A.M. Links: Rosenstein Threatened to Resign Over Handling of Comey Firing, Trump Says He Invented the Phrase 'Priming the Pump'

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    Donald Trump told The Economist that he invented the phrase "priming the pump." According to the president, "I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good."

  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly "threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire [James] Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation."
  • "I will be fine." Read James Comey's farewell letter to colleagues at the FBI.
  • Who will replace James Comey as the next FBI director?
  • "We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency," says the Trump administration about yesterday's White House meeting between President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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  1. According to the president, “I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good.”

    You don’t want to know what he was doing at the time.

    1. He was trying to repair a well, obviously.

      1. Or trying to drill a well and yuge though it was, the tool just wasn’t up to the job.

        1. Poor Melania.

    2. Did I…?

      Never mind.

      Hello.

    3. You don’t want to know what he was doing at the time.

      Talking on the phone with Bill O’Reilly?

      1. Do you think Trump pulls an LBJ and makes most of his calls while on the can? That’s always a hilarious thing for a president to do.

        1. He tweets on the toilet. it helps him drop one in the pool to know that all his tweets cause TDS.

          1. Twitterable Dump Syndrome

          2. T…r….u…m…p
            D…e…r…a…n…g…e…m…e…n…t
            S…y…n…d…r…o…m…e..

            1. Tubby Drumpf Shitting?

            2. The Dismissal Sadness

            3. The Democrat SadZ

    4. This is the final evidence I need to understand that our president is not well. It’s dementia.

      1. Trump Demented. Sad!

  2. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly “threatened to resign after the narrative emerging from the White House on Tuesday evening cast him as a prime mover of the decision to fire [James] Comey and that the president acted only on his recommendation.”

    You’re fired.

    1. This is a news report about supposed threat to resign and we all know how truthful those are.

      If it is true and Rosenstein publicly will not stand by his recommendation to fire Comey, then Trump should fire Rosenstein too.

      1. It’s not that Rosenstein doesn’t stand by the memo you fool, it’s that he won’t stand by and allow Trump to tell lies about how it all went down.

        1. I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
          Its not about that either fool. Its that the media and the left has no credibility to complain about Comey being fired and they are still making stuff up. The media has done a 180 and now Comey is their little darling.

          Did the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General recommend Comey dismissal? Yes. End of discussion.

          1. I wish I were capable of deluding myself on various subjects as you seem to have done with Trump. That you’ve witnessed such gross incompetence and continue to slurp his jizz is fascinating to me. To be able to view everything occurring through this lens which distorts reality to the extend were you sound like an insane sycophant… Even if I had voted for Trump, I would have been off the train long before now.

            I admire your loyalty in a sense, but hope to never be such. I can feel the panicked pace at which you type simply by reading your words. Such desire to parrot opinions that are not your own in an effort to persuade someone out there that everything is okay, but failing to realize that you are speaking into the abyss. Good luck, friend.

            1. As someone who did not vote for Trump, I cannot let those who want to make shit up get away with it.

              Even more scary to people who swallow the lefties narrative and ask for seconds, is that people like me have no loyalty to Trump and if he fucks up we are bitching about that. I just do not want to let things like how wrong getting involved in Syria is, get drowned out by non-stop nonsense of Comey’s firing.

              No abyss here. You read my comment and felt the need to dismiss it as insane sychophant behavior. Typical non-Libertarian behavior. I touched a nerve with my dissent of the lefty narrative and the left cannot have that.

            2. I wish I were capable of deluding myself on various subjects as you seem to have done with Trump

              Well, you’ve certainly deluded yourself into think this has anything to do with the Russians, so congrats for finding a kindred soul.

        2. Yeah sure.

          Because vague unnamed sources in the WaPo are totally being totally honest about “how it all went down.”

          1. Exactly. Trump and his cabinet keep the media at arms length and the media acts like they have back-stage passes.

            1. You do realize these stories are heavily sourced because there is so much infighting in the Trump administration, right? That doesn’t make the stories correct, but it is usually more than vague gossip.

              1. Infighting with Trump movers-and-shakers or bureaucrats trying to undermine an American presidency trying to drain the swamp?

                Funny how the media lies and creates lies and pushes lies and spins lies. Now all of a sudden, everything coming from the media is gold. Call me skeptical.

                Its almost like some people want to use THE RUSSIANS to scale back cuts to big government.

