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Wednesday News: “Comey’s Memo Is the Smoking Gun of Donald Trump’s Watergate”; 25th Amendment Time; Dominion Says Vote for Pro-Pipeline Candidates (Don’t!)

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, May 17.

  • Jeff Schapiro and I are 100% in sync on this analysis.

    In 2014, Mark Warner nearly lost his U.S. Senate seat to Republican Ed Gillespie because Warner deliberately kept his distance from his fellow Democrat in the White House, Barack Obama.

    Warner did not want to offend his supporters in the Republican-leaning business class. He did offend the Democratic base, giving key voters — read: liberals — an excuse to stay home. For Warner, it led to a near-death experience. Ever since, his votes in the Senate have been decidedly more accommodating of the Democratic rank-and-file.

  • We’re finding out who the craziest, most rabid of the Trump “dead enders” are…

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  • Robert Reich:

    We still don’t actually know if Richard Nixon ordered the break-in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972. The crime that led to his impeachment was obstruction of justice – ordering his chief of staff to pressure the FBI to drop its investigation of the break-in.

    Fast forward to Trump. We may never know if Trump ordered Russian operatives to break into the presidential election of 2016. But we do have lots of evidence that Trump pressured the FBI to drop its investigation of that break-in. Much of that evidence comes from Trump’s own mouth.

    The Watergate break-in was small potatoes relative to the Russian break-in. The latter compromised our system of government.

    Logically, there’s only one conclusion: Trump must be impeached.

  • Dan Rather:

    A thought for the day: Of all the checks and balances in our system government, where would be be today, in these perilous times, without a free and independent press? A press that knows when to be fiercely independent when necessary. Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the indefatigable reporters who refuse to be intimidated and are determined to get to as close to the truth as is humanly possible.

    Thank God, and our Founding Fathers, for the glorious First Amendment!

  • From Sen. Warner’s office:

    Notification: Senate Intel Committee Seeks Additional Information from Comey, McCabe

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    Wednesday May 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON –Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today made the following notification on ongoing investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 US elections:

    Today, the Committee sent two additional letters seeking information related to the Committee’s ongoing investigation. The first was sent to former FBI Director James Comey seeking his appearance before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in both open and closed sessions. The second was sent to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, seeking any notes or memorandum prepared by the former Director regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia’s efforts.

  • Video – Mark Warner: ‘High Expectation’ James Comey Will Testify At Open Hearing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmJjpxgzRZA