Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Comey Wrote Detailed Memos After His Meetings And Calls With Señor Trumpanzee


Everyone who's had any interactions with Señor Trumpanzee has probably been doing the same Jim Comey was doing, namely keeping a careful record. Trump has a long, well-documented history as a real scumbag who lies more easily than anyone you've probably ever met. Comey wrote a memo after every interaction-- like the one when Trump asked him to lock up reporters and the one where Trump asked him to shut down the investigation of probable Russian agent Michael Flynn. The request to end the Flynn investigation was made in the Oval Office back in February. Michael Schmidt wrote that the existence of Señor Trumpanzee’s request is the clearest evidence that the so-called president "has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links" between Trumpanzee’s criminal associates and Putin. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the thuggish Trump "immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned... 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."

In poll released by PPP yesterday most people expressed views of the Trump-Comey problem that do not weigh in Trump's favor. 66% of respondents, for example, understood that the head of the FBI owes his allegiance to the country, not to the occupant of the White House. Only 23% felt otherwise. For all Trump's screaming about "fake news," only his pathetic base-- 33%-- felt that the Russia story is fake news and only 37% of the respondents agreed with Trump's decision to fire Comey. 54% thought Trump fired Comey because of the Russian investigation and only 34% felt Trump didn't do it because of Russia. There is a plurality for impeachment now-- 48% for and 41% against-- but there will need to be a lot more public persuasion before Pelosi, presuming the Democrats win in 2018, agrees to proceed.

Obstruction of justice leads here

Comey's memo quotes Trumpanzee saying "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go." He insisted Flynn had done nothing wrong. The White House-- in which every person is either an inveterate liar or someone willing to tolerate inveterate liars-- disputes the content of a memo which would be proof that Trump was illegally interfering with a serious federal criminal investigation.

Schmidt reported that "Comey created similar memos-- including some that are classified-- about every phone call and meeting he had "with the psycho president. After Comey wrote his memos up he would share them with other senior FBI officials.
Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret-- even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation-- so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.

Mr. Comey was known among his closest advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question, according to two former confidants, who said Mr. Comey was uncomfortable at times with his relationship with Mr. Trump.

...The Oval Office meeting occurred a little more than two weeks after Mr. Trump summoned Mr. Comey to the White House for a lengthy, one-on-one dinner in the residence. At that dinner, on Jan. 27, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey at least two times for a pledge of loyalty-- which Mr. Comey declined, according to one of Mr. Comey’s associates.

In a Twitter posting on Friday, Mr. Trump said that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

After the meeting, Mr. Comey’s associates did not believe there was any way to corroborate Mr. Trump’s statements. But Mr. Trump’s suggestion last week that he was keeping tapes has made them wonder whether there are tapes that back up Mr. Comey’s account.

The Jan. 27 dinner came a day after White House officials learned that Mr. Flynn had been interviewed by F.B.I. agents about his phone calls with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak. On Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates told the White House counsel about the interview, and said Mr. Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russians because they knew he had lied about the content of the calls.

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At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On topic from the greatest President ever, Richard M. Nixon:

"When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal.

And don't forget it!

Gawd, I think I'm gonna puke.


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