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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Playing Peekabo

I did, I did not, I did, I did not…… 

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump finally, grudgingly, had no choice but to come clean.

His admission, on Twitter Thursday that he did not secretly record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey -- after earlier raising the possibility that he did -- capped a six-week charade that damaged his presidency and cast doubt on his personal credibility.

It was a surreal new twist to a presidency that has often already stretched the limits of credulity, and has challenged conventions on the decorum and gravity expected in the behavior of the person who holds the office itself.

    Trump: I did not make recordings of Comey

    Trump: I did not make recordings of Comey

    After weeks of speculation, the President delivered a mea culpa, a step that he had little choice to make, in a somewhat resentful manner, in keeping with his reluctance to ever publicly admit error.

    "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, “I have no idea ... whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings," Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

     

    Never ever has there been a more self-destructive President in the United States. Now, of course everybody knows that also all of his other phantastic and creative “inventions” are just that ……phantasy.

    3 comments:

    1. Received this letter from our Senator yesterday......



      Dear Richard,

      As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence I have taken, and will continue to take, an active role in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election and any potential coordination with political campaigns. I expect this Committee to continue its investigation with the highest standards of diligence, non-partisanship, and independence, and we will issue subpoenas if necessary to compel testimony. Know that I am committed to pursuing this investigation wherever the facts lead, and I believe it is my duty to the American people that we get to the bottom of this controversy, and in doing so, develop strategies to prevent interference by foreign governments in future elections.

      The Senate investigation has been making progress, as we have assigned additional staff, have started interviewing witnesses and have requested in writing that the U.S. Department of Treasury provide relevant financial information. Additionally, I have taken several trips to the Central Intelligence Agency to review documentary evidence. The Washington Post recently highlighted that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s current investigation is moving at a quicker pace than its counterpart Senate investigation during Watergate: http://wapo.st/2r4i4hT?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.8f2eeda7180d. Nevertheless, I, too, am frustrated by the pace, but I would rather get it right, than get it fast.

      In light of the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey and the participation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in that decision—after Mr. Sessions had promised to recuse himself from any involvement in the Russia investigation—I have called on the Deputy Attorney General to appoint a special counsel to oversee the FBI’s investigation. You may read my statement via the following link: https://www.king.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/king-statement-on-presidents-firing-of-fbi-director-james-comey. And, indeed, this appointment was made on May 17 by the Deputy Attorney General. I also take allegations that the President attempted to pressure Director Comey to cease his investigation of former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, seriously and believe all evidence must be reviewed. My colleagues and I on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have formally requested all relevant notes or memorandum from the FBI related to Director Comey’s communications with senior White House officials about the Russia investigation.

      In short, I am actively involved in this serious issue and will continue to pursue the facts wherever they lead.

      Best Regards,

      ANGUS S. KING, JR.
      United States Senator

      Members of my staff regularly hold outreach events around Maine, their schedule can be found here. The contact page on my website is the best way to get back in touch with me; I also welcome you to call or visit one of my five offices, anytime, with ideas or concerns. If you will be visiting Washington, I’d love to see you, please come to my weekly coffee or sign up for a tour.

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      1. Senator Angus King is also elected member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Committee.

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      2. My hope is that Senator King will follow through on these investigations.

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