Donald Trump

Trump Makes Himself Look Guilty

By firing the FBI director who was in charge of the Russia investigation, Trump fed the flames licking at his administration.

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Among Donald Trump's many shortcomings are the vast amount of history he doesn't know and the little he does. Perhaps someone told him that when Richard Nixon faced an unwelcome investigation, he fired the investigator. Perhaps no one told him it only made Nixon's plight worse.

Trump owes most of his achievements to his talent for getting attention. Whether the attention was positive or negative was immaterial. His fame became larger and more lucrative either way. In the White House, though, making yourself conspicuous is not always a winning tactic.

By firing the FBI director who was in charge of the investigation of the Trump camp's connections to Russia, the president did not douse the flames licking at his administration; rather, he fed them. He instantly turned a problem into a calamity.

The White House position is that the attorney general and the deputy attorney general wanted to sack James Comey for mishandling his duties, and the president, with an uncharacteristic deference to underlings, granted that request. In his memo outlining the alleged mistakes Comey made in last year's probe of Hillary Clinton's emails, Rod Rosenstein echoed criticisms voiced by many people in Washington.

But assuming that was a reasonable basis to show Comey the door, some obvious questions arise: What was the terrible rush to remove him—without even informing him? (Comey learned of it from a TV news report while speaking to FBI employees in Los Angeles.)

Why was Attorney General Jeff Sessions—who had to recuse himself from the Russia investigation after misleading a Senate committee about his contacts with the Russian ambassador—involved in a decision about the person in charge of it? And why did it take so long to figure out that what Comey did was a fireable offense?

In any event, it's hard to think of any circumstances in which firing the FBI director on such grounds would be taken as legitimate. Suppose Clinton had won and sacked Comey upon taking office. Or suppose Barack Obama had cashiered him shortly after the election. Either development would have ignited outrage over the apparent political motives at work.

Trump's motives give every appearance of being worse than political. The FBI investigation could implicate his subordinates in a collusion with an unfriendly foreign government to affect the outcome of an American election. They could also implicate him. Impeachment and prison could follow.

At every stage, the president has conducted himself like someone with a lot to hide. The sensible thing for an innocent person to do when confronted with an inquiry into suspected misconduct is to cooperate fully in bringing the facts to light. The sooner they are known the sooner the innocent will be exonerated.

Full disclosure, however, doesn't help the guilty. They have nothing to gain if the truth is uncovered. Their sole hope lies in denying and concealing the relevant facts and impugning anyone who questions their version.

Trump's insistence that the claims of collusion are "a total hoax," his reluctance to fire Michael Flynn for lying about his conversations with the Russian ambassador, his effort to prevent former acting Attorney General Sally Yates from testifying to Congress about the Flynn matter—all suggest a grave fear of being found out. Likewise with the unverified claim in his dismissal letter that Comey assured him on three occasions he was "not under investigation."

Trump can claim anything he wants, and he usually does. But this is one of those times when his pattern of invention and deceit is a liability. On a matter of real import, no one but his most devoted disciples takes anything he says on faith.

If Trump imagined that getting rid of the FBI director would help his cause, he was grossly mistaken. Instead of allaying suspicions, he inflamed them. Instead of unifying congressional Republicans behind him, he provoked criticism from some of them. The appointment of a special prosecutor or congressional commission suddenly became far more plausible.

If he imagines he can replace Comey with a staunch loyalist who will shut down the inquiry, he is probably also wrong. Preventing Senate Republican defections in a confirmation vote for the next FBI director will require him to choose someone of unquestioned integrity and independence.

Trump is caught between two stark options. He could furiously try to derail the investigation, which would suggest guilt, or tamely let it go wherever the facts lead, which could prove it.

For an innocent man, it would be an easy choice.

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  1. “The sensible thing for an innocent person to do when confronted with an inquiry into suspected misconduct is to cooperate fully in bringing the facts to light. The sooner they are known the sooner the innocent will be exonerated.”

    What an incredibly na?ve, foolish thing to say. It is reminiscent of those who claim not to care about being under NSA surveillance because they have “nothing to hide.”

