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Showing posts with label James Comey. Show all posts

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Fake President - Part X

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.20.2017

I was listening to the news on my drive home last night. The news of the day was that former FBI Director James Comey would testify in open hearings at the Senate, sometime after Memorial Day holiday.
The New York Times Reported that T-Rump slandered Comey in his Oval Office conversations with the Russian Foreign Minister, and the Ambassador, the day after he fired him. T-Rump called him “crazy,” and a “nut job.” He told the Russian’s that he was relieved after firing the FBI director, because it took the pressure off of them in regard to the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in our elections, and the possible collusion of the T-Rump campaign, his family, or even T-Rump himself in those treasonous activities.
T-Rump said it, admitting to the Russians, that the Russia investigation was at the root of his firing the FBI Director, making any other assertion about his rational a demonstrable lie.
It was also revealed on Friday that a senior white house aide, someone close to T-Rump, was the target of a criminal investigation in the FBI probe. No one has confirmed this, but the story is that the senior aide is his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and now I remember the photographs from the summer of 2016 of Ivanka on vacation with Putin’s mistress.
These people are criminals.
I was listening to these reports and I was saddened by the fact that America rejected a person for the office on Commander in Chief, who was possibly the most well prepared candidate for the office that we have ever had.
Granted, she was a flawed candidate, she had conflicts of interest, she would not have lived up to my own liberal and progressive ideals.
I was an ardent supporter of hers, from beginning to end.
She would have been the first woman to hold the office, she would have been an effective administrator, she would not have been at the center of the type of drama you see unfolding now.
It made me sad.
Russian interference, criminal collusion, treason, voter suppression, bogus investigations about her e-mail server, her role in the tragedy at Benghazi, and on and on, they stole from us, the American people, the opportunity to have an immanently qualified public servant managing the most complicated bureaucracy in the world.
If this had not been stolen from us, we would not be facing a disastrous change in our health insurance policy, we would be looking at reforms that strengthen the system.
We would not have a President who did not sit down for the Presidential Daily Briefing, who would have a Commander in Chief who was genuinely interested in National Security.
We would not be entertaining a budget that pushes American wealth away from lower and middle income families, into the hands of the 1%, we would not have a secretary of education, threatening to cut the promises made to college graduates to forgive their loans if they went to work in non-profits and the public sector.
We would not have an Attorney General promising to reinstate mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes, and promising to breathe new life into the “for-profit” prison system.
We would not have these things
The woman who won the popular vote was denied the office she aspired to because of treason, collusion, corruption, and suppression. It is not right, and there is nothing we can do to change it.

Even if the Republican party comes to its sense and gets rid of T-Rump, we will only replace him with people who are likely more sane, but just as bad for public policy as the orange monster.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Fake President - Part IX

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
05.13.2017

T-Rump, the fake president ran amuck again this week.
He may be a total phony, but his actions have consequences in the real world.
He fired the James Comey this week, the director of the FBI. Only a handful of Republicans in the senate and house, could even muster the political will to express outrage.
James Comey was fired for pursuing his investigation into the T-Rump campaign, and their collusion with Russia in the corruption of our electoral system.
They tried to concoct a story that said T-Rump fired him on the recommendation of the acting Attorney General, fired him for his conduct in the Hillary Clinton investigation last year. That claim was laughable. It was absurd on its face. Within hours the story was shifting, and even though the acting Attorney General had written a memo providing a rational for such a termination, he threatened to resign if the White House, and the T-Rumpettes did not stop pushing that line.
T-Rump himself did an interview and said in no certain terms, he was going to fire James Comey with or without a recommendation to do so, and then he began to spin.
He called the former director, a grandstander and a show boat.
He claimed that the director had told him not once, not twice, but three times that T-Rump himself was not a target of the criminal investigation. He said that the investigation into his campaign was a witch hunt, fake news, made up by the democrats, and a waste of taxpayer money. He also said that it should continue.
He speaks with a forked tongue, and out of both sides of his mouth.
He did not know how to stop lying about this. He claimed that Comey came, asking for a dinner meeting, and at that dinner asked T-Rump to keep in in his position as head of the FBI (even though he had another six years on his term).
The real news came out, Comey was summoned to the White House, he was reluctant to go, but he went anyway, and T-Rump asked him to swear an Oath of Loyalty (only the fake president would do that), to him as President, in contravention to his Oath of Service to his country.
James Comey declined, and he was fired.
T-Rump threatened to expose him, with tapes of their conversation, and then he quickly fell silent. Such recordings if they exist they are public records and could be subpoenaed.
Comey quickly asked for their release.
All of this, and the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan he is silent. The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch Mc Connell, he is silent.
They are all complicit in the undermining of our democracy.

They are villains in our twenty-first century tragedy.      

Saturday, October 29, 2016

May You Live in Interesting Times ~ Ancient Curse (Part Ten)

Editorial, The Week in Review – Analysis, Commentary, Opinion
10.29.2016

May You Live in Interesting Times ~ Ancient Curse

Part Ten

There has been a lot of talk throughout the month of October, about the so-called October surprise; the piece of breaking news that will slip into the consciousness of the electorate and throw the election one way or another.

For Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s nominee for President, there were no surprises, there was just a steady stream of revelations regarding his character, and conduct toward women; revelations that were not surprising at all, because they were consistent with a decades long history of public statements he has made, and actions he has taken that show him in the light of a serial abuser of women, some in his employ, some merely seeking work, other merely sitting next to him at a nightclub, or on an airplane.

T-Rump strikes again, and again in a long stand pattern, or habit of sexual assault.

For the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the surprise came in the form of a statement from the director of the FBI; James Comey. A man whose office was charged with investigating thousands of e-mails; either sent to, or sent by Hillary Clinton, through a private server at her estate in New York.

Throughout the political season, until July of 2016, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had been operating under a cloud of suspicion, the suspicion that she may have broken the law, by revealing or sharing classified intelligence materials through her private system. Other prominent public officials had recently been charged with crimes, found guilty, faced imprisonment, and heavy fines for such violations.

However, in July, after an intensive investigation, and after hours of testimony given by Hillary, to the FBI, and to Congressional committees; it was the judgement of the investigators that no crimes had been committed by Hillary. She had, perhaps been careless, but no there was no evidence of a crime they felt they could prosecute, or prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

Comey, the FBI director; he has been serving the Obama administration throughout Obama’s two terms. He was appointed to the ten-year post by President George W. Bush. He is a republican, and he had previously held partisan political posts, nevertheless he is the director of the FBI.
When he issued the statement in July, that Hillary would not be prosecuted for any crimes related to her e-mails, he did so in such a way as to level serious criticism against her. He accused her of incompetence, carelessness, and malfeasance to a level just shy of being criminal.

His political friends cried foul, while at the same time making as much hay out of his statement as they possibly could. His political friends wanted Hillary prosecutes, regardless of the fact that there was no evidence of any crime.

Now, two and half months later, with just eleven days to go before the election; Comey announces that he has reopened the investigation into Hillary’s e-mails, based on some evidence they found in an unrelated case.

He gave no other information, except to say that the new evidence may not be significant at all; the FBI was merely investigating it, and Hillary’s critics pounced.


The FBI director did this; contrary to a long standing protocol of the justice department, to not issues statements about investigations or any political matter within sixty days of an election. He violated justice department protocols in order to aid his republican allies in the current election cycle.