Leaks, Hype, and BS: Full Comey Statement etc.

While there is much hoopla, rearranging of television schedules, and endless media hype today over the upcoming testimony of former FBI boss James Comey, one of the major things to do when the mass media is busily making a mass (sic) of things is to look for the more important news in background.

It’s been an axiom that when a Big Story is grabbing all the headlines, there is usually something going on elsewhere that will be more important in the longer term – and something that will be left in the media shadows while the Big Story is hyped.

We have a couple of candidates:

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One of these is that since the December hike, the Fed has been unable to arb(bitrage) the interest rates higher.

When we look at the 10-year Treasury note trading on the Chicago Board of Exchange, it’s not a pretty sight:

With the present 10-year around 2.18%, we have to wonder what the Fed will use an excuse not to raise rates.

Comey testimony would be a Jim-dandy.  “Oh look, there’s a looming Constitutional Crisis” will come the chant.  And with it, fear – one of the best excuses ever for economic malfeasance.

But there are other reasons, as well.

We have an election going on in the UK and ultimately this comes down to the question of BREXIT.  Can the people of UK be hoodwinked (in the literal sense) into giving up their efforts to regain national autonomy from the greed-crazed bureaucrats of the Ure-a-pee’in Union?

Then there is the government in exile here in the U.S.  Consisting of a former president, a cooperative anti-Trump media core, and almost every liberal-to-left group you can think of, the deification of Obama continues non-stop in background.

Just this morning we spied the Washington Post reporting “Trump rages about leakers. Obama quietly prosecuted them.”

Such reporting may seem less than even.  Obama had 8-years to charge 13 leakers.

Here’s how management accounting really works, the anti-Trump media aside.

Let’s agree (because it’s the story) being spun, that Obama had 13 people charged under the Espionage Act.  Obama was in office how long?  Eight years.

That’s 96-months and so to the management guru, that’s one person charges every 7.385 months.

Reality Winner’s arrest and charging comes 4.6 months into Trump’s term.

And so, when we look at the (deified by the liberal press) Obama, we see that on an apples-to-apples basis, Trump is tracking to charge 20.86  people in eight years.  Remember:  Obama did 13 and yet in what passes for quality journalism these days, had an easier environment than Obama.

This is just one of the myriad of ways the hidden hand of corpgov plays its hand,.  But when you take the time, as we try to do around here, and run the numbers whenever possible, that’s when the truth comes out.

I’ll go one step further.  I will give you some insight in how this works to those of us who are into futuring and event prediction.

Seeing America’s future is – at times – not that difficult.  Having seen the Winner arrest at 4.6 months, we might project that Trump’s next “big” leaker case should come in mid September.  From a computational standpoint, it’s not an unreasonable expectation.

Now we have two ways to sneak up on the future:  You could read the Washington Post story praising Obama’s leak-handling and assume it is spurious noise intended to bolster anti-Trump sentiments (and sell more papers).

OR we can actually run the touted Obama 13 over eight years and see that the data suggests Trump will have 50% more leakers – either 13 in eight years, or 6.5 in one term – and see how the prediction rolls.

We won’t put too much emotional energy into it, though.  Since we make money in stocks and options trading but not on the sociopolitical outcomes in Swamp Land Politics.

For those interested. here is the full Comey Statement:

Statement for the Record Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

James B. Comey

June 8, 2017

Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee.  Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today.  I was asked to testify today to describe for you my interactions with President-Elect and President Trump on subjects that I understand are of interest to you.  I have not included every detail from my conversations with the President, but, to the best of my recollection, I have tried to include information that may be relevant to the Committee.

January 6 Briefing

I first met then-President-Elect Trump on Friday, January 6 in a conference room at Trump Tower in New York.  I was there with other Intelligence Community (IC) leaders to brief him and his new national security team on the findings of an IC assessment concerning Russian efforts to interfere in the election.  At the conclusion of that briefing, I remained alone with the PresidentElect to brief him on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment.

The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified.  Among those reasons were:  (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing.

