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    Pathetic endings to prosecutorial careers of James Comey and Loretta Lynch

    Pathetic endings to prosecutorial careers of James Comey and Loretta Lynch

    Their reputations were taken down not by Donald Trump, but by their attempts to take down Trump.

    I was not able to watch James Comey’s testimony today live, as I was in the car much of the day.

    I was able to listen to the first hour and a half on terrestrial radio, as so many AM stations were carrying it that I was able to keep tuned even as one station faded out. After that, I followed on Twitter, and since then have seen many accounts and videos of what I missed.

    I’m not going to try to catalog the questions and answers, I’m late to that.

    Substantively, what jumped out at me was how much of Comey’s testimony was impressionistic — how he felt about what Trump said and what he surmised Trump intended. From a supposedly hardened prosecutor and FBI Director, it was a strange approach, one that must have been deliberate with the knowledge that Comey had very little hard evidence of Trump wrongdoing, much less criminality.

    Another startling aspect was how damaging the Comey testimony was to the Russian conspiracy theorists who have driven the media and Democratic war on Trump.

    Comey confirmed, again, that even as of his last day in office Donald Trump was not personally the subject of FBI investigation, neither criminal nor counter-intelligence. The lack of investigation, despite media claims otherwise, was not deemed worthy of public disclosure by Comey. Comey was fine to let Trump twist in the wind of misleading and false media claims.

    Moreover, Comey stated that a key New York Times report asserting Trump campaign collusion, which sparked much of the frenzy the past several months, was substantively false. On top of that, Comey testified not only that Trump didn’t try to impede the Russia investigation, he actually encouraged Comey to find out and expose whether any of Trump’s campaign “satellites” (I assume that means people working for or with the campaign) engaged in wrongdoing.

    This testimony should spell the death of the Russia collusion claims, as even Chris Matthews acknowledged today. But it’s more than a death of conspiracy theories, it’s an indictment of the attempts to undo the 2016 election results and to undermine the Trump administration’s ability to govern. The “resistance” has been and is based on lies, and represents the true threat to our electoral and representative system.

    These are the big picture items. The he said / he said dispute over whether Trump asked for “loyalty” is a sideshow.

    The real bombshell, however, had nothing to do with what Donald Trump did or didn’t do. It was that moment in the hearings when Comey, under questioning by Susan Collins, acknowledged that he had arranged for a Columbia Law School professor friend of his to leak a memo of his conversation with Trump about Michael Flynn to the NY Times. That memo apparently has not even been given to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the leaking of which may put Comey himself in legal jeopardy.

    Even worse, Comey admitted that he arranged the leak of the memo for the express purpose of creating a pretext for appointment of a Special Counsel. Comey succeeded in this subterfuge, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller now is leading the investigation. Comey never had volunteered that leak sequence, and allowed the public debate over appointment of a Special Counsel to proceed under false pretenses.

    How pathetic Comey sounded during his testimony. A weak man who couldn’t even muster the courage to tell Donald Trump to his face when he thought Trump had crossed a line. Instead, Comey schemed behind the scenes to document conduct which even Comey will not publicly claim was criminal.

    Trump’s distrust of Comey ultimate was vindicated by what we now know about Comey.

    Pathetic also was the word that came to mind when Comey described how he succumbed to pressure from then Attorney General Loretta Lynch to call the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server a “matter.” That was how the Clinton campaign wanted it portrayed. From an electoral perspective, they dreaded the accurate description that Hillary was under “investigation.” The Attorney General served as the functional equivalent of a campaign enforcer in the campaign against Trump.

    It all puts the secret meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton in a new perspective, and should result in a re-opened investigation not only of Hillary’s server but a new investigation of Lynch.

    So not only does James Comey’s prosecutorial career end pathetically, so too does Loretta Lynch’s. Their reputations were taken down not by Donald Trump, but by their attempts to take down Trump.

