.com/e.....ere-warned

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Can we just have a fucking normal, boring day tomorrow? I have shit to do.

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    Morzer says:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/a.....lp-himself

    President Donald Trump can’t stop sticking his head in the noose. The last 10 days in Washington have been a singularity of Trump’s reckless, dangerous, lead-paint-and-cheap-vodka brain-damage style of governance. As he flailed from crisis to crisis, nothing said “You’ll be tired of all the winning” like a series of self-inflicted wounds to his political, legal, and presidential fate.
    The firing of FBI Director James Comey was just the start of this latest chapter in the White House drama. Trump’s dissipated preppy consigliere Stephen Bannon, Wisconsin Cheese Board Deputy Director Reince Priebus, and Shifty Spice were all cut out of the loop. This isn’t a White House turning the corner or getting its bearings in Washington—it’s a White House engaged in daily Downfall cosplay.

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    @Gin & Tonic:

    Can we just have a fucking normal, boring day tomorrow?

    Not in Trump’s America.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Citizen Alan:

    There is, in fact, a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with that exact power. That seems more fitting than an X-Men in this situation.

    Edit: I’m pleased to see that at least two other people are as big a comics nerd as me

    Three!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Morzer: You do realize that at that point, the gloating prick drops dead, right?

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    Morzer says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    In Trump’s America normal day has you.

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    MattF says:

    @Morzer: This sounds like reporting in real-time.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @rikyrah: I think Adam has commented on that several times in the past. But good to see it getting more traction.

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    rikyrah says:

    Garry Kasparov‏Verified account @Kasparov63

    McMaster is sacrificing his reputation to try to save the world from terrible danger. If he resigns, Trump stays—and appoints a new Flynn.

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    Morzer says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Do you really think Trump was smart or disciplined enough to take the iocane powder for years in advance?

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    Trump is such a spectacular walking disaster that it’s hard to look away and pay attention to anything else. So no. No normal day.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @jl:

    I’m wondering whether Trump is goofy enough to destroy himself to protect his flunkies.

    That assumes he knew what he was doing was problematic. I think it’s far more likely that he doesn’t believe there are any constraints on his power.

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    GregB says:

    Grab him by subpeonas.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Jeffro: Question: Doesn’t “Quake” technically fit the definition of a mutant that can cause avalanches? Since her whole thing is earthquakes and vibration?

    …I think Banshee’s also caused some avalanches in his day, by using his sonic powerset.

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    El Caganer says:

    @hovercraft: Exactly my thought when I saw the picture: “Look! Look! Me drive big-boy truck!”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @rikyrah: Pelosi is going to take one look, laugh and walk away.

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    jl says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: Yeah, I read that too. Is there a pic?

    A danger with a good portion of the GOP Housers is that if they sense their project is doomed, or their individual careers are doomed, they will act out of greed and spite. Just smash and grab whatever they can, and do as much damage as they can to their perceived enemies, which at this point might be well over 95% of the country.

    Looks like Issa is a likely candidate for that club.

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    MattF says:

    @Amaranthine RBG: “Trump is a liar” is not news. News is new stuff, and unfortunately for all those folks who have things to do for the next couple of days, one should expect revelations of new stuff.

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    rikyrah says:

    Dolt45 really thought that Comey was just some ‘ public employee’.

    Unphuckingbelieveable.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    I think Banshee’s also caused some avalanches in his day, by using his sonic powerset.

    Under that definition anyone from the Hulk to the Juggernaught would count. Why not just throw in Havoc while you’re at it?

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    Morzer says:

    @jl:

    Issa’s actions certainly look like those of a man who doesn’t think he’s going to survive the next go around. He almost fell this time – and I doubt he’s endeared himself to his constituents by cuddling up to the Orange-utang.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Yarrow:

    He pissed off the Intelligence Community. That is always a bad idea. I’ve been saying for months that they will take him out and they are.

    It’s like a thunderstorm where the booms are getting louder and closer…always did love thunderstorms!

    Go for it, Trumpov! Hold a news conference tomorrow and tell America just how sick you are of all this “fake news”! DO IT!!

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    amk says:

    @Adam L Silverman: fucking bureaucrats ruining it for wannabe autocrats.

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    p.a. says:

    @jl: How is that different than their stated plan?

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    mdblanche says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Can we just have a fucking normal, boring day tomorrow?

    Yes, unless you mean the pre-January 20 normal. In that case, no.

    @TenguPhule: When you go in against an FBI director when a filing cabinet of memos is on the line, you still can’t win even if the gloating prick drops dead.

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    Morzer says:

    @amk:

    Two good names for any bands that might be in need of nomenclature – and all in one line! Congratulations!

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    Jeffro says:

    @Brachiator:

    A co-worker is saying that Fox News is conspicuously not covering this story.

    That’s true…they actually had Ken Starr on some show today, talking about – no really – Vince Foster(!!!!)

    On my commute home I may check out a local talk radio station which bends over backwards to paint Trump in a positive light. At worst, a couple of the hosts will say that they wish that Trump would stop doing dumb things. I realized that two other hosts are really in the Steve Bannon camp. They think that the government is rotten and are happy that Trump is a bumbling, destructive force.

    They can’t decide whether or not this is the RWNJ god-king they’ve been waiting for, or maybe, just maybe…not.

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    amk says:

    Can't believe the guy who confessed rape to a casual acquaintance while he knew he was wearing a microphone would act so recklessly.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) May 16, 2017

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    germy says:

    @jl: God, I wish there was video of that. I remember cameras caught him hopping a fence to avoid reporters.

    Why is he a public servant? Why couldn’t he have stayed in the used car business?

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    lamh36 says:

    folks talking bout was Cheeto intent criminal…did he know what he was doing may be wrong. OK…
    WHY👏🏾DID 👏🏾HE👏🏾 ASK 👏🏾AG & VP 👏🏾TO 👏🏾LEAVE👏🏾

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @TenguPhule: It’s a good point. But then, the guy who’s power is sonic vibrations is a bit more on point with regards to avalanches (which are often caused by loud sounds in fiction) than, say… Cyclops shooting a giant snow drift and causing an avalanche, for example.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I want to watch some talking heads.

    But why? I can barely stand them if I imagine them mounted on spiked pikes, why subject yourself to them without that comforting image in your head?

