comey reactions, starting with trump

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The Real Reason Trump Fired James Comey, According To Politico
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 10 2017

When Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday evening, the stated reason in the letter submitted by the deputy Attorney General was Comey’s much-criticized handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while sec state. However, according to various other sources, notably Politico, Trump had grown “enraged” over the last few weeks by the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian collaboration and repeatedly asked aids when the inquiry would end. Contrary to the narrative released from the White House Tuesday night, the firing was Trump’s decision and the DOJ letters recommending dismissal were written to give the White House cover. More from the source:

Pres Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week. When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn’t call James Comey. He sent his long-time private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters. He 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 had grown angry with the Russia investigation, particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign, and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that Pres Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

A separate report from the Wapo also focuses on this angle:

Several current and former officials said the relationship between the White House and the FBI had been strained for months, in part because administration officials were pressuring Comey to more aggressively pursue leak investigations over disclosures that embarrassed the White House and raised questions about ties with Russia. That pressure was described as conversational challenges to FBI leadership to pursue the source of leaks seen as damaging to the administration, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Although the FBI is investigating disclosures of classified information, the bureau has resisted calls to prioritize leak investigations over the Russia matter, or probe matters that did not involve leaks of classified or otherwise sensitive information, the officials said.

As we said yesterday in our kneejerk reaction to the firing, by ousting the FBI director investigating his campaign and associates, Trump added more fuel to the fire he is furiously trying to contain, and he was quickly criticized by a chorus of Republicans and Democrats. “The timing of this firing was very troubling,” said Ben Sasse.

Trump’s firing of the high-profile FBI director on the 110th day since taking office marked another sudden turn for an administration that has fired its acting attorney general, national security adviser and now its FBI director, who Trump had praised until recent weeks and even blew a kiss to during a January appearance. The news stunned Comey, who saw his dismissal on TV while speaking inside the FBI office in Los Angeles. It startled all but the uppermost ring of White House advisers, who said grumbling about Comey hadn’t dominated their own morning senior staff meetings. Other top officials learned just before it happened and were unaware he was considering firing Comey. “Nobody really knew,” one senior White House official said. “Our phones all buzzed and people said, What?”

To be sure, bipartisan criticism of Comey had mounted since last summer after his lengthy statement outlining why he was closing the investigation into Clinton’s private email server. And, in retrospect, based on Trump’s latest tweets this morning, the president had anticipated Democrats to support his decision to terminate Comey who had been explicitly listed as one of two catalysts why Hillary Clinton lost the election. Instead, as has been observed over the past 12 hours, the reaction has been a firestorm of complaints, and instead Trump now finds himself having to engage in even more damage control.

Trump Trolls Schumer, Olbermann Explodes, Assange Teases New LeaksZeroPointNow, Zero Hedge, May 10 2017

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The Demagogs have gotten their wish from just 6 short months ago; James Comey is no longer Director of the FBI, fired yesterday for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. The former FBI director apparently thought it was a prank when he saw news of his dismissal on TV while giving a speech to employees at the LA office. Demagogs loved Comey before they hated him, and now love him again. Demagogs were enamored with Comey over the summer when he famously recommended against pressing charges in the Clinton email investigation. Then, they soured on Comey after he reopened the investigation a little over a week before the election, based on information obtained by the NYPD from Anthony Weiner’s laptop while under investigation for sexting an underage girl. Comey closed the pre-election investigation two days before polls opened, finding no wrongdoing. However the many in the DNC said the damage had been done, with many (including Hillary) blaming the FBI director for Clinton’s loss. Comey was vilified by the left, which is perhaps why Stephen Colbert’s audience cheered last night when the rabid Trump foe (and Podesta pal) broke the news of Comey’s firing.

Meanwhile, Demagogs in Washington are totally melting down, suggesting things like Trump “staged a coup,” and is a traitor for firing the (once again venerable) James Comey. And it seems that Trump is back to his old ways, talking trash over Twitter, invoking campaign trail Trump:

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Some have even suggested Trump even trolled Comey and/or the deep state on Comey’s dismissal letter, which spells out “I WIN” down the left side.

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Let’s take a trip back in time to recall how Democrats felt about Comey after the second email investigation. Chuck Schumer:

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Harry Reid:

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Steve Cohen:
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Obama’s handler new roommate Valerie Jarrett urged Obama to fire Comey.

