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Trump fires Comey

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, May 10th, 2017 - 72 comments
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So much for checks and balances. The Guardian is running live coverage: James Comey fired: Trump sacks FBI director, White House says – live (Updated)

What we know so far

FBI director James Comey has been fired by Donald Trump, who said in a letter that Comey was being “terminated and removed” because he was “not able to effectively lead the bureau.

The sacking came after attorney general Jeff Sessions and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein recommended to Trump that he be removed over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, but critics believe the dismissal is more closely linked to Comey’s role in investigating Trump’s allies over alleged links to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Comey found out he had been fired while speaking to FBI employees in Los Angeles. He reportedly thought it was a prank.

The controversial move has been condemned by Democrats, many of whom said the sacking was “Nixonian” and some high profile Republicans including Trump supporters.

Justin Amash, a Republican congressman from Michigan said he was reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia in the wake of the news.

Richard Burr, a Republican leading the Senate intelligence committee investigation into Russia’s influence over the 2016 presidential election, said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning” of the decision.

Chuck Schumer, Democratic minority leader in the Senate, said he told Trump he was “making a very big mistake.”

Meanwhile, a CNN report claims that a grand jury has been convened and has started issuing subpoenas relating to the FBI’s Russia probe. The development, if confirmed suggests the investigation has entered a new phase.

Several Democratic officials have compared Trump’s decision to fire Comey to Richard Nixon’s “Saturday night massacre” when the president removed the special Watergate prosecutor, Archibald Cox, leading to the the resignation of attorney general Elliot Richardson.

Senator Bob Casey called the termination “Nixonian” in a statement and noted Comey’s earlier statements saying he was authorized by the justice department to confirm the FBI’s investigations into Russian interference with American elections:

This is Nixonian. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special counsel to continue the Trump/Russia investigation. On March 20th Director Comey said, ‘I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.’

This investigation must be independent and thorough in order to uphold our nation’s system of justice.”

Here’s a quick overview of Comey’s legacy in the FBI and recent political controversies:

Comey’s FBI conducted investigations into both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 election – though he only disclosed the investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia after his inauguration.
The FBI director’s controversial decision to release new details about the investigation into Clinton’s email server just days before the election prompted widespread outrage – and lingering suspicion that he swayed the final outcome.
Comey was appointed to the top FBI post by Barack Obama in 2013. He served in the George W Bush administration as a US attorney and deputy attorney general, before spending several years in the private sector.
Comey was the country’s top law enforcement during the period of turbulence over police killings of African Americans. He drew widespread condemnation for statements suggesting that violent crime was rising because law enforcement had been hampered by the so-called “Ferguson effect”.
Comey also waged a high-profile campaign against encryption, calling for tech companies to create “backdoors” to allow law enforcement access to user’s data.

72 comments on “Trump fires Comey ”

  1. Sable 1

    In my opinion the problem isn’t who heads up the FBI , its the FBI itself. What it does (and fails to do) and what it stands for (and what it should stand for).

  2. Ad 2

    Comey was the difference, and Nate Silver has the breakdown on the effect of Comey’s release into the last two weeks of the campaign.

    Hillary Clinton would have been a better President than Donald Trump,
    but Donald Trump is a better DNC renewal programme.

    On balance it’s working out.

    • Your sense of balance is distorted imo if you think it’s working out.

    • xanthe 2.2

      I have to agree, with you Ad here, Had the DNC won the election they would have continued their perversion of the democratic process to new and greater heights.

      That the Don was the only other option was unfortunate, but largely the direct result of the DNC’s machinations anyway.

      sometimes the wrong option becomes the only option!

    • Wainwright 2.3

      Certianly working out great for all the sick babies and rape victims who can’t get healthcare in the richest nation in the world, but hoo-rah for the leftwing project, that’s what matters.

      • Sabine 2.3.1

        Women and children are chattel. Only good to breed and work. Or in other words they are the “identity issues” certain on the so called left and surely non of the right wingers and libertarian care not about.

