It was a busy weekend and I didn’t have time to prepare a good post, so I’ll save my insights for discussion in the comments.

There were two things I wasn’t expecting and it remains to be seen how these new facts will change the story:

  1. Who knew Comey would admit to being the leaker of the memos?  What a twist!
  2. It was amazing to see Comey throw Loretta Lynch under the bus.  Senator Feinstein is even calling for an investigation into it.

It seems that everything has been turned on its head.

What are your impressions?  Anyone brave enough to throw out any predictions?

 

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Judge dredd, pro se

I wouldn’t be hauling out the trump 2020 posters just yet. This is the boiling frog parable and king orange is gonna fall for it hook, line and sinker. I doubt mueller would be building a roster of flawless prosecutorial attorneys based on what comey phoned in publicly last week. Even comey had this unmistakable shit eating grin on his face during that hearing which lets me know trump and the trumpalos are swimming in a heated pool.

That’s just one front. He’s also probably gonna be court ordered to cough up his taxes which will be wildly entertaining.

Thrill

The longer this goes on and the more the anti-Trump folks push it despite the high likelihood that no crime was committed, the more convinced I am becoming that Trump’s reelection is assured.

Judge dredd, pro se

There are two universal truths I’m relying on in this time of uncertainty:

1.) the near 100 percent likelihood that a person of wealth and power won’t accept “no” and “that is against the rules” as an acceptable answer to a course of action.

2.) the old law enforcement parable that if you were driving like you’re guilty of something you probably are.

Hes guilty, he just thinks it’s a game he played and won like his taxes. Not even Howard Hughes got away scot free when he gambled with government money.

I was waiting for a post on this, because I’m really interested to hear what the Right-Leaning folks think…. On your first point – leaking is fine. It’s how people influence the narrative (on both sides). See also Bannon, Steve. If your organisation (or administration) is leaking things you don’t want them to, it’s a reflection on your leadership and management, and the fact that you can’t unify your team and get them on message. The only people who should be ‘going after the leakers’ is the Communications Director. The fact that he quit might offer an insight as to… Read more »

Zurvan

Anyone brave enough to throw out any predictions?

Trump won’t be impeached.

Zurvan

On your first point – leaking is fine

The leak of the memo doesn’t bug me that much. Yeah, it was a schmuck thing to do, but then so was Trump firing him the way he did. It wasn’t illegal.

My hunch is that Trump isn’t used to not being able to NDA his employees.

Trump could have effectively NDA’d him by claiming executive privilege. The fact that he didn’t makes me think there’s still nothing there that will get Trump impeached.

So Sessions is on tomorrow…WI Trump testifies? That would be a yuge mistake IMO. If anything undoes Trump, it will be his own ego.

Zurvan

Keep in mind though that Comey already testified under oath previously that he was NOT pressured to drop the investigation or otherwise interfered with before. So was he perjuring himself then or perjuring himself now by saying otherwise? In my opinion, Trump did ask but Comey didn’t see it as obstruction.

And if he did think that, he broke the law by not reporting it as such.

They were mooting it, but it was widely discussed that he couldn’t use it in this case because he essentially waive it by his own Tweets. of course Trump said that he ‘chose’ not to, so that was never tested.

If your organisation (or administration) is leaking things you don’t want them to, it’s a reflection on your leadership and management, and the fact that you can’t unify your team and get them on message.

This is such bullshit it’s laughable. It assumes that nobody within an organization has an agenda that conflicts with the leader’s, which we clearly know not to be the case here. But yes, let’s pretend it’s Trump’s poor leadership and management that causes bureaucrats to leak to subvert his agenda, not an entrenched political interest.

It assumes that nobody within an organization has an agenda that conflicts with the leader’s, which we clearly know not to be the case here. Leadership IS bringing people along with your agenda. It’s basically the definition of the word. If they already agree with him, then it would be easy. But yes, let’s pretend it’s Trump’s poor leadership and management that causes bureaucrats to leak to subvert his agenda, not an entrenched political interest. Whatever the motivation for the leaks, it’s still up to the Communications Team to manage that. Hands up anyone who’s worked in the communications team… Read more »

yawn…. another nothingburger.

Judge Dredd, Pro Se

It’s hard to say what this is. They’re answering questions under oath but it’s not exactly a trial so are these preemptive declarations? There’s no judge or jury here and I don’t even know how in the loop congress is on the investigation at all. It may be a nothing Burger to you because there’s no real conclusion (no verdict or sentencing comes of this) so an inbred dipshit like sessions can get up there to hoot and holler all he wants (which is what he did). The investigation is independent of this, so what’s the harm right? A perjury… Read more »

Tom Cotton was probably the highlight of the Sessions Show. John McCain just sort of rambled. It was all a waste of air.

Interesting summary of political communications management, but the “organization” we’re talking about isn’t a small 2-person comms team for a congressman, it’s the entire Federal security apparatus. You act like it’s no big deal to rein in leaks from literally thousands of bureaucrats, the vast majority of which are opposed to the President’s agenda, and many of which are willing to act to subvert it. It’s not a shortcoming of President Trump’s “leadership” or even necessarily a poor job by the press shop that all of this treachery is going on. While there is certainly some responsibility for Trump and… Read more »

I did have a paragraph in there where I acknowledged that controlling leaks in this Whitehouse is probably more of a losing battle than most places. I agree.

But I guess more to the point – the leakers should absolutely be ‘gone after’ – but that’s the Trump admins job to do. Trump makes it sound like it’s a crime, and the feds should go after them (obviously they should for classified leaks)

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