The Director of National Intelligence asked that I personally do this portion of the briefing because I was staying in my position and because the material implicated the FBI’s counter-intelligence responsibilities.  We also agreed I would do it alone to minimize potential embarrassment to the President-Elect.  Although we agreed it made sense for me to do the briefing, the FBI’s leadership and I were concerned that the briefing might create a situation where a new President came into office uncertain about whether the FBI was conducting a counter-intelligence investigation of his personal conduct.

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It is important to understand that FBI counter-intelligence investigations are different than the more-commonly known criminal investigative work.  The Bureau’s goal in a counter-intelligence investigation is to understand the technical and human methods that hostile foreign powers are using to influence the United States or to steal our secrets.  The FBI uses that understanding to disrupt those efforts.  Sometimes disruption takes the form of alerting a person who is targeted for recruitment or influence by the foreign power.  Sometimes it involves hardening a computer system that is being attacked.  Sometimes it involves “turning” the recruited person into a double-agent, or publicly calling out the behavior with sanctions or expulsions of embassy-based intelligence officers.  On occasion, criminal prosecution is used to disrupt intelligence activities.

Because the nature of the hostile foreign nation is well known, counterintelligence investigations tend to be centered on individuals the FBI suspects to be witting or unwitting agents of that foreign power.  When the FBI develops reason to believe an American has been targeted for recruitment by a foreign power or is covertly acting as an agent of the foreign power, the FBI will “open an investigation” on that American and use legal authorities to try to learn more about the nature of any relationship with the foreign power so it can be disrupted.

In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally.  That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him.  We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted.  During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on PresidentElect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the question, I offered that assurance.

I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo.  To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting.  Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward.  This had not been my practice in the past.  I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) – once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016.  In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions.  I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months – three in person and six on the phone.

January 27 Dinner

The President and I had dinner on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm in the Green Room at the White House.  He had called me at lunchtime that day and
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invited me to dinner that night, saying he was going to invite my whole family, but decided to have just me this time, with the whole family coming the next time.  It was unclear from the conversation who else would be at the dinner, although I assumed there would be others.

It turned out to be just the two of us, seated at a small oval table in the center of the Green Room.  Two Navy stewards waited on us, only entering the room to serve food and drinks.

The President began by asking me whether I wanted to stay on as FBI Director, which I found strange because he had already told me twice in earlier conversations that he hoped I would stay, and I had assured him that I intended to.  He said that lots of people wanted my job and, given the abuse I had taken during the previous year, he would understand if I wanted to walk away.

My instincts told me that the one-on-one setting, and the pretense that this was our first discussion about my position, meant the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship.  That concerned me greatly, given the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch.

I replied that I loved my work and intended to stay and serve out my tenyear term as Director.  And then, because the set-up made me uneasy, I added that I was not “reliable” in the way politicians use that word, but he could always count on me to tell him the truth.  I added that I was not on anybody’s side politically and could not be counted on in the traditional political sense, a stance I said was in his best interest as the President.

A few moments later, the President said, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”  I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed.  We simply looked at each other in silence.  The conversation then moved on, but he returned to the subject near the end of our dinner.

At one point, I explained why it was so important that the FBI and the Department of Justice be independent of the White House.  I said it was a paradox:  Throughout history, some Presidents have decided that because “problems” come from Justice, they should try to hold the Department close.  But blurring those boundaries ultimately makes the problems worse by undermining public trust in the institutions and their work.

Near the end of our dinner, the President returned to the subject of my job, saying he was very glad I wanted to stay, adding that he had heard great things
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about me from Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, and many others.  He then said, “I need loyalty.”  I replied, “You will always get honesty from me.”  He paused and then said, “That’s what I want, honest loyalty.”  I paused, and then said, “You will get that from me.”  As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase “honest loyalty” differently, but I decided it wouldn’t be productive to push it further.  The term – honest loyalty – had helped end a very awkward conversation and my explanations had made clear what he should expect.

During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them.  He said he was considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn’t happen.  I replied that he should give that careful thought because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and because it was very difficult to prove a negative.  He said he would think about it and asked me to think about it.   As was my practice for conversations with President Trump, I wrote a detailed memo about the dinner immediately afterwards and shared it with the senior leadership team of the FBI.

