Former FBI director James Comey (shown left) is awaiting his turn to speak before the Senate sub-committee tomorrow. What will he say about the Russian connection, election hacking, about being pressured by the President and so many other potentially disastrous issues?
This much anticipated moment has the bars opening early in San Francisco, just to watch! Hey, they didn’t even do that for the world series, so this is obviously really big stuff for folks who think this will spell the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. It makes me wonder how many people have their alarms set to 4 a.m. EST, hoping to be among the first to see if Donald tweets?
I imagine that the White House damage control team is prepping for the worst, as thin-skinned Donald prepares to counter-punch. But, I think if they just hid his dang cell phone, it would serve them all much better than anything else they could do or say.
You can’t help but notice that Trump’s fans and supporters are also busy with their own pre-emptive hits on the internet, trying to undermine Comey’s credibility. But, in all seriousness folks, we can criticize Comey for many things, like the handling of Hillary’s email-server, but his personal character remains unscathed, in my opinion. Remember, at various time Comey has taken fire from the left and right, doesn’t that hint that at least he’s trying to be honest and a-political?
However, (to paraphrase Hillary Clinton) if this all turns out to be a big nothing burger, will both sides be chagrined? All their efforts will have been for naught, right? I’m thinking it will be the latter….and if it is, I hope the democrats will move on to something more productive. But, not holding my breath, because they haven’t done anything productive in the last 40 years, why start now?
PS One last thought. I’ll betcha that at this very moment President Trump is wishing he had not called Comey a nutcase.
My opinion on Comey is the same as yours, Jack. When he was investigating Hillary the left hated him. As soon as he cleared her, he was impeccable again, but then the right hated him. Then he broke the news that he was reopening the Hillary investigation and the tables flipped again. I don’t think he should have done that–it turned out the Abedin emails had nothing to do with Hillary–but thinking he did so intentionally to hurt Clinton is absurd, yet many lefties said it anyway. Now righties are once again saying he’s corrupt because he’s investigating Trump. At this point the only logical conclusion is that he is a nonpartisan guy just trying to get the truth.
It’s funny that Trump thinks only the MSM and lefties want him to stop tweeting. He should read this blog and many other conservatives who are telling him to stop.
The Senate Intelligence Committee (an oxymoron) testimony by Comey tomorrow will be a nothing-burger. He’s become almost as much of a camera-hog as Obumble. Comey could read bedtime stories to Clowngress and the media presstitutes would kiss his feet.
And missing coverage due to all the Comey hoopla are other stories of much more importance.
For one: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-newly-released-emails-reveal-classified-information-transmitted-hillary-clinton-unsecure-server-clinton-foundation-employees/
And others: http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/07/top-intel-community-officials-deny-that-trump-pressured-them-on-russia-probe/
Good reading at The Federalist, “James Comey’s Latest Statement Is An Indictment Of Comey, Not Trump”:
Jack I don’t “hate” Comey, this isn’t personal. But I sure am perplexed at the way he ran the investigation into Hillary’s private server. And I’m even more than perplexed at his conclusion.
Putting aside whatever political ramifications there might have been, what this has done in terms of the rule of law and the confidence we have in our government is acute.
Comey just released his opening statement. What is the purpose if not to create a circus atmosphere? (He’s not the first to have done it) Headlines:
TMZ, “James Comey Makes Damning Allegations in Opening Statement …”
The Hill, “Comey offers dramatic details of Trump meetings in opening statement”
Yahoo-The Wrap, “Comey to Testify Trump Pressured Him to Shut Down Flynn Investigation”
San Diego Tribune, “Read former FBI Director Comey’s eye-popping opening statement for hearing”
Read Comey’s statement here.
Comey’s “notes” read more like an actor trying out for a part in a movie than a journal entry.
I think this hearing is another example of trial in the court of public opinion. It’s being waged by those left and right that can’t stand the fact that the people chose someone who isn’t in the club…they hated Reagan in like fashion. The only difference is that Reagan had the experience and the temperament to better handle it and the media was still respectful of the office.
I want an FBI and a Justice that does the job according to the law.
I was extremely impressed by Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of NSA this morning. Both clearly said that at no time did they feel pressured and both appropriately declined to discuss details of their private conversations in open testimony. See here:
It’s perfectly normal for the president of the United States to speak with those serving under him. This nothing burger has been raised to the level of high drama, a la Alinsky. Behind the headlines there is organization, some of which goes back to the summer of 2016. Headlines and solicitations (I will not provide links):
January 20, 2017, Washington Post: “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun”
“Impeach Trump Now”
Petition · The People: Impeach Donald J Trump · Change.org
Impeach Trump – The Petition Site
Donald Trump Impeachment: How Quickly Could It Happen – Politico, 04/17/16
Will Trump Be Impeached? | Vanity Fair, November 2016
July 26, 2016, Huffington Post, Republicans Should Call For Donald Trump’s
Representative Al Green Calls For Trump’s Impeachment ..
