April 15, 2018

Are you finding Comey compelling?

We're watching the Stephanopoulos interview. Are you?

ADDED: The TV interview is still in progress, but you can read the whole transcript here.

119 comments:

Jack Wayne said...

No, my Comey gag reflex index is too high.

Lucien said...

The fact that he has a book and a book tour tells you all you need to know about him. Character is destiny.

320Busdriver said...

I hear all the whining I can handle at work,so, no!

Big Mike said...

Did Stephanopoulos always look like a weasel?

madAsHell said...

Comey has a book, but I didn't think you were allowed to keep the profits from documenting your own criminal enterprise?

Milo Minderbinder said...

I don't find Stephanopoulos compelling, either. For fiction, I prefer Le Carre.

AZ Bob said...

If he had told me about the pee story and added that it was from opposition research, I would have laughed in his face.

Molly said...

Molly
(Eaglebeak)

Not watching--forgot about it, to tell you the truth, although I have enjoyed Trump's tweets about Comey.

Comey has a Uriah Heep quality to him, and Trump is New York-funny.

Stephanopoulos just reminds me of the Clinton days....

roesch/voltaire said...

Yes, he struggles to explain his attempt to not be political when he made the announcement about the unread Clinton emails that were being investigated and probably lead in part to her defeat, but when he talks about the dinner with Trump etc and what was said his moral core and honesty strike shine through.


Jack Wayne said...

I dunno. Once a person exposes themselves as dishonest and a liar, it pretty hard for me to think that person ever speaks the truth.

rcocean said...

A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds. And that's not a policy statement. Again, I don't care what your views are on guns or immigration or taxes.

There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country. The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that. He is morally unfit to be president.


What a pompous Twit. Damn, what an EGO!

Birkel said...

Loretta Lynch calls Comey a liar.
Begun, the Democrat bloodletting has.

rcocean said...

Skimmed through the Transcript.

Just the usual Comey, blah, blah.

I was struck by the hostility he had toward Trump - even in their first meeting.

rcocean said...

His defense of the E-mail investigation was lame, as was his defense of the Doisser and not telling Trump on Day 1, that it was financed by the Clinton campaign.

Birkel said...

R/V sums it nicely.
Leftists will believe the parts they already believe.

Confirmation bias all the way down.

David said...

Comey's tragic flaw (though not his only one) may be grandiosity. He came to believe that he and he alone could take the appropriate steps in these difficult matters. The report and news conference regarding the Clinton email investigation were great mistakes. These set the stage for a series of continuing bad judgment thereafter.

Snark said...

That was a strong ending. Well done, editors.

Birkel said...

Leftists blame Comey for the Hillary E-mails. It is as if those E-mails sprang fully formed from Hillary's forehead.

narciso said...

Not surprising he did everything in his power, to try to stop trump from becoming ptesident

FullMoon said...

Trump is waiting for the ratings before he comments.

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Inga said...

Bravo, Comey. He was in an untenable position, he made a mistake, but his decency shined through.

n.n said...

Comey, Comey, chameleon.

narciso said...

Yes the law requires certain things he wasn't willing to comply with.

Kathryn51 said...

Thank you for watching so that we don't have to (you are going to notes, right?).

But let us not forget what this paragon of truth and character said a couple of months ago:

"Special Agent Andrew McCabe stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on. He served with distinction for two decades. I wish Andy well. I also wish continued strength for the rest of the FBI. America needs you.".

Jack Wayne said...

“Bravo, Comey. He was in an untenable position, he made a mistake, but his decency shined through.”

Seems to me that he put himself into an untenable position. Which was his mistake. And the decency you see must have been the sun shining out of his ass.

chickelit said...

Comey personifies swamp creature. That is an important distinction about him to make. Swamp creature means unelected person making key decisions. Is there a higher ranking person than he who is under scrutiny? I suppose that Lynch is one. I also suppose that these people feel themselves so chosen as to almost feel elected to their cause. They are mistaken.

chickelit said...

