i think winner was a CIA plant in NSA, as was snowden (the story below has nothing to do with that)

Comey statement ignites new media firestorm against Trump
Patrick Martin, WSWS, Jun 8 2017

The statement issued Wednesday by former FBI Director James Comey detailing repeated efforts by Pres Trump to interfere with the FBI investigation into alleged connections between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government has touched off a new and more explosive stage in the political crisis of the Trump administration and the ruling elite as a whole. This follows press reports Tuesday that Trump had asked both DNI Coats and NSA Director Michael Rogers to intervene with Comey against the Russia probe. Coats and Rogers refused to discuss these claims Wednesday at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, despite repeated questioning by Demagog senators. Comey is to testify before the same Senate panel this morning. He prepared the statement for delivery to the hearing, but at his request it was made public Wednesday afternoon, in time to dominate the evening television news broadcasts. The timing was deliberate, aimed at inciting a media firestorm directed against the Trump White House.

The statement details five of the nine one-on-one conversations Comey claims to have had with Trump during the first four months of 2017, in contrast to only two such conversations with Pres Obama during the three years following Obama’s appointment of Comey to the top job at the FBI. These include three face-to-face meetings, on Jan 6, Jan 27 and Feb 14, and two phone conversations, on Mar 30 and Apr 11, the last direct contact before Trump fired Comey as FBI director on May 9. It is not clear what transpired in the other four Trump-Comey conversations, but that is likely to be one of the questions to Comey when he appears before the Senate panel. The Jan 27 meeting, a one-on-one dinner initiated by Trump, had been widely reported before, based on a leak to the media of Comey’s memorandum of the discussion written soon afterward. This was the occasion for Trump’s sounding out of the FBI director over whether he wished to remain in office, even though Comey had already told Trump he would like to finish out his 10-year term, which would end in 2023. The implied quid pro quo, by Comey’s account, was that Trump expected “loyalty” if he retained him as FBI director. According to Comey, he offered “honesty” as the duty owed to the president, before eventually agreeing on “honest loyalty” as an ambiguous compromise. The Feb 14 meeting came one day after the firing of Flynn as Trump’s national security adviser, allegedly for lying to VP Pence about discussions with the Russian ambassador to Washington. By Comey’s account, Trump asked him to drop any further investigation into Flynn. He quotes Trump as saying:

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.

Comey claims that he never communicated this request to the FBI agents and DoJ lawyers involved in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the elections, which included an examination of Flynn’s activities and contacts. The former FBI director also claims that after that meeting, he approached Attorney General Jeff Sessions with an extraordinary request:

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.

On Mar 20, Comey made his much-publicized public statement before the House Intelligence Committee, confirming the existence of an FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government boxtops, which had been an open secret in Faschingstein for months. Ten days later, Trump telephoned Comey directly, complaining that the Russia probe was a “cloud” hanging over his administration and asking what could be done to “lift the cloud.” He tried several gambits, suggesting to Comey that some “satellite” aides to his campaign might have done something wrong, but that he himself had not. He also questioned the role of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife was an unsuccessful Demagog candidate for the Virginia state legislature in 2015. On Apr 11 came the final Trump call to Comey, in which he again complained about the “cloud” from the Russia investigation. Comey reassured Trump, for the third time, that he was not personally a target of the investigation, and Trump repeated a request that the FBI director make that known publicly. Comey informed the DoJ of this request, but took no other action.

The attention of the media has been largely focused on these four interactions, after Trump took office, because they substantiate a pattern of direct interference by the president into an investigation of his own campaign, arguably constituting obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense. But it is the Jan 6 meeting that is actually the most revealing of the political warfare within the Pindosi capitalist state. This meeting took place at Trump Tower in NYC. The top leaders of the intelligence apparatus trekked to Manhattan to give a briefing to the president-elect on the Russia investigation. Comey and DNI Clapper were among those in attendance. The meeting was carefully prepared by the intelligence chiefs, who were all opposed to Trump’s professed desire to seek better relations with Russia and to pull back from efforts to overthrow Assad, the lone Arab ally of Moscow. The unsubstantiated allegations of Russian interference in the Pindo elections were disseminated by the intelligence agencies, using the NYT and WaPo as their main mouthpieces, in order to block such a shift in Pindosi foreign policy. Comey was delegated to brief Trump “on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment” of the alleged Russian interference, including the 36-page report compiled by ‘ex’-MI6 guy Chris Steele making uncorroborated claims that Trump had consorted with prostitutes during a Moscow business trip and was vulnerable to Russian blackmail. According to Comey:

We 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.

