Former FBI Director James Comey is crazy, a real nut job:
President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”
The conversation, during a May 10 meeting — the day after he fired Mr. Comey — reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Mr. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.
More unnamed sources and anonymous documentation, but we can be behind this 100%. The New York Times can’t resist drawing conclusions based on absolutely no facts whatsoever. Trump didn’t fire Comey because of the fakenews Russian investigation, Trump fired Comey because he was a huge loose cannon and a liability.
The New York Times states where this information comes from, more anonymous sources:
The White House document that contained Mr. Trump’s comments was based on notes taken from inside the Oval Office and has been circulated as the official account of the meeting. One official read quotations to The Times, and a second official confirmed the broad outlines of the discussion.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, did not dispute the account.
In a statement, he said that Mr. Comey had put unnecessary pressure on the president’s ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia on matters such as Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.
“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said. “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
Was Trump Interfering with the FBI Investigation?
That is a resounding no.
James Comey stated, under oath, before Congress that President Trump was not interfering with the FBI investigation:
HIRONO: Yes. And so speaking of the independence of not just the judiciary but I’d like you to clarify the FBI’s independence from the DOJ apparatus. Can the FBI conduct an investigation independent from the department of Justice. Or does the FBI have to disclose all it’s investigations to the DOJ? And does it have to get the Attorney General’s consent?
COMEY: Well we work with the Department of Justice, whether that’s main justice or U.S. attorney’s offices on all of our investigations.
And so we work with them and so in a legal sense we’re not independent of the department of justice. We are spiritually, culturally pretty independent group and that’s the way you would want tit. But yes, we work with the Department of Justice on all of our investigations.
HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?
COMEY: In theory yes.
HIRONO: Has it happened?
COMEY: Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.
Comey goes before Congress, goes under oath, tells them they have not been told to stop investigations.
After he was fired, for being a nutjob of course, he then had a friend who told the New York Times that a sooper sekrit memo of Comey’s stated that Trump was interfering in the investigation. If this is true, the FBI Director is more than a nutjob, he is a dishonorable, lying, grandstander.
So Trump asked him to stop the investigation and demanded his loyalty. If Trump was doing something illegal and interfering with a federal investigation, then Comey committed a crime in not immediately notifying the Department of Justice.
Gohmert said that if – as Comey’s reported memo suggests – President Trump attempted to obstruct the Michael Flynn investigation, then Comey may be guilty of something too.
“I’m amazed that an FBI director and former prosecutor would be confessing to a crime the way that it appears that he is,” Gohmert said.
He said that under 18 U.S. Code Section 4, Comey is required by law to report any attempt – including by the President of the United States – to obstruct a federal investigation.
“If this [memo] happened a couple of months ago then it sounds [like] he has got to report it immediately and I’ve heard no evidence that he reported [it],” Gohmert said.
Who is the Source of the Comey “Memo”?
Editor in chief of the Lawfareblog, Benjamin Wittes, outed himself as the source of the Comey “memo” to the New York Times:
I did not know this particular fact, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. The principal source for the rest of this story is, well, me—specifically a long interview I gave to reporter Michael Schmidt on Friday about my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, and particularly about one such conversation that took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.
He stated that he didn’t have the details of the dinner meeting:
Comey never told me the details of the dinner meeting; I don’t think I even knew that there had been a meeting over dinner until I learned it from the Times story.
Oh wait, nevermind, he DOES have the details of the dinner meeting in the very next sentence:
But he did tell me in general terms that early on, Trump had “asked for loyalty” and that Comey had promised him only honesty.
In his long, whitewashing of Comey and his imagining of Trump as the would be budding dictator, Mr Wittes proves continued to prove himself to be a blithering idiot.
The first point is a general one: Comey was preoccupied throughout this period with the need to protect the FBI from these inquiries on investigative matters from the White House. Two incidents involving such inquiries have become public: the Flynn discussion and Reince Priebus’s query to Andrew McCabe about whether the then-Deputy FBI Director could publicly dispute the New York Times’ reporting regarding communications between Trump associates and Russian officials. Whether there were other such incidents I do not know, but I suspect there were. What I do know is that Comey spent a great deal of energy doing what he alternately described as “training” the White House that officials had to go through the Justice Department and “reestablishing” normal hands-off White House-Bureau relations.
Comey never said specifically that this policing was about the Russia matter, but I certainly assumed that it was—probably alongside other things. While I do not know how many incidents we’re talking about, how severe they were, or their particular character, I do know this: Comey understood Trump’s people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function. And he saw it as an ongoing task on his part to protect the rest of the Bureau from improper contacts and interferences from a group of people he did not regard as honorable. This was a general preoccupation of Comey’s in the months he and Trump overlapped—and the difference between this relationship and his regard for Obama (which was deep) was profound and palpable.
Obama’s Interference With the FBI Investigations
Wittes confirms that Comey’s “deep respect” for Obama’s deference to the FBI and law enforcement in general was what rankled him with President Trump. He was going to protect the FBI’s independence from the Trump White House, which is something Obama never threatened.
Except for the time he issued a veiled order to acquit Hillary Clinton:
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.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
We have a potentially fictitious memo, with the President allegedly asking Comey for leniency, that no one has seen and the media/Democrats are calling for impeachment because he allegedly made a veiled order.
What about Obama and the near identical statements the former President and former FBI Director made? Silence.
Does anyone remember the Russia-Trump-Hooker-Golden Shower dossier that Buzzfeed put out?
This source sounds like he wrote the sequel. And the marxist media is continuing to lap it up to continue their fakenews ragefest about Russia.
UPDATE: Comey Confirms He Will Testify to the Senate
We aren’t sure if he is going to bring a doll to show everyone where Trump touched him, but I’m sure there will be four more memos by then.