May 20th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #121

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740 Responses to May 20th – 2017 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #121

  1. daughnworks247 says:

    Okay folks, it’s time to belly up and donate.
    Sundance and crew are going to need CASES of Red Bull to get through the next 8 days.
    God Bless the team at CTH – you did an outstanding job today.

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  2. jeans2nd says:

    Go read all the GREAT posts out today about Our POTUS, which are much more important and critical to the future of Our America First and the world. And then digest this from CN&N.

    Re: Comey.

    CN&N has a story out now that, if true, says Comey has changed his mind and that Comey now believes Our POTUS tried to influence him, if all CN&N’s “sources” are to be believed. And Benjamin Wittes of Lawfare blog has identified himself as one of the NY Times’ leakers.

    Remember Comey’s exchange with Hawaii’s Senator Hirono –
    HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?

    COMEY: In theory yes.

    HIRONO: Has it happened?

    COMEY: Not in my experience.

    Comey’s testimony –
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/03/read-the-full-testimony-of-fbi-director-james-comey-in-which-he-discusses-clinton-email-investigation/?utm_term=.9e18ea7f6e1a

    My original source – http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2017/05/has-james-comey-committed-perjury.html

    These people know NO shame. Shame on them anyway. Lock them up!

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    • psadie says:

      Too late for Comey has already committed “perjury” the first time and he faces prison. Comey DID NOT REPORT supposed Trump influence to the DOJ to begin with and is in a lot of trouble. Comey is digging a deeper hole for himself,,,fool.

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    • mariner says:

      I’d love to see Comey locked up, but this won’t get him there.

      Comey was asked if the Atty Genl or other senior officials at the DOJ had ever directed him to close an investigation for political reasons.

      Comey, being a smart experienced lawyer, answered exactly the question he was asked. He was never asked if the President had directed him to close an investigation.

      This sounds bad but it’s a nothing-burger as it relates to any investigation of Trump.

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    • Daniel says:

      So NOW, at this hearing (where’s the video if it’s public?) they finally ask a suspect in the leaker investigation whether or not he was the leaker?

      Again still a nothing-burger — asking the FBI if or why not stop an investigation is not interference. It was not an order if that was the case.

      From the outside, this is what it would look like if someone ordered Comey not to do something: “I cannot speak on that subject.” Why? “Executive privilege.” This is when you know he didn’t make the decision.

      And now that Comey isn’t FBI director, he can do or say whatever he wants knowing no one will do anything to him — we’ve seen a LOT of perjury in those hearings and no one charged for any of it. Why expect any charges now?

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  3. Martin says:

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    • psadie says:

      A Civil War would ensue and you can blame CONGRESS for it!!!

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      • Jerzy2GA says:

        Is she implicating herself as the rational, beautiful version of Lou Dobb?

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        • Alexsandra says:

          She has been consistently pro-Trump when I’ve heard her. Most of the Fox Business folks have been from the start. Because they are not fools.

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      • joninmd22 says:

        A civil war is overdu.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        I sometimes share what my son says because I find it interesting what a child picks up on. Severals days ago, while riding in the car, he looked up from his history book (biography of Cyrus McComick – not Civil War era) and said out of the blue, “Mom, do you think we are gong to have another civil war in this country soon?”

        We don’t have satellite, cable or receive any tv signals. We don’t have the news playing in the background or even that much talk radio when he is in the car for him to have heard this somewhere. I asked why he would ask such a think and he said that the Democrats are just different than other times of disagreement and that they seem so drastic when President Trump is just doing normal political things (like trade deals, pointing SCOTUS) although different than they want.

        He has been to a several of Trump events in the last several months and has seen the protesters, esp. the antifa/black masks protesters. He sees it as different than anything other than the Rev War (our first civil war as it was known at the time) and our 2nd “civil war”. They are reacting to “normal politics” which always include different agendas and disagreeing of various political parties in a way that is abnormal and radical. He is correct – these people are not tea party protesters, Reagan “revolutionaries”, Presidential candidate Perot or Ron Paul “rebels” or even the agents of change that TR, FDR or Kennedy were.

        I assured him that there was not an actual civil war but it was a very “hot” political war and that they other side was indeed acting in a very radical way. But even while I was assuring him I wondered at his insight v. my … denial? Elements of the opposition party are already being violent and their leadership and more rational members are not denouncing these actions.

