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comey's testimony: what could hurt trump and what might help him

former fbi director james b. comey’s opening statement for thursday’s hearing at the senate intelligence committee deepens president trump’s problems in at least three areas. one thing comey said potentially helps trump.comey really did tell trump he wasn’t personally under investigationwhen he fired comey, trump noted that the fbi chief had assured him three times that he was not under investigation. comey confirmed that in his statement.republicans quickly seized on that as a major talking point.does that mean trump is now in the clear?no, on several grounds. to begin with, until trump made his remark, the idea that the president might personally be under scrutiny was never at the center of the controversy. the main focus had always been possible coordination between russian agents trying to influence the 2016 election and people close to trump, not the president himself.moreover, trump’s actions — especially his request, according to comey, that the fbi drop the investigation of former national security advisor michael flynn — could be considered an effort to cover up wrongdoing.and, of course, the investigation is continuing. we don’t know what else special counsel robert mueller iii and his staff may turn up. the impeachment of president clinton for lying about his affair with monica lewinksy, for example, grew out of an unrelated investigation into the finances of a real estate deal.the first problem area for trump — interceding for flynncomey’s stat...





all eyes on washington for comey testimony — even at work

it's not the ncaa men's basketball tournament, but former fbi director james comey's highly anticipated testimony before the senate intelligence committee thursday morning could prove to be a similar distraction as employees tune in to the hearing and tune out their work.when it comes to workplace productivity, there's a fine line between interest and distraction, and experts say american workers blew past that line months ago."the press and the american people have set this up as almost like a gladiator in d.c. event, this major confrontation," said philippe weiss, the chicago-based managing director of employment law training firm seyfarth shaw at work. "people are likening it to march madness to see who's going to come out ahead."comey's opening statement, released wednesday afternoon, details interactions with president donald trump that comey says appeared to disregard the fbi's independence from the white house, including a private meal during which trump asked for comey's loyalty. comey declined to offer it, according to his prepared remarks.weiss said one of his clients called for advice wednesday on how to handle employees who planned to set up an office wager on how many times comey would contradict things the white house staff has said. people lined up to watch the testimony of former fbi director james comey before the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence hearing on june 8, 2017, on capitol hill in washington, d.c. "they thought bette...





what could hurt trump and what might help him – los angeles times

former fbi director james b. comey’s opening statement for thursday’s hearing at the senate intelligence committee deepens president trump’s problems in at least three areas. one thing comey said potentially helps trump.comey really did tell trump he wasn’t personally under investigationwhen he fired comey, trump noted that the fbi chief had assured him three times that he was not under investigation. comey confirmed that in his statement.republicans quickly seized on that as a major talking point.does that mean trump is now in the clear?no, on several grounds. to begin with, until trump made his remark, the idea that the president might personally be under scrutiny was never at the center of the controversy. the main focus had always been possible coordination between russian agents trying to influence the 2016 election and people close to trump, not the president himself.moreover, trump’s actions — especially his request, according to comey, that the fbi drop the investigation of former national security advisor michael flynn — could be considered an effort to cover up wrongdoing.and, of course, the investigation is continuing. we don’t know what else special counsel robert mueller iii and his staff may turn up. the impeachment of president clinton for lying about his affair with monica lewinksy, for example, grew out of an unrelated investigation into the finances of a real estate deal.the first problem area for trump — interceding for flynncomey’s stat...





read: james comey's submitted remarks to the senate intelligence committee

former fbi director james comey is scheduled to testify before the senate intelligence committee thursday about his involvement with donald trump while comey was investigating russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which trump won. his remarks were posted by the committee ahead of his testimony and are available below. read more.copyright © 2018, the san diego union-tribune