                1. Why, Trump is *trying* to do the right thing! He only wants to drain the swamp! Really he does! And all of these mean menie press people keep bothering him and making up LIES about St. Trump! LEAVE TRUMP ALONE!!!!

                  1. I know draining the swamp scares you so you have to say that Trump wants to be Caesar.

                    Firing Comey is one step closer to draining the swamp.

                    1. Please explain what Trump has drained. Why are you posting here? Seriously.

                    2. Konima: Comey is a corrupt bureaucrat. The swamp is a bit more drained.

                      Crusty: I am not saying dismiss information that shows corruption. I am saying that the media has zero credibility, so they cannot just throw out headlines like these and expect people to accept them:
                      The White House explanations for Comey’s firing are crumbling before our eyes WaPo
                      Here are the three dumbest defenses of Comey’s firingWashington Post
                      Was Russia the Real Reason Trump Fired James Comey? The Atlantic
                      Prove what they are saying and the bigger burden is on the media.

                      Chemjeff: The mainstream media has zero credibility. WaPo, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, etc. They have to prove their allegations. I know its hard after giving Obama 8 years of investigative journalism hiatus.

                    3. I chuckled out loud. Thanks for that.

                    4. “Chemjeff: The mainstream media has zero credibility. ”

                      Except when they say things like this, or this, or this, or this, or…

                      trigger warning: NY Times links

                    5. I know you think that the mainstream media is credible but remember this, or this, or this, or …

                      trigger warning: Trump, anything pointing out media bias, Libertarianism, exposing lefty strategies, discussing Democrats were the party of slavery and the KKK, etc.

                    6. Don’t remember that is.

                    7. “Draining the swamp…”
                      Um, really? Ya think he’s actually doing that?

                2. Infighting with Trump movers-and-shakers or bureaucrats trying to undermine an American presidency trying to drain the swamp?

                  Since we don’t know for sure which scenario is true, the news stories should not be automatically dismissed. It’s really not complicated.

                  1. Oh no no you have to get on the BLAME THE MEDIA narrative train. The media is always wrong, always full of liars and shills, until they say something bad about the other tribe, in which case, they all deserve Pulitzers.

                    1. Yep, it’s FAKE NEWZ

                      “No I’m not quitting,” said Rosenstein.

                      When pressed about whether he threatened to quit, Rosenstein responded “no.”

                      http://tinyurl.com/lpajdw7

                  2. News stories? No, they should not be automatically dismissed.

                    Entirely unidentified sources paraphrased in the WaPo? Not dismissed, so much as kept as possible evidence of mala fides. Because, viewed in toto, the accumulation is appearing quite damning.

                    And the obvious repetition by others evincing a designed narrative.

                    1. I just point out to look at motive. The media would obviously defend itself against allegations of bias, since their livelihoods and self-described jobs being propaganda pieces for the left depend on it.

                      Why would lefties defend the media so hard when clear bias exists? One explanation is that they know the media works for their team, so its in their self-interest to act like no bias occurs.

                      I point out media bias because its there, invasive and the left is trying to hide it. I wish the media just reported facts and didn’t spin events for their team.

                    2. And just to be perfectly clear, the repetition is that every sort of error in reporting about Trump falls in one direction, and one direction only.

                      At some point those aren’t mistakes, they are habit.

              2. Infighting in the Trump administration that we know about from…….?

                Anonymous sources in the MSM.

                Ourbouros

  3. We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted

    Never trust a man with 2 hats

    1. Two hats, one man? Wait, that’s not how that works.

      1. Depends on where he wears them.

    2. Never trust a man with 2 hats

      Oh! I thought it meant his hat had 4 wheels on the rear axel.

    3. Unless one of them is MAGA.

  4. “I will be fine.” Read James Comey’s farewell letter to colleagues at the FBI.

    He didn’t leave under indictment, of course he’ll be fine. Those guys always find work.

    1. Hillary’s next security advisor.

  5. Who will replace James Comey as the next FBI director?

    I believe the correct use of this meme is: “You know who else will replace James Comey…. ?”

    1. Gallagher, probably?

    2. Hillary Clinton?

  6. I demand more variety in my links!

    1. ENB will be here for you tomorrow.

      1. ENB always delivers. If i were a single man…

        1. Yeah, well, let’s hope one of the other guys can mansplain “Alt Text” to her this time.

    2. Try this:

      Neo-Nazi Who Officially Changed His Name Says, ‘I’m The New Hitler’

      A Pennsylvania resident with a penchant for naming his children after Nazi figures has officially changed his surname to Hitler, local news site MyCentralJersey.com reported.

