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For 15 years residents of Estero have been fighting to keep the 4,000 acre Edison Farms property, located across I-75 from the Brooks, free of development and the CR951 roadway, we have a real opportunity to see it acquired for permanent conservation.

On Tuesday morning at 9:30 at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., downtown Fort Myers, the Lee County Commissioners will make their decision on the current opportunity to purchase the Edison Farms property. 

The property known as Edison Farms is adjacent to Hidden Cypress Preserve--a Conservation 20/20 preserve--and lands maintained by the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW). County commissioners have made preserving Edison Farms a top legislative priority for the past two years and have made prior attempts to acquire the property as a Conservation 20/20 site.During its January 24, 2017, regular meeting, the Board of County Commissioners authorized staff to again explore the possibility of acquiring Edison Farms. County staff responded to Land Solutions' call for offers issued on January 16, 2017, and has been corresponding with the broker since that time. In addition, the County has obtained three appraisals from state certified real estate appraisers. The resulting valuations are $35,160,000; $37,000,000; and $42,435,000. The property seller (Investor's Warranty of America) has represented through Land Solutions, Inc., that it will convey the property to Lee County under the terms specified in Option 2 below.Options at this time:
  1. Do nothing more at this time;
  2. Agree to Seller's terms of $49,000,000 plus documentary stamps and title insurance costs (estimated to be approximately $450,000); no modifications to existing Oil, Gas & Mineral rights (below 140' with ingress/egress held by Collier Land and Cattle Corp. and Barron Collier Resources, LLC); and close no later than October 30, 2017 (this action requires an affirmative vote of 4 Commissioners per Section 125.355, Florida Statutes);
  3. Authorize staff to present an offer to purchase - a) Highest appraised value - sale price of $42,435,000 would ultimately require 4 votes ("extraordinary vote" per Section 125.355, Florida Statutes) b) Average appraised value (or less) - sale price up to $38,198,333 would ultimately require 3 affirmative votes.
What's at Stake:
3,900 acres of quality wetlands critical to Estero's future water supply, flooding control, and wildlife. 

What You Can Do:
Contact commissioners in support of obtaining the entire Edison Farms property in perpetuity. You may also attend the meeting and speak before the Commissioners. 

9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 20

Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., downtown Fort Myers
from ECCL Actions newsletter sharing Village of Estero's original post
Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:12

Medical Advice To Live By

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true? 

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap. 

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables? 

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products. 

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake? A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up! Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? 

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc. 

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? 

A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good! 

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you? 

A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you? 

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? 

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach. 

Q: Is chocolate bad for me? 

A: Are you crazy? HELLO! Cocoa beans ! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around! 

Q: Is swimming good for your figure? 

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me. 

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle? 

A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!


Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. 

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies. 

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine 
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

5. The Germans drink lots of beer, eat lots of sausages
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 

Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

Thursday, 15 June 2017 21:10

The Impeach-Trump Conspiracy

Pressed by Megyn Kelly on his ties to President Trump, an exasperated Vladimir Putin blurted out, "We had no relationship at all. ... I never met him. ... Have you all lost your senses over there?"
Yes, Vlad, we have.
Consider the questions that have convulsed this city since the Trump triumph, and raised talk of impeachment.
Did Trump collude with Russians to hack the DNC emails and move the goods to WikiLeaks, thus revealing the state secret that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was putting the screws to poor Bernie Sanders? 
If not Trump himself, did campaign aides collude with the KGB?
Now, given that our NSA and CIA seemingly intercept everything Russians say to Americans, why is our fabled FBI, having investigated for a year, unable to give us a definitive yes or no?
The snail's pace of the FBI investigation explains Trump's frustration. What explains the FBI's torpor? If J. Edgar Hoover had moved at this pace, John Dillinger would have died of old age. 
We hear daily on cable TV of the "Trump-Russia" scandal. Yet, no one has been charged with collusion, and every intelligence official, past or prevent, who has spoken out has echoed ex-acting CIA Director Mike Morrell: 
"On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians here, there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. ... There's no little campfire, there's no little candle, there's no spark."
Where are the criminals? Where is the crime? 
As for the meetings between Gen. Mike Flynn, Jared Kushner, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, it appears that Trump wanted a "back channel" to Putin so he could honor his commitment to seek better relations with Russia.
Given the Russophobia rampant here, that makes sense. And while it appears amateurish that Flynn would use Russian channels of communication, what is criminal about this? 
Putin is not Stalin. Soviet divisions are not sitting on the Elbe. The Cold War is over. And many presidents have used back channels. Woodrow Wilson sent Col. Edward House to talk to the Kaiser and the Brits. FDR ran messages to Churchill through Harry Hopkins.
As for Trump asking Director James Comey to cut some slack for Flynn, it is understandable in human terms. Flynn had been a loyal aide and friend and Trump had to feel rotten about having to fire the man.
So, what is really going on here? 
All the synthetic shock over what Kushner or Sessions said to Kislyak aside, this city's hatred for President Trump, and its fanatic determination to bring him down in disgrace, predates his presidency.
For Trump ran in 2016 not simply as the Republican alternative. He presented his candidacy as a rejection, a repudiation of the failed elites, political and media, of both parties. Americans voted in 2016 not just for a change in leaders but for a revolution to overthrow a ruling regime.
Thus this city has never reconciled itself to Trump's victory, and the president daily rubs their noses in their defeat with his tweets. 
Seeking a rationale for its rejection, this city has seized upon that old standby. We didn't lose! The election was stolen in a vast conspiracy, an "act of war" against America, an assault upon "our democracy," criminal collusion between the Kremlin and the Trumpites. 
Hence, Trump is an illegitimate president, and it is the duty of brave citizens of both parties to work to remove the usurper.
The city seized upon a similar argument in 1968, when Richard Nixon won, because it was said he had colluded to have South Vietnam's president abort Lyndon Johnson's new plan to bring peace to Southeast Asia in the final hours of that election.
Then, as now, the "t" word, treason, was trotted out.
Attempts to overturn elections where elites are repudiated are not uncommon in U.S. history. Both Nixon and Reagan, after 49-state landslides, were faced with attempts to overturn the election results. 
With Nixon in Watergate, the elites succeeded. With Reagan in Iran-Contra, they almost succeeded in destroying that great president as he was ending the Cold War in a bloodless victory for the West.
After Lincoln's assassination, President Andrew Johnson sought to prevent Radical Republicans from imposing a ruthless Reconstruction on a defeated and devastated South.
The Radicals enacted the Tenure of Office Act, stripping Johnson of his authority to remove any member of the Cabinet without Senate permission. Johnson defied the Radicals and fired their agent in the Cabinet, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. 
"Tennessee" Johnson was impeached, and missed conviction by one vote. John F. Kennedy, in his 1956 book, called the senator who had voted to save Johnson a "Profile in Courage."
If Trump is brought down on the basis of what Putin correctly labels "nonsense," this city will have executed a nonviolent coup against a constitutionally elected president. Such an act would drop us into the company of those Third World nations where such means are the customary ways that corrupt elites retain their hold on power.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Monday, 12 June 2017 19:22

Breakup of the West?

