Trump threatens Comey on Twitter

It’s so sad watching a demented clown ruin whatever reputation the U.S. ever had by emitting threats and other idiocy on Twitter. He’s already mimicking Nixon by firing FBI director James Comey in a “Saturday Night Massacre“-like act. This morning he carried the parallel with Nixon further:

And then threats to cancel press briefings:

Yeah, that will keep U.S. citizens better informed!

73 Comments

  1. Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Time to start a pool for when the words, “Prez. Pence” are first uttered.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      Pence is the nutless courtier standing at Trump’s side, the palace eunuch mouthing whatever ludicrous lies Trump commands him to speak, including the risible pretext that Trump fired Jim Comey because Comey was mean to Hillary last summer.

      Pence has become an utterly ridiculous character, like Nick Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He may be the first Republican ever to grow a donkey head.

      • Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        Eventually the Republicans will realize that they are better off with a professional and less crazy politician at the helm. Of course they must weigh back-lash from Trumps’ base. And whether a crime has been committed. And it sort of has been since Trumps action here appears to be an attempt to impede an investigation.
        I am speaking with maximum cynicism, but events inspire me in that direction lately.

  2. sponge bob
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    The way he fired Comey was extremely unprofessional. I expect we’ll hear from Comey in the upcoming weeks.

    • Filippo
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

      I wonder if he considered first asking for his resignation.

  3. Nicholas K.
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    If Trump is indeed stupid enough to have taped such conversations, he just made them subject to a subpoena by mentioning their existence. He “opened the door” as they say on Law & Order. Such tapes could demonstrate attempts to obstruct justice or demonstrate perjury.

    • Sshort
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Excellent point.

    • Curt Nelson
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      He behaves extraordinarily stupidly for someone as smart as he says he is.

      I find some satisfaction in that – that he’s flunking this basic test of himself so quickly, so profoundly, his foolishness so evident to everyone that the conclusion is inescapable (he is not smart).

      • Curt Nelson
        Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

        I’ve often wondered why his family, knowing what he’s really made of, didn’t dissuade him from his run for president. Maybe they assumed he’d never win. Maybe they’re too dumb themselves to recognize what a disaster he’d be.

        If justice prevails in this, it seems likely that he’d end up a laughing stock and that that would taint the entire Trump family, and result in financial disaster for them.

        • Nicholas K.
          Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

          I think most of them actually hate or fear him. His wife seems to be no fan. There are many stories about how he’s bullied his sons and they resent him. None are brave enough to face him and they enjoy being rich too much to incur his wrath.

          • Filippo
            Posted May 12, 2017 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

            I gather that it has not been rare for a patriarch to hold inheritance over the heads of his offspring to keep them in line.

      • Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

        Psychologists are seriously wondering (in public) whether he is functionally illiterate.

        • Posted May 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

          This is the least of what psychologists are wondering. His mental stability is being questioned by more professionals every day.

          There actually is little doubt in my mind. The man is an illiterate, unbalanced ignoramus. And that’s in addition to being a fraud and a bully.

  4. Rita
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Looks like Trump is using this to justify his giving the Russian press exclusive access.

  5. Randy schenck
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    More evidence of how unhinged he is. It is the same sort of thing you would expect from a 14 years old on the internet. Welcome to your 14 year old president. If he is worried that Comey is going to tell on him, the way to prevent that is threaten the guy in public. If you had asked one of your many lawyers they probably would tell you – used the old standard, executive privilege and stay the hell off of twitter.

  6. Kevin
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Maybe Donnie is trying to dig a hole deeper than the Mariana Trench.

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    It seems teh Drumpf is about as incompetent at propaganda as he is at everything else.

    Cutting off his pipeline to the news media – ‘own goal’ and ‘shooting oneself in the foot’ are the phrases that leap to mind.

    cr

  8. RPGNo1
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Wait a second, Trump threatens Comey with “tapes”? Isn’t that blackmail, a criminal act?

