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Corker: Trump Charming North Korea into Getting Rid of Nuclear Weapons ‘Not Realistic’

Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) listens as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of 'U.S. Cuban Relations - The Way Forward.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) said President Donald Trump could not  “charm” North Korea’s Kim Jong-un into giving up its nuclear weapons. Partial transcript as follows: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: President Trump on that pending nuclear summit with North Korea. Want to talk about that more now with the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker of Tennessee. Senator Corker, thank you for joining us this morning. The president struck a more optimistic note in a tweet on Friday after that announcement from Kim Jong-un about freezing nuclear test spending then closing a major test site. President saying this is very good news for North Korea and the world. Big progress. Look forward to our summit. You share that optimism? SENATOR BOB CORKER: Look, I’m glad they’re meeting. I think all of us look at this with great caution and skepticism. This has been going on for 25 years and obviously Kim Jong-un has learned about public relations (ph) and is setting it up well for him. But I think everyone that’s been around this looks at this as just the beginning. It may lead to something, may not. Let’s make sure the

Corker: GOP Senators ‘Conflicted’ in Supporting Trump Because ‘Things Change Daily’

Bob Corker talk to the hand (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said Republican senators were “conflicted” with their support for President Donald Trump because he said, “Things change daily.” Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS; You — you’ve also been asked a lot about President Trump and — and what you say seems to depend a little bit on the day of the week, sometimes your harshly critical of the president, talking about something is — CORKER: Yes, sometimes the hour — sometimes the hour of the day, George, but go ahead. STEPHANOPOULOS: OK, well let me try this hour, then. It’s — it’s almost 10 o’clock here on the East Coast, just on Friday you said you kind of doubt the president’s going to run again in 2020. Why do you doubt that? CORKER: Look I, you know, was having this rhetorical situation of somebody trying to pin you down as to what you — who you may vote for in 2020. I don’t know — I don’t know who’s going to be running in 2020, I don’t know if the president will be running in 2020, so — so it was really a — you know how — you know how

Nunes: DNC Lawsuit a ‘Joke’ — They Should ‘Sue Themselves’


On Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said the Democratic National Committee (DNC) lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks is a “joke.” Nunes said, “Well my first thought is that is this some kind of joke. This must be a joke. We know who colluded with Russians. They don’t want to admit that they colluded with Russians, but they hired Fusion GPS, they hired a law firm that hired fusion GPS that hired a British spy that went and colluded with Russians.” He added, “So I don’t understand why they didn’t just open up a lawsuit against themselves. They should name themselves and sue themselves so they can get to the bottom of what do they have on their servers, why didn’t they give those servers to the FBI. This is nothing more, nothing less than a continuation of fundraising off of this scandal.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Bloomberg: Trump Is ‘Not Really a Business Person’


Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said President Donald Trump was a real estate developer, and therefore “not really a business person.” Partial transcript as follows: BRENNAN: At the DNC in 2016, you called Donald Trump a “risky, reckless and radical choice” and the country you said couldn’t afford to make that mistake. BLOOMBERG: Did I say that? BRENNAN: It was a memorable quote. Has he done anything to make you reconsider that? Do you think he’s doing a good job? BLOOMBERG: I think he, it’s, I would give him an incomplete grade. Some of the things that he’s done, I don’t agree with– the style of changing your mind every day and leaving your staffs out there to make embarrassing things that you don’t back them up. And the turnover in the administration is really dangerous and worrisome and not fair to people. But you know to criticize him doesn’t advance anything. BRENNAN: His compelling case was that he came from the world of business as you did. BLOOMBERG: No he didn’t. He was a real estate developer. He was– he didn’t manage large numbers of people. He didn’t run big organizations. He was

