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Senate GOP shifts focus to Lynch

18 June 2017 Filthy Criminals The Hill


Senate GOP turns focus on Lynch

“The accusations now that … the current and former attorney general were political – that has nothing to do with Russia as much as it has to do with how the Department of Justice is being run,” he said. “I want to find out all about that.”


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  • The hardest workers in Washington are Loretta Lynch’s shoes.

    • tardisbabe

      I hear the shoes screaming from way down here.

  • Rijomi2

    She deserves to get raked over the coals. The MSM let her off way too easy with the Clinton Tarmac meeting and Comey’s recent revelation of obstruction should have been brought up by him last year.

  • skydove

    This is good news but hardly new news. The Dems must be worried, however, since Feinstein is open to an investigation. Schumer may or may not come along, but it doesn’t matter. Once momentum toward a given stance has reached a tipping point, a few are allowed to maintain the purist position, whatever it is. This dance also isn’t new.

    Unfortunately, it all goes back to Comey’s attempt to run the whole thing on his own. Why didn’t he remonstrate with Lynch in their private conversation? “With respect, Madame Attorney General,” he might have said, “this is no ‘matter.’ There are serious implications here, as you well know. I shall continue to use the proper terminology when I speak publicly.” What would she have done? She could have had him fired, or threatened to, but didn’t do the former and likely wimped out on the latter.

    • Charles___Darwin

      Comey was riding whatever wave came along. He was all about preserving his job.

      • skydove

        Comey was about running the thing. He didn’t need a government job. Could have had a chair at a prestigious law school the day he was fired.

        The president, not for the first time, is flailing away at a threat that’s vanishing. Comey had given him excellent advice, which was repeated elsewhere: Investigation by a special prosecutor? You don’t want to go there. Trump ignored it and also seems undisturbed by published facts about the prosecutor that might be red flags, which means that support from his enemies in the press would be more helpful than another tweetstorm.

        Couple of things about Mueller. He and Comey are old friends, & each is convinced of his own righteousness. When Mueller was heading the FBI, he twice disregarded Bush’s wishes with respect to an ongoing investigation of a corrupt Democrat (remember Rep. William Jefferson?). The AG (Gonzales at the time) also couldn’t persuade Mueller that he’d erred and needed to follow the separation-of-powers protocol. The DC Circuit appellate court eventually ruled that the FBI’s action had been unconstitutional.

        That was then. Now consider who Mueller is hiring for his staff. One attorney is neither a prosecutor nor an expert in counterintelligence; his fields are constitutional law and criminal law. You’d want someone like that if you had impeachment in mind. Another pick is the guy who led the prosecution of the Arthur Andersen firm, which was successful until it was overturned by SCOTUS. This attorney had also been attacked in print by Kushner’s paper, the New York Observer. WaPo has said that Mueller will be investigating Kushner, as well. I won’t cry if he goes down, but I’d rather it be in a fair fight.

        • Rijomi2

          Comey is an incompetent buffoon who did CYA. Universally disdained now by both Dems (although the changed their feathers) and Repubs he covered only his butt.
          No doubt he exceeded his authority and came up with the ridiculous conclusion of “no intent” in the Clinton email case and rushed to close for political purposes only to have it bite him in the butt. He also withheld evidence of Lynch’s inteference at the time.
          He kept his memos to himself ala J. Edgar Hoover, only to leak them for retaliation. He lied about Sessions “silence” and used innuendo to say there was info saying he will recuse himself. Bullshit he knew that was only a handshake in a reception line with a Ruseian Ambassador.
          You’re right about Academia because he would fit the mantra…those who could do and those who can’t teach.
          Good luck with Kushner, his only crime may be Jewish and married to Ivanka. He’s volunteered to testify, like Carter Page, and all of a sudden Congress has no interest with either.
          Lastly, it’s plain old common sense and so apparent with Comey, that if you are in political atmosphere for so long you become a part of it. No different than cognitive dissonance in any group one associates with.