comey testimony draws feedback from all sides

it comes down to who do you believe morein his statement released just prior to his congressional testimony, former fbi director james comey says what had been previously reported: president trump had asked him, in effect, to drop the mike flynn investigation. trump has previously publicly denied doing so. is this just a "he said vs. he said", take your choice, situation?comey's statement is under oath; not so trump's. but most significant is trump's history in such matters. during the campaign politifact rated 79 percent of trump's statements between "partly false" and "pants on fire." some recent statements, such as his comments about mayor khan of london, are inaccurate. with such a history why would one decide to believe trump? what reason is there now to believe " the boy who cried wolf"?rick dunnsan diegoletters and commentary policythe u-t welcomes and encourages community dialogue on important public matters. please visit this page for more details on our letters and commentaries policy. you can email [email protected] or leave a comment below.comey just wants to be in the limelightit is truly sad to watch the emasculation of a man that once had substantial clout in the law enforcement community. whining over why you were fired may be fodder over beers with the guys or lunch with your significant other, but not in public testimony. in james comey's case, the reasons for his firing were plentiful and greatly agreed upon by most, before it became a...





hardship and chaos as federal shutdown moves into second day with no deal on funding, dreamers

with a government shutdown in its second day sunday, congressional leaders in both parties searched for an exit ramp as moderate republicans and democrats appeared to rally behind a short-term funding proposal and the white house signaled possible flexibility on “dreamers.”a rare weekend schedule continued on capitol hill, with voting possible. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and minority leader charles e. schumer, who had not spoken for a day, huddled briefly on the senate floor and arranged to meet later sunday.but deep uncertainty over whether the shutdown would extend into monday and beyond created hardship for many of the 2.3 million federal employees who don’t yet know whether their offices will be shuttered and whether they will lose pay.mcconnell pushed a proposal to temporarily fund the government through feb. 8. but without the consent of all senators, complicated senate rules won’t allow a roll call until 1 a.m. monday, adding to the sense of chaos and confusion.“this shutdown is going to get a lot worse tomorrow,” mcconnell warned. “a lot worse. today would be a good day to end it.”it was either the “trump shutdown” or the “schumer shutdown,” depending on whether the finger pointing came from republicans backing the president or from democrats standing with the new york minority leader.schumer blamed republicans, who control the house, senate and white house, especially after president trump backed out of a possible agreement. “it ...





hardship and chaos as federal shutdown moves into second day with no deal on funding, dreamers

with a government shutdown in its second day sunday, congressional leaders in both parties searched for an exit ramp as moderate republicans and democrats appeared to rally behind a short-term funding proposal and the white house signaled possible flexibility on “dreamers.”a rare weekend schedule continued on capitol hill, with voting possible. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and minority leader charles e. schumer, who had not spoken for a day, huddled briefly on the senate floor and arranged to meet later sunday.but deep uncertainty over whether the shutdown would extend into monday and beyond created hardship for many of the 2.3 million federal employees who don’t yet know if their offices will be shuttered and if they will lose pay.mcconnell pushed a proposal to temporarily fund the government through feb. 8. but without the consent of all senators, complicated senate rules won’t allow a roll call until 1 a.m. monday, adding to the sense of chaos and confusion.“this shutdown is going to get a lot worse tomorrow,” mcconnell warned. “a lot worse. today would be a good day to end it.”it was either the trump shutdown or the schumer shutdown, depending on whether the finger pointing came from republicans backing the president or from democrats standing with the new york democrat.schumer blamed republicans, who control the house, senate and white house, especially after trump backed out of a possible agreement. “it all stems from the president, whose ina...





government shutdown brings confusion, dismay to national parks and monuments

if you’re thinking about enjoying some time at a national park, you might want to check to see if the place you’re headed to is even open.on saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. others have partial services with limited staff as part of a plan worked out in recent days by interior secretary ryan zinke.the national parks conservation assn., a nonpartisan group that works to strengthen and protect federal parks, estimated that about a third of the more than 400 national park sites across the country are completely closed.in addition, the group projects about 21,000 park service employees are being furloughed with the shutdown, leaving about 3,200 “essential staff” to manage 80 million acres of national park lands.“keeping parks open with virtually no staff is a risky situation, and the guidance park staff is being given is vague at best,” theresa pierno, the group’s president, said in a statement. “the only way to fix this situation is for congress to come together, do its job and fund the federal government — including our national parks and all who work in them.”in new york, the statue of liberty and ellis island were completely closed. visitors were met with the same message on signs at the entrance to the parks and on social media: “effective immediately and until further notice, the statue of liberty national monument and ellis island are cl...





