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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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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Read Comey's statement: Trump said, 'I need loyalty. I expect loyalty,' then awkward silence

Former FBI director James Comey will testify tomorrow before Congress on investigations involving Trump, Russia, and the U.S. elections. Highly awaited: Comey's testimony on interactions he had with President Donald Trump. This early copy of his remarks delivers a bombshell.

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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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'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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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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Comey was concerned over possible evidence of Russia collusion, then Trump fired him: WSJ

Fired FBI Director James Comey was concerned by potential evidence of collusion, reports the Wall Street Journal tonight. Comey got daily instead of weekly updates on Russia investigation three weeks ago, and had been providing updates to top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Trump didn't like any of this.

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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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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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The basic opsec failures that unmasked James Comey's Twitter show how hard this stuff is

Gizmodo's Ashley Feinberg (almost certainly) figured out that James Comey's secret Twitter handle was @projectexile7, because America's top G-man failed at some of the most basic elements of operational security. Read the rest

Teen who allegedly got sexts from Weiner writes an open letter to Comey

The teenager who allegedly received texts from Anthony Weiner wrote an open letter to FBI director James Comey to let him know that his sloppy, sleazy actions violated her privacy. "I now add you to the list of people who have victimized me," she writes.

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"Fuck You, James Comey" a song by Jonathan Mann

Even though he was suffering from a head cold, Jonathan Mann powered through it to compose and perform his song, "Fuck You, James Comey." The song expresses his feelings for the director of an organization with a sordid history of corruption, paranoia, and racism. Read the rest

President Obama slams FBI's Comey on email decision: ‘We Don’t Operate on Incomplete Information’

President Obama made his first public comment on the recent FBI/Clinton email hijinks, just days before the election.

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Former Attorney General: FBI Director "made a serious mistake"

Last week, FBI director James Comey released a vague letter saying the FBI was investigating more emails that had something to do with Hillary Clinton's personal server. The media largely ran with the GOP characterization of this as reopened investigation into Clinton herself, but things soon got muddy and even conservative commentators found the situation deeply unsettling.

For starters, the emails were on disgraced politician Anthony Weiner's computer, impounded in his teen sext case, meaning Clinton's authorship or receipt of the emails is anyone's guess. Worse, it soon became clear the FBI had failed to get a warrant to read the emails before Comey's announcement, giving the impression of an attempt to tip the election, or of appeasement to political pressures. Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General until last year, writes that Comey's made a "serious mistake." Read the rest

Today, Congress finally showed it's willing to fight the FBI on encryption

It took a while, but FBI director Jim Comey got a little bit of the grilling he has earned in the FBI vs. Apple case. Freedom of the Press Foundation's Trevor Timm writes on today's House Judiciary Committee hearings on Capitol Hill, at which both the government and the Cupertino tech giant were represented.

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Apple-FBI crypto hearing was surprisingly hostile to FBI Director James Comey

The House Judiciary committee hearing today titled, “The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy” ended up being full of drama, and riveting moments of confrontation--along with a cavalcade of inept analogies for encryption and hardware security.

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