James Comey: Vote Trump Out In Landslide Without Impeachment

James Comey

During a Q&A session at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y in New York City on Sunday night, former FBI Director James Comey told the audience that the answer to the scandal-ridden Trump administration is voting him out in a landslide in 2020, not impeachment.

Via CNN:

“All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021,” Comey told an audience at the 92nd Street Y on New York City’s Upper East Side. He all but begged Democrats to set aside their ideological differences and nominate the person best suited to defeating Trump in an election.

Comey said he hoped that Trump would be swept out of office without being impeached. Framing the rise of Trumpism as a political ill the country needed to exorcise at the ballot, he expressed a hope that Americans would “in a landslide rid ourselves of this attack on our values.”

“Removal by impeachment would muddy that,” he said, and potentially leave a third of the country feeling like their chosen leader had been removed in a “coup.”

For what it’s worth, I wholeheartedly agree.

First, even though a Democratic-led House of Representatives might vote for articles of impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate would never vote Trump out.

Second, the democratic process would be viewed as a much more widespread solution than, as Comey says, a Trumper-viewed ‘coup.’

James Comey Drops Challenge To Congressional Subpoena In Exchange For Full-Transcript Release

NBC News reports that former FBI Director James Comey has dropped his legal challenge to a Republican congressional subpoena and will agree to closed-door deposition.
Former FBI Director James Comey

NBC News reports that former FBI Director James Comey has dropped his legal challenge to a Republican congressional subpoena and will agree to closed-door deposition.

However, lawmakers agreed to release a full transcript of his testimony within 24 hours, and he will be free to make all or part of it available to the public.

Comey had been subpoenaed by House Republicans to discuss Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server (again) as well as Russian interference in the 2016 election behind closed doors. Comey opposed the private setting in an effort to make sure the American people would be able to know exactly what was discussed.

Comey’s attorneys argued in their challenge to the subpoena that Republicans had “abused their powers with selective leaks” in the past.

James Comey’s Blockbuster Memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” Sells 600K Copies In First Week

Former FBI Director James Comey's new memoir "A Higher Loyalty" sells over 600K copies in its first week.

Whether Donald Trump and the Trumpers like it or not, former FBI Director James Comey’s new memoir, A Higher Loyalty, is an instant blockbuster having sold over 600,000 units in it’s first week.

From The New York Times:

The early sales figures for Mr. Comey’s book dwarfed other recent political best sellers. Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “What Happened,” sold more than 300,000 copies in all formats in its first week on sale.

And “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s explosive look inside the Trump White House, sold around 200,000 hardcover copies in its first full week on sale, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks about 85 percent of print sales. Mr. Wolff’s book, which came out in January, has sold more than 2 million copies to date.

Mr. Comey has no doubt benefited from wall-to-wall television coverage. He has given revealing interviews on every major news network, drawing angry tweets from President Trump, which in turn prompted more news coverage of the book.

That cycle will likely drag on as Mr. Comey continues his book promotion tour this week with an appearance at a CNN Town Hall and an interview on Fox News Channel.

According to the publisher, multiple reprints have been ordered.

In this highly polarized political landscape, Amazon has limited reviews of the book to people who actually purchased the memoir from the website to avoid skewing the ratings.

Of the nearly 800 reviews of the tome on Amazon, 90% are 5-stars raves.

As The Times points out, the Trump followers/Comey haters were basically too cheap to actually buy the book before they got ready to hate on it.

Released Comey Memos Backfire On Trump & GOP

Donald Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey’s personal memos detailing his meetings with Donald Trump were released last night to Congress and, of course, are now out for public consumption.

Trump immediately took to Twitter to declare the memos cleared him of any “collusion” or “obstruction,” which is false.

Here on Earth One, nowhere in Comey’s memos does he say that Trump did not collude or obstruct justice. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact site dubbed Trump’s claim “Pants On Fire” lying.

Here’s just a few items from the newly-released memos:

• “The president spoke an overwhelming majority of the time. He never asked me an open-ended question or left it to me to choose a topic of conversation.”

• The pee-pee thing in the Steele dossier really, really bothers Trump.

“I said, the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013. He interjected: ‘there were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes.’ He then said something about him being the kind of guy who didn’t need to ‘go there’ and laughed (which I understood to be communicating that he didn’t need to pay for sex.)”

“He said ‘2013’ to himself as if trying to remember that period of time … He said he always assumed that hotels he stayed in when he travels are wired in some way. I replied that I do as well.”

“He then started talking about all the women who had falsely accused him of grabbing or touching them (with particular mention of a ‘stripper” who said he grabbed her) … “

“The President said ‘the hookers thing’ is nonsense but that Putin had told him ‘we have some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.'”

“He said he thought maybe he should ask me to investigate the whole thing to prove it was a lie.”

