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TAKE THAT LIBERALS! Trump’s Genius Just Got Around Court’s Travel Ban Block To Help Protect America

The liberal courts might be holding up President Trump’s travel ban, but that’s not going to stop him from finding other ways to keep Americans safe. On Wednesday President Trump signed an executive order that will slow down the process of getting visas for short-term visitors to the U.S.

Liberty Writers reports,

In 2012 Obama signed an executive order which ordered the State Department to complete interviews for 80% short-term visa applicants within three weeks. President Trump reversed that order on Wednesday.

Assistant press secretary Michael Short said:

“This is a very straightforward step that removes an arbitrary requirement and ensures the State Department has the needed discretion to make real-world security determinations. The president expects careful, accurate vetting of visa applicants, not a rushed process to accommodate an arbitrary deadline.

That’s great news! It is so nice to have a president finally putting the safety of Americans first! Last year alone the State Department processed about 10.4 MILLION short term visas- President Trump wants to make sure each and every visitor who gets in is coming for good reasons.

My God that was a tough generation

My God that was a tough generation. I see today’s youth either cowering in safe places or their parents’ basements or acting like Nazi brown shirts on campuses, and feel an overwhelming sense of foreboding about the prospects for America’s future. Socialism, the Deep State of feckless cronies, massive debt, rampant moral hazard at every level of society, a corrupt education system…it cannot end well.
 
Burial At Sea 72 years ago.
Here’s footage you’ll see only once in a lifetime. Just imagine being there to witness it!
Tough times, tough people!
Loyce Edward Deen, an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class, USNR, was a gunner on a TBM Avenger.

On November 5, 1944, Deen’s squadron participated in a raid on Manila where hisplane was hit multiple times by anti-aircraft fire while attacking a Japanese cruiser. Deen was killed. The Avenger’s pilot, Lt.; Robert Cosgrove,managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex.
Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in the plane. It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.
 
 
 

VOTER FRAUD EVIDENCE FOUND! Trump Was Right

A report of voter fraud is emerging from Marion County, Indiana where a dozen staffers have been charged.

Eleven canvassers and their supervisor allegedly made changes to an undisclosed number of voter registrations.

The group also shared links to the Democratic Party.

The Daily Caller reports,

According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say that 11 temporary canvassers working for the Indiana Voter Registration Project made and sent in an unknown number of fake voter applications. The canvassers’ supervisor, Holiday Burke, was charged as well.

The organization, the AP reported, is managed by Patriot Majority USA  a group with strong ties to Democratic Party, including former President Bill Clinton and former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, as well as labor unions.

Suspicions were raised when a number of changes were made on applications:

The investigation by state authorities began last August when a clerk in Hendricks County marked around a dozen voter forms with suspicious information. The probe went into 56 counties where the organization collected 45,000 applications.

“We looked onto the Statewide Voter Registration System and noticed that there had been an unusually high number of date of birth and first name changes,” the secretary of state’s office told CNN last October.

If convicted, the penalty could include jail time, per Associated Press:

All 12 defendants face one count each of procuring or submitting voter registration applications known to be false, fictitious or fraudulent. Eleven of them face one perjury count each, while the 12th — their supervisor — faces one count of counterfeiting.If convicted on all the charges each defendant faces up to 2 ½ years in prison.

The Indiana Voter Registration Project faces the same charges as the supervisor. If convicted, the group could face a fine of $10,000.

The canvassers may have been influenced to make the false registrations to keep getting paid:

The investigation found workers had submitted bogus applications on behalf of nonexistent residents, submitted new applications for people who were already registered, and at least one application was submitted on behalf of a minor, he said.

A search warrant unsealed on Nov. 14 says some workers admitted to falsifying registrations, saying they faced the possibility of losing their temporary job if they didn’t register at least 10 new voters a day.

The probable cause affidavit says supervisors told canvassers “to obtain their quota by any means necessary.” Canvassers were paid $10 an hour and worked five-hour shifts.

“By giving someone a financial motive to (meet a quota) is what caused these canvassers to cut corners and do things that not only undermined the goal of having legitimate registered voters but led to a situation where we allege it bled over into criminal conduct,” Curry said.

Mattis Blames Obama for Failures in Afghanistan

United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis blamed former President Barack Obama for the U.S. losing the war in Afghanistan.

According to The Daily Caller, Mattis spoke in front of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to give Mattis the power to examine the number of troops in Afghanistan.

During his testimony, Mattis explained how former President Barack Obama’s decision to pull support for Afghan troops in 2014 allowed the Taliban to build up its power in the country. As a result, the war in Afghanistan will not end any time soon, and it’s up to Trump and his team to resolve the situation.

“I believe that we pulled out forces at a time, as you know, when the violence was lower, but we pulled them out on a timeline rather than consistent with the maturation of the government and the security forces,” Mattis said.

The Washington Examiner noted that Mattis blamed President Obama for his “misguided” decision.

“At one point, when we reduced our forces there, I believe in what was probably in hindsight a misguided application of our forces. We restricted them from using our air support, with some idea we would wean them off the need for it,” Mattis said.

Then, Mattis dropped a bomb and completely humiliated President Obama and his leadership. “The result was that as security declined, all the other stresses have come to bear, to include heavy casualties on the part of the Afghan forces, other nations pulled their forces out as well, and the Taliban was emboldened,” Mattis said.

“We’re not winning in Afghanistan right now, and we will correct this as soon as possible,” he said with authority.

According to The New York Times, Mattis also laid out the Trump administration’s plan to win the war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. will reassess the need for additional troops in Afghanistan in an effort to support Afghan troops in their goal to reduce violence in the country. Those U.S. service members will include air power and possibly special operations forces. After a period of time, the Trump administration hopes that U.S. forces will have provided Afghan troops all they need to sustain safety in their country on their own.

It seems as if Trump has more of a plan to win the war than Obama ever did.

Four revelations from Sessions hearing

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday afternoon just days after fired FBI Director James Comey appeared before the same panel investigating questions of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign.

During his testimony, Sessions rejected any insinuation that he colluded with Russian operatives to influence the presidential election in any way, calling the suggestion an  “appalling and detestable lie.”

Here are four major takeaways from Tuesday’s open hearing:

No. 1: Sessions: I had no meetings with Russian operatives in the Mayflower Hotel

Sessions told the Intelligence Committee under oath that he had no private meetings with Russian operatives during an April 2016 event during which then-candidate Donald Trump delivered a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador during that reception,” Sessions said, “I do not remember it.”

The attorney general did, however, acknowledge that he did meet twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, once during the Republican National Convention and once in his Senate office, two meetings he failed to disclose during his confirmation hearings earlier this year.

Sessions’ recollection of the Mayflower event is in contradiction to testimony shared last week by Comey. Comey, speaking to the same committee during a closed-door session, reportedly told the senators that Sessions may have held a previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at the hotel.

“Any suggestion that I participated in, or was aware of, collusion with the Russians is an appalling and detestable lie,” Sessions declared in his opening statement Tuesday.

No. 2: Sessions says he recused himself only because of Justice Department rules

The attorney general explained to the committee that — in his mind — the sole reason he recused himself from the Russia investigation is because of Justice Department regulations.

Sessions, who served as a top surrogate for Trump’s campaign, said Tuesday that it was “not because of an asserted wrongdoing, or any belief that I may have been involved in any wrongdoing in the campaign” that he recused himself from the investigation. Instead, Sessions said his recusal, which came in early March, was because of “a Department of Justice regulation” that he felt required him to step away.

The top Trump official explained that the regulation stipulates that Justice Department employees “should not participate in investigations of a campaign if they served as a campaign adviser,” as he did during the 2016 election.

Despite that recusal, a frustrated Sessions made clear he would not stand idly by as lawmakers — and Comey — cast aspersions, accusing him of potential wrongdoing.

“I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations,” he said.

Interestingly, Sessions’ explanation for stepping away from the Russia probe differs from what he told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings in late January. At the time, he said he was “not aware of a basis to recuse myself.”

“If merely being a supporter of the President’s during the campaign warranted recusal from involvement in any matter involving him, then most typical presidential appointees would be unable to conduct their duties,” he said at the time.

Democrats then — as they have since — raised concerns about a potential conflict of interest. Sessions, though, said Tuesday he has not been briefed at all on the Russia investigation.

No. 3: Comey did meet alone with Trump, Sessions confirms

Sessions corroborated part of Comey’s testimony last week, telling the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump did at one time abruptly request a private Oval Office meeting with the former FBI director.

The attorney general testified that he and other officials filed out of the president’s office, leaving Trump alone with Comey following a group meeting in February. At the time, the FBI was investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russian operatives.

Comey told lawmakers last week that during that private encounter, Trump told him: “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.”