        Just because we aren’t violent doesn’t mean there is peace. It only takes one side attacking to make violence. I refused to respond in violence (unless in self defense and I avoid those places in which it most likely to be needed) but their actions just spur me on to in my political battle. We must win. But what signifies a win? How do we win when they refuse to stop fighting and accept political defeat?

        These “resist” groups many made of socialists, communists, not to mention groups like La Raza, all of whom want to actually change our country’s economic system, governmental type &/or our border. Many of their goals are not legal. They are changing the rules and refusing to engage only within the structure of our Constitution. Our Constitution lays out means by which we can disagree but they are against our very Constitution itself. They are not just against actions or policies or legislation by our President but against him being President period despite the fact that he is our legally elected president! Their political war is against our country and our laws. at what point does this “resistance” to our legal government and laws become treason and sedition?

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        • Howie says:

          Not a civil war. These scumbags can not be considered worthy of being called American. They are communist domestic enemy. Enemy Combatants.

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          • Remington..... says:

            Katherine….your son is very perceptive – as children are sometimes. On the off chance you missed it, see Daniel Greennfield’s article Ths Civil War Is Here”. I recommend it far and wide because it crystallized exactly where we are.

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          • Katherine McCoun says:

            Yes, it seems to me that they are just outlaws, outside of our Constitutional, lawful government

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    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Even the dims know the impeachment unicorn won’t fly, no matter how much smoke they blow up its azz.

      Liked by 4 people

    • Oldschool says:

      True that

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  4. jeans2nd says:

    Here, have a laugh at the Very Fake News.

    Remember that “news” that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales had been hacked and held for ransom by ransomware and hackers?

    Ya. About that. Very Fake News, you have been trolled, hard. Welcome to my world. This has been going on for years, and I do mean YEARS (more than 12, by my reckoning).

    “The initial torrent spotted by TF was just over 200MB, which is pretty small. As it turned out, the file was fake and linked to some kind of survey scam. Fake torrents are quite common…the fake leaks trolled several writers and pirates.”
    https://torrentfreak.com/fake-pirates-of-the-caribbean-leaks-troll-pirates-and-reporters-170520/

    Survey scam…or porn site, or something else. Always the same.
    Pro tip – always check the file size. The real file size for the Pirates movie is 54GB. Check the site, and the uploaders, and if it is a .rar file… unless you really know what you are doing. Better yet, just say no. And laugh at the Very Fake News dummies.

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    From the Dept of What’s Good For Me But Not For Thee –

    Remember that bill last year, pushed by Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, that wanted to outlaw encryption for We The People?
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160909/17032335476/senators-burr-feinstein-look-to-bring-back-bill-to-outlaw-real-encryption.shtml

    And remember when they tried to nail Our POTUS and aides for using encrytped messaging?
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/trump-aides-use-of-encrypted-messaging-verges-on-violating-records-law/

    Nevermind that Obama and de Blasio also used Signal.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/messaging-app-has-bipartisan-support-amid-hacking-concerns-1485215028

    Our highly esteemed and tech-savvy Senate has just given approval to themselves only to use Signal for encrypted messaging.
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/in-encryption-push-senate-approves-signal-for-encrypted-messaging/

    Pls do not tell the Senate that Signal has already been hacked. That would spoil the fun. Ok, i’m off, so they tell me

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  6. My father had a positive take on the special counselor appointment in today’s American Thinker Blog. It’s called “Rosenstein’s Yuge Favor to Trump”:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/05/rosensteins_yuge_favor_for_trump.html

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    • paulraven1 says:

      Well done piece but I have to disagree. For one, Mueller is a long-time Washington mandarin and as such I would assume is inherently hostile to Donald Trump. Moreover, he will come under supernatural peer pressure to find something with which to implicate Trump or those within his circle. The fact is, the event of a special counsel is simply an irresistible opportunity for the mandarin class to cripple Trump. They will not let it pass. Rosenstein made a huge mistake (like Sessions, he must have an overweening and misplaced sense of “integrity” and need to prove his fairness to the point of appeasement; as Dershowitz has said, no special counsel was called for, as there is absolutely zero evidence to support one. Rosenstein, in the thrall of naive folly, fell for the gambit. I find it totally inconceivable that Mueller will exonerate Trump.