Comey, Lynch, etc all. They are just henchpeople.

FIDO said...

His actions or the actions he allowed in the non-investigation of Hillary really makes me question everything about him.

He was in a difficult position and he punted and tried to have it both ways. There were also the lies he told on the way, which R/V wants to disregard for some reason.

I don't know what to think of him, but his credibility has taken a huge hit.

chickelit said...

I skimmed the transcript and read parts with interest. I refuse to watch the ABC clickbait.

Jack Wayne said...

Actually, Chicklit, the way the Constitution is written, every bureaucrat has enormous latitude. Not only by the words of the Constitution but by the delegations of Congress. Comey is another sad failure of Congress.

chickelit said...

“Bravo, Comey. He was in an untenable position, he made a mistake, but his decency shined through”

Tipping points are by definition “untenable.” Comey was part of the tipping point regarding Hillary’s election. He tried to arrest it, to toy with it, to make it happen or not happen. He should have never had that unelected power to begin with.

Darrell said...

Special Agent Andrew McCabe could have walked upright under a snake's belly over the last 8 months, when good people were trying to restore an institution we all depend on. He made a mockery of public service for two decades--serving himself and one political party--Democrats. I wish Andy what he deserves. A death alone in prison. I also wish continued strength to remake the FBI into a law enforcement agency. America needs you.

Michael The Magnificent said...

Shorter Comey: Trump was unsuitable, therefore Hillary couldn't be guilty.

gadfly said...

So Comey whines and Trump lies - I'll take whines. Comey has a book - Trump has 20 or so - all of Donald's are full of lies and all are ghost-written.

Trump complains about Session's disloyal service, just as he does about Comey and neither are his personal servants. Trump has wiped out his own appointees in the West Wing and elsewhere. Is Comey responsible?

As for those who don't like Stephanopolous, I agree, but he has asked good questions and he has required thoughtful answers from Comey.

rcocean is complaining about Comey's ego or is it that he hit a nerve by calling super-egotist Trump morally unfit? It occurs to me that Trump is not smart enought to give the complex answers coming from Comey but Comey was wrong when he said Trump was not stupid.

Ralph L said...

The more he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons.

narciso said...

The left's answers to immigration reform, racism? To guns shut up to same sex marriage bake the cake, to Islamic extremism squirrel.

Rob said...

When Ann asks, "Are you finding Comey compelling?," is she channeling Adlai Stevenson? Told that popular religion writer Norman Vincent Peale had encouraged people to vote for Eisenhower, Stevenson said, "Speaking as a Christian, I find the Apostle Paul appealing and the Apostle Peale appalling."

Michael The Magnificent said...

The more he spoke of his honor, the faster we counted the spoons.

That reminds me: Clintons Return White House Furniture

"After they were criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them when they left, the Clintons announced last week that they would pay for $86,000 worth of gifts, or nearly half the amount."

Crooks, stealing anything not nailed down.

walter said...

With 5hrs of interview..would really love to see what was axed.

Original Mike said...

Blogger Michael The Magnificent said...”Shorter Comey: Trump was unsuitable, therefore Hillary couldn't be guilty.”

That’s exactly right. He needs to be held to account so that future law enforcement officials don’t place their own opinions above the law. Alas, I don’t hold out much hope that that will actually happen.

chickelit said...

Is “above the law” the highest ambition?

chickelit said...

Big Mike said...”Did Stephanopoulos always look like a weasel?”

He’s got that aging Wunderkind look to contend with. Like Dick Clark, he can never look “old.” It’s actually a feminine trait, and not often expressed by males.

Sebastian said...

Compellingly pompous.

If you hate your boss, and if you hate the deplorable people who sent him, the decent thing to do is to resign.

Comey let Hill skate. Comey tried to make her legit by reopening the investigation. Comey leaked memos via his prof friend. Comey stood by lyin' McCabe. Comey hid the key piece of info from Trump. Comey helped unleash the Mueller witch hunt on false pretenses. Comey signed off on the FISA travesty.

