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Tue Jun 6, 2017, 10:47 PM

Re: Comey and Mueller

Dick Cheney: “How can you possibly be reversing course on something of this importance after all this time?”

James Comey: “I will accept for purposes of discussion that it is as valuable as you say it is. That only makes this more painful. It doesn't change the analysis. If I can't find a lawful basis for something, your telling me you really, really need to do it doesn't help me.”

Dick Cheney: “Others see it differently.”

James Comey: “The analysis is flawed, in fact facially flawed. No lawyer reading that could reasonably rely on it.”

David Addington: “Well, I'm a lawyer, and I did.”

James Comey: “No good lawyer.”

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency; Barton Gellman; Penguin; 2008; pages 295-296.



As we wait for Mr. Comey to testify on Thursday, I thought it would be fun to review his interactions within the Bush-Cheney administration. Most people remember his intervening when two White House officials attempted to illegally get John Ashcroft to sign on to an enhanced “patriot act” from his hospital bed. But the confrontation detailed above – which took place a few days before – is less well-known. Gellman's book is perhaps the best resource regarding this chapter in our history.

VP Cheney was attempting to keep information on the upgraded domestic spying program secret from everyone in the administration, except a very few individuals. Indeed, unlike the “patriot act,” this program was classified at the highest level, just like the code word information Trump recently leaked to his Russian buddies. Cheney hoped that the pressure to replace the current program, set to run out in a couple days, would force the Justice Department to sign on.

Cheney and his friends were not happy that Ashcroft said he would not sign on, unless Comey was brought in. Thus, the tense meeting noted above, in which Addington shouted, “If you rule that way, the blood of the hundred thousand people who die in the next attack will be on your hands!” at Comey. The following day, when Comey arrived for another meeting with Cheney, he was refused entrance. And this is what led to the infamous conflict at Ashcroft's hospital bed.

Ashcroft's wife had instructed the hospital that absolutely no calls were to be put through to her husband's room. Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales attempted to get through, but their call was rejected. Either one of them, or perhaps Cheney, got President Bush to call – he got through – and inform the Ashcrofts that Card and Gonzales were on their way over.

Comey was informed of their plan, and he rushed to Ashcroft's hospital room. What hasn't been reported on very often is that Comey called the FBI director, Robert Mueller, and had him inform thew guards at Ashcroft's room that Comey could not be removed when the White House ghouls arrived.

It is well known that Comey prevented Card and Gonzales from accomplishing their goal. More, as Gellman documents, Card would order Comey to go straight to the White House later in the evening. Comey told Card that after what he had witnessed at the hospital, he would refuse to meet with Card without the solicitor general of the United States present.

Comey would then hold an emergency meeting at the Justice Department. If the Cheney forces got Bush to over-rule him, Comey would resign. Numerous others stated that they would, too. This group included FBI director Mueller. Earlier in the evening, Mueller had said, “There comes a time in every man's life when the good Lord tests him.” Comey, Mueller, and the others passed that test.

Gellman writes about how the Cheney people tended to bad-mouth Comey, increasingly in the days leading up to the showdown, including around Bush. Interestingly, Bush was known to say, “Oh, Cuomey? He's a great guy!” – mistakenly mispronouncing Comey's name in the manner of team Cheney (who attempted to connect him with Andrew Cuomo, who they despised).

In fact, when Bush met with Comey in the days after the hospital conflict, and learned about the potential resignations, Bush would agree with Comey's position, rather than Cheney's. And, as we all know, in time the decision was made to appoint Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate the Plame scandal, an illegal attempt by the Office of the Vice President to conduct a “black op.”

From this episode, I think it is safe to say that Comey and Mueller are willing and able to confront the abuse of executive power. Indeed, they coordinated their efforts in the past, and they are coordinating their efforts now.