      As of Monday, the man formerly known as Isidore Heath Campbell can now legally identify himself as Isidore Heath Hitler, an expression of his admiration for the Nazi leader who was responsible for the execution of 6 million Jews and other “undesirables” during World War II.

      “It’s great. My driver’s license is changed over, my insurance, my registration, all that I needed is changed over,” Hitler told MyCentralJersey.com. “I’m the new Hitler.”

      1. You know who else called himself “Hitler”?

        1. Schicklgruber?

  7. Who will replace James Comey as the next FBI director?

    He could always reach across the aisle and tap New Jersey Democrat Chris Christie.

    1. Nobody wants to do that. If you tap Christie your finger will come back disturbingly moist and smelling of cheese.

      1. Cheese? I always imagined butterscotch pudding.

        1. That’s only if his handlers have hosed him off in the last week and it’s not too hot outside.

        2. Spoilt Butterscoth pudding.

          From under his chinflaps.

      2. If you tap Christie your finger will come back disturbingly moist and smelling of cheese.

        Finger?

        1. What are you…? Oh. Jesus, dude. Jesus Christ.

          1. Always know your crowd.

            1. I feel sick.

        2. “That’s not my bellybutton.”

          “That’s not my finger.”

        3. Go on…

  8. “”””The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.”””

    So the Russian story is in play again, maybe Trump should cruise missile someplace. That seemed to have shut down that story for a few weeks.

    1. I hope he uses this opportunity to slip in some more deregulations. Bumping off a SCOTUS judge or two wouldn’t hurt, either.

  9. “We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency,” says the Trump administration about yesterday’s White House meeting between President Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    What kind of president desperately tries to control the photos that news agencies can use?

    1. All of them?

    2. “”””The officials cited the danger that a listening device or other surveillance equipment could have been brought into the Oval Office while hidden in cameras or other electronics.”””

      Were they afraid that it might interfere with the NSA bugs in the Oval Office?

    3. I appreciate this joke, Mr. Etiquette.

  10. “I will be fine.”

    Anyone who was genuinely worried otherwise is not someone with whom i have anything in common.

    1. He thinks he has a good chance getting a job as a mall cop in Chevy Chase

  11. The Senate intelligence committee has subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

    See, Comey? There are always ways to fill your days after termination.

  12. Who will replace James Comey as the next FBI director?

    Not it!

    1. Come on. The way this administration’s going, that’s like a two, three-week gig, tops.

  13. Donald Trump told The Economist that he invented the phrase “priming the pump.” According to the president, “I
    came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good.”

    Donald Trump is the Peggy Hill of Presidents

    1. The term you are looking for is “pathological liar.” The only question at this point is whether Trump actually believes his own lies, or believes that we believe them.

      1. Jesus Christ, DanO, at least try to be clever!

    2. With a bit of little carmine lupertazzi mixed in as well.

  14. Trump invents the hole-in-one, says it wasn’t that hard.

    https://tinyurl.com/dymbb3a

    1. Al Gore invented the internet.

    2. Come on man, it’s 2017, let Rick Astley Rest In Peace.

  15. White House says James Comey committed ‘atrocities’ as FBI Director

    Ms Huckabee Sanders said Donald Trump had considered firing director James Comey since “day one,” but made his final decision after receiving written and verbal feedback from Justice Department officials.
    “I think also having a letter like the one he received and having that conversation that outlined the basic, just, atrocities in circumventing the chain of command in the Department of Justice … When he saw that, he had to speak up on that action, and I think that was the final catalyst,” Ms Huckabee Sanders said.

    1. Ms Huckabee Sanders

      I do not accept that this is a real person.

      1. Her name is an atrocity, am I right?

        1. Whenever you try to say her full name, it just comes out “Zuul.”

          1. Now that’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are.

  16. Comey called Trump ‘crazy’ and ‘outside the realm of normal’ while the President thought there was ‘something wrong’ with his FBI director – their toxic relationship revealed

    Fired FBI director James Comey allegedly told colleagues that Donald Trump was ‘crazy’ and ‘outside the realm of normal’ back when the President claimed Obama wire-tapped his phones.

