Monday, June 12, 2017
LET'S WAIT FOR THE TAPES!!
Weekly Opinion Editorial
COMEY IS ABOUT COMEY!
by Steve Fair
The main thing we learned in James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence committee is that James Comey is about James Comey. When he admitted, under sworn testimony that he ‘leaked’ his notes on a private meeting with President Trump through a third party, he admitted he violated the Bureau policy and undermined his creditability. The former FBI Director was asked why he didn’t confront the President when he was allegedly asked to back off investigating Michael Flynn, and he answered that ‘he wasn’t strong enough.’
But Comey’s testimony about the previous administration should have raised eyebrows. He testified former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to back off investigating then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. If proven to be true, that is a clear violation of the law and obstruction of justice. Why didn’t Comey leak that to the press? His inconsistency is disturbing.
Comey’s testimony confirmed that President Trump is not under an active FBI investigation, there still no evidence of collusion and that Trump didn’t hinder the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election in any way.
Comey has been a hero, a goat, and now a hero again among Democrats. In July, when the then FBI Director said Clinton’s use of a private email server didn’t rise to the level of indictment, Democrats applauded him. When Comey reopened the investigation in October, two weeks before the general election, after more of Clinton’s emails were found on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, Democrats called him a turncoat and a goat. Hillary partially blames Comey’s re-opening of the investigation for her loss to Trump. Now that Comey is claiming Trump told him to back off on an investigation, Democrats have petitioned the Pope to declare Comey a saint.
President Trump says he has tapes of their private meeting and the Senate committee says they want to hear them. Comey says he hopes the tapes exist because he claims they will vindicate him. It remains to be seen if Trump produces the tapes and what is on them.
Comey has said his motive for leaking the memo was to protect the reputation of the rank and file FBI, but that doesn’t square with reality. The FBI Employment Agreement clearly states that employees are prohibited from releasing any information acquired by virtue of their official employment to unauthorized individuals without prior official written authorization by the FBI. The fact is Comey is about Comey. He loves the limelight and attention and is more concerned with his reputation than the reputation of the Bureau.
The Democrats, and some Republicans, are committed to opposing everything this President stands for. They will not rest until Trump is nothing but a memory, but what they fail to understand is unlike Comey, Trump isn’t just about Trump. It is about the movement he represents.