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Video: “Grotesque Abuse of Power by the President…Kind of Thing That Goes On in NON-Democracies”

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Jeffrey Toobin a few minutes ago on James Comey’s firing by Donald Trump: “It’s a grotesque abuse of power by the President of the United States. This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies, that when there is an investigation that reaches near the…leader of a non-democracy, they fire the people who are in charge of the investigation…This is something that is not within the American political tradition…This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is something that is completely outside how American law is supposed to work…This is a political act when the President is under investigation…I mean, what kind of country is this?”

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly nails it on Comey firing

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  • Sen. Tim Kaine also nails it on the Comey firing.

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  • old_redneck

    This is the first step toward LOCK HER UP!!

    Trump’s new FBI director will re-open the investigation into Hillary’s emails and Bill’s meeting with Loretta Lynch, after which Jeff Sessions will bring criminal charges against both of them and Trump will have succeeded. Remember, during the campaign he promised he would lock her up.

    Here we go.

    It’s time for pitchforks and torches . . . remember: The Second Amendment is not about squirrel hunting.

  • More from Gerry Connolly…correct again!

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  • STATEMENT OF VICE CHAIRMAN MARK R. WARNER
    ~ On President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey ~

    WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey:

    “The President’s actions today are shocking. It is deeply troubling that the President has fired the FBI director during an active counterintelligence investigation into improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    “The administration insists there’s no ‘there there,’ yet President Trump has so far fired the acting Attorney General, nearly every U.S. attorney, and now the Director of the FBI. In addition, this President’s choice for Attorney General has been forced to recuse himself, and the National Security Advisor has resigned, as a result of undisclosed contacts with Russian officials.

    “Now more than ever, it is vital that our ongoing investigation is completed in a credible and bipartisan way. We also need to hear directly from former Director Comey about the FBI investigation and related events.

    “The President’s actions today make it clear to me that a Special Counsel also must be appointed. That’s the only way the American people will be able to trust the results of any DOJ investigation. The only way this Administration can begin to demonstrate a commitment to the rule of law, which has so far been sorely lacking, is to cooperate fully with the ongoing congressional investigations and to support the appointment of an independent special counsel.”

  • Keith Ellison: “We are witnessing a Constitutional crisis unfold before our very eyes”

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  • Video: PBS NewsHour discusses Comey firing just after news breaks

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  • Dan Rather:

    Future generations may mark today as one of the truly dark days in American history, a history that may soon take an even more ominous turn.
    President Trump’s sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey is a matter that should deeply concern every American, regardless of party, partisan politics or ideological leanings.

    The independence of our law enforcement is at the bedrock of our democracy. That independance, already grievously shaken under the brief tenure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is now shattered by uncertainty.

    The firing of an FBI Director is always a very serious matter in normal times. But these times aren’t normal. Far from it. The Bureau is engaged in one of the most important and perilous investigations of this or any other presidency—the investigation of connections between the Trump election campaign and the Russian government.

    The questions mount and the shadow grows darker. What were those connections? What did Mr. Trump know about them and when did he know it? How can the President explain the serious allegations against his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn? And what is President Trump hiding in this regard? It’s imperative that the nation—We The People—get answers to those questions. It will take time, but the process must start now.

    A politicized FBI is the last thing we need as we struggle through the maze of lies, concealment and ever-deepening mysteries. The last time a President fired prosecutors who were investigating him was Richard Nixon during the widespread criminal conspiracy known for short as “Watergate.” We all know how that turned out. In real ways, this potential scandal and coverup are much graver. We are talking about the very security of the United States and the sanctity of our republic.

    Thomas Paine famously wrote in 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. ”

    I see this as having the potential for a similar reflection point in our American story. If there is a cover up, if our nation is at the risk that has certainly been more than suggested, it is incumbent upon everyone who claims to love this nation to demand answers.

    We need a special prosecutor. We need an independent investigation. There is, obviously, much we don’t know about what has just happened, why it happened and why now. Just as obviously there is much more, so much more that we need know. We need to damn the lies and expose the truth.