    In a world in which the average American citizen unknowingly commits three felonies a day, even innocent people need to resist “having all the facts come out.” Any attorney worth his or her salt will do whatever is necessary to shut down or limit an investigation even into innocent clients. You might want to ask Martha Stewart about that. And it is even more so when there is a political overlay to the investigation.

    Optics are important in politics, and Trump may very well be as guilty as sin of something, or anything. But do not suggest that anyone who does not say “come on in officer, I’ve got nothing to hide,” is automatically suggesting guilt.

    1. Firing Comey is actually an astute, albeit unpresidented, political move that furthers one of the key goals of the current administration??to distract the public from developments in America’s leading criminal “satire” case. See the documentation at:

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      This does not mean that the announcement was perfectly planned. But let’s at least understand the basic purpose informing the decision. With a clear and steady vision, we can avoid contributing to growing public confusion about these delicate matters.

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  2. “The sensible thing for an innocent person to do when confronted with an inquiry into suspected misconduct is to cooperate fully in bringing the facts to light. The sooner they are known, the sooner the innocent will be exonerated.”

    Seriously?? So all those false convictions are the fault of idiotic suspects who brazenly insisted on having a lawyer present during police questioning or going to trial to make the state actually prove its case. They should just roll over — speak the truth and trust the authorities will do the right thing every time. After all, the authorities’ only concern is catching the bad guy. They would never railroad someone just to close a case quickly, am I right?

    Leaving aside that we are talking about Trump, I can’t believe that ANY remotely libertarian person would have written that statement.

    In the past, I have given Chapman some credit for his staunchly non-interventionist views on foreign policy. I was willing to count him as one of us despite his off-putting style and ridiculous Adam Lanza metaphors. But I see now that he is just as much a statist and authoritarian as any writer you’d find at regular publications.

    Your pay check comes from libertarians, Mr Chapman. You may want to look into our philosophy a bit.

    1. Thank you for doing the typing for me!

    2. Your pay check comes from libertarians, Mr Chapman. You may want to look into our philosophy a bit.

      COPYRIGHT 2017 CREATORS.COM

      also

      Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune.

      Chapman should be regarded as mostly ‘not libertarian’ or, at best, most libertarian-ish writer at the Chicago Tribune.

      I’d say people like Welch and Gillespie should be on the hook for publishing Chapman but they generally/frequently come across as libertarian-ish relative to Chapman.

    3. Your pay check comes from libertarians, Mr Chapman.

      You might actually be dumber than Trump.

      1. You might actually be dumber than Trump.

        Still make him smarter than you, Dannyboy.

      2. If you are implying that Reason pays nothing to publish his copyrighted material, or that Chapman himself does not receive any of the money it does pay out, than I’d say you are the dumb one.

    4. No shit. I’m reminded of a tale told to me by my mother as i drifted off to sleep in which appears this line, ‘Whatever you do,’ cried Brer Rabbit, ‘Don’t throw me into the briar patch’.

  3. Perhaps someone told him that when Richard Nixon faced an unwelcome investigation, he fired the investigator.

    Nixon discharged the special prosecutor and the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General resigned. Solicitor General Robert Bork became acting Attorney General.
    WaPo 1973
    It was not an investigator, it was a special prosecutor because there was evidence of wrong doing by Nixon.

    Trump was right about Obama’s administration wiretapping his campaign and he is right about claims of collusion are “a total hoax.”

    Pretty sad that the media’s ludicrous claims are now being parroted by Chapman. It must be agonizing for the media and lefties that Trump is outsmarting and outmaneuvering them.

    1. Trump was right about Obama’s administration wiretapping his campaign and he is right about claims of collusion are “a total hoax.”

      Citation needed, toadie. Is your source a hedgehog-looking fucktard on FOX News, perchance?

      1. Citation needed, toadie.

        Here.

        … and Here.

        Google is not that hard, you self-righteous Fucktard.