        • rhinocrates 2.3.1.1

          Exactly. The last few months have been a depressing, disheartening time – not only because of the ascendency of the far right, but because self-proclaimed progressive leftists have declared so many real, living people ‘expendable’ to their nebulous aims and then had the nerve to accuse those ‘expendables’ of playing ‘identity politics.’

          If you want to burn houses down to bring on your revolution, burn your own down first and lead by example.

    • rhinocrates 2.4

      Well isn’t that just jolly for the twenty million plus who’ve lost their health coverage, or the Muslims, or the deported Latin-Americans, or the people of Standing Rock or…? Do you intend to thank them personally for their sacrifice?

    • D'Esterre 2.5

      Ad: “Hillary Clinton would have been a better President than Donald Trump”
      Had Clinton won, Comey would have been gone, probably before the inauguration was over.
      And into the bargain, she’d have started a whole raft of new invasions and attempts at regime change. Lucky escape thus far…
      Regarding Comey’s sacking, see this: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/james-comey-fired-memo-letter-in-full-rod-rosenstein-read-trump-sacks-fbi-director-a7727246.html
      Reading that, I realised how wildly inaccurate the reporting’s been, both here and elsewhere. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at what’s been reported here: our msm simply uncritically repeat what’s broadcast overseas. No attempt at analysis, no scepticism.

      • Sabine 2.5.1

        well phew we are lucky then that all that shit that you are so worried about is only happening under the most benevolent of them all Donald J Trump.

        seriously for a moment i was worried, but yeah, thanks for making it all better.

  3. Xanthe 3

    It was the right thing to do IMHO, he was too compromised
    Whether it is a good thing or not long term is anyones guess

    • North 3.1

      Pathetic Xanthe. Stand in for that (T)rumpeting zealot (C)olonal (V)apour are you ?

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    Comey heard the news while giving a speech

    Mr. Comey was addressing a group of F.B.I. employees in Los Angeles when a television in the background flashed the news that he had been fired.

    In response, Mr. Comey laughed, saying he thought it was a fairly funny prank.

    Then his staff started scurrying around in the background and told Mr. Comey that he should step into a nearby office.

    Due process and all that is obviously not required in this New Age that looks remarkably like what unaccountable aristocrats used to get away with.

    • xanthe 4.1

      Well the American people would have good reason to expect a few “your fired” moments. cant disappoint the fans now can we.
      Conduct of FBI in promoting “the russians stole the election” without evidence is simple dishonesty.
      “Due process” in case of dishonesty is usually “your fired” ….. done!

      • Draco T Bastard 4.1.1

        “Due process” in case of dishonesty is usually “your fired” ….. done!

        There’s usually the being called into the office, the evidence presented and then the ‘you’re fired’.

        The person being fired doesn’t learn about it via TV while he’s doing his job.

        • xanthe 4.1.1.1

          How would that be good TV ? 🙂

          in any case “the evidence” here (for participating in misleading the public) is all in public domain. If trump has the power to fire Comey (an untested assumption !) then he is obliged at some point to make the call. if the dishonesty is immediate and ongoing then “your fired” however delivered is the proper call.

  5. xanthe 5

    Hmmm having read the actual documents (belatedly) i see that the reason given for the recommendation to fire was around the public statements when the investigation of Clintons emails was closed and Comeys refusal to back down over his actions then. Which is all fair enough and needs to be seen in the context Comey continuing to make public declarations on matters he should remain silent on.

    • Andre 5.1

      Given your attitude to pretty much all other information sources, it’s remarkable you seem to be accepting Trump’s words at face value.

    • Phil 5.2

      i see that the reason given for the recommendation to fire was around the public statements when the investigation of Clintons emails was closed and Comeys refusal to back down over his actions then

      Those reasons for potentially sacking Comey were in existence before the November election.

      Trump has been president for three and a half months and could have fired him at any time since January 20, yet chose not to.

      Why? What changed?

