Donald Trump has mastered the art of seeming like he's telling the truth

"There are two steps involved in US President Donald Trump's defence of the allegations levelled against him by former FBI director James Comey. The first is to make the question a he-said, he-said contest between the two men. The second is to make himself seem more believable.

If that seems familiar, it should. It was precisely the strategy Trump and his team used during the 2016 campaign, fighting hard against Hillary Clinton until she was viewed as unfavourably as him and then squeaking past her in just enough places to win the presidency.

Here's how this works in the case of Comey.

During a news conference with the President of Romania on Friday, the Washington Times' Dave Boyer asked Trump how the President was "vindicated" by Comey's testimony - as he claimed on Twitter on Friday morning - given that Comey's testimony boiled down to "his word against your word".

Comey says that Trump tried to convince him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn; Trump says that he didn't.

But Comey also claims to have contemporaneous notes documenting the conversation, which he has provided to special counsel Robert Mueller - notes that shift the balance in Comey's favour.

Trump, of course, has hinted that he has recordings of his conversations with Comey - but refuses to confirm whether such recordings exist. (On Friday, he said he would let the world know "in a short period of time" if they do.)

"No collusion. No obstruction. He's a leaker," the President said in his response, tersely summarising what he felt was learned during Comey's testimony. Trump then again claimed that the Russia investigation was just an effort to distract from the Democrats' electoral college loss last year, though the investigation itself began back in July of 2016.

"James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and a lot of the things that he said just weren't true," Trump continued.

That's a significant statement for Trump to make, given that Comey was testifying under oath. If Comey said untrue things under oath - and knew that they were untrue - that's perjury. Trump is accusing Comey of a crime.

But that comment also reinforces another way in which this isn't just a he-said, he-said. Comey was testifying under oath, something that wasn't true of either Trump or his attorney (who released an error-riddled statement about Comey's testimony).

ABC's Jonathan Karl asked at the news conference if Trump would be willing to testify under oath about what happened with Comey.

"He said those things under oath," Karl said. "Would you be willing to speak under oath to give your version of those events?"

"100 per cent," Trump said. (The full response was a little muddled, but this point was unequivocal.)

Would he be willing to talk to Mueller, Karl continued, a conversation which would likely require sworn testimony? "I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you," Trump replied.

The importance of Trump's unwavering assertion that he would tell the special counsel the same thing under oath is important. Again, Trump's goal is force people to choose who they trust, him or Comey. For those who might be swayed by Comey's under-oath testimony, here's an out: Hey, Trump would be willing to swear under oath, too!

But there is a very, very big difference between saying you'd be happy to testify under oath and actually testifying under oath, the same difference as saying you'll give most of your income to charity and actually doing it - something else Trump knows about.

Trump knows very well that sworn testimony is a whole different ballgame. Last year, The Washington Post documented a deposition in which Trump was forced to admit to 30 distinct falsehoods he'd made when not under oath. Perhaps Trump will subject himself to the same scrutiny with Mueller, who knows. But until he does, it's premature to give him the benefit of the doubt on honesty.

Trump can lie with literal impunity at this point and has a motive to do so. Comey faces legal repercussions for lying - and it's not really clear why he would.

It's very possible that Trump is telling the truth, that the conversation didn't go as Comey presented. We should remember, though, that Trump hasn't earnt the benefit of that doubt. In the first 137 days of his presidency, our fact-checkers caught him saying 623 false or misleading things.

Even in the story of the boy who cried wolf, most of the time the boy was lying."

The Sydney Morning Herald, JUNE 10 2017

Comments

  • Take a bow factsmatter because your side lost. They were lying the entire time. But if you missed it let me remind you. Trump has been vindicated. What he said all along has been Proven to be true by Comey during the hearings.1. The Russian collusion conspiracy theory cooked up by the media and their sponsor in the democratic party has been Proven all a lie. 2 Comey said during the hearings that Trump was never under investigations. 3 Comey also admitted that Trumps team never had contacts with the Russians.4 alp the leaks in the media were all based on falsehood. 5 Trump never tried to stopped the investigations. 6 all the headlines attributed to trump and Russia were all about hurting the administration. 7 Comey is part of the leaks. 8 Trumps administration is filing a case against Comey for those leaks. 9 America now knows trump is more truthfully then you or the media or the democrats. 10 get over it sweetie because you and your camp made a fool out of yourself for the last 10 months.

