Morning Reads for 5/17

Which of these songs best represents your Mother’s Day (and I know one of these two will cover all of GAPol.com’s readership)

“Mama Used to Say” by Junior or “I Wanna Get Rid of You” by Psychotic Pineapple? 

  1. Remember when Trump said Snowden should be “executed” for sharing classified info with Russia? 
  2. It’s nuts how he can’t even remember what he’s said to stop incriminating himself.
  3. Sanford Bishop: Re-work, don’t repeal, Obamacare. 
  4. How Trump is more and more like President Jimmy. 
  5. Experts: Time for Jimmy to return to North Korea. 
  6. Just wait for it: Race to enter ATL Mayoral Race. 
  7. Fmr. State Rep Mitchell Kaye: Why Handel deserves your vote. 
  8. NYTimes: Stacey Abrams one of the “young black Democrats eager to lead from the left” qua governor.

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Donald Trump to James Comey in a February Oval Office meeting, as documented by Comey in memo prepared by Comey soon after the meeting, per the NYT: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, letting Flynn go. He’s a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” spoken after Trump told Comey he should consider imprisoning reporters that publish classified information. It’s only a matter of time before enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of their loyalty to their party. After Trump’s impeachment, he can be fined and locked up courtesy… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

It’s all open to interpretation. He didn’t order him to drop the investigation, he suggested that he wished he’d let it go. Trump didn’t INTEND (there’s that word again…) to run afoul of actual laws by expressing a simple sentiment.

davidmac
davidmac

Oh come on.

When your 3rd-level manager comes to you, Noway, for a sit-down meeting and says “I hope you’ll stop working on Project B-432,” do you treat that as a casual request and keep devoting 50% of your billable hours to Project B-432, or do you drop it on the floor and close the project?

Noway2016
Noway2016

You may have a point IF Comey had actually dropped the Flynn investigation. Instead he wrote a memo to the file three months ago and didn’t bring it up until he fired. Very, very courageous! Granted we all roll our eyes and say, “I really wish Trump would just shut the eff up!” But there’s actually no there there.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Comey is well known for keeping notes and memos on off the record conversations. He penned thousands while Assistant AG under Ashcraft, and while in charge of SP Fitzgerald which lead to the trial against Scooter Libby.

Plus who said Comey brought it up? It could have come from inside the FBI, the DOJ, or from a number of congressional investigation if they have copies.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Hey there, lawyer here. 18 U.S.C. 1505 makes it a felony for anyone to “corruptly” endeavor to influence, obstruct, or impede “the due and proper administration of the law under which any pending proceeding is being had before any department or agency of the United States.” 18 U.S.C. 1515(b) defines “corruptly” as “acting with an improper purpose, personally or by influencing another.” Proving an obstruction charge requires showing three elements (1) there was a proceeding pending before a department or agency; (2) the defendant knew the proceeding was pending; and (3) the defendant corruptly endeavored to influence, obstruct, or impede… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

“when you consider that Comey was fired for continuing the investigation into Russia’s connection to Trump associates.”
You’re stating that this statement by you is FACT?? You cannot know that.
Nope…that statement is your opinion as to the motivation for his being let go.
So, for me to get this clear: You’re saying that that statement alone from Trump to Comey is enough for the House to impeach and the Senate to convict Trump?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m not offering my opinion as to Trump’s motivation for firing Comey. Trump already made that clear: “And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.” To answer the second part of your comment, whether Trump’s statements are enough for impeachment and removal is a political question, not a prosecutorial one. Noted policy wonk Paul Ryan is not going to allow an impeachment vote… Read more »

