Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon Massacre (Countdown To Trump Impeachment)

If no special prosecutor is appointed, everyone is going to suspect coverup ~ Chuck Schumer on the firing of Comey.

America's reality show preznit Donald Trump to James Comey: "you're fired". John Podesta (HRC's campaign manager) via tweet following the firing: "didn't you know you're supposed to wait til Saturday night to massacre people investigating you?".

The "Saturday Night Massacre" was one of the most dramatic turns of events in the Watergate scandal - the political drama that rocked the United States in the 1970s and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. President Nixon and the Attorney General's office were locked in a political standoff over Nixon's refusal to comply with orders to release recordings of White House conversations. Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. But Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than comply with the order. Cox was eventually fired by the US solicitor general.

Critics of President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey see similarities between Cox's firing decades ago and Trump's action on Tuesday. The Trump administration, critics say, is trying to undermine the FBI's investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, just as Nixon tried to stop lawmakers from learning the truth about his role in the Watergate scandal. (Comey firing draws comparisons to Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" by Joe Sterling. CNN, 5/10/2017).

So, are we going to get a special prosecutor now and will investigations into Trump lead to his resignation or impeachment? BTW, Trump cited Jeff Sessions as recommending the firing. Huh. I thought Sessions said he'd recuse himself in regards to the Trump/Russia investigation (due to his being caught lying to Senator Franken about his own Russia connections). Then he tells Trump to fire the head guy investigating his campaign?

"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation" Trump's letter to Comey informing him of the firing reads - a claim that is complete BS. According to The Washington Post, "speaking to reporters Tuesday evening, [White House Press Secretary] Spicer said he did not know what the three occasions were when Comey told Trump that he wasn't under investigation". That's because it never happened.

BTW, according to Fox Nooz, Comey "resigned". Malcolm Nance (on the 5/10/2017 of the Stephanie Miller Show) said 2 names being floated as Comey replacements include Rudy Giuliani (who has also been linked to Russia) and Sheriff Clarke (RW hero who allowed a prisoner to be murdered by guards in his jail).

Two individuals who will be certain to pick up shut down the Trump/Russia investigation. Time for a special prosecutor.

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See also: [RNUSA] Trump Fires Comey [5/9/2017]. RN writes "Are Trump's true motives obvious on this? or is it just me?"... No it is not just you. As per the Washington Post "Trump has given every reason for us to believe he fired Comey over the Russia investigation". BTW, as per the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele dossier, there exists "records of payments from the Trump campaign to banks of Russian cyber trolls tasked with spreading disinformation ahead of the 2016 election".

5/16/2017 Update: From the NYT... "President Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. I hope you can let this go, the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo". Comey didn't let it go and got fired. Isn't this obstruction of justice and an impeachable offense? Time for Congressional Democrats to shut down Congress until we get a special prosecutor, IMO.

5/19/2017 Update: Trump to Russian officials, admitting (again) obstruction of justice: "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off".

#TrumpRussiaCollusion, #TrumpRussia, #ImpeachTrump.

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7 comments:

  1. Trump is a disaster for America and our allies. I keep asking who are the idiots who still support the Trump? And then I read the right wing blogs and news sites and get my answer.

    The latest bungle is that the Trump team is angry because the Russians "tricked" them when they were allowed to take photos of Trump and the Russian Amb. in the Oval Office. Who could have thought the Russians would trick and lie? Certainly not the idiots surrounding Trump! And certainly not the biggest one of all -- Trump himself!

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  2. It is only a trick IF the Trump team did not know. And that does not explain why the Russians were let in, and not the Americans. But the real question if they didn't know is WHY didn't they know, and WHY did they allow someone into the Oval Office when they did not know their background?

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  3. Just a tiny bit O/T. Understatement of the century so far.

    The only thing that blew my mind the last couple of weeks was James Comey publicly stating that he was mildly nauseated that his irresponsible public actions and statements regarding the once closed investigation of HRC may have somehow, possibly nudged the election in favor of Trump.

    Mildly nauseated?

    WTF??

    If I had done what he did, barring family considerations, I would have offed myself before lunch time on that very Wednesday.

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  4. There are certainly parallels between Comey's firing and The Saturday Night Massacre. But, the implications of tRump's alleged Russian connections are more unnerving to me that Watergate was.

    tRump's existence on the national and world stage as POTUS is a puzzlement. I doubt he would be a successful used car salesman of his own merit.

    He needs to go.

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  5. From Luke's blog, which he now says "is devoted to exposing your utter stupidity" (5/12/2017. comment #31).

    Luke: Impeachment for what Dervish Trump? firing the FBI director, which the president has the authority to do, no matter what reason. Keep your delusions going idiot. (5/12/2017).

    Firing the guy investigating you is obstruction of justice. No matter what the reason? Apparently it's OK with Luke that Trump fired Comey because he requested more resources to investigate Trump's Russia ties? Figures, given the FACT that Luke rooted for him.

    Days Before Firing, Comey Asked for More Resources for Russia Inquiry.

    Also:

    As per the NY Times, "Samuel Buell, a former federal prosecutor who now teaches criminal law at Duke University, said... firing an investigator could fit... Section 1512 of Title 18 [which] makes it a crime if someone corruptly obstructs, influences or impedes any official proceeding, even if the proceeding was not yet pending at the time of the act".

    It would be hard to prove (Buell adds), but IMO it pretty obvious the Russia investigation is why Comey was fired. But Luke can't see this because of HIS utter stupidity. Even when Trump explicitly says Comey was fired because of Russia.

    Quote: "And in fact when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won'".

    BTW, note that the idiot appends "Trump" to my name (as an insult) despite the fact that HE ROOTED FOR TRUMP to win the election. I never rooted for Trump. While Luke did. And he defends him whenever I write that Trump has broken the law. Like when I wrote that Trump's Syrian missile strike was illegal, Luke responded with "Trump's missile attack was not illegal, but I wouldn't expect a delusional liar like Dervish Trump to know that". But no, he ISN'T pro-Trump. That's "laughable" Luke says.

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  6. You are very close to a mental break down lying asshole Dervish Trump. Now that you can't attack me, I hope you will asshole harassing bully.

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  7. Luke: You are very close to a mental break down lying asshole Dervish Trump. Now that you can't attack me, I hope you will [have a breakdown] asshole harassing bully.

    I could care less that you've restricted comments on your blog to team members. Are you going to harass me, jerk? I can't see you stopping, given the FACT that you've been trolling for years. It seems you HAVE to troll. Hate is clearly a compulsion with you.

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Unfortunately comment moderation is necessary in order to screen out insanity from an idiot calling himself "Luke" of the "Words And Music" blog (a liar who has made bogus accusations that many others are stealing his posts) as well as homophobic hate from TOM of the blog "Stay A While" (actually the same person).