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How are we supposed to feel about James Comey getting the axe?

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A political pundit of ideological stripe, liberal or conservative, is not supposed to be uncertain about the controversies of the day — but I am acutely uncertain about how I should feel with regard to yesterday’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

The political cross-currents surrounding this matter make it difficult for me to lay claim to a clear, unswerving position on whether Comey deserved his fate. Here’s the basic problem:

Comey has been a loose cannon, especially with regard to the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails. In announcing the decision last July that Clinton will not be charged with a crime, he gratuitously disparaged her handling of the matter. But that was not his place. He was not hired to offer his personal opinions on whether she could have been more circumspect in dealing with emails. He was supposed to deal only with the question of whether she seemed to have violated the law. His editorializing went way too far and gave encouragement to Hillary’s political foes.

We now know that July was also the same month that the FBI undertook its investigation of whether the election campaign was unduly influenced by interference from the Russians, perhaps to Donald Trump’s benefit. But Comey didn’t acknowledge the existence of that investigation until after the election.

And then there was the situation in which Comey announced just days before the election that the bureau had re-opened the Clinton probe to check out the handling of emails handled by one of Clinton’s top aides and the aide’s husband. Nothing came of the matter — except that it probably hurt Clinton’s chances of winning the election.

More recently, Comey waxed conscience-stricken by the likelihood that his statements about the Clinton investigation had influenced the outcome of the election. The very thought of it, he said, made him “mildly nauseous.”

Mildly nauseous?  We’re supposed to sympathize with the poor man’ feelings of unease? Puh-leeze!

And then there’s another potentially important matter to consider in all of this: The president has fired the man who was overseeing an FBI investigation of whether Trump and his campaign operatives had played patty-cake with the Russians in their efforts to sabotage Clinton’s candidacy. This situation brings to mind Richard Nixon’s dismissal of special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s.

All in all, then, I can see that Comey perhaps deserved to be fired. He seems to have been the wrong man for the job he held. But I’m also  loathe to endorse a Nixonian strategy on Trump’s part. I’m especially suspicious of Trump’s claim in his letter of dismissal to Comey that the director had three times assured the president that he has done nothing criminal with regard to the Russian controversy.

The only thing of which I’m certain is that a special prosecutor should be appointed to handle the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in our presidential election.

 

 

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  1. Neftali

    Trump should allow Schumer, Pelosi, and Sanders to appoint their own special prosecutor into the Russian ties.

    If there really is no connection to Russia (and I’m highly confident there isn’t) then Trump shouldn’t mind someone associated with the opposition party doing the investigating. The only caveat should be to wrap up the investigation by the end of 2017. It’s long past due to put this silly liberal conspiracy story behind us.

    • “silly liberal conspiracy story” Ha Ha Ha Ya, sure it is!!

      You probably think it was OK to let the Ruskies into the White House AND the Oval Office with sophisticated electronic equipment. The smart money says there is a Trump connection to the Ruskies. Trump is being used as a puppet, but it’s all about oil.
      Trump needs to be impeached now.
      Choose democracy or banana republic.

    • Neftali

      I was actually just being nice. In reality it’s one of the most ludicrous things every dreamt up by the leftists. The idea that the Russians somehow convinced the majority of citizens in Iowa, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to vote for Trump after they voted for Obama twice is beyond absurd.

      Anyone who believes Trump has a Russian connection lives in an alternative reality. Put it another way, Trump being controlled by the Russians is just as plausible as the earth being only 6,000 years old.

      • The Russians didn’t have to convince a “majority of the citizens”. Trump only won the swing states by 107,000 votes. That was accomplished by Russian bots that put out stories unfavorable to Clinton and favorable to Trump.
        So, you don’t think that would sway voters from the Obama election to Trump election?
        There is also the issue of voting machine manipulation. It takes little work to change the way the machine counts the votes.

  2. Steverino

    For the millennials who missed the Nixon years this should be a real treat.

    • Neftali

      You can expect a Trump impeachment about the same time as Bush gets tried for war crimes.

  3. Wilson

    “it’s all about oil” hmm yea we don’t have any oil here in the states that is why we spend on renewable energy which is where the real money is. So who needs oil, we need less oil so we can invest in green energy (where the real money is).

    The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:

    Evergreen Solar ($25 million)*
    SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
    Solyndra ($535 million)*
    Beacon Power ($43 million)*
    Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
    SunPower ($1.2 billion)
    First Solar ($1.46 billion)
    Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
    EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
    Amonix ($5.9 million)
    Fisker Automotive ($529 million)
    Abound Solar ($400 million)*
    A123 Systems ($279 million)*
    Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)*
    Johnson Controls ($299 million)
    Schneider Electric ($86 million)
    Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
    ECOtality ($126.2 million)
    Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
    Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
    Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
    Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
    Range Fuels ($80 million)*
    Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)*
    Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
    Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)*
    GreenVolts ($500,000)
    Vestas ($50 million)
    LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million)
    Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
    Navistar ($39 million)
    Satcon ($3 million)*
    Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)*
    Mascoma Corp. ($100 million)

    • In his paragraph of gibberish Wilson fails to tell us about Tesla.

