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NEWSWEEK: The president might be wise to negotiate a resignation before he's fatally wounded.

One Republican on the panel, Mike Conaway of Texas, asked Comey how he could be so sure the Russians were for Trump. “Logic,” Comey answered, stifling a smirk. If they were against Clinton, who’d pressed a hard line against Putin’s multi-pronged “hybrid war” against Europe and repression of dissidents at home, that meant they were for Trump, whose ties to Russian oligarchs led the Kremlin to think it might get a better deal. At first the Russians “focused on undermining her presidency,” which until Election Day looked like a cinch, Comey said. Trump’s victory was an unexpected bonus.

Lest any Trump supporter hope the feds were through with him after the election, Comey relieved them of that illusion, too. The FBI, he said, was continuing to investigate “the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Translation: The bureau is conducting an open-ended counterintelligence investigation into whether any of Trump’s associates collluded with the Russians. The FBI generally does not open an investigation, much less continue one, unless there’s evidence of a possible crime. And unlike criminal investigations, which generally require indictments from grand juries at some point, the FBI’s counterintelligence probe of Russian subversion and Trump’s associates could remain open for months, even years. Comey also said the FBI will conduct “an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.”

The upshot: Barring some unforeseen development, the Trump White House will feel the drip, drip, drip of the bureau’s multiple probes for its entire time in office. No doubt the leaks have just begun.

The president might be wise to negotiate a resignation before he’s fatally wounded. Comey and Rogers slashed him so badly on Monday, with their emphatic eviscerations of his infamous tweets claiming President Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower, that his credibility on any issue, outside his adoring legions of cult-like fans, has been nearly destroyed. At some point, the Republicans may see their own salvation lies in deserting him for Vice President Mike Pence.


We have a vicious, cruel idiot as President: We won't have these crowds if we don't get this done

Trump worried that people would stop coming to his rallies if Republicans fail to pass health care reform.

On Tuesday, Trump traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with House Republicans reluctant to pass a Republican health care bill that has been championed by Paul Ryan.

Trump began his meeting by congratulating himself for the crowd size at a Monday night rally in Louisville. Trump warned that the value of his earned media would be diminished if the health care bill fails.

“We won’t have these crowds if we don’t get this done,” he reportedly complained. “I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don’t get this done.”

Trump left the meeting without taking questions.



Reince Priebus FBI contacts suddenly look even worse after yesterday's testimony

We learned about a month ago that Priebus spoke with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe about Team Trump’s Russia scandal, and by some accounts, the White House chief of staff hoped to persuade FBI officials to reach out to journalists to downplay the significance of the controversy.

As we discussed at the time, there are rules in place that severely limit the communications between the FBI and the White House, though in this case, Reince Priebus either didn’t know or didn’t care about those restrictions. Politico had a report over the weekend – before yesterday’s testimony from FBI Director James Comey, obviously – about the communications.

Reince Priebus’s request that the FBI refute a report of Donald Trump associates’ contacts with Russian intelligence appears to have violated the White House’s policy restricting political interference in pending investigations, according to a copy of the policy obtained by POLITICO.

The policy says only the president, vice president and White House counsel can discuss specific investigations or cases with the attorney general, deputy attorney general, associate attorney general or solicitor general. Any other conversations require the approval of the White House counsel, according to the document.

In other words, Priebus’ chats with the deputy director of the FBI – communications that the White House has already acknowledged – were problematic on their face.

But in light of yesterday’s news, they seem quite a bit worse.

Based on what we now know, the White House chief of staff improperly communicated with a leading FBI official while an FBI counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign was already underway. Priebus hoped to get the FBI’s help in knocking down reports of a scandal while the FBI was reviewing that scandal.


Trump supporter okay with Russian collusion BECAUSE the liberal media wouldnt take down Clinton

Miranda Seymour agreed, telling CNN she has no problem with Trump once suggesting Russia should find and release former rival Hillary Clinton’s emails from her private server.

“I think that all of our superpowers in the world interfere with everybody’s elections, and if by bringing out emails for someone as evil as Hillary not being president, by all means bring it out,” Seymour argued.

She added it was “absolutely” okay that Trump asked for Russia to hack Clinton’s emails.

“Absolutely, because it’s the truth,” Seymour argued. “I feel like our media is liberal in the United States, if our people aren’t going to do it, let’s let Russia do it for us.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

LOL! O'Reilly's Tip For TRUMP


McClatchy-FBI Russia probe examining whether far-right sites like Breitbart helped Russia

McClatchy, FBI Russia probe examining whether far-right sites like Breitbart helped Russia's pro-Trump bot


Howard Fineman: "...hearing made it so clear that a presidency was in serious legal peril."

The Trump-Russia Story Has Only Just Begun (To Explode)
Not since Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal has an investigative hearing made it so clear that a presidency was in serious legal peril.
By Howard Fineman

“The director of the FBI, with the director of the National Security Agency agreeing at his side, in effect called the president of the United States a liar ― and, oh, by the way, the president’s 2016 campaign indeed is under investigation for allegedly having secretly teamed up with Russia to win the election.

After two months of Donald J. Trump’s presidency and more than a year of his campaign, our political senses are so dulled by tumult that we can barely recognize history when we see it. Make no mistake. Monday’s hearing was all but unprecedented.


“The GOP. Republican leaders hate the Russia story, and they are not eager to push the line that it is a good thing to be in bed with Putin. You haven’t ― and won’t ― see Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) getting in the way of the FBI freight train. They tend to agree that Russia is an enemy.”

So much good stuff here:

Quite the NYT headline





Kurt Eichenwald warns Trump Admin: "It's raining"

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