• Comey did, in fact, notate that Trump specifically asked for “loyalty.”

“He [said] that he needed loyalty and expected loyalty. I did not reply, or even nod or change my facial expression, which he noted because we came back to it later.”

• Trump wondered about having journalists arrested:

“The president … [returned] to the issue of finding leakers … I said something about the value of putting a head on a pike as a message. He replied by saying it may involve putting reporters in jail. ‘They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk.’ I laughed.”

Let’s Go To The Video Tape: Trump Contradicts Himself On Comey Firing

Before arriving at the White House, I’m certain Donald Trump was not accustomed to having folks follow, track and hold him to his word about most issues.

He was the boss of the Trump Organization, and if you wanted to work there, you just let the boss be the boss.

But as president, the Trumpster is finding out that, yes, folks are paying attention and we keep a record of everything you say.

So there wasn’t any difficulty involved when the Donald tweeted this morning that former FBI Director James Comey “was not fired because of the phony Russia investigation” to jump back a year when he told Lester Holt of NBC News that he specifically fired Comey over the “Russia thing.”

#Liar

By the way, this is why Donald doesn’t give press conferences any more. He would most certainly be asked about his self-inflicted contradictions.

I know he was able to correctly pick out pictures of animals on a test, but there are days I’m not so sure about his mental competence.

White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway: Comey “Swung” The 2016 Election

Then there was the time that Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, speaking to ABC News’ George Stephanopolous, attacked former FBI Director James Comey by admitting, “This guy swung an election. He thought the wrong person would win.”

She admits that Comey handed the presidency to Trump. Watch below.

James Comey To USA Today: Trump Is “Morally Unfit To Be President”

Former FBI Director James Comey

Shortly after former FBI Director James Coney’s interview with ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos last night, a second, in-depth conversation with Comey was released that had been conducted by USA Today reporters Susan Page and Kevin Johnson.

From USA Today:

“I actually believe he’s morally unfit to be president,” Comey told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview Friday at his home in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington. He called that characterization appropriate for “someone who is able to see moral equivalence in (white nationalist protests in) Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they’re pieces of meat and to lie constantly and who appears to lack an external moral framework” of religion or philosophy or history.

In an even more explosive comment, Comey said it would be less than honest to rule out the possibility that Trump had been compromised by one of the United States’ primary foreign adversaries.

“It’s hard to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open to that being a possibility,” said Comey, who has served three presidents in senior posts. “There’s a non-zero possibility that the Russians have some, some sway over him that is rooted in his personal experience, and I don’t know whether that’s the business about the activity in a Moscow hotel room or finances or something else.”

For the real political junkies, you can listen to the full interview between Comey and USA Today below.

Trump’s Sunday Morning Meltdown Takes James Comey’s Book To #1

Donald Trump woke up this Sunday morning on a mission – to help James Comey sell as many books as possible when Comey’s memoir, A Higher Loyalty, is released on Tuesday.

From some tried-and-true “Crooked Hillarys” and a “Slimeball!” thrown in for good measure, Trump tried to create his own reality denying he ever asked Comey for his loyalty.

Since Trump now likes the phrase “Mission Accomplished!” so much, I’ll point out that his Twitter rant took Comey right to #1 on the Amazon book charts.

Check out the fevered meltdown below.

Poll: More Americans Trust Former FBI Director James Comey Than Donald Trump

James Comey

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll indicates more Americans trust former FBI Director James Comey to tell the truth than President Trump.

The survey, conducted from April 8-11, showed that 48% of respondents find Comey “more believable” than Trump, who only garnered 32% support for truth-telling.

The poll comes as Comey’s upcoming book, A Higher Loyalty, is scheduled to hit book stores on Tuesday.

Trump famously fired Comey from the FBI after becoming frustrated over the investigation into possible collusion with Russian actors in interfering with the 2016 presidential election.

Almost half of those polled (47%) indicated disapproval of Trump’s decision to fire Comey, compared to only 33% who said they approve.

Trump Twitter Rant: It Was A “Great Honor” To Fire “Untruthful Slime Ball” James Comey

Donald Trump

As excerpts from former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming book A Higher Loyalty are hitting the media, the predictable Trump Twitter rant we’ve all expected has arrived.

And it’s everything you would expect from the Trumpster.

Of course, Trump labels Comey a “LEAKER & LIAR” but along the way Trump also accuses Comey of leaking classified information (not true) and that he lied to Congress (again, a big nope).

Trump really gets into the school yard dirt with a good old “untruthful slime ball” tag and proclaims it was a “great honor” to fire Comey from the FBI.

Ah, Donald, you really rose to the occasion here.

It’s worth noting that on the same day Trump issued his blistering “liar/leaker” attack on Comey, Trump actually pardoned a convicted liar/leaker, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s aide, Scooter Libby.

Of course, folks in the Twitterverse had some choice reactions: