That would be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. His Memo of yesterday (5/09) to Attorney General Sessions, “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI”, was sent to the President, upon which the decision was made.
Here are two points to consider regarding the Deputy AG. He has unquestioned integrity, and was confirmed two weeks ago by a bipartisan Senate vote of 94-6.
My column yesterday (5/09) on “Second Thoughts on Comey” didn’t age well. Here are my third thoughts:
- Evidently President Trump does think Comey is a putz. If so, I think that’s primarily because of his role in promoting the Steele dossier.
“FBI Director James Comey considered an anti-Trump dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer so important that he insisted the document be included in January’s final intelligence community report on Russian meddling in the election,” Fox News reported May 6.
- Even if Comey weren’t a putz, he’d have had to go sooner or later. His name is mud with the public. Neither Democrats nor Republicans on Capitol Hill trust him. Morale at the FBI has plummeted.
I have four more – including how Trump loves gaslighting the Lying Swine. He’s done that in spades with Comey.
Perhaps the only thing most Democrats and Republicans agree on is FBI Director James Comey is a putz.
I’m not willing to go there – yet.
Look at the expression on the face of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal) in this CNN interview last Wednesday (5/3). Have you ever seen such sadness, despondency, dejection, despair?
DiFi is ranking Dem on the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. On Tuesday (5/2), DiFi was at the CIA for a briefing on Russian meddling in the election. The CNN interview took place shortly after Comey’s contentious public Judiciary Committee hearing I wrote about last week.
But immediately after that public hearing, Comey also gave her and Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) a closed-door classified brief on Russian meddling, Feinstein said.
If DiFi had just learned an anvil, a safe, a locomotive was about to drop on Dems, that could explain why she looked as if someone shot her dog.
Seoul, South Korea. By the time you read this today (5/09), South Korea will have just elected a new president.
There will be a peaceful transfer of power, coming after the previous president was impeached for corruption, but all done in proper democratic way. Few would have bet after the end of the Korean War, more than 60 years ago, that South Korea would now be a rich, developed, democratic country.
This city of 10 million has the fourth-highest gross domestic product (GDP) of any city in the world, only being outdone by Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles.
It is both a very old city with a history going back more than 2,000 years, and a very new city. During the Korean War (1950-53) the city changed hands several times and was largely destroyed, What one sees today is almost an all new city, filled with international-style, modern glass-wall skyscrapers with at least one well over 100 stories.
From many vantages in this city, one can look out a window or stand on a high hill and look down on one people under two systems. North Korea is the ultimate consequence of socialism, which always contains the seeds of its own destruction. But can the success of capitalist South Korea last?
Why are these people smiling? The House Pubs surrounded the President and Vice-President yesterday afternoon (5/04) for a “Rose Garden Victory Lap” after the “Obamacare Is Dead” bill passed 217-213.
But to paraphrase Yogi Berra, Obamacare is not dead until it’s dead – and it sure isn’t dead yet. As his House colleagues were in the Rose Garden yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz was saying, “Getting the health care bill out of the Senate is not going to be easy.” He is wrong. It will be impossible without a certain necessary condition.
Trouble is, the applies to the entire Trump agenda. That said, there’s good news – like Trump’s cool EO’s, why the coolest guy in the Cabinet is T-Tex, that the Hero of the Week is a Moslem lady, that the Loser of the Week is Mrs. Zero, and how the London Daily Mail went ga-ga over Melania.
We also feature the Worst Trump Joke Ever – which you’ll tell to your every friend – and we close with the most famous scene from the most beloved movie ever made. It makes you cry as it portrays a heroic patriotism of a country that may never have it again.
Might as well start the day off right:
And with the story of the American at a bar in Mexico City. After a couple of Dos Equis with the locals, he asks them, “Amigos, there’s something I don’t understand – I love Mexico, it’s beautiful, full of natural resources, people work hard, so why is Mexico so poor?”
One of the locals smirks and says, “Why that’s easy – it’s because you gringos stole half our land.” The American takes a tug on his beer and says, “Really?” The local responds, “Yes, and what’s worse – you gringos stole the half with all the paved roads!”