      • Xanthe 5.2.1

        Not so fast, i said his refusal to back down, what has changed is that Comey went on to make statements about matters that he should not, in particular stoking the russions did it bullshit and openly attacking wikileaks , making statements as fact when the facts are not known. He wasn’t sacked two months ago because it was not known that he would continue on that course, he did and he was

  6. esoteric pineapples 6

    For anyone wanting to keep right up to date with what is going on regarding Trump and Russia I recommend Keith Olbermann. He has been on the money the whole time. He pointed out that there were likely two Grand Juries investigating Trump about a week ago. He is brilliant at reading between the lines.

    • joe90 6.1

      Boom.

      Washington (CNN)Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.

      http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/grand-jury-fbi-russia/index.html

      • Xanthe 6.1.1

        Key line ” according to people familiar with the matter” ie “we made that bit up”)

        • mauī 6.1.1.1

          and the “russian meddling” bit. Just laughable. Get over the election already.

          • marty mars 6.1.1.1.1

            would you really be that surprised by russian meddling? It makes perfect sense for so many reasons – I’d be surprised if they DIDN’T meddle – they’d be up for the firing squad if they neglected their duty to make the best possible situation for russia.

            • mauī 6.1.1.1.1.1

              Trump doing a dodgy business deal with some russians I wouldn’t be surpised with. The russians influencing an election? I mean is there anything friendly the ruskies can do in the eyes of the us establishment? Hmm there’s one country that’s an expert in meddling, just the other day Obama came out in support of Macron leading up to the French…

              • Yes the Russians trying to influence the US elections. – your sentences after the question mark are not related to that question.

      • marty mars 6.1.2

        yep it certainly seems like flynn was tainted and compromised imo – the detail will sort trump out – he won’t be able to create distance, he will get singed – at least I hope so.

      • Andre 6.1.3

        Such a tangled web.

        http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2017/politics/trump-russia-connections/

        Imagine if all those dodgy dealings were investigated with the vigour Ken Starr put into Whitewater. The entire FBI might not be enough to do it.

    • D'Esterre 6.2

      Esoteric pineapples: Haha, that Keith Olbermann piece is bollix from beginning to end, isn’t it?
      Money from Russia: good grief! In the first instance, there was and is no crime in their doing business in Russia, however much money was involved. Secondly, that was before Trump announced his intention to run for president. What is Olbermann suggesting? That the wealthy Russians he purportedly borrowed money from were seers and foresaw his ascension to the presidency? Sure…

      • Phil 6.2.1

        Secondly, that was before Trump announced his intention to run for president. What is Olbermann suggesting? That the wealthy Russians he purportedly borrowed money from were seers and foresaw his ascension to the presidency?

        Trump has been sniffing around a run at the presidency since at least 2010, because he seriously considered running for the 2012 Republican nomination. I’m sure that his Russian business associates were quite happy to help with a presidential bid, because they know that a Trump presidency is good for their business.

        The issue fundamentally isn’t that Trump does business with foreign investors or governments. It’s that he continues to blatantly lie about it and obstruct the American people from knowing the nature of the influence those foreign associates have on him.

        • D'Esterre 6.2.1.1

          Phil: “Trump has been sniffing around a run at the presidency since at least 2010, because he seriously considered running for the 2012 Republican nomination.”
          My point stands. He didn’t actually do it then. And he wasn’t a contender at all until last year. So no percentage in anyone buttering him up financially any earlier.
          “The issue fundamentally isn’t that Trump does business with foreign investors…. It’s that he continues to blatantly lie about it and obstruct the American people from knowing the nature of the influence those foreign associates have on him.”
          Precisely. So leave off with the Russia critique. In virtue of what should anyone leap to the conclusion that business contacts in that part of the world must a priori be shady, yet doing business in the UK or the EU would be unexceptionable? This looks like McCarthyism, unfortunately.

  7. Anne 8

    Comey was being “terminated and removed” because he was “not able to effectively lead the bureau.