    • Nicholas K.
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Since trump fired him, he is no longer head of FBI. Not blackmail, but it could be intimidating a witness (an impeachable offense) or attempts to obstruct justice (also impeachable) through intimidation.

      • RPGNo1
        Posted May 12, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the explanation.

    • Posted May 13, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

      I’m not sure that is the only way to read this. Since Trump says they talked by phone, the tapes could have been made at either end presumably. Even by a third party given that Trump continues to use his android phone.

  9. Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Wow, Trump has lost his mind. Assuming he ever had one.

  10. Historian
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe has referred to Trump’s actions regarding Comey as an obstruction of justice and probably an impeachable act.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/news/333080-lawrence-tribe-high-crimes-in-trumps-firing-of-comey

    It is quite disturbing that most congressional Republicans have defended Trump. They are complicit in the possible demise of the Republic. They are betting that their constituents do not care much about this incident so they don’t need to risk their political power by challenging Trump. The 2018 election will tell, assuming there is one.

    • YF
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      GOP: Greedy Old Pricks

      • largeswope
        Posted May 14, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

        Perfect!

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      I’ve been disappointed that more Republican patriots have not stood up to be counted. At some point — sooner rather than later, I think — congressional Republicans will have to decide how far into the maelstrom they’re willing to let their political fortunes be sucked by Trump, because this will grow steadily worse.

      Trump is a greased pole with the skeletons of many business partners, creditors, and confidence-game victims at the bottom. They’ll be joined there by the skeletons of Republicans who’ve cast their lot with him by the time Trump’s done.

    • Harrison
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

      Is there any doubt the reaction they would have had Obama released Comey during his investigation of Clinton?

      No, I think there’s less than zero doubt how that would have went.

      At this point if Congressional Republicans aren’t going be the ones to take Trump down then I hope he takes them down with him.

    • Taz
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      The sad thing is, even if he’s impeached tomorrow, we’ll always be the country that elected Trump president.

  11. busterggi
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    If only Nixon could see this now, he’d be laughing his jowls off.

  12. Desnes Diev
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    I am not American but when I listen to the news it’s like if Yellow House Records (Don and Family, Inc. 2017) are over-promoting bad tunes:
    “Tweets and shout”, “Shovels of bullshit”, “Con man’s blues”, “Greedy! Greedy! Greedy!”, etc.

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    This is what happens when we elect someone who is completely unfit for office — by temperament, by experience, and by education and training. Trump knows nothing of American history, of American government, of American custom. His has devoted his life to naught but the chase after fame and filthy lucre. He has utter contempt for the truth and for the American people.

    The wheels are coming off his presidency. We will doubtless have to weather a full-blown constitutional crisis before it’s over.

    • veroxitatis
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      I agree 100% with your posting.
      Trump deserves a new HM Bateman and his early 20th century series of “The man who” cartoons such as “The man who missed the ball on the first tee at St Andrews” or “The man who lit his cigar before the Loyal Toast”. Perhaps in Trump’s case something along the lines of “The man who thought that being elected President would make him presidential”.

      The British Tory party’s senior statesmen or “Grandees” have the reputation of telling a PM or other senior governmental figure when it’s time to go (The so called classic “visit of the men in grey suits”) It happened to Thatcher. Are there no such equivalents in the GOP?

  14. W.Benson
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Yahoo! headline: “Comey furious . . .” at White House. Trump’s way of making friends and influencing people?

  15. Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Law schools will use this tweet as an example of why defense attorneys universally tell their clients to just shut the fuck up already and not say a goddamned bloody thing, period, I mean it, if you want to have any hope at all of seeing those handcuffs come off.

    Either way, Drumpf just screwed himself, from any conceivable legal perspective. If Comey said something incriminating, Drumpf is obstructing justice by failing to inform law enforcement and he’s publicly engaging in blackmail. If it was Drumpf who said something incriminating, that’s even worse.