        1. Oh, haha, you seem to be under the impression that anyone but Trump and his few remaining bootlickers give a fuck whether Trump’s blatant attempt at deflection was true in some technical sense. I mean, he appears to be too much of an idiot to understand that if people in his residence were surveilled it means there was an investigation surrounding the very same treason he’s trying to deflect from. If he was “wiretapped” (using the term to mean something other than what it means, as Turley insists we do for some reason), then that’s evidence of his guilt.

          Now how about a cite that the collusion claims are a hoax?

          1. “If he was “wiretapped” (using the term to mean something other than what it means, as Turley insists we do for some reason), then that’s evidence of his guilt.”

            Suspicion = guilt. Thats f’d up.

          2. If he was “wiretapped” … then that’s evidence of his guilt.

            Read what you wrote there, Tony. Did you know that you’re the bad guy in a Kafka story? What’s that like?

          3. “Now how about a cite that the collusion claims are a hoax?”

            Ok, I’m no Trump fan, and I think the Reason commentariat can reach Breitbart-level Trump apologia sometimes, but this sentence right here is pretty dumb. It’s the equivalent of me saying to you, “Prove to me you’re not a pedophile”.

            It’s not up to Trumps fanboys to “prove he’s not or ever was in collusion with the Russian. It’s up to the person making the accusation.

            1. Also, even it is proven he “colluded” with the Russians, it would almost assuredly not equal treason.

              Congrats Tony, you make people yelling “lock her up!” at Trump rallies sound like intellectuals.

        2. Google is not that hard, you self-righteous Fucktard.

          The part that blows my mind is that they don’t see the juxtaposition.

          In order to conclusively know/prove Trump was colluding with the Russians, members of the Trump Campaign are going to have to have been subjected to surveillance. It’s not a question of *if* these people Russians or Trump affiliates are or were being watched, but how you do so without exposing everyone you were watching or know about who was visiting the Russians.

          The reason Trump hasn’t or can’t be convicted on this is because we either have long-standing surveillance apparatuses at stake or this was rather explicitly dreamed up during the Obama Administration. And moreover (or once again), it would demonstrate that we have an intricate surveillance system set up that failed to prevent foreign actors from achieving their goals. The same inept surveillance state who’s hands you would be, effectively, putting the Presidency into.

          Maybe there’s a way that Trump and Putin colluded to rig the election in a hotel in Europe that’s owned by a US/Democrat sympathizer who recorded the whole thing and voluntarily turned it over but, even that seems to contain some pretty magical thinking.

          1. And moreover (or once again), it would demonstrate that we have an intricate surveillance system set up that failed to prevent foreign actors from achieving their goals.

            Keeping in mind, this would/could/does fall squarely in the lap of Comey’s FBI.

          2. Plus, there are plenty of people calling Trump a moron but he conspired with the Russians to get himself elected. Mind you, rigged elections have never been proven in the history of the USA. But Trump did it.

            Me thinks that these people would have to admit Trump is playing X’nth’ chess or admit their collusion allegations are ludicrous.

            Ooops, they could just double down and see which of the bullshit sticks to the wall.

            1. Trump “rigged” the election? And your proof is??? I have yet to see any evidence that a single voting lever was changed, which would constitute “rigging” of the election. However, there is evidence that voter fraud was committed by Democrats in several inner city, mostly black, precincts (how shocking!

      2. Why are many on the left so foul-mouthed and crude? Most likely because they can’t defend their positions based on logic – I guess blindly parroting the rants of Chuckie Schumer and “Rev” Al Sharpton is frustrating at times and makes them lose their civility during a debate. Pitiful.

  4. does this President strike you as the type of person who gives a shit what the optics are? Funny – this same website and many more have spent years trashing Comey, and now they act like Trump kneecapped mother Theresa. I think Trump is an ass clown, but he would have to be pretty fucking stupid to take money from the Russians in the last election. To quote the always sanguine Chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee (and corn and bean farmer) Grassley: suck it up.

    1. That is why the left and media are flipping out. They cannot control Trump and he is making them all look stupid.

      Even funnier is their tactic of trying to derail him draining the swamp, with unfounded “scandal”, is not working. Its TDS all the way down.

    2. When I say stupid, I mean stupid. The lefties bitched about Comey for months and blamed Hillary losing on Comey. Trump fired Comey. This forces the left to spend what is left of their political capital on defending Comey.