     

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    Mac45 | June 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

    First of all, Lynch and Comey turned out to be exactly what most well known federal prosecutors turn out to be, political hacks. So, this is no surprise. Washington is the never-never land of America. It is based solely upon political games and the acquisition and maintenance of personal power. Most of the rest of this nation can not relate to the atmosphere in DC, at all. It is totally foreign. And, this presents a problem for the American public. The public fails to recognize that the people in DC are only interested in their position and power and will say and do anything which benefits them.

    Now, Comey is an interesting case. He is a totally political animal who has operated for a very long time in DC, as a very senior bureaucrat. One would have assumed that he would have switched his loyalty to the current President when he was kept on, if for no other reason than to protect his position. But, he apparently was loyal [either voluntarily or forced] to the Washington Establishment, the Democrat machine, or some part of it. He blatantly worked against the interests of the Trump Administration and used his position to aid the enemies of that Administration. So, he was fired. This would only be a surprise in DC.

    Remember, this man is a career political hack AND an attorney. He was involved in activities, with regard to surveillance and, possibly, leaks, which could be criminal offenses. He stonewalled several investigations, both prior to and after the Trump inauguration, including the Clinton Foundation Pay-For-Play scheme and servergate, as well as “exonerating” HRC after publicly laying out a prima facia case for indictment. It was not until AFTER he was dismissed that the FIRST leaker was arrested. He ran to meet with Special Counsel Mueller before the paint was dry on Mueller’s door. So, anything that he says, publicly, must be assumed to be beneficial to him, personally, and may or may not be accurate.


       
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      Barry in reply to Mac45. | June 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm

      “One would have assumed that he would have switched his loyalty to the current President when he was kept on…”

      You think the Clintons are going to let him go? They’ve already paid.


         
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        Mac45 in reply to Barry. | June 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm

        The Clintons are only medium sized fish in a big political ocean. They only get away with what their Establishment masters allow them to get away with. If the Clintons actually had the power that people infer that they have, HRC would have been President in 2009, not Barack Obama.

        Everything that Comey did, during his tenure as FBI Director, was done to benefit and protect the Establishment backed Obama Administrations and other Establishment politicians. So, his loyalty to that faction could be the result of promises or threats made. He obviously never took his oath of office seriously. Now he is desperately trying to protect himself from the results of his past actions. Gonna be interesting to see what he does next.


     
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    Topnife | June 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I strongly suspect that Trump could be a very astute poker player: he is undoubtedly skilled in reading expressions and body language.
    Trump easily read Comey’s mind, and his emotional temper, every time he met with him, and undoubtedly realized that Comey harbored a strong antipathy, and was a dangerous member to retain in his administration.
    Requesting loyalty, and observing Comey’s response, would have been dramatically revealing in itself.


       
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      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Topnife. | June 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      TOUCHE!

      You’ve probably heard the expression about how someone’s response says a lot more about them, than about the sender’s comments.


     
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    Topnife | June 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Trump is now denying that he asked Comey for loyalty, which appears to make that an impression only in Comey’s own mind.


       
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      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Topnife. | June 9, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      LOL “Impressionistic!” LOL

      Don’t you just love it. The bad punch lines just write themselves.

      Every time I see Comey’s “Impressions” I think of all the corny skits and jokes about that old song “Feelings.”

      LOL “Oh oh oh Feelings, nothing more than feelings….”
      Which of course does not count for diddly squat in the real world!


     
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    crosspatch | June 11, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    “Comey was fine to let Trump twist in the wind of misleading and false media claims.”

    That has been Comey’s shtick the entire time. A “cloud” of uncertainty forms with media reporting and Comey does nothing to clear it. At the same time he is telling Trump privately that he is not under investigation and that the reporting is false. He appears to be attempting to torment and infuriate Trump into getting upset and saying or doing something he would regret. Basically attempting to get Trump to lose his patience and make a mistake.

    Comey has played a passive-aggressive game throughout all of this and has displayed himself as a weak and cowardly leader.


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