government shutdown brings confusion, dismay to national parks and monuments

if you’re thinking about enjoying some time at a national park, you might want to check to see if the place you’re headed to is even open.on saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. others have partial services with limited staff as part of a plan worked out in recent days by interior secretary ryan zinke.the national parks conservation assn., a nonpartisan group that works to strengthen and protect federal parks, estimated that about a third of the more than 400 national park sites across the country are completely closed.in addition, the group projects about 21,000 park service employees are being furloughed with the shutdown, leaving about 3,200 “essential staff” to manage 80 million acres of national park lands.“keeping parks open with virtually no staff is a risky situation, and the guidance park staff is being given is vague at best,” theresa pierno, the group’s president, said in a statement. “the only way to fix this situation is for congress to come together, do its job and fund the federal government — including our national parks and all who work in them.”in new york, the statue of liberty and ellis island were completely closed. visitors were met with the same message on signs at the entrance to the parks and on social media: “effective immediately and until further notice, the statue of liberty national monument and ellis island are cl...





government shutdown expected to be costly, disruptive for san diego

quick readlike the rest of the nation, san diego will be affected by a federal shutdown.in 2013’s shutdown, the region stood to lose $7 million in economic activity per week.there are about 35,000 federal employees in the san diego area, but not all would be furloughedthe military will report for duty, but might not get paid beyond feb. 1.full storyvisitors hoping to catch the views from cabrillo national monument on saturday got an early look at what a government shutdown could mean for san diego.u.s. park ranger ralph jones set up signs on saturday morning to let visitors know that the monument was closed because of the shutdown, which went into effect at midnight the night before.cars and cyclists turned around after finding out, though some drove all the way to the last set of signs just to be sure the monument was really closed.ketsia delinoir, who recently came to san diego because of her work in the navy, was hiking in to see the monument for the first time when jones told her it was closed.most local offices for federal agencies are closed on the weekend in general, so more san diegans are likely to be impacted come monday morning if congress doesn't pass a spending bill before then.many federal employees will either be furloughed when they report to work on monday or will work without pay to keep critical parts of the government running.with about 35,000 federal employees living in the san diego region, san diego’s economy stands to lose millions of dollars.if t...





government shutdown brings confusion, dismay to national parks and monuments

if you’re thinking about enjoying some time at a national park, you might want to check to see if the place you’re headed to is even open.on saturday, hours after the start of the partial government shutdown, dozens of national parks nationwide closed their gates and turned visitors away. others have partial services with limited staff as part of a plan worked out in recent days by interior secretary ryan zinke.the national parks conservation assn., a nonpartisan group that works to strengthen and protect federal parks, estimated that about a third of the more than 400 national park sites across the country are completely closed.in addition, the group projects about 21,000 park service employees are being furloughed with the shutdown, leaving about 3,200 “essential staff” to manage 80 million acres of national park lands.“keeping parks open with virtually no staff is a risky situation, and the guidance park staff is being given is vague at best,” theresa pierno, the group’s president, said in a statement. “the only way to fix this situation is for congress to come together, do its job and fund the federal government — including our national parks and all who work in them.”in new york, the statue of liberty and ellis island were completely closed. visitors were met with the same message on signs at the entrance to the parks and on social media: “effective immediately and until further notice, the statue of liberty national monument and ellis island are cl...





