Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)It marked a rare presidential moment on a most un-presidential day — Donald Trump stood at a podium flanked by flags as “Stars and Stripes Forever” rang out, after delivering a speech on energy. The controversy was yet another reminder, a few days ahead of America’s birthday, that Trump is a leader like no other in the nation’s 241-year history, who plans to stay true to himself and is…

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Burr ‘confident’ he will view Comey memos soon

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr said Wednesday he’s requested former FBI Director James Comey’s memos from the FBI and is confident he will get access to the documents soon. Burr, who is leading the Senate’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election, said the FBI has not yet provided the committee with access to Comey’s memos, which detail the former FBI director’s interactions with President Donald…

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White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

June 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The White House is letting President Donald Trump’s tweet Thursday — asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey — stand as the President’s official statement. “In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter: “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there…

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Speier: ‘I absolutely do’ think Trump made up the tapes

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Throngs of journalists and political pundits are hanging on Trump press secretary Sean Spicer’s every word, hoping he’ll confirm or deny the existence of tapes of conversations between President Donald Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. The comments from the California Democrat come just days ahead of a deadline set by the House intelligence committee that pushes Trump to address the issue of tapes by week’s end. Speier is…

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Jeff Sessions’ explanation for firing Comey just doesn’t make sense

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to have his cake and eat it too when it came to his explanations during congressional testimony Tuesday for the firing of FBI Director James Comey. On the other hand, Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that he and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had discussed removing Comey as FBI director and agreed that it was time for a “fresh start” at the bureau…

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5 things we learned at Jeff Sessions’ hearing

June 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions captivated Washington Tuesday, beating back rumors of a private meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the US and mounting a defense for President Donald Trump, one week after former FBI Director James Comey artfully unloaded on both men. Here are the top five things we learned.

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In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

June 14, 2017

(CNN)A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2 hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency. Committee Chairman Richard Burr,…

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The questions that could determine Sessions’ fate

June 13, 2017

(CNN)The Comey hearing certainly lived up to the hype. And now there is buildup to the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday afternoon. One aspect of the Comey hearing that was overwhelmed by the newsworthiness of his comments was his refusal to speak to the nature of Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation in an open hearing. This cast a new spotlight on Sessions and made him a…

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Trump taunt over Comey tape draws disbelief

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Of all the piercing questions hanging over the West Wing, one of the most pressing is whether President Donald Trump has a taping system that captured his conversations with James Comey. Collins: Trump should give yes or no on tapes “It’s all hot air,” one person inside the White House said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal water-cooler conversations. “Unless he had a recorder in his pocket,…

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Why can’t Trump just say whether he has a secret recording system in the White House?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Asked Friday whether or not he had a secret recording system in the White House, President Donald Trump said this: “I am not hinting at anything. I will tell you about it over a very short period of time.” Here’s what I don’t get: Why does there have to be an “announcement” of whether or not the President of the United States is secretly taping meetings or phone calls —…

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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 10, 2017

(CNN)House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion — including audio recordings. The leaders of the Senate judiciary’s probe sent Richman the request Thursday and asked he provide it by Friday. A source familiar with the matter said Richman has been…

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Lieberman: Trump never demanded loyalty during talks for FBI job

June 9, 2017

(CNN)As Democrats and some Republicans criticize President Donald Trump after the release of fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, which alleges that Trump said over dinner, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” one of the men Trump considered to replace Comey is revealing that no such request was made to him. He said “the most serious allegation is the statement by Director Comey that the President asked him essentially not…

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Here’s the single most telling line in James Comey’s Trump testimony

June 8, 2017

(CNN)James Comey’s 7-page opening statement in advance of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday about his relationship with Donald Trump in the months before the president fired him as FBI director reads like a novel. Talk about two ships passing in the night. Trump, aggressive and oblivious to the rules of engagement, making a direct pitch to the FBI director for loyalty — and suggesting strongly that his…

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House Democrat plans to begin impeachment proceedings

June 7, 2017

(CNN)The day before former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress about his interactions with President Donald Trump regarding his probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign, a House Democrat plans to draft articles of impeachment. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsCommission Sumo – Sumo My List 70+ Squeeze pages, reports and email sequences – plus 2 per month with lifetime access. These are all great quality…

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Blockbuster Capitol Hill hearings that made the whole country stop

June 7, 2017

Washington (CNN)Anticipation is high ahead of James Comey’s public testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday. The former FBI director is slated to speak before the Senate intelligence committee for the first time since his unexpected ouster on May 9 and the chaos that emerged in the aftermath. 1950: McCarthy claims communist infiltration How did Watergate unfold? Flashback: Anita Hill’s explosive opening statement More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsEmail Genie…

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Comey may find himself boxed in … by himself

June 3, 2017

(CNN)Those waiting for shocking new revelations from James Comey in his congressional testimony next week are likely to be disappointed. After all, Comey is the same 6-foot-8-inch former FBI Director who attempted to “blend in” with the blue drapes during a previous White House visit with his then-boss, President Donald Trump, who fired him last month. Gergen: Invoking executive privilege a mistake NYT reporter: Trump joked about Russia ties More…

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Source: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

June 1, 2017

(CNN)Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsAutosoci LITE Software Gets BUYERS Hands-FREE With REAL Human Engagement On Autopilot.OptInUp Agency LIFETIME Software to…

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 25, 2017

President Donald Trump should be concerned when former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress later this month. That, at least, is the view from a self-described confidant of Comeys, Benjamin Wittes. Wittes spoke to CNNs Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, telling the anchor, I thoughtit was interesting and very telling that he [Comey]declined any opportunity to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a…

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Can you find the scared government official trying to hide?

May 21, 2017

Image: ambar del moral/mashable composite/getty images Washington in the middle of a crisis of historic proportions, and our brave leaders are responding the best way they know how: by hiding in the bushes. The past few months have produced story after story of elected officials trying to run from the people they’re supposed to have relationships with. Constituents can’t find their senators, senators can’t find other senators, and no one…

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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York Times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a…

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GOP congressman: Comey may break his silence as early as next week

May 19, 2017

(CNN)A Republican congressman said Thursday night that Congress and the nation may be just days away from James Comey breaking his silence after being fired as FBI director by President Donald Trump. A senior GOP source previously told CNN it was unlikely Comey would testify publicly now that former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special counsel for the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian…

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Mueller and Comey have a history

May 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)Just over a week after President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director, the Department of Justice appointed Comey’s predecessor, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, as special counsel for the investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election. The two former FBI chiefs have a unique relationship, stemming in large part from working side by side during a major confrontation with the Bush administration. By sheer coincidence,…

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Trump donors closely watch the daily fracas, whether it’s Comey or Israel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)The scandals that are metastasizing around the Trump administration are rankling some of the President’s largest contributors, who were already in short supply after his insurgent campaign. The political fallout of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey grew messier this week when news emerged that he had allegedly urged the FBI director to drop an investigation into Trump’s former aide. It’s another distraction for Trump’s legislative agenda,…

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