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    lamh36 says:

    @JoyAnnReid 4m4 minutes ago
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    Joy Reid Retweeted Natalie Andrews
    Tell me again how @LindseyGrahamSC is the hero America needs right now? This is the same Trump defense talking point @KarlRove used on Fox.

    @nataliewsj
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) re: @nytimes report. “If this happened the FBI director should have done something about it or quit.”

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    Morzer says:

    @mdblanche:

    Gray reported to Nixon that he had secured Hoover’s office and its contents. However, he had sealed only Hoover’s personal inner office, where no files were stored, not the entire suite of offices.

    This sounds like a job for Spicerman!

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    Corner Stone says:

    @rikyrah:

    Garry Kasparov‏Verified account @Kasparov63

    McMaster is sacrificing his reputation to try to save the world from terrible danger. If he resigns, Trump stays—and appoints a new Flynn.

    Kasparov does not get it. There is no saving the US from Trump. The Dignity Wraith has already stolen all of McMaster’s reputation and credibility. How effective can anyone continue to be when they know their boss has no respect for them and does not give a shit about them? All of his stature is gone. He has nothing else left to offer the country.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Corner Stone:
    Yes I fell off the wagon last week with the Comey firing. I thought I’d get back on, but this fucker just keeps pulling me back in. ;(

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    lamh36 says:

    @BraddJaffy

    Follow
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    All Democrats on Oversight & Judiciary Committees demand immediate investigation of Trump, AG, top WH aides. Letter: https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/All%20Oversight%20and%20Judiciary%20Dems%20to%20Chairs%2005-16-17.pdf

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Morzer: No, but I expect he did poison both cups anyway.

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    Jeffro says:

    @hovercraft: That IS surprising!

    I know a fair number of folks in that community and they are very dedicated and very “country first”. Presidents come, presidents go. Our institutions keep on keepin’ on, IC included.

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    Morzer says:

    @lamh36:

    Scientists today confirmed that they have discovered two new inert gases which they have provisionally named johnmccainium and lindseygrahamium.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @MisterForkbeard: So Storm then?

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    Morzer says:

    @TenguPhule:

    Well, that would remove both of the gloating pricks rather nicely. Although I suppose there is a question as to whether Trump’s inherent toxicity is strong enough to enable him to destroy the poison in his body before it does any actual damage.

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    germy says:

    @Jeffro: My local CBS news station is a sinclair station. It is followed every night by the national CBS News (Scott Pelley).

    The local station spent a half hour on “breaking news” which seemed like a bunch of segments they’d hurriedly pulled out of their archives. And then they did a very quick Trump news segment, focusing on McMaster saying no laws were broken.

    And then Scott Pelley came on next, and it was like night and day.

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    Walker says:

    @lamh36:

    He did do something about it. He kept a paper trail.

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    hovercraft says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    NO!!
    Not as long as we have a shit flinging buffoon as president, now either join the party or sit down and do your wrist exercises.

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    lamh36 says:

    @sppeoples
    Trump supporter Bill Bennett on Fox News: “If you looked at Mother Theresa under a microscope you would see germs and bacteria.”

    WHAT!!! BWHAHAHAHAH

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    Peale says:

    What I think they plan to do is go through Comeys memos and find things to accuse Obama. They need a both sides story.

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    jl says:

    @efgoldman:

    ” ‘But at least he didn’t blame Obama’

    Yet, this time. ”

    This mess is only a few hours old.Some Baremail Hilzbamaghazi tie in is sure to appear. If not from the WH then House GOP.

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    Jeffro says:

    @rikyrah:

    The White House isn’t returning the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman’s phone calls about POTUS’s sharing of classified intelligence.

    They are, literally, going to have to drag him out of the Oval Office screaming and cursing. I’m going to watch it on a loop for a week.

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    Kevin Vincent Camphor says:

    @Corner Stone: Yeah when Bill Kristal is the moderate voice, you’ve completely lost the plot.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Corner Stone: I think I agree with you AND Kasparov. At this point, the best thing McMaster can do is basically confess that he was trying to protect the presidency and the country by toeing the line somewhat to stay in place where he could do some good… but that Trump has crossed the line and he’s leaving, specifically to make the case that Trump must be removed for the good of the country.

    That’s the only way he keeps his good name at this point. And frankly, the only way he can start solving the damage Trump has caused rather than just failing to contain it.

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    sigaba says:

    @lamh36: She was No Angel…

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    Corner Stone says:

    @TenguPhule: I like talking heads like Jeremy Bash, Matt Miller, Clint Watts and Malcolm Nance. I also like Nayyra Haq, Evelyn Farkas and a few others.
    Not really “pundits” but people talking about what is going on and their expertise.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Jake Tapper‏Verified account @ jaketapper 21m21 minutes ago
    Ryan spot @ AshLeeStrong: “we need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo.”

    Couldn’t agree more. We need to follow regular procedure, public hearings, Republicans and Democrats explaining themselves, witnesses from Comey to Spicey to Pence and Sessions and Jared and Kellyanne and Bannon and Reince all whispering to their lawyers and answering carefully….

    I’m sure health care, tax reform and judicial nominations can proceed smoothly while all this goes on and the great Orange Buffoon tweets and blusters in a White House bunker

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    Morzer says:

    @lamh36:

    Bill Bennett has finally discovered his Big Boy’s Book Of Science.

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    @hovercraft: CrackMSNBC is some serious shit.

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    amk says:

    gopee henceforth shall be called as all the president’s mad man’s men.

    corrupt bastids to the core.

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    MattF says:

    @lamh36: Ha ha. The Mr. William Bennett who made a career of writing books of didactic fables for children. Until…

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    jl says:

    @lamh36: At this point, the question of whether Trump understood WTF he was doing has to be addressed, no matter what. It will make no difference in this case. But it is always an open question now.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @TenguPhule: Point taken. :)

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    GregB says:

    @lamh36:

    Oh remember the good old days when these hyper-moralistic sacks of shit bleated about defining deviancy downward.

    Hey Bill, want to place a bet on how long Pres. Low-T stays in office?

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @dmsilev:

    At this point, the band is on deck playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee”.

    As they watch the sharks moving in, that tune is being rewritten as “Nearer! My God!! TOOTHEEEEE!!!!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Adam L Silverman: No, too much like retreating for Trump to stand. I put alcohol on Trump expanding his overseas trip to more destinations.

