In a virtually unprecedented move, FBI Director James Comey has reportedly asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. Since the FBI is part of the Executive Branch headed by Trump, it is a truly bizarre moment if true. If this continues, the unitary executive will become the binary executive with the White House in uneasy relations with the rest of the executive branch.
The New York Times is reporting that Comey wants a public denial of the Trump allegations. Trump created a firestorm over the weekend when he used Twitter to accuse his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping Trump Tower. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Various news outlets have noted that Breitbart just ran a story on the use or attempted use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to investigate connections to Russian banks. The story was covering allegations voiced by radio host Mark Levin. He also directly criticized Obama: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
It is extremely rare for a president to ever discuss FISA operations publicly due to their highly classified character. Moreover, the allegations raised over the weekend raised highly disturbing analogies to the Watergate period. These are not the type of allegations that should ever be made casually — or frankly through social media.
The report that Comey wants a public denial of the President represents a rather disheartening low in the relations and operations of our Executive Branch. If there is no support for the Trump allegation, officials face some troubling question of how such national security and policy issues are to be address. The President is after all the head of the Executive Branch and can gain access to any classified program or demand answers to any questions of alleged impropriety. If the allegation was made on Twitter without such an inquiry, it would be particularly disturbing.
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Trump, meet swamp.
Swamp, meet Trump.
Swamp IS the common denominator.
The LCD, LOWEST common denominator. Remembering grammar school math.
I stand corrected. 😉
This just in from Cloud 9: Melania emailed Donald: In lyric form: “There’s a hole in your condom, Dear Donald, Dear Donald. There’s a hole in your condom Dear Donald a hole.”
He emailed back: “Then fix it Melania, Melania, Melania. Then fix it Melania, Melania fix it!”
“The 25th Amendment” is the new DNC talking point. Get used to reading it from the lemmings that troll here and elsewhere. Ignoring is prudent.
“The 25th Amendment” is the new DNC talking point. Get used to reading it from the lemmings that troll here and elsewhere.
Glenn Greenwald, this morning:
Democrats Now Demonize the Same Russia Policies that Obama Long Championed
March 6 2017, 7:37 a.m.
Old Putie fooled Bush. Not foolin anyone now.
Good article. Thanks for it. Obama and Trump are both imperialists and so are the majority of their respective parties. Then again, I’d guess they both know that arming Ukraine after the Crimean rebuke to a silent coup supported if not orchestrated by Obama would be the straw that broke the camel’s back. I didn’t know Obama armed Romania: Mr. Transparency himself and the 330,000,000 he represented are lucky that hasn’t backfired.
Apparently, Trump is continuing the buildup of troops in eastern Europe and in the Black Sea, which is just more of the idiocy of empire.
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