The Daily D’oh: Trump Called Comey a “Nut Job”

There is so much breaking news lately on the ever-widening allegations about Russian ties to the Trump campaign that it can be difficult to keep track of everything. With that in mind, we’ve created what we’re calling “The Daily D’oh!” to help you stay up-to-date on President Trump and the rest of the White House staff as more news emerges about Russia, James ComeyRobert Mueller, special investigations and everything else related to this ongoing crisis…

 

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The New York Times reports on new information from that infamous Oval Office meeting between President Trump and his Russian pals:

President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” [Pols emphasis]

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”

The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.


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Chris Cillizza of CNN offers more perspective on the “nut job” story:

There is no worse way to convince people that all of the Russia stuff is made up and a “total hoax,” in Trump’s words, than to share classified information with two top Russian officials and, in the same damn meeting, call your recently-fired FBI director a “nut job” and make clear you got rid of him because of the pressure on you regarding Russia’s influence in the election.

I dare you to come up with a scenario in which Trump could do more in a single meeting to undermine his case regarding the Russia investigation. [Pols emphasis] Short of saying “Hey guys, thanks for colluding with my campaign to hurt Hillary and get me elected,” and then releasing a video and a transcript of Trump saying exactly that, it’s hard to imagine.

The official White House response to the Times report is, in and of itself, stunning…

…The most important takeaway from that statement is that the White House is not denying the Times’ reporting on the meeting.  So, Trump did call Comey a “nut job” and did say that “great pressure” had been taken off of him in regards Russia as a result of firing Comey.


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As the Washington Post reports, the Russia probe is moving along swiftly. The investigation is coming up with specific names, including a senior White House official:

The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. [Pols emphasis]

The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official.

The revelation comes as the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.

 

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Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo is working very hard to make sure that people know he was the first Republican Member of Congress to call for impeachment hearings.

 

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Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) goes ballistic on Trump in a new interview.

 

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And then there’s this quote from a story in The Daily Beast:

“Every day he looks more and more like a complete moron,” said one senior administration official who also worked on Trump’s campaign. “I can’t see Trump resigning or even being impeached, but at this point I wish he’d grow a brain and be the man that he sold himself as on the campaign.”

 

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Now is the time to start watching the mooring ropes and listening for the scurrying of little rat feet….

    The S.S. Yamboat is taking on water….

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    How is it possible that every insult out of tiny fingers mouth gets picked up by the media?  Can't a bought and paid for stooge gloat to his foreign government handlers without it being recorded?  It is hard to believe that he wants his braggadocio publicly displayed for all to hear.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Comey a "nut job"……….     Pot calling the kettle black.

    But, hey, let's follow the lead of Andrew, Moderatus, Passionate Prune, Negev, and talk about really hugely significant stuff, like Benghazi and Hillary's e-mails.

  4. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    What does Dokkk* Sebastian Gorka do all day? His title is Deputy Assistant to the President in the NSA – but he can't pass a security clearance because of his ties to a Nazi group in Hungaria. He's not with Bannon and the President's entourage on the big 9 day foreign policy trip. He, along with Pence and Kellyanne Conway, were left at home to mind the store.

     Gorka's job seems to be to apologize for and defend the Trump clown show, including TwoScoop’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on   right wing media.

    A look at Gorka's twitter feed show that he has been on Fox News, BBC, spinning the story that Comey "absolutely" deserved firing, and on mainstream news reports: "It’s not news, it’s not reporting, it’s just propaganda."

    Gorka, whose irony detector is evidently broken, is himself a master propagandist, and proudly sports a medal, which his father earned for his loyalty to Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian Nazi group, responsible for the deportations and deaths of thousands of Hungarian Jews during WWII.

    Gorka was the person who defended the Trump administration's omission of Jews as Holocaust victims on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Gorka, most recently a guest on local talk radio, is apparently most comfortable dealing with like-minded bigots. At least, they do call him "Doctor".

    A bunch of college kids holding placards and asking questions scared the self styled "alpha male" and President's deputy adviser  Gorka away from a panel on "Fake News" in DC in April 2017.

    Because of his Nazi connections, there has been public pressure for Gorka to resign. However, Gorka has pushed back with several highly-publicized speaking gigs to conservative Jewish audiences (because that religious test for refugee immigrants worked out so well for Jews in WWII)- and he remains in place to throw red meat to Trump's rabid base, although no one seems to know what his real job is, since he can't pass a security clearance due to his foreign connections.

    Perhaps "Deputy Minister of Propaganda" would be accurate, with Bannon taking the top slot. 

    *not a real doctor – academic doubts about his credentialing and knee-jerk islamophobic "thesis" remain.

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