Heads Up

October 30, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

George W Bush’s ethics lawyer and former supporter of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich, delivered the knock-out blow in the pages of the New York Times this morning.



Richard W. Painter thins it’s a Hatch Act violation for Comey to be openly campaigning for Donald Trump.

Thanks to Deb for the heads up.

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35 Comments to “Heads Up”

  1. And is he wrong?

    Who knew Dubya’s ethics lawyer actually had some ethics….

  2. bud malone says:

    A welcome act of reasonable conduct in the political morass inflicted on us daily.

  3. e platypus onion says:

    Back when Ken Starr had free reign to harass Clintons, his attorneys committed several violations of the law and were not charged with any wrong doing. Mostly it was releasing selected privileged information to Fake Noize and other right wing outlets.

    Crimes were committed back then. Just none by the Clintons.

  4. WA Skeptic says:

    I’ve always wondered why Starr was releasing what were supposed to be strictly secret notes from those meetings.

    He’s such a tool, as is most of the Rethuglican structure.

  5. Groan…how many days to go?

  6. e platypus onion says:

    Drumpf will jump on this Hatch Act strory asnd claim he knew all along Comey was working to get HRC elected. Just wait for it.

  7. Do we need a new chant?

    Lock him up! Lock him up! Lock him up!

  8. The F.B.I, or at least the part of it represented by Corney, has officially crawled in bed with Anthony Weiner.

    This cannot turn out well for them.

  9. It is welcome news that there are fair minded Republicans who can see what a partisan move this was by Comey.

  10. Ralph Wiggam says:

    As I understand it, Comey only sent his letter to the Republican House members. That make it Partisan political activity specifically prohibited by Hatch.
    He is in deep. . .

  11. e platypus onion says:

    Chaffetz released a statement before Dems had received the letter. Oh oh. Now we have Comey and Chaffedbutz in a conspiracy to defraud the election.

  12. e platypus onion says:

    I gotta say this-having a fomer Bush official get involved leads me to wonder if maybe he is trying to head off a bigger scandal from the FBI that could help HRC. Color me skeptical.

  13. Maybe, EPO, but other than P., the Bush family seems to hate Trump.

  14. Had to take a tranquilizer today. Alcohol had ceased to drown my anxiety and anger. But I’m still thinking of getting together with Biden and DeNiro and punch them all in the face. Going to the medicine cabinet for another Xanax.

  15. Kept wondering when somebody would realize this! Don’t care who it is. Just thankful that anybody did!

  16. From Reinhold Niebuhr, in 1937 He predicted this fascist direction from studying the interactions of the THREE major warring social factions! You just thought there were only two…


  17. 199 hours till this is over. I keep telling myself, hang on, just hang on. The End Is Near, and this is an end I can’t wait for.

  18. Lunargent says:

    Actually, I suspect that the true root of this action is the Bush family’s deep, and entirely justified, hatred for Trump. But hey, I’ll take it.

  19. I *think* that both Republican (ie chairs) *and* Dems (ranking members) on various committees got the letters from Comey. BUT to do so *before* the FBI even had a warrant…

    So, what kind of penalty can go with this kind of charge? Impeachment or removal from office?

    I mean, tying the election to Wiener!!!

  20. Sandridge says:

    Lucy and Debbo,
    I just got a gift bottle of Crème de menthe from the ex (she got it as a gift too), never had a bottle of that stuff, sounds lethal, like Absinthe.
    Thinking a massive shot of it would probably put one out of one’s political misery.
    I think using at least half the bottle in Vonnegut’s “End of The World Delight—crème de menthe in a hollow pineapple with whipped cream and a cherry on top” would put me in a coma for the next two weeks? Or mebbe my breath? would be pleasant on the slab in the morgue…


  21. Sandridge, I’ve never tried crème de menthe, but Bailey’s Irish Cream is really good in hot chocolate, and I bet yours would be too. I don’t think I’d recommend drinking it straight. Someone told me that peppermint gin tastes like fermented toothpaste.

  22. Sam in San Antonio says:

    This appears to be generating sympathy for Hillary. The FBI’s egregious violation of civil rights throughout their history indicates it is time to clean house on this group of lawbreakers.

  23. e platypus onion says:

    I think wingnuts have broken all the rules and I sincerely hope Dems return the favors post haste. If they don’t, wingnuts will continue to steamroll judicial appointments and obstruct Madame Hillary’s entire 8 year reign as Potus.

