“Trump had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.”
- Trump fires FBI chief Comey, setting off political storm (Reuters)
- Comey Firing Upends Russia Probes (WSJ)
- White House Says Decision Stemmed From Comey’s Handling of Clinton Email Probe (WSJ)
- Comey Ouster Threatens to Backfire on Troubled Trump White House (BBG)
- Comey’s Deserved Dismissal (WSJ)
[Note: When I tried to pick up the link to Jon’s site, I got this message: nomorefakenews.com This domain is under construction — soI”m giving you the full post here. ~J]
In the political swamp that is Washington, and in the press swamp, motor boats began speeding every which way in the wake of Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director Comey.
People in the boats are holding up signs to explain the reason for the firing.
The first sign was: COMEY LIED. Comey lied the other day. He lied in testimony before Congress, when he said Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s long-time aide, had sent “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband, Anthony Weiner, some of which contained classified information. The truth was, the FBI says, contradicting Comey, a great many of those emails were merely “backed up” on Weiner’s laptop via “backup devices.” Huh? Does that actually mean something? Weiner obtained those emails out of the sky, delivered by a chariot, and not from Huma? Weiner’s laptop was serving as a storage device, a personal little cloud? Somebody not connected to the Hillary campaign was using the social-medias porn star as a backup for classified data? Who would that be? Putin? Putin hacked the Hillary/DNC emails, and sent them to both WikiLeaks and Anthony Weiner? “Hi Anthony. Vlad here. Keep these thousands of emails for posterity.”
The next motor boat running through the swamp featured a sign that said: COMEY SCREWED UP THE HILLARY INVESTIGATION. This sign can be interpreted several ways, depending on who is in the boat. One, Comey didn’t press the investigation into Hillary’s personal email server far enough last summer and fall. He stalled it. He didn’t ask for an indictment. That’s why Trump fired him yesterday. Trump didn’t fire Comey right after he was elected president, when it would have been a simple bye bye. No, Trump waited five months and then lowered the boom. Sure.
The other meaning of COMEY SCREWED UP THE HILLARY INVESTIGATION is: Comey improperly told the world (last summer) that the FBI was investigating Hillary. His announcement influenced the election. The FBI is supposed to keep absolutely quiet about ongoing investigations. Comey didn’t. Then he publicly closed the book on the investigation, opened it again, and closed it again. That’s why Trump just fired him. Again, Trump waited five months after the election and then got rid of Comey. And of course, Trump was morally outraged that Comey exposed Hillary in the first place, when Comey should have remained silent. Sure. That makes a lot of sense.
The next motor boat speeding across the swamp held up a big sign that said, TRUMP FIRED COMEY TO STOP THE FBI FROM INVESTIGATING THE TRUMP-RUSSIA CONNECTION. You see, for five months, Trump happily left Comey in place, knowing Comey was investigating him, Trump, and yesterday Trump had enough of that, so he fired the FBI director. Right.
The next motor boat in the swamp held up a sign that said, THIS IS NIXON ALL OVER AGAIN, THIS IS TRUMP’S WATERGATE. The sign refers to the last sign, but ups the ante. And there is another sign that says, in the same vein, NOW WE CAN IMPEACH TRUMP. And another one that says, APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE TRUMP-RUSSIA CONNECTION.
I’m waiting for Bob Woodward of Watergate fame to step in and say, “It’s all right, folks, I’m on the case. I’ll handle it. I was just eating lunch and sipping a fine wine in my underground parking garage when a shadowy figure stepped out of the gloom and whispered, ‘My throat is deep, and I’ll spoon-feed you secrets for the next year, but you’ll have to dig up the facts. Everybody is involved in the cover-up. Comey, Sessions, Pence, Bannon, Conway, Ivanka, Putin, Gorbachev, Yeltsin, Stalin.”
So why did Trump fire Comey yesterday?
I don’t know, but the short answer might be: Comey’s boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told Trump to get rid of Comey. Sessions made the call.
Sessions now has a specific plan to make the FBI over in the image he prefers. Sessions wants to shape the Bureau according to his agendas. Sessions has looked into the Bureau and he now knows which people he wants to fire. He wants to get rid of the Obama crowd. He wants loyalists. He doesn’t want a Dept. of Justice that is going in one direction, while the FBI is going in another. Sessions wants a predictable FBI. His own.
Joel Pollak, writing at Breitbart, has a simpler answer to the question, why fire Comey now? Pollak writes:
“But why fire Comey now? The answer is simple. The day before, President Barack Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper repeated, under oath, what he told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on March 5 – that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. That gave the Trump administration the breathing room to dismiss Comey – which it simply did not have before.”
In other words, now Trump can’t be accused of firing Comey to stop “the truth” emerging about a Trump-Russia collusion, because there isn’t any collusion.