      1. People with brains not stunted by years of alcohol and meth abuse are capable of believing two different things about a single person at the same time.

        All of a sudden there’s a new rule: a person is all evil or all good and no in between! Do you have any idea how retarded you sound?

        1. REEEEEEEEEEEEE!

        2. People with brains not stunted by years of alcohol and meth abuse

          Citation needed, which one or two Progtards are those?

        3. Well, Hitler was not all evil. He liked dogs- until he killed his own.

        4. Not more retarded than you are. Tony Certainly not.

    3. I think Trump is an ass clown, but he would have to be pretty fucking stupid to take money from the Russians in the last election.

      I agree on both points: Trump is an ass clown, and he is pretty fucking stupid.

      1. That fucking stupid assclown beat the leading establishment candidate in both the primary and the general election.

        Says quite a bit about the sophistication of our political elites and those who support them that they couldn’t put him away in both contests.

        1. But, but… he had the Russians on his side. Evidence forthcoming. Any minute now.

          1. …any day now. Please for love of God will someone please come forward with any evidence of illegal activity by Trump.

            He is draining the swamp. The fucking swamp!

        2. he’s a stupid fucking ass clown and he beat the smartest woman in America. do the math.

    4. Mother Theresa was a cunt.

      1. That’s Saint Theresa to you.

  5. All the hubbub is showing me is that one of the biggest leakers in DC is Comey himself.

  6. Perhaps someone told him that when Richard Nixon faced an unwelcome investigation, he fired the investigator. Perhaps no one told him it only made Nixon’s plight worse.

    Didn’t Obama fire a shit ton of IG’s when he came into office, including one investigating corruption of one of his buddies, the mayor of Sacramento?

    By firing the FBI director who was in charge of the investigation of the Trump camp’s connections to Russia, the president did not douse the flames licking at his administration; rather, he fed them.

    “Flames licking”? We don’t even have smoke in this case. This is a “scandal” over, literally, nothing.

    It’s been SIX MONTHS. We’ve had unprecedented leaking of surveillance information and there is not a damned thing there.

    The sensible thing for an innocent person to do when confronted with an inquiry into suspected misconduct is to cooperate fully in bringing the facts to light. The sooner they are known the sooner the innocent will be exonerated.

    1. The sensible thing for an innocent person to do when confronted with an inquiry into suspected misconduct is to cooperate fully in bringing the facts to light. The sooner they are known the sooner the innocent will be exonerated.

      Really? Cops want to enter your home to snoop and you should just let them because you have nothing to hide?

      If you’re a Libertarian, then the entire movement is a load of BS.

    2. Didn’t Obama fire a shit ton of IG’s when he came into office, including one investigating corruption of one of his buddies, the mayor of Sacramento?

      I’ll just leave this right here.

  7. For whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee Donald Trump.

    1. Naw. The lefties have had TDS since Nov. 9, 2016 and they will continue their 2 year old tantrums.

      The people that voted for Trump are getting exactly what Trump said he would do- drain the swamp.

      For whom the bell tolls is apropos for the media and the Democrats. They just have zero credibility left.

      1. Trump is the swampiest swamp creature ever to drip his goo on Washington DC. Or was it perhaps the innumerable Goldman Sachs employees peopling his administration that leads you to believe that he’s playing an outsider’s game?

        1. Citation needed.
          And speaking of Wall Street insiders and power figures littering an administration, surely you’re not claiming that that began with Trump? After Obama’s efforts?

          1. Did I say that? Did I even imply it?

        2. Yet, somehow Trump is causing TDS amongst the same people who did and said little to change crony capitalism during Obama’s presidency.

          I go by TDS reaction.
          The higher the TDS, the more on track Trump must be.
          Less TDS reaction, Trump is fucking up.

          1. Enjoy it while it lasts.

          2. “The higher the TDS, the more on track Trump must be. Less TDS reaction, Trump is fucking up.”

            That’s some solid logic ya got there.