February 14 Oval Office Meeting

On February 14, I went to the Oval Office for a scheduled counterterrorism briefing of the President.  He sat behind the desk and a group of us sat in a semi-circle of about six chairs facing him on the other side of the desk.  The Vice President, Deputy Director of the CIA, Director of the National CounterTerrorism Center, Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and I were in the semi-circle of chairs.  I was directly facing the President, sitting between the Deputy CIA Director and the Director of NCTC.  There were quite a few others in the room, sitting behind us on couches and chairs.

The President signaled the end of the briefing by thanking the group and telling them all that he wanted to speak to me alone.  I stayed in my chair.  As the participants started to leave the Oval Office, the Attorney General lingered by my chair, but the President thanked him and said he wanted to speak only with me.  The last person to leave was Jared Kushner, who also stood by my chair and exchanged pleasantries with me.  The President then excused him, saying he wanted to speak with me.

When the door by the grandfather clock closed, and we were alone, the President began by saying, “I want to talk about Mike Flynn.”  Flynn had resigned
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the previous day.  The President began by saying Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong in speaking with the Russians, but he had to let him go because he had misled the Vice President.  He added that he had other concerns about Flynn, which he did not then specify.

The President then made a long series of comments about the problem with leaks of classified information – a concern I shared and still share.  After he had spoken for a few minutes about leaks, Reince Priebus leaned in through the door by the grandfather clock and I could see a group of people waiting behind him.  The President waved at him to close the door, saying he would be done shortly.  The door closed.

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.”  He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President.  He then said, “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.”  I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.)  I did not say I would “let this go.”

The President returned briefly to the problem of leaks.  I then got up and left out the door by the grandfather clock, making my way through the large group of people waiting there, including Mr. Priebus and the Vice President.

I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership.  I had understood the President to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December.  I did not understand the President to be talking about the broader investigation into Russia or possible links to his campaign.  I could be wrong, but I took him to be focusing on what had just happened with Flynn’s departure and the controversy around his account of his phone calls.  Regardless, it was very concerning, given the FBI’s role as an independent investigative agency.

The FBI leadership team agreed with me that it was important not to infect the investigative team with the President’s request, which we did not intend to abide.  We also concluded that, given that it was a one-on-one conversation, there was nothing available to corroborate my account.  We concluded it made little sense to report it to Attorney General Sessions, who we expected would likely recuse himself from involvement in Russia-related investigations.  (He did so two weeks later.)  The Deputy Attorney General’s role was then filled in an acting capacity by a United States Attorney, who would also not be long in the role.
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After discussing the matter, we decided to keep it very closely held, resolving to figure out what to do with it down the road as our investigation progressed.  The investigation moved ahead at full speed, with none of the investigative team members – or the Department of Justice lawyers supporting them – aware of the President’s request.

Shortly afterwards, I spoke with Attorney General Sessions in person to pass along the President’s concerns about leaks.  I took the opportunity to implore the Attorney General to prevent any future direct communication between the President and me.  I told the AG that what had just happened – him being asked to leave while the FBI Director, who reports to the AG, remained behind – was inappropriate and should never happen.  He did not reply.  For the reasons discussed above, I did not mention that the President broached the FBI’s potential investigation of General Flynn.

March 30 Phone Call

On the morning of March 30, the President called me at the FBI.  He described the Russia investigation as “a cloud” that was impairing his ability to act on behalf of the country.  He said he had nothing to do with Russia, had not been involved with hookers in Russia, and had always assumed he was being recorded when in Russia.  He asked what we could do to “lift the cloud.”  I responded that we were investigating the matter as quickly as we could, and that there would be great benefit, if we didn’t find anything, to our having done the work well.  He agreed, but then re-emphasized the problems this was causing him.

Then the President asked why there had been a congressional hearing about Russia the previous week – at which I had, as the Department of Justice directed, confirmed the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.  I explained the demands from the leadership of both parties in Congress for more information, and that Senator Grassley had even held up the confirmation of the Deputy Attorney General until we briefed him in detail on the investigation.  I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump.  I reminded him I had previously told him that.  He repeatedly told me, “We need to get that fact out.”  (I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.)

