Comey Self Destructed In His Senate Testimony And Shook The Leftist Narrative

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?

Comey: Correct.

Risch: And you wrote them here and you put them in quotes.

Comey: Correct.

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.

Risch: Right.

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.

Comey: Correct.

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.

Conclusion

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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4 thoughts on “Comey Self Destructed In His Senate Testimony And Shook The Leftist Narrative”

  1. Hi Michael,
    I just want to add to this article a few points/questions of my own. First, why did Comey allow the DNC to keep their server and not turn it over for investigation? I’m sure I know why he did it, but what is the official answer that is given? If there has been an investigation going on for months now about Russia hacking, then why is the FBI okay with not even looking at the DNC server that was hacked? Why were they comfortable with the third party contractor’s report that ended up being recanted?

    Secondly, did you see the email just published by Judicial Watch?http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-releases-new-hillary-clinton-email-admitting-blackberry-use-advice-security-hawks/. In this article it says “Judicial Watch today submitted new evidence to U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knowingly used an unsecure BlackBerry device despite being warned by “security hawks” against doing so.” This email was obtained via the FOIA and in it, Hillary wrote the following, “Against the advice of the security hawks, I still do carry my berry but am prohibited from using it in my office, where I spend most of my time when I’m not on a plane or in a “no coverage” country.” Tom goes further to write “Mrs. Clinton seemingly ignored the advice of ‘security hawks’ and violated numerous laws related to the handling of classified material and government documents.” “The State Department sat on this document for 18 months. It is a smoking gun that shows why she must held accountable under criminal and civil law.”
    My whole point here and what Tom was alluding to is the fact that the State Department had this email in their possession. What I would like to know is what did Comey and the FBI do when they did their investigation? If she knew she was doing wrong, then this shows intent and Comey has testified that he could not show intent. Either he is lying or he never investigated. Either way, will he be held accountable?

    1. On why the FBI didn’t have access to the DNC server is a matter of law. The DNC was a victim of a possible crime, not the committer of a crime. The FBI had no legal standing to demand searching the server as no court would issue a warrant on such grounds. Now if the FBI had used the DNC leaked emails on WikiLeaks to show the DNC planned and launched the violent protests at Trump events, they might have been able to get a warrant to search the server. The DNC after all conspired to incite rioting and violence. That is a crime, but the deep state establishment had no interest in disrupting the established order. So officially the FBI ignored the content of the leaks and stayed with the base facts that the DNC may have been the victim of hacking or leaking and had no power to compel. That is why the DNC could chose who inspected their server. Since they were paying for that service, that allowed them to control the narrative. Truth is, it was most likely a leak with the most likely source being Seth Rich. I would suggest reading http://www.michaelfmartin.com/the-facts-and-the-seth-rich-story-are-blocking-the-attempt-to-impeach-trump/.

      On the second point, I have not read the Judicial Watch stuff yet. From your explanation it sounds very correct. I read over a 100 pages of the FBI’s interviews with witnesses into the Hillary State Department email server mishandling of classified documents. Those pages were damning in the worst way. Intent does not matter in the crime of mishandling classified documents. You either mishandle them or not. Hillary was clearly guilty of the felony and should have been indicted and found guilty of the crime that holds up to a 10 year jail sentence. Those pages also clearly show that Hillary Clinton was guilty of purposely stealing and destroying government documents. That was a few more years she should be currently serving in jail for. I will look into the Judicial Watch documents since they do good work and I am sure they have more damning evidence.

      Comey is obviously guilty of obstruction of justice on this. His testimony on Thursday contradicted his memos and makes him possibly guilty of perjury, misprison of felony, theft of government documents, and illegally leaking of government documents. We will see if Trump acts on those 4 felonies. He should.

      1. Isn’t it the Justice Department that should act on the 4 felonies and not Trump? There is so much evidence of guilt on the part of Hillary that I just cannot understand why nothing has been done to date. It is beyond frustrating. I do believe that once they begin a true investigation, heads from the top down will begin to roll. And that is why I think there has been no investigation as yet. There are too many Obama holdovers in Trumps administration obstructing justice, or, to put it bluntly, trying to save their ass from going to jail. I also believe that much of the violence today has to do with the fact that perpatrators have gotten away with it all in the past. Perhaps you can do another piece on Trump and his administration. If he doesn’t do something about it soon, and I am talking second, third and fourth tier down, then he very well may implode. I believe in Trump and I know he is very smart and has done a great job of staying one step ahead and coming out ahead at each dastardly deed done to bring him down. That is the only thing that gives me hope that all will be well in the future, even if I don’t now know what that looks like.