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      • Alexsandra says:

        They don’t realize that even if they could put his eyes out like Samson, God would give him one last blast of strength and he’d bring the whole gaudy temple they’ve built crashing down on top of them. But is not going to go to extreme lengths of actually damaging him. It is going to boomerang full force back on their own heads, and already is. Their schemes and traps are for nothing, except to ruin themselves, not him. I believe this like I believe the air I’m breathing. Amen

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        • Alexsandra says:

          And for those of you who are secular and do not believe in God’s glory (what a shame) — here is an earthly caveat you can heed: The Saudi’s did not spend multi-millions of dollars to honor a man for 2 days that they do not consider to be a great leader with staying power. Someone on a rag blog might bet $100 against him hoping the odds would come their way, just like they might throw money away on the lottery. But the Saudis spent multiple billions to in advance honor a long-term leader.

          And our stock market — despite some dips due to the insane media pronouncements — is full of wise business men who having been shooting the market arrow upward and upward because they know we have a leader who will bring prosperity.

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      • paulraven1 says:

        One thing I forgot: you write that the media will be “forced to cover” other news while the investigation is ongoing. This couldn’t be more wrong. The media isn’t “forced” to do anything they don’t want to do; they cover or don’t cover entirely what they want and what suits their agenda. In fact, they will cover NOTHING BUT this so-called scandal until Mueller produces his report. If the report exculpates Trump, only then will they feel “forced” — but in this case, not to cover it.

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        • mariner says:

          In the same vein, Mueller can’t be “forced” to investigate or even notice anything he’s determined to ignore, regardless of how blatantly illegal it was.

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      • Bert Darrell says:

        There is one big caveat to your concerns paulraven1. Donald Trump has always had access the very best lawyers money can buy (or rent). Don’t underestimate the capacity of either PDJT or his lawyers to destroy the Special Counsel if he chooses to play games with, or abuse his assignment.

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      • Howie says:

        I think it can fall either way. We have to just see what happens. The legal die is cast.

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  7. Just Scott says:

    NORK UPDATE: 38North has a significant technical analysis of the Hwasong-12 missile NK launched on 5/15 at http://38north.org/2017/05/hwasong051917/

    My take away: the platform has almost no room for improvement, it doesn’t have the load capacity for their current warhead, the liquid fuel precludes it being used as a mobile launch, the test flight could not achieve the full temperature and vibration of a real ICBM re-entry, and Guam is the extent of its reach.

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    • Howie says:

      18 minutes for a 3500 mile shot. It is a TBM…Theatre Ballistic Missile. Not an ICBM. Our first ICBM was the Atlas, then Titan, then the Minuteman with SRB.

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  8. Touching thank you from Seth’s parents thanking/pol/ for investigating.

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  9. View story at Medium.com
    good article… wide implications.

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  10. i'm just sayin'.. says:

    What a great day! Thanks President Trump and Team! Thanks SD and commenters (some familiar names not seen in a while)
    Thank God that He has not forsaken us and may His renewed blessing protect and flourish our President and our country

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  11. Another politically motivated cover up. Let’s hope Sessions take action in this soon. I’m also hoping Congress won’t get involved because they will pull another Kevin McCarthy-Benghazi Committee disaster.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/05/boom-hacker-kim-dotcom-knew-seth-rich-wikileaks-source-involved/

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  12. Another politically motivated cover up. Let’s hope Sessions take action in this soon. I’m also hoping Congress won’t get involved because they will pull another Kevin McCarthy-Benghazi Committee disaster.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/05/boom-hacker-kim-dotcom-knew-seth-rich-wikileaks-source-involved/

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  13. brcajun says:

    Someone took Seth’s computer during the search in the house. I can only
    suspect the prior administration and DNC know where that computer is.
    That is the hot iron still to be let out! It was called a botched
    robbery when Seth was walking on a sidewalk and during the investigation
    they took his computer from his house. DC police, FBI, and CIA do not
    know where his confiscated computer is located. He was also alive for 3
    hours and nothing said about that. Where is the camera’s and mikes
    that should have been on scene? Where was the FAKE MEDIA? When the
    public finds out about this FACT, they will piece it together WIKI leaks
    leeker will be discovered,….Seth Rich! Disgruntled over the theft of
    his Kentucky derby stallion in hiding—Bernie Sanders who is trying to
    be quiet as a church mouse! Now he and his wife have IRS problems with
    declaring his true finances! Another example for 2 standards for
    justice (IRS and COURT: those in power vs. the rest of us! No equal
    justice for all!

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  14. zephyrbreeze says:

    Scott Adams explains why the new label “Nut Job Comey” is going to stick.

    Trump is so good at firing people, he will fire Comey from his Nut job.

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