  • Your entire 100 discussions about trump is factless. Id be ashamed if I were you but then again you aren't micro so you have no self respect man. All 100 anti trump discussions and no truth behind them all. Go nurse your butthurt in a safe space son. Peace.
  • Hahaha what's the matter still nursing that butthurt. Hahaha

    Comey said trump never tried to stopped the investigations quote:the president never at any time tried to stop the investigations:unquote.

    Take your obstruction memo and bury it because your entire conspiracy is dead. Haha
  • For those who can read and who respect actual facts and accurate quotations - rather than "alternative facts" and bogus quotations - here are key statements by James Comey in his sworn testimony before Congress and the American people:

    1) Comey: "Although the law requires no reason at all to fire an FBI director the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader... Those were lies plain and simple. And I am so sorry that the FBI work force had to hear them and I am so sorry that the American people were told them."

    2) Comey on Trump tweeting that Comey better hope there aren't tapes of their conversations: "Lordy, I hope there are tapes."

    3) Comey on whether he thought he was fired because of the Russia investigation: "Yes, because I've seen the president say so."

    4) Comey on whether he thought he was fired because of the Russia investigation: "Yes, because I've seen the president say so."

    5) Comey on Trump's apparent loyalty demand: "I got the sense my job would be contingent upon how he felt I conducted myself and whether I demonstrated loyalty."

    6) Comey on Trump potentially obstructing justice, something Comey said he was "sure" Robert Mueller, the Russia investigation's special counsel, was looking at: "I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct... I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to what the intention was there and whether that's an offense."

    7) Comey 0n Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election: "There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever, the Russians interfered in our election."

    8) Comey on why he decided to take notes, suggesting Trump was a liar: "I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document."


    Stay tuned, world. There is more - MUCH more - to come. And it's not pretty.
  • Pawnstar that's not cool man. Give the liberals the chance to still believe that there is still something coming out from the hearings. Give them a chance to still believe Hillary lost not because she was incompetent but because Russia hacked the elections. Can you give them that.
  • VIDEO OF COMEY TESTIFIYIN UNDER OATH AND ADMITTING TRUMP NEVER TRIED STOP THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIONS

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  • Video of Comey admitting Trump was never under investigation and why this fact was never leaked, noticed that Senator Rubio point out that everyone in the senate know that trump was not under investigation for weeks before the this hearing g, even Senior Democrat Senator Feinsten who have been leading this conspiracy theory knowing that Trump is not under investigation

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  • Video of Comey TESTIFIYIN under oath saying all the mainstream media stories and headlines about Russia and Trump are all wrong. He also admitted that The FBI had opened a criminal case against Hillary Clinton but Obamas Attorney General Loreta Lynch told Comey to drop it.

    Folks this testimony in the video below is really important and is a must watched. Because the Democrats are calling for Trumps impeachment because he fired Comey, they say he fired Comey to obstruct the Russians investigations, the first video above I posted shows that Comey admitted under oath that Trump never tried to stop the investigations. The Democrats are accusing trump of obstruction while their man obamas AG did the same thing they are accusing trump of. Which trump didn't do but the Obama AG did

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  • Video of Comey admitting Trump never ordered him to end Flynn investigations. In Comey's own words he thought the President told him because the president used the word " I hope". And like Comey said I thought he said to end it because he said he hoped. Hahaha

    The media spin it and make up their own conclusion yet again.

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  • Video of Comey testimony and how Senator Rubio grilled the Flying F**k out of him.

  • Full Video of Former FBI Director Comey's testimony.

    Factsmatter say read. I say watch and hear what went down for yourself. He gives you soup, well ill give you the entire store to help yourself. Enjoy

    Click image ti watch video (2 hrs 30 mins)
  • Thanks for uploading the videos, ps. It saved me the trouble.