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    JPL says:

    @germy: Stone faced Scott Pelley says this remarkable day began with Trump tweeting confirmation that he shared info with russia.
    lol

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    lamh36 says:

    @EWErickson

    Scoop: GOP polling over the weekend shifted against them in Montana and Georgia. National GOP starting to worry.
    https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/864633771143942144

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Erick Erickson‏Verified account @ EWErickson 6m6 minutes ago
    Scoop: GOP polling over the weekend shifted against them in Montana and Georgia. National GOP starting to worry.

    considering the source… BOOM goes the dynamite

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    👩🏽‍🔬 Martin says:

    The GOP hasn’t yet gotten to the “hey, at least he hasn’t killed and eaten anyone!” stage. We’ve got a ways to go yet.

    On the upside, that Comey hearing will get better ratings than any episode of the Apprentice or his inauguration, which will result in some entertaining tweets.

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    Jeffro says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    Doesn’t “Quake” technically fit the definition of a mutant that can cause avalanches? Since her whole thing is earthquakes and vibration?

    Looked her up and yes, you’re right, but whew that is well past my window of optimum knowing…”my” X-Men and related were the 80s teams and characters.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Corner Stone: Then they will be spared.

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    jl says:

    @MisterForkbeard: I think McMaster is serving in his current position under direct military orders. So, what his options are, and what he has to put on the line to get out of it is an interesting question.

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    Hobbes83 says:

    @Baud: You can stop the thread right there.

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    lamh36 says:

    @jaketapper
    On @AC360, David Gergen who worked for both Nixon and Clinton, says “I think we’re in impeachment territory”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @👩🏽‍🔬 Martin:

    The GOP hasn’t yet gotten to the “hey, at least he hasn’t killed and eaten anyone!” stage. We’ve got a ways to go yet.

    But they have checked off “At least Trump’s not as bad as Hitler”.

    So pretty close.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Morzer: Wait, Ivanka’s actual title has the words “Rewriting the rules” in it? That seems WAY too on the nose.

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    germy says:

    I warned them.

    “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus,” I told them.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Jeffro: Most of my knowledge is up to the mid-90s, when the fox saturday morning X-men show was on TV. But I loosely still follow it, and Quake has an analogue in the Agents of SHIELD show, so there you go.

    @jl: I think his only real option is to stay there or resign. And at this point – he should resign.

    If Trump goes down, McMasters will doubtlessly be brought onboard to any number of government initiatives or think tanks. He can continue to contribute in a real and meaningful way. Much like with Comey, bucking your boss publicly when they fuck up is a great way to get a reputation for independence and honesty that will get you future gigs.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @jl: He could resign. That he doesn’t makes him culpable.

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    Morzer says:

    @lamh36:

    Melissa Leach‏ @MelissaRLeach 3m3 minutes ago
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    Replying to @EWErickson
    They should worry. They’ve obstructed and sabotaged the very agenda that would’ve saved them for decades to come.

    I think we have to do something about the latest conservative grannies on crack epidemic.

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    @jl: If he doesn’t understand what he is doing, he should be removed from office via the 25th Amendment, Section 4. If he does understand what he’s doing, he should be impeached.

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    hovercraft says:

    @lamh36:

    Trump supporter Bill Bennett on Fox News: “If you looked at Mother Theresa under a microscope you would see germs and bacteria.”

    Uum the GOP spent millions examining the Clinton’s and Obama and the only thing they ever got any of them on was the fact that Bill lied about getting a blowjob. The last now four republican presidents only escaped without criminal charges by wailing about the unfairness of anyone holding them accountable, or having to rely on pardons. SAD!

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    Davis X. Machina says:

    @TenguPhule:

    I put alcohol on Trump expanding his overseas trip to more destinations.

    The largest crowds Nixon ever saw were on his summer 1974 trip to Egypt, just before his resignation.

    Everything old is new again.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    the best thing McMaster can do is basically confess that he was trying to protect the presidency and the country by toeing the line somewhat to stay in place where he could do some good… but that Trump has crossed the line and he’s leaving, specifically to make the case that Trump must be removed for the good of the country.

    Trump is going to fire him before he can do that. Then it will be sour grapes from a fired chump.
    Trump owns McMaster now, lock, stock and barrel.

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    👩🏽‍🔬 Martin says:

    Kids who grew up after the 60s – days like today is why your mom always had a bottle of Xånax in the medicine cabinet.

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    Morzer says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success

    ‘Tis the true and verifiable title of the book-like product that hath Ivanka’s name its very self upon its cover.

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    @jl: Adam’s pointed out that he was due to retire, so he could have said no and retire. At this point he could resign his commission.

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    Jeffro says:

    @lamh36: Ask ol’ Bill if he would extend the same excuse to HRC if she did what Trumpov has done.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Morzer: At this point, I really have come to believe the Republican databases of their supporters need to be seized by law enforcement so we can figure out who are the loud and proud Republicans and winnow through them to figure out which ones are the traitors and which ones are just idiots.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @hovercraft: Not entirely true. They ALSO discovered that exactly like her predecessors and on their recommendations, Hillary used a private email server for non-classified mail.

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    Morzer says:

    @TenguPhule:

    There’s a lot of rotten apples in that cracker-barrel.

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    MattF says:

    @TenguPhule: You should google ‘adverse information’.

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    germy says:

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper is sitting down with former acting attorney general Sally Yates Tuesday to discuss many of the allegations levied against her by President Donald Trump in the last several months.

    In a teaser of the interview, Yates said that “the Russians had real leverage” against former National Security adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

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    👩🏽‍🔬 Martin says:

    I wonder if Trump regrets calling the FBI a bunch of nazis? I suspect not.

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    hovercraft says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    I know, especially as they’re all so gleeful in their coverage. Remember this is shit is their crack, if they can blow it up enough they’ll get to talk about impeachment, yay!!

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Morzer: I give the benefit of the doubt that it really isn’t all of them. But only because I have to.

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Morzer: Is the first chapter entitled “Rule #1: Work for your rich dad, but tell everyone you pulled yourself up by your bootstraps.”?

    But then, that’s not rewriting so much as honestly restating the current rules for success.

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    @hovercraft: I gave up drinking over 6 years ago, I gave up MSNBC 6 months ago; still on the wagon.

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    Peale says:

    @MattF: he lost it all at the Taj Mahal

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    @Paul W.:

    Hey Paul W.

