James Comey Has Declined to Testify to Senate Intel Committee Next Week

James Comey (Public domain FBI photo) Former FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation from the Senate Intelligence Committee to testify next Tuesday. Senator Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the committee, revealed this on MSNBC earlier this afternoon. Committee aides have told Politico the same, and CNN’s reporting offers an apparent explanation: And per ABC News, there’s some rescheduling in the works: Before his firing, he was scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday. Acting director Andrew McCabe testified in his place and affirmed that despite what the White House said, Continue reading "James Comey Has Declined to Testify to Senate Intel Committee Next Week"

Josh Earnest: Blame Donald Trump For Mixed Messaging, Not Sean Spicer

Former Obama press secretary Josh Earnest responded to Sean Spicer‘s claim on Friday that he does not always have time to meet with President Donald Trump before heading into the briefing room. The comment was an attempt to explain the White House’s flood of conflicting statements regarding Tuesday’s firing of FBI director James Comey. Trump undermined comments from Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders in a Thursday interview, in which he claimed he had long planned to fire Comey. Speaking with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, Earnest emphasized the “grave responsibility,” of ensuring the information relayed from the president to the world is accurate. Earnest did provide something of a defense of Spicer, saying he’s “sympathetic to Sean’s plight when he says that there are days where he can’t get into the Oval Office before he does the briefing.” Earnest made sure to lay the blame for Continue reading "Josh Earnest: Blame Donald Trump For Mixed Messaging, Not Sean Spicer"

‘It Took My Breath Away’: Chris Wallace Offers Stunning, Must-Watch Critique of Trump White House

Chris Wallace has spent the better part of the past four decades reporting on Washington for NBC, ABC, and now Fox News. And given his lengthy tenure of Beltway reporting, it is reasonable to assume that he did not come lightly to the following statement:r
“I just find it one of the most astonishing weeks that I’ve ever covered in this town.”
Speaking with Shepard Smith Friday, the Fox News Sunday anchor offered his stunning take on the developments of the past week — from James Comey‘s firing as Director of the FBI on Tuesday to Friday afternoon’s White House press briefing; a briefing in which, when asked by Jeff Mason of Reuters, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer did not deny the presence of recording devices in the Oval Office. “When I heard that exchange today between Jeff Mason, Continue reading "‘It Took My Breath Away’: Chris Wallace Offers Stunning, Must-Watch Critique of Trump White House"

That Didn’t Take Long! House Democrats Demand White House Produce Trump/Comey ‘Tapes’

trump nra cruzedited Well, it appears that if the president is going to give the appearance that “tapes” may exist of his conversations with recently fired FBI Director James Comey, Democrats in Washington are going to take him at his word. And then demand the White House provide said tapes. Following President Donald Trump’s threatening tweet this morning and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s refusal to deny that Trump was bugging people in the Oval Office, two top House Democrats sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting any recordings if they exist. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee, wrote that they normally wouldn’t “consider credible” claims that conversations of presidential meetings were taped at the White House. However, considering “the many false statements made by White House officials this week,” they Continue reading "That Didn’t Take Long! House Democrats Demand White House Produce Trump/Comey ‘Tapes’"

Trump’s Lawyers Saying He Had No Income From Russia ‘With Few Exceptions’ Is the Internet’s New Favorite Joke

Recently, lawyers for President Donald Trump told reporters that they have reviewed the his returns and that they do not show “any income of any type from Russian sources.” There are, however, some exceptions. But, you know, they are few. “With few exceptions” has become the Internet’s new favorite joke, and Twitter has run absolutely wild with it:

‘He Hopes There Are Tapes’: Comey Reportedly Welcomes Trump’s Threat to Release Conversations

james comey judiciaryedited President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to issue a threat to former FBI director James Comey: Trump alleged earlier this week that Comey told him on three separate occasions that he was not the subject of an FBI investigation into ties between his election campaign and Russia. According to the president, Comey told him this once over a private dinner and twice during phone calls. Trump’s claim, however, has been disputed by sources close to Comey as well as intelligence experts: In response to Trump’s threat, NBC’s Ken Dilanian reported on Twitter that according to a source, Comey is eager for Trump to release potential tape recordings of their conversations:

Former Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook on Comey Firing: ‘Looking Like Watergate’

On Friday, Hillary Clinton‘s 2016 presidential campaign manager, Robby Mook, likened the ongoing controversy over President Donald Trump‘s firing of FBI Director James Comey to the scandal that brought down former President Richard Nixon. “I think the real issue is the longer this goes on, the more and more this is looking like Watergate,” Mook said on MSNBC Live. “I don’t say that lightly.” He continued, “You have a president who probably did something wrong. You had an investigation that was closing in on him and his associates. And everything we’re hearing — all the reporting — is pointing to the fact that Director Comey’s investigation was getting too close; and the President wanted to disrupt that.” He said that it really comes down to Congress to act here, concluding, “The investigation needs to go independent. Congress can make that happen today if they want; Continue reading "Former Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook on Comey Firing: ‘Looking Like Watergate’"