The President went on to say that if there were some “satellite” associates of his who did something wrong, it would be good to find that out, but that he
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hadn’t done anything wrong and hoped I would find a way to get it out that we weren’t investigating him.

In an abrupt shift, he turned the conversation to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying he hadn’t brought up “the McCabe thing” because I had said McCabe was honorable, although McAuliffe was close to the Clintons and had given him (I think he meant Deputy Director McCabe’s wife) campaign money.  Although I didn’t understand why the President was bringing this up, I repeated that Mr. McCabe was an honorable person.

He finished by stressing “the cloud” that was interfering with his ability to make deals for the country and said he hoped I could find a way to get out that he wasn’t being investigated.  I told him I would see what we could do, and that we would do our investigative work well and as quickly as we could.

Immediately after that conversation, I called Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente (AG Sessions had by then recused himself on all Russiarelated matters), to report the substance of the call from the President, and said I would await his guidance.  I did not hear back from him before the President called me again two weeks later.

April 11 Phone Call

On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation.  I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back.  He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job.  He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General.  I said that was the way his request should be handled.  I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.

He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.”  I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.”  I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General.  He said that was what he would do and the call ended.

That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.

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Reaction?  Trump reacts: President feels totally vindicated, lawyer says.

Yes another oversold media circus, lol.

Now, can we get back to watching the news that matters?

Dow futures are down 35…and I’ll be waiting to buy when “blood is running in the streets.  Trading the madness of crowds is way fun…compared to whatever this is that’s going on in the media today.

Comments

Leaks, Hype, and BS: Full Comey Statement etc. — 33 Comments

  1. George, will you provide your take on the vote in the UK? I’m not sure how to interpret it. How does the Labour party win compare to American politics? Sounds like a vote against Brexit and support of open immigration policies even after the recent Isis inspired terrorist attacks. Should this vote in the UK imply Dems could win big in 2018 and support of native cultural way over multi cultural loses?

  2. Jon’s day job must be working for the CIA-controlled Washington Post.

  3. Today is the craziest news day I have ever experienced. Paul Ryan stated that Trump does crazy, batsh#* stuff, because “He is New To This”.

    That’s their excuse now? Really? He is new to politics and that means he is exempt from common sense too?

    When he mis-speaks and babbles nonsense, will their excuse be “Trump is new to speaking English” When he lies, “Trump is new to telling the truth”. When he insults foreign politicians, “Trump is new to diplomacy” When he thinks Frederick Douglas is still alive, “Trump is new to history lessons”.

    I could go on for hours. What a boob.

  4. What really kills me is to see all of these articulate, brilliant GOP and Democratic Politicians at the Comey hearing. Other than McCain, who I had trouble understanding where his questions were headed, they all made me proud to be an American.

    So, my question is, how did we end up with Hillary and Trump as our Presidential candidates? There is so much talent and we end up with with the scrubs from the end of the bench? I love the media, but they made that happen.

    • “There is so much talent and we end up with with the scrubs from the end of the bench?” You made my point! How can we change it? Not likely from my point of view. ;( It’s ALL about money, so sad.

      P.s. How could we elect GU into office?
      Practically impossible — that’s what’s wrong with our vaunted democrazy!!!!!!!

  5. Hello, George,
    Lest we forget, all ‘electronic storage devices’, etc., were probably seized from ‘Reality (FKA Sara) Winner’s’ home, office, car, and so on. One domino in a chain, I’ll wager! Time to invest in popcorn!

    Regards,
    Robert

  6. George:

    Having watched the Comey-comedy in full I am so angry I can barely hit these keys.

    When Comey claimed he only took notes because he thought Trump would lie later, he was the liar. Here’s why:

    1. Comey is a former Attorney/Prosecutor. Now, anyone who has ever sat in a courtroom knows that whenever a witness is being cross-examined the opposing lawyer is furiously taking notes for use in later questioning. It’s their stock-and-trade and actually drilled into first year law students: DOCUMENT EVERYTHING. Hell: they even offer courses in shorthand! So, this was 2nd nature to him long before he even entered public service.