    Took the words right out of my mouth.

    Forcibly.

    I need my canines back. OW OW OW OW OW OWWWW…

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    Morzer says:

    A certain Richard Orvos has just denounced Erick Erickson on Twitter thus:

    #Liberal #ErickErickson you have the same #insane #subhuman qualities that your #democrat friends have. #DOJ is watching you. #FNC #FBN #DJT

    Poor Erick the Red. All he ever wanted was to be a lying, bigoted grifter.

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    El Caganer says:

    @lamh36: True. Probably wouldn’t find any Russian spies, though.

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    Morzer says:

    Well, Erick Erickson is now being denounced as a liberal by Trump’s chumps, so the circle of crazy really is closing upon its own minions.

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    Jeffro says:

    With so much coming out so fast, I just want to note that given the depth of this corruption, lawbreaking, treason, collusion with hostile foreign powers…AND…and most especially, the way that so many GOP “statesmen” went along with it every step of the way…we Dems are going to need to push hard no matter who resigns, no matter how swiftly they resign, how fast it all comes crumbling down around their ears.

    I want every single one of their finances investigated for ties to Russia, China, other foreign governments.

    I want the extent of the Kochs’ and Mercers’ “Dark Money” network fully exposed and talked about and when possible (although unlikely) prosecuted.

    I want the public to hear Republicans admit to the full extent of their hypocrisy at every turn…make them admit that they would have long, long ago impeached President Generic Democrat, much less President Hillary Clinton.

    All of it. Put the fucking Mercers under oath and ask them what they were trying to accomplish here. Put Lindsey Graham under oath and make him admit what he knew about Trumpov’s collusion and when he knew it. And send fucking Marco Rubio and Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina and Rick Perry and Ben Carson and Ted Cruz (and all the other Trumpov primary opponents that passed on bringing all of this stuff up back when it could have been stopped) to a deserted isle, where they can live out their days trying to club and eat each other.

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    Morzer says:

    @Peale:

    “I love Taj Mahal. Great band! Doing great work!”

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    Morzer says:

    @Jeffro:

    Put the fucking Mercers under oath and ask them what they were trying to accomplish here.

    You’ll get tearful sniffles about loving their country and nothing else. Expose their criminal network and connections to domestic terrorism and maybe you’ve got something.

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    amk says:

    Comey's notes are very good. pic.twitter.com/8JrYwMU5Jc— Cody Johnston (@drmistercody) May 16, 2017

    LOL.

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    El Caganer says:

    @👩🏽‍🔬 Martin: I do the best obstruction of justice, I get all the best people, very yuge and classy…

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    amk says:

    Me: hi Congressman have you seen this NYT storyGOP member: noMe: ok I'll summarize itGOP member: [frantically pushes elevator button]— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) May 16, 2017

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    lamh36 says:

    @timkmak

    Follow
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    McCain just said at a dinner honoring him that the Trump scandals have reached a “Watergate size and scale” — wow

    @ananavarro

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    @SenJohnMcCain at IRI dinner now- “We’ve seen this movie before. It’s reaching Watergate size and scale….This is not good for the country”

    On camera or it didn’t happen Grandpa

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    jl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Trump is going to go ugly. Looks like some Congressional GOPers, like Issa, will start to malfunction in an ugly way. Some sad sacks are trying to keep up the cover-up act and the attempts make them look sad. I heard some GOPer on the news complain that the real problem is the person who leaked Trump’s Russian intelligence compromise story. The real crime is the leak! What about the leaker!? So said, a whole day late and a scandal short on the excuse mongering, And a tired excuse. The guy sounded old and disoriented.

    Looks like many of the Congressional GOPes are zombied out, and will passively shuffle onward (eating their own brains?) I dunno. Midterms and the first best chance can’t come soon enough to get this dangerous shit show over with.

    Edit: yeah, eating their own brains in public with asinine statements, swearing how good they taste, and getting pissy and yelling at anyone who won’t follow their example and eat their own brains too.

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    I’m just waiting for Trump’s morning tweets in about 10 hours or so.

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    amk says:

    @El Caganer: you left out ‘beleeeve me’.

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    El Caganer says:

    @TenguPhule: Well, he hasn’t killed and eaten anybody that we know of – but it would be irresponsible not to speculate.

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    @jl:

    The real crime is the leak! What about the leaker.

    The reporter should say, “I’ve heard that one before, pull the other finger”.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I’m just waiting for Trump’s morning tweets in about 10 hours or so.

    I’m waiting to find out what Ivana’s maiden name was when Ivanka files to change the name(s) of her company(yes)
    ETA: and a family in Bethesda comes home from Memorial Day weekend comes home to find Eric passed out in their kid’s bed, their child’s Teddy Bear covered in sicked up Jaeger

  377. 377

    @El Caganer: Anybody seen Chris Christie lately? He’s kinda hard to miss.

  378. 378
    clay says:

    @Jeffro: I don’t think Quake is a mutant, but she does have earthquake powers.

  379. 379
    efgoldman says:

    @Jeffro:

    They are, literally, going to have to drag him out of the Oval Office screaming and cursing.

    If it comes to that, I think probably sedated and strapped on a gurney.

  380. 380
    efgoldman says:

    @MisterForkbeard:

    That’s the only way he keeps his good name at this point.

    So this is, what, three generals/admirals with distinguished careers who have been fucked by association with Manbaby?

  381. 381
    TenguPhule says:

    @El Caganer: Given how much he demands his meat be overcooked, its not like he could tell the difference between pork and human flesh anyway.

  382. 382
    amk says:

    stop your gloating, Adam.

    (preemptive strike)

  383. 383
    TenguPhule says:

    @efgoldman: Two. Flynn Doesn’t count as distinguished.

  384. 384
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @debbie: Thanks.

  385. 385
    amk says:

    @efgoldman: what’s three measly generals/admirals when you fucked over a whole country?

  386. 386
    Morzer says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Judging by her absence from any connection with the unfolding disaster, I’d say Melania is looking better and better for the smart one of the Trump crime family.

  387. 387
    El Caganer says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: OK, I’m ready to solve it: it was Donald Trump -in the kitchen – with a 500 degree oven and a bottle of ketchup.

  388. 388
    lamh36 says:

    @Acosta
    Corey Lewandowski in the house at WH tonight… we hear.

  389. 389
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Morzer: You think Tiffany is taking Ivanka’s calls these days?

