When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate…
Yadda-yadda-yadda, it’s not Shakespeare, and it is not a sonnet:
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie picks up where we left off from yesterday’s exciting conclusion of Comey Day:
— THIS IS A BIG DEAL: The president of the United States appears to be accusing the former FBI director of lying under oath. He doesn’t directly say that James Comey lied while testifying Thursday, but comes pretty close.
— SEN. BRIAN SCHATZ (D-HAWAII) (@brianschatz): “Making a false statement to Congress is a felony. This is not just another silly tweet.”
WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT — Lawmakers will say if the president believes Comey lied, Trump himself should come to Capitol Hill and testify under oath about his recollection of events. This is why keeping quiet is oftentimes the best idea. TRUMP has now created a whole new storyline that is certain to distract Washington for the days and weeks to come.
NOTE that most Republicans yesterday didn’t accuse James Comey of lying — in fact, many of them called him honest and honorable. They just took issue with whether Trump directly asked Comey to drop the Russia investigation.
Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the email thingie at Axios:
Look for Trump and his allies to scream four things:
Comey’s a liar: After the hearing, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal lawyer, escalated the combat: “The president … never told Mr. Comey, quote, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.'”
Comey’s a leaker: Kasowitz also said: “Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president.”
Clinton did it, too: Republicans instantly jumped on Comey’s charge that Loretta Lynch, Obama’s attorney general, had encouraged him to echo Clinton campaign lingo in discussing the email probe.
Comey agrees: Fake news! If Trump enjoyed any moment of the hearing, it was surely when Comey said a memorable New York Times story was untrue.
And now some headlines, or FAKE NEWS, (from Tiger Beat) that fly-over country are reading:
FOR THE PRESIDENT — WHAT THE STATES YOU WON ARE WAKING UP TO — CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: “Comey says Trump lied about his firing: Burr offers low-key defense of Trump” http://politi.co/2rTlyBY … PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: “Comey Challenges Trump … FIRING: Former FBI director says president’s reasons for dismissal ‘were lies’ … RUSSIA PROBE: He says request to ‘let Flynn go’ felt like improper pressure … LEAK: He admits divulging personal memos in order to prompt a special prosecutor” http://politi.co/2skZBhU … DES MOINES REGISTER: “COMEY SLAMS TRUMP ‘LIES’: White House: Testimony proves that president has acted appropriately” http://politi.co/2saFwuY … THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER: “COMEY: TRUMP LIED ‘PLAIN AND SIMPLE’” http://politi.co/2saAkr7
And what we coastal elites are reading:
THE BIG PICTURE — PETER BAKER on A1 — “For Trump, the ‘Cloud’ Just Grew That Much Darker,” by NYT’s Peter Baker: “[T]hanks to Mr. Trump’s own actions, the cloud darkened considerably on Thursday and now seems likely to hover over his presidency for months, if not years, to come. Rather than relieve the pressure, Mr. Trump’s decision to fire Mr. Comey has generated an even bigger political and legal threat. In his anger at Mr. Comey for refusing to publicly disclose that the president was not personally under investigation, legal experts said, Mr. Trump may have actually made himself the target of an investigation. While delivered in calm, deliberate and unemotional terms, Mr. Comey’s testimony on Thursday was almost certainly the most damning j’accuse moment by a senior law enforcement official against a president in a generation.” http://nyti.ms/2rHGaig
And here’s the thing: this is not the end of something, this is the beginning. And today, AG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is going to testifying before an appropriations committee. He might get asked some OTHER questions. Act II: Trump’s Fratsputin, Jared Kushner is going to meet with Senate Intelligence Committee (staffers) later this month.
There is no way to spin it: yesterday was a very bad day for the Russian Usurper.