Are you still trying to sort out the purpose of testimony by former FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill this week?
After everyone else in the world has had his or her say, allow me to bottom-line this for you:
- Comey admitted that as FBI director, he knowingly and intentionally leaked privileged, self-serving information to the press. This after he referred to the whistleblower institution of WikiLeaks as “information porn.”
- Why did Comey covertly leak his notes about meetings with President Trump rather than confronting Trump about what he thought was an inappropriate approach, or, alternatively, reporting the conversation to the attorney general or congressional oversight authorities? He explained that he did not have the “courage” nor the presence of mind to do that.
- He admitted that he was never directed by President Trump to drop any investigation.
- He admitted that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch pressured him to downplay the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal during the 2016 presidential election campaign. He further confirmed that he saw her secretive meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a conflict of interest.
So, what did we learn from all these revelations – some candid and others tortured?
I think we know why Comey gave Hillary Clinton a pass for violating national security laws.
Comey’s testimony showed he was more concerned about his own personal reputation than doing his job as one of the nation’s top law-enforcement officers. It also demonstrates that the only real political pressure he experienced as FBI director was during Barack Obama’s administration when he was ordered to downplay the Clinton investigation by his immediate boss.
And that’s exactly what Comey did.
Of course, no one followed up on this revelation, though it was by far the biggest news hook to come from the hearing.
Let me review this once again.
Comey said he got political pressure from Lynch to drop or downplay the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal – and that’s what he did. He didn’t leak anything to the press about it. He didn’t say he pushed back against the inappropriate suggestion. He didn’t suggest Lynch recuse herself from the investigation as Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general, did in the case of the Russia probe.
Wouldn’t you agree that we now know, beyond any reasonable doubt, why Comey closed down the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal? Because he was protecting his coveted job. It’s the same reason he didn’t raise any concerns with Donald Trump about his suggestions. He wanted to hold on to his job and was playing office politics himself.
He said it: He didn’t have the courage to challenge Trump.
He obviously didn’t have the courage or integrity to challenge Loretta Lynch.
If I’m missing anything here, please dissuade me from these conclusions.
But, I think what we learned was that Trump’s decision to fire Comey was one of the best choices of his first few months in office – at least as good as withdrawing from the Paris climate accord.
I’ve heard all I can stand to hear about Comey having personal and professional integrity.
His own words have betrayed him as a political animal who put his own personal career aspirations ahead of the national interest and justice.
I suspected all this before the hearing.
Now I have no doubt I am right.
Good riddance to Comey and his 15 minutes of fame. I found his personal testimony embarrassing, contradictory and unworthy of the revered image of the FBI.
Now can we please move on and get Washington working on behalf of the American people?
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