    Now even people who don't read can see for themselves what's going on.
  • Thanks PS. Thanks for the highlights and explanations in first 5 videos. I was kind of skeptical but now I'm convinced that President Trump was right all this time. I really like how Comedy admits No collusion, no obstruction and most importantly the media lied all this time.
  • The collusion theory is dead. Noticed how factsmatter #4 is false. The first video that i posted above is off comedy saying in person and under oath that the president never tried to stop or obstruct the investigations.

    Also note how FM never listed the source of where he got that from. Its safe to say from CNN, that's why he never put down the source. The video has been available for a day but he never chose to post it. I wonder why?
  • "Noticed how factsmatter #4 is false. "

    Sorry, ps, but this is what Comey actually said in his sworn testimony.

    4) Comey on whether he thought he was fired because of the Russia investigation: "Yes, because I've seen the president say so."

    "I was fired in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russia investigation was being conducted," Comey testified under oath. "That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me."

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    "I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job," Trump told the Russian foreign minister and U.S. ambassador on May 10 during an Oval Office meeting, according to a transcript of the meeting read to The Times by a U.S. official. "I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the account of the conversation to The Times and, in a statement to NPR, argued that the Russia investigation was harming U.S. foreign policy.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/05/19/529171249/report-trump-told-russians-he-fired-nut-job-comey-because-of-investigation

    http://www.breitbart.com/news/comey-says-he-was-fired-because-of-russia-investigation/

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/19/trump-told-russians-comey-is-nut-job-report-says.html
  • Sorry factsmatters but its kinda contradictory for you to suggest that when Comey admitted under oath that there was no attempt to obstruct the Russian investigation by trump or anyone in his administration.

    Did you watch the video in its entirety? Or just repeating what you is said in the world wide web.

    NPR is a left funded and controlled media. Haha look it up. One of its biggest donor is none other then the biggest socialist liberal puppeteer George Soros himself. Who is the source behind the funding of all the anti trump movements in America. Haha

    And another thing all those source and headlines you posted above are from a month ago. The source behind the headlines are guess who? Anonymous source who happen to heard trumps conversation with a third party. Haha

    Again I repeat, Comey said there was no obstruction of the investigations.

    If what you claim is true then we would habe seen impeachment right after the hearings but we aren't. No democrats in the senate have called for impeachment after the hearings. But keep fooling the people why don't you ha factsmatters.
  • "Comey admitted under oath that there was no attempt to obstruct the Russian investigation by trump or anyone in his administration. "

    Totally false, ps. Comey never said that. Review the tapes. You will see and hear that Comey testified that Trump, on several occassions, asked him to drop the investigation into Mike Flynn's contacts with the Russians.

    Comey also said that it was not up to him (Comey) to decide whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice.

    Of course not. Comey no longer has any power to investigate because Trump fired him. Plus, the FBI can only investigate, not prosecute, crimes. Only the Attorney General's office and the Special Counsel can prosecute people.

    So the determination of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice is now up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, as you realize, impeachment is up to Congress.


  • You democrats are running out of reasons. First it was the :Russians hacked the elections. Then it was: The Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. Then it was: Trump fired Comey to obstruct justice.

    Obama was on T.V months before the elections saying that the Russians didn't hack anything. Then the upper echelons on of the democrat party asked for Comes removal. Now its obstruction of justice. Why because Trump said he "hope Comey would drop the matter". Comey wasn't ordered or commanded to drop the flynn investigations. If trump wanted to Comey to end it he would have ordered or said I I command you to do this or that. He obstruct by saying he "hoped" won't stick in a court of law.

    You democrats have a short memory span. Back in May 17, 2017 a month ago Comey again under oath said no obstruction of justice never happened under his watch.

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  • With the Trump-Russia collusion story all but debunked, the left has immediately turned to its next-stage scandal: they want President Trump locked up for “obstruction of justice.” They base their claims of obstruction on the following chain of events: Trump hired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn against the advice of nearly everyone in the foreign policy community, fired him under questionable circumstances, then allegedly told FBI director James Comey he “hoped” Comey would find a way to let Flynn go, later fired Comey, and then finally told the Russian ambassador and foreign minister that he had fired Comey to relieve pressure over the Russia investigation.

