Trump spoke with Fox News outside the West Wing Friday morning:
What he did was criminal. What he did was a terribel thign to the people, What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country. What he did was horrible. Should he be locked up? Let someone make a determination.
The president, who is the chief law enforcement officer of the nation, should not be calling people’s actions “criminal.” We do have a tradition in this country of people being innocent until proven guilty. It’s great that Trump is outspoken and unconventional, but certain conventions have a very important basis, and he ought to learn about them and follow them.
If Obama prejeduged anyone as a criminal, conservatives would be outraged.
President Trump, in a fiery exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends,” blasted former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday morning as a “liar and a leaker” who is “guilty of crimes” — while issuing a stern warning to the Justice Department about the Russia probe.
He said he tries to “stay away” from the Justice Department’s affairs, “but at some point I won’t.”
He suggested the DOJ hasn’t adequately scrutinized Comey and others, while focusing so much on the Russia probe.
“Our Justice Department should be looking at that kind of stuff, not the nonsense of collusion with Russia. There is no collusion with me and Russia and everyone knows that.”
The president, who called into “Fox & Friends,” specifically slammed the memos that Comey leaked to a friend to spur a special counsel appointment.
Yes, this is the latest lesson in leadership from our visionary former FBI director and leading national expert on psychobabble, James Comey.
“If you are insecure, you cannot laugh,” Comey said during an appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper. “I never saw President Trump laugh even in an almost hour and a half long private dinner. And so I became a little concerned about this.”
Cooper quipped, “Maybe he just doesn’t find you funny.”
Comey said he searched YouTube and found one instance of Trump laughing, but it was a “mean” laugh.
Basically, that’s the thrust of one of James Comey’s memos.
It appears more and more that there is a good reason why it has not been leaked that there is any evidence of collusion. Because there is none.
It seems that the correct version of events is that Trump’s main concern was whether or not he was being investigated. That he wasn’t trying to cover anything up, and that he fired Comey for the reason that has been reported – he was furious he couldn’t get him to publicly state the truth, that he was not under investigation.
Of course, the reason Comey would not say so has everything to do with James Comey. He had already come under criticism for reopening the Clinton investigation, and he didn’t want to experience another torrent of abuse should he have to reverse himself again and say Trump had come under investigation.
One particular conversation between Trump and Comey (page 13 of the memos) was highlighted by Trump describing the Russia investigation as a “cloud” that was making it difficult for him to do his job. Trump even asked what he could do to lift the cloud. Now, that doesn’t look great on its own, but in the context of the conversation, we now know Trump was more specifically worried about people having the impression that he himself was under investigation, which was not the case at the time. Comey makes it clear to Trump that he is not under investigation, and Trump apparently asked Comey several times to make that fact known.
The most important part of the conversation comes towards the end of Comey’s account. The memo says:
“He said that if there was “some satellite” (NOTE: I took this to mean some associate of his or of his campaign) that did something, it would be good to find that out, but that he hadn’t done anything, and hoped I would find a way to get out that we weren’t investigating him.”
So not only does the full account of the conversation indicate that Trump’s main concern was people’s perception of him, not the investigation itself, it also shows that he endorsed the idea of investigating people related to him and his campaign.
Comey was heckled at a Barnes and Noble by Laura Loomer who describe herself on Twitter as, “Investigative Journalist 🇺🇸Former @Project_Veritas operative 🔯Proud American Jew 🔯UnVerified for speaking truth.”
He regrets it, but not because of any “higher loyalty” to anything. Rather, it was “just because it gave people a handhold for people who haven’t read the book to attack the book,” he said during an appearance on “The View.” He was just trying to be descriptive, he claims. “I really wasn’t trying to pick on Donald Trump. I could hear my editor’s voice say, ‘Bring the reader, bring the reader,'” he said.
Kramerbooks, located in Washington’s trendy Dupont Circle district, is the place Washingtonians go to hang out, browse books, and grab something to eat at the attached cafe.
It’s much smaller than a Barnes and Noble and has survived Amazon because it is cozy and inviting, offering the feeling that you are immersed within a warm den of great books. And if you’re going to sell a political book, it’s a good place to start, given the clientele.
The place was open at 12:01 am Tuesday morning expecting long lines for James Comey’s new book, “I’ve Got Higher Morals than You,” or “I’m Loyal to Getting High,” or whatever it’s called, released on Tuesday. But on hand were more photographers, reporters and salespeople, all working the night shift, than customers.
The ratings for his much-hyped appearance with George Stephanopoulos were also a disappointment.
To be sure, Comey’s book is #1 on Amazon. But I don’t expect it to stay there long. There’s little in the book except for tales Comey has already told and the philosophy and moralizing of a professional bureaucrat.
I expect Comey, realizing that his act is getting stale quick, to try to pull some new tricks out of his bag by making increasingly outrageous statements during his upcoming interviews. And he’ll just further diminish himself and add to the damage done to his reputation by this self-important, self-indulgent book masquerading as a deep meditation on our society.
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