  390. 390
    Felonius Monk says:

    @efgoldman: I’m just speculating here, but I think McMaster was the one who leaked the information that the WaPo story is based on. Not necessarily directly to WaPo, but to an trusted intermediary who then spilled the beans.

  391. 391
    amk says:

    acosta’s revenge.

    One week in Trump world:Trump fired FBI Director. Shares classified info with Russians. Comey memo reveals Trump asked to drop Flynn probe— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 16, 2017

  392. 392
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Darrell Issa‏Verified account @ DarrellIssa
    Replying to @ rachaelmbade
    I respect @ rachaelmbade and worked with her for years. I know she must have seen or heard something to believe this happened, but it didn’t

    Erica Werner‏Verified account @ericawerner 48m48 minutes ago
    I was there. Not in position to see the gesture but saw Issa turn to Rachael, her react. I believe @ rachaelmbade

  393. 393
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Felonius Monk: I’ve wondered about that too.

  394. 394
    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Only in the Young Frankenstein sense: An Abby Normal Day…

  395. 395
    Morzer says:

    Maggie Haberman ✔ @maggieNYT
    During the campaign, several advisers privately called Trump “leaker-in-chief,” bc of his tendency to be blurt stuff 2 friends on phone.

  396. 396
    jl says:

    @Felonius Monk: If the breach is as serious as I’ve read, probably a product of a group of people from several agencies decided to orchestrate the leak and the ornate kabuki responses to the news stories. Wouldn’t be surprised if McMaster was in on it, or kept tabs on it.

    It’s a Deep State conspiracy! That’s the ticket.

  397. 397
    DrBB says:

    @Paul W.: Though you have to admit, he’s made it awfully hard for Trumpsky to paint him as a tool of the Dems.

  398. 398
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Tucker Carlson’s stories tonight: an update on the Clinton foundation, and Tim Allen’s “popular” TV show canceled by ABC

  399. 399
    randy khan says:

    Charlie Pierce on MSNBC just a moment ago: Paul Ryan is an “intellectual invertebrate.”

  400. 400

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Tucker Carlson’s stories tonight: an update on the Clinton foundation

    Let me guess, it’s a story about how they’re helping the poor throughout the world?

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  402. 402
    p.a. says:

    The [Republican] universe is a spheroid region, 705m in diameter.

  403. 403
    amk says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: and the wingnutz are on a warpath with abc.

    cuppa schadenfreude overflowth.

  404. 404
    Felonius Monk says:

    @randy khan:

    Paul Ryan is an “intellectual invertebrate.”

    Intellectual and Paul Ryan should not be used in the same sentence. OOPs.

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    amk says:

    Buried in our story: Trump said to Comey that he should consider putting reporters in prison https://t.co/7nlT6gaY1G— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) May 16, 2017

    wow.

  406. 406
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @randy khan: and Charlie Sykes, who I believe is a personal friend of Ryan, doesn’t exactly leap to his defense

    So McCain is comparing this to Watergate, and it sounds (reads) like Graham is still hedging his bets and, if not defending Trump, coming as close as anyone not names trump would dare? I wonder if McCain is in for a flurry of whiny texts about not being told what “we” were gonna do about this

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    lamh36 says:

    Per Maddow. NBC confirms that another subpoena has been issued in federal investigation of Trump Associate

    New subpeona relates to loan taken by Manafort immediately after resigning from Trump …from company related to prev Trump business assoc

  408. 408
    Peale says:

    @lamh36: the CNN analyst who was never part of the campaign?

  409. 409
    mdblanche says:

    @p.a.: “If there’s nothing wrong with [my party], maybe there’s something wrong with the universe.”

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    Corner Stone says:

    @randy khan: CPP called ZEGS something like the biggest fake (or phony) in US politics.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @lamh36:

    New subpeona relates to loan taken by Manafort immediately after resigning from Trump …from company related to prev Trump business assoc

    And that appears to be number three.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @lamh36: I will open one of my best single malts when Paul Fucking Manafort goes down.

  414. 414
    zhena gogolia says:

    @rikyrah:

    history has its eyes on you (sorry!)

  415. 415
    lamh36 says:

    @CBSNews 5m5 minutes ago
    More
    FBI sources tell CBS News they were seeing interference in Russia investigation that they were not “accustomed to” http://cbsn.ws/1UJwwDb

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    Jeffro says:

    @Morzer: Ok. I’m pretty sure Bob Mercer would actually go ahead and spell it all out for whomever asked.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @amk: For?

  418. 418
    zhena gogolia says:

    @efgoldman:

    inorite? I have this mental image of someone who has a gun on him 24/7 and making him watch MSNBC.

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I presume your next gloating.

  420. 420
    TenguPhule says:

    @zhena gogolia: Not Clockwork Orange strapped down with taped up eyes?

  421. 421
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @zhena gogolia: I’ve been known to hate watch “Southern Charm.”

  422. 422
    amk says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I told you so’s are coming, aren’t they?

  423. 423
    weaselone says:

    @p.a.:

    The [Republican] universe is a spheroid region, 705m in diameter.

    And it gets smaller every day.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Sykes has by now read what Pierce wrote about him yesterday.

  425. 425
    lamh36 says:

    Trump transition handling of classified info raised concern https://apnews.com/5e675fb16ff643cb9082ba242b72c859

  426. 426
    Corner Stone says:

    @zhena gogolia: No false moves or the Corner Stone gets it!
    “He’ll do it! He’s crazy!!”

  427. 427
    Jeffro says:

    WaPo: “As Trump’s woes mount, congressional Republicans arrive at a moment of reckoning

    You thought you were going to ride this tiger all the way in, GOP…so go for it! Stick with him, all the way down.

  428. 428
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @amk: For what?

  429. 429
    lamh36 says:

    Hey Adam…your girlfirend Joy will be on Lawrence tonight

    @JoyAnnReid
    Change of plans tonight: off my couch and headed to the mothership to talk Comey bombshell with @lawrence and like 2 million of his friends😁

  430. 430
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Adam L Silverman: and now, so have I.

    Sykes was a right-wing conservative shock-jock in Wisconsin before his profile got shot into the stratosphere in 2016, when he became one of the president*’s loudest critics among conservative media figures. Back in Milwaukee, of course, where he prospered as a mini-Limbaugh, Sykes boomed the prospects of both Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, and Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage that particular Midwest subsidiary. Neither of these two would have managed to get beyond the state line if they weren’t able to identify a mooching, parasitical Them for the rest of Us to resist.

