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“According to a source” is FAKE NEWS.
Clearly disappointed to have been left out of the headline heroics from Friday night (courtesy of The Washington Post and The New York Times), CNN has decided that anon-sourced perspectives on officials’ feelings now warrants reportage.
The latest in the sad sage of mainstream media’s downward spiral, as The Hill reports, is that former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify that he believes President Trump was deliberately trying to meddle in the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election, according to a report late Friday.
Despite swearing under oath that he “had never” been influenced during an investigation, and further that if he had he would have reported it immediately…
CNN now reports that, according to a source, Comey has come to believe the president intended to influence him…
H/t reader P.A.Semi:
“And this is also a very full-fledged list of consequences, for which Comey deserved firing:”
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And just like yesterday, it was just a matter of minutes before CNN and NBC ‘independently’ corroborated the New York Times’ story.
Source confirms to CNN’s @PamelaBrownCNN Comey wrote in memo that President Trump asked him to end Flynn investigation
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) May 16, 2017
NBC News confirms Comey says Trump asked him to drop the Flynn investigation
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 16, 2017
Meanwhile, Independent Senator Angus King of Maine is now considering calling for impeachment proceedings for “obstruction of justice.”
Taking the generous way out, former FBI Director James Comey sent a farewell letter on Wednesday to friends and agents, in which he notes he does not bear a grudge and notes that “a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all” and adds that “I’m not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won’t either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply.”
Comey urges the FBI, which he described as “a rock of competence, honesty, and independence” to continue its “mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution” and concludes by saying that his “hope is that you will continue to live our values and the mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. Working with you has been one of the great joys of my life. Thank you for that gift.”
Full letter below, via CNN:
In a rare appearance of the Russian president in his natural sporting habitat, CBS’ caught up with Russian President Putin rink side and asked him about the firing of former Director Comey. Here is a transcript of the conversation:
Palmer: How will the firing of James Comey affect US-Russia relations?
Putin: There will no effect. Your question, please don’t get mad, is silly. We have nothing to do with that. President Trump is acting in according with his competence, and in acordance with his law and constitution. And what about us? Why us? You see I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans. And I invite you to do the same.”
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 10, 2017
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“In my view, a huge portion of WikiLeak’s activities has nothing to do with legitimate news gathering, informing the public…but is simply about releasing classified information to damage the United States of America. It’s ‘intelligence porn’…just push it out in order to damage.”
Updates From Hearing:
On his decision to announce the re-opening of the Hillary investigation:
In response to the very first question from Senator Feinstein, Comey explains his thought process leading up to his October 28th announcement that the FBI would be re-opening its investigation into Hillary’s email scandal after 1,000s of new emails were found on Anthony Weiner’s computer. While he said that the idea that his decision had any impact on the election makes him “mildly nauseous,” he would make the same decision today.
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, told his top agents from around the country that he had been asked by President Trump to stay on the job running the federal government’s top law enforcement agency, The New York Times reports, according to people familiar with the matter.
The political fallout from this decision will make the news cycle buzz today, since Hillary Clinton, the mainstream media, and many Democrats blame Mr. Comey for her defeat, and it is not clear whether she would have kept him on had she won.
The FBI’s October surprise has thrown the 2016 election into November chaos. But an examination of the trigger mechanism behind this event reveals a deeper layer of manipulation by the media and financial interests behind the election. This is the GRTV Backgrounder with your host James Corbett. This report also includes an Interview with Prof. Michel Chossudovsky.
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In an unexpected flip-flop, just two days after White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that “President Obama doesn’t think Comey tried to influence the election” and that “Obama still believes Comey has good character”, the US president – who has expressly stated that he doesn’t wan’t to look like he is meddling – on Wednesday changed his tune, when he unleashed criticism addressed at FBI Director James Comey’s disclosure of the Bureau’s new probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
In his first public comments on the decision, Obama told NowThis News he did not want to interfere with the investigation. Yet, he did just that when he said it’s important that the public’s judgment not be colored by incomplete information, hinting that the reopening of the FBI probe should not influence voter decisions, even though it would mark the first time a candidate could become president pending an active FBI investigation, with potential criminal consequences.
“I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo,” Obama said in the interview published Wednesday. “We don’t operate on incomplete information. We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
Fewer than three of 10 Americans trust government to do the right thing always or most of the time, Gallup reports, and the years since 2007 are “the longest period of low trust in government in more than 50 years.” The details emerging about the multiple investigations into Hillary Clinton explain a lot about this ebbing public confidence in institutions such as the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Start with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. A cavalcade of former Justice heavyweights are now assailing FBI director James Comey for reopening the Clinton email file, and Justice sources are leaking that the director went rogue despite Ms. Lynch’s counsel not to alert Congress so close to an election.
In a letter sent by Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Sunday night, former Attorney General Eric Holder as well as dozens of former DOJ officials slammed FBI director James Comey’s decision to reopen the FBI prove into Hillary Clinton just days ahead of the election. Comey wrote a letter to members of Congress announcing the decision, prompting criticism from Democrats and former high-ranking Justice officials, now including ex-Attorney General Eric Holder, suggesting a major ideological and political schism has formed between the DOJ – which as the WSJ reported last night stifled a similar probe into the Clinton Foundation – and the FBI.
Joining a similar letter penned by Harry Reid on Sunday, the letter said that “Justice Department officials are instructed to refrain from commenting publicly on the existence, let alone the substance, of pending investigative matters, except in exceptional circumstances and with explicit approval from the Department of Justice officials responsible for ultimate supervision of the matter.”