ELDER PATRIOT – Last Thursday, fired F.B.I. Director James Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee where, under questioning from Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) he perjured himself and not a single senator called him on it. Let’s pick it up there:
The pertinent questioning begins at the 20-second mark.
CORNYN: As a general matter, if an FBI agent has reason to believe that a crime has been committed, do they have a duty to report it?
COMEY: That’s a good question. I don’t know that there’s a legal duty to report it. They certainly have a cultural, ethical duty to report it.
CORNYN: You’re unsure whether they would have a legal duty?
COMEY: It’s a good question. I’ve not thought about it (ph) before. I don’t know where the legal — there’s a statute that prohibits misprision of a felony — knowing of a felony and taking steps to conceal it — but this is a different question.
And so, look, let me be clear, I would expect any FBI agent who has reason — information about a crime being committed to report it.
Remember, this took place last Thursday, June 8th. Senator Cornyn’s questions were focused specifically on Comey’s private meeting with President Trump that took place a week or two after he took office.
Now let’s go back to May 15th – almost four months after that private meeting with President Trump and only 24 days before changing his story last Thursday – when Comey was questioned by Senator Mazie Hirono:
HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?
COMEY: In theory yes.
HIRONO: Has it happened?
COMEY: Not in my experience. 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.
This was Comey’s opportunity to state his concerns about the president, if he really had any misgivings about their January discussion. Not only didn’t he do that, he emphatically denied such a thing ever happened. “Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal,” Comey testified. That came four months after the meeting he now claims so concerned him that he wrote a memo.
What changed? He was fired in the interim.
It wasn’t until after he had been fired, that he came forward claiming to have a series of memos that he claimed he had written after each meeting with the president but that no one has ever seen.
When asked to produce the memos – he claimed to have written one after each meeting – he invoked the Clinton email defense and said he was no longer in possession of them. This means the disgraced former F.B.I. director brazenly violated 18 U.S. Code § 641 – Public money, property or records, and 18 U.S. Code § 4 – Misprision of felony.
Comey either hid the memos from previous questioners, never wrote any memos and lied about their existence, or wrote the memos at a later date in order to have future leverage over President Trump.
Why in the world didn’t any senator demand the production of those memos or question him more intently about his disregard for the laws regarding handling confidential F.B.I. evidence? It’s apparent that, as with Hillary Clinton’s emails, destroying incriminating evidence has become a hallmark of Comey’s F.B.I.
As each senator began their questioning they first praised Comey’s integrity in spite of the fact that they should’ve already had misgivings that he had perjured himself under oath on multiple occasions, with the exception, if memory serves me correctly, of Tom Cotton (R-Ark).
They similarly praised Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel now charged with making a case against President Trump. Surely Mueller knows what we know, so after watching Comey admit to, and commit multiple felonies during Thursday’s hearing why didn’t Mueller order an immediate search of Comey’s home, computers, and F.B.I. files, and then order the depositions of Comey’s closest associates at the F.B.I.? We raised these questions in greater detail in an earlier column.
It’s looking more and more like the fix is in. Since that article was written Mueller has packed his panel of investigators with Democrat hacks, including the Clinton Foundation’s attorney, Jeannie Rhee. No questions about her allegiance, eh?
This is precisely what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Rachel Maddow would happen during an early January interview even before President Trump had been inaugurated.
Political observer and comedian, George Carlin sagely commented, “It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.”
Just remember this, after 11 months of investigation not a single shred of evidence has been uncovered to implicate Donald Trump in Russian collusion. There is one thing though that all of the findings so far have in common – everyone of them occurred on Obama’s watch with Loretta Lynch and James Comey responsible for preventing.
Scary isn’t it? It’s clear Donald Trump is man enough for this fight. Are you?