The Tired ‘Comey had no Choice’ Refrain and the Comey Paradox
All we ever hear is ‘Comey had no choice’ but break all the rules, procedures and precedents of his agency and tip the hands of an election repeatedly. He had no choice on October 28 he told the Senate in late April and spun a tale of woe of how Huma Abedin was systematically forwarding classified info to Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
This turned out be balderdash. At issue: did Comey speak out of gross ignorance and carelessness when he said this? For his own good, this had batter be so, for otherwise he knowingly passed on false information to Congress, AKA, engaged in perjury.
But here’s the question-if Comey was so grossly misinformed six months after the Comey letter it doesn’t speak well to his running of the agency. And it also begs the question: who kept him in the dark? Maybe Roger Stone knows these folks. He too claimed that ‘Comey had no choice.’
“Comey had no choice. The NYPD had and has a copy of the 650,000 emails. Comey’s statement, days before the election, that there’s nothing in there, is a bald-faced lie. This is just supposition, but I think the FBI director looked at the content and said they’re going to hang me if I don’t do something.”
Now again, we’re hearing Comey had no chance but do that July press conference based on leaded documents by Russian hackers.
“The Russian document did not contain a copy of the email, but it described some of the contents of the purported message.”
“Comey had little choice, these people have said, because he feared that if Lynch announced no charges against Clinton, and then the secret document leaked, the legitimacy of the entire case would be questioned.:
Again with the Comey had no choice goes tired refrain. However, the more we learn the more it seems like Comey had a choice and made the wrong one-why, is a good question that only a full investigation might uncover, though I have a few theories.
“It didn’t mean anything to the investigation until after [senior FBI officials] had to defend themselves,” said one person familiar with the matter. “Then they decided it was important. But it’s junk, and they already knew that.”
“After the bureau first received the document, it attempted to use the source to obtain the referenced email but could not do so, these people said. The source that provided the document, they said, had previously supplied other information that the FBI was also unable to corroborate.”
“While it was conducting the Clinton email investigation, the FBI did not interview anyone mentioned in the Russian document about its claims. At the time, FBI agents were probing numerous hacking cases involving Democrats and other groups, but they never found an email like the one described in the document, these people said.”
Gee, might not you have wanted to do that, you know. before you use it as the basis of tipping the scales of an election?
They. Used. A. Bogus. Russian. Intelligence. Memo. As. Justification. For. Treating. Hillary. Unfairly. After. They. Knew. It. Was. Bogus.
— Molly (@isteintraum) May 24, 2017
How is this not a just humungous crime? https://t.co/Ug2QhV0VUb
— mike sax (@mikesaxny2) May 24, 2017
Seriously, someone’s head should roll for this-and maybe many should. But then there’s the Comey paradox. Comey’s testimony is coming and this might be damning information being leaked to damage him as he delivers his Comey memos to the public.
“The people familiar with the Russian document spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss its contents. No one familiar with it asked The Post to withhold details about its origins to safeguard the source.”
“Several of them said they were concerned that revealing details now about the document could be perceived as an effort to justify Trump’s decision to fire Comey, but they argued that the document and Comey’s firing are distinct issues. Most of the people familiar with the document disagree strongly with the decision to fire the director, but they also criticized current and former officials who have privately cited the document as an important factor in the decisions made by Comey and other senior FBI officials. Comey told lawmakers he would discuss it with them only in a classified session.”
And reportedly, Trump-and Reince Priebus-are panicking about the upcoming Comey testimony.
“President Donald Trump isn’t the only one in the White House who could be caught in a compromising position by James Comey’s secret memos. The president’s chief of staff is worried he could be soon in the crosshairs, as well.”
“Three White House officials told The Daily Beast that Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has privately expressed worry about a possible Comey memo specifically involving one of their reported chats, and how it might play in the press and to investigators.”
“Nervous laughter,” one official succinctly characterized Priebus’ demeanor in the midst of recent revelations.
“In late February—long before Trump fired Comey over the “this Russia thing”—Priebus had reportedly already acted on the president’s behalf in trying to use the FBI to quash the Trump-Russia news.”
“According to CNN, Priebus asked Comey and his then-top deputy, Andrew McCabe, on Feb. 15 to refute news reports about conversations between Trump campaign staff and Russian government officials. Comey and McCabe reportedly refused. The White House denied the story at the time.”
Yes the Comey firing and some of these other questionable decisions are separate. But Herr Trump may well be trying to blur the lines. This doesn’t mean that in the future we don’t need answers on the email probe-a major watershed will be the released DOJ’s IG report at the end of this year.
But in no way should the serious mistakes in the email probe be used as an escape hatch for Trump and friends now.
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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