          • skydove

            I stand by everything I said, regretful that not long after Comey first ventured off the reservation, he was in over his head and coped poorly. No idea what the “handshake in a reception line” was about, as the public narrative was obviously so incomplete that I didn’t follow it closely.

            While acknowledging the frequent applicability of “them as can, . . .” I note that I’d mentioned the teaching gig as one reason for Comey’s not caring about jeopardizing his job. No doubt ego and stubbornness had a role in missteps, as well. What Comey failed to do was control the situation he tried to control. He still has much to teach, although some of the lessons learned would be more appropriately offered in history, poli sci, or philosophy departments.

            Going after the nonentity Carter Page was always a waste of time. But since Kushner wouldn’t be investigated for lack of relevant experience or sleazy pre-2017 activities that arguably were within the letter of the law if not the spirit, it’s probably true that there’s no point questioning him about anything. Plenty of reasons for withdrawing that hunk of red meat from the president’s field of vision, which you’ve surely thought of. So one more time, Congress’s bad. The new hunk of red meat would appear to be the make-up of Mueller’s staff, which as far as I know hasn’t elicited a reaction from the president.

            This investigation probably won’t be the final battle, but a strategy is becoming visible. Whether it’s the best one, or even a good one, remains to be determined.

          • Rijomi2

            This is an investigation that has no crime. No “chunks” anywhere.
            Kushner “sleazy”? Covering for one AG while throwing another under the bus while FBI Director is the epitome of political sleaze.
            The incompetent buffoon, who may have had integrity when he started, threw the org chart out the window when he was investigator and judge. He should have gone to his superior, The person who Rostenstein replaced.
            An incompetent buffoon or a partisan hack, either way he deserves no one’s respect. So you defend the disingenuous in govt now, interesting.

          • Rijomi2

            The handshake was covered, perhaps not in the NYT or New Yorker after their original gossip and innuendo of the event, was the unreported third meeting with the Russian Ambassador. Comey used that to say he expected Sessions to recuse himself in his testimony. That meeting was a handshake and hello at a reception line, hardly the stuff for recusal.
            I posted that video here. That testy exchange was with Sen. Wyden. Not in shock they did not cover it because it would be cause for yet another retraction, ooops they don’t do that anymore.

          • skydove

            I give you credit for following the coverage of a handshake (not an assault, not a handover of fistsfuls of benjamins) so diligently. I appreciate the summaries but remain to be convinced that these incidents matter.

          • Rijomi2

            They don’t. That handshake was suppose to be a secret meeting with the Russian Ambassador Sessions was hiding brought up by anonymous sources and Comey disingenuously used in his testimony.

          • skydove

            OK, fine. & if I’ve followed your drift recently, Comey has been discredited so thoroughly that even though the NYT makes this hard to discern, he’s no longer a player. So I’m back to where I was a couple of days ago: Mueller has suggested some appointments to his staff that would be more useful in an impeachment proceeding than in a cointel probe. Why dance around on immaterial snippets?

          • Rijomi2

            PiJeff Sessions: “Secret Innuendo” That Recusal “Problematic” | National …
            National Review › corner › jeff-sessions-…
            AMP – 6 days ago – Jeff Sessions forcefully rebuts Oregon senator Ron Wyden’s assertion that his recusal was “problematic …

          • skydove

            v.s.

          • Rijomi2

            Sessions Is Likely to Be Grilled on Reports of Meeting With Russian …
            The New York Times › politics › sessions…
            AMP – 7 days ago – A third meeting could prove devastating for the attorney general,

          • skydove

            OK, thanks for the summary and documentation. I can’t get interested in the minutiae of a manufactured story that will live on as long as there’s a will to perpetuate it.

  • tardisbabe

    Yeah my focus is in her poor dress which should not be worn by her. This is one case where the pantsuit should be encouraged.

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