    This, in the minds of the left, means that Trump fired Comey in order to shut down the Flynn investigation after essentially ordering him to do so.

    So, would that be “obstruction of justice,” even if it were true?

    But that case is weak on a legal level. There are three separate federal laws, as The New York Times points out, that could deal with this situation. None clearly does.

    1. 18 USC 1503: This “omnibus” clause covers “corruptly or…by any threatening letter or communication influenc[ing], or imped[ing] or endeavor[ing[ to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.” But the clause also requires a pending judicial proceeding – and as far as we are all aware, there is none. Furthermore, the Supreme Court is quite exacting on the application of this law – a prosecutor would need to prove that Trump’s conduct materially impeded the investigation, which even Comey has said didn’t happen.

    2. 18 USC 1512(c): This provision of law covers anyone who “obstructs, influences, or impedes an official proceeding, or attempts to do so.” It is not clear that an FBI investigation is an “official proceeding,” and proving intent is difficult in any case. And it’s not enough to show intent to violate the subsection – you have to take a “substantial step toward the accomplishment of that goal.”

    3. 18 USC 1519: This provision covers destroying evidence related to a federal investigation. There are no accusations that Trump destroyed evidence. Unless Trump had tapes and destroyed them, the statue simply doesn’t apply.

    None of this is to argue that Congress can’t impeach. Congress can impeach for anything and everything – impeachment is a political matter, not a legal one. And even if Trump’s activity wasn’t illegal, that doesn’t mean it was moral. But all the amateur legal analysts claiming that an indictment is just around the corner simply don’t know what they’re talking about.
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/17410/fact-check-there-case-obstruction-justice-against-ben-shapiro
  • This administration isn't going anywhere. It will complete its term. If Trump decides to run again after this first term he will also win in 2020. Republicans will win the Whitehouse next election. Either through Trump or Dwayne Johnson of he decides to Run. Why I know this? Simple is the reason I know the entire Russian story was all bullshit which Comey confirmed days ago.
  • Daily Wire: Democrats’ Hypocrisy On Loretta Lynch’s Election Interference Is STUNNING

    While Democrats claim that Republicans are hypocrites for failing to sound off loudly enough against President Trump’s alleged “obstruction of justice,” some top Democrats have gone completely silent on what looks exactly like obstruction of justice by Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch. During his testimony on Capitol Hill last week, former FBI director James Comey stated that Lynch told him she wanted him to treat his “investigation” into Hillary Clinton as a “matter” instead; Comey testified that made him feel “queasy.” Not queasy enough to reveal that information, of course, and not queasy enough to reject her order. But queasy.

    Obstruction of justice is defined most broadly under 18 USC 1503 as “corruptly or … by any threatening letter or communication influenc[ing], or imped[ing] or endeavor[ing[ to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.” This provision doesn’t cover congressional or administrative proceedings, but it would cover criminal investigations. It would be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Lynch participated in obstruction, since she could claim that there was no pending judicial proceeding — and Comey’s decision to essentially let Lynch off the hook by exonerating Hillary himself gives her cover for that decision. But there is no question that Lynch’s interference into the Hillary matter should raise hackles.

    Yet Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is already preparing to give Lynch the benefit of the doubt. While Schumer says that Trump’s comments to Comey regarding Mike Flynn must be treated with the highest level of scrutiny — “He’s the President of the United States, he’s got to step up to the plate” — the far more legally knowledgeable Lynch gets a pass. “All I am saying with Loretta Lynch,” Schumer explained, “is before anyone jumps to any conclusions, we ought to hear what she has to say and let her state something privately and see if it makes much of a difference. I don’t know that it will.”