    2. When any federal employees enter even the lowest levels of management, the very FIRST thing they are told is to document, Document, DOCUMENT! It’s all an extension of that CYA mindest that permeates the federal government. Everything – no matter how minor- is supposed to be written down just in case you need it later [this is especially true when your position requires and contact with unions, but also extends to vendors, etc.]. Just like law schools, it is drilled into you and anyone who has ever bucked the system [as I did regularly] knows the value of that early training.

    BUT: documentation can/will be used against you [if possible] to preserve the integrity of the agency. Copies can/will be misplaced/lost [which is why I always retained my ORIGINALS], sometimes deliberately. On one occasion when I was challenging policy implementation I had to submit the same material three separate times because it “strayed” on it’s way up the food chain.

    In the 20 years of my service, the final four were spent dealing directly with D.C. where one of my reports actually ended up on the desk of a member of the Presidential Cabinet -it was literally such a serious issue that any official agency-wide action had to originate there… and it still took a good four months for HQ to complete their own investigation that verified the documentation I had already submitted! Only then was action I recommended finally initiated.

    I can’t even begin to count the number of incident reports and memos I drafted over the years [I began as a Purchasing Agent but ended up a BioHazard Specialist so I covered some territory] – it becomes that automatic. And, it was only AFTER I retired that I finally purged my personal files. As you do.

    And yet: today we have Comey claiming he did it because he didn’t trust the POTUS. Sounds to me like Trump was right not to trust Comey any more than he did before quickly giving him the axe.

    • RFO (right effing on)
      See this tweak also from Dershowitz:
      Alan Dershowitz?
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       @AlanDersh 3h
      3 hours ago

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      Senators should ask Comey the name of the Columbia professor and then subpoena the memos from him.

      • George, THANKS[!] for the link to Dershowitz’ comments – he’s one attorney I would actually trust.

        In passing, I am amazed that Comey would have the gall to invoke the name of J. Edgar Hoover as the antithesis of today’s FBI. Hoover’s entire regime was built on preserving/perpetuating the INTEGRITY of the his agency [frequently at any cost]. Today, Comey himself stated that maintaining the FBI’s integrity was also one of his priorities. Different vocalist, same song. And STILL off-key!!

    • Gregory,
      I think what you are missing is he Trump effect. Comey took notes on Trump because nobody trusted him in the first place. Trump has tons of baggage. I am sure this isn’t the first time the FBI red flagged the Trump organization. Trump has had dealings with New York and New Jersey mob families, has bilked local and international companies out of paying bills, had 3 bankruptcies, and has been overly secretive about his own tax returns.

      Michael Bloomberg has made several comments recently and as mayor of New York and a person with first hand knowledge of the hundreds of complaints filed against the Trump organization. He thinks Trump is a con man.

      Comey had every right to personally make Trump a specific target. I believe Comey. Above all, a majority of American believe Comey.

      Look, in the end, Trump will be revealed as a fraud. These are just the first steps. Congratulations to the media for not letting this go. Kudos to the GOP for realizing that they have a boob as a leader. The spirit of Woodward and Bernstein lives. I just watched Bernstein make some pretty damning comments on CNN. The guy still has it.

      • Comey took notes because he sold out the president. Slipped shit to a friend to drop into the lib media? Grow up Jon…

      • George, can’t reply to your reply, but Comey did the right thing. He knew what he was doing. Going to a friend was the only way a special council was going to be assigned. That is not selling out. That is being a Patriot.

        He owes The Dunce in Chief nothing. We as the citizens of the US owe him nothing. He is an embarrassment, a fraud, a cancer and should be treated as such. Comedy desrves a medal.

      • Jon,

        Apparently, you have trouble following the simplest of narratives but cannot resist responding anyway. I explained in detail WHY Comey took those notes and it had nothing to do with any so-called “Trump effect”. He hit that laptop because it is an ingrained habit to do so and if his flashdrives are ever subpeonaed [which is inside the realm of possibility] you’ll likely find that memo he felt so compelled to record is not alone.

        In any event, you’re in NO position to speak for “a majority of all America[ns]”. Your shrill voice of opposition long ago lost it’s allure and now only echoes hollowly on this page.