By the time Air Force One started down the runaway at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, to bring President Trump home, the Atlantic had grown markedly wider than it was when he flew to Riyadh.
In a Munich beer hall Sunday, Angela Merkel confirmed it. 
Europe must begin to look out for itself, she said, "take our fate into our own hands. ... The times in which we could rely fully on others, they are somewhat over." 
Merkel's apprehensions are understandable. A divorce could be in the cards. During his visit to NATO in Brussels and the G-7 in Sicily, Trump, with both his words and body language, revealed his thinking on who are friends and who are freeloaders.
Long before arriving, Trump had cheered Brexit, the British decision to quit the EU, and shown a preference for nationalist Marine Le Pen in the French election won handily by Emmanuel Macron.
But when it comes to leaders, Trump seems to prefer Deke House to student council types. He has hailed Vladimir Putin as a "strong ruler" and "very smart." In Riyadh, Trump declared King Salman a "wise man." He calls China's Xi Jinping "a great guy," and welcomed Turkish autocrat Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Oval Office: "It is a great honor to have you with us."
When Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who has imprisoned and killed thousands of the Muslim Brotherhood, came to visit, Trump said, "He's done a fantastic job in a very difficult situation." 
In a phone call, Trump also praised Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had narcotics dealers gunned down in the streets, for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem." 
Trump has even found merit in Kim Jong Un, the 33-year-old dictator of North Korea, describing him as a "a pretty smart cookie." 
And where Trump was photographed by the Russians grinning broadly with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his confab with Merkel was marked by a seeming reluctance to shake hands.
But the disagreements with Europe are deeper than matters of style. Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have indicated that in dealing with foreign nations, U.S. support for democratic norms and human rights will now take a back seat to strategic interests.
In Riyadh, Trump signaled the Sunni King of Bahrain we will no longer be giving him instructions on how to treat his Shiite majority. We're not "here to lecture," Trump assured the Arab royals. 
After the conclave, the king's police killed five and wounded dozens of demonstrators outside the home of a Shiite cleric, and arrested 286 of his supporters.
Of greater concern to Trump and Tillerson is the retention of the Persian Gulf naval base of the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain.
Trump also tilts toward GOP skepticism of the threat of global warming and is considering pulling out of the Paris climate accord that is the altarpiece of the environmentalist international.
In Brussels, Trump praised NATO's decision to back the U.S. war in Afghanistan after 9/11, but did not specifically recommit to Article 5, requiring all NATO nations to treat an attack on one as an attack on all, which our nervous NATO allies had wanted to hear.
Instead, they got an earful of pure Trump about how they owed back pay for NATO and that only five NATO nations were meeting their obligation to allocate 2 percent of GDP to defense.
Merkel seemed to take this as an implied threat that the U.S commitment to defend Europe from a Russia with one-tenth of NATO-Europe's GDP may be contingent, and may have a time limit on it.
Moreover, France, Britain and Germany appear far more solidly committed to the Iran nuclear deal than are Trump and Congress. 
A U.S.-NATO collision could come here, and soon.
The Iranians have signed on to purchase 100 Airbus aircraft and 80 commercial airliners from Boeing. If the Republicans impose new sanctions on Iran, or scupper the Boeing deal, Europe would have to decide whether to abandon the Airbus sales, or deliver the planes and perhaps take over the Boeing contract. That could bring a crisis.
And any U.S. confrontation with Iran, pressed upon us by Saudis, Israelis and Sunni Arabs could find Europeans bailing out wholesale on the next U.S. war in the Middle East.
Trump also seems less committed to the sanctions on Russia for its reannexation of Ukraine and support of pro-Russian rebels in the Donbass than does NATO Europe or Congress.
From his rough remarks, Trump sees the Europeans as freeloaders on U.S. defense, laggards on their NATO contributions, and mercantilists who craft policies to run endless trade surpluses at our expense, especially the Germans who are "bad, very bad."
The European half of Trump's trip should be taken as a fire-bell-in-the-night warning: Shape up, Europe, or you may find yourselves on your own when it comes to the defense of your continent. 
For we Americans have had about enough.
Patrick J. Buchanan
Monday, 12 June 2017 19:16

Comey Book Deal?

Publishers are "chompin at the bit" to sign a book deal with Comey

"Jim Comey's story has everything, from White House intrigue to possible corruption and law breaking. His explosive story makes 'West Wing' and 'House of Cards' on a par with Mister Rogers," an acquisition editor for a major New York publishing house told The Daily Mail.

