Yesterday on Thursday June 8, 2016 James Comey, the former FBI Director, testified before the Senate. His intent was to prove that President Trump and his administration lied about Comey repeatedly. It was also an attempt to further caste suspicions of the Trump Russia collusion narrative, and to show Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Several Republican Senators chose to ask some real questions and Comey went into self destruct mode. Due to former testimony under oath, Comey shocked the mainstream media by destroying their narrative. Comey also revealed the real obstruction of justice was done by the Obama administration. He revealed there was no evidence of the Trump Russia collusion. Then he revealed that he orchestrated leaks around memos he purposely created. In all, Comey self destructed in his Senate testimony and shook the leftist narrative.
The question begins with where to start. I think the obstruction of justice charge that the mainstream media has been circulating is a good spot. In Comey’s opening statement released before the hearing started, he claimed he felt President Trump had pressured him to end the Russia investigation. In Comey’s leaked memos, that he studiously wrote on any meeting or phone call he had with Trump, he claimed obstruction of justice may have occurred. This counters what he said under oath in former Senate testimony. It is important to note, Comey either committed perjury in previous testimony or he felt Trump attempted to obstruct justice and did not inform the DOJ. If he did the latter, that is a felony called Misprision of Felony.
I will note from Comey’s testimony yesterday while being questioned by Sen. James Risch (R-ID). This all but destroys that Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Risch: I want to drill right down, as my time is limited, to the most recent dust-up regarding, allegations that the President of the United States obstructed justice. And, boy, you nailed this down on page page five, paragraph three, you put this in quotes. Words matter, you wrote down the words so we can all have the words in front of us now. There’s 28 words that are in quotes, and it says, quote: “I hope” — this is the president speaking — “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.” Now, those are his exact words; is that correct?
Risch: And you wrote them here and you put them in quotes.
Risch: Thank you for that. He did not direct you to let it go.
Comey: Not in his words, no.
Risch: He did not order you to let it go.
Comey: Again, those words are not in order.
Risch: No. He said, “I hope.” Now, like me, you probably did hundreds of cases, maybe thousands of cases, charging people with criminal offenses. And of course you have knowledge of the thousands of cases out there where people have been charged. Do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice or for that matter any other criminal offense where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?
Comey: I don’t know well enough to answer. And the reason I keep saying his words is, I took it as a direction.
Comey: I mean, it’s the President of the United States with me alone, saying, “I hope this.” I took it as this is what he wants me to do. I didn’t obey that, but that’s the way I took it.
Risch: You may have taken it as a direction, but that’s not what he said.
Risch: He said, “I hope.”
Comey: Those are exact words, correct.
Risch: You don’t know of anyone that’s been charged for hoping something?
Comey: I don’t, as I sit here.
Risch: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
That exchange destroys the allegation that Trump obstructed justice. In order to obstruct justice, Trump would have needed to order Comey to lose or hide existing evidence and to shut down the case or be fired. No such exchange ever occurred.
But then almost casually in another line of questioning, Comey revealed that real obstruction may have occurred last year. Comey stated that in the midst of the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, the sitting AG Loretta Lynch pressured the FBI. When Comey asked if he could reveal that the FBI had an active criminal investigation on Hillary Clinton, he was ordered to change the language. Loretta Lynch instructed him to refer to the investigation as a “matter.” This was the same language being used by the Clinton campaign to deflect from the seriousness of the criminal investigation. Hillary was in danger of being charged with mishandling of classified documents for conducting State Department business through her private email. Since she destroyed those emails, she also faced charges of stealing and destroying government property. (She was guilty.)
When asked about the use of the language this was Comey’s reply.
“concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning. I don’t know whether it was intentional or not but it gave the impression that the attorney general [Lynch] was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way the political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate,”
Comey bent to the pressure and the official FBI statement used the word “matter” rather than “investigation” in Feb 2016. Comey stated that he did that because, “it wasn’t a hill worth dying on.” I just going to make a personal conclusion and say he did it for fear of losing his job under the Obama administration. The DNC was already rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders and definitely didn’t want the FBI openly criminally investigating Hillary Clinton. Why not believe you would be fired for disclosing you were criminally investigating Hillary Clinton.
Comey went on to assert that the attempted secret meeting between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch made him decide to close the Clinton investigation. Clinton and Lynch met on Lynch’s jet on an airport tarmac in Arizona in late June. This meeting took place in late June while Hillary was under criminal investigation and created a conflict of interest. Ultimately this meeting made Comey to decide to close the Clinton email server investigation on July 5, 2016.
What Comey then went on to reveal was that President Trump was not under any investigation. Comey in fact confirmed he told Trump this in person on three separate occasions. Marco Rubio then made the point that the mainstream media narrative always sited anonymous sources that claimed otherwise. Comey confirmed that many of the stories siting classified material were often wrong or fake news. He pointed out that those with classified access knew the mainstream media was reporting false information, but that to correct it would be wrong. Rubio then pointed out that the best kept secret was that Trump never had been under a criminal investigation.