French President Emmanuel Macron: I’m Here to Make France Great Again


On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” French President Emmanuel Macron said he was trying to make France “great again,” echoing President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” Host Chris Wallace said some had compared Macron to Napoleon and King Louis XIV while asking, “Do you ever feel you need to guard against being arrogant?” Macron replied, “Definitely. Having authority, deciding, being aware of all the consequences of your decision and thinking that you have to stick to your decision to deliver when it’s good for the country is not the same as being arrogant.” He continued, “I’m here to serve my people in my country and make it great again, as somebody I know very well could say.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Sanders: If Trump Fires Mueller, That Is ‘an Impeachable Offense’


Sunday on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said if President Donald Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller, it would be an “impeachable offense.” Sanders said, “I think what we’ve got to do and what’s the right thing to do is to let this process work its way. Let Mueller’s investigation continue.” He added, “What I will tell you is if he fires Mueller then you’re in a whole new world. Because I think that would be very clearly an obstruction of justice, and obstruction of justice is in fact, an impeachable offense.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dershowitz: FBI Raid on Cohen Is ‘a Very Serious Threat’ to Trump

Alan Dershowitz
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the FBI raid on President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen was “a very serious threat” to both the president and Cohen. Dershowitz said, “Its a very serious threat. This is an epic battle for the soul and the cooperation of Michael Cohen. Prosecutors have enormous weapons at their disposal. They can threaten him essentially with life imprisonment. They can threaten his parents. They can threaten his spouse. They have enormous abilities to put pressure and coerce a witness. On the other hand, the president has a unique weapon that no other criminal defendant or suspect ever has. He has the pardon power.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Warren: Trump’s Pocahontas Insult Is ‘Racist’


Sunday on MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said President Donald Trump calling her use of the “Pocahontas” as a nickname over her claims of Native American heritage is racist. Sharpton asked, “Do you see any kind of racial dog whistling in that.” Warren said, “Oh, yeah! He’s been told over and over and over by tribal leaders, ‘Cut out this out. Stop this. This is racist because it’s a racist intent. He is not doing this to pay a compliment. He is doing it to get out there and get us against them, us against them and in every possible way.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

DNC’s Perez: We Have Seen ‘Mountain of Evidence of Collusion’ Between Trump Campaign, Russia


Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said the Democrats brought a lawsuit against the Trump campaign, Russia and WikiLeaks over hacked emails because they have seen "a mountain of evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians."

GOP Sen Collins: Comey Trying to ‘Cash in on a Book’ in Middle of Mueller’s Investigation


Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said FBI Director James Comey is trying to “cash in” on his book in the middle of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Collins said, “If I were advising a future FBI director, I would say two things. One, always follow the Department of Justice’s protocols and guidelines, which unfortunately James Comey did not do with the Hillary Clinton investigation, and he did not do when he leaked documents, which were FBI work documents to a friend of his, knowing that they would go to the press.” Host Chuck Todd asked, “Do you think this is potentially disruptive to the Mueller probe?” Collins replied,  “That’s what worries me. I cannot imagine why an FBI director would seek to essentially cash in on a book when the investigation is very much alive. He should have waited to do his memoir.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

GOP Sen Collins: Comey Trying to ‘Cash in on a Book’ in Middle of Mueller’s Investigation


Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said FBI Director James Comey is trying to “cash in” on his book in the middle of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Collins said, “If I were advising a future FBI director, I would say two things. One, always follow the Department of Justice’s protocols and guidelines, which unfortunately James Comey did not do with the Hillary Clinton investigation, and he did not do when he leaked documents, which were FBI work documents to a friend of his, knowing that they would go to the press.” Host Chuck Todd asked, “Do you think this is potentially disruptive to the Mueller probe?” Collins replied,  “That’s what worries me. I cannot imagine why an FBI director would seek to essentially cash in on a book when the investigation is very much alive. He should have waited to do his memoir.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Watch: CNN’s Dana Bash Battles WH’s Kellyanne Conway over Husband’s Tweets


Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway got into a heated back and forth when guest host Dana Bash asked about Conway’s husband’s tweets. Bash asked, “What is up with your husband’s tweets?” Conway shot back, “It’s fascinating that CNN would go there but very good for the whole world to have just witnessed that it is now fair game what people’s—how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them. I’m really surprised and gratified to see that.” As the two battled Conway added, “You just brought him into this. This ought to be fun moving forward, Dana. We are going to talk about other people’s spouses and significant others because they either work at the White House or CNN? Are we going to do that?” When Bash claimed she would have asked the same question to a man, Conway replied, “No you wouldn’t.” After a heated exchange, Conway insisted the question was “meant to harass and embarrass.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Watch: CNN’s Dana Bash Battles WH’s Kellyanne Conway over Husband’s Tweets


Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway got into a heated back and forth when guest host Dana Bash asked about Conway’s husband’s tweets. Bash asked, “What is up with your husband’s tweets?” Conway shot back, “It’s fascinating that CNN would go there but very good for the whole world to have just witnessed that it is now fair game what people’s—how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them. I’m really surprised and gratified to see that.” As the two battled Conway added, “You just brought him into this. This ought to be fun moving forward, Dana. We are going to talk about other people’s spouses and significant others because they either work at the White House or CNN? Are we going to do that?” When Bash claimed she would have asked the same question to a man, Conway replied, “No you wouldn’t.” After a heated exchange, Conway insisted the question was “meant to harass and embarrass.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Trey Gowdy: Comey’s ‘Whole Book Tour Is a Pretty Weaselly Thing’


Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called former FBI Director James Comey’s book tour for “A Higher Loyalty” a “pretty weaselly thing.” When asked about the Comey memos, Gowdy said, “We learned more about Jim Comey as he goes on his morality tour over the next couple of weeks.” He added, “Jim Comey said, ‘I don’t do sneaky things,’ except memorialize private conversations. ‘I don’t leak,’ except when I do leak, and ‘I don’t do weasel things.’ I think this whole book tour is a pretty weaselly thing, quite frankly.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Avenatti: ‘Cohen Is Going to Flip’ Causing Trump to ‘Ultimately Resign the Presidency’


Friday on CNN’s “The Lead,” Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti predicted that President Donald  Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen “is not going to hold up” under the pressure of being investigated and begin to work with prosecutors which will cause the president to “resign.” Avenatti said, “My record thus far has been spot on. I don’t think I’ve been wrong about anything yet in the last five to six weeks. And I stand behind that claim that I made yesterday. Jake, there is a lot of evidence in this case, there is a lot of shoes yet to drop.” He continued, “Michael Cohen is not going to hold up. I’ve been saying that for weeks and now others are repeating it and getting on the bandwagon. Michael Cohen is going to flip on this president, and he knows where the bodies are buried or at least many of them. And I do not think that the president will last through the balance of his term. I just don’t. Now we’ll find out if I’m right or wrong. But I think he’s going to ultimately resign the presidency.” He added, “We’re talking about the president’s right-hand personal attorney, he is going to

Ann Coulter: ‘Not Sure I Trust James Comey as a Reliable Narrator’ — ‘A Gigantic, Pompous Fruitcake’


On Sirius XM’s “News & Issues,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter said former FBI Director James Comey came across as a “gigantic, pompous fruitcake.” When asked about the Comey memos, Coulter said, “I’m not sure I trust James Comey as a reliable narrator. Mostly based on him just being a gigantic, pompous fruitcake. And every interaction I think he has, from the time he was in kindergarten, was him bravely speaking truth to power.” She added Comey’s book “A Higher Loyalty” was, “utter pompous, self-aggrandizing. H “He’s standing up to power, everyone else is dirty and compromised, but he alone will speak the truth because he’ll tell his grandchildren what his north star was,” she added. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Chuck Todd Decries Sean Hannity as ‘Unprofessional’ for Noting Wife’s Association with Democrats

