Now as Comey’s oral testimony unfolded it may have seemed that his request to forgo reading the narrative of his exchanges with the president did a favor for the committee by letting the members get promptly to their questions. In retrospect, however, I think that the committee chair did the American public a great disservice, and Mr. Comey a great favor, by not requesting that Comey read his narrative in full before the cameras. Senator Richard Burr’s (R., N.C.) deference was a favor to Comey because it allowed the brightest spotlight of the hearing to fall on Comey’s expression of
Comments: The more one reads about this at sources outside the mainstream media, the more one realizes that this was indeed Comey all the way. The instigator, the orchestrator, the manipulator.
One also wonders if Senator Burr, enjoying his own spotlight, was aware of how he was manipulated by Comey.
The hearing and other circus performances are NOT to get to the truth or any such thing. This is how the GOPe avoids moving ahead on legislation. "We´re overwhelmed by all these allegations, and the public has a right to know." And who´s to complain?
And if/when Trump complains, they point to his own faux pas in tweeting and otherwise taunting or riling, digging himself a deeper political hole. "Maybe there is nothing there, but..." Of course there is nothing, but we´ve got to be sure to uphold the public´s trust in the honesty of their government.
I hope that those who say it wouldn’t have made any difference have read the print statement and watched the hearing. Reading the statement, Comey would have laid out - in his own voice - much more that would have been of interest to the American people, under oath. His statement understandably included background, context, that was missing when the partisans were able to immediately launch into their Q&A. Comey managed to shift the focus away from himself by not having to read his lengthy statement. He is more clever than some seem to understand.
When the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. To the man who´s only success as the FBI director was in prosecuting otherwise innocent people for obstruction of justice . . . . Can anyone name one successful federal criminal investigation of an Obama acolyte?
When candidate Donald Trump first proposed renegotiating NAFTA back in 2015 everyone was stunned. Fixing bad trade deals had never been proposed by any candidate. Candidate Trump also proposed a border wall. Those two policy initiatives are entirely connected. Almost immediately the government of Mexico realized the potential impact and threatened to use illegal migration if NAFTA was reopened. Well, Trump won the presidency. The crony capitalists/lobbyists in DC (U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Tom Donohue) are freaking out. Congress was notified of the intent to renegotiate NAFTA. Mexico and Canada were notified. Commerce Secretary Ross, U.S.T.R Robert Lighthizer and Treasury
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When we initially read this article yesterday our review began with an earnest and sincere effort to understand the concerns amid the career bureaucrats in the U.S. State Department; and also to understand the overall cultural climate that would need Secretary Tillerson’s Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to calm these officials…. (Snip) I mean seriously, how much “talking to‘ could one organization need? These are obviously some seriously needy people. Then again, we’ve long discussed the overall liberal perspectives within the department; so the most entrenched liberalism inside government is definitively
Robert Mercer is a billionaire hedge fund manager who originally constructed the multi-million Cambridge Analytica data tool to aid Ted Cruz in winning the 2016 GOP Primary. Mr. Mercer bought controlling interest in Breitbart Media for $10+ million. It was through Breitbart media that Mercer, together with Steve Bannon, deployed the Cambridge Analytica tool with a two year presidential poll (2014/2015) to vacuum up user data for later use in the 2016 republican primary. (Snip) However, after Ted Cruz refused to specifically and enthusiastically endorse the winner, Donald trump, at the GOP convention in Cleveland, Robert Mercer kicked him out
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tiger Woods will not attend his arraignment Wednesday on a driving under the influence charge, his attorney said, meaning under court rules the superstar golfer will be pleading not guilty. Attorney Douglas Duncan said in an email Tuesday to The Associated Press that Woods will not be attending the hearing, but he didn´t elaborate. Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant´s attendance. The Palm Beach County State Attorney´s Office declined comment. Woods could have agreed Wednesday to enter a program for first-time DUI defendants. He would have to plead guilty to reckless driving and receive a year´s
James Damore, now a former Google employee, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday, complaining about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious. The chess master, who studied at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and worked at Google´s Mountain View HQ, was fired on Monday after the search giant’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of Damore’s 10-page memo “violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes” despite saying in the same memo that Google employees shouldn´t be afraid of speaking their minds.
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