"When his proposal hits my desk, I've already been authorized to offer $10 million."

A movie-TV agent also told the publication that he knows of a "top-drawer producer who's already talking to stars to cast the Comey role."

"He has to be tall, good-looking and a Jimmy Stewart-John Wayne-hero type. I was mesmerized when I spent the whole day watching Comey testify," the agent said. "Comey could expect a movie deal tied into the book worth many millions of dollars more, tens of millions."

John Avlon: Washington’s Warning to Future Generations


STREAMED LIVE ON THE WEB Wednesday, June 21 at 12 p.m.


John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, discusses the first president’s momentous and prescient farewell address to the nation and how the address could help reunite America through the lessons rooted in Washington’s experience as described in his new book, Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future GenerationsMichael Gerhardt, scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center, moderates.


A book sale and signing of Washington’s Farewell with John Avlon will follow the program.

This program is free for Members, $5 for Teachers & students, and $8 for Non-Members. Registration is recommended for all programs. Guests can call 215-409-6700 or click here to reserve tickets.


If you are interested in covering either of these programs or need additional information, please feel free to contact Merissa V.Blum, contact info below. The programs will also be streamed live at


Merissa V. Blum

Communications Manager

National Constitution Center
T: 215-409-6645 C: 215-370-0387


What Happened to Congress?


Monday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106


In the last decade, public approval for Congress hit an all-time low. Whether by executive overreach or internal dysfunction, Congress appears to have given up some of its power. Josh Chafetz, author of Congress’s ConstitutionCarl Hulse, chief Washington correspondent for The New York TimesDavid Mayhew, author of The Imprint of Congress, discuss why and what, if anything, Congress can do to take its power back. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates.


A book sale of Congress’s Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers (Chafetz) and The Imprint of Congress (Mayhew) will follow the program.

Admission is free for 1787 Society Members, $10 for Members, teachers & students, and $18 for Non-Members. Registration is recommended for all programs. Guests can call 215-409-6700 or click here to reserve tickets.