    Bullshit and jelly beans.

    He’s been ‘sacked’ because he refused to stop the investigation into Trump’s links to the Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails etc.

    There’s nothing surer. If James Comey has been the victim of a major set-up preceding the presidential election – and it’s starting to look a bit that way – then he should spill the beans and do it fast!

    Trump’s presidency is certainly getting a real Nixonian feel about it, so we can look forward to the a*****e’s impeachment within the year.

    • RedLogix 8.1

      Nixon was many, many decades ago and in those times the US democratic process was far more robust and healthy. Now I think we are seeing some far more bleak choices. In particular there must be some considerable disquiet in the US military about the prospects of nuclear confrontation in Asia.

      Personally I’ve just increased the odds of a military coup from 1% to say 10%.

      • Wayne 8.1.1

        Red Logix

        I would put the prospects of a military coup at zero.

        This will play out entirely at the congressional level. It is the sort of action to galvanise the Democrats to push for as many inquiries as possible.

        I reckon it will take many months. Given the climate in Washington, this could paralyze, or least bog down, the Trump administration. It will be harder for Republican congressional members to march lock step with the administration. Some will now start worrying about their re-election prospects.

        Will Comey be called to testify? Will a special prosecutor be appointed?

        I am sure much more to come.

        • Andre 8.1.1.1

          There’s also the Department of Justice. With Sessions recused from the Russia investigation, that’s now in Rosenstein’s hands. We’re about to find out what he’s made of.

          https://thinkprogress.org/the-two-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-comey-firing-aad9e2842be2

        • RedLogix 8.1.1.2

          Traditionally I would agree with you Wayne. The US military has a very deep respect for the chain of command ending with a civilian President.

          But these are not conventional times. What I’m sensing is a convergence. First of all any attempt by Washington would be greeted by a violent reaction from his supporters. Secondly this is going to throw Washington into a firestorm of political and constitutional controversy, there is zero possibility of the politicians replacing Trump in an orderly fashion … as happened with Nixon.

          Now throw in the very immediate and non-zero possibility of nuclear confrontation in Asia. Possibly just days away. A first strike by the USA, with all its highly unpredictable consequences would make the USA a pariah state. The world would have to turn against them.

          And oddly enough I think it is the military who more than anyone else, viscerally understand these frightful truths.

          • rhinocrates 8.1.1.2.1

            We’re in uncharted waters. While a military coup seems to me unlikely in the short term, I too would not rule it out. There’s a lot of sentiment that’s not overt, but deep and strongly felt. Speaking to US military veterans, there’s a lot of resentment of how the military has been treated by the executive and how veterans are treated. Despite some very superficial jingoistic valorisation of the military, actual combat veterans with narratives contrary to the official line are treated as an embarrassment by the legislature and executive – and they know it and they do not like it.

            Soldiers care in their bones about their honour and if Orange Jesus continues to treat the military as a dildo, congress continues to abuse veterans and as word has it, he continues to abuse and humiliate his chief military advisor, there may be consequences. It may be a small group that organises itself to commit terrorist acts, or it may be a larger, more organised operation that focuses on government itself.

            I do consider a coup unlikely in the short term, but in the long term, ‘more’ does not mean ‘more of the same.’ Trump is obviously not someone who will take restraint willingly and humbly. He will escalate.

      • Anne 8.1.2

        Nixon was many, many decades ago.

        Four and a bit decades ago. That’s not long, but I take your point about the US democratic process being more robust in those days. However, I still believe his presidency is not going to last the full term. Indeed, if it follows the Nixon years he will resign the moment he sees the writing on the wall… claim he’s the victim of a terrible set-up and his dim-witted supporters will believe it.

    • Andre 8.2

      “Trump’s presidency is certainly getting a real Nixonian feel about it”

      The Nixon Presidential Library is offended by the comparisons. Nixon never fired the FBI director.

