Monday Open Thread | Ken Starr: Grounds for impeachment if Trump lied about trying to fire Mueller

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60 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Ken Starr: Grounds for impeachment if Trump lied about trying to fire Mueller

  1. rikyrah says:

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) backed out of an interview with Seven Days Monday morning after the newspaper refused to accept conditions his staff attempted to set. The senator then accused a Seven Days reporter of being a “gossip columnist.”

    A spokesman for Sanders, Daniel McLean, called the reporter Sunday evening to offer up an interview with his boss the next morning. McLean said Sanders could make time for a brief interview after appearing at a press conference at Burlington International Airport and before boarding a plane to Washington, D.C.

    But McLean made clear that two subjects would be off the table: Sanders, the spokesman said, was not interested in answering questions about “political gossip” nor about the senator’s family. He did not elaborate on either condition. (Sanders’ wife, Jane O’Meara Sanders, has been under scrutiny by federal prosecutors over her role leading the now-defunct Burlington college. His stepdaughter, Carina Driscoll, is running for mayor of Burlington.)

    The reporter informed McLean that Seven Days does not allow politicians to set such restrictions in exchange for access. He also noted that it would be impossible to ask substantive, policy-oriented questions in such a brief exchange.

  2. rikyrah says:

    From NBC News:

    WASHINGTON — The day after President Donald Trump fired James Comey, he became so furious watching television footage of the ousted FBI director boarding a government-funded plane from Los Angeles back to Washington, D.C. that he called the bureau’s acting director, Andrew McCabe, to vent, according to multiple people familiar with the phone call.

    Trump demanded to know why Comey was allowed to fly on an FBI plane after he had been fired, these people said. McCabe told the president he hadn’t been asked to authorize Comey’s flight, but if anyone had asked, he would have approved it, three people familiar with the call recounted to NBC News.

    The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser — an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe’s wife made in 2015.

    McCabe replied: “OK, sir.” Trump then hung up the phone…

    The phone call between Trump and McCabe after Comey’s firing last May underscores the president’s continued fixation on where the loyalties of people around him may lie and his frustration with autonomous arms of the government — particularly ones involved in the Russia investigation. It’s also emblematic of his early and persistent distrust of top Justice Department officials.

    The combination of those sentiments whipped the president into such a fury over Comey last year that he wanted his firing to abruptly strip him of any trappings that come with the office and leave him across the country scrambling to find his own way home.

  3. rikyrah says:

    As a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, I read the partisan, classified Nunes House Intel memo. I can’t talk about it. However, here’s an analogy.

    Remember Geraldo Rivera and the infamous Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults? It’s like that, but Geraldo Rivera has more integrity.

    — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 29, 2018

  4. Ametia says:

    Craig Melvin interviewing Sean SPICEY. He who lied for #45, is making the cable TV rounds to sell his memoir. Really, who’s going to buy his book?

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  6. Ametia says:

    Good for you, Joy, for drilling Senator Gillibrand!

    • Liza says:


      Please tell me she isn’t going to run for the Democratic nomination in 2020 using sexual assault as the defining issue of her campaign.

      Make no mistake. I am immensely pleased that women are speaking up about sexual harassment and assault. It’s about time. But given that what is left of democracy is at stake right now, this is not the most important issue to stake a presidency upon.

      Go away, Kirsten Gillibrand. It ain’t you, babe. You just aren’t the right one.

  7. rikyrah says:

    The bar has already been lowered too much for Trump
    01/29/18 12:30 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump spoke on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he lied repeatedly about his record and was booed for attacking journalists. Some pundits nevertheless praised the president’s appearance, not because it was necessarily impressive, but because he managed to act “more like a normal president.”

    It sets the stage for tomorrow night’s State of the Union address, and the reaction from many commentators that we already know is coming. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) published a prediction this morning:

    “I predict that the President will read prepared remarks and pundits will swoon like it’s the Gettysburg Address.”

    It’s hard to blame the senator for his pessimism. After all, we have seen some evidence along these lines.

    A few weeks ago at the White House, Trump hosted a lengthy, televised discussion with lawmakers about immigration policy. During the conversation, the president briefly endorsed the opposite of his stated position, only to be pulled back by a House Republican leader who had to remind Trump what he was supposed to think.

    And yet, because expectations for this president are so low, he drew some media praise. Trump managed to go an hour in public without insulting key constituencies or creating an international incident, and so, benefiting from an overly generous curve, he seemed at least mildly impressive.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Key Republicans hedge on protecting Mueller from Trump
    01/29/18 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When multiple news organizations confirmed that Donald Trump took steps to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a Washington Post analysis noted that the revelation “will create fresh momentum for Congress to take up bipartisan bills to protect Mueller.”

    And in theory, that makes sense. A separate Washington Post piece added that the president targeting Mueller ‘has long been a red line” for most congressional Republicans, though they’d prefer not to act on it. The question is whether “they may be forced to” act in light of new revelations.

    There are two bills in Congress, both of which have some Republican support, that would protect Mueller from being fired by Trump. But neither bill has been seriously considered by leadership.

    Up until this point, Republicans had given Trump the benefit of the doubt that he wouldn’t launch a constitutional crisis. From their perspective, why take action and cause a confrontation with the president (and jeopardize their agenda) if they don’t absolutely have to? Now they may have to.


    As Politico noted, this seems to be the common view among many Republicans on Capitol Hill right now.

    Robert Mueller found little momentum Friday, despite reports Trump attempted to remove the man investigating his campaign’s contacts with Russia last year.

    Democrats described new urgency to protect Mueller after news that Trump ordered top White House lawyer Don McGahn to fire the special counsel, who is also investigating whether Trump has attempted to obstruct the Russia investigation. But the Republicans who control Congress kept mostly silent about the prospect of another attempted Mueller firing – and about the future of two bipartisan bills designed to prevent it.

    There’s no rush, Republicans say, because they don’t see an ongoing threat by Trump to fire Mueller.

  9. rikyrah says:

    .@USRepRodney announces his retirement
    Watch @northjersey for story soon

    — Herb Jackson (@HerbNJDC) January 29, 2018

  10. Ametia says:
  11. Ametia says:

    I didn’t watch the Grammy’s Did ya’ll?

    • vitaminlover says:

      I did in between the Real Housewives of Atlanta and Married to Medicine. I enjoyed it. Our people are so naturally musically talented and beautiful. Miss Blue Ivy was respectfully putting her parents in check.(smile)

    • Ametia says:

      Ha! And yet he was present when that POS #45 called Haitian and African countries “SHITHOLES”

      Get the fuck all the way outta here, Cotton!

  12. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :) :) :)

  13. Good morning, everyone!

    I’m running a little behind this morning.

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