Sessions said Tuesday that Comey came to him the day after his private meeting with Trump to express “concern” about being left alone with the president, but the ex-FBI chief offered no details about his conversation with Trump.

Sessions said he “affirmed” Comey’s concerns and implored him to not hold any conversations with Trump about any investigation “in a way that was not proper.” He added that Comey, who had been in the bureau for many years, “knew those policies probably a good deal better than I did.”

No. 4: Sessions rejects any claims that he is ‘stonewalling’

During a particularly heated moment in the lengthy Senate hearing Tuesday, Sessions, a former Republican senator from Alabama, rejected the notion that he was “stonewalling” questions from lawmakers.

The attorney general’s rejection came when his former colleague, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), told him: “The American people have had it with stonewalling. Americans don’t want to hear that answers to relevant questions are privileged and off-limits, or that they cannot be provided in public, or that it would be quote ‘inappropriate’ for witnesses to tell us what they know.”

Earlier in the hearing, Sessions claimed to be unable to reveal the details of his private communications with the president because he did not want to step on Trump’s opportunity to decide — at some future time — whether or not he wants to invoke executive privilege.

Sessions asserted he was not trying to evade the senators’ questions but was just “following the historic policies of the Department of Justice.” He never clarified exactly what policies he was referring to.

“You don’t walk into any hearing, or committee meeting, and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States, who is entitled to receive confidential communications in your best judgment about a host of issues,” he added.

That line of questioning ultimately led to an extremely intense exchange between Sessions and Wyden, who then pressed the attorney general on statements made by Comey during his testimony last week. The Oregon lawmaker explained that Comey vaguely testified to “matters” regarding Sessions’ recusal “that were problematic.”

When he asked the attorney general what Comey might have been referring to, Sessions shot back: “Why don’t you tell me? There are none!”

“This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don’t appreciate it,” Sessions said. “People are suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters, and I’ve tried to be honest.”

Sessions ultimately voiced frustration that any details of Comey’s closed-door testimony made it into news reports.

THIS IS MOST CERTAINLY TRUE.- IT MAKES SENSE

BRILLIANCE IN 3 PARTS

 

 

Part I:
A. Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men.
B. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women.
C. Allow those folks who want to abort their babies, abort their babies.

In three generations, there will be no more Democrats.

 

 

Part II:
10 Poorest Cities in America  (How did it happen?)
  City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

  1. Detroit, MI 32.5%
    2. Buffalo, NY 29.9%
    3 Cincinnati, OH 27.8%
    4. Cleveland, OH 27.0%
    5. Miami, FL 26.9%
    5 St. Louis, MO 26.8%
    7. El Paso, TX 26.4%
    8. Milwaukee, WI 26.2%
    9. Philadelphia, PA 25.1%
    10. Newark, NJ 24.2%

What do these top ten cities (over 250,000 pop.) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI – (1st on poverty rate list) hasn’t elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo, NY – (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954 
Cincinnati, OH – (3rd) not since 1984
Cleveland, OH – (4th) not since 1989
Miami, FL – (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO – (6th) not since 1949
El Paso, TX – (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee, WI – (8th) not since 1908
Philadelphia, PA – (9th) not since 1952 
Newark, NJ – (10th) not since 1907

Einstein once said, ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’
It is the poor who habitually elect Democrats… yet they are still POOR.

 

Part III:

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

 

 

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him had better take a much closer look at the American Indian.”
                                   ~Henry Ford

COMEY: I LEAKED TOO! FBI director drops bombshell that he ‘got his version out’ after he was fired in devastating testimony calling Trump a LIAR who he felt ordered him to CLEAR Flynn but dodges whether the president obstructed justice

 

  • Fired FBI director James Comey testified in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday morning
  • He said President Trump ‘lied’ when he described the reason for his firing
  • He described Trump’s ‘shifting’ explanations when he later said he fired Comey for the Russia investigation 
  • Said he took it as a ‘direction’ when Trump told him to let Flynn investigation go 
  • Comey will share an account of Trump’s demands for loyalty and his requests that the FBI end an investigation into embattled adviser Mike Flynn
  • Trump’s lawyer is claiming vindication since Comey confirmed on Wednesday that he told Trump he wasn’t personally being investigated 
  • The ‘Super Bowl of Washington’ has bars offering ‘impeachment’ drinks and the entire country on edge 
  • Comey dared Trump to release tapes of their meetings: ‘I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes!’ 
  • Says he directed a professor friend to leak the contents of a memo to a reporter to get info about his Trump encounter into the ‘public square’ 
  • Said there was ‘no fuzz’ on the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 election 
  • White House fires back: ‘The president’s not a liar’
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  • Fired FBI Director James Comey delivered some of the most watched political testimony in years by calling out the ‘lies’ told after President sacked him, blasting an administration he says chose to ‘demean’ him and claiming he felt the president ‘directed’ him to call off an FBI investigation – then admitting he had leaked against the president himself.

