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What in the hell is happening????

Posted by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 1:31 PM
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http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/314161-dems-outraged-with-comey-after-house-briefing

A number of House Democrats left Friday's confidential briefing on Russian hacking fuming over the actions of FBI Director James Comey and convinced he's unfit to lead the agency.

"I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.

"Some of the things that were revealed in this classified briefing — my confidence has been shook."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered a similar condemnation.

"I'm extremely concerned — extremely," he said.
"I'll just — I'm very angry," echoed Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.).

The intelligence community believes Russia hacked Democratic groups in an effort to help elect President-elect Donald Trump, claims Trump had publicly cast doubt on before this week.

Comey has been under fire since several weeks before the Nov. 8 elections, when he announced a new leg in an FBI investigation into the use of a private email server by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — a probe that, as with the first round, resulted in no criminal charges. In response, many Democrats have accused Comey of altering the course of the presidential race in favor of Trump.

Friday's briefing, featuring Comey and the heads of the other top intelligence agencies, was classified, restricting the freedom of lawmakers to reveal details.

The Justice Department's inspector general on Thursday announced a new investigation into the agency's actions leading up to the election, a probe that will focus on Comey's public statements as well as FBI leaks and other relevant correspondences.

Republicans have largely defended Comey, and many left Friday's briefing with their minds unchanged.

"The FBI director is a good man who was placed in a very difficult position," said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.). "His boss [U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch] made life very difficult for him in the last year when she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac."

Democrats have a markedly different take.

"I want to [have faith in Comey]," said a visibly annoyed Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.). "I have concerns. Stay tuned."

Yet there's also a powerful sense among the Democrats that, while their faith in Comey has plummeted, they'd rather have him atop the FBI than roll the dice to see who Trump would tap as a replacement.

"Do I have confidence in him? Not really. But I think he's probably going to be better than the guy they'd put in," said one Democrat, who spoke only anonymously to discuss a sensitive topic. "It's like a rock and a hard place, but I think that's pretty much where a lot of people are."

Walz, for one, is not in that place.

"I'm disappointed, outraged — many of us are right now," Walz said. "I'll wait to pass full judgment, but the exchange that just happened in the final 15 minutes gives me no reason to have confidence."

Shortly after the meeting, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — a sharp critic of Comey's actions leading up to the elections — spoke broadly about the FBI without weighing in on Comey specifically. She suggested she's waiting for the results of the DOJ's IG report to pass a judgement on the FBI director.

"No, I haven't lost confidence in the agency," she told reporters in the Capitol.

"My concern about the FBI is the timing and their not signing [the broader intelligence document on Russian hacking]. And that was the judgment of Director Comey, unless it goes deeper, and that's what the investigation will find out," she added. "Let's find out how they thought this was a good idea to make the judgments they did, and understanding — weighing full well — that the Russians were actively engaged in disrupting our election."

- This story was updated at 1:05 p.m.
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VooDooB
by Emerald Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 1:55 PM
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Something very heavy went down in those last 15 minutes.

I'll guess we'll find out when Buzzfeed breaks the news?

couture-mommy
by 8.21.1831 on Jan. 13, 2017 at 1:58 PM
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Hopefully, since they are the only ones who seem to care enough

Quoting VooDooB:

Something very heavy went down in those last 15 minutes.

I'll guess we'll find out when Buzzfeed breaks the news?

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:03 PM

Damn...and Comey did not reinsert himself into the discussion several weeks before the election...wasn't it like 11 days????


jpickens
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Wow! I wonder what happened.
jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:09 PM
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I'm so stressed out now, lol.

Quoting jpickens: Wow! I wonder what happened.
jpickens
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:10 PM
It's a lot and I think it will be for awhile...😢

Quoting jessilin0113: I'm so stressed out now, lol.

Quoting jpickens: Wow! I wonder what happened.
Cenedra64
by Silver Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:21 PM
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they should call us mushrooms the way we're kept in the dark

VooDooB
by Emerald Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:33 PM
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Comey holds a meeting that ends with Democrats "so shaken" they can't even formulate words.

This is deep.

When does the season finale air?!??

nb34
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:34 PM
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This is so disturbing. More and more I see things happenning in this country that makes me wonder, where did our democracy go?!

Quoting Cenedra64:

they should call us mushrooms the way we're kept in the dark


VooDooB
by Emerald Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 2:37 PM
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Russia?

Quoting nb34:

This is so disturbing. More and more I see things happenning in this country that makes me wonder, where did our democracy go?!

Quoting Cenedra64:

they should call us mushrooms the way we're kept in the dark


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