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good morning, it's 10 may 2017: this is all Comey firing news

FBI head Comey fired by Trump. That's all this one is. I'll do a second post with other things, things which are also important.

Watch carefully today for other obscenities, lost in the Comey storm. They have a history of dropping incredibly abusive orders under the cover of other abusive order media storms. It's part of how they work.

The thing you have to realise, and make everybody else realise, is that this is part of the continuing power grab. This is consolidation of personal rule. This is the reason for the "deconstruction of the administrative state" - because it concentrates power, replaces legal rule with personal rule, and leaves fewer witnesses.

And it's an attempt to stop the Russia investigation. Trump had administration people out Tuesday night pushing that on Fox News et al (link to video below) saying that it was time for the Russia investigation to end, even as CNN was breaking the story that the grand jury had issued subpoenas.

In short, you have to assume at this point that the worst cases are all true.

A protest is being organised in DC at 12 Noon Eastern Time. It's at the White House, north side, Lafayette Park. Here is the Facebook event.

Articles are below the cut. Good luck out there.

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F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump
The New York Times | MAY 9, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter of political interference by a sitting president into an existing investigation by the nation’s leading law enforcement agency. It immediately ignited Democratic calls for a special counsel to lead the Russia inquiry.

Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign.

But in his letter to Mr. Comey, released to reporters by the White House, the president betrayed his focus on the continuing inquiry into Russia and his aides.

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Axelrod: Comey firing has 'stench of coverup'
By Mark Hensch - 05/09/17 07:03 PM EDT

Democratic strategist David Axelrod slammed President Trump on Tuesday for firing FBI Director James Comey, saying the president's move is a "hammer blow" to the U.S. system of governance.

Sad for the country that any decision DOJ and FBI make now will be shrouded in suspicion. It's a hammer blow to the integrity of our system.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) May 9, 2017

WH sending out press coverage of Dem criticism of Comey won't wash away the stench of coverup. This was a disastrous decision.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) May 9, 2017

Axelrod, who served as former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, added Tuesday’s events seemed like a win for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Yeah, that Edward Snowden | on Twitter
This FBI Director has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you.

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Behind Comey’s firing: An enraged Trump, fuming about Russia
The president deliberated for more than a week before ousting the FBI chief who was investigating Trump associates.
By Josh Dawsey | Politico | 05/10/17

President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week. When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn't call James Comey. He sent his longtime private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters.

He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.

Trump's firing of the high-profile FBI director on the 110th day since taking office marked another sudden turn for an administration that has fired its acting attorney general, national security adviser and now its FBI director, who Trump had praised until recent weeks and even blew a kiss to during a January appearance.

The news stunned Comey, who saw his dismissal on TV while speaking inside the FBI office in Los Angeles. It startled all but the uppermost ring of White House advisers, who said grumbling about Comey hadn't dominated their own morning senior staff meetings. Other top officials learned just before it happened and were unaware he was considering firing Comey. "Nobody really knew," one senior White House official said. "Our phones all buzzed and people said, What?"

By ousting the FBI director investigating his campaign and associates, Trump may have added more fuel to the fire he is furiously trying to contain — and he was quickly criticized by a chorus of Republicans and Democrats. "The timing of this firing was very troubling," said Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican.


By Tuesday night, aides were using TV appearances to spin the firing as a simple bureaucratic matter and call for an end to the [Russia] investigation. "It's time to move on," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy press secretary, said on Fox News.

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Hours after Trump fires FBI director, a top White House spokesperson goes on Fox and says it's time to "move on" from Russia investigation
Judd Legum‏ on Twitter @JuddLegum
[Video of White House representative on Fox News saying the Russia investigation needs to end]

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CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation
By Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown, CNN
Updated 9:24 PM ET, Tue May 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI's broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation.

Robert Kelner, an attorney for Flynn, declined to comment. The US Attorney's Office in Alexandria, the Justice Department and the FBI also declined to comment.

Investigators have been looking into possible wrongdoing in how Flynn handled disclosures about payments from clients tied to foreign governments including Russia and Turkey, US officials briefed on the matter have told CNN.

The Flynn inquiry is one piece of the broader investigation, which FBI Director James Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week is led jointly by the Alexandria US Attorney's Office and the Justice Department's National Security Division.

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The Latest: Comey learned of ouster as he spoke at FBI in LA
Updated 9:05 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the firing of FBI Director James Comey (all times local):

11:05 p.m.

FBI Director James Comey was speaking to agents at the FBI's field office in Los Angeles when the news of his firing broke.

That's according to a law enforcement official who was present at the time Tuesday. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

The official says television screens in the field office began flashing the news, and Comey initially chuckled. But he continued to speak to the agents, finishing his speech before heading into an office. He did not reappear in the main room.

Comey later left Los Angeles on a plane to return to Washington.

—By Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles


11 p.m.

A former top Justice Department official whose criticism of FBI Director James Comey was used to support his ouster is calling the justification "a sham."

President Donald Trump said he based Comey's firing on a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that slammed Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. Rosenstein cited former Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer as saying he agreed it was inappropriate.

Ayer told The Associated Press he thinks the explanation for Comey's firing is a "sham." Trump had supported "the most incorrect things that Comey did," such as speaking out about the closed probe and announcing it was being reopened just days before the election.

Ayer says Rosenstein "should realize that his correct assessment of those mistakes is now being used to justify firing for a very different reason."


9:15 p.m.

Aides to President Donald Trump are defending his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, saying it was needed to restore confidence in the agency, not about any ongoing investigations.

Counsel to the president Kellyanne Conway says in an interview with CNN, "It's not a cover-up," and says it "had nothing to do with Russia."

Conway says Trump took the recommendation of the attorney general's office that it was time for "fresh leadership." She adds, "This is what leaders do. They take decisive action."


8 p.m.

The Senate Republican leading the investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign says he's "troubled by the timing and reasoning" behind President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Intelligence committee, said he found Comey to a public servant of the highest order, and his dismissal "further confuses an already difficult investigation" by his panel.

Burr said Comey was the most forthcoming with information of any FBI director that Burr could recall.

The North Carolina senator called Comey's firing "a loss for the bureau and the nation."


7:35 p.m.

The head of a professional association of FBI agents says a change in leadership at the law enforcement agency should be handled carefully.

FBI Agents Association President Thomas O'Connor says the change should be made with an eye toward ensuring the agency can "continue to fulfill its responsibility to protect the American public from criminal and national security threats."

He says agents want a voice in the selection process.

The organization says it appreciated Comey's service and leadership. O'Connor says the fired FBI director "understood the centrality of the agent to the bureau's mission" and knew agents risk their lives daily.

O'Connor says Comey ensured the FBI's investigations were constitutional and that agents "performed their mission with integrity and professionalism."


7:25 p.m.

Republican John McCain says Congress must form a special committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The Arizona senator said he has long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russian interference in the election and said Trump's decision to remove Comey "only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."

McCain said he was disappointed in Trump's decision, calling Comey a man of honor and integrity who led the FBI well in extraordinary circumstances.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Comey's dismissal "will raise questions" and said "it is essential that ongoing investigations are free of political interference until their completion."

He said Trump must nominate a well-respected person to replace Comey.


7:25 p.m.

The top Democrat in the Senate says he told Donald Trump "you are making a big mistake" when the president called to inform him that he was firing FBI Director James Comey.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday night that he received a call from the president.

Schumer questioned why the firing occurred on Tuesday and wondered whether investigations into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia were "getting too close to home for the president."

He called on the deputy attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor.

Said Schumer: "This investigation must be run as far away as possible" from the president.


7:20 p.m.

The vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee called President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey "shocking" and deeply troubling.

Sen. Mark Warner said it's especially so because it comes during an active FBI investigation into possible improper contacts between Trump's campaign and Russia.

The Virginia Democrat is helping lead a Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He says Comey's firing comes after he dismissed acting Attorney General Sally Yates and nearly every U.S. attorney.

Warner said Trump's actions "make it clear to me that a special counsel also must be appointed" to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. He said an independent investigation is the only way the American people will be able to trust the results of an investigation.


7:05 p.m.

More Democrats are renewing calls for a special prosecutor following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey amid a complex counterintelligence investigation into Trump's campaigns' possible ties with Russia.

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey say the dismissal is reminiscent of the Watergate scandal and the national turmoil during that time.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings says Congress needs to have immediate emergency hearings. Cummings says Comey was the one independent person to investigate Trump and his campaign's possible coordination with Russia.


7:05 p.m.

