Comey Became Uncomfortable With Interactions With Trump…

As Trump continues to unravel and more information surfaces surrounding his unethical behavior, it becomes increasingly bizarre that he continues to be supported by the GOP and his adoring fans. We guess for some keeping their heads buried in the proverbial sands gives them comfort.

WASHINGTON — President Trump called the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, weeks after he took office and asked him when federal authorities were going to put out word that Mr. Trump was not personally under investigation, according to two people briefed on the call.

Mr. Comey told the president that if he wanted to know details about the bureau’s investigations, he should not contact him directly but instead follow the proper procedures and have the White House counsel send any inquiries to the Justice Department, according to those people.

After explaining to Mr. Trump how communications with the F.B.I. should work, Mr. Comey believed he had effectively drawn the line after a series of encounters he had with the president and other White House officials that he felt jeopardized the F.B.I.’s independence. At the time, Mr. Comey was overseeing the investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

Those interactions included a dinner in which associates of Mr. Comey say Mr. Trump asked him to pledge his loyalty and a meeting in the Oval Office at which Mr. Trump told him he hoped Mr. Comey would shut down an investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. Mr. Trump has denied making the request.

The day after the Flynn conversation, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Comey to help push back on reports in the news media that Mr. Trump’s associates had been in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the campaign.

Mr. Comey described all of his encounters with the president and the White House — including the phone call from Mr. Trump — in detailed memos he wrote at the time and gave to his aides. Congressional investigators have requested copies of the memos, which, according to two people who have read them, provide snapshots of a fraught relationship between a president trying to win over and influence an F.B.I. director, and someone who had built his reputation on asserting his independence, sometimes in a dramatic way.

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Integrity

As the nation witnesses the narcissism of Trump and his utter and complete inability to acknowledge reality, accept his own failures and learn by them, and his obsession with twisting truth to fit the world he has created for himself the word integrity keeps crossing my mine.

Integrity is a concept Trump apparently has little to no understanding of.

Integrity
is standing up
for what
you believe in.

It is treating everyone
equally and fairly,
acting independent
of others that do otherwise.

It is being
open and honest,
responsible for
all of your actions.

It is speaking out
when others
are treated poorly.

It is refusing
to participate
in actions
detrimental to others.

It is admitting
and apologising
for your errors,
when mistakes
are made.

It is respecting
your environment,
your fellow humans,
and your self.

Integrity
is not a characteristic,
it is
a way of life.

It is
what you do,
and what you say,
always.

It sets you
apart from others,
it defines
you as a person.

Treat others
as you would want
to be treated.

Be upstanding,
be forthright,
be conscious
of your actions.

Remember
to always
act
with integrity.

Gary Dodd

Trump Claims Witch Hunt…

We expect nothing less from America’s biggest narcissist and the Liar  In Chief.

WASHINGTON — President Trump lashed out on Thursday, saying he was the target of an unprecedented witch hunt, a day after the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate ties between his presidential campaign and Russian officials.

In a pair of early morning tweets, Mr. Trump cited, without evidence, what he called the “illegal acts” committed by the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and the campaign of his former opponent, Hillary Clinton — and said they never led to the appointment of a special counsel.

“With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed!” Mr. Trump wrote, misspelling counsel.

Moments later, Mr. Trump added, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

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h/t Progressive Eruptions

Trump Is The Catalyst For Growing Democratic Party Activism And Donations…

We never thought 35 years ago we would be cheering for democrats to dominate the American political stage during  what is likely the final quarter of our lives. In fact the more conservative rhetoric of the republican party fit our general philosophy. Unfortunately what we accepted at face value ultimately turned out to be nothing but smoke and mirrors. Thick enough that the GOP apparently hoped the faithful flock would be unable to cut through it to see the reality it is intended to hide.

It’s popular to criticize RWR and indeed his legacy is certainly deserving of some criticism. However it was  GWB that really soured us on the republican party and DJT successfully destroyed whatever respect may have remained. If Trump represents modern conservatism and republicanism we want nothing to do with it. In fact working to destroy Trump and his brand of narcissistic and fascistic  conservatism is our final political goal in this life. Thus we cheer on democrats and independents to accomplish a sea change that benefits the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of all Americans. Which is why the following is good and welcome news.

NBC – House Democrats have already raised more money in online contributions this year ahead of the midterms than they did during all of 2015, the most recently comparable year, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official told NBC News.

The unusual fundraising haul is the latest sign that President Donald Trump is motivating Democrats in extraordinary ways as the party looks to win back the 24 seats it needs to retake the House of Representatives in next year’s midterm elections and put Rep. Nancy Pelosi back in the Speaker’s chair.

The DCCC raised $20 million in online contributions since the start of the year from contributions averaging just $18, according to the group, beating the $19.7 million the committee raised during 2015, the last off-year ahead of an election year.

The campaign arm of House Democrats said more than 2.2 million people joined the committee’s grassroots email lists since the beginning of January, including 156,00 new donors.

“The DCCC is actively building the largest battleground in a decade, and that’s a testament to the grassroots energy that we’re witnessing every day, in every corner of America,” said DCCC Spokesman Tyler Law. “Our record smashing grassroots, online fundraising haul is further evidence that House Democrats are on offense while Republicans are in a full meltdown.”

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