Comey is loyal only to his self-image.

Ralph L said...

[Ashcroft's] chief of staff.... was calling to alert me that the president was sending two of his top people [to A's hospital room]
How did the CoS know that?
Why did Comey believe he could interfere with a Presidential order? If he didn't like it, he could quit.

Jason said...

The more I hear from Comey, the more it’s clear he’s basically an overgrown hormonal high school girl.

narciso said...

His chief of staff was laufman who stepped down from justice counter Intel section in march.

Achilles said...

JAMES COMEY: I r-- I was never going to write a book. But I decided I had to write this one to try and be useful. That was my goal after I was fired, to be useful.


The laudable goal of any tool.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Comey the preening weasel, the lying leaker, the sneak weakling, the coward in the curtains.

Achilles said...

Inga said...

Bravo, Comey. He was in an untenable position, he made a mistake, but his decency shined through.

I am sure his cellmate will find him "decent."

Bay Area Guy said...

Hey Comey, doncha know me?

The transcript is unreadable. This guy really was the Forest Gump of the FBI.

Thinking Hillary would be defeated if she were indicted (probably true), he provided cover to McCabe to whitewash the investigation.

Feeling guilty over the whitewash, he trashed Hillary at a press conference calling her "extremely careless"

The trashing of Hillary helped contribute to her loss, Comey. Don't you get it? Don't you understand that's why the left doesn't like you?

To further purge his guilt, after wanting to stay on as Director of FBI under Trump, but being fired, he leaks a stupid CYA memo, to trigger a Special Counsel to nail Trump, without evidence of a crime. The guy is so wacked out.

Original Mike said...

Blogger Inga said...”Bravo, Comey. He was in an untenable position, he made a mistake, but his decency shined through.”

Could you please elaborate on what “untenable position” Comey was in?

Lewis Wetzel said...

I was thinking about the election just now. Hillary lost the electoral college because she did not appeal to enough of the people in the "flyover" states. She had the dem nomination locked up, she could have eased up on aspects of her hard-left promised policies & she would have beaten Trump handily. A clear defense of the individual right to own a firearm, opposition to abortion after the second trimester, even a principled defense of religious freedom and freedom of speech would have done it.
But she could not bend. I don't believe she has principles to violate, I think that she believed that the votes of the flyover people didn't matter. She really did not give a damn what the people in Ohio and Wisconsin who were persuadable thought.

Bob Loblaw said...

Comey was in an untenable position because he was committing crimes instead of doing his job. That's not his decency shining.

chickelit said...

“ I think that she believed that the votes of the flyover people didn't matter. She really did not give a damn what the people in Ohio and Wisconsin who were persuadable thought.”

She rebuked and turned on the values of her father and brothers. Those were midwestern values. She embraced Saul Alinsky values in college. This isn’t rocket science, people.

PuertoRicoSpaceport.com said...

So Comey whines and Trump lies - I'll take whines. Comey has a book - Trump has 20 or so - all of Donald's are full of lies and all are ghost-written.


Do you think Comey's book isn't?

Ghost written and full of lies, that is.

John Henry

walter said...

JAMES COMEY:That was my goal after I was fired, to be (a)useful(idiot)

exhelodrvr1 said...

Below is from his book. If Comey is this naïve, it's not surprising that the FBI under his leadership was so corrupt. That's not decency, that's either pure stupidity or dishonesty.

"“Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President Obama. He had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility in the investigation by saying in a 60 Minutes interview on Oct. 11, 2015, that Clinton’s email use was “a mistake” that had not endangered national security,” Comey writes. “Then on Fox News on April 10, 2016, he said that Clinton may have been careless but did not do anything to intentionally harm national security, suggesting that the case involved overclassification of material in the government.”

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made. If the president had already decided the matter, an outside observer could reasonably wonder, how on earth could his Department of Justice do anything other than follow his lead.”