    In riveting testimony watched around the nation, Comey disputed ‘shifting explanations’ that followed his firing, and specifically pointed to Trump‘s televised comment that he fired Comey because of the FBI’s Russia investigation.

    His remarks laid out the carefully constructed beginnings of a case that President Trump used his power and his relationship with Comey in a way that might have taken investigative pressure off a longtime supporter accused of Russia ties – fired security advisor Mike Flynn – and remove a ‘cloud’ that was hanging over his young administration.

    Comey described the president’s extraordinary efforts to get with him one-on-one to discuss the Flynn case, create a sense of political indebtedness, and reject salacious unproven allegations about the president.

    He stated his own unequivocal belief that he was fired ‘beause of’ his handling of the wideranging investigation of Russian election interference, but ripped the president’s decision to explain his own firing by citing a variety of other reasons.

    But Comey also declined to call what he experienced obstruction of justice, admitted directing the leak of his own memos of his Trump encounters, and confirmed that the president was not personally under investigation at the time he was unceremoniously fired in May.

    ‘The administration then chose to demean me and more importantly the FBI,’ Comey complained at the top of his remarks.

    ‘Those were lies, plain and simple,’ he said in firm but unemotional terms.

    Comey testified he believed the president directed him to halt a probe of security advisor Mike Flynn, said he kept copious notes because he feared Trump would lie, and acknowledged putting out information about his unusual meetings with the president after Trump tweeted after he fired Comey.

    LEAKS AND TAPES 

    ‘The president tweeted on Friday, after I got fired, that I’d better hope there’s not tapes. I woke up in the middle of the night Monday night, because it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation,’ Comey testified.

    ‘There might be a tape. And my judgement was, I needed to get that out into the public square. And so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of that memo with a reporter. Didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel … a good friend of mine who’s a professor at Columbia Law School,’ Comey said.

    Columbia Prof. Daniel Richman confirmed to a reporter for Mic that he leaked the document.

    Comey wouldn’t pass judgement on whether the president’s conducted amounted to obstruction of justice. ‘I don’t know. That’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out,’ he said, pointing to the special counsel probing Russian election interference and related matters.

    He shared information about his encounters with officials in the FBI and the Justice Department, but did not disclose an awkward conversation with the president about the Flynn probe with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying he assumed correctly that Sessions would soon have to recuse himself from matters involving the Russia investigation.

    Comey said he has already turned over his memos to special counsel Robert Mueller. Senators pinged him with questions about who else might have them, indicating that the investigatory panel was still searching for a way to gain its own access to the information.

  • WON’T SAY TRUMP ENGAGED IN OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

    In an early revelation, Comey stopped short of describing a conversation where Trump asked him to let go of an investigation into fired national security advisor Mike Flynn as obstruction of justice, which is a federal crime.

    ‘General Flynn at that point of time was in legal jeopardy. There was an open FBI criminal investigation of his statements in connection with the Russian contacts and the contacts themselves,’ Comey said.

    ‘I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning. But that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense,’ he said.

    COMEY TOOK NOTES BECAUSE TRUMP ‘MIGHT LIE’

    He said he kept detailed records of his interactions with the president because he was ‘honestly concerned that [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting.’

    It was a contrast to the reviews he got from the president while he was in office. ‘He had repeatedly told me I was doing a great job and he hoped I would stay.

    Comey explained why he kept detailed memos on his conversations and meetings with the president – something he said he didn’t do with President George W. Bush and Barack Obama because there wasn’t a need.

    ‘I knew that there might come a day when I would need a record of what had happened, not just to defend myself but to defend the FBI and our integrity as an institution,’ Comey said.

    ‘I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document,’ he said.

    Comey’s testimony at a glance

      On letting Mike Flynn probe go:

    ‘I took it as a direction.’

    On obstruction of justice:

    ‘I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct.’

    On asking a friend to leak his account of a Trump meeting:

    ‘I needed to get that out into the public square.’

