On the one hand, Comey asks us to look at the Russian election tampering and the rumored collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign as investigations that are essentially inseparable. But over the course of events, Comey has made some misjudgments which cause me to question the manner in which he is packaging these events and, to some degree, manufacturing suspicions and suspense. I feel there must be a hidden agenda that is driving him.
Senator McCain questioned Comey as to the relevance of the Russian election tampering on both candidates Clinton and Trump. Mr. McCain pointed out that Comey had declared Hillary Clinton free and clear of any criminal act and tabled any further in investigation back in July 2016. At the same time, while not publicly admitting that Donald Trump was under investigation, the CIA set the stage for speculation that there had been collusion between Trump and the Russians based on their belief that the Russians hacked the DNC because they wanted to support Mr. Trump’s candidacy. Of course, the crucial word here is speculation. And, of course, it has conveniently been forgotten that the RNC was hacked, too, but without success.
Oddly, Comey saw no collusion between Russia and Hillary Clinton despite the fact that she signed off on a deal that would eventually give 20% of U.S. domestic uranium resources to the Russian government. In return for her support, the acquiring Russian company made charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling $145 million, while hubby Bill Clinton was paid half a million to give a speech in Russia in about the same timeframe—the company that picked up Bill’s tab has links to Russian intelligence. John Podesta, the Clinton campaign manager, raked in $35 million dollars from a Russian investment fund which was started by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Obviously Mrs. Clinton had a lot of surface area with the Russians that certainly could be construed as “collusion,” but Comey saw nothing, said nothing, and chose to focus instead on Trump. This double standard is no doubt what was bothering Senator McCain too.
During his testimony, Director Comey freely admitted that it was not his habit to memorialize conversations with previous government officials or presidents, but from day one, he began doing so with Mr. Trump. Could it be that James Comey was taking a page out of the J. Edgar Hoover playbook and planned to use his writings to ensure he kept his job as head of the FBI? Could it be that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama needed Comey to front this fabricated tale of collusion with the Russians in order to give it credibility? It is obvious that this entire Russian-Trump collusion investigation has distracted us from news about the Obama Administration carrying out domestic spying, spying on members of the Trump campaign, and the unmasking of American citizens. That might have been objective number one. Objective number two in prolong the investigation would have been to hobble the new president and any progress on his campaign promises—then the Democrats could cry that Mr. Trump was a failed president with little to show for his two years in office, a useful campaign strategy in the midterm elections.
Of course, the bonus prize would have been if former FBI director James Comey could have delivered the goods by indicting Mr. Trump with his words. Alas, Mr. Comey came across not as a crusader for justice, but as a vengeful employee who had been fired. He testified, “I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he decided to fire me because of that.” Here again he attempts to tie Mr. Trump to the Russian investigation and give it some credibility. But what was no doubt irking Mr. Trump is that Mr. Comey also testified that he had told Mr. Trump no less than three times that he (Trump) was not under investigation. Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to publicize that fact so he could put this episode behind him and do the work of the people, but somehow Mr. Comey couldn’t bring himself to do it.
Insanely, despite Mr. Comey admitting that President Trump is not being investigated in connection with Russian interference with the election (evidence of which that is still lacking in any way), some Democrats are still calling for the appointment of a Special Prosecutor and some are even calling for the impeachment of Mr. Trump. But they are turning the focus a bit: now they are interested in the charge that Mr. Trump may have obstructed justice by asking if Mr. Comey could “see his way clear” to letting the investigation of Mike Flynn go. So, stay tuned while the Democrats and a complicit media continue to grasp at straws.
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