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H2O Man Jun 2017 OP
WhiteTara Jun 2017 #1
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WhiteTara Jun 2017 #3
Tatiana Jun 2017 #4
H2O Man Jun 2017 #8
Hekate Jun 2017 #17
H2O Man Jun 2017 #27
moonscape Jun 2017 #34
Tatiana Jun 2017 #47
Mme. Defarge Jun 2017 #5
H2O Man Jun 2017 #9
Mme. Defarge Jun 2017 #14
StevieM Jun 2017 #20
StevieM Jun 2017 #22
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2017 #6
H2O Man Jun 2017 #10
coeur_de_lion Jun 2017 #7
H2O Man Jun 2017 #11
Blue_Roses Jun 2017 #18
H2O Man Jun 2017 #26
Hekate Jun 2017 #29
H2O Man Jun 2017 #32
Me. Jun 2017 #60
spanone Jun 2017 #12
H2O Man Jun 2017 #13
Phoenix61 Jun 2017 #15
Hekate Jun 2017 #16
Blue_Roses Jun 2017 #21
Steven Maurer Jun 2017 #19
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H2O Man Jun 2017 #54
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Steven Maurer Jun 2017 #64
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Blue_Roses Jun 2017 #23
H2O Man Jun 2017 #25
unblock Jun 2017 #28
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H2O Man Jun 2017 #39
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furtheradu Jun 2017 #30
H2O Man Jun 2017 #31
voteearlyvoteoften Jun 2017 #35
H2O Man Jun 2017 #40
wryter2000 Jun 2017 #37
H2O Man Jun 2017 #41
tblue37 Jun 2017 #38
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H2O Man Jun 2017 #51
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H2O Man Jun 2017 #75
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Me. Jun 2017 #62
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coeur_de_lion Jun 2017 #49
H2O Man Jun 2017 #52
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Me. Jun 2017 #58
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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 10:53 PM

1. I hope we don't end up with an another

empty Fitzmas. That was deeply disappointing and this is so much worse.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:01 PM

2. Convicting Scooter

was big. Libby refused to turn on Cheney. It was Congress that absolutely should have pursued Cheney's role -- as Patrick recommended.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:05 PM

3. It's sort of like if Eric goes down and Jared goes down

but Trump stays in power...not big enough.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:14 PM

4. Recommended.

Excellent points and very good use of history. CNN also provided a good summary of this very topic in May.

There is a trio of patriots here: Mueller, Comey, and Bharara. Between these people lies the truth about what happened to this country and how Trump and his masters managed their coup. I am still ultimately glad that Comey was fired because we got Mueller and I believe Mueller has the skill set and experience, without the ego or desire for recognition. This is Comey's biggest flaw and a common one among leaders.

I also believe that there are some in leadership roles (in both parties) that don't believe this country can handle the truth. They would rather watch our nation decline in stature at home and abroad instead of confronting the biggest Constitutional dilemma we have ever faced.

How do you address an election that was stolen? What is the remedy?

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Response to Tatiana (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:41 PM

8. Thanks!

James Comey is of Irish heritage, from Clanna Woulfe. Thus, as much as I'd like to argue otherwise, I must admit that he may -- at times -- come off as being a tad theatrical .....and possibly as a "just look how smart I am" type of guy. But he is a solid investigator and prosecutor.

Mieller, by nature, offends far less people. And that has advantages.

I agree with your assessment of the cowardly, unpatriotic character of many of the elected representatives in DC. Think of how many of them have taken campaign contributions from Trump. And that's the tip of the ice cube when it comes to the money.

It's essential that Pence gets kneecapped in this, too. Once Trump is being impeached, we don't want to hear that he is "the one man who can bring America together." Flynn is turning now, but if he alone says that he didn't lie to Pence -- he didn't -- there needs to be others to support that. If it's just Flynn, it is his word against Pence's.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:33 AM

17. Lord yes, I really want to see Pence go down too. What you said.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #17)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 01:02 AM

27. I think Sessions

could play a role in this. He is a snake, though a little one. A fucking creep. A liar.

However, he was in the outer circle, per Russia. Flynn dipped him, with the meetings with the ambassador. Sessions got caught, and hence his recusal. The news is saying that is why Trump is increasingly mad at poor Jeff. But there is more. Much more.

Trump spoke with Sessions several times about Comey. This included leading up to the firing of Comey. The cover story was the bit about the Clinton campaign; however, Trump blew that out of the water. Sessions has since attempted to put a wall between himself and Trump on this subject. He is, of course, following his lawyer's advice. That's why Trump is so pissed at him. And why Sessions has offered his resignation. He will turn on Trump by mid-July.

And, if he turns on Trump, he'll have to expose Pence's role.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 03:38 AM

34. How do we know that Flynn is turning? n/t

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 02:15 PM

47. Agreed on all three points.

More people will be willing to work with Mueller and give him the evidence he needs. Some were put off by Comey (Rosenstein's letter gives us a big clue. He never would have written such a blisteringletter if he was the only person that held that viewpoint.)

My disappointment in our DC officials is great. There are some, like Schiff and Waters and Cummins who are prepared to confront the truth. But they are running up against a wall.

I maintain it is essential to gain evidence of Pence's participation in this coup and to impeach him as well. I would actually prefer to have Pence impeached first and leave Trump in temporarily as a lame-duck without a VP (Congress should deny approval of any appointment) to prevent the ascension of Paul Ryan. Trump is too arrogant to resign. If we take back the House in 2018, that would give us a Democratic Speaker, at which time we should impeach and remove Trump with the assurance of a Democratic successor for President.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:19 PM

5. "James Comey: No good lawyer. !!!

I have long been confident that Comey will be vindicated for his role that, most probably, affected the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:44 PM

9. I respect Mr. Comey.

Had the ex-president not met with the Attorney General on an airplane, Comey never would have made the public appearance.

A lot of factors combined in 2016, to help Trump. None more important than the Russian coordinating with Trump's campaign.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:56 PM

14. Thank you.

That's my take on it.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:36 AM

20. I have absolutely no doubt that Comey would have done the exact same thing had Clinton

not met with Loretta Lynch.

He intervened in the race, over and over again. He certainly had no right to do what he did 11 days before the election.

I think Comey was much more important to the election result than Russia. He turned the race upside down and the research date proves it.

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Response to Mme. Defarge (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:37 AM

22. I am terrified by the prospect of Comey being vindicated.

And he didn't just affect the outcome--he dramatically reshaped the race.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:28 PM

6. Great analysis, my dear H20 Man. K&R n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:45 PM

10. Thank you!

Much appreciated!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:33 PM

7. Interesting!

Will they take him down like Felt took Nixon down?

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #7)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:48 PM

11. Yes.

Trump will not complete his second year in office. In fact, it could end this fall.

Still, the most dangerous time for our constitutional democracy is between his firing Comey, and his exit. Those who believe that Trump will create an international crisis -- most likely intentionally -- in this time have valid concerns. Keep an eye on the Middle East.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:33 AM

18. Interesting that you say

"keep an eye on the Middle East," because we just learned about the fued between the Saudi's and Quatar.

So much going on that I can't keep up with it all.

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Response to Blue_Roses (Reply #18)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:53 AM

26. Right.

That news is unsettling. It could become worse, quickly. I am hoping that "the generals" have agreed to not act on any insane commands from Trump.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #26)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 01:39 AM

29. "The generals" are an interesting proposition. McMasters has apparently been sucked in ...

...to Trump's worldview, or liberated to express his own now that he is in the overtly political sphere -- that is, the world as the US has tried to shape it since the end of WW II is not interconnected and co-operative, but really an inherently hostile place of competition in a zero-sum game. In other words, it confirmed my suspicion that everyone with a good reputation that Trump pulls into his orbit gets dirty one way or another.

Like you, I hope there is in the Pentagon a core group with an understanding that Trump is unstable, even insane, and that extreme caution must be their byword.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #29)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 02:08 AM

32. I wonder

if McMaster is actually a jackass, or if he is simply playing a role publicly, so that he is included on inside-the-administration conversations. I suspect the second option; if so, it must be somewhat humiliating for him to play along.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:48 PM

60. Now That There Is A Good Question

Haven't thought of Felt since he was outed, by him

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:51 PM

12. Thanks! K&R...

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Response to spanone (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:53 PM

13. Thank you!

Can't wait for Thursday -- but tomorrow will be very interesting, too!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:09 AM

15. Great post

I'm so tired of people running Comey down. I know there are many who are very unhappy with some of his actions but to accuse him of being a republican pawn is grossly unfair.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:13 AM

16. Well, well. Between your OP and Rachel's thing on the lawyer joining Mueller, I am quite cheered...

Last edited Wed Jun 7, 2017, 03:31 AM - Edit history (1)

However, just a word of caution to our more excitable and impatient DUers: her leadup covering said lawyer's career included his working more than a decade to bring down two major Mafia dons. It took a long time to amass all the info and make sure it was so solid it could not fail.

To which I can only add: it's a damn good thing there weren't any impressionable young analysts (ahem) in his office who figured the public needed to know all the evidence collected 5 years before he was able to bring down the second crime boss. Because then the guy would have gotten away with his crimes after all.

Just sayin'

Edited to add: the lawyer's name is Weissmann

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Response to Hekate (Reply #16)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:36 AM

21. Great point

and so true. The wheels of justice move slow, especially when you have reason to be worried. But, taking the time to get it right is worth every nailbite.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:33 AM

19. Although Comey is a Republican...

...I have no doubt in my mind that he has been trying to do what he believes is right by the country - within his flawed view.

It has been a long time since I can honestly call someone on the other side "the honorable opposition". But in this case, it is fit.


Naturally, of course, this led to him being fired by the rest of the Republicans.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:51 AM

24. Mr. Comey

is not a republican. He was a registered republican many years ago. But not in recent times. He is, however, rather conservative.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #24)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:12 PM

48. That assertion is belied by Mr. Comey's political donations:

$2,300 to John McCain in 2008
$2,500 to Mitt Romney in 2011
$2,500 to Susan Brooks in 2011
$2,500 to Mitt Romney in 2012


And while he said he is no longer a registered Republican, it is more a lack of registration than anything.

I do though think that he was mostly embarrassed by Trump.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Reply #48)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:32 PM

54. In other words,

exactly what I said.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #54)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:53 PM

55. Well, if you consider last year to be "many years ago"

I don't, but it's not a big enough deal to argue about.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Reply #55)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:02 PM

56. There is no possible argument.

As I noted, Mr. Comey is not a republican, and hasn't been for many years. 100% accurate. I also said he is conservative. Again, I am 100% correct.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #56)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:41 PM

57. The "argument" is that "ONE year" is not "MANY years"

But beyond that small inaccuracy in your statement, I agree.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Reply #57)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:46 PM

59. Wrong.

Mr. Comey was not a republican a year ago ....no many how many times you incorrectly say he was.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #59)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:55 PM

64. That is not what Wikipedia says

Comey only announced his decision to not be registered as a Republican less than a year ago.

Google this. You're smart enough to do that.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Reply #64)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 10:22 PM

65. I don't need to.

Nor do I care what someone wrote on Wikipedia. That's simply not accurate.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #65)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 10:28 PM

66. Really? I have respected you in the past, H2O Man

I didn't think you were going for the whole deciding that your opinions were more credible than actual published and referenced facts.

But whatever.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:37 AM

23. Inspiring H2O Man!

Thank-you!

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Response to Blue_Roses (Reply #23)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:51 AM

25. Thank you!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 01:10 AM

28. I suspect the transcription is facially flawed....

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Response to unblock (Reply #28)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 02:09 AM

33. wrong

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #33)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 11:08 AM

36. Then I'm tickled even more ;)


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Response to unblock (Reply #36)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:09 PM

39. I am going to

speculate that your focus was on the word "facially." If that wasn't it, I apologize.

The word has a specific meaning in its legal sense. It goes a bit beyond the obvious "on the face of it," though that actually applies. A facial challenge to a statute, or proposed law, is a process of constitutional law, that claims the statute or proposed law always violates the US Constitution (rather than has the potential to violate it in specific circumstances).

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #39)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:24 PM

43. all right, all right, don't get your nose bent out of shape ;)

i get it now, i can appreciate the desire for a shorthand way of saying there's a prima facia argument against something....

i still find the "facially flawed" phrase very amusing....

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Response to unblock (Reply #43)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:29 PM

44. My nose is fine.

After boxing in 329 fights, no one ever bent my nose out of shape. It's not likely that anyone's inability to understand the meaning of a word could do any damage to it.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #44)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:38 PM

45. i did not know you were a boxer! i did not intend my joke to be on the nose!

on the other hand, i had to have my nose reconstructed after a car accident many years ago.

so it seems that both i and my vocabulary are facially flawed.

and perhaps my sense of humor as well....

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 01:59 AM

30. Thank YOU.💖 those days seem long ago..

But for some of us, they shaped our World.
I expect a LOT in the next 2 days.

Thank YOU for reMinding us of
of who Comey is, & has been..
& who We are, & where We have been.
..& where We are going.
Thank YOU. 💖

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Response to furtheradu (Reply #30)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 02:05 AM

31. Thank you.

Wednesday will be good. Thursday will be even better. Much better.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:13 AM

35. Knr

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Response to voteearlyvoteoften (Reply #35)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:10 PM

40. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 11:31 AM

37. K&R

Thanks for the history and analysis. Spot on.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #37)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:10 PM

41. Thank you.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 11:42 AM

38. K&R. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #38)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:10 PM

42. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 01:25 PM

46. Thanks for this important historical anecdote, H2O Man.

Mueller will hopefully be very thorough in his investigation. Regardless of what Comey reveals or does not reveal Thursday, there is still so much more criminality in the Trump administration yet to be explored beyond the purview of the Trump/Comey obstruction story. But it is helpful to look back on his prior efforts to speak truth to power. I particularly loved his dig at Addington. It would be refreshing to hear some similar dig at Trump - "No good president would ask such a question."