    The New York Times reports that Comey made the comments to associates after being left shocked by Trump’s wire-tapping claims back in March.

    In turn, Trump became outraged when Comey publicly dismissed the allegations. When deciding to sack the FBI director, Trump allegedly told his aides there was ‘something wrong with’ Comey.

    1. Comey called Trump ‘crazy’ and ‘outside the realm of normal’ while the President thought there was ‘something wrong’ with his FBI director

      It is possible that both were correct.

      1. I would tend to say it’s likely.

      2. I smell a new CBS sitcom.

        1. A smell coming from CBS is about right.

          1. CBS has that old man smell.

            1. I am feeling frisky today…

              You know who also has that old man smell?

              1. Bernie Sanders?

    2. their toxic relationship revealed

      Didn’t even need to hover over the link to know it is the Mail.

  17. The prog media – of which TREASON is a member – are refusing to give this story the coverage it deserves: Hunt for mysterious nude man who was pictured straddling a dead shark – as Jimmy John’s founder DENIES it is him

    The hunt for a man pictured nude and grinning while straddling a dead shark continues after several high-profile suspects disavowed involvement.

    Jimmy John Liautaud and Florida Gators football coach Jim McElwain have both denied being the man in the shocking photo, which began circulating widely on Friday.

    ‘Who is this man?’ British wildlife TV presenter Anneka Svenska asked in a desperate plea for information on Twitter Friday.

    1. British wildlife TV presenter Anneka Svenska asked in a desperate plea for information on Twitter Friday.

      British? Desperate?

      1. What is she going to do? Articulate stern disapproval?

        1. “We are NOT amused.”

        2. She is a British wildlife TV presenter.

          “Mr. Hedgehog, may I present to you: Mr. Telly. Mr. Telly, Mr. Hedgehog.”

          That is her Life’s Work.

          Don’t judge.

    2. It definitely looks like Jimmy John, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from PETA doctored this photo because they felt he got off too easy with the earlier animal-hunting photos.

    3. What, they don’t have a DNA sample from the shark’s rape kit?

    4. Perhaps the shark is not dead, merely satiated. You know La petite mort.

  18. Heart Attack Risk With Painkillers Starts Within a Week: Study

    The study doesn’t mean that everyone should avoid taking the pills to treat headaches, lower fevers and reduce aches and pains, but does suggest people who know they have a bigger-than-average heart attack risk should avoid long-term use and high doses, the researchers said.

    What’s a fairly functioning alcoholic to do?

    1. Assume it’s bunk, like most “studies”?

    2. Somebody is in the pocket of big acetaminophen.

    3. Someone please put the MO back in Motrin.

  19. Nobody is having sex during the week

    Research shows that weekends are the prime time for between-the-sheets action, particularly Sunday. An analysis of Instacart data, which offers grocery and other delivery from local stores, from this week shows that Sunday is a very popular day for buying condoms. And a British study of 2,000 people released earlier this year found that Sunday morning was the most popular time during the week to get frisky, followed by Saturday.

    1. Monday nights here, what what.

    2. This makes sense. The article doesn’t say, but I would assume condom sales spike on Sunday morning, around 12-3 a.m. Although I feel like buying this stuff is embarrassing enough, I can’t believe people order them from a grocery-delivery service, but whatever works.

      1. They are much cheaper online, too.

        1. A tax on people who can’t plan ahead!

      2. Although I feel like buying this stuff is embarrassing enough

        Why?

        1. Ha, I don’t know. I do realize that the cashier really doesn’t care. It could be something to do with outdated gender norms and societal expectations, but with all the female sexual liberation going on now, it’s probably just a personal thing, mostly a hangover from my religious upbringing. My bad if it seemed like I was projecting that onto everyone, because I was just trying to make an observation on why I personally would never have someone deliver condoms to my door.

          1. No, I was just curious. I bought some a couple weeks ago along with a pack of “massage oils” and the ancient lady at the register just smiled and took my money.

            In the past I ordered online and that is definitely the more economical way to go.

    3. Sunday is a very popular day for buying condoms

      That’s like concluding I don’t eat all week because I usually only buy food on Sunday.

      1. Was gonna say that. Date of purchase means nothing.

        Maybe I’m just in denial though because I want to believe I have a chance of getting laid on a Tuesday afternoon.

  20. ???

    The entire source for the Rosenstein story is a single unnamed “person close to the White House” coupled with vague allusions to other likewise unidentified “White House officials.” there isn’t a named source in the whole article.

