Bombshell: Comey Requested More Resources for Russia Investigation
And get who he made the request to:
“Days before he was fired, James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, asked the Justice Department for a significant increase in money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election, according to three congressional officials who were briefed on his request.”
“Mr. Comey asked for the resources last week from Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who wrote the Justice Department’s memo that was used to justify the firing of Mr. Comey this week, the officials said.”
“Mr. Comey then briefed members of Congress on the meeting in recent days, telling them about his meeting with Mr. Rosenstein, who is the most senior law enforcement official supervising the Russia investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from that inquiry because of his close ties to the Trump campaign and his undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador.”
Yup, Rod Rosenstein who was seen as an exemplary public servant until last night. Now that he put his name in this Trump coup, that’s over with. For good. Rosenstein’s name is mud.
I've known Rod Rosenstein a long time. I've always thought well of him. I was cheered by his nomination.
I misjudged him completely.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) May 10, 2017
The F.B.I. declined to comment. But Sarah Isgur Flores, the Justice Department spokeswoman, said “the idea that he asked for more funding” for the Russia investigation was “totally false.” She did not elaborate.”
Well sure. With the Trump WH’s history of honesty, I guess it never happened. Comey must have made that up. And even if it did happen, it’s all just a big concidink that Comey was fired just after asking for more resources into Trump-Russia.
What is clear is that Trump decided he wanted to fire Comey and then got his two rubber stamps-Rosenstein and Sessions-to come up with the reason to fire him. In the end the best they could come up with was: Comey stole the election from Hillary and won it for Trump.
Yep, Trump is outraged about that. People say if Trump was really outraged over this he could have fired Comey on day one. Why not resign on day one as Comey’s wrongful actions are what put him in the WH in the first place?
Jennifer Rubin has some thoughts on the notion that Trump concocted reasons for what was a naked power play:
“Using one law enforcement body (or set of individuals) to stop another from investigating presidential wrongdoing was the nub of Watergate and the ensuing impeachment proceedings. We do not know whether that is what is at issue here, but Congress has no alternative but to determine why the president acted and why he acted now. That should entail questioning under oath of any persons aware of or involved in the firing process and ultimately an accounting by the president of his own actions.”
“Every single Republican must make a decision: Insist on full-throated, independent investigation of the firing, or be party to a possible cover-up. Every candidate for office in 2018 must be asked a question: If it is determined that Trump fired Comey to interfere with the Russia probe, would that representative vote for impeachment/senator vote to convict? Yes, it really has come to that.”
We are literally 3 and a half months in and yes it has.
One of the articles of impeachment in Watergate was obstruction of justice.
The Wall Street Journal’s investigative piece has more on what led Trump to fire Comey-spoiler alert, it wasn’t because Comey handed him the election.
“The more James Comey showed up on television discussing the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the more the White House bristled, according to aides to President Donald Trump.”
“Frustration was growing among top associates of the president that Mr. Comey, in a series of appearances before a Senate panel, wouldn’t publicly tamp down questions about possible collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race. A person with knowledge of recent conversations said they wanted Mr. Comey to “say those three little words: ‘There’s no ties.’”
In Trump’s mind, the FBI Director is just another part of the Trump legal team.
“One White House aide, speaking after Mr. Comey’s dismissal, described him as a show horse.”
“Oh, and there’s James—he’s become more famous than me,” Mr. Trump said as Mr. Comey crossed the room to greet him at a Jan. 22 reception for law enforcement.
More famous as he-and not Trump-was responsible for Trump’s victory.
“In firing Mr. Comey, Mr. Trump said he relied on recommendations by his top two Justice Department officials that the FBI needed new leadership. But he made a point of thanking the director for “informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation.”
That purported detail about the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia hadn’t previously been disclosed. The FBI declined to comment.
Totally upside down timeline. Trump decided to fire Comey first and then told his top DOJ officials to come up with a pretense after.
“Since Mr. Trump’s inauguration, a frosty relationship has persisted between him and the FBI director. Associates of Mr. Comey said the director respected the office of the presidency and understood he served at the pleasure of the president. He regularly briefed Mr. Trump on national security matters and had discussions with the president about policy issues, ranging from gang violence to the encryption of communications and devices that is bedeviling law enforcement.”
“He was careful not to release information to the president about the ongoing probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. election, however, because Mr. Comey believed doing so would cross ethical and legal boundaries, according to the associates. Mr. Comey told associates before the election and in December that he knew he could be fired but wouldn’t let such fears affect his decision making. He also urged agents investigating Russia’s meddling in the election not to worry about politics or how their probe might affect those in power, an associate said.”
This is interesting:
“On Tuesday, an FBI official sent a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee acknowledging that Mr. Comey had overstated evidence stemming from the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’’s email use. People familiar with the matter said the mistake sealed Mr. Comey’s fate. Keith Schiller, Mr. Trump’s longtime bodyguard who is director of Oval Office Operations, delivered the letter to FBI headquarters. One person familiar with the matter said Mr. Comey was giving a presentation to field agents when one agent in the presentation got a news alert on his mobile and told the director the report said he was fired.”
No doubt, Trump used this story as a pretext. To be sure-Comey’s misstatements about Huma Abedin’s emails was outrageous. But Trump used this as a pretext to do something he wanted to do for very different reasons.
I have to give credit to Claude Taylor. When he argued yesterday morning that this story about Comey’s misstatements was being fanned by Trump and friends I assumed he was outsmarting himself by half or something.
Now he’s been proven right again. Meanwhile, the MSM is finally reporting on the grand juries investigating Flynn associates, and other parts of Russia scandal.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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