government shutdown expected to be costly, disruptive for san diego

quick readlike the rest of the nation, san diego will be affected by a federal shutdown.in 2013’s shutdown, the region stood to lose $7 million in economic activity per week.there are about 35,000 federal employees in the san diego area, but not all would be furloughedthe military will report for duty, but might not get paid beyond feb. 1.full storywith federal lawmakers failing to fund the government and the united states shutting down for everything except essential operations, san diego’s economy stands to lose millions of dollars.if the 2013 shutdown is any precedent, for every week the feds are out of commission the san diego region will miss about about $7 million in economic activity, due in large part to furloughed government employees and ones who still have to show up to their job but don’t get their regular paycheck. about 35,000 federal employees currently live in the region, according to the office of personnel management.the house of representatives passed a short-term spending bill on thursday but it got hung up in the senate without resolution as the midnight deadline came and went, prompting a portion of the government to close first thing on saturday morning.hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed, causing hiccups across the country.the largest part of the local federal economy, the military, will at least temporarily, keep working as usual. but if the shutdown lasts beyond feb. 1, they’ll still have to report for duty but won??...





government shuts down as hopes for a spending deal crumble in divided senate

the federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of president donald trump's inauguration in a striking display of washington dysfunction.last-minute negotiations crumbled as senate democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. behind the scenes, however, leading republicans and democrats were already moving toward a next step, trying to work out a compromise to avert a lengthy shutdown.since the shutdown began at the start of a weekend, many of the immediate effects will be muted for most americans. but any damage could build quickly if the closure is prolonged. and it comes with no shortage of embarrassment for the president and political risk for both parties, as they wager that voters will punish the other at the ballot box in november.social security and most other safety net programs are unaffected by the lapse in federal spending authority. critical government functions will continue, with uniformed service members, health inspectors and law enforcement officers set to work without pay. but if no deal is brokered before monday, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed.after hours of closed-door meetings and phone calls, the senate scheduled its late-night vote on a house-passed plan. it gained 50 votes to proceed to 49 against, but 60 were needed to break a democra...





government shutdown expected to be costly, disruptive for san diego

like the rest of the nation, san diego would be affected by a federal shutdown.in 2013’s shutdown, the region stood to lose $7 million in economic activity per week.there are about 35,000 federal employees in the san diego area, but not all would be furloughedthe military will report for duty, but might not get paid beyond feb. 1.if federal lawmakers fail to fund the government and the united states shuts down for everything except essential operations, san diego’s economy would lose millions of dollars.if the 2013 shutdown is any precedent, for every week the feds are out of commission the san diego region will miss about about $7 million in economic activity, due in large part to furloughed government employees and ones who still have to show up to their job but don’t get their regular paycheck. about 35,000 federal employees currently live in the region, according to the office of personnel management.the house of representatives passed a short-term spending bill on thursday but it appears that a deal is uncertain in the senate before it goes to president donald trump for his consideration. if lawmakers don’t approve spending by midnight, a portion of the government will close first thing on saturday morning.hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed, causing hiccups across the country.the largest part of the local federal economy, the military, will at least temporarily, keep working as usual. but if the shutdown lasts beyond feb. 1, they’ll s...





san diegans rally for daca as shutdown looms

as politicians on capitol hill face off over an impending government shutdown, young unauthorized immigrants in san diego hope that the wait over what their futures could hold will soon be over.they gathered at a park in city heights on friday to rally with supporters and remind the public why so much is at stake for them during congress’s negotiations.“we have our own dreams that some day we'll be able to have peace of mind,” said natchel bello, one of the rally organizers.the deferred action for childhood arrivals program gave unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the u.s. as children two-year renewable permits protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work.they've been waiting since president donald trump announced in september that the program would end in six months. the delay was intended to give congress time to take action for a more permanent solution for daca recipients like bello.congress has reached a stalemate, with one side calling for immigration restrictionist measures in exchange for a solution and the other side refusing to sign on to a spending bill without protection for so called "dreamers” included.with some republicans siding with the young immigrants, the split does not run cleanly down party lines.if congress doesn't reach a solution by midnight on the east coast, some parts of the government will shut down, causing furloughs for federal employees.bello said she empathizes with federal employees who would lose paychecks, ...