    The good news…is that it takes a simple majority in the House to impeach — and Drumpf already lost his first attempt at Drumpfcare by a simple majority. Whenever that same set of Republicans feels the same sort of “mild nausea” as Comey himself admitted to feeling, the fireworks begin.

    Once impeached, the wheels that get set in motion all but guarantee the Senate will convict….

    Cheers,

    b&

    • Historian
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Unfortunately, we are as yet nowhere close to an actual impeachment. Realistically, the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, would have to back such a move. But, he has publicly supported Trump’s firing of Comey. Perhaps, something will happen during the next few months that will give the congressional Republicans no choice but to support impeachment. We are not at that point.

      Even if Trump is impeached, it takes a 2/3 vote (67) in the Senate to convict. Assuming all Democrats (48) would vote to convict, it would take 19 Republican senators to join them. For such a development to happen in the immediate future is extraordinary unlikely. It is a mistake to believe that the Republicans would do the “right thing,” i.e., save the Republic.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

        It was “Mr. Conservative” himself — Barry Goldwater — who eventually made the lonely trip to the White House to put the hook to Richard Nixon, like “Sandman” Sims dragging a lousy act off the Apollo stage.

        They don’t make ’em like ol’ Barry anymore (which came as a relief to many people in the Sixties, but I kinda miss the likes of him now). 🙂

        • veroxitatis
          Posted May 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

          Oh that such might be Bush Senior’s dying gift to the nation!!

      • Posted May 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

        I should hasten to agree that I don’t see this happening immediately. However, recall that Ryan has always been a reluctant Drumpf supporter, even if he’s been reliable in the end. These tweets are unambiguously criminal on Drumpf’s part — and the optics of holding private meetings with Russian spies and only permitting the Russian press to the post-meeding glad-handing are especially bad.

        If anybody is looking for an excuse to say, “Gee, I didn’t realize it was that bad,” this is it.

        Which is not, of course, to say that there’re significant numbers ready to use such an excuse. We could be well and truly fucked, after all.

        My other point is that, once the House impeaches, the reason the Senate is sure to follow is because of how badly the wheels come off the bus at that point.

        Indeed, more likely is that, the day after (or the day before?) the House impeaches, Drumpf fires Congress, or at least tries to….

        Cheers,

        b&

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    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

      Either way, Drumpf just screwed himself, from any conceivable legal perspective.

      If Trump’s legal perspective is “it’s not illegal if the president does it,” then his actions would be understandable.
      I don’t for one second claim that Trump’s legal opinion is worth folding before using as arse-wipe, or that he asks for, or listens to professional legal opinion. I can almost imagine his response should someone offer a contradictory opinion – there is a catch phrase.

  16. tubby
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Maybe Trump should just hold his briefings with the Russian state media. I’m sure Putin would recommend it as a friend.

    • DrBrydon
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      That’s no good either! They stitched him up by releasing photos from this week’s meetings with the Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister, meetings from which the American media were excluded. The glad-handing photos don’t help him play down his connection to Russia.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 13, 2017 at 4:32 am | Permalink

        I doubt the Russians deliberately ‘stitched Trump up’. There was a White House photographer there and a TASS photog there. What are photographers usually there for?

        If Trump had wanted no photos to be published he should have stipulated that at the meeting.

        cr

  17. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I tried some cases against prosecutors in Comey’s office when he was the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. And I’ve known a few Jim Comey-types with the Justice Department over the years. I will be shocked if Comey didn’t create a detailed paper trail of his meetings and conversations with Donald Trump.

    We may be in for a John Dean-style moment.

    • Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:39 am | Permalink

      I hope, I hope, I hope …

    • Randy schenck
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      You refer to “a cancer growing on the presidency”? Or maybe when Butterfield told the committee about the fact that Nixon taped everything in his office. That one kind of woke people up.

      I almost think – if they would just do the inevitable and get a special prosecutor going, Trump will fold and take that helicopter ride.