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/09/notnixonian-richard-nixon-library-pokes-trump-over-comey-firing/101491832/

      • Johan 8.2.1

        To Andre,
        ….and of course we all know that Nixon resigned quietly. instead of being publicly humiliated due to the impeachment process. I fear (not really) that Trump’s reign on Capital Hill will a short one. Watch the investigations unveil Donald’s money trail.
        The Americans cannot be that stupid to have this clown continue to make a mockery of their politics.

        • Andre 8.2.1.1

          Sadly, impeachment has nothing to do with the wrongs that the Chump is doing. There’s already plenty he should have already been impeached for, starting with the Emoluments clause in Article 1 of the Constitution. (He’s in violation of one of the very first things the founders saw fit to mention. Let that sink in). It’s purely about politics.

          Impeachment won’t happen until enough Repugs in the House and the Senate decide the Chump is too damaging to their personal political futures. Right now that means at least 20 Senators and 25ish Representatives have to decide that earning the undying enmity of Trump’s loyal base is less damaging than sticking with Trump (assuming no Democrats decide it’s in their interest to have Trump continue staining the Repugs). That’s a big ask.

          • Johan 8.2.1.1.1

            “Sadly, impeachment has nothing to do with the wrongs that the Chump is doing. Think Again!

    • D'Esterre 8.3

      Anne: “He’s been ‘sacked’ because he refused to stop the investigation into Trump’s links to the Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton’s emails etc.”
      And you know this: how exactly? Abstract away from the McCarthyist pursuit of the Russian hacking furphy, and what remains is the memo detailing the reasons for Comey’s sacking. At the risk of being repetitive, here it is again: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/james-comey-fired-memo-letter-in-full-rod-rosenstein-read-trump-sacks-fbi-director-a7727246.html

  8. james 9

    Worlds easiest prediction (other than Corbyn having his arse handed to him in the UK elections).

    This will come back to bite Trump in the ass waaaaaay more than he expects.

  9. Andre 11

    Trevor Noah, who’s been a bit closer to African dictators than most of us, puts in his two cents.

    “Right now, even Africans are watching this going, ‘Yo, yo, yo, yo! Donald Trump does not fuck around, yeah?”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-daily-show-trump-fires-comey_us_59128f6ae4b05e1ca202ff00?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  10. Anne 12

    Oh look… the day after he fires the F.B.I. director, Donald Trump is to meet with Russia’s foreign minister.

    Just coincidence my dear Watson… just coincidence. (sarc)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-sergey-lavrov-james-comey-russia-firing-fbi-director-foreign-minister-white-house-putin-a7727511.html

    Donald Trump will meet Vladimir Putin’s senior diplomat at the White House on Wednesday in a signal that US relations with Russia have improved.

    I bet they have! (more sarc)

  11. Foreign waka 13

    So Mr Trump sacked the man that helped him winning the election and is-was in charge of the investigation of any Russian connection. Regardless of the politics instead of policies in the US, this move really is revealing of the administration. But since the public votes and most likely 80% of them wouldn’t have a clue about what just happened, we will see more of the same.
    The statue of liberty just shed some tears.

  12. Stuart Munro 14

    It’s only surprising because Comey’s electoral interference put Trump in (or is that Putin Trump?). Obama should have thrown Comey in Guantanamo – but he stopped caring 5-6 years ago. The FBI may be destabilized – big win for the Russian espiocracy if it is.

  13. Andre 15

    The WhiteHouse is apparently surprised there’s blowback. They thought they could just blame Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton investigation and that would make everyone happy. Fukn amateurs.

    “But the fallout seemed to take the White House by surprise. Trump made a round of calls around 5 p.m., asking for support from senators. White House officials believed it would be a “win-win” because Republicans and Democrats alike have problems with the FBI director, one person briefed on their deliberations said.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/comey-firing-trump-russia-238192

    • Anne 15.1

      From the link:

      the fallout seemed to take the White House by surprise… White House officials believed it would be a “win-win” because Republicans and Democrats alike had had problems with the FBI director, one person briefed on the administration’s deliberations said.