Chuck Todd
Friday on New York City’s WABC 770 AM’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd criticized Fox News for not taking action against host Sean Hannity when he did not disclose he was a client of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen while commenting on the FBI raids on Cohen’s office. Todd said, “Sean Hannity can do what he wants to do, but I’m surprised Fox isn’t making him, at a minimum, disclose a conflict every time he talks about this.” Todd then denounced a post on Hannity’s website, “The Utter Hypocrisy of Chuck Todd,” which highlighted Todd’s wife, who was a consultant for Democrats. Todd said, “What I take offense to on that is — that’s my wife, that’s not me. I think it’s a ridiculous place that we’re in society that it’s guilt by association.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN  

Chuck Todd Decries Sean Hannity as ‘Unprofessional’ for Noting Wife’s Association with Democrats

Chuck Todd
Friday on New York City’s WABC 770 AM’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning,” NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd criticized Fox News for not taking action against host Sean Hannity when he did not disclose he was a client of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen while commenting on the FBI raids on Cohen’s office. Todd said, “Sean Hannity can do what he wants to do, but I’m surprised Fox isn’t making him, at a minimum, disclose a conflict every time he talks about this.” Todd then denounced a post on Hannity’s website, “The Utter Hypocrisy of Chuck Todd,” which highlighted Todd’s wife, who was a consultant for Democrats. Todd said, “What I take offense to on that is — that’s my wife, that’s not me. I think it’s a ridiculous place that we’re in society that it’s guilt by association.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN  

Jeb Bush: Voters Have to Stop Rewarding Reality TV ‘Racist Language,’ ‘Bad Behavior’


Wednesday at Elmhurst College in Oak Brook, IL, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) called on voters to stop rewarding politicians who used derogatory characterizations “to make themselves look better.” Bush said, “Here is the dirty secret, politics is embedded in our culture. We are our culture. The interaction of all of us together defines our culture and our culture is more vulgar then it once was. Our culture allows people to act in ways that thirty years ago would never be allowed in politics. Our culture is more reality TV based, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that our politics is that way.” He added, “Voters should penalize rather than reward politicians, irrespective of their party, that use racist language or call people Nazis or disparage the disabled or make fun of people in order to push someone down to make themselves look better. That should be a penalty. You should be in a penalty box rather than getting rewards for that.” After telling a story about Trump calling him a name during the 2016 campaign, Bush continued, “The first step is to change the language around political discourse and get it back to something at your own kitchen table you

Philly Police Chief Apologizes to Black Men Arrested at Starbucks: ‘I Apologize to Them’

Philly Police Chief
Thursday at a press conference at Philadelphia Police headquarters, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross apologized for his earlier statement defending the police officers who arrested two African-American men, Donte Robinson and Rashan Nelson, at a Starbucks last week. The men were arrested after the manager called 911 because they had not ordered a drink and did not leave when they were asked to. Ross said, “I’m here to discuss the unfortunate incident that has been in the news about this great city, an incident that I fully acknowledge that I played a significant role in making it worse. For starters, I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law and not that they didn’t do anything wrong. Words are very important.” He continued, “While it is no excuse, my lack of awareness of the Starbucks business model played a role in my messaging. While this is apparently a well-known fact with Starbucks customers, not everyone is aware that people spend long hours in Starbucks and aren’t necessarily expected to make a purchase. I have had multiple discussions over the last few days and and it is a—I shouldn’t say a well known fact, but a wide spread

Dershowitz: Trump Has to ‘Assume’ His Best Friends Will Flip

Alan Dershowitz (Sergei Chuzavkov / Associated Press)
Thursday on CNN’s “Wolf,” Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said President Donald Trump should “assume your best friends will flip” to cooperate with investigators once they are charged with crimes. When asked about Michael Cohen, Dershowitz said, “I have told every client I have represented over the last 53 years—assume your best friends will flip. Prosecution has an enormous leverage. They can charge you with a dozen crimes, even if they’re relatively technical crimes, that accumulate with the guidelines and tell you you’ll never see the outside again, you’ll serve your life in prison. That kind of pressure brings forth not only singing but composing. Witnesses realize the better the story, the better the deal they get, so the risk is they will exaggerate or elaborate or even sometimes make up stories. I think the president has to assume that his closest friends, his greatest associates, the people he trusts the most, if exposed to the risk of life imprisonment will flip. That has to be his working assumption.” When asked why Trump should worry if he has don’t nothing wrong, Dershowitz added, “It is certainly possible for people who have done nothing wrong to be caught up. You can be

