Newt Gingrich admits Trump lied about taping Comey

Ethically challenged former US Congressperson Newt Gingrich has proclaimed Donald Trump a liar. Gingrich claims there are no tapes of Trump strong-arming former FBI Director James Comey, it was an uncalculated bluff.

President Trump is supposed to reveal this week, six weeks after making the initial suggestion, whether he actually has tapes of his White House conversations. Trump last month wielded those potential tapes as a very thinly veiled threat against former FBI director James B. Comey. And ever since then, he and the White House have decided to withhold the truth from the American people, refusing to answer a simple yes-or-no question.

But Newt Gingrich just gave away the game, for all intents and purposes. In an interview with the Associated Press, the Trump-backing former House speaker basically admits that Trump was just bluffing to try to get inside Comey's head.

“I think he was in his way instinctively trying to rattle Comey,” Gingrich said. “He's not a professional politician. He doesn't come back and think about Nixon and Watergate. His instinct is: 'I'll outbluff you.'”

Apparently not being a “professional politician” is a license for dishonesty.

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Putin offers Comey asylum in Moscow

Russian President and funnyman Vladimir Putin joked today that if fired FBI director Jim Comey feels persecuted by U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia will grant him asylum as it has with NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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Trump accuses Comey of lying under oath, which is a felony

Donald Trump went full Donald Trump the day after fired FBI Director James Comey hearing this week gave damning testimony in the most eagerly anticipated U.S. congressional hearing in years. Today began with early-morning aggro tweets from the President. Then, taking reporter's questions at a press conference with the President of Romania, Trump accused Comey of lying under oath to Congress.

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Read the Trump team's pathetic anti-Comey talking points

These RNC talking points to Trump allies on Comey's testimony tomorrow are making the internet rounds. Pretty rich. You can also see these words and phrases start to percolate through statements coming from various members of Team Trump, on social media and in the press. Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel is expected to start at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday. Hold on to your butts.

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Comey Hearing Bingo (Update: random variations option)

His "prepared remarks" are already out, and tomorrow's the big show.

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Trump won’t block Comey’s testimony in Congress on Thursday

The White House says President Donald Trump won't invoke executive privilege to block former FBI director James Comey, whom Trump fired, from testifying to Congress this week. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, and it's a very big deal.

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Comey plans to testify that yes, Trump pushed him to end FBI probe into Russia ties

The former FBI director James Comey will testify in open Senate hearings as early as next week “to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide's ties to Russia,” CNN reports Wednesday.

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'Bad' Russian intel may have influenced how FBI and Comey handled Clinton email investigation, helping Trump win

But his intel.

The Washington Post has a bombshell report out today on how the Russians may have hoaxed former FBI director James B. Comey into his public statement on the Hillary Clinton "but her emails" investigation, which helped swing the election in Donald Trump's favor.

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Comey was so creeped out by Trump, he tried to hide in curtains to avoid Donald's weird hug

James B. Comey may once have tried to hide behind curtains to avoid Donald J. Trump, but the former FBI director's investigation could mean curtains for the Trump presidency.

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Memo shows Trump asked Comey to drop FBI probe into Flynn and Russia

Before Trump fired James B. Comey last week, he asked the FBI director to end its investigation into former Trump advisor Michael Flynn and Russia, reports the New York Times. This is big news, and has since been confirmed by a number of other news organizations.

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Trump threatens Comey on Twitter, suggests he has "tapes" of their conversations

President Donald Trump, having fired FBI Director James Comey in what he admits was an effort to stymie the Bureau's investigation into links between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, is now threatening him on Twitter.

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Trump 'Crazy': President described by fired FBI director Comey as 'outside realm of normal'

When President Donald Trump accused outgoing President Barack Obama in March of 'wiretapping' him, James B. Comey, then the FBI director, was “flabbergasted,” reports the New York Times in a breakdown of Comey's thuggish dismissal that includes jawdropping detail. The president, Comey told his FBI associates, was “outside the realm of normal,” even “crazy.”

Those are the words he used, reports the Times.

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He 'fumed.' Trump's unhinged anger drove decision to fire FBI's Comey, WaPo reports— citing 30+ sources

The intensifying attention surrounding an FBI investigation into President Donald Trump's Russia ties, led by then-FBI Director James B. Comey, angered Trump so intensely that he became obsessed with finding a way to fire Comey. Trump did exactly that just yesterday afternoon. Today, according to a deeply-sourced piece in the Washington Post, each time Comey appeared in public, “an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia.”

We still don't know why Trump is so increasingly desperate to avoid the topic of his ties to Russia. However, all of this escalating defensiveness and shock points to a coverup of something criminal and grave. The lady doth protest too much.

No fewer than 30 credible sources spoke to the Post, and Trump is described as someone who 'fumes' with rage. Believable.

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Wearing hockey gear, Putin reacts to FBI director James Comey's firing: 'We have nothing to do with that'

Dressed for hockey, one of Vladimir Putin's favorite violent sports other than interfering with foreign elections, the Russian President answered an American reporter's questions about the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.

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Who replaces fired James Comey? Here are 4 candidates for Trump's new interim FBI Director

Who will Donald Trump appoint to take over the FBI as interim director, after his abrupt firing of James Comey? U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are reported to be interviewing candidates to take over the FBI.

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Comey asked Justice Dept. for money and manpower to investigate Russia/Trump days before he was fired: NYT

Former FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department for “a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election” right before Trump fired him, reports the New York Times. That would sure explain a lot about why Trump suddenly delivered the surprise sacking yesterday.

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Every member of congress's reaction to Trump firing the FBI Director investigating him

@vidiot_ on Twitter compiled 536 reactions from members of Congress into a simple, easily-scanned Google spreadsheet.

Many haven't said a thing. Democrats seem united in criticism of Trump. Republicans are mostly silent on the matter, with a dozen or so on the record. Of those, they're about equally split between praise and criticism of the firing.

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