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(Washington Post)   Trump hires the best people. THE BEST. Like lawyers who argue over their Russia investigation strategy. Loudly. In public. At a restaurant. Next door to the New York Times DC bureau office. Where the reporters like to eat   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2017-09-18 07:25:04 AM  
I don't know how many times we are watching TV or a movie and the characters are having an extremely confidential conversation while walking through a public location and we scream at the screen that damn it, you shouldn't talk about that anyplace except inside the cone of silence.

On the other hand.  Could this have been a deliberate attempt to leak information?
 
2017-09-18 07:44:23 AM  
hmmm, sounds like they deliberately planted the story. Also, they hate McGahn apparently. Maybe they're trying to either get him fired or have Mueller demand the documents locked away in McGahn's safe
 
2017-09-18 07:45:13 AM  
Wow.  Just....wow.  I don't know what's more impressive about this administration, how obviously crooked they are or how obviously incompetent they are.
 
2017-09-18 07:49:03 AM  
We're just winning so much I'm starting to get sick of it!
 
2017-09-18 07:52:32 AM  

somedude210: hmmm, sounds like they deliberately planted the story. Also, they hate McGahn apparently. Maybe they're trying to either get him fired or have Mueller demand the documents locked away in McGahn's safe


If that's the case, then these are the only two smart people in the entire Trump administration.

I find that unlikely.....
 
2017-09-18 07:53:50 AM  
...aaaand why do we green the Post story, then?
 
2017-09-18 07:57:04 AM  

Mad Scientist: ...aaaand why do we green the Post story, then?


There's a NYT link to the same story up the page.  Maybe they want to be fair and balanced.
 
2017-09-18 08:00:04 AM  
I'm going to echo the sentiments in this thread that this was planned.  It's just too stupid to be an accident, even for these chucklefarks.
 
2017-09-18 08:03:11 AM  

Mad Scientist: ...aaaand why do we green the Post story, then?


the NYT story is green. However this story is entertaining in its own right...assuming they didn't do this deliberately. If they didn't, this is hilarious.

If they did plan this, then we should probably take everything they said with a grain of salt so large its normally reserved for Louise Mensch "scoops"
 
2017-09-18 08:05:55 AM  
Still not over it eh!
 
2017-09-18 08:14:22 AM  
"We are TOTALLY going with THIS strategy, Fellow Lawyers! No, we should do THIS thing INSTEAD! That will confound that darned Investigator! Yes, you are RIGHT Bob!"

I can almost imagine them clomping on the floor and then tapping increasingly lightly to simulate their walking away so that they could listen to the reporters talking afterwards...
 
2017-09-18 08:17:04 AM  

Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!


over what? An ongoing investigation into bribery and espionage at the highest levels of this administration?
 
2017-09-18 08:17:45 AM  

PainInTheASP: I'm going to echo the sentiments in this thread that this was planned.  It's just too stupid to be an accident, even for these chucklefarks.


FTA:
According to The Times, the breach did not sit well with White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly who, after being contacted by the Times, "privately erupted at Mr. Cobb." Whether he also erupted at Dowd is not known.

I'm not ruling out that it was an intentional stunt, but...
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2017-09-18 08:24:19 AM  
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2017-09-18 08:26:29 AM  

BizarreMan: On the other hand.  Could this have been a deliberate attempt to leak information?


Ya think?

Lawyers: "There is nothing there. Why is WB being so secretive? Oh, and there are 2 documents IN A SAFE." *looks directly at reporter*
 
2017-09-18 08:27:02 AM  
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I mean, c'mon... this was deliberate.
 
2017-09-18 08:27:43 AM  

GardenWeasel: BizarreMan: On the other hand.  Could this have been a deliberate attempt to leak information?

Ya think?

Lawyers: "There is nothing there. Why is WB being so secretive? Oh, and there are 2 documents IN A SAFE." *looks directly at reporter*


Stupid phone. WH not WB
 
2017-09-18 08:28:47 AM  

PainInTheASP: I'm going to echo the sentiments in this thread that this was planned.  It's just too stupid to be an accident, even for these chucklefarks.