Gohmert: Mueller, Rosenstein ‘Need to Be Investigated’ — ‘Crimes Have Been Committed’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Thursday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) argued special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein needed to be investigated for their role in the investigation of the sale of U.S. uranium. Gohmert said, “Now the reason I have been demanding a second special counsel since May of last year is because Mueller needs investigating. This is one of the things that didn’t, isn’t in the letter. Mueller needs investigating. Rosenstein need investigating. Those two investigated the Russia effort to illegally obtain 20% of our uranium. There was an investigation. They were in charge and somehow they quieted that enough in order for Hillary and her buddies to approve the sale of U.S. Uranium that would end up with Russia. And they need to be investigated. They don’t need to be investigators.” He continued, “The problem is –crimes have been committed, and people have been involved in investigating them who were committing crimes. Comey has admitted as much. This has got to be cleaned out or, it’s like Tammany Hall never got investigated and never came to a head. You have to have something this big come to a head.” He added, “It is tough for this President and this Attorney General to get things done when

GOP Sen Johnson Responds to ‘Gotcha Question’ About Backing Trump in 2020: ‘It’s Way Too Early’

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) listens to a question from a member of the press at the Capitol December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate GOPs indicate that they have enough votes to pass the tax reform bill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said it was way too early to be talking about 2020,” when asked if he would support President Donald Trump’s reelection bid. Johnson said, “It could be a completely different world by 2020. We have a 2018 election first. So listen, I understand the gotcha question you’re engaging here. But it is way too early to even be talking about it.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN  

Bob Corker: ‘Very Questionable’ If Trump Will Run for Reelection in 2020

Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) listens as Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee May 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony on the topic of 'U.S. Cuban Relations - The Way Forward.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Thursday on CNN’s “New Day,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) expressed his doubt on President Donald Trump running for election in 2020. When asked about Trump’s reelection bid, Corker said, “Look, you know, who knows whether President Trump is even going to run.” He continued, “I have no idea whether the president runs for re-election, nor what the field will be on the Republican side, so I think it’s way too early to weigh in on who one might support.” “Let me just say this: any president that’s 18 months into their term, or 15, or 16, 17 or whatever is likely to say that they’ll run for reelection. They do not want to be viewed as a lame duck, so, you know, I take it with a grain of salt. It’s just another thing going across the Internet.” When Alisyn Camerota pressed on if he would support Trump, Corker said, “I want to know who else is in the field.” He added, “Whether the president runs again or not I think is very questionable, candidly.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Cory Booker: House Republicans Requesting Investigations ‘Is Things Dictators Do’ 

Cory Booker
Wednesday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) said 11 House Republican lawmakers requesting the FBI and Attorney General Jeff Sessions open criminal investigations into former FBI Director James Comey and others for bias against Donald Trump was “things that dictators do.” Booker said, “This is to me really a bad sign in our democracy. I think it starred in the last presidential election where you hear a whole convention center chanting “lock her up,” which to me is things that dictators do, that autocrats do, is they go after their little enemies not through the mechanisms of democracy but threatening to arrest them, threatening to throw them in jail.” He added, “This is a very dangerous sign. It is very anti-democratic that people want to try to be pushing to lock up their political opponents.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

S.E. Cupp: Nikki Haley Should Run for POTUS — ‘Would Be Nice to Have Someone with Balls in the White House’