  8. Trump’s motives give every appearance of being worse than political. The FBI investigation could implicate his subordinates in a collusion with an unfriendly foreign government to affect the outcome of an American election. They could also implicate him. Impeachment and prison could follow.

    Full disclosure, however, doesn’t help the guilty.

    Wishin’ don’t make it so, either, Chaptard.

  9. Trump got caught in like 5 lies overnight. I refer to mainstream science on climate change and get dumped on by the regulars here. Trump titty suckers infest the place and they’re nowhere to be found.

    I called you water-carriers for Republicans. Thanks for proving me right. But why did it have to be this Republican? That fat, orange hill is the one you’re dying on?

    1. I called you water-carriers for Republicans. Thanks for proving me right.

      Lol, fuck off with your special pleading. The only reason you’re screeching about this is because Trump did it, not because of anything nefarious that you can actually prove. As recently as three-four days ago, lefties were grinding their teeth about Comey, then turned him into the vanguard of ARE DEMOKRASEE once they were told to think that his removal was bad. You fucks can’t even form an opinion without a late-night talk show telling them what it’s supposed to be.

      The investigation has been going on since before the election and Trump could have removed Comey the day he stepped into office. Instead, he waited nearly four months. And the best part is that, after weeks and months of supposed “insider” leaks all the media bobbleheads were caught completely flat-footed by this–which is the more likely reason for their hysteria. If they had seen it coming, I guaran-damn-tee there wouldn’t be this level of ass-pain, from them or from you.

      1. If they had seen it coming, I guaran-damn-tee there wouldn’t be this level of ass-pain, from them or from you.

        You would’ve. Comey is, most likely, a major source.

        The “sources near Comey”, by and large, will end up being Comey himself.

        1. You would’ve. Comey is, most likely, a major source

          That’s a possibility considering how shocked the media was by his firing (as if anyone with more than two firing neurons couldn’t have predicted that he’d eventually be gone regardless of who won the election); supposedly when he got the letter, he thought it was a practical joke at first. If he or his inner circle were using media contacts to try and embarrass Trump and Trump found out about it, that would have given him as good a reason as any to fire Comey.

      2. If a Democrat had fired the person investigating him he would have been impeached yesterday.

        1. It’s hilarious that you are actually acting like democrats are somehow treated unfairly, when it is a proven fact that democrats have zero accountability in public life. With the rare exception of extremely self destructive dolts like Anthony Weiner.

          I only wish your version of events were true. Your entire party should be put in prison for sedition and/or treason. Every one of you betrays this country with each breath you take. Which incidentally is also theft of perfectly good oxygen, stolen to feed you malignant creatures.

          1. Proven fact huh. I forget, was that uncovered in the 45th or 46th Benghazi hearing?

    2. Watching you lose what little mind you had has been a rare bright spot of this administration, you hysterical goober.

    3. To be fair, I don’t think there are a lot of genuine *water-carriers* for Republicans here (people like “loveconstitution” notwithstanding), far too many for a place that isn’t just another right-wing website. What I do think is that a lot of the people whom you might claim to be “water-carriers for Republicans”, are really just anti-leftist. They are opposed to the left above any other affirmative claim to be in favor of anything. So when Trump does something that “makes the left cry”, they support that only because it makes the left cry, not because they genuinely agree with whatever Trump did. Of course, what they view as “the left” is a caricature that “the left” is composed 100% of college student radicals who are alternatingly using violence to beat up conservatives or campus, or retreating to safe spaces where they can pet teddy bears when a conservative speaker does come to campus.

      1. To be even fairer, Tony has been a turd in the Hit’n’Run punchbowl since at least 2009, and in eight years has managed to learn nothing and contribute even less, which shouldn’t be mathematically possible.

      2. I’m fully aware that the Right in this country substitutes playing Nelson Muntz toward libruls for having any actual thoughts about anything.

        1. toward libruls for having any actual thoughts about anything.

          If you didn’t have to get your opinions spoon-fed to you by late-night talk show hosts, you could probably lay claim to having actual thoughts.

          1. Like these morons do anything but parrot Trump Pravda, which should be worse to libertarians considering he’s now the government. Does it take a few months for the switch-over, or were you always just Republican poodles?