      The naivety is gob-smacking.

  14. Andre 16

    Who saw this coming? Another early-morning tweetstorm…

    https://www.vox.com/2017/5/10/15608924/trump-comey-tweets-blumenthal

  15. peterh 17

    So Russia hacked Hollywood
    Russia hacked Clinton
    Very soon you will find Russia hacked the NZ Govt
    Meanwhile a very large German sits back and smiles

  16. dv 18

    what will Comey leak now?

  17. Ad 19

    I’m liking this firing more and more.

    Granted, Comey was a non-partisan and highly respected public servant who had served multiple Presidents without fear or favour. Granted.

    But there’s some plus sides for US politics.

    Democrats and the media will be able to show that Trump gets more and more unstable. Great for the mid-terms coming.

    Politicos would describe Comey’s firing as Trump hunting down one of the last mammals in the Washington Swamp, so the whole thing can can go full reptile.

    Republicans can see now that even when they get a win as in the Congress healthcare vote, this kind of President can blow all that goodwill away in a second. Republicans hold both Senate and Congress, but they do not control him.

    Trump supporters show that the President is re-establishing the President as the biggest game in town. He looks like he is enjoying usilizing his available instruments of power.

    The MSM are currently misreading that as the rise of a tyrant. I view it – so far – as re-establishing the proper balance of a democratically elected leader of the world’s most powerful country.

    Trump critics can point to him as a person who will always “play the man, not the ball”. He has no capacity for structural reform, but in his own way he will make the top of military-industrial complex completely beholden to himself alone.

    However those below the top brass will be in full “leak like a sieve and wait this guy out” mode. That started in the Kennedy era: Bobbly Kennedy to J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover had the dirt on the whole family.

    Plus, unlike competent Obama’s educated smugness sucking the air out of the room, politics is back. It’s a circus. It’s finally interesting again. It’s more than a managerial exercise. It’s what it should be, which is a blood sport with some rules.

    I’m honestly beginning to enjoy the show.

    • Andre 19.1

      Lemme guess, you’re hankering for a return of the Roman circuses. But it was the Christians that got fed to the lions.

      • Ad 19.1.1

        I’m guessing you can remember a time when politics was interesting?

        He’s bringing the “you’re fired” back to public life. Obama had his chance to do a root and branch clearout and tilt the entire public service his way. He did a bit, but so many of his decisions took too long because there was high institutional resistance.

        The perfect combination for the Democrats is this:
        A flailing, steaming President who achieves very little and takes the Republican Senate majority with him when he is either impeached or flames out going for his second term.

        The perfect combination for democracy reasserting its primacy is this:
        Burn it all down.

        Marshmallow time.

        • Andre 19.1.1.1

          Yeah. Marshmallows. I’ve already gone through enough popcorn to put me off for life.

          But in the meantime a shitload of vulnerable people are going to get seriously further damaged or prematurely dead. It’s a helluva price to pay.

          • Ad 19.1.1.1.1

            The worst thing about democratic renewal is that even on its worst day it’s still better than all of the alternatives.

            • Andre 19.1.1.1.1.1

              I’m not yet confident this will be good for the Dems in 2020.

              Let me put an alternate scenario: the Repugs hold their hyperpartisanship and stick with Trump no matter what until 2018. The Dems get a massive popular vote majority in 2018, but only a small seat majority in the House (coz gerrymandering) and the Repugs keep the Senate (coz the Senate map is really bad for Dems in 2018). Still, the Repugs are spooked by the vote swing and get rid of Trump. Then the massive sense of relief that “things are back to normal” and “Republicans have regained their sanity” returns Pence to the White House for four years of competent evil.

              • Ad

                If Trump had been competent, solid, and substantial …

                If Congress hadn’t passed the new healthcare act …

                If the broad activist alliances hadn’t occurred …

                If most of the MSM media hadn’t turned against him …

                If the rest of the world had turned super-nationalist conservative …

                If Trump had been able to deliver for the rustbelt and working families …

                … then he and the Republicans might have had a shot.