    The point here isn’t that Lynch could be convicted of obstruction. But while Democrats chide Republicans for their willingness to ignore supposed obstruction by Trump, they’re ignoring activity at least as nefarious from Lynch — and Comey. Because here’s the problem. If Lynch’s defense to obstruction is that there was no pending proceeding thanks to Comey, and Comey has said he felt pressure from Lynch to change his practice on the case and then dumped the proceeding, isn’t that at least as bad as what happened with Trump? Wouldn’t that impact Comey’s credibility as a strong, upright fellow if he caved to please Lynch and then carried water for Trump until he was fired?
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/17409/democrats-hypocrisy-loretta-lynchs-election-ben-shapiro

  • The dailywire.com? HAHAHA. Seriously, is that the best source of "news" you can find ps? It's to the right of even Fox and Breitbart.

    The Daily Wire is a politically conservative American news and opinion website founded in 2015 by conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro, who currently serves as Editor-in-chief. Presents news with a right wing bias in reporting and wording. The Daily Wire has also published false information.

    RIGHT BIAS

    These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy.

    https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-daily-wire/
  • Butt guess what the left oriented politico corroborate what the daily wire says.

    hahaha

    Check this out.

    Feinstein: Congress should probe whether Lynch provided cover for Clinton
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/11/feinstein-lynch-clinton-emails-239391
  • member of the Senate intelligence committee, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia admits there's no evidence for Trump Russia Collusion

    On Sunday, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News put the question to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia: After the testimony given by former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, was there any evidence that Donald Trump or his campaign had colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign?

    Manchin bluntly answered, “We haven't seen any of that.”

    The exchange went like this:

    Stephanopoulos: Now joined by a member of the Senate intelligence committee, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Senator Manchin, thank you for joining us this morning. You were in that room on Thursday for all three hours. You questioned James Comey. Was he a credible witness?

    Manchin: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. He did a good job and I think everyone there, Democrats and Republicans alike, thought he did a good job. And he was forthcoming. He offered to come to the committee not only in an open session, he came to a closed session also, George, and that was pretty special because when you heard him say I'm sorry I can't answer that and speak about that in this setting, that was of a higher classified and we went into a classified hearing afterwards, he answered everybody's questions. So we were very appreciative of that. Stephanopoulos: Do you agree with this conclusion that the president has reached that there was no evidence of collusion?

    Manchin: You know, we haven't seen any of that whatsoever, George. We've been looking and showing everything they possibly have. That has not led to that. We have ultimate -- all of us have the utmost respect for Bob Mueller, both on the Democrat and Republican side. I believe he's going to do his job thoroughly. We will accept his recommendation and pathway forward and I think that's extremely important that we all agree this is the right person, the right time to do this type of work.

    Stephanopoulos: You saw the president's lawyer earlier in the program, Jay Sekulow, would not rule out the possibility that the president might in the future take action against Robert Mueller.

    Manchin: That would be a mistake. I don't know why you would take action against one of the most well thought of law enforcement persons we ever had serving in an unprecedented 10 year -- I mean 12 years. He's gone beyond his term, even stayed longer with the unanimous consent, unanimous vote in the Senate.

    Stephanopoulos: You've heard...

    Manchin; So you have a person that everyone respects and knows that he's above reproach.


    On Friday, Manchin had said, “I think there’s an awful lot of us on both sides of the aisle that are very uncomfortable with this relationship that they seem to have. I think it goes all the way to the day Comey was fired to the day the Russians were there — not allowing the press of the United States of America’s in, the free press of America, but letting the controlled press of Russia in. Those are a lot of concerning things."

    But after Comey's testimony, the Democrats' narrative shifted gears from "Trump was colluding with Russia," to "Trump obstructed justice by telling Comey to stop his investigation into Michael Flynn," so Manchin's admission is a little late. But it still provides a stake through the heart of the Democrats' earlier narrative.
    http://www.dailywire.com/news/17412/democratic-senator-just-admitted-theres-no-hank-berrien
  • Now you know why the Entire Democrat narrative has changed from Russia/Trump Collusion to obstruction.

  • CNN ADMITS FAKE NEWS ABOUT COMEY TESTIMONY (MUST WATCH)
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  • Everybody lies.
    And if you can't see why, that makes you believe. Don't be like that, cause it will end bad subsequently.
    And it will be bad for you.
    Regards.
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