The End is Near (for Trump)

UPDATE:

Good luck squeezing through this hole.

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As the New York Times reports this afternoon, President Trump’s situation regarding allegations of ties to Russia just zoomed past “bad” and “worse” and is careening toward “catastrophic”:

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. [Pols emphasis]

Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.

“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.”

Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

It appears that President Trump severely underestimated James Comey, the former FBI Director who was fired for investigating allegations of Russian collusion with Trump and/or his 2016 campaign for President. Comey’s notes of conversations with Trump are a smoking gun, to say the least, and it sure feels like this is only going to get worse from here. Even the most diehard Trump supporter would have a hard time convincing themselves that the President can recover from this now.

And as for Colorado Republicans such as Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma)…well, let’s just say you’re on the wrong train. It has most definitely left the station.

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  1. Bright Bart says:

    Make it stop!

  2. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    What happens if this whole thing goes down while he's out of the country next week?  Does he have to return Air Force One? Asking for a friend. 

  3. Gilpin Guy says:

    Loose lips apparently sink presidencies. Somebody must have been cleaning out Comey's desk.

  4. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    I wouldn't expect republicans in Congress to call for impeachment, but what possible excuse can they have anymore for not calling for an independent commission to investigate Russia's interference with the election? 

    The only thing they have to fear is Trump, and not only is he undeniably harming the nation (and the republican agenda), he is not exactly a "reliable ally." What good has it been to anyone to carry his water? If he crapped his bed, it's on him. If he is clean, the commission will exonerate him. 

    How can the republicans possibly get a new FBI director appointed with the information out there that Trump tried to pressure the last one to back off, and, when he refused, fired him? How can they conduct their own congressional investigations, with any credibility, with this orange cloud hanging over everything?

  5. Bokonon says:

    You say, "Even the most diehard Trump supporter would have a hard time convincing themselves that the President can recover from this now."

    Even if they feel bad, that doesn't mean those supporters will stop backing Trump.  Or that the GOP will stop backing him (in fear of those supporters).  

    As Rush Limbaugh and others have framed this, any GOP concession concerning Trump is a victory for "progressives" … who they claim have a vicious plot to get Trump, and drive him from office by any means necessary.  Lie, cheat, fake news, corruption, violence … they claim that the left is already doing this.  

    So that means that progressives have to be opposed by equally strong measures. 

    Viewed that way, everything the GOP does needs to be handled as a zero-sum game, with a sharp eye on the ultimate political results.  So with that thinking, as long as the GOP stands rigid in the middle of this crisis, and stays united and makes no concessions at all, nothing bad will happen (and the liberals won't win).  In fact, it is the ONLY thing that they can do.    

    So I predict that the GOP is going to do their best Sargent Schultz routine, and keep repeating "I see NOTHING, I hear NOTHING … !"

    Even as Trump goes around and continues setting things on fire.

    • ajb says:

      I agree. This only confirms their world view that the establishment/deep state is out to get their savior, by hook or by crook. So long as Trump keeps his 36-40% favorability, R congresscritters will look the other way.

  6. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    With the caveat that I haven't seen any evidence that Republicans are yet prepared to put country over party, I like this assessment of the current state.

    A senior official in the Trump administration, who previously worked on the president’s campaign, offered a candid and brief assessment of the fallout from that string of bad press: “I don’t see how Trump isn’t completely fucked.”

  7. DawnPatrol says:

    And as deplorable Captain Creamsicle's short but repugnant presidency comes quickly to a close, finally, we have lift-off!

  8. DawnPatrol says:

    Meanwhile, Mitchey McConnell is all in a dither! “Oh me! Oh my! What to do? What to do?”

     

  9. unnamed says:

    He's so fucked.  Shit outta luck. Hardwired to self-destruct.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uhBHL3v4d3I

     

  10. kwtreemamajama55 says:

     

    “I am told that what the President did is actually far worse than what is being reported,” Erickson said. “The President does not seem to realize or appreciate that his bragging can undermine relationships with our allies and with human intelligence sources. He also does not seem to appreciate that his loose lips can get valuable assets in the field killed.”

    – Eric Erickson, editor, Redstate, The Resurgent

    If we just keep going to New York. Well again, I’ll say we had no choice, but the Trump-haters were right…It’s a nightmare. I can’t even contemplate that.

    – Ann Coulter, Fox News Insider, Daily Caller

    – And these are the conservative pundits…..

     

     

  11. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    For anyone feeling excited by the prospect of a Trump impeachment, I think Jeremy Scahill's tweet is both accurate and instructive:

    Mike Pence would be like if Dick Cheney merged with Jerry Falwell and became president.