“The truth was that the president — as far as I knew, anyway — he had only as much information as anyone following it in the media. He had not been briefed on our work at all. And if he was following the media, he knew nothing, because there had been no leaks at all up until that point. But, his comments still set all of us up for corrosive attacks if the case were completed with no charges brought.”

n.n said...

It seems that Comey has been deemed nonviable, perhaps unworthy, and the left have selected their sacrificial baby. So, Comey provided the cover for Obama to spy, Clinton to collude, and the DNC to deny the nomination to the Jew, and later a #MeToo warlock hunt to deny civil rights and further disenfranchise Americans. Democrats, and establishment, may want to review the selective motives and process failures that rationalized and enabled a multi-trimester warlock trial.

n.n said...

Then there is the disenfranchised, now aborted, Democrat insider: Deep Plunger. People are vulnerable to affirmative action following process failures.

Hey Skipper said...

The truth was that the president — as far as I knew, anyway — he had only as much information as anyone following it in the media. He had not been briefed on our work at all. And if he was following the media, he knew nothing, because there had been no leaks at all up until that point. But, his comments still set all of us up for corrosive attacks if the case were completed with no charges brought.

So, in other words, Obama obstructed justice.

Enquiring minds want to know: where was the MSM brou ha ha?

Maybe Chuck, Inga, or ARM could answer that.

Yancey Ward said...

Exhelodrvr1,

That is a fascinating excerpt. I would hope that Comey really isn't so naive to not really understand the purpose of Obama's two public statements, but I do wonder. In any case, if Comey really believes Obama wasn't updated on the investigation, he is a fool or a liar, and there were leaks in the media, or the reporters were lying in several instances, though I do note that the numbers of leaks were far fewer than the deluge coming out after Trump won the election.

chickelit said...

“Obstructing Justice”

What dat? Cockblocking Republicans?

exhelodrvr1 said...

And as Trey Gowdy said - Comey wouldn't have written this book if he hadn't been fired.

Darrell said...

Take away any profit from his book. You can't benefit from your crimes.

Howard said...

The only people going to jail are some low-level Trump flunkies. The deep state deal spares Trump, The Clinton Foundation and the FBI. Everything else is just circus so people ignore that TPP is back on the table and the midwestern farmers will pay for the tax cuts for the banks with low soybean prices.

readering said...

Some weird types congregate in this site.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Stephanopolous interviewing Comey. Two weasels mating.

An honest investigator would have conducted an honest investigation of Hillary. You just pimping us out, Jimmy.

Beldar said...

He is a weasel. Any lawyer who deliberately leaks confidential communications with his principal -- even if the communications weren't as attorney-client, but merely intra-Executive Branch communications -- is a weasel and an oath-breaker and should lose his law license. The notion of Jim Comey selling a book with this title, of him lecturing at a reputable law school on legal ethics, makes me want to vomit.

He's also still peddling a boatload of crap that he very well knows is crap about the Clinton email investigation -- specifically, the utter fiction that there's no evidence of the required intent to violate the law on Clinton's part. Under at least one felony statute under which she should have been charged, there is no requirement whatsoever that the prosecution prove an intent to harm America's national security. The only intent question is: Did she intend to use a private server, and that's proved beyond all doubt, not just a reasonable doubt. Moreover, when a witness has repeatedly signed documents acknowledging her knowledge of the classification laws; when she's written memos preaching it to her subordinates and disciplining those who broke the rules even innocently; when she's told repeated mutually inconsistent lies about her actions and her motivations and the state of her knowledge and intentions; and when she has the biggest motive on the planet to cover all of this up, because it's in the way between her and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, even a first-year prosecutor could make an absolutely compelling case of intent to violate three or four other statutes with higher intent requirements, including certainly obstruction of justice and mail & wire fraud in addition to security/classification crimes.

Comey is not stupid. He's deliberately but wildly disingenuous about all this. He'll look you in the eye and say we don't prosecute people for crimes without a showing of specific intent, when that's utter BS -- I can point you to cases he personally has prosecuted or overseen in which the law doesn't require that, and likewise, cases he's personally prosecuted in which the only proof of intent has been circumstantial (it always is, unless admitted by the defendant, for pete's sake!).