Although Comey staunchly held on to the Russia hacked the election narrative, he failed to provide any evidence. He conveniently reference the spear phishing cyber attacks leaked from the NSA to the Intercept just days ago as evidence. That would have made a nice case if it wasn’t for the CIA Vault 7 WikiLeaks document dumps that show digital forensics are easily altered. Those leaks reveal that the CIA can hack a computer and make it appear as though Russia, or China, or my sister did the hacking. That makes one wonder if the NSA evidence presented can be trusted as accurate.
What Comey then had to admit was that the spear phishing attacks were not directed towards voting machines. He carefully attempted to steer away from the DNC and Podesta email WikiLeaks dumps because he again knew he had no evidence. The FBI did not get access to the DNC email server, but got second hand knowledge instead. The DNC allowed a private security company called Crowdstrike to do the computer forensics. Crowdstrike has been caught in the past blaming Russia falsely for cyber attacks. More recently Crowdstrike revised and retracted some of their conclusions in the hacking report they gave to the FBI. According to Comey’s testimony though, they are an outstanding and reliable security company.
Comey then had to confirm that to his knowledge, not one vote had been changed due to Russian hacking. Even if Russia was behind the DNC and Podesta email leaks, which I seriously doubt, they only released the communications among the Democratic elite. It was their own emails, words, and thoughts that WikiLeaks released, allowing Americans to learn just how corrupt the Democratic Party really is. Comey stating that no votes were changed, stated that Donald Trump won the election fair and square. Hillary lost because she was a horrible and corrupt candidate that ran a very poor campaign. So much for the mainstream media’s Russia narrative.
The final thing that Comey really self destructed on was his own credibility. This comes from his personal memos that he only wrote on his dealings with President Trump. Now knowledge of these memos came to public notice when they were leaked to the NY Times. Comey gave his “personal memos” to a friend and directed him to give them to the Times. Comey has a problem though, these personal memos may actually be government documents.
According to noted liberal legal scholar Jonathan Turley,
Besides being subject to Nondisclosure Agreements, Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and nonclassified information. Assuming that the memos were not classified (though it seems odd that it would not be classified even on the confidential level), there is 18 U.S.C. § 641 which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.”
There are also ethical and departmental rules against the use of material to damage a former represented person or individual or firm related to prior representation. The FBI website states:
Dissemination of FBI information is made strictly in accordance with provisions of the Privacy Act; Title 5, United States Code, Section 552a; FBI policy and procedures regarding discretionary release of information in accordance with the Privacy Act; and other applicable federal orders and directives.”
I find Comey’s admission to be deeply troubling from a professional and ethical standpoint. Would Director Comey have approved such a rule for FBI agents? Thus, an agent can prepare a memo during office hours on an FBI computer about a meeting related to his service . . . but leak that memo to the media. The Justice Department has long defined what constitutes government documents broadly. It is not clear if Comey had the documents reviewed for classification at the confidential level or confirmed that they would be treated as entirely private property. What is clear is that he did not clear the release of the memos with anyone in the government.
This is quite possibly Comey retaining government documents after being fired from his job. This is very similar to Hillary Clinton using a private email server to conduct classified State Department business.
More troubling about the leaking of these documents was that Comey disclosed that he only created them about President Trump. He referred to a gut instinct that directed him to create these memos to protect himself from Trump lying about him in the future. He did not feel the need to create any such memo when Loretta Lynch pressured him on the Clinton investigation. Nor did he admit keeping any such memos during the unmasking scandal at the end of the Obama administration. That scandal Comey would have had knowledge of. Comey found no reason to create memos of those quite possibly criminal events, but only on Trump hoping Comey would go easy on Flynn set up flares.
Sorry, but that one smells like a New Delhi sewer. Comey has dragged out the Russia investigation for months and has gotten nowhere. All the investigation seems to be used for is to create anonymous leaks for the mainstream media to write hit pieces on President Trump. These memos were most likely a poorly executed attempt to frame President Trump for obstruction of justice. I think Comey created them as a way to aid in building the case for the impeachment of Trump. Comey folded under pressure of knowing to make a direct allegation now would cause him to not only purger himself, but also be subject to Misprision of Felony. Comey’s testimony appears to be another failed coup attempt.
Comey failed to make any valid case against President Trump or his administration in the Senate hearings yesterday. He in fact did the opposite. Comey showed AG Loretta Lynch quite possibly committed obstruction of justice in the Clinton investigation. He testimony clearly showed Trump not guilty of any such charge. Then Comey completely cleared President Trump of any collusion with the Russians, then proceeded to admit Russia changed no votes. Simply put Hillary lost and Trump won. Lastly, Comey showed he is nothing but a deep state leaker of very questionable ethics. His memos may be theft of government property and a number of other crimes. Their existence means he may be guilty of perjury due to former testimony. In short, I think Comey is an morally weak and dishonest man.
This attempt by Comey to falsely charge Trump with obstruction of justice needs to be legally pursued. Trump needs to direct his DOJ to start investigating people like Comey. If Trump gets a morally weak James Comey before a grand jury, on god knows how many people he will finger to get a reduced sentence. The swamp needs draining and prosecuting Comey seems like a good place to start.
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