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Tue May 9, 2017, 10:21 PM

FBI agents in tears as news of Comey's firing spread

Source: Politico

The news of FBI director James Comey’s firing struck like a thunderclap at field offices around the country, where agents heard first from TV or the internet that their boss had been dismissed by President Donald J. Trump.

“I’m literally in tears right now. That’s all I have to say,” said a longtime special agent who’s known and worked with Comey for years, who first heard the news on the car radio.

By Tuesday evening, the shock that initially spread throughout the ranks of current and former FBI officials was mixed with a growing sense of anger among the many Comey loyalists in the bureau, and demands for answers as to why the director had been fired – and why now.

“We just have no idea why this happened. No idea,” said one recently retired top FBI official who worked closely with Comey on multiple high-profile investigations. “No one knew this was coming. Everyone is just shocked that this happened.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/omey-firing-fbi-tears-238190?lo=ap_b2

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Reply FBI agents in tears as news of Comey's firing spread (Original post)
fountainofyouth May 2017 OP
still_one May 2017 #1
C_U_L8R May 2017 #2
47of74 May 2017 #8
TheDebbieDee May 2017 #20
irisblue May 2017 #27
47of74 May 2017 #30
irisblue May 2017 #33
TheDebbieDee May 2017 #34
politicat May 2017 #23
earthshine May 2017 #40
Squinch May 2017 #3
RandySF May 2017 #6
Squinch May 2017 #9
irisblue May 2017 #28
MurderMittenLiberal May 2017 #38
harun May 2017 #7
babylonsister May 2017 #4
roamer65 May 2017 #5
orleans May 2017 #10
brush May 2017 #11
Amaryllis May 2017 #12
mdbl May 2017 #35
Amaryllis May 2017 #42
msongs May 2017 #13
bucolic_frolic May 2017 #14
Honeycombe8 May 2017 #29
NBachers May 2017 #15
NRaleighLiberal May 2017 #16
GliderGuider May 2017 #18
Honeycombe8 May 2017 #31
HuskyOffset May 2017 #21
NRaleighLiberal May 2017 #22
question everything May 2017 #17
dalton99a May 2017 #19
helpisontheway May 2017 #24
Kingofalldems May 2017 #25
Docreed2003 May 2017 #26
LisaM May 2017 #32
philly_bob May 2017 #43
AngryAmish May 2017 #36
hatrack May 2017 #37
inwiththenew May 2017 #39
Marthe48 May 2017 #41
CBHagman May 2017 #44

Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:22 PM

1. good, then do something about it

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:23 PM

2. Vengeance.

Is a tasty breakfast treat.
Just saying.

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #2)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:28 PM

8. And as the Klingon proverb says

 

"Revenge is a dish best served cold."

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #8)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:08 PM

20. Sheakespeare (sp) said it first!

 

Didn't he?

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Response to TheDebbieDee (Reply #20)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:21 AM

27. It is better in the original Klingon. Ask Worf.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #27)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:23 AM

30. bortaS bIr jablu'DI' reH QaQqu' nay

 

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #30)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:32 AM

33. Tru that

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #30)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:34 AM

34. bIjatlh 'e' yImev...

 

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #8)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:32 PM

23. Not too cold, please.

Just, ya know, like next day pizza. This doesn't need to get labeled and packed in the freezer for later.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #8)

Wed May 10, 2017, 11:31 AM

40. I want to know how Khan knew of Klingon proverbs!

 

Star Trek II -- great movie, a few plot holes.

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:23 PM

3. Wonder how many of them voted for Trump. I bet a good percentage.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #3)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:27 PM

6. The New York office worked with Giuliani to find dirt on Clinton.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #6)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:29 PM

9. Yep. Chickens come home to roost.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #6)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:22 AM

28. Suffer long.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #6)

Wed May 10, 2017, 08:43 AM

38. Yep,

And to think I just read a headline where Giuliani says he isn't a candidate for FBI director. How did it come to this particularly evil breed of swine tugging on the reins of America? This plot is far too deep for those at the top to escape punishment, one can only hope it is as damning and embarrassing as a punishment can be.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #3)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:28 PM

7. I think so too

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:24 PM

4. It's nice to see some compassion for Comey.

dt is a pig. People do not matter.

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:27 PM

5. "Revenge is a dish best served cold".

Get to it, Agent Mike!

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:29 PM

10. maybe if he hadn't been such an asshole about clinton emails i wouldn't have laughed when i heard

the news

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:31 PM

11. Hope this makes them dig in and get the dirt out on trump and his co-colluders

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:31 PM

12. A lot of pissed off agents is not a good thing for criminals trying to prevent leaks. And it's not

just THAT he did it; it's the way he did it - so humiliating.

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #12)

Wed May 10, 2017, 06:23 AM

35. He did it like on his television show

what did anyone expect?