    I thought Charlie looked a little out of sorts during that segment, I attributed it to his recent gall bladder explosion

  431. 431
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @lamh36: Excellent! I have the DVR set already.

    Going to walk the girls in case it actually storms later instead of just looking like it is going to storm. Back later. Try not to go selling out the Republic to any foreign powers or anything while I’m gone…

  432. 432
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Sykes is correct in what he’s been saying since last Summer. Pierce is correct, and right to be a bit irked about it, that Sykes is just as guilty of creating this mess as anyone. Sykes’ career is another demonstration of the concept of Jews without mercy.

  433. 433
    Morzer says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    But..but.. the Russians are our friends. The president told me so on Twitter, on TV, in the Oval Office, in the Naughty Hellfire Club…

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    TenguPhule says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Try not to go selling out the Republic to any foreign powers or anything while I’m gone…

    But Japan is offering us such a great deal for basing rights! How could we say no?

  435. 435
    TenguPhule says:

    @Morzer:

    The president told me so on Twitter, on TV, in the Oval Office, in the Naughty Hellfire Club…

    ‘One of these is not like the others, one of these does not belong….

  436. 436
    Felonius Monk says:

    Anderson Cooper’s interview with Sally Yates is pretty interesting.

  437. 437
    sukabi says:

    @Baud: we would like to impeach trump but we don’t have the balls”

    Fixed it for you.

  438. 438
    Corner Stone says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Sykes’ career is another demonstration of the concept of Jews without mercy.

    Sykes’ career is yet another example of no allies to be found in the anti-Trump tribal clan.

  439. 439
    amk says:

    turkish twitler to the original twitler: FU.

    poor, poor donnie. getting dished by fellow dicktaytor.

  440. 440
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    remember when some Dems wanted to give Nancy the boot cause she was totes like old and had establishment cooties?

    Greg Sargent‏Verified account @ ThePlumLineGS 3h3 hours ago
    Just in:

    Pelosi says Dems will file a discharge petition tomorrow to try to force vote on independent Russia probe:

    ETA: @Corner Stone: co-belligerents

  441. 441
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Eat your hearts out, Floridian. “Woman found with lizard in her bra faces DUI charges.”

    Massachusetts.

  442. 442
    hovercraft says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Charlie did admit in the run up to the primary in WI that he was as responsible as FOX and Rush for creating the environment where the GOP voters live in an impenetrable bubble, for years he and they had been telling them that the MSM were lying shills carrying water for the democratic party, and that now “facts” were the same as opinion.

  443. 443
    Morzer says:

    @TenguPhule:

    “Look, everyone, let’s compromise on a lifetime supply of sushi and the Germans get Pearl Harbor since they wanted it enough to attack it in 1865. Oh, and the Japanese can build a wall between them and Mexico and Wisconsin will pay for it. Now, let’s hit the links at Mar-a-Rubio and you can tell me how presidential my swing looks. I have the greatest swing. Really, it’s bigly. Like everything else. Winning!”

  444. 444
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Corner Stone: Jeet Heer‏Verified account
    @ HeerJeet
    Dear God, Trump is going to use the Blazing Saddles strategy.

    Sky News NewsdeskVerified account @ SkyNewsBreak
    U.S. Secret Service says the White House on lockdown and the reason is currently unclear

  445. 445
    jl says:

    If Comey’s story holds up, and Trump is covering not just for Flynn but a lot of other stuff too, very close to him, the question will be why did GOP go with this so completely. Certain GOPers running for boondocks and thickets as fast as they can (Gowdy, Cornyn, Chaffetz) indicate that somebody or group in the GOP knows what is up and sending out warnings.

    One reason is that they have gotten away with this kind of subversion and bad faith fraud before. Several times in presidential politics. They have gotten away with it, with big pay-offs. I’d like that history discussed too. I think historians will surely write it up sooner or later. Sooner sounds better to me. Real very sooner, like right now sounds good.

  446. 446
    lamh36 says:

    @Felonius Monk: yes…I’m watching it now…

    This @AC360 interview with Sally Yates!

    “Resigning would have protected my person intergrity, but not…the integrity of the DOJ”

  447. 447
    Doug R says:

    @Morzer: Don’t think the powder he’s using is iocaine.

  448. 448
    Corner Stone says:

    @Jeffro:

    You thought you were going to ride this tiger all the way in, GOP…so go for it! Stick with him, all the way down.

    They will. There’s no danger or risk of sticking with Trump.

  449. 449
    sigaba says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Fake tollbooth? Fake town?

  450. 450
    Morzer says:

    @Doug R:

    You say I and I say C,
    You say Putin and I say P,
    Potato, Patata,
    Pimento, Pinata
    Let’s call the whole thing off….

  451. 451
    TenguPhule says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Eat your hearts out, Floridian. “Woman found with lizard in her bra faces DUI charges.”

    Big lizard or small bra?

  452. 452
    hovercraft says:

    @Gin & Tonic:
    You have lizards in MA? Is this like the python situation in Floriduh, pets gone wild?

  453. 453
    Doug R says:

    @MisterForkbeard: Agents of Shield season finale in less than half an hour :)

  454. 454
    TenguPhule says:

    @Doug R: Tonight, someone dies.

  455. 455
    Jeffro says:

    It’s interesting to think that not too many years from now, school kids will learn about how one man…one lone casino and real estate magnate…one reality TV star…managed to top Richard Nixon, Benedict Arnold, and Gallagher the comedian.

    Thanks, GOP enablers!!!

  456. 456
    Morzer says:

    @hovercraft:

    You have lizards in MA?

    Yeah, they come from Wrentham and drive pick-up trucks.

  457. 457
    hovercraft says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    U.S. Secret Service says the White House on lockdown and the reason is currently unclear

    They are keeping the outside world safe from the current occupant?

  458. 458
    Gravenstone says:

    @Morzer: You’ll get pleas of the 5th on advice of legal counsel. Nothing further,ever.

  459. 459
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @sigaba: authentic frontier gibberish, taking himself hostage till we agree to let him go, then dancing The French Mistake all the way back to Mar-A-Lago

    and what Marco von Schtubbio said about him and his hands, it’s twoo! it’s twoo!