      • Nobody Special
        Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        I’m sure I read somewhere recently that the appointment of a special prosecutor requires the approval of the Attorney General. Somehow I can’t see Sessions climbing out of Trumps arse and jumping off of the gravy train to do so any time soon.

        • Mark R.
          Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

          Sessions has recused himself from the Russian investigation, so it is up to the deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to decide if an independent/special persecutor will be chosen. I’m not putting much optimism in him, but I have a sliver more optimism that he’ll do the right thing (under pressure) over the odious Sessions.

          • Mark R.
            Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

            Persecutor! That’s about right!

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

            He owes us one.

            • Posted May 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

              Who — Sessions?

              Sessions is in Putin’s back pocket. He, very literally, owes Putin his life.

              Think about it: first Senator to endorse Drumpf, obviously in exchange for his current position. And doing everything within his power to kill the Russia investigations.

              I mean, even after he “recused” himself because he “forgot” he had met with the top Russian spymaster for no apparent good reason, he “suggests” to Drumpf that Comey be fired and he’s leading the job search for Comey’s replacement?

              Come on — pull the other one!

              That he gets to implement his own strongman law enforcement ideology that’s indistinguishable from Putin’s own vision of law enforcement is merely a perk.

              b&

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              • Ken Kukec
                Posted May 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

                Not Sessions, Rosenstein. He was abused by Trump’s having him write that bogus memo. And there’s no reason — yet, anyway — to think Rosenstein is under Trump’s thumb.

                Since Sessions has recused himself from Russia-Trump, the power to appoint a special counsel falls to Rosenstein.

              • Posted May 19, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink

                …but that’s just it. Sessions says he’s recused himself from Russia-Trump, but he’s blatantly obstructing justice with reckless disregard by doing everything one would do to stop Russia-Trump but claiming it was for non-Russia-Trump reasons.

                Anyway, today’s bombshell, just announced, is that Drumpf was idiot enough to ask Comey to shut down the investigation into Flynn the day after Flynn was fired. Comey’s notes on the matter are, unto themselves, sufficient for a conviction on obstruction of justice.

                Even this probably isn’t enough to bring an end to the nightmare, but it’s clear that the pace of the implosion is accelerating. At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if the imminent end of Drumpf’s Residency is clear to all…though I would also expect that any end will be bitterly fought, and also also wouldn’t be surprised if it keeps dragging on still.

                It’s reaching the point that even his closest allies have to be wondering what’s in it for them to stand by him. What do they hope to gain for themselves, or for the country? Is it all really worth being drowned in the toxic shit that positively explodes from the man? And, at the same time, the rewards to the first ones to turn against him will be YUGE….

                Cheers,

                b&

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    • Historian
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

      It would not be surprising if a John Dean type of revelation would be made public. Dean’s testimony was one factor in leading to Nixon’s resignation. But, even if such revelations should come out, I am not optimistic that Trump will be investigated in the same manner as Nixon was in Watergate. First, back then Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Now, Republicans control both. Second, the Republican Party is very different than it was in the early 1970s. At that time, the party had a sizeable number of moderates and even a few liberals. Now, it is overwhelming ultra-conservative with only a few members who can loosely be called moderate. These two factors combined make me very pessimistic that Trump will ever be impeached, barring the revelation of a scandal that makes the current ones seem trivial.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        The full and proper investigation into the Russian/Trump Campaign officials throughout the campaign and complicity with the Russians is the goal. Frankly, I don’t see how it can be done properly without a special prosecutor. The idea that the house or the senate can do it is unlikely. The FBI most likely cannot do it either and direct interference from the president is already screwing that one up. There were as many as 7 special prosecutors working individual investigations during the Clinton years so having one now should not be so difficult and it is certainly called for now. Trump may be as innocent as the driven snow but right now he looks guilty as hell. If he truly had nothing to hide he would have called for this on day one. Instead he has been against it and using his mouth to fight it since the beginning.

