Comey, Comey, Comey Chameleon: Comey’s Testimony Reveals Obstruction of Justice…But, It Wasn’t Under Trump
In yesterday’s post, I wrote,
Today, the Constitution will stop the Lynch Mob.
Instead of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Randolph Scott stopping an innocent man from a Lynch Mob, today’s heroes will be Jefferson, Franklin, and Madison.
I love it when I’m right.
Here’s a very good summary of Former Director Jim Comey’s testimony, courtesy of Laura Ingraham’s Lifezette.com…
Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he doubted President Donald Trump’s honesty and suggested that he made inappropriate requests of him regarding fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
At the same time, Comey reiterated before the Senate Intelligence Committee his written testimony, released Wednesday, that he had volunteered to Trump he was not a subject of the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election campaign. He also testified that Trump never asked him to stop the counterintelligence investigation.
Comey’s testimony Thursday was his first public appearance since his May 9 firing and one of the most widely anticipated hearings in recent memory. Long lines formed as people sought one of the limited number of seats in the hearing room.
Here are the main takeaways:
Trump was frustrated that Comey would not confirm in public what he was saying privately.
Comey acknowledged that he told Trump on three separate occasions — including unprompted the first time — that he was not under investigation. He testified that he briefed congressional leaders on Americans who were the subjects of the counterintelligence investigation.
“And we specifically said the president is not one of those Americans,” he said.
Comey confirmed this still was the case at the time of his dismissal.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) alluded to the frustration that Trump must have felt.
“Do you think it’s unreasonable for them to want the FBI director to publicly announce that so that this cloud over his administration could be publicly removed?” he asked.
Responded Comey: “I think that’s a reasonable point of view. The concern, obviously, would be is if that boomerang comes back, it’s going to be a very big deal, because there will be a duty to correct.”
Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) questioned why that fact remained a secret for so long.
“You know this investigation is full of leaks left and right. I mean we’ve learned more from the newspapers sometimes than we do from our open hearings, for sure,” Rubio said. “You ever wonder why of all things in this investigation, the only thing that’s never been leaked is the fact that the president is not personally under investigation despite the fact that both Democrats and Republicans and leadership of Congress knew that and have known that for weeks?”
Comey responded that information given to the eight congressional leaders authorized for top-secret briefings generally is tightly held.
Comey tried to manipulate the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel.
For the first time, Comey explained how the contents of the memos he wrote documenting his interactions with Trump ended up on the front page of The New York Times.
Comey testified that he gave his memos to a friend who teaches at Columbia University’s law school and asked him to get them out in the public. And Comey made clear his motivation was not just to promote his side of the story.
“I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” he said.
In fact, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein did appoint a special counsel. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller now has control of the Russia investigation.
Two senators, Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), both asked Comey to ask his friend to turn over the notes to the committee. Comey said he would.
Comey had great concerns about Trump’s conduct but kept those concerns to himself and a small circle of people at the FBI.
Comey said that he interpreted Trump’s request that Comey could see his “way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go” as more than a request.
“I took it as a direction … I didn’t obey that, but that’s how I took it,” he said.
Comey acknowledged, though, that it was not an explicit order.
“Not in his words, no,” he said.
Asked again by Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), Comey said, “Again, those words are not an order.”
Comey also said he does not know of anyone being charged with obstruction of justice for expressing a desire for an outcome.
Comey said he does not know why he did not respond to Trump’s request in a stronger way by insisting that the conversation was inappropriate.
“Maybe if I were stronger, I would have,” he said. “I was so stunned by the conversation that I just took it in.”
Comey didn’t accept the initial explanation of his firing.
Comey testified that he recognized that the president has the authority to fire the FBI director for any reason or no reason at all.
“But then the explanations, the shifting explanations, confused me and increasingly concerned me,” he said. “They confused me because the president and I had multiple conversations about my job and he had repeatedly told me I was doing a great job and had hoped I would stay.”
Comey said he also was upset that the administration “then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI.”
About the White House description of the FBI being in disarray, he said, “Those were lies, plain and simple.”
Comey said it was for Mueller, not him, to conclude whether Trump’s request regarding Flynn amounts to obstruction.
Comey was troubled by the conduct of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information.
