The candidate of the Deep State picks up another backer.
The candidate of the Deep State picks up another backer.
Well, he might be going a little far.
President Trump Thursday attacked former FBI Director James Comey after the release of an inspector general’s report that accused Comey of failing to follow FBI rules.
The report concluded that Comey “failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”
According to RealClearIvestigations:
When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had “reviewed all of the communications” discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.
At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the “hundreds of thousands” of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.
Comey later told Congress that “thanks to the wizardry of our technology,” the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as “duplicates” of emails they’d previously seen. Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked “night after night after night” to scrutinize the remaining material.
But virtually none of his account was true, a growing body of evidence reveals.
In fact, a technical glitch prevented FBI technicians from accurately comparing the new emails with the old emails. Only 3,077 of the 694,000 emails were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information. Three FBI officials completed that work in a single 12-hour spurt the day before Comey again cleared Clinton of criminal charges.
But don’t worry, everything was being handled by the agent in charge . . . Peter Strzok.
Although the FBI’s New York office first pointed headquarters to the large new volume of evidence on Sept. 28, 2016, supervising agent Peter Strzok, who was fired on Aug. 10 for sending anti-Trump texts and other misconduct, did not try to obtain a warrant to search the huge cache of emails until Oct. 30, 2016. Violating department policy, he edited the warrant affidavit on his home email account, bypassing the FBI system for recording such government business. He also began drafting a second exoneration statement before conducting the search.
As former House Oversgith Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz suggests in the video below, does this not indicate Comey committed perjury?
Trump spoke with Fox News outside the West Wing Friday morning:
What he did was criminal. What he did was a terribel thign to the people, What he did was so bad in terms of our Constitution, in terms of the well-being of our country. What he did was horrible. Should he be locked up? Let someone make a determination.
The president, who is the chief law enforcement officer of the nation, should not be calling people’s actions “criminal.” We do have a tradition in this country of people being innocent until proven guilty. It’s great that Trump is outspoken and unconventional, but certain conventions have a very important basis, and he ought to learn about them and follow them.
If Obama prejeduged anyone as a criminal, conservatives would be outraged.
From a report by Fox News, to which he called in this morning:
President Trump, in a fiery exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends,” blasted former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday morning as a “liar and a leaker” who is “guilty of crimes” — while issuing a stern warning to the Justice Department about the Russia probe.
He said he tries to “stay away” from the Justice Department’s affairs, “but at some point I won’t.”
He suggested the DOJ hasn’t adequately scrutinized Comey and others, while focusing so much on the Russia probe.
“Our Justice Department should be looking at that kind of stuff, not the nonsense of collusion with Russia. There is no collusion with me and Russia and everyone knows that.”
The president, who called into “Fox & Friends,” specifically slammed the memos that Comey leaked to a friend to spur a special counsel appointment.
Yes, this is the latest lesson in leadership from our visionary former FBI director and leading national expert on psychobabble, James Comey.
“If you are insecure, you cannot laugh,” Comey said during an appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper. “I never saw President Trump laugh even in an almost hour and a half long private dinner. And so I became a little concerned about this.”
Cooper quipped, “Maybe he just doesn’t find you funny.”
Comey said he searched YouTube and found one instance of Trump laughing, but it was a “mean” laugh.
Here’s the “mean” laugh.
H/T Washington Examiner.
Basically, that’s the thrust of one of James Comey’s memos.
It appears more and more that there is a good reason why it has not been leaked that there is any evidence of collusion. Because there is none.
It seems that the correct version of events is that Trump’s main concern was whether or not he was being investigated. That he wasn’t trying to cover anything up, and that he fired Comey for the reason that has been reported – he was furious he couldn’t get him to publicly state the truth, that he was not under investigation.
Of course, the reason Comey would not say so has everything to do with James Comey. He had already come under criticism for reopening the Clinton investigation, and he didn’t want to experience another torrent of abuse should he have to reverse himself again and say Trump had come under investigation.
From the website Law & Crime:
One particular conversation between Trump and Comey (page 13 of the memos) was highlighted by Trump describing the Russia investigation as a “cloud” that was making it difficult for him to do his job. Trump even asked what he could do to lift the cloud. Now, that doesn’t look great on its own, but in the context of the conversation, we now know Trump was more specifically worried about people having the impression that he himself was under investigation, which was not the case at the time. Comey makes it clear to Trump that he is not under investigation, and Trump apparently asked Comey several times to make that fact known.
The most important part of the conversation comes towards the end of Comey’s account. The memo says:
“He said that if there was “some satellite” (NOTE: I took this to mean some associate of his or of his campaign) that did something, it would be good to find that out, but that he hadn’t done anything, and hoped I would find a way to get out that we weren’t investigating him.”
So not only does the full account of the conversation indicate that Trump’s main concern was people’s perception of him, not the investigation itself, it also shows that he endorsed the idea of investigating people related to him and his campaign.
Former FBI Director James Comey told the New Yorker Thursday evening during a radio interview that he would have preferred Hillary Clinton be elected president.
Comey’s comment was left off of a New Yorker report on the interview but picker up by Daily Beast reporter Max Tani, who tweeted it out.
There it is: Comey says we’d probably be better off if Hillary Clinton was president, adds that the country bears responsibility for poor presidential choices.
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) April 20, 2018
You hear that folks? You need to do better and elect James Comey-approved candidates. We’ll ask him what we should do in 2020.
Comey, whose book seems as much about self-justification and promoting his own moral sanctity as it is about anything else, said President Trump is a needy man.
“I think he has an emptiness inside of him, and a hunger for affirmation, that I’ve never seen in an adult,” Comey told Remnick at one point. “It’s all, ‘What will fill this hole?’ ”
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
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