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Caroline O. @RVAwonk
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Comey is talking about his first meeting with Trump. Says no one asked about Russian interference (what to do, what comes next).

"It was all about PR," how to spin the story to minimize Russia's role so it wouldn't take away from Trump's victory.

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Comey says his first meeting with Trump gave him flashbacks to La Cosa Nostra (American mafia). Says Trump reminded him of a mob boss, and the relationships between/among Trump and others in his circle reminded him of a mob family.

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Comey says he soon started taking notes after each meeting with Trump because he was worried Trump would lie about what happened/what was said. ("Trump does not have a high regard for the truth.")

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Comey: "In late July, the FBI got info that there was somebody...a foreign policy advisor named Papadopoulos...who had been talking to someone in London about getting dirt that the Russians had on Hillary Clinton as part of their effort to influence our election."
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Comey: "The reason that was important was that it was long before there was any public indication that the Russians had material they were going to dump, which they started dumping in mid-June."

(Papadopoulos in London = May 2016)

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Talking about his dinner with Trump, Comey said it didn't take long for Trump to redirect the conversation and bring up the issue of loyalty/ask him for loyalty.

"I think it was probably during the salad, before the shrimp scampi."

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Comey says the first time Trump pressured him to pledge his loyalty, he didn't answer. But Trump returned to the issue later on that night, asking him a second time.

"The second time was later in the conversation. He said, again, 'I need loyalty.'"

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Comey says Trump talked the entire time ("a monologue") and didn't even pause to let him speak. Just rambled on about one thing after another, and lied several times during that first dinner.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're listening. Are you thinking, "President Trump's a liar?"

COMEY: Yes,... and I had, obviously, concerns about that earlier, having watched him on the campaign, that he is someone..for whom the truth is not a high value.

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Comey says he noticed during dinner that Trump didn't laugh at all: "I was struck by it. So struck by it, it stayed with me, that I've never seen him laugh. Not in public, not in private."

...I have been writing abt this for years. It's true. Trump doesn't laugh.
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As I've written about previously, laughter is a social behavior. And shame is a social emotion. Both require empathy.

Trump has no shame, he doesn't laugh, and he shows no signs of empathy.

Did someone say malignant narcissism? Oh, I did.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You write that President Trump is unethical, untethered to the truth. Is Donald Trump unfit to be president?

JAMES COMEY: Yes ... I don't think he's medically unfit to be president. I think he's morally unfit to be president.

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"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about & treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly...and insists the American people believe it — that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds."
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Comey: "Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president."

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"People who tell themselves, 'Well, yes, Trump is unethical but I'm getting the right SCOTUS justice or regulatory rollback' are kidding themselves. If we lose that tether to the truth, if that stops being the norm at the heart of our public life, what are we?"

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Comey: "Where are we as a country? I worry sometimes people think I'm talking about politics. Not in the way we normally talk about in this country. But I hope in the most important way. Values matter. This president does not reflect the values of this country."

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"People need to stand up...& vote their values. We'll fight about guns. We'll fight about taxes. We'll fight about all those other things down the road. But you cannot have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values [we] treasure."
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Comey says he thinks of Trump's presidency like a "forest fire."

"His presidency is doing, and will do, tremendous damage to our norms and our values, especially the truth... But...what forest fires do is allow things to grow that never could've grown."

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