In an earlier post, I stated I was amazed at Comey’s behavior. Now I’m convinced he has one hell of an immunity deal. His book tour is basically a slow rolling confession, and implication that others were involved in the intentional undermining of a lawfully elected President.
He is implicating Clapper as the one behind telling Comey to brief the President. Then Clapper, who now works for CNN, appears to have told them, thus giving a “hook” to the story so CNN would run with it.
If you wrote a novel with this as a plot line, your publisher would call this too far out to be believed.
In newly-released personal memos, ex-FBI Director James Comey wrote that he briefed President Donald Trump on unverified claims about an alleged escapade with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013 because “media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook.”
In actuality, Comey’s very briefing, which was subsequently leaked to CNN, provided the network with the hook to publish a story on the controversial dossier containing the infamous “Russian prostitute” claims as well as unsubstantiated charges of collusion between Russia and members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. CNN’s report resulted in worldwide coverage of the dossier charges.
In its report, CNN noted that the dossier claims were circulating for months among the news media, and that the inclusion of the dossier claims in the briefing with Trump and another with President Obama gave the charges some credibility.
Last night, the redacted and declassified sections of Comey’s 15 pages of memos were released after the documents were sent to Congress by the Justice Department.
Comey recounts a January 6, 2017 briefing with President-Elect Trump at Trump Tower at which he informed Trump about the dossier allegations after other officials left the room and the two of them were alone.
Comey says he told Trump that he was briefing him in part because CNN was looking to run with the story:
I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands. I said media like CNN had them and were looking for a news hook. I said it was important that we not give them the excuse to write that the FBI has the material or [REDACTED] and that we were keeping it very close-hold. He said he couldn’t believe they hadn’t gone with it. I said it was inflammatory stuff that they would get killed for reporting straight up from the source reports.
In his memoir, published earlier this week, Comey also claims that CNN was a factor in his decision to include the dossier claims in the classified briefing to Trump and another briefing to President Obama.
He wrote:Still, I could see no way out of it. The FBI was aware of the material. Two United States senators separately contacted me to alert me to its existence and the fact that many in Washington either had it or knew of it. CNN had informed the FBI press office that they were going to run with it as soon as the next day.
The news hook that CNN in part used to report on the dossier claims was actually the briefing on the matter by Comey, and a similar briefing to President Obama by administration officials.
On January 10, CNN was first to report the leaked information that the controversial contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings inside classified documents presented one week earlier to Obama and Trump.
The news network cited “multiple U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings” – in other words, officials leaking information about classified briefings – revealing the dossier contents were included in a two-page synopsis that served as an addendum to a larger report on Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The documents were given to the politicians during the briefings delivered by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, the officials told CNN.
How did the leak get to CNN? Clapper was very close to them, so probably him. Or…
Valerie Jarrett’s daughter goes to work for CNN in September, under the radar (incestuous enough??).
The New York Post reports that Laura Jarrett, daughter of Valerie Jarrett, was “quietly hired” by CNN in September to work as a reporter in Washington. No formal announcement by the network from that time can be found announcing the hire.
According to her CNN bio page, the Harvard-educated Laura Jarrett has “worked as a litigation attorney in Chicago. In private practice, Jarrett focused on defending companies and individuals in government investigations brought by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as complex commercial litigation.”
The page makes no mention of her mother serving as a senior adviser to the president for the past eight years.
Prior to starting at CNN in September, Jarrett had no experience in journalism, according to her CNN biography.
Her most recent story filed for CNN.com is titled, “Ethics paperwork still missing for Trump’s billionaire Cabinet picks.”
But the thing about having an ego the size of Comey’s is he can’t see where he’s walking. Right now he is walking dangerously close to the edge between just being a butt-hurt jerk who wants revenge and someone who violated one of the many, many laws the feds like to use to get people.The DOJ is looking into his actions to see if he did cross the line.
Former FBI Director James Comey has questions to answer, after a report on Friday revealed he leaked at least two memos documenting his conversations with President Trump that contained classified information.
Comey leaked at least two memos with classified information to his friend, former federal prosecutor and Columbia University Professor Daniel C. Richman, documenting his private conversations with President Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.
His leaking of classified information is currently under investigation by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.
According to the report, Comey himself redacted elements of one of the memos that he “knew to be classified” before handing it over to Richman.
He reportedly determined that the other memo contained “no classified information,” but after he left the FBI, officials upgraded it to “confidential.”
Last year, Comey implied to senators during a June 8 hearing that the memos he gave to Richman on May 15 after he was fired on May 9 were not classified.
During that hearing, he said he wrote his memos in a way so that they would not be classified, so that the memos could be shared more easily among investigators and within the government, as Breitbart News has reported.
Comey said at the hearing, “If I write it such a way that doesn’t include anything of a classification, that would make it easier for to us discuss within the FBI and the government, and to hold onto it in a way that makes it accessible to us.”
However, his redaction of one of the memos before giving it to his friend shows he knew it was classified.
During that hearing, he also admitted he gave memos to Richman to give to the media for the purpose of prompting a special counsel investigation into Trump.
A source close to Trump’s legal team told Breitbart News at the time that they were planning to file complaints against Comey with the Justice Department inspector general. The DOJ IG’s office had pointed to an existing investigation on Comey, but did not say whether it would be expanded to include the leaking of the memos.
Now I have little faith in the Washington DOJ. They aren’t going to indict Comey. (Can you imagine the fallout??)
First, Comey intentionally tried to be cute by attempting to work around the confidential part by stating he “rewrote” the memos he gave to his professor buddy so he wouldn’t get in trouble. If you work that hard, you must know you are doing something wrong. But he claims it is not confidential material, in his opinion, so no problem. Except he does not get to decide that. So maybe a problem.
Second, Comey must have one hell of an immunity deal with Mueller for him to be running around trying to sell his book. I say this because as Comey talks he tells more and more conflicting tales. And they are tales! As we speak Comey says he had no idea that McCabe was leaking to the WSJ or that McCabe was hiding Weiner’s laptop. I will say now Comey is more than likely lying. How could he NOT be notified by the usual routes that the NYPD had a mirror copy of Weiner’s laptop and were screaming that the FBI do something??
But the DOJ/IG/Mueller crew decided to go with Comey rather than McCabe. I hope Andy kept notes.
In Comey’s interviews it gets more a “I was such a righteous guy in such a difficult position. A boy scout in a sea of corrupt politicians. I did my best…but those other guys.” crappola and less the truth of what HE did and knew.
It’s like he’s positioning himself for some kind of bailout. Which will involved Mueller I’m sure. Getting charged with leaking classified information would screw that up. It would also screw up Mueller and the IG taking Comey’s word for what went down between McCabe and Comey.
I will be interested to know if McCabe kept notes on Comey. I would be interested to know what notes were kept by Strzok and Page too. And we haven’t even gotten to the rest of the not so small “small group” cabal that is involved which include Lynch, Jarrett, Obama, Yates, Baker, Clapper and Brennan. It is a rogue gallery for sure, willing to undermine American free will to get their choice in. That is some seriously bad stuff.
One thing for sure. Once stripped of the insulation of the office Comey is exposed as just not being that bright or talented. Amazing how government draws these types of people to it. Full of ego, lacking in ethics and integrity.
Clapper is mad. Hillary is mad. Lynch is mad. Obama is mad. Trump is mad. The IG is mad. Congress is mad.
Good job if the goal was to piss everybody off. Welcome to the twisted ego world of Comey.