The pressure isn’t off Trump

Trump has headed off on his first overseas trip as president.

But the pressure on him back in the US continues relentlessly, despite him allegedly telling the Russians that his sacking of James Comey had taken the pressure off.

NY Times: Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

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.”

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.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.

In a statement, he said that Mr. Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president’s ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.

“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”

Meanwhile yesterday the White House decided to fight back.

That’s hardly likely to dampen down the ongoing fire storm.

One thing that may change over the next few days is the timing of Trump’s tweets (that keep fueling the fire) due to him moving through different time zones.

One thing that doesn’t seem to have changed is the number of embarrassing leaks.

On Fox Charles Krauthammer suggested 5 Things Trump Can Do to Fix White House Turmoil

Charles Krauthammer joined Tucker Carlson tonight to reveal the five pieces of advice he would give President Donald Trump to fix the turmoil that seems to have permeated the White House.

He said Trump needs to spend less effort, time and emotional energy on the various controversies facing his administration, and instead focus on implementing his agenda.

  1. Make an unimpeachable appointment for FBI director.
  2. Stop tweeting.
  3. Go on his scheduled nine-day, five-city foreign trip.
  4. Use the trip to announce a huge shift in U.S. foreign policy, thereby changing the narrative about his administration.
  5. Daily sessions with Dr. Krauthammer.

Tucker asked if Krauthammer believes Trump can follow these recommendations, or at least the first four.

“He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that almost kind of psychopathic ability to make distinctions, as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything, and it takes him over,” Krauthammer said. “So, I don’t think he can. But that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

It is being reported that the frontrunner for the positi0n of FBI director is Joseph Lieberman which is likely to be contentious, not unimpeachable.

Will Trump get over his obsession with tweeting?

He’s away on his trip, and some alternative news is likely to come out of that.

Point 5 is tongue in cheek but Trump really needs an honest and forthright adviser who he will listen to for advice.

BREAKING: Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner ‘person of interest in Russia investigation’

Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign.

The Washington Post said that a senior advisor to Mr Trump had been identified as someone that investigators wanted to speak to. A New York magazine reporter then reported that the person in question was Mr Kushner, who is married to the Mr Trump’s daughter and who flew out of Washington on Friday night to accompany the president on his first official foreign trip.

That’ may may things awkward to deal with both on the trip and back in Washington.

 

62 Comments

  1. Patzcuaro

     /  May 20, 2017

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/92798604/russias-laughing-at-the-united-states-not-president-donald-trump

    Interesting article on the current madness on Washington. The Russians may not have influenced the US Presidential but they are having great fun stirring the pot.

  2. PDB

     /  May 20, 2017

    The Democrats/MSM (pretty much the same really) are getting into territory now where all the gnashing of teeth, relying on anonymous sources whose agenda is unknown, and lack of hard evidence as to any wrong doing is now becoming a joke that the public are switching off from.

    They would be best to shut up and let Mueller get on with his investigation.

    • Gezza

       /  May 20, 2017

      Yes, I think the avalanche of reports based on “anonymous” leaks which could even often be just invented or gossip is as irritating as Trump’s stupidity. I want to see names & facts. Come on Mueller. Get a bomb under ya.

      • PDB

         /  May 20, 2017

        The most recent stories are based on the ‘leaker’ reading documents to the reporter over the phone so the paper’s go to print without even actually seeing any evidence for themselves.

        And the MSM wonder why they are going down the gurgler.

        • Gezza

           /  May 20, 2017

          Mind you, Trumpy should’ve picked another phrase perhaps:

          • PDB

             /  May 20, 2017

            Trump’s an idiot, the MSM doesn’t have such an excuse.

      • Gezza, would that bomb under Mueller be made from the enhanced uranium he personally delivered to Russia in 2009 when he was Director of the FBI. You have to ask what the hell was the FBI Director doing delivering the makings to the Russians. Thats where the scandal really lies – with Hilary and Obama!
        Thank Wikileaks for the copy of the SECRET message dealing with the arrangements. Maybe Mueller needs to recuse himself, as the news will be out in public for sure!
        “https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE38943_a.html”

        • Gezza

           /  May 20, 2017

          Lord have Mercy❗️Is there no end to anyone’s perfidy over there❓
          I’ll have a look. Why aren’t you able to just copy & paste URLs we can just click on?