Sometimes the diabetus makes people confused or disoriented. Cobb may have thought he was at the WH cafeteria.
 
2017-09-18 08:35:23 AM  
Vogel took their picture and tweeted it. That looks like a big bottle of sparkling water on the table.

Sparkling water? I don't know how anyone could work in Trump's legal defence and not be drunk 24/7.
 
2017-09-18 08:36:03 AM  

PainInTheASP: I'm going to echo the sentiments in this thread that this was planned.  It's just too stupid to be an accident, even for these chucklefarks.


Would you rather leak sensitive info to the press anonymously, or would you prefer to appear to be a couple of idiots that got overheard at lunch?

I don't know many people that would go the "idiots" route.
 
2017-09-18 08:36:59 AM  
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When did Wilford Brimley and Droopy the Dog open a law firm?
 
2017-09-18 08:38:08 AM  

scottydoesntknow: [img.washingtonpost.com image 300x189]

When did Wilford Brimley and Droopy the Dog open a law firm?


Only the best people.
 
2017-09-18 08:40:52 AM  
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This has to be a plant.

Though... they could have been lazy and drunk or really liked their Caesar Salad.
 
2017-09-18 08:41:10 AM  
''This is pretty much the storyline of every Hogan's Heros episode.
 
2017-09-18 08:46:50 AM  
I wonder how many other leaks coming out of the White House follow this pattern and this is the first time they've been outed?
 
2017-09-18 08:49:07 AM  
While we've been praising WaPo and NYT for all their big scoops, it turns out the last four have been Trump aides walking into their lobbies, dropping a stack of sensitive papers in a folder labeled "TRUMP SECRET INTEL", and screaming "Oh no not again!" as they slowly walk out the door.
 
2017-09-18 08:53:13 AM  

somedude210: Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!

over what? An ongoing investigation into bribery and espionage at the highest levels of this administration?


See, you took what he thought was witty and made it sad.  Now he'll never get an erection today. :(
 
2017-09-18 08:55:57 AM  
Set up? Set up.
 
2017-09-18 08:56:07 AM  
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2017-09-18 08:56:21 AM  
At my workplace, part of our new hire orientation discusses (and cautions against) this very behavior - that there's ALWAYS someone listening when you're in public, and that work shouldn't be discussed in detail outside of the office.

It's bizarre to me that folks who work with far more sensitive, and far more impactful, information can't seem to follow guidelines that my employer hands out to even the meanest of us...
 
2017-09-18 08:56:57 AM  
Leaks 2.0?
 
2017-09-18 08:57:02 AM  

Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!


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2017-09-18 08:57:12 AM  

Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!


No.  We're not over the POTUS colluding with a hostile government.  If we were, we'd be traitors.
 
2017-09-18 08:57:51 AM  

born_yesterday: somedude210: Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!

over what? An ongoing investigation into bribery and espionage at the highest levels of this administration?

See, you took what he thought was witty and made it sad.  Now he'll never get an erection today. :(


Not with that attitude you won't.
 
2017-09-18 09:01:05 AM  
Did they eat their steaks Trump style?
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2017-09-18 09:01:53 AM  

Circusdog320: ''This is pretty much the storyline of every Hogan's Heros episode.


Klink / Hofstetter 2020  
"A step up from the last guys"

 
2017-09-18 09:02:04 AM  
This can't possibly be real, can it? This has to be a setup of some sort. No one can possibly be this idiotic outside of The Simpsons.
 
2017-09-18 09:02:52 AM  

scottydoesntknow: [img.washingtonpost.com image 300x189]

When did Wilford Brimley and Droopy the Dog open a law firm?


Didn't he do that with Tom Cruise?  Didn't work out for him if memory serves.
 
2017-09-18 09:04:36 AM  
How long before the next Fake News! tweet?
 
2017-09-18 09:04:41 AM  

somedude210: Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!

over what? An ongoing investigation into bribery and espionage at the highest levels of this administration?


Let's not forget the money laundering and the obstruction of justice. That wouldn't be fair.
 