    (by the way, not a major aspect of all this, but all you Palm Beach one percenters who spent years looking down on trump and his club till he stumbled into the White House and then coughed up doubled membership fees for access…. How ya doin’? )

  460. 460
    Peale says:

    @jl: my guess is that the investigation into the Russians has snared a few big donors to the party. Someone who they’ve all taken donations from or invested with. Remember how touchy they were over rules about selling information or investing on insider knowledge. I bet they can’t take down one donor without losing a whole bunch of them.

  461. 461
    jl says:

    @Corner Stone: What are they going to do? Stick with him and watch a backlash from majority of the country and have a catastrophic midterm? Or cut and run and endure the wrath of the crazy Trumpist base for their betrayal, and have a catastrophic midterm?

    If this is half as bad as it looks, probably a lot of them will shuffle off, zombied out, to their doom. Really not much for them to do at this point.
    I think when things really got bad before, watch for resignations and decisions not to run. But after awhile the wingnut welfare market will be saturated, and some of them will face those tough hard choices they like a lecture people about.

    I think the GOP has such a history of this kind of BS and getting away with it, they just figured it would work out somehow. I hope the whole scam comes crashing down on them. Otherwise it will definitely crash down on the rest of us.

  462. 462
    dm says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Looking to verify Jeet Heer’s tweet, the Washington Post’s front page right now is pretty interesting.

    It’s so strange to see sensible headlines over Ruth Marcus and Jennifer Rubin bylines (“Why didn’t Trump want anyone else to hear his conversation with Comey?” and “Comey may have gotten his man”, respectively).

    But with all the excitement, have we all missed Sen. Cornyn withdraws from FBI director consideration?

  463. 463
    TenguPhule says:

    @jl:

    What are they going to do? Stick with him and watch a backlash from majority of the country and have a catastrophic midterm?

    You presume they’re gonna let themselves lose an election.

  464. 464
    Jeffro says:

    It’s interesting to think that not too many years from now, school kids will learn about how one man…one lone real estate magnate…one reality TV star…managed to top Richard Nixon, Benedict Arnold, and Gallagher the comedian.

    Thanks, GOP enablers!!!

    and Trumpov, how do you like this karma, baby? You’re gonna make history, just not quite the way you thought!

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    @Adam L Silverman:

    Try not to go selling out the Republic to any foreign powers or anything while I’m gone…

    You’re no fun.

  466. 466
    jl says:

    @dm: No, I noticed that. And I wondered who is running around giving very quiet words to wise, what they know, and how and why they know it.

  467. 467
    jl says:

    @TenguPhule: We have to GOTV and ferociously resist the voter suppression effort so much that their plans won’t work, or are swamped by voter turnout.

    Edit: and remember, elections are run by state and local governments. Looks like many big Trump plans are pissing off those people, in both parties. Which will help.

  468. 468
    Corner Stone says:

    @lamh36: As far as I am concerned they should rename the channel MSJOY and give her programming discretion. I could use a few more hours a week of Joy Reid.

  469. 469
    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Paul W.: But would Comey have gone public if Trump hadn’t fired him? Still don’t care for him but would love to see him bring Trump down along with the GOP.

  470. 470
    Gravenstone says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Given the earlier reports of Trump basically blowing a gasket as he appeared to be melting down, would it be too much to ask to learn that he actually stroked out mid-tantrum?

  471. 471

    @Jeffro: Trump’s taken up smashing watermelons with a large mallet?

    ETA: Now that’s Must See TV!

  472. 472
    jl says:

    @Patricia Kayden:

    ” But would Comey have gone public ”

    Comey was running an investigation. No reason to go public until indictments ready for Flynn, Manafort, etc. etc. So, Probably quite a surprise to Comey that Trump decided to commit something, ahem… germane to the investigation, right in front of Comey’s eyes and ears? Well, Comey knows the drill, you go back to the office, file a report, and get on the new leads, right?

  473. 473
    hovercraft says:

    @Morzer:
    I thought that lizard was sent out to New Zealand to be tragically eaten by demon sheep.

  474. 474
    Ksmiami says:

    @Jeffro: Yes the whole rotten edifice of the GOP needs to go down hard and end up carrion in the middle of some lonely stretch of the everglades highway where alligators, crows, bugs and pythons can pick at their remains. The rotten GOP is unworthy of governance and we need to ream them and undo Citizens United ASA{P

  475. 475
    Corner Stone says:

    @jl: Bullshit. There is no downside to sticking with Trump at this point.

  476. 476
    Fair Economist says:

    Lockdown at the White House? Maybe Trump went off the beam and is waving a gun around. We can only hope – for injuries.

  477. 477

    @hovercraft: Carly’s in New Zealand?

  478. 478
    Fair Economist says:

    There is definitely a downside for Republicans sticking with Trump, it’s just less of a downside than turning on him has. By the time his popularity with Republicans gets low enough for them to not want to support him, it won’t matter – they’ll be looking at a 1930-level wipeout no matter what they do.

  479. 479
    hovercraft says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:
    Nah, Scott Brown ; ) but hey maybe he needs a deputy?

  480. 480
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Corner Stone: Maybe, maybe not.

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    @hovercraft: Maybe she’ll bring her demon sheep.

  482. 482
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @hovercraft: I saw that. And it was stand up of him to do so. But that didn’t seem to make it into his NY Times’ op-ed.

  483. 483

    @Adam L Silverman: Sorry Adam, we sold the country while you were out with the dogs; but we got great deal!

  484. 484
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: No. Someone jumped the bike rack and fence on the North lawn about 7 hours ago.

    Sean Spicer has been returned to his office and shackled to his desk.

  485. 485
    amk says:

    @Adam L Silverman: well, if you gonna question everything …

  486. 486
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @TenguPhule: Why not big lizard, big bra?

  487. 487
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Doug R: Got your email. Have not forgotten you. Things, as you may have noticed, have been a wee bit busy today.

  488. 488
    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    @Bostonian: It’s not a paper trail. It’s a paper superhighway complete with rest stops.

  489. 489
    Viva BrisVegas says:

    This going to make a great TV series.

    I just hope that it’s on Netflix, I’ll be wanting to binge watch it.

    Will it be a tragedy, a farce, or a tragi-farce?

    The big problem will be finding a sympathetic character to hang the plot on.

    I’m hoping the writers of The Handmaid’s Tale are available.

