That Comey would go to these lengths to avoid Trump tells me that Trump was constantly trying to obstruct this investigation.
Can you say obstruction of justice?
According to a New York Times report published Thursday, Comey tried to blend into the Blue Room’s blue curtains during a White House visit for a ceremony honoring law enforcement officials who provided security at inauguration.
Comey recounted the incident to his friend, Brookings Institution fellow Benjamin Wittes, who told the story to The Times. Comey, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall, was wearing a dark blue suit and stood near the similarly colored curtains in the back of the room, hoping that Trump would not spot him.
“He thought he had gotten through and not been noticed or singled out and that he was going to get away without an individual interaction,” Wittes told the Times.
However, Comey was spotted by the president, who called out to him and joked he had become “more famous” than himself. Trump went in for a hug when Comey was reportedly trying to only give Trump a handshake.
The editorial boards of these reliable conservative newspapers were geniuses in the fall, and they’re geniuses now because they saw what other Republicans refused to see: that Donald Trump was, and is, not fit to be president.
I’m not psychoanalysis him. I’ll leave that to the professionals. He doesn’t have the personal skills or ideas or knowledge to be an effective president, and the entirety of his tenure has proven that. What he does is not presidential, what he says is not presidential and what he sees as his role in the national conversation is not presidential.
In and of itself, Trump’s firing of James Comey should not have been big news. Comey has lived on borrowed time since the inaugural, and would have been immediately sacked at 12:02 pm on January 20 had Hillary won. But the Trump White House looks like a rat’s nest with people peeking their heads out to see if there’s a trap. Good public servants have dutifully explained what the talking-points said and legislators have responded as expected to their party over country.
Then the president (shudder) weighs in. And by now it should be crystal clear that he has little sense of protocol or how to shape a message, and it is not clear if he wants to acquire these skills. It’s all personal. Venomous. Vindictive. Vile. Accusatory. Threatening… This is not presidential and it never will be. There is no normal here.
As for the actual content, clearly Comey has something on Trump or Trump has something on Trump, and Comey should just come right out and say what he has and see if Trump releases any “tapes” if they exist. This is how you confront a bully. I think one of Hillary’s big mistakes in the debates was not taking Trump’s offer that he would release his tax returns if she released her deleted emails. As soon as he proposed it, she should have extended her hand and said, “Deal. We’ll release them on the same day.” Comey needs to do the same thing in response to Trump’s threats. The country is bigger than one person’s personality.
As I said before, my life has become much easier now that I reject anything that comes out of Trump’s mouth, twitter feed or pen. And now that he has essentially said his administration will say anything or even cancel press briefings, my life is getting even more relaxing. The problem is that we still live in a democratic republic that demands an active press. Shutting down the process is dangerous.
And finally, let’s not overplay Trump’s dysfunction. He has done nothing impeachable nor can people who oppose him gain anything by demonizing those who voted for him. What we need is a responsible opposition that focuses on the issues such as health care, taxes, immigration and jobs and makes clear what we think the country should do about these things. That’s what voters will eventually use to make their choices. There is plenty of time to identify quality candidates and to begin the process of making a case.
WOW! Not only did the FBI break all standard rules and precedents when it comes to interfering in a presidential election, but the agency – or someone in the agency with knowledge of the workings of the FBI – apparently held secret meeting/s with the Trump campaign telling the campaign of the plan to re-open a review in the Clinton Email scandal, before the rest of the world knew.
Trump campaign adviser, Rudy Giuliani confirmed this earlier today.
— Correct The Record (@CorrectRecord) November 4, 2016
While the rest of the world assumes the FBI has already found incriminating emails from Hillary Clinton on Weiner’s computer, MSN News is reporting that the FBI just obtained a warrant to search Anthony Weiner’s computer for emails related to the Hillary Clinton private server probe.
The warrant came two days after FBI director James Comey revealed that the emails were linked to Weiner’s estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The FBI already had a warrant to search Weiner’s laptop, but that only applied to evidence of his allegedly illicit communications with an underage girl.
Comey’s disclosure of the emails ignited fierce criticism, particularly from Clinton, who called the move an “unprecedented” departure from FBI policy.
On Sunday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid scolded Comey as well, saying in a letter that he “demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be clear intent to aid one political party over another.”
But…but… Donald Trump is supposed to “Make America Great Again!” Wouldn’t such an announcement by the FBI boost Donald Trump, even giving him a sure path to the White House? Why would the Stock Market react this way to this announcement?
Because Trump is all talk, that’s why. And economists have already said that if implemented, Trump’s economic policy would be disastrous. That his economic policy would explode the debt and plunge America into an economic black hole!
— BI Markets (@themoneygame) October 28, 2016
Can you imagine this guy in the White House with all the power of the world at his disposal? A guy who can change his mind at the drop of a dime should not and cannot lead the free world or have his finger on the nuclear code.
Trump has shown time and time again that he is incapable of maintaining a steady position on any political issue. We’ve seen and heard situations where Trump says something one day and totally change position days, even hours later. So it comes as no surprise that Trump’s “rigged system” talking-point has come to an end now that the FBI announced a review of Hillary’s emails.
“It might not be as rigged as I thought,” Trump said at a campaign rally in New Hampshire after FBI director James Comey advised Congressional leaders of newfound Clinton emails. “The FBI, I think they are going to right the ship, folks. I think they are going to right the ship, and they are going to save their reputation by doing so.”
Just hours before the FBI’s announcement, Trump was interviewed on Fox News where he condemned the FBI, saying the agency “rolled over” by not throwing Hillary Clinton in jail.
“The system is rigged when Hillary Clinton is allowed to run for president, because what she did is criminal,” Trump told Baier Friday morning. “The FBI rolled over and the Department of Justice rolled over.” For extra emphasis, he added moments later, “When she’s allowed to run for office, the FBI rolled over.”
“Rolled over” no more. Trump has now changed his position on the very same FBI.
“I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake that they made. This was a grave miscarriage of justice that the American people fully understood. And it is everybody’s hope that it is about to be corrected.”
I can see Trump in the Oval office snuggling with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on the phone, then bombing Moscow minutes later because Putin hung up without saying good night. Instability is not a trait we want in the next Commander-in-Chief and it is unbelievable that Republicans allowed Trump to get this close to the White House.
According to the FBI, the new-found emails came about during an investigation into Anthony Weiner and his text messages to a 15-year-old girl. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin apparently used that same electronic device to send emails to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The FBI is now re-addressing the issue.
The F.B.I. is investigating illicit text messages that Mr. Weiner, a former Democratic congressman from New York, sent to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. The bureau told Congress on Friday that it had uncovered new emails related to the Clinton case — one federal official said they numbered in the tens of thousands — potentially reigniting an issue that has weighed on the presidential campaign and offering a lifeline to Donald J. Trump less than two weeks before the election.
In a letter to Congress, the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said that emails had surfaced in an unrelated case, and that they “appear to be pertinent to the investigation.”
Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. was taking steps to “determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.” He said he did not know how long it would take to review the emails, or whether the new information was significant.