    On why he got fired:

    ‘It’s my judgement that I was fired because of the Russia investigation.’

    On Trump mentioning ‘that thing’ in a conversation without explanation

    The president ‘was preparing himself to say I offered loyalty to you you promised loyalty to me.’

    On having to blow off his wife to meet one-on-one with Trump for alleged pressure meeting:

    ‘In retrospect, I lost spending time with my wife, I wish I’d been there that night.’

    On former attorney general Loretta Lynch and the Clinton investigation:

    ‘At one point the attorney general directed me not to call it an “investigation” but instead to call it a “matter,” which confused me and concerned me’

    On White House recordings of his conversations with Trump:

    ‘Lordy, I hope there are tapes!’

    On his own conduct, which included not confronting Trump directly:

    ‘I don’t want it to sound like I was Captain Courageous’

    FLYNN COMMENT TAKEN AS ‘DIRECTION’ 

    Comey also explained how he interpreted Trump’s statement in an unusual one-on-one meeting where he asked Comey to let the investigation of security advisor Mike Flynn go.

    Under questioning from Sen. James Ritsch, Comey said the exact words Trump words were that he ‘hoped’ he would let the probe go.

    ‘Those words are not an order,’ he acknowledged.

    But he also said: ‘I took it as a direction. This is the president of the United States with me along saying: ‘I hope this.’ I took it as what he wants me to do,’ Comey said.

    Daniel Richman, professor at Columbia Law School in New York, is an advisor to Comey, who said he passed his memo of a Trump meeting to a friend who gave it to the New York Times. He told a reporter he passed on the document

    Daniel Richman, professor at Columbia Law School in New York, is an advisor to Comey, who said he passed his memo of a Trump meeting to a friend who gave it to the New York Times. He told a reporter he passed on the document

    ‘I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in,’ he said under questioning about how he responded from Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

    Comey dared Trump to release tapes of their meetings: ‘I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes!’

    ‘The president surely knows whether he taped me. And if he did my feelings aren’t hurt. Release all the tapes, I’m good with it,’ he said later in his appearance.

    Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) brought up one of the president’s public statements.

    ‘At his press conference on May 18, the president was asked whether he had urged you to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn. The president responded: ‘No, no. Next question.’ Is that an accurate statement?’ King asked.

    ‘I don’t believe it is,’ Comey said.

    ‘NO FUZZ’ ON RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN 2016 

    Providing context to the questioning, Comey offered his most uninhibited declarations and denunciations of Russian election meddling in the presidential election when asked.

    ‘There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever,’ he said. ‘The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose they did it with sophistication they did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.’

    DATE-NIGHT SPOILED

    In one moment of levity, Comey recalled that when Trump personally called him at lunch time to ask him to have dinner that night for what became the Flynn meeting, he had to break a planned date with his wife.

    ‘In retrospect, I lost spending time with my wife, I wish I’d been there that night,’ he quipped.

    Comey repeatedly stated his own belief that he got fired because of the FBI’s Russia investigation, but would only go so far in his speculation, based in part on Trump’s public statements.

    FIRED ‘BECAUSE OF THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION’ 

    ‘I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation, was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him and he decided to fire me because of that,’ he told Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.). ‘I can’t go farther than that,’ he said.

    ‘It’s my judgement that I was fired because of the Russia investigation. I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was in some way to change the way the investigation was being conducted,’ he added.

    ‘That is a very big deal. And not just because it involves me,’ he said.

    The Senate’s big top opened Thursday for the latest circus in the Trump-Comey saga, as the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee thanked James Comey for his ‘candor’ in prepared testimony saying nation needs to hear his side of the story.

    The former FBI director’s testimony began with reporters far outnumbering the public in a packed Intelligence Committee hearing room.

    ‘This is not a witch hunt. It is not fake news. It’s an effort to protect our country,’ said the panels’ top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, in a shot a President Trump.

    Comey stared straight ahead as the hearing was called to order, but entered the hearing room to a chorus of camera shutters that sounded more like a downpour of rainfall than a political turning point.

    The shutters continued when he rose and raised his hand to take the oath to tell the truth.

    In a hugely anticipated display of political warfare, fired FBI director James Comey went to the Capitol to recount a series of conversations with PresidentDonald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the White House and a law enforcement agency that prides itself on independence.

    It was apparent from the get-go that Comey’s testimony would involve drama, substance, and theater. As soon as he took his seat in a Senate hearing room, he was surrounded by cameras. 

