I watched the hearing from start to finish and was mesmerised. Comey came across as truthful and I was astounded when he basically called Trump a liar a number of times.
Some points that struck me were the fact that the Republicans never disputed his version of events. They believed him but tried to water it down and defend Trump and constantly asked why Comey didn’t stand up to Trump (like they are doing).
Comey didn’t trust Jeff Sessions.
Democrats asked probing questions that they knew couldn’t be answered in open session which led one to believe that there was far more to it.
If Trump wasn’t under investigation then – he is now.
McCain had a brainfart or two. I was watching saying WTF.
And Trump’s lawyer is useless. He can’t spell and he doesn’t have a clue how the government works. But Trump had no choice but to use him as many top law firms had turned down requests to represent Trump.
The lawyers and their firms cited a variety of factors in choosing not to take on the president as a client. Some, like Brendan Sullivan, said they had upcoming trials or existing commitments that would make it impossible for them to devote the necessary time and resources to Trump’s defense.
Others mentioned potential conflicts with clients of their firms, such as financial institutions that have already received subpoenas relating to potential money-laundering issues that are part of the investigation.
But a consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position.
“The concerns were, ‘The guy won’t pay and he won’t listen,’” said one lawyer close to the White House who is familiar with some of the discussions between the firms and the administration, as well as deliberations within the firms themselves.
Other factors, the lawyer said, were that it would “kill recruitment” for the firms to be publicly associated with representing the polarizing president and jeopardize the firms’ relationships with other clients.
Another lawyer briefed on some of the discussions agreed that the firms were worried about the reputational risk of representing the president. One issue that arose, this lawyer said, was “Do I want to be associated with this president and his policies?” In addition, the lawyer said, there were concerns that if they took on the case, “Who’s in charge?” and “Would he listen?”
Well whaddya know. Trump ain’t that popular.
Trump must have wrestled his phone off his aides because he started tweeting at 3.10 am today.
He retweeted this.
That’s it Donnie, put the country back into recession.
I tried to stay up to watch the UK count but eventually fell asleep and woke up to find that Theresa May had been shellacked but that she was going to try to put a government together with the DUP of Northern Ireland!!!
They are polar opposites, united only in their hatred of Jeremy Corbyn. We’ll see how long that little arrangement will last. And how long Theresa May will last.
Interesting times eh?