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Response to mdbl (Reply #35)

Wed May 10, 2017, 05:26 PM

42. YOU're right. It's all TV to him.

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:35 PM

13. fbi employees should love being the new gestapo - excellent job security for years or more nt

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:35 PM

14. Email statements or not

he tried to steer things down the middle with transparency, was under
pressure from all sides, and fought against politicization. That idea is
out the window now. The country is in an uproar.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #14)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:22 AM

29. +1 nt

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:42 PM

15. How the worm turns.

To whom do lions cast their gentle looks?
Not to the beast that would usurp their den.
The smallest worm will turn being trodden on,
And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.”


Shakespeare, Henry VI

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:46 PM

16. "we have no idea why this happened"? WTF? the I in FBI stands for intelligence (whoops)...sorry!

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getting late - too emotional!

But still - I would expect them to have some intelligence!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #16)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:50 PM

18. +1 I have no idea why it took this long. He was a threat to Trump from the get-go. nt

 

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #18)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:25 AM

31. I thought he might be fired earlier than this.

What with Comey getting close and really doing an investigation. Then, with the statement at the hearing, where he said "I'll follow the investigation...wherever...it...may...lead," I thought he might be in trouble.

But I was blindsided at this particular timing.

It's clear that Trump was sweating, so they finally decided on the nuclear option. The investigation was getting close enough that even though this firing would hurt Trump's image as "innocent and being crucified," that was better than letting Comey continue a real investigation.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #16)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:20 PM

21. F.B.I.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Response to HuskyOffset (Reply #21)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:25 PM

22. tired - check my edit!

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:48 PM

17. They did not even have the guts to call him to the White House and tell him

"YOu are fired" to his face. Comey had to learn it while giving a lecture in LA and the TV screens behind him reported this.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-comey-los-angeles-20170509-story.html

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 10:56 PM

19. They know what to do. Their boss' boss is a proven traitor.

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:49 PM

24. Good

They can kiss my ass. Constantly leaking shit on Hillary. Comey can go to hell for purposely affecting the outcome of the election. His agents will now see exactly who they lobbied for as president.

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:51 PM

25. Trump will fire any and all who stand in his way.

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Tue May 9, 2017, 11:54 PM

26. But trump told us Comey had lost the faith of the agents at the FBI!

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 12:28 AM

32. Well I was in tears when they doomed Hillary

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from their New York office. I'm scared too but boo effing hoo to some of them.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #32)

Wed May 10, 2017, 07:25 PM

43. Message deleted by DU the Administrators

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 07:41 AM

36. Deep Throat was a FBI agent pissed a Hooverite did not get appointed by Nixon

 

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 08:30 AM

37. To quote Mick Mannock on the Red Baron's death in 1918:

"I hope he roasted all the way down."

How many in the FBI voted for Trump? My guess would be 60%? 70%?

Lots and lots and lots of little Eddie Eagles full of red-white-and-blue Fox News bullshit.

How's it taste, boys and girls? Venalicious!

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 08:50 AM

39. Comey was a partisan hack who cost Hilary the election

And then to top it off his testimony on Huma wasn't factual.

I hope the door doesn't hit his ass on the way out.

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Response to inwiththenew (Reply #39)

Wed May 10, 2017, 11:48 AM

41. Hoping the crap testimony

was planned to get his release so he can reassess his loyalties and priorities.
Although everyone seems to scoff at telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Do they even bother to swear under oath any more? Maybe just kiss someone's ring or someone's ass?

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Response to fountainofyouth (Original post)

Wed May 10, 2017, 11:17 PM

44. Don't miss another article at the link...

...namely this one on Trump's firing shtick. Just about every line is quotable...and unsettling.

[url]http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/10/donald-trump-fires-james-comey-215123[/url]

A strategically incoherent, predictably unpredictable, private-sector lord who ran his family business by doing what he wanted when he wanted and with limited consideration for consequences stretching beyond his own immediate interests and gratification, Trump has spent the first not quite four months of his presidency running headlong into the constitutional checks and balances of American democracy. The system of safeguards against dictatorial intemperance has flummoxed him. Where there has been objective failure, Trump as usual has proclaimed historic success.

In instances, though, in which executive power is sufficient for actual action, he has been nobody but his imperious, impetuous, spiteful self. And here, according to the reporting of POLITICO and other news organizations, Trump made a fraught, monumental, republic-rattling decision the way he’s always made decisions—quickly—and for the same central reasons—vengeance and self-interest. Comey wasn’t the first person he fired—he canned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and interim Attorney General Sally Yates—but this sacking in many ways was Trump’s quintessential act as the country’s chief executive.

Enraged by the FBI’s ongoing investigation into his and his campaign’s Russian ties, Trump had pliant Justice Department deputies outline Hillary Clinton-related reasons to fire Comey—reasons that seemed contrived given Trump’s praise for Comey on the campaign trail, the kiss he blew in Comey’s direction this past January and his statement of support just last month. On Tuesday, however, Trump wrote a short letter of his own in which the second paragraph in particular pulsed with telltale Trump, down to the self-serving and factually unsupported statement replete with clumsily inserted commas. “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation …”

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