  4. It is about the oil.
    “In case you haven’t connected the news dots… Putin controls the largest oil company in Russia. He made a 500 Billion dollar deal with the CEO of Exxon Mobil. Obama put sanctions in place which stopped that deal. Russia then hacked into our government in order to get Trump elected. When the CIA told Congress this in September (James Comey was also in that meeting), Mitch McConnell refused to tell the American people, blackmailing Obama saying he would frame it as playing partisan politics during the election. Comey released the infamous no-information letter. Mitch McConnell’s wife was picked for Trump’s cabinet. The CEO of Exxon is now the Secretary of State. Wonder why our President has been so quick to dismiss the CIA’s findings?………it gets better..2/…Here are some facts : Decide for yourselves 1) Trump owes Blackstone/ Bayrock group $560 million dollars (one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won’t reveal his tax returns)
    2) Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.
    3) Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.
    4) The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.
    5) Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65 ( they are currently hovering around $50)
    6) Russia can’t affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.
    As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.
    7) Rex Tillerson (Trump’s pick for Secretary of State) is the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.
    8) Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.
    9) Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.
    10) With Trump’s fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, allowing Russia to make a good case for its oil. WHERE IS THE MEDIA IN PURSUING THESE STORIES???” Credit to Elizabeth Faulkner

    • Neftali

      “Russia hacked into out government to get Trump elected.”

      Wow. So they managed to hack into the voting booths of IA, OH, PA, MI, WI, and FL? That’s amazing! Especially Michigan where they only have paper ballots.

      This whole Trump/Russia thing is the new “Bush is the mastermind behind 9/11” conspiracy thing for the crazed leftists.

      What’s so sad is that there really is an over-abundance of stuff proving how stupid Trump is. You really don’t have to try hard. For example, he managed to somehow get Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, into every single important strategic government decision out there, despite not having any background whatsoever.

      Joseph McCarthy would be very proud of today’s liberals.
      But instead, the crazed leftists are insisting on repeatedly punching themselves in their testicles with their continued devotion to the Trump/Russia conspiracy fairy tales.

      • The Russians didn’t have to convince a “majority of the citizens”. Trump only won the swing states by 107,000 votes. That was accomplished by Russian bots that put out stories unfavorable to Clinton and favorable to Trump.
        There is no doubt, Russian bots were at work all through the campaign. You need to learn that bots are the new way to win elections.
        The over abundance of stuff proving how stupid Trump is, comes from the man himself. In fact I look forward to the news each day to see if he can provide us with more absurdity. He never disappoints us.

      • Neftali

        So the hundreds of millions spent on negative advertising by all the Republican Political Action committees had nothing to do with it. Nope, it was all bots. It had nothing to do with Hillary leading the most corrupt campaign in history. Nope it was the bots. Wow. Look Tex, there is no doubt Bernie Sanders would have crushed Trump in a landslide. But Hillary led an awful campaign. It’s not the bots. It’s not the Russians. Time for the left to take a long honest stare in the mirror and face the truth. There is a real opportunity for Democrats to take back Congress in 2018, but pushing this absurd Russian fiasco will only hinder their chances. Stop being jealous of Macarthyism already.

      • Robert Hazz Geaunads

        “Russia then hacked into our government in order to get Trump elected.” Wow, got koolaid? Hillary gets 3M more popular votes but the Russians rigged the election… duh… she lost because Trump played the electoral system to his benefit, Hillary didn’t………..loser.

  5. Steverino

    Entering into financial arrangements with the Russian mob can result in a thirty year prison sentence.

  6. Wilson

    Well tex whether he does or doesn’t won’t make any difference will it?
    If he doesn’t, you’ll swear he will, as it is only a matter of time.
    Hey maybe the US can become part of Russia, I hear they have good Vodka. hmm Russia’s cost are less than the US 19.21 vs. 23.35
    http://www.businessinsider.com/how-much-it-costs-both-saudi-arabia-and-the-us-to-produce-oil-2017-3

    I think Russia is in pretty good shape with Russia’s control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States

    • “Hey maybe the US can become part of Russia”
      You would probably like that. If you would, you’re a sick puppy. If Trump doesn’t get impeached, you may get your wish.

  7. Wilson

    Well it would warm my heart to hear you are vacationing in Siberia.
    “WHERE IS THE MEDIA IN PURSUING THESE STORIES???”
    Well even the Fake News Media has standards.

  8. Neftali

    Tex needs to double-check his liberal math. Twice in this thread he claimed “Trump only won the swing states by 107,000 votes”.

    In reality, Trump won the swing states by 406,456

    Here’s the breakdown:

    Trump States Clinton Trump Diff
    Iowa 653,669 800,983 147,314
    Florida 4,504,975 4,617,886 112,911
    Michigan 2,268,839 2,279,543 10,704
    Ohio 2,394,164 2,841,005 446,841
    Pennsylvania 2,926,441 2,970,733 44,292
    Wisconsin 1,382,536 1,405,284 22,748
    Total 784,810

    Hillary Swing States
    Nevada 539,260 512,058 27,202
    Colorado 1,338,870 1,202,484 136,386
    Virginia 1,981,473 1,769,443 212,030
    New Hampshire 348,526 345,790 2,736
    Total 378,354

    Grand Difference 406,456

    https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/president

    • Trump won the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania by 107,000 popular votes. That gave him 46 electoral votes to pass Clinton and win the election. Actually total votes matter not. It only takes one more vote than the opponent to take the electoral votes. So if you want to waste your afternoon counting votes and denying bots could sway the election while Trump runs this country down a rat hole and destroying democracy, you’re just another (your word) stupid conservative.

  9. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    This is just coming out now, Seth Rich, DNC staffer (actually I read he was the IT Guy, but staffer makes him more low level and less of an important player), shared 44,053 emails with wikileaks. It wasn’t the Russians.

    If this is true, it sure makes sense why the DNC, the liberal press, (possibly Comey too), and the liberal bloggers all pointed the finger at Russia to deflect attention from Hillary and the revealing info those leaks provided, especially how the DNC party hacks targeted Bernie for elimination as a viable candidate.

    Im curious if the liberal press will pay this breaking story any attention and if they do, how will they spin it?

    Its a shame that the term “conspiracy” has become so demonized because most scandals begin that way.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/16/confirmed-murdered-dnc-staffer-passed-off-documents-to-wikileaks/

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