            • Gezza

               /  May 20, 2017

              Cheers Al, I was happy enough to just copy & paste Bj’s URL between the quotes into another tab – I’m just wondering if he realises all he needs to do is copy the URL from his browser & paste it & it’ll automatically come up as a link. Same with a Youtube link.

              Adding quotes at either end stops it doing that – but it looks like brackets don’t? His post below gives a working link.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  May 20, 2017

          Considering Hiroshima took 64kg of Uranium, I don’t think that 10g is going to make much of a bang.

  3. PDB

     /  May 20, 2017

    Comey has just confirmed he will testify in front of the committee….

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  May 20, 2017

      So the White House is already looking at ways to impede Mueller’s investigation.

      Even if the Justice Department granted a waiver, there’s the possibility that the White House would use this to create doubt about Mueller’s ability to do his job fairly.

      • PDB

         /  May 20, 2017

        Just looks like the left/MSM are getting their excuses out early if nothing is found.

  4. Pete I wonder if Mueller will last seeing he was the bagman for Hilary’s Uranium deal with Russia. See the post above for Wilileaks copy of cable (https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE38943_a.html)

    • Gezza

       /  May 20, 2017

      Did you read that cable Bj? Mueller was personally delivering a 10 gram sample of highly enriched illegally trafficked uranium seized from Georgia for FSB forensic analysis. Why it should be him personally going over there to supervise the delivery I don’t know but there’s nothing in that to suggest anything untoward: it’s obviously part of an international criminal weapons-grade uranium trafficking investigation. The Russians already know how to manufacture weapons grade uranium, I doubt another 10 grams would’ve given them an edge.

      • Gezza, of course I read it and know what the forensic nature of the sample was. However, the real point is that he was involved in the transaction as the Director Of The FBI making contact with the FSB! Heavens I wonder what else they talked about. Perhaps we should introduce the evidence of the Clinton’s cash rewards for the Uranium One and other associated help that realised “coincidentally of course” huge contributions from Russian Companies to the Clinton Foundation.

        • Gezza

           /  May 20, 2017

          The Russians weren’t co-operating very well. Why not send the head hincho over there to find out wtf they think they’re doing & get his assessment of them.

          Perhaps everyone should just calm down & let Mueller do his investigation job. If the Trump administration survives it wants to launch another enquiry into the Clinton Obama era Russian transactions, they can then do that too.

          • Gezza

             /  May 20, 2017

            * honcho.

          • I would love to be a fly on the wall when Trump and Ben Netanyahu get together. The Israeli’s are pissed at the US Intel community and claim they know who is driving the anti-Trump and anti-Israel campaign in the US. Here is an article worth reading which give a thinly disguised hint as to who the baddies are. http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-One-Trump-and-Israel-Enemies-of-the-system-492214

            • Gezza

               /  May 20, 2017

              At least we can be reasonably assured that if anyone travelling with him was delivering uranium to Israel we’d know anout it by now.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 20, 2017

              Good article, BJ. Unlike the US media, the Israelis are not stupid.

            • Gezza

               /  May 20, 2017

              Christ what an awful website. It kept crashing my browser on the iPad & was even a challenge to read on the lappy. Checkng her out, Caroline Glick couldn’t be any more of a one-eyed Zionist than she is, could she? She was even an advisor to Bibi Netanyahu at one point. She puts everything down to an anti-Israeli conspiracy in the security intelligence community & complains that a leak from there put a stop to a planned attack by Israel on Iran’s nuclear processing sites. She expresses the obvious hope that Bibi will be able to con Trump into going along with their plans to basically take over the whole area & run an apartheid state.

            • Gezza, you must have something wrong with your IPad, my Macbook Pro does not have any problems with it. As for the bias , well what do you expect from the Jerusalem Post other than the Israeli perspective about the Deep State. They have a pretty good understanding of what is actually going on in the USA and have really huge strategic interests at stake. Trump’s big arms deal with Saudi Arabia is of a lot of interest to them as it will alter the balance of combat power versus Iran at a critical time in the ME, He will be trying to use Saudi Arabia as his proxy against ISIS, Al Quaeda etc. Watch this space.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 20, 2017

              The UK Independent is the worst website for me. Locks up my phone browser every time. The only way out of it is to kill the tab it is on.