In other words, they sought to hold it over Trump’s head like a club. Comey was chosen to deliver the message because he was not leaving office on Jan 20, unlike the other top boxtops, because (it was thought – RB) he had a fixed 10-year term. The FBI director would therefore still be around to wield the club after Trump became president. This is stated more bureaucratically in Comey’s testimony, but that was essentially the position. Along with the implied threat came the implied benefit. Comey told Trump that the FBI was not targeting him personally in the investigation. Then comes the most extraordinary passage in the Comey statement, where he writes:

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.

In other words, two weeks before Trump’s inauguration, one of the leading figures in the intelligence apparatus was already documenting their interactions for the purpose of making a “case” against his incoming boss, preparing a written record to be used as a weapon in the escalating political warfare within the state.

Here is the Quick Rundown On Today’s Intelligence Hearings
The_Real_Fly, Zero Hedge, Jun 7 2017

It was a gigantic nothing-burger in that nothing was said that could be construed as ‘bad’ for the President. Demagogs and Deep State shills are angered by the lack of disclosure, the cadence of some voices, even the body language, reading into things that were perhaps not there. Nevertheless, tomorrow is the Comey show and judging by his prepared remarks, there might be some red meat for the left to chew on soon. Granted, none of this is ‘smoking gun’ quality evidence, but perhaps enough to distract the Pindo sheeple from John Podesta’s affinity for pizza and the sudden murder of Seth Rich, none of which have been adequately explained. Here are the Comey remarks, who paints a picture of President Trump subtedly cajoling him to be loyal and perhaps drop the Flynn investigation.

This just about sums up the day, with the first video highlighting a CNN panel of leftists, triggered because nothing was said today that could potentially impeach the President. They viewed today’s hearings as ‘painful’ to watch and ‘stonewalling’, when in reality mostly all hearings of this sort are exactly the same. I don’t know what they expected to get from these hearings. Perhaps they wanted the fake news words in the WaPo acted out on television, like one of their Broadway plays? In the real world, these hearings are nothing more than red herrings.







Alan Dershowitz Schools CNN Panel: ‘It Simply Is Not A Crime For the President to Exercise His Constitutional Authority’
The_Real_Fly, Jun 8 2017

Constitutional expert and famed Harvard law Professor Alan Dershowitz took on Jeffrey Toobin to discuss the ongoing Trump-Comey saga, saying in no uncertain terms that “this is not obstruction of justice.” To back up his assertions, Dershowitz reminded viewers of when Bush 41 pardoned Casper Weinberger the night before trial. After doing so, no one cried ‘obstruction’ because it was within the rights of the POTUS to do so. He made the point that impeachment and obstruction are two entirely different things, which reduced Jeffrey Toobin to look like an 11th grade history student learning the constitution for the first time. The President can be impeached for all manners of things, but not for firing Comey and/or asking him to stop investigating Flynn, because it is his right to do so.

“Washington DC’s Super Bowl” As Comey Finally Takes The Stand
Tyler Durden, Jun 8 2017

At 10AM EST former FBI Director James Comey will make his first public appearance since being fired by Pres Trump, as he provides testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. As we covered in detail last night, Comey provided the best ‘preview’ of today’s hearing when his opening statement was released yesterday afternoon.  Undoubtedly, the focus of today’s hearing will come down to Comey’s testimony that Trump asked him to “let it go” in regards to the FBI’s Flynn investigation and repeatedly asked for Comey’s “loyalty.” Of course, while Demagog Senators will inevitably try to force Comey to admit that, at least in his opinion Trump “obstructed justice”, Charles Krauthammer did a masterful job of explaining exactly why that will never happen, primarily because it would mean that Comey himself would be guilty of a federal crime and subject to prison time. Speaking with Fox’s Brett Baier, Krauthammer pointed out that Comey is masterful at protecting his own ass and would never slip up to the point of alleging outright obstruction, because he would be “indicting himself for not resigning, for not making a statement, for not bringing it out in the open.”