Monday, 12 June 2017 14:35

Time to Govern

On Nov. 9, 2016, in the stunned afterglow of Republicans taking the White House and holding both chambers of Congress, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put it plainly:
"It is now time for Republicans to govern," he said on CNBC. "There'll be no excuses now. And I think the number one focus will be repeal and replacement of Obamacare. I think that's where they'll go first."
Cantor was right, and it's a reminder Republicans need to hear today, as they return from recess with the first six months of the Trump presidency almost over.
Members of the GOP majorities need to realize that they have a job to do right now. Contrary to what many politicians seem to believe, that job is not, first and foremost, to get re-elected. Under President Barack Obama, Republican leaders had an effective formula for that. They would hold message votes, pass bills such as the repeal of Obamacare that had no chance of becoming law, avoid forcing members to take difficult votes, and suppress dissent and display unity by curtailing the committee process and the tradition of floor amendments.
That won't work anymore. There is now no easy formula for Republicans to win elections. The job of Republicans, now that voters have handed them control of the federal government, is to govern effectively.
Specifically, they must repeal Obamacare and make sure that its replacement is reasonable, responsible and workable. Then voters will support it. Second, Republicans need to reform the complex, distorting federal tax code, for both individuals and corporations, rekindling economic growth and, again, winning voter support.
Neither of these tasks will be easy. Both will, indeed, be very difficult, and will meet fierce opposition. But important jobs are often hard, and the nation sent the current crop of lawmakers to Capitol Hill to do this one.
The promise to repeal Obamacare is the central pillar of Republican control of government. Its passage in 2010 guaranteed the GOP takeover of the House. Republicans lost in 2012 when they nominated Mitt Romney, who had created Obamacare's predecessor in Massachusetts. Running on Obamacare repeal won the Senate in 2014. Trump won the White House in 2016 promising grandiosely to repeal the bill on his first day on the job.
Rushing repeal and replacement was never a good idea, and the American Health Care Act's failure in March highlighted that. It raised doubts around the country about whether Republicans were capable of governing. Most of Washington blamed that failure on intransigent conservatives in the Freedom Caucus. That charge stuck because in the Obama days, the Freedom Caucus felt free to be the loyal opposition to the loyal opposition, the out-of-power caucus within the out-of-power party.
But then in May, the Freedom Caucus negotiated, cut deals, compromised and, in the end, voted "yes." It started to try to govern rather than simply oppose. Conservatives weren't the only ones to adapt. The Tuesday Group of centrists splintered, and enough of them got behind the bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan also changed his ways and fostered a more collaborative, not merely consultative, legislating process.
There's still a long distance to cover before Republicans can be said to be governing. The healthcare bill needs to pass the Senate, pass the House again and become law.
Republicans need to do tax reform, and as a practical matter, they need to get it down before election season heats up next year.
On both of these efforts there will be dozens of competing interests.
First, there's K Street and the donor base. Industry lobbyists generally oppose Republicans' repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Special interests trying to protect their credits and loopholes have successfully fought off tax reform for years. Passing the bills they need to pass will require, at some point, telling lobbyists to buzz off and telling the donors they don't call the shots.
Second, there's political pressure on vulnerable incumbents. Liberal activists are dialing up the heat, and many Republicans are terrified of losing if they vote for something unpopular. But Obamacare is crumbling and needs to be replaced. Likewise, our tax system needs to be reformed. Statesmanship requires taking unpopular stances. So, lawmakers, screw up your courage and get it done.
In any event, Republicans worried that an unpopular vote will cost them their seats need to realize that there is no safe harbor anymore. Failure to govern will also cost Republicans their majority. Their choice is between being thrown out of power for incompetence, or heading into the 2018 midterm elections having demonstrated ability and resolve.
Coming up with a tax bill and a healthcare bill that can pass both chambers will be very difficult. Passing them will be risky. Governing isn't easy, but for Republicans today, it's their job.
Byron York
Thursday, 08 June 2017 15:49