        Ever heard the term, “one-trick Pony?” – that’s precisely what Woodward & Bernstein were and are: just two hacks who stumbled upon a pretty botched crime that could just as easily happened to a Jimmy Olsen… and, they’ve built an entire cult following out of that one miserable point in U.S. political history. In view of Comey’s testimony today I think it’s worth mentioning that “Deep Throat” turned out to be the Associate Director of the FBI [James Felt]
        – so the FBI was deeply involved in that hideous debacle as well! And of course: Hoover was still around to smooth over any speedbumps.

        Further, WaPo Editor [and Hoover’s buddy]
        Ben Bradlee harbored a near-pathological grudge against Nixon which is why W&B got the press coverage they did. At the time, they may have suckered the Pulitzer committee but anyone with an objective eye can see today what really went down; and rather like the Nobel Peace Prize it’s not the first time such an honor has been awarded without true merit. Why does Obama suddenly spring to mind?

        Incidentally: in early February, 2016, Bernstein appeared on CNN where he compared Hillary Clinton to Nixon. This followed on the heels of his first attack on Clinton a year earlier when he trashed her to Bill O’Reilly. In all, he compared her to Nixon in NINE separate interviews. Is he still your golden boy now?

        In short Jon, Woodward & Bernstein never
        really had “it” at all.

        And, neither do you.

      • It really bothers me that you made that comment that Comey sold out the President. What does that even mean? He owes nothing to this Dunce of a President. He owes it to the welfare of the nation to call a boob a boob. I think Comey is a hero for standing up for the betterment of this country.

        I once had a boss that was a complete idiot and I approached him and quite diplomatically had a entire presentation that detailed how he could improve not only his management style, but the morale and eventual productivity of his department. He was an egomaniac and did not appreciate my suggestions and fired me on the spot. I really did not care either way, because I had other offers I was entertaining.

        However, a colleague of mine sent my proposal to senior management. After 4 days, that same boss was fired and I was re-hired with a very healthy promotion and salary increase. I am still with that company and have had several promotions since and am part of senior management myself.

        Comey had a somewhat similar experience to what happened to me. It takes a lot of guts to take a stance like this. Believe me, I was pretty sure what the outcome of the meeting was going to be (getting fired) because I am a real good judge of character. But, I really liked the company and I owed it to myself and to my colleagues to take a stance.

        Come took a stance, and in the near future, America will be better off because of it. We need more people like Comey to stand up to swamp creature like Trump that have infiltrated our elected officials

      • I am shocked CNN had someone who said damning things about the President! CNN=Constant Negative News about Trump…I turned it off. You should too!

  7. Perhaps no one with a law degree should ever enter or hold public office. That would be my solution for a better world.

  8. This is not so much a media circus as it is a mafia type of White House versus a man whom every politician from both sides of the aisle praised as having high integrity. Many GOP pols said that there needs to be more people like Comey.

    This is not even a discussion. Comey is smart, articulate, honest and isn’t afraid to say when he is wrong or has made a mistake.

    Trump is extremely stupid, doesn’t have a grasp on the English language, a liar and will NEVER admit he was wrong about anything.

    Who do you believe? If any of you are still on Trumps side, I really feel sorry for you.

    Trump is a thug who worked his entire life in the thug rich New York real estate business. What did you expect when you voted for him? That he was going to change?

    Whether or not Trump did anything that is impeachable or not, it places huge doubt on the honesty, integrity and ability of Trump to govern. He is an egomaniac with no brain and that is the worst kind of person you want leading anything. His own attorney general volunteered to resign. What does that say about his leadership that people are willing to quit their job rather than succumb to his loyalty.

    • GAFG Jon.

      Comey sold out to Lynch who met with Bill on the Jet at Phoenix and was caught. Shit, dude, can’t you connect dots?

      Even USA Today (which endorsed the Bernie snatcher) is turning on Comey now.

