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The Wall St. Journal:
The ‘Independent’ Mr. ComeyHis prepared testimony shows why he deserved to be fired.

The most troubling part of Mr. Comey’s statement is his belief in what he calls “the FBI’s traditionally independent status in the executive branch,” which he invokes more than once. Independent? This is a false and dangerous view of law enforcement in the American system.

 

The winds of change are sweeping the plains…

Video of OWH’s Jeff Koterba, and his latest cartoon:

12 comments

  1. Co-conspirators says:

    It’s remarkable that that’s what the WSJ came away with from Comey’s testimony.

    It’s equally remarkable that anyone would take the opinion piece seriously.

    The WSJ editors imagine that Comey and the FBI should have taken their concerns about Trump to… wait for it… Jeff Sessions.

    That would be the unquestionably compromised Jeff Sessions.

    A fascinating bit of Comey’s testimony revealed somewhat stunning new insight about Mr. Sessions. Comey said that he expected Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation – even before Sessions officially did so. Under questioning from Wyden, he admitted that he hadn’t just made that assumption based on what was publicly known about the Session’s meetings with the Russian Ambassador, but based on something else he’d known — but he wouldn’t publicly say what that thing was (emphasis added):
    “Our judgment, as I recall, is that he was very close to and inevitably going to recuse himself for a variety of reasons. We also were aware of facts that I can’t discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic. So we were convinced — in fact, I think we’d already heard that the career people were recommending that he recuse himself, that he was not going to be in contact with Russia-related matters much longer.”

    Yet, the WSJ imagines the proper course of action for Comey and the FBI was to take Trump’s (seeming) attempt to undermine and derail an FBI investigation, to Trump’s hand-selected AG who was KNOWN TO BE just as compromised as Trump himself.

    Nope.
    This day will go down in history as a screaming indictment of a reckless and dangerously unrestrained Donald Trump, a sycophantic, ill-suited and inept Jeff Sessions and the assembled tools of the Republican members of the Senate Intelligence committee who took their successive turns completely abrogating their oversight responsibilities.

    • Gerard Harbison says:

      …but the GOP’s current Trump defense — that he wasn’t obstructing justice, he was just an idiot — is less than reassuring. After all, why should America support the party that helped an idiot to the presidency?

      • TexasAnnie says:

        Indeed, why should America support the GOP, an organization with a history of defying it’s own guiding principles!

        As for Comey and the independence of the FBI, hmm. It doesn’t seem sensible that the FBI should be independent, tradition aside. There have to be checks on the FBI, just as we have checks on the president. I don’t know what those checks are but my intuition tells me that there must be checks…

      • Sparkles says:

        Annie,

        There are checks on the FBI. At least three of them –
        1) A.G.
        2) Senate Select Intelligence Committee
        3) House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee

        All have been bastardized and debauched by the Republican party.

  2. Bluejay says:

    RL will confirm this. The official legal name of Creighton used to be “The Creighton University.” It was changed sometime in the 60’s. Maybe we should bring it back.

    • Anonymous says:

      Correct. The name change occurred about the time the SJs gave up direct ownership of their colleges and universities, reincorporated as stand-alone, non-profit, educational institutions, controlled by lay boards. Google the “Land of Lakes Statement’.

  3. Party of disgrace says:

    @newtgingrich 4h4 hours ago
    Republicans need to focus on closing down independent counsel because it clearly isn’t independent.

    • Party of disgrace says:

      In service to the Orange Menace, Newt will next be tasked with drafting a list of the people Trump needs to fire….

      Oct. 20, 1973 –
      In the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” Richard Nixon abolished the office of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox, and accepted the resignation of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and fired Deputy A.G. General William Ruckelshaus for their refusal to fire Mr. Cox.
      The president took the action to prevent Mr. Cox from obtaining audiotapes of White House conversations implicating Nixon..

  4. Party of disgrace says:

    As a civic duty, everyone should be forced to watch a 3 minute clip of Claire McCaskill dismantling a confused and addled Orrin Hatch as he and the Republicans try to pull off an egregious scheme.
    Simply google: “Will there be a hearing on the health care proposal?”

    While the country watches Dolt 45 humiliate our nation and take his daily dump on the Constitution, the Republican party is busy trying to dismantle policies and oversight their special interest paymasters find.. inconvenient.
    In addition to Hatch’s malfeasance, the House voted to roll back protections in Dodd Frank as well as gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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