S.E. Cupp
Wednesday on HLN’s “S.E. Cupp Unfiltered,” host S.E. Cupp accused the Trump administration of  “sexism” in the back-and-forth with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley over additional sanctions on Russia. Cupp said, “Nikki Haley is not here for your sexism, White House. I’m not prone to cry sexism. I don’t do it often or lightly. But there’s no other word to describe the way President Trump and his advisers have treated a woman who is arguably his strongest, most confident and effective cabinet official. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was not only hung out to dry by the Trump administration, she was then dismissed and head patted by an old boys club Trump adviser who thought he could. It was shameful. Haley said over the weekend that Treasury Department head Mnuchin would be announcing new sanctions against Russia for aiding in Syria’s horrific chemical attacks on civilians.” She continued, “That was something she had said earlier on Fox News, and it was specific: Mnuchin on Monday. Clearly, Haley didn’t invent this idea out of thin air. In fact, the White House told surrogates the Saturday before that, that sanctions were coming. And a Russian newspaper published a report on that same Sunday claiming U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman,

George W. Bush: ‘People Are Forgetting the Lessons of 9/11’


Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” former President George W. Bush said some people had forgotten the lessons of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Bartiromo asked, “As we see what’s happening in the world today from North Korea and Syria we still have these radicals trying to undo who we are, your thoughts on what to do and how to respond to what’s happening.” Bush replied, “People are forgetting the lessons of 9/11. And one of the major lessons of 9/11 is the human condition elsewhere matters to our national security. It’s in our nation’s interest for women to be successful in the Middle East for example, or for civil society to take hold. Because it’s with civil society and people having a say in the future of their governments that the foundation for peace is laid.” He added, “So my thoughts are, remember the lessons of 9/11.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key On Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Comey No Longer a ‘Republican’ — GOP ‘Has Left Me,’ ‘Reflects Now Entirely Donald Trump’s Values’


Wednesday on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast, former FBI Director James Comey said the presidency of Donald Trump had caused him to no longer consider himself a Republican. When asked if he was a Republican, Comey said, “No. The Republican party has left me, and many others. I need no better evidence then their new website which I think is LyinComey maybe, attacking me. I just think they’ve lost their way and I can’t be associated with it.” He continued, “These people don’t represent anything I believe in.” He added, “I see the Republican Party, as near as I can tell, reflects now entirely Donald Trump’s values. It doesn’t reflect values at all. It’s transactional. It’s ego-driven, it’s in service to his ego. And it’s, I think, consoling itself that we’re going to achieve important policy goals — a tax cut or something. As I say in the book, only a fool would be consoled by a particular Supreme Court pick or a policy achievement in a trade for the core values of this country.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Stormy Daniels Releases Composite Sketch Of Man Who Allegedly Threatened Her

Stormy Daniels
Tuesday on ABC’s “The View,” adult film star Stormy Daniels, accompanied by her lawyer Michael Avenatti, released a sketch of the man she claimed warned her to not give an interview about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump. Daniels said in 2011 a man approached her in a parking lot and warned her to “leave Trump alone.” When asked why she did not go to the police when she was threatened, Daniels said, “Two things, first of all, I was scared. That was expressly what he told me not to do. I went home and regrouped and I was going to because I always feel like you should stand up for yourself and you should report it. But the problem with that in this particular instance, I would have gone to the police and they would have gone, okay, a man approached me, this is what he said to me, told me to leave Mr. Trump alone and the very next question the detective would have asked me is why would they tell you to leave Mr. Trump alone?” She added, “I would have had to answer that question which was not public at the time. I would have had to tell the

Dem Rep Connolly: Hannity Is the ‘Lowest of the Low’ — Fox News Should ‘Fire’ Him