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

This is the part that I don’t understand. McConnell and Ryan clearly don’t like Trump, and I’d say that most of the Republican conference in the Senate don’t care for the man either. Getting rid of him would be great. They get Mike Pence as the President (until 2020 cause he’s not electable) and can finally get on with their legislative agenda (as you referred to earlier). Every Democrat would prefer Mike Pence as well. Say what you will about Pence’s policies, at least he’s sane and would be a steady hand for the country both domestically and internationally.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Hate to say it, but I prefer Trump to Pence. Trump’s malevolence is perpetually being undermined by his own incompetence. You see, Trump doesn’t actually believe in the things he campaigned on and, because he has the attention span of a goldfish, he doesn’t have the mental wherewithal to effectively fight for his policy goals. Pence, on the other hand, has policies that he believes in and cares deeply about. To top it off, he actually knows the legislative process well enough to see those policies implemented. The reason McConnell and noted policy wonk Paul Ryan haven’t, and won’t, jump… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

“They — he (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) made a recommendation. He’s highly respected. Very good guy, very smart guy. And the Democrats like him. The Republicans like him. He had made a recommendation. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself — I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.” Pres. Trump… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

He is leaving soon on a foreign trip, so the “pump is primed” for more Republicans to prepare to abandon ship.
– Trump in Saudi Arabia? What could go wrong?
– Is he going to talk about The Wall with the Pope?
– NATO? Really?
– Oh, and Israel. No particular tension there right now. Oh, wait…
– I wonder how the “America First” voters are going to feel after this trip?

It’s a sad state of affairs when him again talking about how huge his electoral victory was is on the positive end of the scale of possible outcomes.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Discerning intent given Trump’s clear mental defects will be interesting.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Jarrett is misapplying and misstating 18 U.S.C. 4. He’s been out of the active practice of law for a long while, so I’ll give him a pass… The mere failure to report a felony is not a violation of 18 U.S.C. 4. See United States v. Johnson, 546 F.2d 1225 (5th Cir. 1977). There needs to be some affirmative action to conceal the underlying felony. For example… an FBI agent is attempting to infiltrate a drug cartel. In the process he witnesses multiple low-level drug deals, money laundering, illegal firearms possession, etc. Jarrett seems to think that, by failing to… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

The Psychotic Pineapple video is preceded by a Jon Ossoff ad.

Ellynn
Ellynn

You know the ads are focused based on a targeted audience related to the type of video and your own personal browsers/Gmail (if you use it) mined history right?

I got a Grammarly ad with the Psychotic Pineapple video and Farmer’s Insurance for Junior’s. I use dictionary and Chicago Style sites, and the office of the Georgia Commissioner of Insurance site a lot, so I’m guessing that’s how I got those ads.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I got a Loan Depot ad. Hmm, do they know something I don’t?

Lawton Sack
Lawton Sack

I didn’t get an ad because I use uBlock Origin.

Ellynn
Benevolus
Benevolus

Atlanta should take note. Something about water. Most great cities exploit their water features. Atlanta, not so much.

I have been a supporter of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper in the past, but now I think it’s time to commercialize the river in the metro area. We can preserve it elsewhere. Maybe we can even commercialize it in a responsible way.

Ellynn
Ellynn

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/ap-exclusive-the-last-days-of-the-ringling-bros-circus/ I was lucky to grow up about 90 mins. from their museum (hometown of the Bailys) and have the trains pulling the original cars and road cages for the yearly Great Circus parade in Milwaukee as made its rounds through the track systems of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and northern Illinois a few times past my parents house before the big Milwaukee parade. In the early 90’s in Savannah, I once watched the elephants walk from the tracks, up Louisville Road to the Civic Center. There is nothing that can make you feel so small in the scheme of things… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

And no more “Zebra loose on the downtown connector” stories, as I saw on national TV when visiting Mom in California.

xdog
xdog

“No politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

Those poor Coast Guard grads just wanted to start partying with their friends and family and instead they had to listen to that crap.

Laughs here (that TR was a bad man): http://juanitajean.com/whine-whine-whine/

Will Durant
Will Durant

My first thought when hearing about another White House fence jumper the other day was that it must have been Sean Spicer trying to get out. Now today we see he is being eased out anyway and daily news conferences from this administration are soon to be history. I’m not sure a I’ve ever seen a government official in a more thankless role.