Theoretically, that might be the case—but the spin machine doesn’t care about the truth or who is right and who is wrong. The machine keeps running. Those motor boats keep moving across the swamp. Signs come out. People yell and scream.
Chuck Schumer may soon compare Trump to Benedict Arnold.
For the past 65 years, the CIA has been infiltrating media and promoting many messages. In certain cases, an op involves promoting CONFLICTING messages, because the intent is sowing discord, chaos, and division. In this instance (Comey/Trump), it’s a walk in the park (or a ride in the swamp). All sorts of people on both sides already have steam coming out of their ears, without any nudging or provocation.
A child could run this spin counter-spin op.
And we’re just getting started.
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The FBI is in complete turmoil after Comey’s sudden ouster “took even top officials by surprise.”
“There is no doubt that Trump is dominating proceedings this morning after the sacking of Comey. This is a political story rather than a market story, but yet again it creates uncertainty in the market, which leaves everything the president does with a cloud floating over it” said James Hughes of GKFX.
Trump managed to go a few days w/o controversy (a relatively long stretch for the current White House) but the Comey firing is by far the biggest headline of the night. As far as the market is concerned, Comey’s dismissal saps Trump’s political capital and weakens relations w/Congress at the time when he is trying to move an ambitious pro-growth agenda through the Senate and House.
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I see, belatedly, that the following video also disappeared 🙂
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“The Democrats have said some of the worst things about James Comey, including the fact that he should be fired, but now they play so sad!”
James Comey learned about his firing as director of the FBI through a news report on Television while he was giving a speech and thought it was a joke, bureau staffers said.
Comey was addressing his FBI team in Los Angeles on Tuesday when he saw the news on televisions in the room. He laughed after he saw the news, but he “stepped into a side office, where he confirmed that he had been fired.”
“No one should find out via the television that they’ve been fired. If true, that’s poor form and plain unprofessional,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Republican from Florida, said in a tweet.
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NATO says its military authorities want more troops deployed to war-ravaged Afghanistan in the form of a “train, assist and advise operation.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters following talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Downing Street office in London on Wednesday that the troops were needed to train local Afghan forces.
“We have received a request from our military authorities to increase our military presence in Afghanistan with a few thousand troops,” media outlets quoted the NATO chief as saying.
“It will be a train, assist and advise operation, because I strongly believe that the best answer we have against terrorism, the best weapon we have against terrorism, is to train local forces against terrorism and to stave off” the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, Stoltenberg said.
“I strongly believe that the best thing you can do to fight against terrorism is to train local forces, enabling them to stabilise their own country and to fight terrorism themselves.”
American authorities have written to NATO partners about the future of the 28-country coalition’s military presence in Afghanistan.
“We are now assessing that request. We will make decisions on the scale and the scope of the mission within weeks,” Stoltenberg said.
In early May, US military officials and the State Department recommended sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional troops, including hundreds of Special Operations forces, to Afghanistan.
Tom Stokes, a writer and political analyst, says the Israeli atrocity against Palestinians, especially those prisoners on hunger strike, has been going on since 1948.
The international community, Stokes argues, has been absolutely ineffective but even worse. They have been complicit in what Israel has been doing to the Palestinian people.
Turkey raps as “unacceptable” a US announcement that Washington will be supplying arms and military equipment to Syria-based Kurdish militants.
West Chester University professor Lawrence Davidson says Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen amount to war crimes but there seems to be no “enforceable law” to hold Saudi officials accountable.
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It was almost impossible to put the following video on my blog. It disappeared, and, well, you know the drill. If this continues to happen, I will simply publish links — if they will even allow that. ~J
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR THE ABOVE VIDEO
The pro-euro camp is rather elated for Mr. Macron is seen first and foremost as a fervent supporter of the European project. But is there really a reason for cheering?
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea do not require any “push” from the United States to be resolved as the country has no national interests in the region, says a former US Senate foreign policy adviser.
James George Jatars made the remarks in a Tuesday interview with Press TV while discussing the US Navy’s resumption of the so-called Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) in the volatile sea.
US Pacific Fleet Commander Scott Swift insisted at a briefing in Singapore on Monday that there is “no change in policy” towards the region under the administration of President Donald Trump; therefore, the US would restart the FONOPs to challenge China’s claim of exclusive access.
China claims most of the strategic waterway, through which trillions of dollars in trade pass annually. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims with Beijing.
“There’s no particular reason why the United States should be vindicating the claims of any country in the South China Sea, which really does not concern us,” said the Washington-based analyst.
Jatras added that countries engaged in the dispute “can work out their concerns with the Chinese without being pushed by Washington to assume a more belligerent stance.”