    In case you haven’t read- North Carolina Guv was on Fake Noize bragging how his state’s efforts to suppress Dem voters has Dem s lagging at the early polls. They are coming right out in the open and I hope Obama’s Justice Dept throws these SOBS in prison.

  24. Aggieland Liz says:

    @ sandridge: grasshoppers. And alexanders of some sort or another. Those were drinks my dad used to make; I’ll keep looking…

  25. Aggieland Liz says:


    Have fun! I always liked Van der Mint and the drink they called the Flying Dutchman!

  26. #10 – Comey sent the letter to the top Ds and Rs on each committee. But only the Rs (Chaffetz) decided to alert the media.

  27. Heads of Departments and Agencies serve at the behest of the President, not Congress even though Congress does the vetting via committee. What Comey did with that message to the Hill was to submit his resignation. Wouldn’t be surprised if he got called on the carpet and told that his services would be best used elsewhere. Frankly, its about time the FBI was put under the direction of a woman, for instance, retired ranking military.

    Not at all surprised that an R alerted the media. Thought he was doing himself, his career and the party a favor! Is he going to be surprised! The harshest critics come from his own party!

  28. I am actually quite shocked. Donald Trump has not done something scandalous or really outrageous to reclaim the news cycle. He must be going about batty now having restrained himself so much this weekend. I have faith the sociopathic narcissist will reclaim it pronto. His campaign might complain how most of the news time is on Trump (in a negative light), but he sees him being the top story as ratings. [Expletive, expletive] Reality TV syndrome.

  29. Bob in Bartlett says:

    If you have Creme de Menthe, the best thing is to mix it with brandy. That’s called a Stinger and the name is quite appropriate.

  30. Polite Kool Marxist says:

    e platypus onion, good question. What did the little Bang ’em Young punter know and when did he know it? But, let’s set him offside for now. Let’s ask Jimmy Boy Comey when he became judge, jury and executioner. Is the Director of the FBI the top cop in our nation? If so, then why is he acting like the least educated cop in the most racist town in the USA?

    His “do’h I stubbed my toe” and his “oh, I’ve been pressured” crap is just that. crap. The Director of the FBI, in times of threats internal and external needs to be levels of magnitude above the guys and gals doing their duty for far less pay.

    No way we can rehabilitate our justice system, when the ‘leaders’ are whiny little SODDIs.

  31. Polite Kool Marxist says:

    Bob in Bartlett, I’m a scotch guy. Ms JJ has said that she’s ready to join a Nunnery, although I think that was hyperbole. More likely she’ll opt for a nice glass of wine or drink of her choice and a relaxing dip in the hot tub. I join with her.

    Oops. That didn’t sound quite right. Down, Bubba, down, I didn’t mean it that way.

    “I join with her.” That means as soon as any and all of us arise from whatever it takes to re-energize ourselves for the final days of the 2016 election.

  32. HMMM? This is the ethics officer to a White House that lost 22 million e-mails from a private RNC server under Congressional subpoena in an investigation of whether the White House had strong armed US Attorneys (and fired a handful) for not phonying up voter fraud charges to influence the 2004 election. I guess he knows first hand of which he speaks!

  33. two crows says:

    “George W Bush’s ethics lawyer . . . .” Now, THERE’S an office whose phone didn’t ring for 8 years.

    Still, it’s good to know he understands the law AND has some ethics in his pocket. What a refreshing change.

    Other Republicans, otoh, not so much. I heard one who, when asked about the matter, didn’t bother to deny that Comey may well have broken Federal law but tried to tar President Obama with the same brush. Because of course he did. Said that his campaigning for Clinton is against the law. WTF?

    Never mind that the Republican’s Great God Reagan did exactly that for H.W. Or that every president has done it like – forever. That’s why they call them surrogates.

    Pssst! You don’t give names to things that don’t exist.

  34. two crows says:

    @ maggie #27:
    “Thought he was doing himself, his career and the party a favor!”

    As to the country, I guess as far as Chaffetz is concerned, “We don’t need no stinkin’ country! The Republican Party is all we need!”

    Things will not end well for these partisan hacks. Unfortunately, they may get their wishes anyway and their respective ends may be preceded by the end of the US as we once knew it.

    We have historical precedents when parties were put before nations. When I was in school, I was taught that the US didn’t want to go the routes of 1917 Russia and 1930’s Germany. Guess my teachers were wrong.