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Who Giggles Last?
Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2018 | Gil Gutknecht

Posted on 04/22/2018 10:10:46 AM PDT by Kaslin

The giggles from the press gaggle were audible the other day when one reporter apologetically asked Jim Comey for his reaction to the criminal referral drafted by eleven House Republicans. Of course there were no serious follow-up questions. None needed. The DC press corps considers this a joke. They know who the good guys are. Jim Comey was one of them. They know that the noise by this handful of right-wing troublemakers would quickly fade away. It will be swallowed and quickly digested by the DC swamp. End of story. So they could pivot and return their focus to the real stories: Russian Collusion, Stormy Daniels, and of course Sean Hannity.

Two of my first emails of the day asked me essentially the same question. Will this criminal referral result in any serious investigations? I suspect it was a subject of conversation around many water coolers and coffee shops as well. Permit me to share a couple of observations.

I understand why freedom-loving Americans are asking this question. They have witnessed brazen abuses of our criminal justice system. A Secretary of State flouted the law setting up a private server in her downstairs powder room. On which she kept documents so secret that even Members of Congress were barred access. Many of those sensitive documents were ported to an unsecured computer owned by a convicted sexual predator. When documents were subpoenaed by Congress, she was allowed to delete and decide which of those government documents would be delivered. Subsequently the hard drive was scrubbed and bleached. Anyone that might have been squeezed for incriminating testimony was granted immunity by team Comey. All resulting in a frustrating “Move along folks, nothing to see here.”

People who have been paying any attention have become alarmed by the well documented examples of abuses at the highest levels of our FBI and Justice Department. I must admit, I’ve lost track of how many have been fired or reassigned for their abuses. This even before the final OIG report is released. They are shocked that salacious opposition research was used multiple times to secure court ordered surveillance of Team Trump in the final stretch of a Presidential campaign and well into the transition. Worse, they’ve seen real examples of potential Russian collusion involving one team. No hard evidence concerning the other. Yet, all of the energies of the Special Counsel and his partisan team are focused like a laser on the latter. Lying to the FBI, like improper handling of secured documents appear to be rather subjective offenses. Some people are indicted while others get a pass. Some are treated to a guns drawn, middle of the night raids. Others are ignored. Even the sanctity of lawyer-client privilege can be trampled. All while our Attorney General remains in seclusion.

So, why do I think that the gaggle of the Washington press corps may have been a bit premature in their giggles?

First, we have a muscular street fighter in the White House. His approval is trending upward. People are losing patience with his smarmy detractors. Even now, Comey and Mueller are losing ground. The body politic is figuring this out and they have grown weary of the Russian Collusion canard.

Second, Paul Ryan’s decision to step down has created an opportunity to force a serious discussion of these concerns. There will be a campaign to succeed him as Speaker. Every Member of Congress will face the electorate this fall. Republican Members will first have to face GOP activists. If they haven’t figured it out by now, they will soon discover that those activists are not happy about this! To say they see the GOP Leadership’s response to these outrages as tepid would be diplomatic. They want their Republican Representatives to support someone to succeed Ryan who will stand up to this. Someone who will demand that the Department of Justice do its job, turn over documents and get to the bottom of these scandals. They want someone who will fight. Someone who will fight alongside our President. Not hide in the tall grass. They are tired of excuses. I doubt they will be easily mollified.

If I am right, these issues will become central to the campaign for the Speakership. That spirited debate, together with the expected Inspector General’s report will force action by our Attorney General. If activists turn up the heat, I predict the GOP Leadership will begin to see the light.

Then we’ll see who giggles last.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: District of Columbia; US: Wisconsin
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1 posted on 04/22/2018 10:10:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

He who giggles last giggles best...


2 posted on 04/22/2018 10:15:07 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Kaslin

The writer is an optimist.

Me, I’m much more cynical.


3 posted on 04/22/2018 10:15:58 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump ---- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
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To: Kaslin
The "giggles" reflect the depth of their intellectual pursuits and, in some ways, the lack of rigor and discipline which a search for truth would impose on their journalistic efforts.
4 posted on 04/22/2018 10:19:16 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin

Great article which lays out for our timid republicans the reason why they had better find some courage and start fighting. At the moment I am more angry at republicans than I am at democrats.

Republicans have a leader, a role model as to how to get things accomplished and all they have done is either oppose Trump based on ego, or allowed a bogus investigation to hamper him.

Republicans: Step up or step out! No more excuses!


5 posted on 04/22/2018 10:28:27 AM PDT by The Deplorable Miss Lemon (If illegals are here to do the jobs Americans won't do why are so many illegals on welfare?)
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To: Kaslin

I think Sessions will only start taking this seriously if the House starts considering a bill to impeach Rosenstein, who seems to have some kind of Svengali hold over Sessions.

