Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
THE FBI IS INVESTIGATING TRUMP RUSSIA TIES -- NYTimes Headline, March 21, 2017
"Comey's haunting news on Trump and Russia...possible election collusion..."
"Fresh News on Russia for Trump's Weary Defenders"
"FBI Confirms Inquiry On Trump Team Russia Ties
"The Untruths About Russia Are Escalating"
"GOP Responds By Changing The Subject"
"The Ninth Week of Donald Trump's presidency began with the FBI director calling him a liar.
As Leonhardt writes, Comey didn't actually use the "L" word, but he did say that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. (BTW, Leonhardt, who's been covering Trump since the beginning of his improbable campaign for the presidency, has no qualms about calling Trump what he is: A LIAR. )
From now on, whatever comes out of Trump's mouth has to be considered a LIE, until proved otherwise.
Trump's stupid, impetuous false Tweet about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower got him in all this swampy trouble. Can we imagine the trouble the Liar in Chief will generate in the years to come?
Many Americans voted for Trump to "drain the swamp," and now Trump and his brand new administration are wallowing in a swamp of deceptions, lies, and possible treason.
How's that swamp draining working out for you, America?
Mike Littwin of The Colorado Independent:
Now that the FBI has officially called Trump a liar, what can possibly come next?'
"...the head of the FBI basically called the president a liar before a congressional committee. In modern terms, and maybe in any terms, that is unprecedented. Of course, Trump is a liar. Everyone knows he’s a liar, his hapless defenders most of all. But knowing it and hearing James Comey very publicly confirm it are two different things.
In any other time, it would have been shocking to hear Comey’s testimony. But what was truly shocking was how unremarkable it all seemed. There were no gasps. There was no one—outside of combative Sean Spicer anyway—rushing to Trump’s defense. This is exactly what everyone expected Comey to say. And yet. And yet. When Comey wasn’t putting the absurdity of Trump’s wiretap accusation to rest, he was confirming the news that the FBI was, in fact, investigating whether anyone in the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians to, well, undermine American democracy.
And when Comey wasn’t deflecting questions about the investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, a rare bright Democratic light, was making the circumstantial case for why the FBI should be investigating, finally asking this: “Is it possible that all of these events and reports are completely unrelated and nothing more than an entirely unhappy coincidence? Yes, it is possible. But it is also possible, maybe more than possible, that they are not coincidental, not disconnected and not unrelated.”
And when Schiff wasn’t hitting the Flynn-Sessions-Manafort-Stone-Page-Russia connection, we were hearing that, of course, the British were no more likely than Obama to have planted a bug in Trump Tower. It’s hard to imagine a worse day for a president. But what we can safely predict is that worse days are coming and that the pace, if the first two months are any indication, will only quicken."