It’s What Comey Won’t Say About Russia Collusion That Speaks Volumes
Jennifer Rubin documents it:
SEN. RICHARD BURR (R-N.C.): In the public domain is this question of the “Steele dossier,” a document that has been around out in for over a year. I’m not sure when the FBI first took possession of it, but the media had it before you had it and we had it. At the time of your departure from the FBI, was the FBI able to confirm any criminal allegations contained in the Steele document?
COMEY: Mr. Chairman, I don’t think that’s a question I can answer in an open setting because it goes into the details of the investigation.
Yes, “investigation into the British dossier is still alive and well.”
What’s notable is how much of the Steele Dossier has stood the test of time.
Back to Jennifer Rubin:
“Maybe the most intriguing was this exchange:
SEN. TOM COTTON (R-Ark.): Let’s turn our attention to the underlying activity at issue here. Russia’s hacking of those e-mails and the allegation of collusion. Do you think Donald Trump colluded with Russia?
COMEY: That’s a question I don’t think I should answer in an opening setting. As I said, when I left, we did not have an investigation focused on President Trump. But that’s a question that will be answered by the investigation, I think.
“Does he have reason to believe that Trump now is under investigation or should be under investigation for colluding? It is a peculiar answer given that while he was FBI director, he told the president three times that he was not under investigation.”
Of course the issue of whether Trump or his campaign are under investigation is kind of hairsplitting. But Comey certainly won’t state that there is no collusion.
Interestingly, Mike Rogers got a lot of criticism-from myself among others-for his refusal to answer questions about conversations with Trump or even Comey at his hearing this week.
Yet according to this piece by John Schindler, Mike Rogers has already told the agency’s workforce that Trump did in fact collude with Russia.
“Exclusive: NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia.”
“When will Admiral Rogers say publicly what he told his agency’s workforce?”
Regarding Rogers refusal to answer questions-that evidently is his style:
“This is typical of his famously tight-lipped agency—for decades, NSA was humorously said to stand for Never Say Anything—and why Trump approached Rogers is no mystery.”
“This is not Rogers’ style. Indeed, his tenure as NSA’s director (called DIRNSA by insiders) has been characterized by distance from his employees, which has made things rockier than necessary.”
“This week’s town hall event, which was broadcast to agency facilities worldwide, was therefore met with surprise and anticipation by the NSA workforce, and Rogers did not disappoint. I have spoken with several NSA officials who witnessed the director’s talk and I’m reporting their firsthand accounts, which corroborate each other, on condition of anonymity.”
“In his town hall talk, Rogers reportedly admitted that President Trump asked him to discredit the FBI and James Comey, which the admiral flatly refused to do. As Rogers explained, he informed the commander in chief, “I know you won’t like it, but I have to tell what I have seen”—a probable reference to specific intelligence establishing collusion between the Kremlin and Team Trump.”
So if this is accurate of what he said then he was very different at this conference with agents than he was at the Senate hearing this week.
“Rogers then added that such SIGINT exists, and it is damning. He stated, “There is no question that we [meaning NSA] have evidence of election involvement and questionable contacts with the Russians.” Although Rogers did not cite the specific intelligence he was referring to, agency officials with direct knowledge have informed me that DIRNSA was obviously referring to a series of SIGINT reports from 2016 based on intercepts of communications between known Russian intelligence officials and key members of Trump’s campaign, in which they discussed methods of damaging Hillary Clinton.”
“It’s therefore high time for the House and Senate intelligence committees to invite Admiral Rogers to talk to them about what transpired with the White House. It’s evident that DIRNSA has something important to say. Since Mike Rogers is said to have kept notes of the president’s effort to enlist him in Trump’s personal war with the FBI, as any seasoned Beltway bureaucrat would do, his account ought to be impressively detailed.”
Uh the Senate intelligence committee did invite him this week and he had very little to say. Maybe more in the closed session?
Rogers may not have cited the specific intelligence but Reality Winner did…
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