    IOW it’s horseshit.

    Reason going to the mattresses in defense of the deep state is certainly an eye opener.

    1. Going to the mattresses. Love it!

      I wonder who at Reason is going to chop the garlic all thin so it melts in the ragu.

    2. Trumptards assemble!

      Rule 1: When the news isn’t going in a way that helps Trump, BLAME THE MEDIA

      Unnamed sources that say terrible things about Hillary? TOTES LEGIT
      Unnamed sources that say terrible things about Trump? IT’S THE LYING MEDIA AGAIN

      1. Leftards assemble!

        Rule 1: Make up “news”. BLAME TRUMP!

        Unnamed sources that say horrible things about Hillary? IT’S THE LYING REPUBLICANS AND LIBERTARIANS AND JOURNALISTS AND DEPLORABLES AND AMERICANS IN PENNSYLVANIA, WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN.
        Unnamed sources that say terrible things about Trump? TOTES LEGIT AND LETS MAKE UP MORE

        1. You’re not a libertarian. Why are you here?

        2. No one falls for your schtick. We all know that your “blame the media” crap is just another rhetorical game. Who reported all those stories about Hillary’s email servers and her Russian uranium connections and her husband’s airport meeting with Loretta Lynch and her pay-to-play nonsense with her foundation? It was that very same media that you now claim is just full of lying liars. Gee I wonder why.

          1. Reported the fact of the events you mentioned or spun the events to fit the lefty narrative?

            The media cannot simply report that Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Lynch. They spin it, to explain away any notion of corruption. Joseph Goebbels did the same thing. I wonder why the media did not run headlines that pushed Obama to fire Lynch?

            The media were technically propagandists since they were doing the dirty work of the government spinning stories to suit the government.

            Now the media is self-tasked with spinning anything Trump does into something nefarious. The media has purposely pushed opinion pieces as news for a long time.

      2. *waves at the leftitarian

        Hi Jeff!

      3. Unnamed sources that say terrible things about Hillary? TOTES LEGIT

        Totes Legit? With a name like that, he should be way easier to find than that Russ N. Hackers fellow.

        1. Yeah you’d think so.

      4. So you don’t grasp that the only reason that “unnamed sources are saying terrible things about Trump” is because it WASN’T ‘unnamed sources saying terrible things about Hillary’–it was Hillary’s own emails and advisors–with her and their names included.

        It was–and is, always– here’s X’s email or here’s X, on video, admitting it.

        It was never ‘an unnamed source, close to Clinton’.

        1. No. I am saying that they are actual sources that don’t exist. In other words, the media is making shit up and hoping nobody will make a big deal about saying there is a source when there is not one.

          Clinton conspired with Russia to trade uranium for political influence. I have an unnamed source…inside the Clinton family. See its that easy.

  21. Trump Says He Invented the Phrase ‘Priming the Pump’

    If I have to suffer under a massively statist president, I prefer one with a persona I can laugh at regularly.

    1. To be fair, they called Trump “Primer of the Pump” at Fordham University.

      1. He worked as a fluffer on some low-budget porn sets?

        1. He worked as a fluffer on some low-budget porn sets?

          I thought that was DanO.’s entire resume’.

          1. DanO is trying to fluff on a porn set and comment here at Reason right now.

            1. DanO.’s comments are, *ahem*, “fluff”.

              1. *polite applause*

    2. Isn’t that the truth. It’s certainly is a relief to know that making fun of the President is no longer the capital offense of racism. And Trump certainly is ripe for humor. But most of what is being directed at him isn’t even funny, it’s just distilled rage and contempt.

      Now this is funny.

      http://tinyurl.com/l6ojwxp

      1. With his tone and cadence it seems like you could get a decent polka going.

  22. Donald Trump told The Economist that he invented the phrase “priming the pump.” According to the president, “I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good.”

    It’s really sad that I no longer know if the people writing for reason understood that Trump was screwing with the interviewer with this.

    I know that there are far too many people who consider themselves educated and enlightened, people with advanced degrees, people who fucking love science who will see this and simply take it as a given that Trump REALLY thinks he came up with that phrase.

    I watched as they took a turn of phrase by Spicer and turned it into a history of Russian dressing–all so they could call Trump stupid.

    1. Wait until he’s on a hot mic saying he just signed legislation banning Russia and we begin bombing in 30 seconds.

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