Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hard To Believe

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.  Regarding, President Trump’s claim that FBI Director Comey told him that he is not under investigation, Rep. Schiff noted: “It’s hard to believe honestly anything the President says on the subject of the Russia investigation.  But even if you accept him at his word, it’s breathtaking because Comey wants to keep his job, and in the context of Comey wanting to keep his job, he asked Comey, am I under investigation?  Comey supposedly tells him, no.  And when he wants to know whether he’s going to stay on as FBI Director, the President says, we’ll see.” 
Trump was asked by Lester Holt about involvement in Russia.  He responded: “I have no investments in Russia, none whatsoever.  I don’t have property in Russia.  I am not involved in Russia.  No loans, no nothing.”
With respect to that quote, Congressman Schiff explained: “Look, I don’t think we can take the President’s comments on this at face value by any means.  And I think we need to do a thorough investigation into whether, for example, among other things, the Russians used tactics they have used in Europe where they try to financially entangle people.  I don’t want to read too much into the President’s comments.  He seems to be very focused in his statements and his tweets on the lack of his investments in Russia.  He seems to say very little about the Russians’ investments in him.  His own children have said publicly that the Russians were major contributors or leaders or participants financially in their business enterprises here.  So I think even taking the President for what he said, a very perilous thing to do, he has said very little about the Russian investment in he and his family.”


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