Just submitting such a bill could make Sessions panic, but actually more likely make him whine like a little girl.

Of course, the senate would never vote to convict Rosenstein and remove him from office, but impeachment would be more than enough excuse for President Trump to remove him.

And if Sessions went so far as to threaten to resign over it, then there should be no problem in showing him the door as well.

And the next Attorney General should be a nightmare to both Democrats and Republican liberals. Issuing indictments like candy on Halloween.


6 posted on 04/22/2018 10:28:43 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Liberals have become moralistic, dogmatic, sententious, self-righteous, pinch-faced prudes.)
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To: Kaslin
Comey's career is ruined. He can grin at the unfunny Colbert, and Colbert can grin back, but the truth is the truth - Comey's reputation was atomized by Jim's own actions. Trump merely ripped the veil off the FBI altar.
7 posted on 04/22/2018 11:01:29 AM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Mueller personally delivered US uranium to Russia.")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You really should lay off the bath salts


8 posted on 04/22/2018 11:04:22 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: StAnDeliver

The big fellas radio program suggested Come thought Hillary would be the winner when he ‘reopened’ the investigation a week b4 election day. I think he was covering his ass.


9 posted on 04/22/2018 11:04:56 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
"I think Sessions will only start taking this seriously if the House starts considering a bill to impeach Rosenstein, who seems to have some kind of Svengali hold over Sessions."

Or simply promote Sessions to SCOTUS ... hear me out, FReepers - what better to have a man so easily cowed, than to be under the thumb of Alito & Gorsuch. Plus he would breeze through confirmation.

Then find Atilla The Hun and make him the next AG. Hells bells I'll do it under the right terms.

10 posted on 04/22/2018 11:11:51 AM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Mueller personally delivered US uranium to Russia.")
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To: DIRTYSECRET
"I think he was covering his ass."

Agreed! Comey was fully aware of the 'insurance policy' conversation. That last letter was straight-up estoppel!

11 posted on 04/22/2018 11:14:51 AM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Mueller personally delivered US uranium to Russia.")
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To: Balding_Eagle

What’s wrong with being an optimist?


12 posted on 04/22/2018 11:16:59 AM PDT by Kaslin (Politicians are not born; they are excreted -Civilibus nati sunt; sunt excernitur. (Cicero)
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To: Balding_Eagle

‘The writer is an optimist.’

Understatement.


13 posted on 04/22/2018 11:18:56 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: StAnDeliver

Sessions is old. Trump’s SC apts should be young and also NON-Senators. Senators go with the flow. The pressure on the SC to do what the MSM wants is already intense. The last thing we need is a person conditioned to hide in a crowd of 100 elitists.


14 posted on 04/22/2018 11:21:57 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: bigbob

In which ‘bath salts,’ is defined as, ‘reality.’


15 posted on 04/22/2018 11:22:47 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
Come(y) thought Hillary would be the winner when he ‘reopened’ the investigation a week b4 election day. I think he was covering his ass.

I don't get it. If Comey thought Hillary would win, why would he risk alienating her even more by reopening the investigation?

He was exposing himself to even more of Hillary's wrath, coupled with the power of the presidency.

Or maybe he was protecting himself from something else?

Please elaborate.

16 posted on 04/22/2018 11:30:12 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Maybe. It is a very narrow window, but I have some subtle hopes as to the discovery that can be done in this new lawsuit brought by the DNC against the Trump campaign, the Russians, WikiLeaks, and Yosemite Sam. This is a way maybe that the truth can be gotten out that bypasses Sessions. And I believe Sessions has to be bypassed. I don’t think that he can be fired. I don’t think that Rosenstein can be fired. But if it is true what Mark Levin said that discovery in an exceptionally vicious form can be mounted in response to this lawsuit, and if it is also true that the Trump side can refuse to dismiss the case once they turn up the heat, there is the potential for some serious kimono opening, should the Trump team take the effort seriously. It will be very expensive and very lengthy. But it will be better than working with Sessions who seems to fall asleep in the middle of the third inning.


17 posted on 04/22/2018 11:48:59 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (Apoplectic is where we want them.)
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To: Kaslin
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18 posted on 04/22/2018 12:06:30 PM PDT by Hostage (Article V)
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To: Kaslin

Nothing wrong with being an optimist whatsoever.

Plus, I hope he turns out to be right.


19 posted on 04/22/2018 1:02:47 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump ---- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
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To: Jess Kitting

Comey’s description is that he was pre-emptively protecting her legitimacy and legacy. By addressing and dismissing it before the election it could be considered a settled matter.


20 posted on 04/22/2018 1:39:41 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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