Today, Cinco de Mayo, is a phony tradition, a joke on los gringos, then exploited as a marketing gimmick by Mexican restaurant chains as an excuse for us to get wasted on Jose Cuervo.
So at TTP, our tradition on May 5th is to explain la verdad, the truth, so you’ll understand why today should be called Cinco de Ridiculoso.
Which is, to begin with: Nobody in Mexico cares about May 5th. Only we, us gringos, pretend to. For if you ask just about any reveler at the nearest Pancho Villa’s Cantina or some such Mexican-themed bar anywhere in the US, just what is being celebrated on May 5th, you’ll get either a blank stare or "It’s their July 4th " ignorance.
So first the true history of Mexico. You’ll learn more about Mexico’s history in ten minutes than you ever did in school or anywhere else.
Then the reality today — the horrific truth of how treasonous Dem fascists and their useful idiot Rino masochists are using Mexico to destroy their own country.
When I was growing up, my sisters would always get up early the morning of every May 1st to scour our backyard and the neighborhood gathering flowers, which they would leave in a May Basket at our front door for Mom, our Queen of May.
Families for generations have done this all over America, towns for generations have had a May Day Festival of Happiness. Why would anyone want to ruin this, turn a time of joy and flowers into a time of anger, hate, and rage?
The headlines of this morning (5/02) are abundant, such as: May Day Carnage: Havoc across Europe as Protestors Clash with Police in Violent Scenes and May Day Protests Spark Riots, Arrests Across Country.
Why is it so hard – so impossible – for the Left to be happy? Why are Lefties always filled with destructive anger? And why do they pick the most innocent fun-filled-for-millennia day of the year to vent that bottomless rage?
Answering the last question is the easiest: It’s precisely because May Day is the most innocent fun-filled-for-millennia day of the year.
Well, it turns out there’s a specific cause for the Left’s pathologies – and a surprisingly simple antidote.
President Trump tweeted late yesterday (5/02):
“The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate, which are not there.”
He’s talking about the budget deal. Well, how about going the route of reconciliation? Which was designed for budget deals. Reconciliation means you only need 51. Well, why not veto it?
Now we’re back to “We can’t do anything ’cause we don’t have 60 votes.” But we can. We can veto it or we can blow up the filibuster here and say we’re gonna go budget reconciliation just like they got Obamacare passed. I mean, if we really wanted to do this.
Following the tweet above, the President then tweeted:
“We either elect more Republican senators in 2018 or we change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good shutdown in September to fix this mess.”
If a shutdown is gonna be good in September, why isn’t it better now?
He was helping to bring down President Trump, “Buzzfeed Ben” Smith thought when he published the Steele dossier Jan. 11.
Instead, he may have sealed the doom of FBI Director James Comey.
Vladimir Putin began plotting to make Mr. Trump president more than five years ago, claims the dossier compiled by former MI-6 officer Christopher Steele. It consists of 17 reports allegedly made between June 20 and Dec. 13 last year.
Parts of the dossier began circulating in Washington last July. Senior U.S. intelligence officials gave President Obama and President-elect Trump a two-page synopsis of the allegations in it when both were briefed on Russian meddling in the election, CNN reported Jan. 10.
That prompted Buzzfeed Ben to publish all 35 pages of the dossier – a blunder of epic proportions.
Innuendo-rich stories implying Mr. Trump was in Putin’s pocket could be justified by oblique references to the Steele dossier – the Washington Post, for instance, has mentioned it 150 times to date -- but only so long as the dossier itself was kept in the shadows.
Once those knowledgeable could read it, the jig was up.
“It is hard to believe how anyone who claims to know anything about intelligence operations, propaganda and disinformation would believe anything in it,” said a former senior National Security Council staffer.
Anyone in the National Security Division of the FBI who didn’t realize immediately the Steele dossier is a clumsy fraud has no business being in the National Security Division of the FBI. Any FBI Director suckered by the fraud has no business being FBI Director.