                Maybe it will all be forgiven, Trump will turn around, all will go swimmingly well, and he will raise a great tide of Republican voting again.

                Maybe. But that’s just not the trend right now.
                It’s all going straight the other way for him and the Republicans.

    • Historian Pete 19.2

      You seem to be under the illusion that the U.S. is a Democracy.With both Democrats and Republicans their representatives are hopelessly corrupt,and big money interests decide who gets elected! Its like arguing whether or not the bandmaster on the Titanic stole a band members oboe as they head for the iceberg!

  18. Glenn 20

    Employees fired by Trump

    Sally Yates
    Preet Bharara
    James Comey

    Employees investigating Trump

    Sally Yates
    Preet Bharara
    James Comey

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 20.1

      Good observation!

      Unbelievably – an element of self-interest might have crept into Trump’s decisions.

  19. Andre 21

    When the best defense your own people can come up with is: he’s not as bad as Hitler. Give him time, give him time, he hasn’t even had four months yet…

    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/10/republican-congressman-says-that-trumps-possible-problems-are-small-potatoes-compared-to-nazi-germany/

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  • “He Taniwha He Tipua, He Tipua He Taniwha – The Dragon and the Taniwha”
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  • Backing sustainable wool carpets to create a compelling yarn for New Zealand’s strong wool sector
    The Government is supporting a new project with all-wool New Zealand carpet company, Bremworth, which has its sights on developing more sustainable all-wool carpets and rugs, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced.  The Ministry for Primary Industries is contributing $1.9 million towards Bremworth’s $4.9 million sustainability project through its Sustainable Food ...
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  • New Zealand provides support to Timor-Leste for flooding and COVID-19 surge
    New Zealand is providing further support to Timor-Leste following severe flooding and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Our thoughts are with the people of Timor-Leste who have been impacted by the severe flooding and landslides at a time when the country is ...
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  • WHANAU OF MĀORI BATTALION SOLDIERS REUNITED WITH MEDALS
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  • SolarWinds compromise attributed to Russian state actor
    New Zealand has today added its voice to the international condemnation of the malicious compromise and exploitation of the SolarWinds Orion platform. The Minister Responsible for the Government Communications Security Bureau, Andrew Little, says that New Zealand's international partners have analysed the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion platform and attributed ...
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  • Queenstown roading project given fast track approval
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  • Screen industry secures landmark project
    Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash says a landmark deal has been agreed with Amazon for The Lord of the Rings TV series, currently being filmed in New Zealand. Mr Nash says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) secures multi-year economic and tourism benefits to New Zealand, outside the screen ...
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  • Report into review of health response to lead contamination released
    The Government welcomes the findings from a rapid review into the health system response to lead contamination in Waikouaiti’s drinking water supply. Sample results from the town’s drinking-water supply showed intermittent spikes in lead levels above the maximum acceptable value. The source of the contamination is still under investigation by ...
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  • NZ Upgrade Programme revs up economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the start of construction on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme’s Papakura to Drury South project on Auckland’s Southern Motorway, which will create hundreds of jobs and support Auckland’s economic recovery. The SH1 Papakura to Drury South project will give more transport choices by providing ...
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  • Speech releasing the Digital Council's report 'Towards Trustworthy and Trusted Automated D...
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  • Green light for 10 minute e-bus to Auckland Airport
    Transport Minister Michael Wood today marked the completion of upgrades to State Highway 20B which will give Aucklanders quick electric bus trips to and from the airport. The State Highway 20B Early Improvements project has added new lanes in each direction between Pukaki Creek Bridge and SH20 for buses and ...
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  • Review into greyhound racing announced
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  • Road safety boosted by increased penalty for mobile use while driving
    The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from 30 April 2021 to encourage safer driving, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Michael Wood said too many people are still picking up the phone while driving. “Police issued over 40,000 infringement notices ...
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  • Pacific mental wellbeing supported across Auckland and Wellington
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  • Fresh approach proposed to Smokefree 2025
    New measures are being proposed to accelerate progress towards becoming a smokefree nation by 2025, Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall announced. “Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke kills around 12 people a day in New Zealand. Recent data tells us New Zealand’s smoking rates continue to decrease, but ...