2017-09-18 09:05:20 AM  
So, the operative theory up-thread is that these two somehow had "intel" that a NYT investigative reporter was going to be having lunch at BLT Steak on that date and time, so they coordinated their own lunch with his and also somehow arranged to be seated near him so as to ensure he would overhear a carefully scripted conversation meant to misdirect the press?

Or...

They're two middle-aged (likely older) "alpha male" types without volume control and so oblivious to those around them that the thought of someone actually understanding and appreciating the importance of the content of their yapping was beyond their comprehension.

Seriously-have none of you ever had lunch with one of these types? A senior executive, a law firm partner, a tenured professor? They can. Not. Shut. Up. "Blovating" doesn't even begin to capture it. And two of them, together, over a steak? Trump and Kelly should be grateful they didn't bring documents with them, or they'd have been marking each other's mark-ups while describing each one in great detail the entire time.
 
2017-09-18 09:06:18 AM  

LL316: Deep Contact: Still not over it eh!

No.  We're not over the POTUS colluding with a hostile government.  If we were, we'd be traitors.


Sounds like you're the dreamers.
 
2017-09-18 09:08:06 AM  
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2017-09-18 09:09:33 AM  
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2017-09-18 09:10:26 AM  

capn' fun: So, the operative theory up-thread is that these two somehow had "intel" that a NYT investigative reporter was going to be having lunch at BLT Steak on that date and time, so they coordinated their own lunch with his and also somehow arranged to be seated near him so as to ensure he would overhear a carefully scripted conversation meant to misdirect the press?

Or...

They're two middle-aged (likely older) "alpha male" types without volume control and so oblivious to those around them that the thought of someone actually understanding and appreciating the importance of the content of their yapping was beyond their comprehension.

Seriously-have none of you ever had lunch with one of these types? A senior executive, a law firm partner, a tenured professor? They can. Not. Shut. Up. "Blovating" doesn't even begin to capture it. And two of them, together, over a steak? Trump and Kelly should be grateful they didn't bring documents with them, or they'd have been marking each other's mark-ups while describing each one in great detail the entire time.


There are multiple sides to this.

1)  Reporters know the lawyers go for lunch at one of three or four different places.  Always at the same time and they always sit in their spot.  Reporters set up a pool and stake out those places.
2)  Lawyers do the same in reverse.
3)  You're right about loudmouths talking on and on and loudly in public.  I've been an unwitting witness on many occasions to such behavior.  It makes me want to scream at them to shut up.  And if the reporters are aware of that behavior in the lawyers it feeds back into my number one.
 
2017-09-18 09:10:51 AM  
They're in bigly trouble now. Leaking is super-duper-illegal, believe me.
 
2017-09-18 09:11:38 AM  

capn' fun: So, the operative theory up-thread is that these two somehow had "intel" that a NYT investigative reporter was going to be having lunch at BLT Steak on that date and time, so they coordinated their own lunch with his and also somehow arranged to be seated near him so as to ensure he would overhear a carefully scripted conversation meant to misdirect the press?

Or...

They're two middle-aged (likely older) "alpha male" types without volume control and so oblivious to those around them that the thought of someone actually understanding and appreciating the importance of the content of their yapping was beyond their comprehension.

Seriously-have none of you ever had lunch with one of these types? A senior executive, a law firm partner, a tenured professor? They can. Not. Shut. Up. "Blovating" doesn't even begin to capture it. And two of them, together, over a steak? Trump and Kelly should be grateful they didn't bring documents with them, or they'd have been marking each other's mark-ups while describing each one in great detail the entire time.


It's a case of 'why not both?' It's not like we're going to get the truth from them, so they have this wonderful superposition of being two different types of arrogant pricks at the same time.
 
2017-09-18 09:11:39 AM  
more staged than a Tom Cruise "marriage."
 
2017-09-18 09:12:03 AM  
Somebody had to say it...
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2017-09-18 09:12:32 AM  
Those are bad lawyers allright.  I saw one of them try to kill Tom Cruise in a movie.
 
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