    THE PRESIDENT’S NOT A LIAR’ 

    The White House had deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders provide an off-camera briefing.

    Asked whether Trump is a liar, she said: ‘No, I can definitively say the president’s not a liar, and I think it’s frankly insulting that that question would be asked.’

     Comey stared straight ahead as the hearing was called to order.

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the Intelligence Committee chairman, thanked him for his ‘dedicated leadership’ and dedicated service to the FBI.

    Referencing his bombshell written testimony, Burr said, ‘Your statement also provides texture and context to your interactions with the president.’

    He said it ‘outlines a strained relationship.’

    ‘The American people need to hear your side of the story, just as they need to hear the president’s description of events,’ Burr said.

    Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said in an opening statement that Comey is ‘a straight shooter’ who has been ‘willing to speak truth to power, even at the risk of your career. Which makes the way in which you were fired by the President utterly shocking.’

    LYNCH MEETING PIVOTAL TO CLINTON PROBE

    Burr raised eyebrows with a momentary flashback to Comey’s July 5, 2016 press conference, in which he described a host of potential criminal offenses committed by Hillary Clinton in connection with her classified email scandal.

    Comey said former attorney general Loretta Lynch’s private meeting with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac was the last straw that convinced him he had to come forward.

    The FBI ultimately did not recommend criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton, who was running for president against Donald Trump at the time.

    But Comey’s public statements spelled the beginning of the end for her White House ambitions.

    That tarmac meeting, which raised suspicions of collusion, influenced him ‘in an ultimately conclusive way,’ Comey testified.

    ‘That was the thing that capped it for me, that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation,’ he said.

    He added later that Lynch had asked him not to use the term ‘investigation’ in connection to the Clinton probe, which wasn’t accurate. ‘At one point the attorney general directed me not to call it an ‘investigation’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me.’

    ‘That was one of the bricks in the load that lead me to conclude I have to step away from the (Justice) department if we are to close this case credibly,’ Comey testified.

    ‘We had a criminal investigation open at the time, so that gave me a queasy feeling,’ Comey said.

    Warner said that while Trump was pressuring Comey to relax his investigation of Flynn, ‘he was also allegedly pressuring senior leaders of the intelligence community to downplay the Russia investigation or intervene with Director Comey.’

    ‘This is not how a President of the United States behaves,’ Warner scolded.

    ‘Regardless of the outcome of our investigation into those Russia links, Director Comey’s firing and his testimony raise separate and troubling questions that we must get to the bottom of.’

    The testimony, Comey’s first public statements since his May 9 dismissal, is likely to bring hours of uncomfortable attention to an administration shadowed for months by an investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    His account of demands for loyalty from the president, and of requests to end an investigation into an embattled adviser, are likely to sharpen allegations that Trump improperly sought to influence the FBI-led probe.

    Lines snaked through hallways in a Senate office building on Thursday morning as Capitol Hill staffers and ordinary people vied for just 88 seats. Most went away disappointed.

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The Most Important Takeaways From Comey Hearing

Marco Rubio gets Comey to say he was pressured to stop investigation when earlier in testimony he said he was not pressured.

Despite admitting President Trump “simply hoped” the FBI would drop its probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, former FBI Director James Comey said he interpreted this as a direct order, which contradicts his sworn Senate testimony on May 3.

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted Thursday to orchestrating leaks to the press in hopes of prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor.

Marco Rubio asked Comey why so many leaks about the investigation kept being released to the press, but he couldn’t explain.

Comey took Trump’s “hope” that he would “let go” of Flynn investigation as an order.

 

Comey contradicts himself again…

 

James Comey In Total MELTDOWN, After Marco Rubio Asked Him 1 Question

During the contentious James Comey hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) leveled a question to the former FBI director that caught him off guard.

Rubio, addressing the culture of leaks which have surrounded the Trump administration and specifically the Comey firing, asked why the detail of Trump not being under investigation seemed to be the only detail which did not leak.

Comey’s response: “I don’t know.”

Rubio’s full question:

“This investigation is full of leaks left and right. We’ve learned more from the newspapers than we do from our open hearings. Do you wonder why of all the things in the investigation that the only thing that has never been leaked was the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that both Democrats and Republican and leadership of Congress knew that and have known that for weeks?

Comey’s full answer:

“I don’t know. I find matters that are briefed to the gang of eight are pretty tightly held in my experience.”

 

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