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James Brown Maxine Waters had this to say in January:

Keith Olbermann is having a grand-mal meltdown:

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Let’s compare Olbermann from yesterday versus Nov 6:

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More idiocy:

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And so on and so forth. Demagogs are SHOCKED and APPALLED that Trump would fire the honorable Jim Comey in the middle of the Russia investigation, much of which has been based on an increasingly discredited Russian hacking report from CrowdStrike, an Irvine, California, company partially funded by Google, which was the only entity to analyze DNC servers in relation to claims of election hacking. Quite interestingly, Julian Assange’s FBI source says we should prepare for more leaks:

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Perhaps, as some have suggested, Comey had been stonewalling internal FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Comey has been a deep state operative for most of his professional career. Consider the following:

  • He earned more than $6m in one year working for Lockheed Martin, the year they became a Clinton Foundation donor.
  • He became a member of the board at HSBC bank shortly after NY AG at the time Loretta Lynch let the Clinton Foundation partner slide with a slap on the wrist for laundering drug money.
  • He let Hillary off the hook for egregious illegal violations of national security by recommending not to prosecute her. But then he turned on her!

Here’s a thought! Get on your tin-foil hat! Thanks to incredibly sophisticated technology at their disposal, the ‘deep state’ knew early on that Hillary was in big trouble, which is why they started seeding the phrase “fake news” in early 2016 to try and discredit rapidly growing support for then-candidate Trump. Using highly predictive data collected from Google, Facebook, Twitter and the NSA, they were able to gauge national sentiment in near-real-time with pinpoint accuracy. Assuming that’s what happened (because it did), now imagine that as the election drew nearer, the deep state absolutely knew Hillary was going to lose. What to do? Have Comey re-open the email investigation, let Hillary lose, and blame the loss on a combination of Russian hacking and Comey’s erratic investigative actions throughout the election. Have a Rothschild blame Clinton campaign chair John Podesta for good measure.

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This had the effect of solidifying the notion that poor Hillary was a victim of the Russians, James Comey, and John Podesta’s “arrogant out-of-touch campaign,” thus ensuring HRC wasn’t to blame for her own loss, and keeping that sterling Clinton reputation intact. Lastly, Alex Jones has apparently got some dirt on the Comey situation, to be released later today:

Comey Learned He Was Fired From A TV News Report, Thought It Was A Joke
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, May 9 2017

According to the NYT’s Michael Schmidt, today’s termination of James Comey was not an impromptu event

WH and DoJ had been working on firing Comey since at least last week. Sessions had been working to come up with reasons.

Still, only a handful of people got a heads up: Trump called Lindsey Graham and Diane Feinstein before breaking the news. They are the top Rethug and Demagog respectively on the Senate committee running the Russia probe. He did not, however, tell Comey, who according to the NYT, learned he was unemployed by hearing it on the TV.

Comey, who is three years into a 10-year term at the helm of the FBI, learned from news reports that he had been fired while addressing bureau employees in Los Angeles. While Mr Comey spoke, television screens in the background began flashing the news. Shortly after, a letter was delivered to FBI Headquarters in Washington.

Adding to the humiliation in his first reaction, Comey laughed, saying he thought it was a fairly funny prank. Then his staff started scurrying around in the background and told Mr Comey that he should step into a nearby office.

Mr Comey stopped addressing the group. He proceeded to shake hands with the employees he had been speaking to. Then he stepped into a side office, where he confirmed that he had been fired. At that point, he had not heard from the White House. Mr Comey’s day had begun in Florida, where he spoke to a group of police officers. He then flew to Los Angeles, where he was also scheduled to speak at a diversity meeting.

At the same time, Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations at the White House, hand delivered a letter from Trump to Comey informing him of his firing late Tuesday afternoon. But Comey was not there to receive it. In his letter, the president said he was dismissing Comey because it was time for a “new beginning” at the nation’s “crown jewel of law enforcement.” Trump wrote:

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to lead the Bureau.

The recipient of the letter would be on the other end of the country at that moment. Meanwhile, in a separate NBC report, a senior FBI official said they “had no idea this was coming. They are in shock there.”

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