The Trump WH ‘Really Thinks Comey is on Their Side’
So says a senior Justice Department o
“According to a senior administration official, McCabe told Priebus that while the FBI couldn’t publicly comment on the Times report, the White House could cite “senior intelligence officials” saying the report was inaccurate.”
“I think the White House really thinks that Comey is on their side,” the Justice Department official said. “That’s why they ask him these things, and it compromises him.”
“Observers say that is especially the case given all of the attention that President Trump paid to Comey following his election win.”
“During a reception for law enforcement and security officials at the White House on Trump’s second full day as president, Trump saw Comey in the audience and called him over, shaking his hand and then pulling the 6-foot-8 FBI director into a hug. “He’s become more famous than me,” Trump said with a chuckle.”
The silence from the FBI only adds to “impression that something strange is going on between the FBI and the White House,” said a former Obama administration official familiar with the policy governing contacts between staff.
Of course, here’s the embarrassing question: what would make the Trump White House think that Comey is on their side? The same thing that makes Hillary Clinton supporters, Democrats, and any honest observer think this: James Comey won the election for Donald Trump with his indefensible sticking his hands on the scale with just 11 days until the election.
What’s led to the latest criticism of Comey was that the FBI went out of its way according to Spicer to reassure the Trump team. This reassurance allegedly came not from Comey but from his assistant-McCabe. But Comey reportedly told Trump he could refer to he and McCabe as ‘senior FBI officials.’
Meanwhile Trump says that all stories on background must cease. And that there are no stories on background-the media is making up ‘fake sources.’ A, B, C, all of the above, none of the above.
Let’s be very clear. At the end of the day we need James Comey to speak in front of a Congressional panel. The DOJ is conducting a review of the Emailgate investigation, but eventually there must be a review of Comey and the FBI’s conduct in both Emailgate and Trump-Russia.
We need a Democratic House 2018 to do this.
“Top congressional Democrats are crying foul, raising the possibility that Comes may eventually find himself called to the Hill to testify about his contacts with the White House. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, blasted the White House’s behavior, saying intelligence professionals “are not there to serve as the President’s PR firm.”
“For its part, the intelligence community must resist improper efforts like these by the Administration to politicize its role, and in Congress we will have to redouble our vigilance to ensure that the community is never compelled to do otherwise,” Schiff said in a statement.
“This is a no-win situation for the FBI. It puts the FBI in peril,” said Ellen Glasser, a retired special agent and past president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. “The White House should not be telling the FBI how to do its business.”
Very true. But the FBI must help itself and pointedly refuse to do so. They should not be offering the Trump WH-allegedly a scourge of anonymous sources-anonymous sources.
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