Of all the tweets we read during the Comey hearing today, the best by far was the following: Did John McCain eat a brain tumour for breakfast? He was incoherent and his questions were incoherent.
Now, everything you wanted to know about the Comey hearing: …He came out swinging, saying that the White House’s claims that the FBI had been in chaos during his tenure there, and that agents had “lost confidence” in him were “lies, plain and simple”.
…“I was honestly concerned that he (Trump) might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document,” Comey said. “I knew there might come a day when I might need a record of what happened not only to defend myself but to protect the FBI.”
..Comey claimed that Trump told him, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” and that he asked him to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the national security adviser.
…Loretta Lynch, the former attorney general who met with Bill Clinton privately during the campaign on a private plane, was portrayed as the one who moved Hillary’s email scandal from an investigation to a ‘matter’. Clinton has blamed her defeat on Comey’s Oct. 28 announcement that he was re-opening the investigation of her email practices. She’s dead wrong.
…After Trump said that there may be tapes of Comey’s meetings with him, he (Comey now as a private citizen) asked a close friend to leak the content of one of the memos to a reporter. A friend of his who is a professor at Columbia Law School, leaked those memos for Comey. Those leaks resulted in the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Russian connection and all of Comey’s allegations.
..Comey disputed Trump’s assertion that the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with the Russian government to sway the 2016 election is fake news. “There should be no fuzz on this: The Russians actively interfered in our 2016 election,” he said. “That’s about as unfake as you can possibly get.”
All in all, it was riveting to listen to Comey who is articulate and has a steel trap memory. While Trump himself didn’t tweet, his son Donald Trump Jr was very busy. This ain’t over by a long shot and Comey got right into the ring with Trump.
It appears that Great Britain’s Theresa May is yet another leader who was too sure of herself and should not have called a snap election.
Polls are suggesting that Britain is heading for a hung parliament, with Conservatives 12 seats short of the 326 they need for an absolute majority in the Commons. Then again, another polls put Jeremy Corbyn’s Labor party in the lead. Guess we’ll have to wait till tomorrow morning to see who’s right.
If anyone has ever shopped in the Bay downtown here, you know that to find a salesperson is pretty well mission impossible. Today it was announced that the Bay is laying off 2,000 people. Seems they lost about $221 million last year.
Just like everywhere else in the world, people here are shopping online rather than shlepping to big box stores only to get lousy service.
If you like crowds and traffic this is your weekend – it’s the Grand Prix. If, however, you prefer not to sit in traffic for three hours to go two blocks and get pushed along the sidewalks, best to stay away from the downtown area. Just a suggestion.
Tonight is almost the final NHL Stanley cup game between Pittsburg (and PK Subban) and Ottawa. Don’t know about anyone else, but it would give Blanche much nachas if Subban’s team won and he brought the Stanley Cup to the Children’s Hospital.
After trading Subban, the Canadiens still couldn’t get their act together. That’s because it’s not the players, rather the management who is at fault. And it seems the owner is, shall we say, best friends with his top dudes and unwilling or unable to fire them. So unless something drastic is done, our team will suffer from people who just don’t know how to find good players.
Good Shabbos We’ll talk…