May 16 2017
05:52 pm

Happened in February (the day after Flynn's dismissal), reported today.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

The White House response, again, is that this is "not an accurate portrayal" of the conversation--but they don't elaborate much.

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There is a seeming discrepancy in the article, when we first read this...

In testimony to the Senate last week, the acting F.B.I. director, Andrew G. McCabe, said, “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”

...but we next read this...

After writing up a memo that outlined the meeting, Mr. Comey shared it with senior F.B.I. officials. Mr. Comey and his aides perceived Mr. Trump’s comments as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation.

Are we to understand that acting director McCabe was not among the "senior officials" with whom Comey shared his notes at the time? If so, it seems that other of these "senior officials" could have mentioned this to McCabe later, at least in advance of his testimony before the Senate?

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Adam Schiff, ranking Dem on the House Intelligence Committee, is on msnbc calling for Trump to release "any tapes he has" of the February conversation with Comey.

Yes, that would be helpful...

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Title 18 U.S. Code Chapter 73 - OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

(Not to jump the gun. Just looks like required reading, is all. If Comey's memo can be authenticated, news anchors are asking guest commentators whether Trump's "intent" carries any weight in a determination of obstruction. That is, could he claim gross stupidity as to how this stuff works? Their answers aren't particularly clear.)

EDIT: Specifically, the news segment I heard discussed "Section 1503 - Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally" and "Section 1512 - Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant," both texts at the above link.

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Corker, Duncan and the rest of GOP now faced with the decision

to subpoena Comey's memos. If they won't why not?

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"Watergate size and scale"

Republican Sen. John McCain last night:

"I think it's reaching the point where it's of Watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals we've seen," The Arizona Republican said Tuesday night at the International Republican Institute's 2017 Freedom Dinner, where CBS News' Bob Schieffer interviewed McCain, an award honoree.

That seems more damning than even Republican Sen. Bob Corker's characterization of the Trump administration (i.e., that it is in a "downward spiral").

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Possibly you are already aware of this development (Tuesday afternoon), but we hadn't discussed it here:

Comey declined an invitation to brief the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday, but is reportedly open to public hearing.

It was unclear if (Sen. Lindsey) Graham's Comey invitation was to the entire Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, or the subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, which he chairs and has jurisdiction over the FBI.

Good on Comey for wanting all testimony forthcoming to be offered publicly, not privately. Don't yet see any update this morning, though, as to when that may happen.

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He may have problems, but he

He may have problems, but he isn't stupid.

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Nor would the narcissist ever in a million years profess to being stupid.

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