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Rosenstein Briefs Senators: Russia Probe Is Now A Criminal Investigation

“I think the shot to the body is [the Russia probe] is now considered a criminal investigation,” said Senator Lindsey Graham as he left a private briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Capitol Hill.

May 18, 2017
Memo

Justice Department Appoints Ex-FBI Director Mueller As Special Counsel In Russia Probe

The Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former FBI chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

May 18, 2017
Putin Pays

GOP Majority Leader Told Colleagues In 2016: “Putin Pays” Trump

“There’s . . . there’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a private meeting of Republican Congressional leaders last June. When his colleagues laughed, McCarthy added, “Swear to God.”

May 17, 2017
trump scandal

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Scrutinizes Trump Scandal Week, With Bonus Clips

Seth Meyers offers “a closer look” at President Trump’s no-good, very-bad week following his dismissal of FBI director James Comey — which is now culminating in open talk of impeachment in Congress.

May 17, 2017
pardons

FBI Source: Trump Asked Comey To End Investigation Of Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey. The FBI director wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to a source familiar with the contents of the memo.

May 16, 2017
Trump White House

#EndorseThis: Colbert Declassifies The Trump White House

The continuing fiasco of the president’s decision to fire James Comey has revealed secret taping in the Trump White House, at least according to those @realDonaldTrump tweets. (Of course, those tweets are as likely to be true as anything else uttered by Trump, meaning not too likely.) For press secretary Sean Spicer that requires covering up, obfuscating, and stonewalling Watergate-style, which is horrifying as White House conduct — and comedy gold for Stephen Colbert.

May 16, 2017
Comey firing

#EndorseThis: Colbert Solves The Mystery Behind Comey Firing

For the truly gullible, the White House brought forth that letter on the Comey firing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — prompting Colbert to snark that the Department of Justice should be renamed “the Department of Justification.”

May 12, 2017
Trevor Noah

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump’s Latest Dictatorial Maneuver

Daily Show host Trevor Noah often notes Trump’s growing resemblance to the African dictators he has long observed on his home continent — a resemblance that, in the wake of the firing of James Comey is even more glaring. As Noah puts it, the preposterous pretext proffered by Trump for dismissing the overseer of the Russia investigation is “the most gangster excuse” he’s ever heard.

May 10, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Like Nixon, But Less Credible

Danziger is old enough to remember the bad old days of Nixon, Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre in October 1973 — and suddenly those memories seem exceptionally vivid.

May 10, 2017
treason

Tuesday Night Massacre: Who Really Believes The White House Rationale For Firing Comey?

The Trump rationale for firing Comey — as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is obviously false for several reasons, even aside from the fact that Trump had welcomed Comey’s behavior toward Clinton in 2016 and literally embraced the FBI director in the Oval Office last January.

May 10, 2017
FBI Director James Comey

In Shocking Move, Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Trump said in a letter to Comey released by the White House.

May 9, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Concealing The Trump Probe? That Decision Was Easy

To Danziger, the testimony of James Comey sounded offensively self-serving, self-justifying, and self-pitying. The FBI director might have spared some pity for the nation that now suffers under the president he inflicted on us. Or as he said a few times in his testimony: “Lordy!”

May 6, 2017
James Comey

Why FBI’s Comey Was So Outrageously Unfair To Hillary

Because Comey’s mishandling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail account was an unforgivable act of far greater import, one that broke FBI protocols and helped tilt the election in favor of Donald Trump. His public comments about the case sabotaged her campaign and crippled the credibility of the FBI as an impartial player.

April 25, 2017
comey

Can James Comey Escape The Clinton Email Debacle?

Democrats were already sputtering with rage that Comey had gone all schoolmarm on Clinton back in July, questioning her judgment and trustworthiness. “He tried to portray himself as above the fray, someone who is not attuned to politics, someone who does not even reside in the same political universe as everyone else, that he’s holier than thou,” says a former Obama administration official.

April 13, 2017
Nunes memo

Trump’s Fool On The Hill: Nunes Makes Mockery Of Russia Investigation

If Rep. Nunes wasn’t making up the whole story, he made an unauthorized disclosure of FISA-derived classified information in violation of the Espionage Act—exactly what he criticized others for doing.

March 28, 2017
Danziger on Comey as Columbo

Danziger: A Few Loose Ends To Tie Up

Did the Trump campaign collude illegally with its Kremlin supporters both before and after Election Day 2016? There is much circumstantial evidence but no proof, as the suspects constantly insist. As Danziger suggests, this is a perfect case for someone like that old TV detective, Inspector Columbo, who specialized in locking up wealthy, immoral, arrogant criminals.

March 27, 2017
Trump aides coordinated with Russians

CNN: Officials Have Evidence That Trump Associates ‘Coordinated With Russians’

Coming two days after FBI director James Comey confirmed that agency has been investigating the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian interference in the election since July 2016, the CNN report is stunning but not surprising. It also follows an Associated Press report on Tuesday that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chair, had secretly devised a plan as early as 2005 to “greatly aid” the Putin regime by influencing the U .S. government and media.

March 23, 2017
James Comey destroyed Trump's credibility today

#EndorseThis: FBI Director James Comey Destroys President’s Credibility In Public Testimony

Still wondering whether Donald Trump lied about that “tapp” supposedly installed on his phone by order of President Obama? FBI Director James Comey settled that question today in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

March 20, 2017
Comey testimony, Gorsuch nomination, Trumpcare vote this week

Hectic: Comey Testimony, Gorsuch Nomination, And Trumpcare Looming This Week

A potentially crucial week in Congress begins with James Comey’s testimony in the House on Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings in the Senate.

March 19, 2017
McCain demands Trump justify wiretapping charge

McCain: Trump Must Retract or Justify Wiretapping Claim Now

“I think the president has one of two choices, either to retract [the wiretapping charge against Obama] or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” said the Arizona Republican on CNN.

March 13, 2017
comey

How James Comey’s ‘October Surprise’ Doomed Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy

According to an analysis by a data firm that tracks the psychological elements below patterns of consumer behavior and moods, Donald Trump won the election the moment that James Comey reopened the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

March 11, 2017
Trump lies

President Trump Has Turned His Last Corner

Patriots must unite and start winding down this bizarre presidency. This is no longer about Republicans and Democrats; it’s about forestalling a national emergency.

March 7, 2017
Comey

James Comey Reportedly Asked DOJ To Debunk Trump Wiretapping Claims

The New York Times reports that Comey’s request was motivated by concern over the FBI’s credibility as well as the prospect of raised expectations among Trump critics that federal law enforcement has clear evidence of Trump team ties to Russian officials.

March 6, 2017
Danziger on Reince Priebus and FBI

Danziger: The Second Time As Farce

In the drama of Watergate, the Nixon White House was brought down by the coverup — notably its attempt to stymie the FBI. Similar maneuvers by the Trump White House in its current distress are sufficiently blatant and ridiculous to inspire a Danziger tableau.

February 26, 2017
Obama

Imagine If Obama Offered Trump Advice From His Island Paradise

I heard your voice like a firebell in the middle of the night — from that beautiful phone — but you know, I can’t be at your beck and call. Here I am on an island in the blue, taking time out from writing timeless prose from the chamber of my mind. The world is waiting for another memoir. Michelle’s here, but she does not send her regards. My wife has serious issues with you, and says Melania does, too.

February 18, 2017