I’ve supported Comey in the past when he tried to thread the needle in the fixed Hillary email “investigation.” By stepping out, he did the right thing, I thought for the right reasons. However, lately we’ve all seen him shift from the ethical guy- trying to save his agency from corruption- to a guy who is really only interested in his own reputation and maybe power.
Years ago it was revealed the reason J Edgar Hoover was never fired from being the original head of the FBI was not because he was great at his job, but more that he had dirt on everyone in DC. Nobody wanted to cross him because he would work to take them out.
I have thought we were beyond this, but I was wrong. The “deep state” cabal does exist and Comey is sadly part of it.
All of these leaks appear to emanate from one decision Trump made last week: firing Comey.
The termination of the former FBI director, at first, appeared to be greeted with bipartisan support. Then an hour after the news broke, the media and Democrats began treating it as the equivalent of a coup. More importantly, it angered many in the intelligence community, which now seems dead set on paralyzing the Trump administration.
All tough decisions come with blowback, of course, and it should have been expected that firing Comey would come with serious consequences. But the problem for Trump is this: what the hell did he hope to gain by making such a controversial move?
You could say he could get a better FBI director who could shed the taint of appearing too cozy with the Clintons during the 2016 campaign. But two of the top choices for the job are acting Andrew McCabe, who has strong ties to Clintonworld, and Merrick Garland, the liberal judge Democrats tried to claim was a lovable moderate.
The reports are that his son in law thought the Left would love to see Comey gone. They did not. In fact, within hours the new “obstruction of justice” meme took flight. And frankly, Trump could have not kick Comey in the nods on the way out of the door. But that’s Trump and he may have gotten a heads up that Comey was going to act out.
Which brings us to the notes.
As I have said, Comey went from a good guy, knee deep in the corrupt DC swamp, to Diogenes. He’s become the “last honest man” seeking justice for the nation. Sadly, instead of keeping quiet and writing a book, Comey decided to make it worse for the nation. He picked himself over his country. The method of his revenge was to have a “friend” read to the Washington Post part of Comey’s notes he wrote after he met with Trump. The trouble of course is nobody saw the notes, nobody talked with Comey and the media went with the story anyway.
My first thought was “You took notes on all important meetings?” Then I’m told he is known far and wide as a detailed note taker. Well now. By making those notes public and using them to harm the PRESIDENT, you have pushed what could be considered private notes into the public, which makes them our notes. He is not a lawyer acting for a client, he is a law enforcement officer. Those notes have evidentiary value. That’s the law anywhere in the country. You take notes, you had better expect a smart defense attorney to ask for them in a questionable case. And Hillary getting away with what she did is a very questionable case.
So, Mr. Comey, please turn over all the notes of EVERY meeting you had dealing with Obama/IRS/Hillary/Holder/Lynch meeting you had. I mean the raw notes. You’ll be called to explain them in the future.
I was waiting for someone to point this out, and finally somebody did.
A House Republican wants to see the entire memo from former FBI Director James Comey on President Trump asking him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, as well as any memo Comey might have composed on the infamous meeting Bill Clinton had with Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“If the New York Times has [Comey’s memo] that means we’re going to be able to see it and I would assume that would be fair. I assume that Mr. Comey also kept, if he’s disturbed by the same memos, that he gave to or about when Mrs. Clinton’s husband appeared in the jet with the attorney general,” Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions told The Daily Caller Tuesday.
“So I assume that memo would be available to us also. And I would assume that we will see a number of disturbing trends that took place at the Department of Justice [during the Obama administration] for whatever he’s claiming and I’ll look forward to seeing all those,” Sessions said. “But I cannot comment, because I have not seen them but I would assume that Mr. Comey that if he kept one on this visit, evidently, he has others. Now I look forward to seeing those.”
Finally. Watch and see how many people are not interested in seeing the rest of the notes. If Comey were really an honest man, he come before Congress in an open session and lay it all out. As Trey Gowdy said, Comey was forced to make decisions reference the Hillary server scandal that hinged on classified information. I think that should be declassified at once to see why Comey did what he did.
James Comey wants to be a star? Fine. Let’s make him a star defendant and turn the spotlight on him for a change. According to Andrew McCarthy, Trump didn’t do anything wrong. But Obama…
Up until now, veiled orders have not been thought the equivalent of obstruction. On April 10, 2016, President Obama publicly stated that Hillary Clinton had shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The president acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, its importance had been vastly overstated.
On July 5, 2016, FBI director James Comey publicly stated that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in using a private email server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The director acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, it was just a small percentage of the emails involved.
Could there be more striking parallels? A cynic might say that Obama had clearly signaled to the FBI and the Justice Department that he did not want Mrs. Clinton to be charged with a crime, and that, with this not-so-subtle pressure in the air, the president’s subordinates dropped the case — exactly what Obama wanted, relying precisely on Obama’s stated rationale.
Yet the media yawned.
Of course, they’re not yawning now. Now it is Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, sending Comey signals. So now, such signals are a major issue — not merely of obstruction of justice, but of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Trump hysteria seems to be a permanent condition, a combustive compound of media-Democrat derangement surrounding a president who keeps providing derangement material. Let’s try to keep our feet on the ground, but with a commitment to get the evidence and go wherever it takes us.
For now, we don’t have much evidence. Essentially, we’ve got single statement, mined by the New York Times from a memo that no one outside a tight circle inside the FBI has seen — indeed, that the Times has not seen. According to anonymous sources, the memo was written by then–FBI director Comey shortly after a private meeting with President Trump — only two of them in the room after Trump asked other officials to leave. This was on February 14, the day after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned over inaccurate statements he made to senior administration officials in recounting conversations he’d had with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
Trump is said to have told Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Other than telling us that Comey replied, “I agree he is a good guy,” the Times provides no context of the conversation. Its report gives no indication of whether the memo provides such context.
On its face, the statement does not amount to obstruction of justice. Trump could be said to be putting pressure on his subordinate, just as Obama was putting pressure on his subordinates (Comey included) last April. But assuming the Times is right about the memo, Trump did not order Comey to drop the case. In fact, Trump’s statement is consistent with encouraging Comey to use his own judgment, with the understanding that Trump hoped Comey would come out favorably to Flynn.
Like I said, you want to play. Let’s play. Of course, we just learned the “play” was appointing another establishment toady as Special Prosecutor, so…