Trump Mocks ‘Nut Job’ Comey in Oval Office Victory Dance With the Russians
Holy wow. It is becoming almost impossible to keep up.
I just want to be able to walk away from my laptop for 10 minutes without all hell breaking loose.
— Mark Earnest (@mark_earnest) May 19, 2017
The Same. I thought biggest story would be Person of Interest in th WH today. But that's old news with Trump gloating O Comey t th Russians https://t.co/669Tw8N69P
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) May 19, 2017
The fact that according to high ranking sources someone currently in the WH and close to the so-called President seemed to be the biggest story of the day.
“The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.”
“The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.”
It was for a couple of minutes. Then:
Like Rachel Maddow says-hyperbole is now dead in this new Tom Clancy novel run amok our country has become.
John McCain-perhaps the only patriotic elected Republican left-has said all along that with Trump Russia, another shoe is going to drop every few days. Recently he adjusted that to every day.
Maybe we should adjust that up to 3 a day. Feels that way.
The LULU went from Person of Interest to Trump boasting of obstructing Justice to the Russians.
President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”
“The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.”
“Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.”
Did not dispute the account. Yes-treason happened in a Russian Oval Office victory dance the night after Trump obstructed justice.
So Spicey just says it: Bragging about obstruction of justice? Sorry, not sorry, yeah he said it.
“In a statement, he said that Mr. Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president’s ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.”
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
But Spicey also acknowledges that firing Comey would under no circumstances end the investigation. So the ‘unnecessary strain’ will continue on ‘Getting along better with Russia.’
📈'Nutjob' is our number 2 lookup right now. https://t.co/bpGxeCtpSr
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 19, 2017
Even Fox News is at a loss:
Fox News not finding amazing ways to spin this yet pic.twitter.com/vYoUs1shMf
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 19, 2017
Congressman Elijah Cummings the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee:
Elijah Cummings has issued a statement to Jason Chaffetz: Immediately obtain W.H. documents on the President's claims to Russian officials. pic.twitter.com/PQYIH1JN51
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 19, 2017
You think ole Jason in the House picked the right time to Leave the House?
But again, forget every few days or even every day, we’re at every few hours if not minutes.
1. When I started writing the big story was the Russia probe is focusing on a Person of Interest currently in the WH and a top WH official who’s close to Herr Trump.
2. But then this story of Trump boasting to the Russians in the Oval Office of obstructing justice seemed the lead and number 1 already seemed like this morning’s news.
3. But now number 1 is pushing ahead of number 2 again as we seem to be getting a read out on who this Person of Interest in the WH who’s a high ranking official close to Trump is:
"A source close to the investigation would not disclose the name of the person of interest but noted it rhymes with Bared Tushner."
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 19, 2017
It's jared Kushner have confirmed this with four people. I'm not speculating
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 19, 2017
Meanwhile, the Onion is laying off staff:
I seriously thought this was a headline from The Onion. https://t.co/GwVBG5nONO
— Stephen Engelberg (@SteveEngelberg) May 19, 2017
How does the Onion compete with our new reality inside Alice’s Wonderland where we’re stuck in a Tom Clancy novel run amok?
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