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Monday on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) said in light of Michael Cohen‘s lawyer disclosing that Fox News host Sean Hannity was Cohen’s client today in court, Hannity should be fired. Connolly said, “Today’s announcement that Sean Hannity was the third client, to me, deserves a lot of attention. Sean Hannity has been among the lowest of the low, wrestling in the mud of birther conspiracy, Seth Rich conspiracies about the young man who was murdered here in Washington, that maybe that was a different kind of murder — all kinds of conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton. Distributing false and fake news left and right, and now what we learn is, as he’s defending the president’s lawyer on television, he has a conflict of interest and ethical conflict of interest. He is one of those clients. He never revealed that. And I think that is a big stain on certainly Mr. Hannity, but also Fox News.” He added, “I think they ought to fire Sean Hannity. I think he is so into this, like a pig in the mud, he can’t get out of it, and I think he deserves to be fired. His word could never again

Dem Rep Lieu: Sean Hannity, Fox News Should ‘Apologize’ to Viewers

Rep Ted Lieu
Monday on CNN’s “Situation Room,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said in light of Michael Cohen‘s lawyer naming Fox News host Sean Hannity as Cohen’s client today in court, both Hannity and Fox news should “apologize” to viewers for misleading them. Lieu said, “Well, look, Wolf, unlike you, Sean Hannity is not a serious journalist and he has said that. He said he’s not a journalist. He is a talk show host, but even still, Sean Hannity should have disclosed the special relationship he had with Michael Cohen if he’s going to run a whole bunch of stories about the raid on Michael Cohen’s office and say how that was so bad. I think Sean Hannity misled his audience and he should apologize to his viewers.” He added Fox News “should also apologize to their audience because you had a massive conflict of interest that was not disclosed to the people watching that show.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Heilemann: Comey Is Trying to ‘Cast Himself’ as the ‘Hero of the Resistance’

Heilemann
Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” political analyst John Heilemann said former FBI Director James Comey’s interview with ABC’s “20/20” was an attempt to cast himself as “the hero of the resistance” to President Donald Trump. Heilemann said, “The interesting thing about that is that Comey comes into this moment as sort of a man without a country, right? Democrats are unhappy in 2016 for having supposedly taken the election away from Hillary Clinton. Republicans are now unhappy with him. He doesn’t have a natural constituency.” He added, “What I want to say about Comey is that he’s now in the business of selling books. That’s what he’s doing. He’s going out to sell a book that’s going to be number one on ‘The New York Times’ bestseller list. He wants to sell a million books. He’s in the book marketing business. And if you’re Jim Comey and know you don’t have a natural constituency with either the liberals or the conservatives, I feel like he made a choice. He’s going out, and he’s basically decided I’m going to decide I’m going to be the hero of the resistance. I’m going to attack Trump in this language you’re talking about. I’m going to

Madeleine Albright: Trump ‘Thinks He Is Above the Law’


Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said President Donald Trump thought he was “above the law.” Albright said, “I’m not calling him a fascist. I’m saying that he is a president that has undemocratic instincts that trouble me a lot.” She continued, “In terms of somebody who derides the importance of the press, calls you all the enemy of the people, who thinks he is above the law, who is in fact exacerbating the differences that exist in our society, and is somebody that kind of plays the crowds in way that I find dangerous in terms of propaganda, and has created a situation where there is identification with one group of people while there is no recognition of the individual rights of the others. And so that’s the kind of thing—and I went—the book is actually historical in terms of not just looking at Mussolini and Hitler, but what are the issues, where has fascism poked its head up again and what’s going on? It is a warning.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Maxine Waters: Trump Is the Most ‘Despicable,’ ‘Deplorable’ Human ‘I’ve Ever Encountered’


Sunday on MSNBC, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said President Donald Trump was “most despicable, the most deplorable human being” that she had ever encountered in her life. Waters said, “The president calling Comey a liar is laughable. The president is the biggest liar in the universe. The president accusing Comey of having leaked classified information — well, look what the president has done. He gave classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister right in the White House, and it certainly made our ally, Israel, very upset that he had done that. So the president trying to defend himself against Comey and trying to make someone believe that he’s telling the truth really does not fly.” She added, “I think that our special counsel, Mueller, has been doing a great job. I do think that this president should be forced to testify. All of this business about him not wanting to interview, what is he hiding? If he’s not guilty of anything, why is he resisting so hard, you know, coming forward and interviewing and telling his side of the story? I believe that the president of the United States is perhaps the most despicable, the most deplorable human

