On May 3, former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate and said – under oath – that the Trump administration had never pressured him or any other FBI agent to relax, slow down, or stop the investigation into the Russian hacks of the 2016 election. Now, with the mainstream media going crazy, the appointment of a special counsel, and the first couple of Democrats openly calling for Trump’s impeachment, it’s time to revisit that testimony and take a breath. There’s something going on here, and it does not bode well for our democracy.
According to an explosive New York Times story last week, Comey met privately with President Trump on February 14, the day after the White House fired Michael Flynn for lying to the vice president about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Supposedly, Comey penned a memo at the time where he recalled the details of the conversation. Trump, according to the story, asked Comey if he could find his way clear to letting the Flynn investigation go, seeing as how the national security adviser was now gone and was, after all, a “good man.”
If true, the memo would give Democrats all the ammunition they need to pressure Republicans into starting the impeachment process. But it would also mean that Comey lied flat-out to the Senate Judiciary Committee three months later.
“If the attorney general or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?” asked Sen. Mazie Hirono at the hearing.
Hirono pressed: “Has it happened?”
“Not in my experience,” Comey said. “Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that – without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason. That would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.”
Now, you can parse the words and pretend that the FBI director left open the possibility that the president HIMSELF asked for the investigation to come to an end, but let’s be serious here. If Comey sat on that answer, he would be found guilty of perjury by any reasonable jury in the country.
But now we’re supposed to believe that he did just that. That he was asked directly by Trump to close the Russia investigation, swear his loyalty to Trump personally, and he did nothing in response other than type up a memo or two. Okay. Sure. That makes a hell of a lot of sense.
We’ve seen numerous examples of what happens when one of these “special prosecutors” gets involved in a political scandal. With the hiring of Robert Mueller, the Democrats are cracking open the champagne and settling in for three and a half years of drip…drip…drip leaks that will keep Trump from ever being able to pursue his agenda in full. That’s exactly what they want.