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #46)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:28 PM

51. Thanks, Robert!

Good to see you!

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #51)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 12:55 PM

72. You're welcome!

Always good to read your take on things.

What do you think of the proceedings this morning?

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #72)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 01:18 PM

75. I think Comey did

very well. Poor John McCain humiliated himself, though he probably has no memory of it.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #75)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 01:30 PM

77. I almost feel sorry for McCain.

Not quite, considering so many of his bad stances over the years, but now his chance to bow out gracefully has passed.

Comey came off as a straight shooter and also gave me the impression that he is still keeping some ammo in reserve where classified info is at play. I feel pretty secure there will be more details for him to reveal to Mueller's special counsel. Like the Senators, I really want to read those memos he made expressly because he thought Trump is a liar!

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #77)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 01:36 PM

78. Right.

I felt sorry for him as a human being. But not as a US Senator. (I felt guilty for laughing out loud!)

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #46)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:49 PM

62. Wow RP

Nice to see you

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Response to Me. (Reply #62)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 12:58 PM

73. Good to see you too!

Does this whole scandal seem bigger than Plamegate? I really hope justice is served.

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #73)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 01:04 PM

74. It Does Seem Bigger

Because of all the tentacles and the complete corruption regarding the finances of 45. I don't know who is worse, at this point, for different reasons, 45 or Cheney, though both have been/are perilous for this country.

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Response to Me. (Reply #74)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 01:24 PM

76. That's what really does it for me too: the finances.

My hope is that Mueller will leave no stone unturned; which would entail complete examination of all financial documentation for the past 20 years (including tax returns) connected with foreign countries as well as domestic entanglements with foreign actors, such as Russian mafia. I think at a minimum this would show a Constitutional violation of the emoluments clause. But I suspect there is far greater criminality.

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Response to robertpaulsen (Reply #76)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 01:49 PM

79. I Also Suspect Greater Criminality Related To Finances

And I think his sons pointed the way when a year or so more they said they received buckets of money from the Russians. 45 sold that house in Fla. for far more than it was worth and of course, there are the sales of apartments in 45 Tower. I think they are up to their necks in hock to the Russians, captives to whatever Putin wanted/wants.

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:16 PM

49. Here is Comey's full statement

Care to comment, Mr. H?
[link:https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/os-jcomey-060817.pdf|

>>snip
On the morning of April 11, the President called me and asked what I had
done about his request that I “get out” that he is not personally under investigation. I replied that I had passed his request to the Acting Deputy Attorney General, but I had not heard back. He replied that “the cloud” was getting in the way of his ability to do his job. He said that perhaps he would have his people reach out to the Acting Deputy Attorney General. I said that was the way his request should be handled. I said the White House Counsel should contact the leadership of DOJ to make the request, which was the traditional channel.

He said he would do that and added, “Because I have been very loyal to
you, very loyal; we had that thing you know.” I did not reply or ask him what he meant by “that thing.” I said only that the way to handle it was to have the White House Counsel call the Acting Deputy Attorney General. He said that was what he would do and the call ended.

That was the last time I spoke with President Trump.

<<snip

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #49)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:30 PM

52. Yes.

I'm going to write up a quickie on Sessions, then I will dissect this letter.

It's good. Very good.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #52)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 07:35 AM

67. PM me when you're finished

Work will interfere with my Comey enjoyment today.

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Response to coeur_de_lion (Reply #67)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 09:12 AM

68. Okay.

Take the day off work. I'm not going in to the clinic myself.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #68)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 12:32 PM

71. wish I could brother

at work now

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:25 PM

50. Excellent WaterMan

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Response to malaise (Reply #50)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 08:30 PM

53. Thanks!

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Response to H2O Man (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:43 PM

58. Aaah, The Lead Up To The Plame Days

How could I not recommend this thread?

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Response to Me. (Reply #58)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:48 PM

61. I find myself

thinking of the beginning of the movie The Exorcist, when the old pries was in the desert, and recognized an old foe's presence.

This country needs to get this straight this time.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #61)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 09:52 PM

63. This Is Getting So Interesting

I was thinking it had a familiar feel to it and then I saw RP upthread and it really did.

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Response to Me. (Reply #63)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 09:13 AM

69. A DU reunion.

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #69)

Thu Jun 8, 2017, 10:40 AM

70. Indeed!

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