Chris Christie: Firing Rosenstein ‘Doesn’t Solve Any Problems’

Christie says he was misquoted as supporting Planned Parenthood
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would not solve any problems for President Donald Trump. Christie said, “You now do not have Rachel Brand, the number three if Rod Rosenstein were to be fired? This doesn’t solve any problems if that’s what the president is doing it for. Who is going to be in charge? Noel Francisco? The solicitor general. A very talented lawyer. To be solicitor general, you have a specific skill set. Running a Russia collusion investigation, not one of them.” He added, “Let’s be practical about this. It’s not going to solve any problems. So if you want to make changes, make changes after the midterms, if that’s what you want to do. But right now there’s no way this solves any problems for the president.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Biden: Republicans ‘Don’t Want Black Folks Voting’


Sunday on MSNBC’s "PoliticsNation," former Vice President Joe Biden told host Al Sharpton that Republicans didn't want African-Americans voting.

Gowdy: Not ‘Wise’ for Trump to Fire Rosenstein

Gowdy
On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” House Oversight Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said it would not be “wise” for President Donald Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Gowdy said, “I don’t see a basis for firing him in the handling of this probe.” He added, “The president is the head of the executive branch. He doesn’t have to run his hiring and firing decisions by us. If he is upset with Rod Rosenstein because he is not producing documents to Congress, that’s legitimate. If he is upset with Rosenstein because he wants to get at Bob Mueller and the way he will do it taking the advice of Steve Bannon, which I would strongly recommend against, No, I don’t think that’s appropriate. Does he have the power to get rid of Rod Rosenstein? Yes, he does. Do I think it’s wise, I don’t.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Comey: Assuming Hillary Would Win ‘Must Have’ Influenced Decision to Disclose Reopening of Email Investigation

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former FBI director James Comey said he announced the reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the 2016 presidential election because he expected her to win. Stephanopoulos asked, “At some level, wasn’t the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win and concerned that if she wins, this comes out weeks later, that is taken by her opponents as a sign she’s an illegitimate president?” Comey answered, “It must have been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. And so I’m sure that it was a factor.” He added, “Like I said, I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been—that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.” (h/t WFB) Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dem Sen Kaine on Syria Strikes: Trump ‘Thinks He Is a King’


Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Tim Kaine (D-VA) suggested President Donald Trump said he was a “king” for authorizing U.S. military airstrikes on Syria on Friday. Kaine said, “President Trump is not a king, he is a president. He is supposed to come to Congress to initiate war.” He added, “I am very troubled that this is a president who seemed to understand the Constitution required when President Obama was in office but now he thinks he is a king and can do whatever he wants without Congress.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Dep Rep Schiff Claims It Is ‘Simply Not True’ No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, speaks to reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a break in the Committee's questioning of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said it was “simply not true” that there had been no evidence the 2106 presidential campaign for Donald Trump colluded with Russia. Partial transcript as follows: STEPHANOPOULOS  you heard Sarah Sanders say there’s been absolutely no evidence of any kind of collusion come forward. The president’s gone farther saying there is no collusion and that’s been concluded by the investigators. You’re still investigating. SCHIFF: We’re still investigating. This is just simply not true. There have been, I think, any number of witnesses and evidence we have found on the issue of collusion. And — you know, the Trump Tower meeting itself, the promise of help by the Russian government, the acceptance of help by the Trump campaign, the secret conversations with George Papadopoulos, all of this is evidence of collision. Now it is a separate question whether it is proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a conspiracy to violate U.S. election laws or a conspiracy to defraud the United States. Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
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