a government shutdown would be costly, disruptive for san diego

like the rest of the nation, san diego would be affected by a federal shutdown.in 2013’s shutdown, the region stood to lose $7 million in economic activity per week.there are about 35,000 federal employees in the san diego area, but not all would be furloughedthe military will report for duty, but might not get paid beyond feb. 1.if federal lawmakers fail to fund the government and the united states shuts down for everything except essential operations, san diego’s economy would lose millions of dollars.if the 2013 shutdown is any precedent, for every week the feds are out of commission the san diego region will miss about about $7 million in economic activity, due in large part to furloughed government employees and ones who still have to show up to their job but don’t get their regular paycheck. about 35,000 federal employees currently live in the region, according to the office of personnel management.the house of representatives passed a short-term spending bill on thursday but it appears that a deal is uncertain in the senate before it goes to president donald trump for his consideration. if lawmakers don’t approve spending by midnight, a portion of the government will close first thing on saturday morning.hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be furloughed, causing hiccups across the country.the largest part of the local federal economy, the military, will at least temporarily, keep working as usual. but if the shutdown lasts beyond feb. 1, they’ll s...





government begins shutting down as congress races to agree on short-term spending bill

the federal government began shutting down early saturday after a flurry of dramatic, last-minute negotiations failed to end the congressional deadlock over a spending bill before a midnight deadline.but it may be temporary. intensive talks were continuing into the night on the senate floor, and a breakthrough was expected.the negotiations could not stop what became the first government shutdown since 2013, when republicans led an unpopular 16-day closure in their failed effort to repeal the affordable care act, or obamacare.earlier in the night, senate democrats — joined by some gop deficit hawks and immigration allies — filibustered a stopgap funding bill approved by the house on thursday. that sent all sides searching for an alternative deal.president trump postponed his weekend getaway to mar-a-lago in florida as the livelihoods of federal workers hung in the balance. on friday morning, trump reached out directly to senate minority leader charles e. schumer (d-n.y.), who rushed to the white house for a 90-minute meeting.after the meeting between the two new yorkers — which was attended by only the two of them and their chiefs of staff — schumer, who cut a previous budget deal with trump in the fall over the strong objections of gop leaders, said progress had been made but disagreements remained. trump, in a tweet, called it an “excellent preliminary meeting.”but according to sen. john cornyn (r-texas), trump largely washed his hands of the crisis and urged con...





showers, cold air moving into san diego county

captionat 9:52 a.m. pacific, osiris-rex (short for origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, and security-regolith explorer) hits its closest point to earth, 11,000 miles above antarctica. (sept. 22, 2017) at 9:52 a.m. pacific, osiris-rex (short for origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, and security-regolith explorer) hits its closest point to earth, 11,000 miles above antarctica. (sept. 22, 2017)





deer mouse found with potentially deadly virus

a california deer mouse caught in routine trapping in the santa ysabel area has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, the first positive testing of the virus in san diego county this year.county officials are reminding people of several ways to protect themselves if they find rodents living in their homes, sheds and garages.people should never sweep up or vacuum up rodent nests and droppings if they find them, but instead use “wet cleaning” methods to keep hantavirus from being stirred into the air where it can be inhaled, officials advise.hantavirus is not unusual in san diego county, but it is mainly carried by wild mice that do not live in the same spaces with people. the mouse that tested positive was trapped in inaja memorial park in santa ysabel.infected rodents shed hantavirus through their saliva, urine and feces. when that matter dries, it and the virus can be stirred into the air if swept or vacuumed, where it can be breathed in.hantavirus can cause deadly infections in people and there is no vaccine or cure, but there is little chance of being exposed to the virus if wild rodents are kept out of homes and workplaces.county officials recommend several steps for avoiding exposure to hantavirus, including sealing all external holes larger than a dime in homes, garages and sheds. people also should avoid rodent-infested areas and not stir up dust or materials that may be contaminated with rodent droppings and urine.after wet-cleaning an area, peopl...





tom petty died of accidental drug overdose, coroner's office says

captionperris residents were shocked to learn of allegations against david allen turpin and louise anna turpin, who were arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after authorities said their 13 children had been chained and malnourished inside their home. perris residents were shocked to learn of allegations against david allen turpin and louise anna turpin, who were arrested on suspicion of torture and child endangerment after authorities said their 13 children had been chained and malnourished inside their home.