Rep. Joaquin Castro: House will impeach Donald Trump
“I’ll betcha that at this very moment President Trump is wishing he had not called Comey a nutcase.”
Alas, he hasn’t even got that much sense. His ego vanquishes sense every time. Cause Comey is not a nutcase; he is a lawyer, and the good ones remember their early training which dictates that you “memo to file” ANY interaction you might have with ANYBODY that might prove problematic down the line. Consequently, Comey has memorialized all his interactions with that most untrustworthy of beings, Donald Trump.
And as litigious as The Donald is, you’d think think he would have noted this lawyerly habit … but apparently not.
Turns out Comey isn’t a “good one.” He admitted he didn’t take notes in meeting with Obama or Bush and only took notes on his meeting with Trump.
His notes, if you can call them that, do not sound lawyerly at all, rather, like an amateur writing a novel.
Trump has been vindicated more often than Comey…something that must stick in your craw!
Oh, and Jack, you may not be aware, but the phrase “fair and balanced” has been so degraded by a certain news agency that, until the generations have repaired the damage, it can now only be used satirically.
It’s been “degraded” for only one segment of the population.
The rest of us know EXACTLY what it means having witnesses the partisan and biased reporting of the MSM for decades!
There’s a commentator on CNN that I actually try to avoid, Chris Cillizza, cause it’s pretty obvious they hired him to keep the pot boiling, but this is a good summation:
James Comey’s 7-page opening statement in advance of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday about his relationship with Donald Trump in the months before the president fired him as FBI director reads like a novel.
It’s the sort of document that will go down in the annals of political history — a sweeping condemnation of Trump’s conduct in regard to both Comey and the ongoing federal investigation into fired national security adviser Michael Flynn. (You can read the whole thing here or my analysis of the whole thing here.)
But, there’s one exchange between the two men in the testimony that stood out to me as a perfect encapsulation of how radically different they are. Here it is in its entirety:
“Near the end of our dinner, the President returned to the subject of my job, saying he was very glad I wanted to stay, adding that he had heard great things about me from Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, and many others. He then said, ‘I need loyalty.’ I replied, ‘You will always get honesty from me.’ He paused and then said, ‘That’s what I want, honest loyalty.’ I paused, and then said, ‘You will get that from me.’ As I wrote in the memo I created immediately after the dinner, it is possible we understood the phrase ‘honest loyalty’ differently, but I decided it wouldn’t be productive to push it further. The term — honest loyalty — had helped end a very awkward conversation and my explanations had made clear what he should expect.”
Talk about two ships passing in the night.
Trump, aggressive and oblivious to the rules of engagement, making a direct pitch to the FBI director for loyalty — and suggesting strongly that his future employment depended on the answer.
Comey, all nerdy bureaucrat well aware of the lines being crossed, insisting all he could offer Trump was his honesty.
Trump, a deal-maker used to always getting his way, hearing what he wants to hear and deciding the agreed-upon phrase “honest loyalty” means Comey is good with the deal.
Comey, knowing he wasn’t good with any sort of deal, says nothing to “end a very awkward conversation.”
Everything you need to know about the two men is contained in that single exchange. Everything. As is all the evidence you need to understand why they would never have any sort of working relationship.
The thing is, how can it be a “bombshell” when we knew it all already?
I agree with you Jack. And keeping Trump off his cell phone should be the White House staffers number one priority.
I’ve read that Comey began logging his conversations with Trump immediately after their first meeting. That’s exactly what I do when I get that gut feeling that something could go wrong. The practice has saved my ass more than once.
Why are you even giving this clown show credit?
yes the Russians attacked our elections but they are not the reason HRC lost.
No one wants the truth they just watch their fav station on the TV Box and follow the clown show.
truth will not be found by sitting in front of the TV set.
Again Who are the Awan Bros for 10K Alex?
that could be the biggest security risk we have. And the DCCC / DNC are front and center
US Cheating by both sides created this election sham. Rove played HRC as well.
This DEM Russia Russia Russia is the same as the GOP benghaaaaazzzzziiii!
Where the real truth and problems that happened are never talked about, just fake Stories and fearmongering to hide their crimes.
Comparing Russia fake news to the actual scandal/failure of leadership that represents the tragedy of Benghazi shows just how ignorant you are.
And No the Russians did not get into anything that affected the elections