A former top aide to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign says President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey is "related to Russia, not related to Clinton."

Clinton's spokesman during her 2016 presidential bid, Brian Fallon, said Tuesday that "the timing and manner of this firing suggests that it is the product of Donald Trump feeling the heat on the ongoing Russia investigation, and not a well-thought-out response to the inappropriate handling of the Clinton investigation."

In announcing the firing, the White House circulated a memo written by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticizing Comey's handling of an investigation into Clinton's email practices.

Fallon said the administration is "falsely citing the very thing that propelled him to the presidency as a convenient excuse" for firing someone "conducting an aggressive investigation into his campaign's connections to the Russian government."

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The day after Sally Yates made it clear Trump Administration actively protected compromised Mike Flynn he fires the FBI Director
Jared Yates Sexton on Twitter - 9 May 2017

The day after Sally Yates made it clear Trump Administration actively protected compromised Mike Flynn he fires the FBI Director 1/

It is beyond obvious that Trump felt heat of FBI investigation, which asked Stone, Page, Flynn for communications with Russia, and acted 2/

To cite HRC and Oct letter is just a middle-finger, not to mention letter saying Comey supposedly said Trump wasn't under investigation 3/

This is so transparent and such an affront to justice and democracy. We either refuse this or risk the very nature of our country. 4/

Trump can't even pay us the respect of not insulting our intelligence as citizens. This is a leap too far, never mind a step. 5/

I get that GOP want to use Trump for their agenda, but turning a blind eye at this point is a total abandonment of their oaths. 6/

This isn't fainting, this isn't rhetoric, this is honest to god American democracy under assault. 7/7

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"A Grotesque Abuse of Power by the President of the United States"
Matt Wilstein‏ on Twitter | 9 May 2017

Jeffrey Toobin just told us how he really feels about @realDonaldTrump firing #FBIDirector James Comey:
[Embedded CNN video]

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Read: Trump’s bizarre letter telling FBI Director James Comey he's fired
Trump manages to make the letter a bit about himself.
Updated by German Lopez - Vox - May 9, 2017

In his letter firing FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump managed to make the termination a little personal.

Specifically, check out the second paragraph (emphasis mine):

[Embedded image of firing letter]

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Trump to sit down with Russian foreign minister, one day after firing Comey
By Philip Rucker and Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post | May 10, 2017

[Note: as per - press will not be allowed in to this meeting.]

A day after firing the FBI director who had been overseeing the
sweeping probe into his campaign's ties to Russia, President Trump has
just one event on his public schedule: An Oval Office meeting with
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The sit-down between Trump and Lavrov, the first face-to-face contact
the president has had with a senior official of the Russian government,
will take place Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the White House. It will be
closed to the press, according to the White House schedule.

Trump and Lavrov are expected to talk about the turmoil in Syria and
fight against global terrorism, among other issues, picking up on the
conversation Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin via
telephone on May 2.

Lavrov's visit to Washington comes amid intense speculation surrounding
Trump's sudden move to fire James B. Comey as FBI director. Comey had
been overseeing the bureau's counterintelligence probe to determine
whether Trump campaign officials or associates may have coordinated
with Russia to interfere with last year's U.S. presidential election.

Trump said he fired Comey at the recommendation of senior Justice
Department officials who concluded that Comey had treated Hillary
Clinton unfairly in his probe last year of her use of a private email
server as secretary of state. Still, Trump's meeting with Lavrov could
raise concerns among critics that the president is too cozy with
Putin's government.

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As Trump fired Comey, his staff scrambled to explain why
By Jenna Johnson | The Washington Post | May 10, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge. To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Trump suddenly decided to fire the FBI director.

For four hours, Spicer and his staff had been scrambling to answer that question. Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5:40 p.m. and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be gathered in the briefing room. He then vanished, with his staff locking the door leading to his office. The press staff said that Spicer might do a briefing, then announced that he definitely wouldn't say anything more that night. But as Democrats and Republicans began to criticize and question the firing with increasing levels of alarm, Spicer and two prominent spokeswomen were suddenly speed-walking up the White House drive to defend the president on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business.

"Another Tuesday at the White House," Sarah Huckabee Sanders quipped as she finished speaking on Fox News from its outdoor set, as the voice of Kellyanne Conway continued to banter with CNN's Anderson Cooper from the next booth over.

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