Comey said that Lynch directed him to call the Clinton probe a “matter” and not an investigation. He said he was troubled when the Clinton campaign for president started using that same language.
“It gave the impression that the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate,” he said. “We had a criminal investigation open … That gave me a queasy feeling.”
That, Comey said, is one of the reasons he decided to call a news conference in July announcing that he was recommending no charges in the case. That news conference broke with Justice Department protocol.
First things first.
About that queasy feeling when AG Lynch told you to call the Clinton E-mail/Clinton Foundation Investigation a “matter”, Former Director Comey: Why didn’t you tell somebody that you have reservations about it?
Why didn’t you accuse her and her boss, President Obama, of Obstruction of Justice?
Rush Limbaugh revealed the answer to my question on his program yesterday:
Comey’s out there giving red meat to all sides. In the process, though, this guy’s doing some amazing things. He’s admitting that he’s a coward. He admitted that he let Loretta Lynch shape the language used in describing the Hillary investigation. He has admitted that she pressured him to do that and that he fell for her pressure. He has admitted to orchestrating a memo leak! You know, the famous memos that Comey was said to have? When we first heard about Comey’s memos, we were told that Comey had, as a general practice throughout all of his years as a lawyer — after big meetings — that he would memorialize what had happened, who had said what, as an exercise in remembering what was said or in preserving the record should there be disputes.
We were told that he’d been doing this for quite a while, which led me to ask publicly here, “Man, I’d like to see some of the memos he wrote after conversations with Obama.” Well, then we learned that he never had but two conversations with Obama and really only one. The second one was when Obama called to say good-bye after he was leaving office, and the other time was talking about — I forget — whatever it was. But I’m sitting here thinking, is this…?
We’re supposed to believe with Obama over there in the White House and Eric Holder here as attorney general, then Loretta Lynch, that Comey (chuckling) never, never was aware what Obama wanted? It’s kind of like Lois Lerner. Everybody was saying they hoped they’d find the smoking gun memo that directed her to discriminate against Tea Party groups at the IRS. You’re never gonna find that because one’s not needed. Obama hires like-minded people who know what to do without having to be told.
I think Comey is shaping up to be one of these people.
Yep. Of course he is.
Obama hired him.
Comey is a Professional Bureaucrat. He is a Political Weasel.
He remained loyal to King Barack The First after President Trump decided to keep him on as FBI Director.
That is why he took notes in meetings with Trump and did not document his meetings with anyone in the Previous Administration, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama.
So, where do we stand, one day removed from Comey’s testimony, boys and girls?
What have we learned?
Just as anyone with any common sense whatsoever has been saying from the get-go…
There is no “there”, there.
No Trump/Russia Collusion
No Obstruction of Just by President Trump
The Democrats, from the moment that Hillary and Podesta came up with the Trump/Russian Collusion Strategy on the night of November 8, 2016, actually expectedaverage Americans to believe that the 63 million of us who voted for Donald J., Trump were somehow made to do so by the Russians.
They refused to smell what they were shoveling.
Trump carried 31 out of 50 states. Those weren’t Russians out there voting in America’s Heartland.
Average Americans, disgusted with the bias of the Main Stream Media, used the Social Media to spread the truth about the Democrats and their Presidential Candidate. I didn’t see any Russians showing their cat videos or influencing Americans as to how to vote on Facebook.
It wasn’t a Russian who called us all “Deplorables”. It was the “The Queen of Mean”, Hillary Clinton herself.
Average Americans, from the Rust Belt to the Bible Belt, were familiar with Mrs. Clinton. They knew who she was and what she was. They knew that she would walk 20 miles across the scorching desert sand to tell a lie rather than step across one of Obama’s infamous Red Lines and tell the truth. Hillary has no one to blame but herself for losing the Presidency to Donald J. Trump.
All of the paid and unpaid Internet Trolls, all of the Pajamaboys living in Mom’s Basements, that you can see in Walmarts across the country in their Avengers pajama bottoms, watching as their 80 year-old Mom buys them a video game for their PlayStation 4, need to move on and somehow get a life.
Yesterday, it was confirmed that the Russians did not cost Hillary the election.
I did…along with 63 million other average Americans exercising our Constitutional Right to determine the future of our Sovereign Nation.
And, I am proud to have been able to stand with them to do the right thing in order to
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
Until He Comes,