        1. That is food for thought and part of how my book is developing. Trump started his Presidency in a very strong fashion coming off such a strong performance in getting things done during the transition of power and his first two weeks in office acting as the benevolent dictator. He was trolling the media into reporting on unimportant stories like inauguration crowd size, alternate facts, and his Twitter feed.

          The deep state changed tactics and instead of leaking on Trump himself which had been useless up to that point, they instead targeted his Cabinet members they found most threatening. They went after Gen Michael Flynn first because he was interested actually killing ISIS and resetting relations with the Russians. They leaked a non crime in such a way to get the Washington Post and NY Times to report it as though it was treasonous. What Flynn did was in no way abnormal. The problem was the alternative media was so busy protecting Trump with reporting the truth, they missed protecting his closest allies. The mainstream media succeeded on getting a free pass and put out a false narrative that the neoconservative and progressive politicians could grab onto. By targeting the unprotected Cabinet, they got the Russia Trump collusion myth up and running again.

          Trump made an error in firing Gen Flynn, he should have pushed back. The firing looked like he was admitting some bad acting within his administration. Jeff Session recusing himself was the second mistake. That allowed the political elite and mainstream media to really push the Russia hacked the election further. WikiLeaks actually stepped in quickly at that point by publishing the documents showing how the CIA actively interfered in the 2012 French election. The alternative media at that point picked up on the WikiLeaks to start showing how the Russia narrative was a load of BS. That is the media and deep state war part 1 that I am writing about right now. The WikiLeaks is evidence of a deep state leak inside the CIA that is attacking his or her own deep state.

          Trump made a third mistake when he attacked Syria and dropped the MOAB. Many in the alternative media including me found a lot of evidence that the chemical attack in Syria was most likely a false flag operation set up by the rebels to make Assad look bad. Trump acted far to quickly and produced false evidence to support his actions after the fact. He gained the temporary support of the neoconservatives, hawking progressives, and mainstream media, but he alienated some of his support base in the alternative media badly. WikiLeaks actually started leaking the Vault 7 CIA hacking tools to show how the CIA can change digital forensics to frame outside parties, but CIA Director Mike Pompeo took that leaking as a personal attack. Wanting to arrest Assange is an error. WikiLeaks is releasing the leaks in such a way as to allow the Tech community to fix their vulnerabilities without allowing the general public access to those hacking tools.

          The Shadow Brokers on the other hand posted a warning to Trump to stop his foreign intervention or they would dump the NSA hacking tools on the internet. This is evidence of a source in the NSA attacking their own deep state. Trump didn’t listen to the warning and added Korea into the escalation of tensions. The Shadow Brokers dumped 300 gb of NSA hacking tools on the internet the next week in retaliation. That led to criminals getting those tools and launching the largest malware ransom hack in history in May. That attack effecting something like 90,000 computers in over 180 countries. They could either pay the ransom in bitcoin or lose all their data. The Shadow Brokers are threatening to dump the rest is Trump doesn’t drop the foreign intervention and get back to #MAGA and draining the swamp.

          Trump sort of boxed himself into a corner even with the alternative media pushing back. He didn’t recognize that the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release should be openly used to completely destroy the Russia hacked the election narrative. Trump should start declassifying documents and releasing them to the public that prove the Russia narrative is nonsense. Instead he is playing into the political theater. This is true with the DOJ also. He has the power to fire all of the politically appointed hold overs. He is stuck with the career employees though due to current law. Sessions should take full command because there is no verifiable evidence that he committed any crime. Then Sessions could direct the FBI and the DOJ to start prosecuting the illegal leaks and to reopen the Clinton investigation with a Grand Jury so it has teeth. The alternative media would go nuts with joy if he grew some balls and took action.

          Trump is playing nice because he is trying to win support from people that will never support him. The neoconservatives and progressives will fight him tooth and nail regardless of him not prosecuting them for all of their corrupt actions. Some people think Trump is playing 4 D Chess, I think he is scrambling and doing as many good things with executive orders and he is making mistakes by not directly using the WikiLeaks information, power to declassify documents, and DOJ to drain the swamp.

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