      The left needs fresh, raw Trump material and there NEVER WAS A STORY here. Bjut the government in exile is playing it like it is.
      See Allan Dershowitz remarks http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/06/08/dershowitz-comey-confirms-that-im-right-and-all-democratic-commentators-are-wrong.html
      “Dershowitz: Comey confirms that I’m right – and all the Democratic commentators are wrong”
      Jon, that includes YOU

      Your case further weakens as Dershowitz writes:

      “As a matter of law, Comey is 100 percent correct.  As I have long argued, and as Comey confirmed in his written statement, our history shows that many presidents—from Adams to Jefferson, to Lincoln, to Roosevelt, to Kennedy, to Bush 1, and to Obama – have directed the Justice Department with regard to ongoing investigations. The history is clear, the precedents are clear, the constitutional structure is clear, and common sense is clear. 
      Yet virtually every Democratic pundit, in their haste to “get” President Trump, has willfully ignored these realities.  In doing so they have endangered our civil liberties and constitutional rights.”

      This is the kind of crap that (as usual) UrbanSurvival has been right about in the long term though it often comes at a price of a smaller audience.

      We are a place of disciplined and honest reporting. Can’t apply that label to much of the b s out of the NE corridor here lately, can we?

      • “..at the price of a smaller audience.”

        Gideon’s band, George.

      • For every Dershowitz, there are many other top law professors/prosectors that have shot down his Dershowitz’s own comments.

        No doubt Dershowitz is a good defense lawyer. Look what he did for OJ. But that doesn’t mean he has good common sense and any moral fiber.

        Trump is nothing but a mafia style goon that needs to be removed from office. This testimony is just a first step to warm the public up to the idea. Wait until Meuller gets his turn. There isn’t one politician in Washington that doesn’t respect Meuller and the fact that he even accepted this role, says volumes about the growing evidence to finally get rid of the worlds worst leader in all of history.

    • “… a man whom every politician from both sides of the aisle praised as having high integrity.”

      The pots calling the cattle black? Jon, I respect you intelligence, what do YOU ‘suffer’ from? I will take no sides in political debates because I’m just happy to be able to walk. I’ve seen it all — and my conclusion is that it’s US, the people, who are at fault(including YOU, Jon!). No hard feelings — just THINK!

      • As far as Dershiwitz’s comments, here is a perfect response from the WAPO and a former Watergate prosecutor.

        Opinion | I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case. – The Washington Post
        https://apple.news/AnLig-DwkRgqNeNE_BNt7tw

    • From what I can gather, Comey and company were investigating people when there was no evidence (excepting opinions) that no crime or crimes had been committed. That is, they were digging for anything they could possibly use to cause damage to the President, to his advisors, and to members of the Cabinet.

      • Bingo, and missed the smoking gun and lit fire of Hillary’s multiple crimes.

  9. I have a question. Why would you invest bitcoin?
    It has been from $.003 to $2500, that is not counting the change in the $. Both of them created from nothing backed by nothing. Someone has done well with both, those that created and control the value. Much like stocks and diamonds.

    • Just like the set up in the Comey hearing was fishy.
      TWO people (a senator and an FBI boss) are totally unable to remember The King whatshisname III’s “Rid me of this troubling priest”?

      That SCREAMS COMEY COLLUSION ANDF PRIOR COORDINATION WITH A SENATOR.

      Survey any office building full of lawyers. Less than 20% will know the “rid me of this troubling priest” source.

      As the great patriot (George Carlin) wrote: It’s all Bullshit and its all Bad for You.

  10. One other ignored event is the “Fast and Furious” gun running hearings being held on the hill. Especially troubling for Holder and Obama. I predict that nothing will come of it. Not because it shouldn’t, but because past experience says Democrats always skate.

  11. Ure missing the boat as the coffee burns. Cyrpto coins is the the best “game” in town. Polniex exchange lets you trade Bitcoin for Ethereum and vice versa. At Vaultoro you can trade BTC for Gold and vice versa. When BTC goes up, trade for Gold. Can do this once a day, week or month. Yes even old dogs can learn to do this. Don’t be a wuss, dive in and make some “coin” this week! Focus!

    • How fast is the turn around or confirmation time on your updates to your blockchains for this? Did I use the right terms? I hear they can be quite a while and getting longer.