Comey Admitted Under Oath That Obstruction To FBI Probe ‘Never Happened’

While the story grew and grew from, “I hope you can …” into “I’ll kill your whole family if you don’t,” everyone forgot to check what Comey has actually said. While The Times went with two anonymous sources, let’s do the old-fashioned thing and just go right to the primary source — the former director himself.

Comey, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, said — under oath — that he’s never been pressured to close an investigation for political purposes.

“Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something like that — without an appropriate purpose.”

“I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that ‘We don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it.’ But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason.”

“That would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience,” Comey told the senators.

The former FBI director has let Trump twist in the wind over the purported memo. But Comey is expected to testify again before Congress as early as next week, and a lawmaker there will almost certainly ask about this contradictory conundrum.

Full article: Comey Admitted Under Oath That Obstruction To FBI Probe ‘Never Happened’ | Daily Wire

As has been stated before: either Comey thought Trump was obstructing justice before and failed to report it to anyone – which will put Comey in real hot water – or he really believes Trump didn’t do anything more than spark an awkward conversation. However, under oath, he said he had never been pressured to end an investigation. Sounds to me like this either a non-story or Comey is in trouble.

James Comey Could Now Be Facing Criminal Charges

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Under the law, Comey is required to immediately inform the Department of Justice of any attempt to obstruct justice by any person, even the President of the United States. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges against Comey. (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361) He would also, upon sufficient proof, lose his license to practice law.

So, if Comey believed Trump attempted to obstruct justice, did he comply with the law by reporting it to the DOJ? If not, it calls into question whether the events occurred as the Times reported it…

…by writing a memo, Comey has put himself in a box.  If he now accuses the President of obstruction, he places himself in legal jeopardy for failing to promptly and properly report it.  If he says it was merely an uncomfortable conversation, he clears the president of wrongdoing and sullies his own image as a guy who attempted to smear the man who fired him.”

Full article: James Comey Could Now Be Facing Criminal Charges | Conservative Journal

This is what I was saying yesterday. This apparently happened in February, and the memo was apparently written in February. If Comey believed Trump was trying to obstruct and had made an illegal demand, it should have been reported immediately to the DOJ… not to the New York Times after he was fired in May, three months later. Which is why this whole memo stinks of revenge and not much else. He had to know the facts presented in the last paragraph of the quoted text above.

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Trey Gowdy on NYT Story that Trump Asked James Comey to Lay off Mike Flynn

I’d also like to know if anyone else heard Trump ask Comey to drop the case on Flynn. A memo is nice and all, but anyone can write a memo and they can put anything they want in it. Are there witnesses? Recordings? Anything other than the word of James Comey, who didn’t think it was necessary to mention until after he got fired?

Gowdy takes himself out of running for FBI director post

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So, according to this, Trey Gowdy has taken himself out of consideration for FBI director.

This may not be a popular opinion, but I’m kind of glad he did. Personally, I think Gowdy is much more useful where he already is, and he would become less useful as the FBI director. Besides, it makes him susceptible to being fired by future – or current – presidents, which could remove him from usefulness to the country all together.

What does freak me out a little is that Merrick Garland – Obama’s unsuccessful choice for the Supreme Court after the passing of Scalia – is apparently gaining some support for the short list to replace Comey.  This is not a good idea at all. Apparently, no one will confirm or deny whether he is being considered for the role, but several members of the government have publicly stated support for this horrible idea.

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Maxine Waters: I Don’t Support Trump Firing Comey, I Would Support Hillary Clinton Firing Comey

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“I do not necessarily support the president’s decision,” Waters said. ” I think that if the president would have fired him when he first came in, he would not have to be in a position now where he is trying to make up a story about why. It does not meet the smell test.”

However, in the interview Wednesday on MSNBC, asked if she would be okay with a hypothetical President Hillary Clinton dismissing Comey from his position, Waters said yes.

“If she had won the White House, I believe that given what he did to her, and what he tried to do, she should have fired him. Yes,” the California Democrat said.

“So she should have fired him but had he shouldn’t fire him. This is why I’m confused,” Alexander said to Waters.


No, you’re not confused. If the president is implicated in an investigation —

I am confused.

— the president of the United States who has a history of firing people who get close to, you know, him and his allies like Flynn, and like Miss Yates, he will fire them if he believes somehow they’re getting too close to him in these investigations. I believe that the president of the United States should not have done this in the middle of an investigation. That’s it.

Full article: Maxine Waters: I Don’t Support Trump Firing Comey, I Would Support Hillary Clinton Firing Comey | Video | RealClearPolitics

But since she thinks Comey cost Hillary the election, if she was president… he wouldn’t “done” anything “to her.” So… yeah, this makes no sense. But it’s Maxine Waters, so…

 

Trump fires Comey: Reaction to FBI Director’s termination

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“The first question the administration has to answer is, ‘Why now?’” Schumer told reporters. “Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?”

Schumer then called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor, saying “America depends on you to restore faith in our criminal justice system, which is going to be badly shattered after the administration’s actions today.”

Other Democrats attributed sinister motives to Comey’s firing, with two Senators, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, describing it in press statements as “Nixonian.” Another Democratic senator, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, said the firing “is disturbingly reminiscent of the Saturday Night Massacre during the Watergate scandal and the national turmoil that it caused,” later adding “We are careening ever closer to a Constitutional crisis.”

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said that Comey “should should be immediately called to testify in an open hearing about the status of the investigation into Russia and Trump associates at the time he was fired.”

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., also tweeted “the need for an independent special prosecutor is now crystal clear.”

“This is just one person. It’s the director,” Collins said. “The investigation is going forward, both at the FBI and in the Senate Intelligence Committee in a bipartisan way.”

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning” for Comey’s dismissal.

“In my interactions with the Director and with the Bureau under his leadership, he and the FBI have always been straightforward with our Committee,” Burr said in a statement. “Director Comey has been more forthcoming with information than any FBI Director I can recall in my tenure on the congressional intelligence committees. His dismissal, I believe, is a loss for the Bureau and the nation.”

“I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” McCain added. “The president’s decision to remove the FBI Director only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee.”

Full article: Trump fires Comey: Reaction to FBI Director’s termination | Fox News

Comey should have resigned. Period. And he should have done it a long time ago.

But I’ll be honest, I am a little torn on this one. I’m glad the trash was taken out, but it was poor timing, as many others have said. We do keep hearing that very little evidence has been brought forth about Trump and Russia, regardless of the comments from people like Schumer. And we keep getting told that Trump himself isn’t under investigation, for whatever good that does him.

However, the timing of this could have been better.

What do you think?

FBI Will NOT File Charges Against Clinton, Director Comey Tells Congress

The FBI has announced it will not charge Hillary Clinton after re-opening the investigation into her email scandal after new emails were uncovered last week.

FBI Director James B. Comey informed key members of Congress Sunday afternoon that the FBI stands by their original findings. This comes days after Comey said new emails had been found and started a firestorm within days of the election.  A rumor had even begun that they were looking to indict Clinton. Now, apparently, the case appears closed.

Full article: FBI Will NOT File Charges Against Clinton, Director Comey Tells Congress [VIDEO]