            1. Idiot Tony, please understand (I know, that would take a miracle considering your cognitive disability) that most of the people here barely tolerate or even despise Trump.

              1. Then why are all of you making excuses for him.

                1. Tony, I know this is hard for you to understand, but it isn’t ‘making excuses’ to not condemn someone for every possible thing in the world just because you don’t like them. I know it’s what progressives do, but for honest people it’s just completely disingenuous when there is no good faith argument to be made.

                  IF you would just stick to areas where Trump is actually wrong or provably misstepped you might be taken more seriously. Instead you just try and throw every accusation possible his way and see if it sticks. Most people know that is really just being a shitweasel. I shouldn’t blame you too much, since your entire progressive hive mind (the media) has engaged in this deplorable practice.

          2. Red, you hit the nail on the head. The frogs think whatever they are told to. Just like the Pod People in Body snatchers. Nothing outside their groupthink is allowable. Individually, they are simple, thick, and dull.

      3. maybe. you’ve certainly proved yourself to be nothing other than anti trump. you’ve only been libertarian about 6 months now.

      4. HOLY CRAP, I made the lefties (Chemjeff) list?

        I must be really touching that nerve to bring in reinforcements.

        1. Many here sneer at patriotism. Confusing loyalty to the concept of the republic and the constitution for statism.

    4. But why did it have to be this Republican?

      Easy — because it wasn’t Hillary! The authoritarian “libertarians” in this chat room would have voted for Putin over any Democrat in the race, especially Clinton. Not that they are Republicans. Oh no. They deny their Republicanism like a lynch party denies its racism.

      1. How does authoritarianism work with Libertarianism again DonA.?

        I can get that number for rage anonymous. Someday your rage that Hillary lost will dissipate.

  10. The drumbeat about Trump grows ever louder. Yet still signifies nothing.

    Nothing other than impotent rage.

  11. The sensible thing for an innocent person to do when confronted with an inquiry into suspected misconduct is to cooperate fully in bringing the facts to light. The sooner they are known the sooner the innocent will be exonerated.

    According to a number of highly respected Internet commenters, this statement is absolutely false.

  12. Reason is really giving the definition of reason a bad name these days. I blame Mangu-Ward.

  13. You’re late to the party, Chapman. A half dozen other Reason writers already spread the talking points around.

    1. Late or not, he still has a quota of virtue signaling to keep up on, or no more cocktail parties.

  14. Guilty or not no longer matters in the USA when it comes to a President’s impeachment. Clinton was guilty as hell, but a Democratic house and senate would not find him guilty. Do you really think the Republicans house and senate will find Trump guilty?

    As for firing Comey, if he had anything even supicious on Trump it was a bad idea to fire him. I mean look at J. Edgar Hoover. They guy had dirt on anyone and everyone and not one President in all those years had the balls to fire Hoover. A guy that wore dresses!

    Politics as usual in the Good Ole USA.

    1. The whole thing about Hoover wearing dresses was dubious at best.

  15. I seem to recall during the campaign there were several “Aha! We’ve got him now and this time there’s no escape!” scandals that doomed Trump’s campaign – and yet here we are. How many times in a row can you make the same triumphal claim and be wrong before you learn to hedge your bets? Or maybe even start betting on Trump? (Although I have to admit the “looks bad” claim is better than Sullum’s “is bad” claim. If you start from the premise that Trump’s guilty of colluding with Putin all the evidence supports the conclusion but if you start from the premise that Trump’s a human random number generator suffering from near-constant grand mal seizures, the evidence supports the conclusion that Trump just does random shit for no reason and trying to draw some conclusion from anything he does or says is stupid.)

  16. To be fair to the orange weasel, he’s not the first President to fall into this trap.

  17. By firing the FBI director who was in charge of the Russia investigation, Trump fed the flames licking at his administration.

    He also got media types to continue getting their panties in a wad and freaking out over nothing to make himself look reasonable by comparison. I already have a wager with my lefty gf that this baseless “muh-Russia” crap is gonna cost Team Blue seats in the house and senate. By all means, keep it up. It’s rather amusing (if tiresome) to watch.

