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NYT: FBI investigated whether Trump was working for Russia

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by ursidman, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. ursidman

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    Possibly only a preliminary investigation but the firing of Comey for the reasons Trump stated precipitated the investigation. Not surprising. The man's behavior over the last several years suggests strongly that Trump, at the least, is deeply involved with criminal business transactions with Russian mobsters. Can you think of even one other sitting President who was investigated for being an asset of a adversarial foreign power? I can't.
    F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

    WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

    The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

    Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

    edit:Axios source to avoid paywall: NYT: FBI investigated whether Trump was secretly working for Russia after Comey firing
     
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  2. homer

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    The people said.

    Lol
     
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  3. duchen

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    They still are investigating.
     
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  4. ursidman

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    Sarah Sanders stands by her man:
    This is absurd. James Comey was fired because he’s a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the FBI. Unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia.”
    — Press Secretary Sarah Sanders
    from the Axios article

    LOL Sarah Sanders calling someone a partisan hack :emoji_joy: (hey Sarah, its in your job description)
     
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  5. duchen

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    White House Press release called Comey a “disgraced partisan hack.” Of course, he is a Republican. Note the motivation behind going after the investigators. Very deep obstruction case here.
     
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  6. ursidman

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    The people said ______ ?
     
  7. duchen

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    Hah! We are tough on Russia by letting them take over completely in Syria and abandoning our allies there. And, Trump laid the wood to Russia when he explained their presence in the Afghan war, went after Montenegro, accused Poland of aggression and in his comments on Belarus. And, the press conference im Helsinki was something to see!
     
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  8. ursidman

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    The press conference in Helsinki shook me. That was when I knew something was most definitely up between Trump and Russia.
     
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  9. duchen

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    He has not stopped. People stopped talking about what he said about Afghanistan etc. and ignored the Manafort revelation because of the shutdown. Helsinki was consistent.
     
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  10. WarDamnGator

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  11. BLING

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    All your President are belong to us.
     
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  12. VAg8r1

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    Every time I hear Sarah Sanders defend Trump this image comes immediately to mind.
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  13. fredsanford

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    The MSM failed us hard in 2015-6.

    The seeds of all of this stuff were visible then.
     
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    Charlotte
    He threw so much outrageous stuff out there that the media got lost in a blizzard of the easy stuff to criticize.
     
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  15. gator10010

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    Sounds like a smart plan by Trump.
     
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  16. GatorRade

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    Yeah I’m still pretty bewildered by him and have little confidence that I actually know how he feels on anything except himself. Self aggrandization seems to be the one constant out of him.
     
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  17. duchen

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    Felix Sater has an office in Trump Tower, too. The contacts Sater had with Cohen and others. A server on the building was on non stop contact with a server in a Russian bank. The Moscow Project. The Trump branding deals with Russian money all over the world. Kushner wanting to use Russian encryption for back channel communications. Flynn’s repeated contacts with Kislyak. Trump Tower meeting. Manafort giving the Russians camapign data. On and on it goes. The only way to conclude that there was no “collusion” or that the campaign did not conspire with the Russians is to think that these were all random or innocent or that the camapign was somehow insulated from everything else.
     
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  18. citygator

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    Maybe, if it was a plan. I’ve seen him operate closely like everyone else for two years. I think he doesn’t really plan. Just kinda wings it and some stuff works out and some doesn’t.
     
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  19. uftaipan

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    Yes, it is. Is it in the FBI Director’s job description?
     
  20. WarDamnGator

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    Comey was a republican ... part of the reason he believes he was fired was for refusing to take a "loyalty oath" to the new leader of his political party ... doesn't really sound like you are suggesting.
     
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