Comey’s Testimony was Nothing to Crow About

by: the Common Constitutionalist and The

Since I have a day job, I was not afforded the opportunity to sit and view fired FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony on the Hill yesterday.

I would not have anyway, figuring it would a nothing-burger. I was right. From what I can glean, Comey didn’t offer any further enlightenment or bombshells. It seems to be just a rehashing of his written statement, and everything that has trickled out over the past several months.

Basically that he was a scared girly-man, afraid of big bad President Trump. Maybe he thought one of his private meeting would result in the President body-slamming him ala Greg Gianforte.

From what I understand, he was so concerned about the lack of the President’s character, that he felt the need to run out of his meetings with Trump and type a detailed recollection of every word that was said on a laptop in his car. No doubt he has an eidetic memory, so no one should question the word-for-word accuracy of his accounting. And oddly enough, I don’t think anyone did. I also don’t think anyone asked if the memo (s) he leaked to a reporter were his, or more likely, the property of the FBI, typed on an FBI laptop, in an FBI vehicle. I think we would have heard that exchange, which is why I don’t believe he was asked.

Still, as I did not have a chance to view Comey’s testimony, nor will I, I left the after-action analysis to Kayleigh Mcenany of The

OPINION: Dems’ dreams dashed as Comey testimony clears Trump
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from the Hill:

The much-anticipated day had finally arrived. Democrats breathlessly awaited the testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, certain that his testimony would topple Trump.

But high hopes turned to dashed dreams when Comey’s testimony cleared President Trump. Not only did the testimony vindicate the commander in chief, it included a startling revelation that Obama-era Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempted to influence the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton.

Here are the five facts that emerged from the Comey hearing and shattered Democratic dreams:

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Comey Agrees to PUBLIC Hearing – Of Course He Does

Let me say that I am no fan of Trump. I’m not an enemy or never-Trumper either. I’m agnostic. I hope the country succeeds as he is at the helm. I am however a huge fan of some of his campaign promises – the wall – deregulation – energy – immigration.

That being said, I believe Trump is being railroaded. This Russia investigation has been going on for quite some time already, and I see nothing thus far condemning the President. Nor does anyone else. Only hearsay from anonymous sources and unseen memos, without corroboration. People believe what they hear because they want to.

This “public” hearing, which is announced below, will be a farce. Comey should be made to testify, IN PRIVATE, to the Senate Intel committee, under oath, so he may not hedge or get away with the old – that’s classified crap, that happens in public hearings. But that’s not happening. Instead we will be witness to a televised circus, filled with grandstanding clown politicians, one of which is Comey, eager to just be on camera. It will be a complete waste of time and resources. It will be yet another stage for Comey to cement himself as the darling of the media. Nothing else.

from The Hill:

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to publicly testify as part of an investigation into Russia’s interference in the election, the Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday evening.

Comey’s testimony in the open hearing, which the committee said it would schedule after Memorial Day later this month, comes amid continued fallout over President Trump’s abrupt firing of the FBI chief last week. read more

Iowa – Caucuses, Corn and Guns Rights

Iowa governor signs sweeping expansion of gun rights

from The Hill:

Iowa governor signs sweeping expansion of gun rights
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday signed one of the most ambitious expansions of gun rights legislation passed in any state in recent years, giving gun owners the ability to defend themselves in public and preventing local governments from implementing their own rules.
The new law, House File 517, comes months after Republicans won back control of the Iowa state Senate, which had blocked earlier proposals when Democrats ran the chamber.
“After 7 years of hard work, House Republicans successfully passed a comprehensive bipartisan bill protecting Second Amendment Rights for Iowans,” the state House Republican caucus wrote in its weekly newsletter, before Branstad signed the bill.

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One Simple Instruction Could End ObamaCare

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On Wednesday, Erick Erickson of the Resurgent  reminded some of us and revealed for the first time to the rest, a way that President Trump could single-handedly end ObamaCare.

And what did Mr. Erickson reveal? Well, it was a pay-off to Members of both Houses and their staffs. One of which few knew or reported.

You may recall, after ObamaCare passed, many “connected” crony corporatists and Unions received waivers, effectively exempting them from the onerous bill the rest of were being forced to live with. They all knew how bad it was from the start. We all read reports of well over 1,000 waivers handed out.

Still, The Hill wrote in 2015 that, “according to Section 1512 of the law [ObamaCare], legislators and staff ‘lose the employer contribution’ that covers most of the cost of coverage. The amendment passed by Congress specifically requires that Members and their staff give up their generous Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHB) health benefits and, instead, purchase their health insurance through ObamaCare exchanges. In essence, Congress was required by law to be treated like any other citizen who lost the individual market insurance they liked.” read more