  12. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Even more interesting is no sign of PP (Passionate Prune), Moderatus, or Andrew weighing in to complain about the fake news and anti-Trump hysteria being stirred up by all you far left liberals. The three of them wanted Trump instead of “crooked” Hillary. Now they own the outcome. 

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Report: Trump’s Team Tricks Him Into Reading by Preying on His Narcissism

      National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in “as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned”…

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        I especially like the way they figured out to keep him from tweeting classified intelligence, by covering his phone with his DonnieBlanky so as to make him think it had disappeared!

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      I listened to Fox News for a few minutes last night. They now show clips from NBC, ABC, CNN, etc. on a segment called "the Fake News Update". The spinning is non-stop. I heard one this morning insinuating that someone in the FBI is leaking information on Comeys' behalf. Even that he may be "instructing them" and "ordering them" to do it all along.

      This insanity has to stop. All you Trumpians  (I'm talking to you Pathetic Piece'o' crap ) out there need to sit down and post a comment telling us just how this is gonna work out great… Seriously. You did this!…own it, bitches. Does it take another world war or Great Depression for you to get it?

      • Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

        For the guy who advocates for eliminating natural gas because of an accident, For the guy who believes  fossil fuel is killing the planet, for the guy who wants us to be dependent on Mideast oil, for the guy who believes in income equality, for the guy who thinks Hillary was honest, for the guy who loves a  socialist kook, for a guy who wants big government to control all citizens lives, for a guy who could never get elected councilman of a 3 person town, for a guy who does not include in his vocabulary, liberty and freedom.  YOU LOST!

        I know you and your fellow Pols think you have this all figured out about getting back at Trump for winning the election. You rant and rave and huff and puff but you don't have shit for power. Maybe you can beat Trump in 2020, that's all you have.

        This is how it ends, you and your friends are going to have a stroke or heart attack from the self generated stress of constantly arguing that Trump is bad and Democrats were cheated. So resist, resist, resist, and do it over and over and over: Trump will still be President and America will be better for it.

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          Shall I bring some valium to our get-together, Pear? (for you, not me).  Trumps presidency will end when Wall Street says it will end – which appears to be on the horizon.

           

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          In case you missed this one, P.  Not exactly a klan of 'swamp drainers'.  Just keep standing there waiting for a penny or two to drop from their treasure chest. I'm sure it will happen.  Or not.

          Try not to Laffer when you read this 

          Trump's Cabinet picks have more wealth than third of American households combined

          Trump's Cabinet is set to be among the wealthiest in U.S. history, richer than the administrations of President Obama and President George W. Bush, whose administration was worth $250 million

          • Conserv. Head Banger says:

            "America will be better for a Trump presidency……"  Maybe. Like I said above, PP (Passionate Prune), you wanted this guy (Trump) and now you own the outcomes. You try to distract attention away from the weakness of your case supporting Trump by attacking others, but regretfully for you, you are oh so transparent.

            I've never heard Duke advocating for total elimination of fossil fuels. The highly regarded Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass predicted several years ago that the country will still get 25% of its energy needs from natural gas in 2050. Duke is aware of RMI's studies, as apparently you aren't. 

            "guy who wants big government to control all citizens' lives……."  There, I think you need to start with individuals like Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Falwell Jr., and their fellow travelers on the religious right, not Duke.

             

            • Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

              RMI, "highly regarded"……you have got to be shitting me. Any web site that has a tab "War on Coal", is a web site for lefty kooks, you and Duke fit right in. Perhaps you should ask the man about his great desire that the U. S. walk away from natural gas. And this is a guy you think is dialed in, not so much.

              • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

                "War on coal" does not mean what you think it does.

              • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                You will never "get it", PP. Your obvious resentment of anyone who can see through your even more obvious predilection for willful ignorance gets your nastiest, most condescending, character assassination.

                I just heard Paul Ryan say "We need the facts"….no, troll. You, he, and every other idiot who willingly signed on to this hellbound train, need to face the facts.….

                You have unleashed a chain of events that may very well destroy this democracy. And we should be nice to you… why?

                I am glad Michael has agreed to get together with you.  Michael Bowman is one of the finest gentlemen I know and I think you can only benefit from getting to know him. Michael, like me, has spent a lot of time on the farm. Unlike me…he doesn't mind scraping shit off his shoes.

                 

  13. CaninesCanines says:

    What a distraction all this is, instead of eliminating health care for millions of Americans and giving corporations billions in tax breaks!

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