  • Rep. Donald McEachin: “Fire the guy who was investigating your White House? Absolutely Nixonian. It’s not going to stop us from looking into ties between the White House and Putin.”

  • Sen. Tim Kaine:

    “It’s outrageous to see a sitting President fire the FBI director during an active investigation into potential collusion with a foreign government. The decision to fire James Comey shows how frightened the Administration is over the Russia investigation. The White House decision to seek Attorney General Sessions’ recommendation also raises questions about whether he has fully recused himself from the Russia investigation. This adds to a disturbing pattern by the White House to cover up the truth, which draws inescapable comparisons to the Nixon era. A special prosecutor that is completely independent and whose mandate is not directed by the Attorney General is needed to get to the bottom of whether the Trump campaign, transition team, or Administration colluded with the Russian government.”

  • Senator Wexton’s Statement on the Firing of James Comey

    The timing and circumstances of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey are not only disturbing, but also call into question the President’s commitment to transparency and the Rule of Law.

    The appearance of impropriety that has arisen from Trump’s successive firings of Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, and now Director Comey should cause concern among those seeking a full and fair investigation of any potentially criminal acts that members of the Trump campaign or administration may have committed.

    As a former prosecutor, I know the importance of allowing investigations to go where the evidence leads, free from political considerations or outside influence. Trump’s series of firings could be construed as an obstruction of justice.

    I believe it is imperative that an independent investigation be authorized, one that can fully explore any foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election, including ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, without fear of obstruction by President Trump or members of his administration. This is something not only Democrats but also Republicans have already called for and it is time for every member of Congress to support. The integrity of our elections and democratic way of life should be something all Americans regardless of party go to any length to ensure. ​

  • Statement from Lindsey Davis Stover, Candidate for Congress in VA-10, on the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

    McLean, VA – Lindsey Davis Stover, Candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 10th District, issued the following statement today on the firing of FBI Director James Comey

    “Since day one, Donald Trump has mounted a multi-front assault on the checks and balances of our government that separate us from an authoritarian regime: a free press, an independent judiciary and now rule of law is under attack with the firing of the FBI director in the middle of an investigation into the Russian attack on our democracy.

    “We must stand up and fight back to defend our democracy and discover the truth. Congress must demand an independent commission and special prosecutor to protect the rule of law and fully investigate any and all Trump ties to Russia.”

  • Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam issued the following statement in response:

    “The timing of the president’s decision to fire Director Comey is suspicious and disturbing. Republicans must now choose country over party and call for a special prosecutor, one that is completely independent and removed from the office of the attorney general. Ed Gillespie has said nothing of consequence, refusing to break with the President. Anything less can only be interpreted as tacit approval. I commend Senator Mark Warner’s work in the Senate to get to the bottom of this in a bipartisan and thorough manner. The Trump administration must also cooperate fully with his investigation, and a special prosecutor, in order to clear the dark cloud hanging over the White House.”

  • Statement from Tom Perriello on President Trump Firing James Comey and Republicans’ Refusal to Condemn His Action

    Perriello: ‘Real Leaders Put Partisanship Aside and Patriotism First. Sadly, Ed Gillespie and So Many Republicans Are Refusing to Do That.’

    Following President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing a federal investigation into ties between Trump and Russia, and the refusal of Ed Gillespie and other Republicans to condemn Trump’s action, Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia Tom Perriello released the following statement:

    “Real leaders put partisanship aside and patriotism first. Sadly, Ed Gillespie and so many Republicans are refusing to do that. They dodge and hide and ultimately refuse to stand up to do the right thing.

    “When the only precedent you can cite for an action like this is Watergate, you know our country is edging towards a constitutional crisis. Republicans in Congress have shown no willingness to conduct proper oversight, and candidates like Ed Gillespie refuse to speak out against a president who has demonstrated authoritarian tendencies and continues crossing lines that shouldn’t be crossed.

    “Ultimately, Gillespie embraced Trump’s decision, showing that he is willing to put his party ahead of defending Virginians’ basic faith in democracy. In the end, as some leaders like Senator Warner show statesmanship and move their investigations forward, we need a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of Trump’s foreign entanglements once and for all.”