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  • Record Number of People Move Into Work
    The Government’s COVID-19 response has meant a record number of people moved off a Benefit and into employment in the March Quarter, with 32,880 moving into work in the first three months of 2021. “More people moved into work last quarter than any time since the Ministry of Social Development ...
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  • Significant global progress made under Christchurch Call
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  • New chair of interim TAB NZ Board appointed
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  • Government to phase out live exports by sea
    The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high standards of animal welfare. We must stay ahead of the ...
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  • Workshop on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems – opening remarks
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  • Inter-prison kapa haka competition launched
    For the first time, all 18 prisons in New Zealand will be invited to participate in an inter-prison kapa haka competition, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. The 2021 Hōkai Rangi Whakataetae Kapa Haka will see groups prepare and perform kapa haka for experienced judges who visit each prison and ...
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  • Government takes step forward on counter terrorism laws
    The Government has introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, designed to boost New Zealand's ability to respond to a wider range of terrorist activities. The Bill strengthens New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm. “This is the Government’s first ...
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  • Carbon neutral government a step closer
    Coal boiler replacements at a further ten schools, saving an estimated 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Fossil fuel boiler replacements at Southern Institute of Technology and Taranaki DHB, saving nearly 14,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the next ten years Projects to achieve a total ...
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  • Appointment of Chief Parliamentary Counsel
    Attorney-General David Parker today announced the appointment of Cassie Nicholson as Chief Parliamentary Counsel for a term of five years. The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is the principal advisor and Chief Executive of the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO).  She is responsible for ensuring PCO, which drafts most of New Zealand’s legislation, provides ...
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  • Emissions report shows urgent action needed
    Every part of Government will need to take urgent action to bring down emissions, the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw said today in response to the recent rise in New Zealand’s greenhouse emissions. The latest annual inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that both gross and net ...
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  • NZ becomes first in world for climate reporting
    Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark says Aotearoa New Zealand has become the first country in the world to introduce a law that requires the financial sector to disclose the impacts of climate change on their business and explain how they will manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The Financial ...
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  • Awards celebrate the food and fibre sector employer excellence
    Exceptional employment practices in the primary industries have been celebrated at the Good Employer Awards, held this evening at Parliament. “Tonight’s awards provided the opportunity to celebrate and thank those employers in the food and fibres sector who have gone beyond business-as-usual in creating productive, safe, supportive, and healthy work ...
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  • Tourism Infrastructure Fund now open
    Applications are now invited from all councils for a slice of government funding aimed at improving tourism infrastructure, especially in areas under pressure given the size of their rating bases. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has already signalled that five South Island regions will be given priority to reflect that jobs ...
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  • Electricity Networks Association (ENA) Annual Cocktail Speech 2021
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  • Construction Skills Action Plan delivering early on targets
    The Construction Skills Action Plan has delivered early on its overall target of supporting an additional 4,000 people into construction-related education and employment, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams. Since the Plan was launched in 2018, more than 9,300 people have taken up education or employment opportunities in ...
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  • Youth Justice residence offers new pathway
    An innovative new Youth Justice residence designed in partnership with Māori will provide prevention, healing, and rehabilitation services for both young people and their whānau, Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.  Whakatakapokai is located in South Auckland and will provide care and support for up to 15 rangatahi remanded or ...
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  • The Duke of Edinburgh
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time.  On behalf of the New Zealand people and the Government, I would like to express ...
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  • Five Country Ministerial Communiqué
    We, the Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (the ‘Five Countries’) met via video conference on 7/8 April 2021, just over a year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Guided by our shared ...
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  • Inspiring creativity through cultural installations and events
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