‘Collect Evidence and Cover Your Backside’
He has no idea what he is doing and has now entered the realm of actions that are detrimental to the security of the United States. President Trump needs to be impeached.
— Scott in Middle of the Pacific.
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3. Considering that the presidency is the most powerful job in our country, maybe interviews with candidates should be more serious and about policy. Let’s make sure that they’re actually qualified to lead before the election.
— John Kowalski, on The New York Times’s Facebook page, reacting to a profile of Jimmy Fallon in which the late-night host addressed a controversial interview he conducted with Mr. Trump before the election.
4. I appreciate Jimmy Fallon and his humor. It’s the one show that makes me laugh, introduces me to new music and allows me to escape the everyday politics that I read about and hear about every second. It’s the comic relief that we all so desperately need.
— Courtney Alex Wittenstein, on The Times’s Facebook page.
James Comey’s Memo
5. Mr. Comey’s memos sound like the actions of an experienced F.B.I. director: Collect evidence and cover your backside. I would have postmarked a letter to myself the same day and left the envelope sealed. Comey is apparently smart enough that he doesn’t need tapes. Although, any evidence of actual recordings would be quite hilarious. Once again, we find President Trump outclassed. He sure knows how to pick a fight with the wrong people.
— Andy in Salt Lake City, Utah, reacting to an article about a memo written by Mr. Comey saying that Mr. Trump asked him to shut down a federal investigation into Michael T. Flynn.
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6. If Trump obstructed justice in February, why is this a revelation in May? Would Comey be so principled if he were still in his job? Is anyone principled in the media and DC? Trump may be on very thin ice, but I do not see his tormentors as heroes.
The partisanship and dirty games are on display. We got Trump because of this. The insiders won’t be vindicated just because their witch hunt had an actual witch. They are showing themselves, too. I hope some statesmen will be revealed in this tawdry mess. Both parties should be held accountable for giving us [Trump] and [Hillary Clinton] as choices. And shame on us for allowing them to.
Mogul to Millennials: Skip the Avocado Toast
7. From an employed millennial, your dollar was worth more than mine is today, and my avocado toast helps me cope with that. Thanks.
— Jason Heinen, on The Times’s Facebook page, responding to an article about an Australian real estate mogul’s suggestion that young adults would be more likely to buy a home if they cut discretionary spending.
8. My grandfather’s starting salary was $19,000 and he bought a house for $25,000. Houses don’t cost one year’s salary anymore. I make good money and don’t spend super frivolously and I still don’t think I’d be in a position to buy, nor am I sure I’d want to. I don’t want to deplete all of my resources on a house.
— Ben Traudt, on The Times’s Facebook page
9. Perhaps Mr. Trump will recognize finally that he cannot operate as he did when he led a family-owned business. The separation of powers was put in place for such circumstances as this investigation. I applaud the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel; a man of integrity, he is well respected and fair minded.
— Peyton Collier-Kerr in North Carolina, reacting to an article about the appointment of Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, to oversee an investigation into ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
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10. What we are seeing is nothing less than an attempted coup by the dirty Democrats.
The Democratic Party is furious over losing the election, so it has decided to render Mr. Trump unable to function. The Democrats have no interest in the truth or in the facts. The political value of these “scandals” rests with the existence of investigations; period. Mr. Trump will now find it impossible to cut taxes, reform health care, or conduct foreign policy. He is being effectively neutered in front of the world.
— mark menser in Fort Myers, Fla.
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