  18. DrBrydon
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Add Comey to the list of people who are not surreptitiously taping Trump.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      Is that the new definition of the empty set? The set that includes all people who would talk to Trump without having their own recording made of the interaction.

  19. Paul S
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    An open letter to Drumpf.
    Hey asshole, you answer to we the people. We don’t work for you, dickhead.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Brevity is the soul of wit.

  20. Ken Kukec
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    “How low has President Trump gone to tapp Jim Comey during their very sacred White House dinner. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

    Jeez, who would say something like that?

  21. Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I said during the W. Bush years that there were no sane federal republicans left. (Why would you associate with such an administration, brand, etc.) Things have gotten steadily worse since!

  22. jt512
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, that will keep U.S. citizens better informed!

    I will keep us equally informed, since nothing the Trump administration says has any information content.

  23. Heather Hastie
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Trump and the GOP complained at length about the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch because it looked bad when Hillary Clinton was under investigation.

    Now, Trump is openly stating that he asked Comey about whether he was being investigated on three occasions. One of those occasions was during a dinner in which Comey was basically making the case as to whether he should keep his job.

    Hypocrisy much?

    Trump interprets the fact that the investigation is of the Trump campaign and whether they colluded with Russian interference in the election as:
    1. He is not personally under investigation.
    2. That Russian interference isn’t confirmed.

    Trump is extremely sensitive about the validity of his win, and he’s still trying to deny any questions about it. He thinks his shiny new toy (the presidency) might be taken away if he admits the Russians were involved. It’s far more likely to be taken away because of his subsequent attempts to use his toy to smash the play room of course.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted May 12, 2017 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Yes, and as I and maybe others already stated, the investigation into the Russian interference in the campaign and any part played by Trump’s campaign officials or himself is the meat of the investigation yet to be performed. Since the FBI was conducting one of these investigations it is nuts that Trump should be talking to Comey or Comey be talking to him in any way. They should not be having dinner or phone calls. Yet Trump admits it and that on three occasions he asked Comey if he was under investigation. And that Comey said no. None of this is to be believed and if any of it did happen, Trump has admitted to crimes.

  24. Claudia Baker
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Trump calling Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander” made me laugh out loud. He can’t really be that stupid that he doesn’t grasp the irony of this, can he?

    Mr. “I’m the President, can you believe it?” is a total f’n moron.

    And no, we can f’n believe it.

    • Steve
      Posted May 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      What’s the phrase which comes to mind? Something about pots and kettles? And it’s only been a few months!

  25. Hempenstein
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    The country needs a PFA.

  26. athiest in a foxhole
    Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I honestly think that Trump ran for president as a publicity stunt. Every 4 years, people stop talking about him and talk about the presidential primaries and then the general election. They stop talking about HIM. SAD!

    I don’t think he planned an actual campaign. Just look at his rallies and debate performances and the lazy way he just phoned in interviews. He was just riding it out until he came up with a good excuse to quit – something he could point to that said the game was rigged against him so he could “I’m not going to let you do this to me!” and walk away with ‘dignity’.

    He has publicly toyed with a run on several occasions:

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/2016-donald-trump-history-toying-presidential-run/

    This time around, he realized he was winning the republican primary despite every outrageous thing he did to get the GOP to kick him out and thought, “Politics isn’t so hard – I can do this!”

    No Donny you can’t – SAD!

  27. Posted May 15, 2017 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    This is about as close to an admission of guilt as we’ve seen so far. If there’s nothing to leak why would Trump worry about Comey leaking something? All his tweet does is make everyone wonder what Comey knows.
    What Trump is essentially saying is “Comey has information about me and he better keep quiet.”

    He threatens to stop the press briefings? Who will do his damage control then? Maybe FOX “News”? There’s no information gained at these “briefings” anyway. We might as well just read his tweets and assume those are his official statements for the day.


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