Ace's Morning Report 4/20/18: PDT: Comey Memos Show "He Leaked Classified Information", Dana Rohrbacher: Assange had "Physical Proof" Russians Didn't Hack DNC,
Comey Memo: Eric "the Red" Holder "Smarter and More Sophisticated and Smoother" Than Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe is Going to Have to Cut a Deal, McCabe Faces Possible Criminal Charges, But Are Hillary and Company Next?, Rudy Joins PDT Legal Team, Looks to Swiftly End Mueller Witch Hunt, Revealed: Mueller's FBI Repeatedly Abused Prosecutorial Discretion
PJ Media's Friday's HOT MIC: Comey's memos released; he's not a weasel or sneaky, CNN disagrees that the memos are helpful for Trump Comey memos renew questions over Trump's behavior, Comey memos: Trump had ‘serious’ concerns about Flynn, Justice Department watchdog to report on Clinton-related FBI leaks, IG refers McCabe for criminal prosecution, Rosenstein tells Trump he isn't a target.
Mollie Hemingway: Comey’s Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup. Yep. The AP: In Comey memos, Trump fixates on ‘hookers,’ frets over Flynn, also Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement Ann Alhouse: "President Trump spoke in intimate and candid terms to the former F.B.I. director James Comey about some of the most sensitive matters before the agency..." You fucked up, you trusted the FBI. WaPo: What was new — and disturbing — about the Comey memos He bad talked journolists. CNN: Trump has 'weathered Comey' but Cohen is 'consuming him,' White House source says, Ace: "Collusion" Narrative Skeptics a Year Ago: Was The Dossier Briefing Just a Set-Up to Give CNN a News Hook to Run the Dossier Story They Otherwise Could Not? Comey Memo: I Told the President "CNN Was Looking for a News Hook" for the Dossier and Byron York: Trump's Demand for "Loyalty" Looks Different Now, Given That His First Meeting With Comey Consisted of Comey Basically Saying "We Have a Document Claiming You Paid Whores to Pee on Each Other and All the Media Wants Us to Help Them Publish It" WaPo: Comey memo showed Trump wanted faster response to Putin call Are The Comey Memos A Bust? So far, Trump comes off looking better than Comey, so yes.
And it's not looking so good for Comey. WSJ: Justice Department Watchdog Probes Comey Memos Over Classified Information, James Comey's leaks now a matter for the Justice Department, Hot Air: Uh Oh: DOJ Probing Comey For Including Classified Info In Memos. Ace: Justice Department "Reviewing" At Least Two of the Memos Comey Leaked to His Pal To Leak to the NYT, For Possible Violations of Classified Material Law. mostly a fisking of CNN Jake's treatment:
Oh. One of the memos contained information that wasn’t classified when Comey turned it over to a Columbia law school professor, but was later upgraded to “confidential,” the lowest level of classification, The Wall Street Journal reported.But will they give him the Hillary or the Michael Flynn treatment? Trump calls treatment of Michael Flynn unfair compared to Comey Steve Hilton: Without a Comey prosecution, there’s no hope for healing America. Leaky Comey's FBI at work: A federal judge is threatening to appoint a "private prosecutor" to press a criminal investigation about FBI leaks to the press
In the other, Comey redacted parts that he knew were classified to protect that information before he handed the documents over to the law prof, Daniel Richman, who passed them along to The New York Times.We now know that one was "confidential" and the other contained classified information (which Comey, allegedly, redacted).
Sean Davis noted this past January that, seven months later (and now nine months later), CNN still hasn't corrected its #FakeNews false reportage that Trump was lying when he said Comey leaked classified memos.
CNN just leaves its original story up, uncorrected, no matter how much weight of its falsity piles up against it.
And who wrote it? Jake Tapper, the Super-Factual Only Honest Man in the Room (when James Comey isn't in the room, naturally).
White Working Class Voters May Not Care About Comey, Daniels. You told them sex didn't matter. They believed you.
And then there's the Andy McCabe show. Ace: McCabe, Now Criminally Referred by the OIG For Possible Prosecution for Making False Statements, Suing Trump for Defamation? McCabe to sue Trump admin for defamation, wrongful termination. So why is he not suing IG Horowitz, who recommended it?
McCabe either lied under oath or he didn't and this has nothing to do with President Trump pressuring a criminal prosecutor.WaPo: Comey and McCabe, once strong defenders of each other, stake out opposite positions in burgeoning feud Hot Air: Comey: Why, Yes, I Could Testify Against Andrew McCabe As Kissinger reportedly said about the Iran Iraq war, I hope both sides lose.
And speaking of idiotic lawsuits, Democratic Party files suit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 election for which they destroyed the evidence by deleting the emails, and declining to turn the servers over to the FBI. Law professor emeritus Ann Althouse:
Now that there's a lawsuit, it's time to think about counterclaims. I'd like to see what the defendants would come up with using an equally aggressive, far-reaching approach to using the courts to promote your political cause.Hint: Congress Pursues Clinton for Hiding Fusion GPS Payments
Roger Simon: DNC on Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Russia Lawsuit Twitchy: WHOOPS! Did the DNC just spill the beans with their lawsuit against Trump and Russia?
This move looks desperate enough on its face. But when you consider what it might actually mean, it looks like even more of a Hail Mary:
DNC brainstorming session:— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 20, 2018
"We could let Mueller do his work and be confident that in the end he will find some collusion connection between Trump and Putin and from there we can go fo -"
"LAWSUIT LAWSUIT LAWSUIT LAWSUIT.."
It really sounds like the Dems aren’t confident that the Mueller investigation will turn up what they’re hoping it will.Ty Cobb: The Trump-Mueller Interview Negotiations Are Still On, You Know. Just say "No."
The only way that a president can commit obstruction of justice in the valid exercise of his legitimate authority is to have corrupt intent. The only way for Mueller to get directly to corrupt intent is to have proof of Trump’s state of mind at the time the actions were taken. And the only way for Mueller to get that is to have Trump shoot his mouth off in an “interview.”Do we have to talk about Michael Cohen again? (whine): Trump Lawyer: Michael Cohen’s Not Going To Go Be Someone’s Wife In Prison Given The “Racial Overtone” and After Years Of Abuse, Is Michael Cohen Now In The Driver’s Seat? There may be a lot of good reasons to jail Michael Cohen, he is, after all, a New York lawyer, but paying Stormy Daniels to shut up ain't one of them.
WaPo's secret sources say: Sessions told White House that Rosenstein’s firing could prompt his departure, too, but what if the Congress impeaches him? Impeaching Rosenstein? Some Republicans are talking about it. But then, it's Congress, so what are the chances of it actually happening?