Abusers of Freedom Behead Free Speech

We live in a complex, exciting and dangerous time when social media and 24-hour entertainment networks give everyone an open microphone. The potential benefits and pitfalls loom large.
Free speech has never been put to a greater test.
The most recent example of open mic derangement syndrome comes courtesy of ‘comedienne’ Kathy Griffin. It is the latest episode of an American exercising freedom without self-restraint, hoping a groveling apology will undo all harm.
Griffin said: "I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong."
She apologized for creating and distributing a disgusting 
depiction of the decapitated and bloodied head of President Donald Trump. CNN fired her, and rightly so.
An apology cannot undo this. The trauma this caused Trump's son, 11-year-old Barron Trump, may remain in the boy's psyche forever.
TMZ reports: "Trump family sources tell us Barron was in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody, beheaded image. We're told he panicked and screamed, 'Mommy, Mommy!'?"
In what universe is this 
acceptable behavior on the part of 
a nationally prominent celebrity or anyone else? Griffin must have known better. This is not the 
imagery one expects on TV in a civilized society, battling daily the sinister desires of enemies abroad who take joy in decapitating 
Christians, Jews and homosexuals.
Griffin's abysmal judgment came just after sportswriter Terry Frei was fired for tweeting he was "very uncomfortable" with Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the Indianapolis 500 on the day 
before Memorial Day.
Frei also apologized, saying he should have known better. You think?
The list of public figures fired, shunned or embarrassed for tweeting, posting or speaking 
before thinking is growing long and distinguished. It seems some people don't learn from the mistakes of others. They say and do as they please, and then apologize.
Even before the rise of 
social media, we had Jimmy the Greek insisting that blacks were "bred" to be better athletes than whites. The obligatory apology 
ensued, followed by a pressured 
There was Howard Cosell's "Look at that little monkey run!" Apology ensued, followed by a pressured retirement.
Paula Dean's show was 
canceled after she admitted to using racial slurs. Don Imus was fired for insulting the Rutgers women's basketball team in a 
manner considered sexist and racist. White House correspondent Helen Thomas made political waves for suggesting Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine." ESPN pink-sliped tennis analyst Doug Adler earlier this year for a seemingly racist remark about Venus Williams, “Bob Beckel from “The Five” was terminated by Fox last month for making an insensitive remark to an African- American employee, the list goes on and on.
Even the president of the United States has the public on edge each day, wondering what boundaries he might defy with his next early-morning tweet.
The architects of free speech, and other freedoms protected in the Constitution, anticipated users would overwhelmingly exercise common sense and decency.
Griffin's offensive and potentially dangerous depiction of the president is probably legal but tests First Amendment boundaries. Government cannot punish even the most offensive forms of expression. It cannot exercise prior restraint to prevent egregious messages, for which we should give thanks. The founders forbade prior restraint, counting on the 
culture to use self-restraint instead.
Free speech does not mean anything goes. Malign Jews, blacks or any demographic, and the culture can and will revolt. Employers, fans and friends will cut ties. They have every right to do so.
A society built on freedom should favor courtesy, kindness and decency. That means ...... Americans should think before they speak.
I’ve been calling for the new President to do a CLEAN SWEEP of ALL Obama appointees, in my columns, since the election!!! Completely rid the Civil Rights Division, DOJ of all attorneys, Democrats and Republicans, and start NEW.  
The Civil Rights Division has had a “put COPS in jail” pre- determined mental attitude, since long before I became an FBI Agent and MUST be changed to give EVERYONE an “innocent until proven guilty” chance! AG Sessions should rehire J. Christian Adams , the former ADAG who quit when Holder ordered the Black Panther Party case closed, revealing that he is a true racists.
Adams reported that Holder said that if the Panthers were white, harassing blacks, he would have prosecuted. Numerous Holder, Civil Right DOJ lawyers were held in contempt of Federal Court by Federal Judges (plural) for; Tampering With Evidence, Perjury, Witness Tampering and OTHER criminal offenses while trying to jail the Police for Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson and New Orleans. Other ADAG lawyers violated Federal Court Orders in Texas on Illegal Immigrants cases. 
In those cases, the DOJ Attorneys involved were banned from appearing in Federal Courts in 23 states!!! I’ll bet our readers NEVER heard any of that from Main Stream! Holder, himself, is the first and only AG EVER held in contempt of Congress! What did his boss, Obama, do about DOJ lawyers being accused of Federal Crimes? Nothing! An FBI Agent accused of the same would have been FIRED with NO presumption of innocence!!!!!
THERE ARE NO OBAMA APPOINTEES THAT I WOULD EVER TRUST!!! Valerie Jarrett vetted all of them!!!