    1. Slurp that thug.

      1. How does Hillary’s snuke taste?

        1. The better question for Dan is how does Hillary’s cock feel in his anal pussy?

  18. “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.” -Richard Nixon

    1. Don’t you have a Christian bakery you should be suing into bankruptcy, Chuck?

    2. “We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” Obama said after reports emerged that the United States delivered palettes of cash to Tehran on the same day the prisoners were freed.

      “Those families know we have a policy that we don’t pay ransom,” Obama said. “And the notion that we would somehow start now, in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other hostage families whose loved ones are being held hostage, and saying to them we don’t pay ransom, defies logic.”
      -Obama

  19. Personally, I don’t assign much merit to the Trump-Russia allegations insofar as the claim is that Trump and Putin colluded to throw the election. But what Trump’s defenders seem to be saying is that there is NOTHING shady between Trump and Russia whatsoever and that the entire investigation is a waste of time. That is a much stronger claim and I don’t know if THAT claim can be supported by the evidence. What bothers me is Paul Manafort’s role in the whole thing. Trump hired Manafort as his campaign manager, when Manafort had been actively supporting Russian interests and pro-Russian elements in Ukraine for over a decade, and Manafort’s involvement in US politics seemed at the time rather minimal – before 2016, the last time he worked in a Republican presidential campaign was in 1996. He seemed like a rather strange choice for a campaign manager, someone who hadn’t been deeply involved in domestic politics for 20 years up until that point. Why did Trump hire him to work on his campaign? We will probably never know because he isn’t required to tell us, and Trump is free to hire whomever he pleases to work on his campaign, and Manafort is free to lobby for whomever he pleases of course, but it just seems like a strange choice. If you read Manafort’s wikipedia page, he is not exactly a standup guy. He lobbied on behalf of dictators, took bribes, and otherwise is a scummy guy. It may not be illegal what Trump did, but IMO it shows a certain lack of judgment.

    1. My personal suspicion is that, given Trump’s involvement in New York real estate and the New Jersey casino business, that what he’s trying to conceal is not ties to the Russian government, but ties to Russian organized crime.

      1. If only there were a method of examining the president’s financial dealings, earnings, deals, crimes…

        1. The FBI does not do that anymore. Not after having to investigate Hillary ‘snuke’ Clinton.

      2. My personal suspicion is that if Comey were exceedingly competent, Flynn or *somebody* would’ve been convicted well before the nomination or the election, at least before the President appointed them somewhere. Or, maybe, after he fired them.

        Otherwise, he’s not exceedingly competent and that idiot Trump did everyone a favor by letting congress get in on who should pick up the investigative ball and run with it.

        If we’re lucky, we get a real Neo-Con hard ass who takes down Trump and puts Pence at the helm.

    2. My personal suspicion is that if anyone had anything they thought was even remotely close to being something that could, on a good day, under absolutely perfect conditions, sort of resemble something that might be loosely considered ‘solid’, we’d know.

      Anything at all.

      Anyone.

      Anyone?

      Bueller?

  20. Trump is astonishingly ignorant of the most basic principles (and laws) of our constitutional republic. He thinks the FBI works for him, personally, and that the Director should be the President’s man, not a neutral government servant. Trump fired Comey the way a petulant toddler knocks his breakfast bowl to the floor. Is anyone really surprised that this grotesquely uninformed, uneducated, malignant narcissist is behaving like a schoolyard bully? That so many “libertarians” continue to defend him says much about their love of authoritarians.

    1. He thinks the FBI works for him, personally, and that the Director should be the President’s man, not a neutral government servant.

      Hey dummy, the FBI is under the DoJ, which is part of the Executive Branch.

      For someone who worships government, you sure don’t understand much about how this country’s form actually works.

      1. He knows not where the jack boots come from, just that they need to have plenty of funding and its Trump’s fault.

      2. For someone who worships government

        hahahahahaha

        1. ‘hahahahaha’

          Don’t you really feel more comfortable exclaiming ‘tee hee!’