Here there is one question: did the president obstruct justice? That’s what everybody is waiting for. I don’t think there’s anything of great interest other than that. And his answer I think is going to be obvious. He will navigate to a point where he says, ‘Well, there might have been some pressure but it’s not obstruction.’ Why? Because if it were obstruction, then he is indicting himself for not resigning, for not making a statement, for not bringing it out in the open. So he can’t say it’s obstruction, which is what everybody who wants to see Trump destroyed is waiting to hear. So what we will hear is something navigating in between and saying ‘Well, it wasn’t really pressure, he was speaking on behalf of an associate, a friend. It could be interpreted in various ways.’ That’s what I think is going to happen and that’s why I think it’s going to be a bust.

The video above is set to start at the 3:08 mark for the relevant Krauthammer commentary. Of course, all eyes will also be watching how Trump decides to respond to Comey’s testimony.  A couple of days ago, Robert Costa reported that the President planned to “live tweet” during the event:

But, we suspect his legal team took some issue with that approach as it’s now being reported the Trump will watch the hearing from a White House dining room and will be surrounded by lawyers and advisors.

Finally, the last thing to watch is how the media responds. For days now CNN has been hyping today’s testimony as the greatest television event since the “Dallas” finale in 1991 and has even referred to it repeatedly as “Washington’s Super Bowl.”

2017.06.06 - Super Bowl_0

Moreover, they have been repeatedly updating their audience, for several days we might add, on the 700 different ways they’ll be able to tune into the live hearing scheduled for later this week.

Beginning at 9:45 am ET, live coverage of the testimony will be on CNN and streaming on CNN.com, the CNN app on phone and tablet, and on mobile devices.  You can also watch it on your Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV with the CNNgo app, CNN’s Facebook Page and via Apple News.

To say that CNN is excited for today’s hearing would be a bit of an understatement.  Given that fact, we suspect that no matter what Comey says, today the mainstream media has already decided the narrative they will push after today’s hearing has concluded. After all, they couldn’t possibly let their audience down if the most-hyped event in CNN’s history turns out to be a “nothing-burger.” Of course, one has to look no further than last night’s CNN coverage for evidence of how the post-Comey shows will spin the event, as most of the world, including equity markets, figured that Comey’s opening statement was a positive for Trump’s administration, CNN spent the night with guests talking about when impeachment proceedings should be started, and why Trump was so concerned about Russian hookers.

Obstruction Of Justice Case Dismantled By Senator Risch
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jun 8 2017

While this is not a highlight you’ll ever see replayed on any MSM outlet throughout the day, Senator Jim Risch just completely dismantled any ‘hopes’ of an obstruction of justice case against President Trump with the following exchange:

Risch: “Boy, you nailed this down on page 5 paragraph 3, you put this in quotes. Words matter. You wrote down the words so we could all have the words in front of us now. There are 28 words there that are in quotes and it says, ‘I hope’, this is the President speaking, ‘I hope you can see your way claer to letting this go, to letting Flynn go … I hope you can let this go.’ Now those are his exact words, is that correct?”
Comey: “Correct.”
Risch: “And you wrote them here and you put them in quotes?”
Comey: “Correct.”
Risch: “Thank you for that. He did not direct you to let it go.”
Comey: “Not in his words, no.”
Risch: “He did not order you to let it go.”
Comey: “Again, those words are not an order.”
Risch: “He said ‘I hope.’ Now, like me, you probably did hundreds of cases, maybe thousands of cases charging people with criminal offenses, and of course you have knowlege of the thousands of cases out there where people have been charged. Do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice, (or) for that matter of any other criminal offense, where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?”
Comey: “I don’t know well enough to answer. And the reason I keep saying ‘his words’ is, I took it as a direction.”
Risch: “You may have taken it as a direction, but that is not what he said. He said, ‘I hope.’ You don’t know of anyone who has ever been charged for hoping something, is that a fair statement?”
Comey: “I don’t, as I sit here.”

Of course, other media outlets will dismiss the crux of the exchange above and instead focus on Comey’s statement that he “took it as a direction,” even though he admits multiple times in the same exchange that in fact, it was not a direction. All of which brings up the larger point that if it was “a direction” and Comey didn’t notify anyone then is Comey also in legal jeopardy? And while you’ll also never hear this on your nightly news, here is Comey confirming that neither Trump nor anyone else in his administration ever asked him to back down on the Russia investigation:

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