Regarding the issue of President Trump asking Comey, his employee, about the Flynn investigation; with the Obama IRS illegally targeting Conservatives, the Obama NSA illegally monitoring Citizens, leaks from probable Obama holdovers EVERYWHERE (including the FBI) don’t you think someone needs to keep the investigations/investigators honest? It sure looks like Comey didn’t! The President can and should ask about ANY FBI investigation or NSA action or any other Agency action that the President feels necessary, to keep the leaking “intelligence” and “regulatory” Agencies honest!!
The President’s job is to “Enforce the Rule of Law”! That’s why we elected him, to rid us of an Administration that “overlooked” numerous criminal acts by Obama employees, starting with Hillary!  Oh yes, talk about Obstruction?
How about Obama declaring Hillary innocent DURING the FBI Criminal investigation? What is even worse, I believe that Comey intentionally sabotaged the Clinton email investigation to get Hillary off the hook. In my opinion, AG Lynch was going to decline prosecution on the email investigation blaming Comey’s FBI of blowing the investigation.
The discovery of the “intended” secret meeting on the tarmac between AG Lynch and Bill Clinton knocked Lynch out of the game and caused her to toss the ball to Comey! 
In my opinion, the interview of Hillary Clinton by “FBI Agents” was an intentional screw-up. No FBI Agent would ever do an interview like that!  It was outrageous, a debacle and had to be intentional! No Agent, I mean NO Agent I knew could be that stupid and Comey had to have significant control over ALL aspects of that debacle!
Regarding Flynn, keep in mind the President can pardon Flynn! If Obama can pardon convicted, murderous, violent, thieves… President Trump can certainly pardon a wrongly accused loyal American! But Comey had to be trying to set up Trump!
Comey’s firing while he was thousands of miles and hours away from his office was PERFECT. The DOJ sealed Comey’s office and took all his secret records, tapes, computers …you name it. Comey is in deep trouble! 
President Trump did NOT commit any Obstruction Violations even if he did ask Comey to cut Flynn a break. FBI Agents ask USA’s to cut subjects breaks all the time and for many reasons. Hey, you know what’s ironic? I believe Comey is going to be asking Trump for a break…you watch!
Why would the President “order” Comey to stop an investigation, risking a controversy, when all he has to do is pardon the man, if he feels he should? What explanations did you get from “despicable me” when he pardoned all those criminals he let back into society to ravage your friends and relatives? 
Here’s something else that no one picked up on, when Rep Jason Chaffetz  asked Comey, under oath, if he looked into whether Hillary had lied under oath? Comey responded that he needs a “referral” to open that case. WHAT? ...Mr. FBI Director, Mr. former US Attorney, where the hell did you learn THAT? An AGENT can and DOES open cases based upon News Paper articles, overheard conversations, gossip, TV programs. When I heard that, ALL my suspicions about Comey being either inept or a “Politician” (most likely the latter), came to fruition. I looked at my wife, also a former FBI employee, and she said, “Now you know for sure whose side he’s on”! 
Comey was the DOJ “investigator” who got Bill Clinton off the hook on the Marc Rich scandal!!! Really? Yup!
If the President fired Comey, because the President lost faith in the Director…the President was right on the money wasn’t he? But, trust me, there is much, much more than meets the eye on the Comey, Clinton deals. I predict, in my humble opinion, that people are going to jail after the NEW FBI is up and running and it won’t be “anybody Trump”!
Even IF Comey is inept, he has to know that Criminal Intent IS necessary in Obstruction Cases, even if he doesn’t know that intent is NOT necessary in certain Classified Information violations! Negligence is ALL that is required when it comes to our Secrets!! NO intent was necessary in SOME of Hillary’s violations. How can a former US Attorney be THAT wrong THAT many times? Answer…he can’t, it’s intentional!
I’m hoping President Trump will:
1. Fire ALL Obama appointees not stopping until they are ALL gone…Obama had 8 years…Holder was in the DOJ Civil Rights Division hiring racists, militant attorneys LONG before Obama.
2. Pull press passes on the worst fake news media’s, like the NY Times, Washington Com-post, CNN, etc and have Spicer tell the rest that the President will no longer tolerate fake reporting to the American people in an attempt to disrupt our Rule of Law. Report the truth or you’re gone!
3. Aside-I have real problems with Acting FBI Director’s McCabe’s wife receiving $675,000 from the DNC or anyone associated with the Clintons. Remove acting FBI Director McCabe now. Give him a lateral move from Headquarters. Besides, he’s Comey’s man!
4. Direct the AG to open a RICO investigation on Obama and his staff, starting with Hillary.
5. Appoint a FBI Director from a list of retired, “old” guard FBI ADICs like Jim Kallstrom, Doc Coulson, Milt Ahlerich, they will have the President’s back!. You will find them to be loyal to the end, competent investigators, and tough. 
Lawyers with no “AGENT” experience make lousy FBI Directors, period! Check the record, starting with Comey!
 J Gary DiLaura