Comey Testifies at Intelligence Hearings
Trump’s New Lawyer Has Ties With Russia
Explosive Hearings: Comey Testifies at Intelligence Hearings
Former FBI Director James Comey met with House members Thursday June 8.
Comey explained his decision as to why he decided to keep detailed notes on his meetings with President Trump.
He told the Senate committee he was;
“honestly concerned that he (Trump) might lie about the nature of our meeting.”
The Members of the Intelligence Committee
There are 15 full-time members of the House on the committee who interviewed Comey.
The committee is led by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats.
Both Burr and Warner have been credited with leading a stellar investigation devoid of the partisan trashing that is evident in a similar probe underway in the House.
The legislators, as well as, the public have eagerly awaited to hear Comey talk about his dealings with President Trump instead of through leaked news stories.
No Specifics Though…
The trouble is, Comey can not speak to specifics within the current or previous investigations that the FBI is engaged in.
He was careful not to reveal specifics, but gave us enough to allow our imaginations to fill in the blanks with suspicions about the Russians.
The hearing on Thursday, June 8 is the kind of world stage politicians in Washington know can transport careers well into the future.
An interesting point to make is the fact that most of the committee members are not well known outside of Washington.
Here’s a Quick Run Down on Who’s Who:
Besides, Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) who are leading the committee the list of committee members include:
Sen. James E. Risch (R-Idaho): One of Trump’s biggest supporters on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): The former presidential candidate who has been critical of Trump yet willing to work with him when necessary.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine): Very outspoken critic in regards to the Russia affair.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.): One of the few who pressed to intensify the committee’s investigation of Russian meddling.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.): One of those who welcomed Comey’s firing.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): A staunch supporter of Trump’s foreign policy.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.): A top ranking Republican senator, and less willing than many to be critical of Trump.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.): A paragon of US politics who is also on the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the FBI. In essence, she was Comey’s former boss.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): He’s one of the longest-serving members on the intelligence committee. He’s been there since 2001. Wyden is known to be a fierce critic of the intelligence community.
Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.): He’s an engineer by training and known for pressing witnesses for real information without grandstanding.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine): The committee’s only independent senator known for being one of the more matter-of-fact and studious inquisitors.
Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.): This senator, who is up for reelection next year, asked his West Virginian constituents to submit questions for him to ask Comey.
Trump’s New Lawyer Kasowitz for Russia Probe…
Has Major Ties With The Kremlin – WTF?
For a new president under a dark and stormy cloud of investigation regarding his association with Russians, it’s a strange choice to choose an attorney with such strong ties to again… Russians.
Marc E. Kasowitz, Trump’s new lawyer, has represented Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who is close to President Vladimir Putin.
Deripaska has done business with one of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
Not only that, Kasowitz represents Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank. This is Trump’s choice to represent him in the investigation of Russians.
Something is very rotten in the state of Denmark.
And It Continues…
In fact, Kasowitz has represented one of Deripaska’s companies for many years.
Kasowitz was scheduled to speak on Deripaska’s behalf in New York in May. However, in light of his recent appointment to Trump’s counsel, another attorney went in his place.
Thus, avoiding a situation that would have highlighted Kasowitz’s extensive work for high-profile Russians.
And There’s More…
Kasowitz, has represented Trump in various matters for over a decade. Long before he took up the legal mantel for Deripaska’s company or Sberbank. Wow.
Just days ago, Kasowitz became the public face of Trump’s attack on former FBI director James B. Comey.
Many are questioning how Kasowitz’s Russian clients will be of consequence in this saga. As to how these Russian clients conduct business could become a Y-uge issue for the administration. Especially with Kasowitz on the case.
The Russians & Manafort
Oleg Deripaska, the rich Russian thst Kasowitz represents, has already stated that US investigators have contacted his attorneys. They’ve been asking about Paul Manafort.
Manafort had a fund that Deripaska invested in that was located on the Cayman Islands. The Manafort fund bought assets primarily in Ukraine. Insanely suspicious to say the least.
The Associated Press has reported recently that Manafort “secretly worked for” Deripaska as far back as 2006 to influence politics and business dealings inside the United States to benefit Putin’s government. WTF?
And get this; Manafort signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006 and maintained a business relationship with Deripaska until at least 2009. This is according to the AP.
Deripaska has denied the report, and he sued the AP for libel last month.
The Russians & Kushner
And just when you think it’s over, we step in it even deeper. Former associates of Sberbank, another Russia-tied Kasowitz client, have come under scrutiny.
Sberbank’s former vice president,Vnesheconombank, met with Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, in December last year.
Kushner’s interactions with the Russian banker are a part of the FBI’s investigation into potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign team.
It seems every rock that’s turned over reveals another rich Russian connected to Trump.
That’s a problem.
Thanks for reading.
I wish you many imaginative tales.
R.M. Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org