  21. Seems like a number agreement issue in the first sentence.

    1. It’s just this firing and that lying son of a bitch Trump. and the editors.

      1. Sorry I had a fight in the middle of your black panther party. and cosmo party.

  22. Guilty of what, though? Lying that he fired Comey for reasons he knew on Jan 20th? Yes.

  23. it’s hard to think of any circumstances in which firing the FBI director on such grounds would be taken as legitimate

    http://www.newsweek.com/can-pr…..mey-594716

    The president can also fire the FBI director, even without a stated reason for doing so. “There are no statutory conditions on the president’s authority to remove the FBI director,” the Congressional Research Service wrote in a 2014 report. The director is “an at-will employee,” says Scott Bomboy of the National Constitution Center, meaning “he or she will serve at the will of the president.” Bomboy points to the Constitution’s “Advice and Consent” clause, which grants the president power to hire people to work for the executive branch, with congressional approval. “Once that person’s approved, it’s really up to the president as the head of the executive branch to determine their employment status,” he says.

    That was not really that hard.

    1. How many days of this do we have???

      1. I’m sure they’ll come up with new bullshit reasons for outrage when the current crop of flimsy reasons becomes threadworn.

        count all the sentences that say, “could”, “seems like”, “might”, “arguably” etc in pieces like this. No one is satisfied with actual facts. Its always ‘how far can we stretch this bullshit to seem far worse than it is?”

        unless you actually believe the whole bullshit Red-Panic, “Trump is a Russian Stooge!!!”-narrative, the whole story is a big nothingburger. Which is why Chapman et al who’ve been writing repeat versions of this same stupid story keep slipping it in there as thought its just *assumed* to be a perfectly-rational POV.

        e.g.. “”The FBI investigation could implicate his subordinates in a collusion with an unfriendly foreign government to affect the outcome of an American election. They could also implicate him. Impeachment and prison could follow.””

        Yes, and as michael meyers used to say, “and monkeys could fly out of my butt”. If my aunt had a set of hairy balls she’d be my uncle. If wishes were fishes… etc.

        the only purpose of the “russia!!” frothing is to pretend that the election wasn’t actually legitimately won by Trump. And all the pundits who pretend to be serious people chinstroking about “potential” evidence are just children who wish the outcome had been different.

        1. Glibfestation. Eww.

          1. They have a cream for that, I believe.

            It’s called Bastiat.

            1. Good ole Bastiat. Is there nothing he can’t do? I particularly love his missives on Watergate.

              1. You clearly know nothing of Bastiat.

      2. Seven years, two hundred sixty-five days.

  24. Motive, Means, and Opportunity

    What is the motive here? That’s the persistent question in my mind. A wealthy private citizen with a massive ego chooses to run for president only to be a stooge of Russia? Does that make sense to anyone?

    1. He’s in the early to mid stages of dementia?

      1. Malignant narcissism. Everybody knows it.

        1. You should get some help then. But at least you’re already out.

  25. Headline: Chapman Makes Himself Look Like a Progressive. Again.

    1. You can’t criticize the tinpot president, this is libertarianism!

      1. No you stupid piece of shit, you can criticize whomever you want. You just have to make a real case for it. Not be a lying piece of shit about it, like you fucking progs.

        Tony, you’re a parasite. Just like every one of progressive kind. It’s even worse that you are a parasite by choice. Making the world a worse place with every breath.

        1. Translation: waah poor Trumpie.

          1. Your responses get lamer by the moment. Whatever passes for your brain must be starting to shut down for good.

  26. Comey’s relevance was terminated when President Obama announced “There will be no charges filed”.
    “The rule of law, the separation of powers, and the strength and hallmarks of American democracy are at stake” Chuck must have missed Comey’s relevance being terminated when President Obama announced on national television, “There will be no charges filed” mid investigation of Crooked Hillary. Since President Obama’s pronunciamento the FBI Director has been an empty suit yearning to be free. Why else would he continue to make irrelevant and occasionally inaccurate public statements before congress? Maybe Chuck doesn’t understand the concept of the president’s cabinet serves “at the pleasure of the president. Comey had to go now. (Chuck in ’18)

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