              She lists the times the Obama intelligence leaked to oppose Israel. That is hardly “putting everything down to anti-Israeli conspiracy”, it is simply documenting her case that senior Obama intelligence agents habitually leaked against opponents – then Israel and now Trump. Do you dispute that?

            • Good question Alan. Gezza, the ball, I think, is in your court and I would be interested in your answer as well.

            • Gezza

               /  May 20, 2017

              I wouldn’t be surprised if Israeli Intelligence has a better knowledge of what’s going on in the US Intellgence Community than the other way round. They’ve been actively & ably manipulating the Christian Congress & Senate for decades.

              You two do know Obama signed off the biggest military aid package to Israel in US history not long before he stepped down, & that includes still-secret weapons technology such as the F35 stealth systems, & as well as joint military development work on other weapons systems, don’t you? All with Obama & State Department approval. Anti-Israel my arse.

              Leaks from anonymous sources in the FBI & Intelligence communities against current administrations have been going on for decades, & especially so in the last few years. When I have some time I might try & dig into what’s happened under Republican administrations – at the moment all google is serving up is pages of headlines about the current lot. No President removed J Edgar Hoover famously because he was reputed to have investigated & have dirt on everybody.

    • I wouldn’t bank on anyone lasting. It could get very messy (messier).

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 20, 2017

    So long as the FBI tolerates its staff reading internal memos to journalists over the phone the pressure will not be off.

    • David

       /  May 20, 2017

      Perhaps Trump should just copy Obama and launch a DoJ investigation into reporters?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Department_of_Justice_investigations_of_reporters

    • Patzcuaro

       /  May 20, 2017

      Trump’s problem is that he is trying to put the fire out with gasoline instead of water

      • Yes, it appears that the body of experience he has garnered through business, and now politics, has not reined him in one iota.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  May 20, 2017

        Indeed. As long as the Republicans tolerate their president leaking top secret intel to Russians in the Oval Office, the pressure will not be off.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  May 20, 2017

          Your usual b.s., JB.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  May 20, 2017

            Very shortly it will be Comey reading his emails to the public via the Senate Intelligence Committee. Then we’ll see who’s the bigger bullshitter

            • PDB

               /  May 20, 2017

              Comey is in-between a rock and a hard place due to not reporting to the authorities any approach by Trump to shut down the Flynn investigation if it indeed happened. As a result Comey wont say bugger all.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 20, 2017

              My money’s still on you, JB.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  May 20, 2017

              A fool and his money are soon parted Wilko

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  May 20, 2017

              That’s true about Comey being between a rock and a hard place, PDB.

              And there’s a couple of possible rationales: He didn’t think that trump was actually going to impede the investigation and/or he didn’t want to resign and have a trump crony come in and torpedo the investigation after his departure.

              So which is the bigger issue? Comey’s failure to report trump, or trumps ham-fisted attempts at closing the investigation down?

              Sure he will be pressed on that failure to report – but he laid down the groundwork for what he was thinking before he was fired, and he circulated his memo to other top FBI staffers when he wrote it, so odds are that he will be more open than you anticipate.

  6. More NYT, WAPO daily releases. All of it based on “source documents”, sources they neither can authenticate nor do they possess. Sources, they admit, are only “partial”, and they have never shared any. They’re possibly true, but for God’s sake show the people proof. Not a single bit of evidence produced that Trump’s campaign or he himself colluded. I don’t think its possible to be a colluder with a mouth like his.

    • They seem to be setting up proof finding in inquiries or in Congress directly, as per Comey’s scheduled testimony.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  May 20, 2017

        And until then the media will continue to assume if it paints Trump in a bad light then it must be true and report accordingly.

        • That’s a big assumption from you. What makes you think that?

          “The media’ is not a single entity.

          • PDB

             /  May 21, 2017

            Maybe not but except for Fox news the rest seem to be reading from the same song sheet according to the Harvard study.

