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Thu May 18, 2017, 04:43 PM

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey

The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.

'Whhen Jim Comey first learned that Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales were on their way to the George Washington Hospital room of John Ashcroft, his first call for help was to Bob Mueller. Comey knew that the White House chief of staff and the White House counsel would try to push the attorney general to renew the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program, code-named STELLAR WIND. Comey, who was then Ashcroft’s deputy, had spent the preceding weeks leading the charge against the White House and especially Vice President Dick Cheney against the program, which the Justice Department’s lawyers had determined was illegal. For days, Comey had weathered intense pressure to reauthorize STELLAR WIND, the debate escalating as the program’s expiration date neared. Cheney’s office had told Comey in no uncertain terms that if the program wasn’t OK'd, Americans would die—and their blood would be on Comey’s hands. . .

The story of that March 11, 2004, showdown—how it came to light and what it says about the motivations and the moral compass of the two men now at the heart of a new Washington showdown—should deeply worry the Trump White House.

Donald Trump, as it turns out, has stumbled into taking on two experienced Washington players on their home turf—in skirmishes that will play out in public Capitol Hill hearings with Comey even as Mueller slogs along with what is likely to be a quiet, tenacious and by-the-book investigation into the heart of the Trump campaign’s relationship with Russia.

Robert Mueller might just be America’s straightest arrow—a respected, nonpartisan and fiercely apolitical public servant whose only lifetime motivation has been the search for justice. He was the most influential and longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover himself, and someone who has settled since his retirement from government in 2013 into being that rare voice-beyond-reproach that companies and organizations recruit to lead investigations when they need to tell shareholders or the public that they’ve hired the most seasoned and respected person they can find, someone who will pursue a case wherever it leads without fear or favor. He became the first FBI director to serve a complete 10-year term since Hoover, only to then see Barack Obama reappoint him for a special two-year term, a decision that required a special act of Congress and made him the only person to be appointed head of the FBI by two different presidents, of different parties.

“His gift is that he’s decisive without being impulsive,” Comey told me several years back, recalling his years working alongside Mueller. “He’ll sit, listen, ask questions and make a decision. I didn’t realize at the time how rare that is in Washington.”'>>>

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/18/james-comey-trump-special-prosecutor-robert-mueller-fbi-215154?cmpid=sf

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 06:25 PM

1. Trump should be afraid. He should be very afraid. He's already separating himself from his team.

In one of his latest responses to a question, he has said there's no collusion between him & his team and Russia, but speaking for himself...there was no collusion involving HIM.

His team should also be very afraid. With Trump, the buck stops....over there. Never with him. He won't think twice about selling the others down the river, with the possible exception of Ivanka's husband. She would never forgive him, and she is clearly his favorite.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #1)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:25 PM

2. he's the worst kind of narcissist. If his survival boiled down to sacrificing Ivanka's husband ..

he'll do it regardless of his daughters feelings.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu May 18, 2017, 07:46 PM

3. Wasn't It Comey's Action that Gave Us President Trump?

Jim Comey is no saint. It was his unethical action with his outrageous letter regarding Hillary Clinton's email that played a large role in giving us President Trump. How short people's memories can be. By the way, whatever happened to the Hatch Act violation complaint against Comey? There's more to this story.

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Response to dlk (Reply #3)

Thu May 18, 2017, 11:11 PM

5. The Oct. Surprise was part of it, but not all. He screwed up. Not worthy of being fired.

Exhibit A: He wasn't fired. In fact, Trump praised him for it.

He made a bad decision. Really bad. I don't think it was unethical. Unethical means he did something bordering on illegal, and that it was underhanded. It wasn't that.

Why do you think people have forgotten it? I've heard a number of politicians on tv reiterate he screwed up, but he wasn't fired for it, and they reiterated they didn't ask for that. So he was NOT fired for that. He was fired for not doing what Trump wanted him to do: Drop the Flynn investigation, and continuing the Russian investigation and even expanding it.

There's a difference between saying someone screwed up, and saying that he's so incompetent he should be fired.

The way I viewed it is that he was trying to negotiate a political situation, but since he's not political and since he had taken such heat for recommending that HRC not be prosecuted, he overshot the mark in trying NOT to be perceived as favoring her, by letting people know that weird thing...an investigation might be opened again, if such and such.

I didn't hear anyone in power say he should be fired, but Lindsay Graham says that Schumer said that. I don't know if he did, tho.

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Response to dlk (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 07:50 AM

6. You didn't respond to the posts correcting your post. nt

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Response to dlk (Reply #3)

Fri May 19, 2017, 08:47 AM

7. The FBI Director never shares his opinion about an invstigation with the public.

He turns his findings over to Justice, and they decide whether to prosecute or not. Comey editorialized about his feelings about what Clinton had done, and then made a very public announcement about "new evidence" that was nothing of the kind. He fucked up royally. I suspect he thought Clinton, like many of us, would win anyway. I doubt he did it to influence the election.

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