Collusion, Comey, Charges and More

Since day one of the Trump presidency we have had charges against him beginning with collusion and wrong doings. This week with the Comey book release things have intensified on the counter side. Here are examples:

Comey vs. McCabe

Andrew McCabe (the fired Deputy Director of the FBI) said that Jim Comey was not telling the truth. Think about that. This is the director and deputey director disagreeing on what happened.
Here’s McCabe’s lawyer’s quote:

“Comey has relied on the accuracy and the soundness of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) conclusions in their report on Mr. McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication,” said Michael Bromwich, counsel for McCabe.

Now Comey for his part said this:

In his appearance on ABC’s “The View” earlier Wednesday, Comey said he ordered the probe that eventually led to McCabe’s firing, and believes McCabe lied about his conversations with the media.
“The McCabe case illustrates what an organization that’s committed to the truth looks like. We investigated — I ordered that investigation. We investigate and hold people accountable,” Comey said Wednesday morning. “I still believe Andrew McCabe is a good person, but the inspector general found that he lied, and there are severe consequences in the Justice Department for lying as there should be throughout the government.”

Hmm. Is the former FBI choir boy director or his deputy director not telling the truth? When McCabe was leaking to the WSJ did Comey or not?
If they turn on each other someone will be in trouble.
It does appear the IG yesterday recommended charges against McCabe.

Comey vs. Comey

As people read the book and he does his tour, Comey is raising questions about what he testified to and what he is saying now. Here’s an example:

Rep. Mark Meadows said Thursday there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that former FBI Director James Comey lied when he told Congress that the FBI and the Justice Department were not coordinating on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Meadows said his staff has more texts between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that show signs of coordination.“We know because we have a number of documents, a growing body of evidence, to suggest Comey may have lied about that coordination. Not only was that false, but we know that over and over again now, we have emails that would suggest that that testimony was false and at best misled the American public, at worst was lying to Congress,” he said.

Comey and Rosentein

Here’s another where the House Judiciary Committee is involved:

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely.

Comey on the radio

You know the questions we have that the MSM never seems to ask Comey? Well, he got one in a radio interview. Isn’t it a shame more aren’t asked:

During his ongoing tour to promote his book — A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership — former FBI Director James Comey responded to a question on Wednesday from a Washington D.C. radio reporter that he said he had never before been asked:
Is the “smashing of cell phones and destruction of thousands of emails” by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016 “obstruction of justice?”

The query came from WTOP-FM morning co-host Joan Jones and Comey replied:
“Now that’s a great question. That’s
the first time I’ve been asked that.”

According to a story by Lifezette’s Kathryn Blackhurst, Comey also stated: “You have raised the specter of obstruction of justice charges with the president of the United States.”

Jones pressed the former federal official: “Some are asking, though: ‘Why wouldn’t smashing of cell phones and destruction of thousands of emails during an investigation clearly be obstruction of justice?’”

Comey responded: “And the answer is: It would depend upon what the intent of the people doing it was.”

“So if you smash a cell phone; lots of people smash their cell phones so they’re not resold on the secondary market and your personal stuff ends up in somebody else’s hands,” he noted.

“But if you smash your cell phone knowing that investigators want it and that they’ve got a subpoena for it, for example,” Comey added, “that is a different thing and can be obstruction of justice.”

Now I wonder why they used bleach bit and smashed phones if it wasn’t to assure no one could see what they contained. Don’t you?

Pompeo

Mike Pompeo’s nomination to become Secretary of Sate is in real jeopardy. The committee deciding it has one more Republican than Democrat. However, Rand Paul (R) has announced he is a no vote. (Yesterday Pompeo met with Paul to try and win his vote). Every Democrat except Chris Coons of Delaware has announced they are voting no.
Now it is possible to get a no vote and still get a full senate vote. The Republicans have a single senate vote advantage. So Rand Paul’s no makes it even — if John McCain can be there to vote.– and if he and the others vote yes.
Now this is the same Senate that  voted 66-32 to confirm Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. 14 Democrats voted yes then.
Why the turn on Pompeo? Nothing he did as CIA director was negative. It was Pompeo who went to North Korea last week to meet with Kim Jong-un. He did well then. So why?
For Rand Paul it’s because he believes Pompeo is too pro military action and will lead us that way along with John Bolton. For most it’s all politics. A President’s choice for Secretary of State usually breezes. An example, Hillary was approved 94-2. John Kerry was approved 94-3.

So this is all politics on behalf of the Democrats and those senators running in Trump voting states better think long and hard before simply sticking with their party.

A little bit about Pompeo you won’t hear on the MSM. He is a West Point Graduate, and finished first in his class.
After serving in the military he received a Harvard Law degree where he was an editor on the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; as well as an editor on the Harvard Law Review. That was before a successful business career and election to Congress.
Sound good? So far not good enough for one Democratic vote.

The Ratings:

Total Viewers TUESDAY.
Fox wins night. Spilt with MSNBC 4-4 on 4-11 slots. 

  • Total day: FNC: 1.672 | CNN: 867 | MSNBC: 1.422 | HLN: 194
  • Primetime: FNC: 2.716 | CNN: 1.201 | MSNBC: 2.509 | HLN: 238
4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Cavuto:
1.278
Five:
2.213
Baier:
2.169
MacCallum:
2.148
Carlson:
2.582
Hannity:
3.140
Ingraham:
2.425
Bream:
1.523
CNN Tapper:
924
Blitzer:
927
Blitzer:
912
Burnett:
1.182
Cooper:
1.385
Cooper:
1.189
Lemon:
1.018
Lemon:
835
MSNBC Wallace:
1.458
MTPDaily:
1.463
Melber:
1.708
Matthews:
1.828
Hayes:
1.809
Maddow:
3.227
O’Donnell:
2.492
Wlms:
1.621
HLN Michaela:
75
Cupp:
67
Banfield:
98
Banfield:
149
DthRow:
159
Files:
244
Files:
313
Files:
398

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