  7. Do we know who the press representatives are on AF1 on the Trump visit to ME and Europe. The message his administration are selling is that he is balanced about all religions, Islam, Hebrew, Roman Catholics and the others represented in Belgium, so he can come back and become the great mender or blender.
    I have seen a clip of a posting reportedly from the Dark Net that on the surface indicates a conspiracy between different intelligence agents to produce and market the whispering campaign and producing memos. There is no certainty of the reports veracity. The only interesting thing that raises a question is they named Mueller as a surprise appointment two days before it was announced and indicated further attempts to bring back the narrative on senior Generals and Russian connections. Another CT (?)

  8. For Al in particular, I have come across this letter from Harry Reed, the Leader of the Democrats in the US Senate. I found its contents quite interesting because it summarises what the basis is of the Democrat’s claim to the “unwitting” contact by Trump with the Russians. It also shows just how important the Seth Rich case, and the claim he was responsible for passing the DNC emails to Wikileaks is to the truth. Reeds letter is at:
    “https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3035844/Reid-Letter-to-Comey.pdf”
    For Gezza, I have noted your rebuttal of the evidence surrounding the Seth Rich case from his investigator and considered that alongside other comments and have tentatively concluded that Freeman has been got at by the opposing forces. Also, the Rich extended family’s outspoken representative is a Democrat employed media fixer, an has been completely compromised by his bias.
    Al, what doe you think of the strength of the case against Trump presented by the Democrats?

  9. Gezza

     /  May 20, 2017

    @ Bj. Seth Rich – Wheeler – you’ve got your theory, I’ve got mine. Wheeler’s a fantasist.
    “https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Seth_Rich”

  10. Thanks Gezza. So I can use the system hopefully I recommend that you and others have a read of this authoritative examination of Comey’s handling of the Huma Abedin emails and Hilary Clinton’s email case. Its by Peter Elkind formerly of Fortune Magazine and the breaker of the Enron case. He certainly exposes Comey’s personality and flaws.
    https://www.propublica.org/article/problems-with-fbi-clinton-email-investigation-went-well-beyond-comey

    • Gezza

       /  May 21, 2017

      Thanks for that Bj. That’s a really thorough analysis. Very balanced I thought. I actually have some sympathy for Comey after reading that. The discovery of the Clinton emails on Weiner’s laptop & Bill Clinton’s inopportune visit to Lynch sure put him personally between a rock & a hard place. He may have made some unwise choices & blunders with the benefit of hindsight but the circumstances are mostly explicable & to my mind understandable, given the Trump campaign’s continuous assault on his integrity & the hostility towards Clinton of the pro-Trump New York FBI faction with the high likilehood they’d leak that the emails had been found if he didn’t announce it. His testimony should be fascinating.

  11. I hear that Kim Dotcom has intervened in the Seth Rich case. He says he is happy to send a written affidavit to confirm Seth as the Wikileaks source of the DNC email leak. He also promises to make an announcement on Tuesday about the matter. Interesting?

    • I jest, but how about Kim gets in Trump’s good books, avoids trial OR jail OR if that can’t be swung, gets a promise of a Presidential pardon??🤔🤔🤔🤓.

      • Traveller, your jest has a lot of truth to it. I have been following KDC’s tweets about Trump and they indicate a supportive (some might say alicking) attitude to young Donald (Yes I am older than him)

    • Gezza

       /  May 21, 2017

      Fascinating. Another Moment of Truth❓😬

      • Gezza

         /  May 21, 2017

      • The whole subject gets to the heart of the DNC claim they had been hacked by Russia. The claim that Russian software that was used to infect Ukrainian artillery software was of Russian Military origin and therefore linked to GRU was repudiated by Ukrainian Military command. The alleged Russian hacker codenamed Fancy Bear was reputedly identified by Crowdstrike, a USA company, employed by DNC to establish just who hacked the DNC computer. However, this whole thesis has been ridiculed by
        View story at Medium.com
        This blows the created story about Russian involvement. Guess who appeared in the Senate to provide support for the discredited “Crowdstrike” claims – yes none other than Mr Comey of the FBI. This I think is the linkage that Kim Dotcom will use to destroy the Democrat’s narrative.
        Why is this all happening? Because the Trump administration are suspected of planning to do away with the Obama stacked CIA. No proof, but a story that seems to have some merit, we shall see.