  490. 490
    Morzer says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    The Lizard of Floz.

  491. 491
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    come on, we can’t quit just shy of the Tbogg!

  492. 492
    Morzer says:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/16/i-wrote-the-art-of-the-deal-with-trump-his-self-sabotage-is-rooted-in-his-past/

    As we saw countless times during the campaign and since the election, Trump can devolve into survival mode on a moment’s notice. Look no further than the thousands of tweets he wrote attacking his perceived enemies over the past year. In neurochemical terms, when he feels threatened or thwarted, Trump moves into fight or flight. His amygdala gets triggered, his hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis activates, and his prefrontal cortex — the part of the brain that makes us capable of rationality and reflection — shuts down. He reacts rather than reflects, and damn the consequences. This is what makes his access to the nuclear codes so dangerous and frightening.

    The Trump I got to know had no deep ideological beliefs, nor any passionate feeling about anything but his immediate self-interest.

    Over the past week, in the face of criticism from nearly every quarter, Trump’s distrust has almost palpably mushroomed. No importuning by his advisers would stand a chance of constraining him when he feels this deeply triggered. The more he feels at the mercy of forces he cannot control — and he is surely feeling that now — the more resentful, desperate and impulsive he becomes.

    Even 30 years later, I vividly remember the ominous feeling when Trump got angry about some perceived slight. Everyone around him knew that you were best off keeping your distance at those times, or, if that wasn’t possible, to resist disagreeing with him in any way.

    In the hundreds of Trump’s phone calls I listened in on with his consent, and the dozens of meetings I attended with him, I can never remember anyone disagreeing with him about anything. The same climate of fear and paranoia appears to have taken root in his White House.

  493. 493
    Morzer says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Drain the Tbogg… er.. Tswamp?

  494. 494
    amk says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: paging NR. there. done.

  495. 495
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Morzer: Flood it! with comments!

    @amk: extreme trolling in the achieving of a Tbogg is a vice!

  496. 496
    amk says:

    also. too. why are bs bots strangely silent tonight? comey got their tongue?

  497. 497

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Sean Spicer has been returned to his office and shackled to his desk.

    He’ll get a locksmith and be back among the bushes in no time.

  498. 498
    Morzer says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Only a Tbogg vice can really take your pleasure to 500 notches!

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  500. 500
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    It’s only Tuesday. I’m in a deficit of evens to can’t, and I expect it to triple by Friday.

  501. 501
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @amk: The Chosen One is on CNN. Their carefully listening for the messages he’s sending to their fillings (hint: They’re all “Wall Street!”)

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @amk: There HAS been less talk of BS/Wilmer in general. Not much of a reason for them to come in here.

  504. 504
    Morzer says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA:

    Is that Bushes with a capital B?

  505. 505
    amk says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I just wanted to hear how this is all obama’s fault one more time.

  506. 506
    amk says:

    anyhoo, mission accomplished. Hope jim is ‘appy.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    Well done everyone. Two Tboggs in the past several days. You should all be very proud.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @amk: We are

    @Adam L Silverman: and this one all but troll free, I think

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    Morzer says:

    I wonder if some future Shakespeare will look back to the Dark Age of America and write a tragedy based on Trump. King Leer, perhaps?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Morzer: trumpello: Boor of Menace

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    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    @mdblanche: I think Ol’ Poodlehead is looking to buff his goo-goo credentials for his upcoming UT gubernatorial run. The beauty of it is that he won’t be around to actually have to lower the hammer 🔨 on Trump.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Basset hounds for everyone!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: A tragic hero needs to be admirable but with a fatal flaw. How would this work?

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    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    @Morzer: Looks like Issa is going full Slim Pickens: “Yee-haw” all the way down.

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    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    Well, he could be presented as a man deluded about his talents and character, increasingly isolated until even his cherished daughter and son-in-law betray him and he is left raging in the dark. Something could be done with that.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Morzer: No, Lear was an old fool, not a villain. And he had one child who loved him for more than just what he could give her.

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    Morzer says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    I do like that. It’s a lovely idea for a play (on words too!).

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    Morzer says:

    @mdblanche:

    Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: @mdblanche: Lear was also a really competent person who was past it. What could make Trump a tragic hero? Ball is in your court.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @mdblanche: And he had one child who loved him for more than just what he could give her.

    Tiffelia! Undone by Erican and Donnerill!

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    Morzer says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    So you think that our hypothetical future Shakespeare is just going to transcribe his predecessor and change the names a little?

    As for the understanding of the tragic hero that you present, it’s only one interpretation and not even one that holds up that well for much of Euripides, never mind Seneca. It’s not the be all and end all of possible tragic visions.

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    Morzer says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Rosenstein and Guilderspice are Dead.

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    BCHS Class of 1980 says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Hell, here in Flori-duh you never know when a gecko is gonna get intimate.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Morzer: I don’t think a proper tragedy is possible out of this shit show. Maybe Mattis or McMaster, depending on how things play out.

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    Morzer says:

    http://www.argusleader.com/sto.....322530001/

    More than 1,500 miles from Mexico, a South Dakota man has launched an effort to crowdsource funding to build President Donald Trump’s border wall.

    Terry LaFleur, of Sioux Falls, said he’s frustrated by gridlock in Congress and the lack of action among Republicans in passing a tax to pay for the wall.

    So he’s taking the issue to the people.

    “It’s every American’s responsibility to make sure our sovereignty is unviolated,” LaFleur said. “He needs our help. He absolutely has to have our help to get it done.”

    You have to admire the sheer audacity of the grift.

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    mdblanche says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Um… he saved his kingdom from being ruled by a Moor and being taken over by a witch?

    @Morzer: I suppose if we’re really lucky this will all just be an absurdist comedy instead of a tragedy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @mdblanche: Nice try.

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    No One You Know says:

    @David 🍁Canadian Anchor Baby🍁 Koch: The optics of that photograph, had a photographer captured it, would have been fantastic karma. As stated up thread: Schadenfreude. It’s what’s for dinner.

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    No One You Know says:

    @dm: How does that follow? He can’t pardon someone who hasn’t even been investigated, let alone convicted, can he?

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    sukabi says:

    @Gravenstone: wouldn’t be surprised if he got hold of one of his son’s hunting rifles and started “looking” for the leakers…

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    No One You Know says:

    @japa21: Happy news is never off topic. Congratulations!

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