He thinks he's fundamentally different from and better than Donald Trump, but in fact they both think -- like the Clintons think -- that they are above the law.

So yeah: He's a weasel, a dissembler about the law and the justice system whose credibility on every issue is suspect, an unethical advocate who without question should lose his law license and be shunned by all who respect the Rule of Law, and in all probability an as-yet-unindicted felon on charges (including obstruction of justice) connected to his self-confessed leaking in violation of DoJ rules and policies, even if he carefully avoided leaking classified information.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

JAMES COMEY: But I decided I had to write this [book] to try and be useful. That was my goal after I was fired, to be useful.

Time to be useful was *before* you was fired. Missed that chance, dint ya.

Breezy said...

I did not watch the interview. I did see a photo of it. This circus would have been better illustrated if they both were standing.

Amadeus 48 said...

A self-righteous, self-serving weasel—it is not a good look. Lynch says he lies, McCabe says he lies, Trump says he lies, Clinton says he cost her the election, he says he is a Knight for Truth. What will IG Horowitz say?

Inga says his underlying decency shines through. Beldar calls him out as a shifty, unreliabe, bad lawyer with poor ethics.

My working thesis is that Beldar is right, but we’ll find out.

By the way, Stephanopolis is famous for failing to disclose his own interests to his viewers. Some journalist.

Bruce Hayden said...

She rebuked and turned on the values of her father and brothers. Those were midwestern values. She embraced Saul Alinsky values in college. This isn’t rocket science, people.

Not sure if I buy this completely. Pretty much every Clinton financial scandal through the decades had the Rodham brothers in there somewhere getting their piece of the action.

Matthew Sablan said...

Wait. So Comey didn't know Obama was using Clinton's server and therefore had more information about it than the media? That's... An odd position for him to take.

Bruce Hayden said...

One of the things that messed up Comey with the email scandal was the intervention of AG Lynch after all those classified emails were found on Weiner's laptop. Apparently, the NYPD had the laptop, and wasn't sharing. She broke it loose by threatening to investigate the NYPD (again) for the Eric Gardner death while in their custody, as a civil rights deprivation. Last thing they wanted was an intensive FBI investigation into their everyday affairs. And then, it fell into the hands of the EDNY, which wasn't zeleous enough in killing the investigation, until she threatened to transfer it to her protege, Preet Bahara, who had replaced her as SDNY USA, where the two of them, along with Comey, who had been USA there under Bush, had picked almost all of the prosecutors. Meanwhile, the laptop, and nothing else, was apparently stolen out of a locked car, and disappeared from the scene completely, despite containing apparently some 650k emails, many, maybe even most, the involving the daily life of the woman who was almost President. Emails never apparently backed up. Stuff supposedly that not even Lynch could keep her from being indicted for, and stuff that would have lost most of the rest of the states that she lost in the election. Even allegations that she had made upwards of six trips to Jeffrey Epstein's Pediphile Island (to Bill's >= 20 trips there). And maybe answered, for all times, the question about the relationship between Crooked Hillary and Weiner's erstwhile wife, Huma Abedin. Were they lovers? Or was she the daughter that Clinton really wanted, but got a charmless dullard instead. We will never know - Lynch's coverup was successful, with the evidence conveniently disappeared.

The tip of this scandal appears in the recent OIG report. From that, it appears that McCade was involved from the first, as well as his staff, including Lisa Page, but that their boss, Comey, may have initially out of the loop, and that part of what he may have been doing with the reopening, then closing the email investigation so quickly, was playing catchup. All this stuff had been going on during the last weeks of the campaign, very possibly behind his back, with his senior staff working with AG Lynch and her senior staff, to kill the scandal, so that it didn't kill Clinton's bid for the Presidency. He had made promises to Congress to keep them up to date, and, I think that he really didn't want responsibility for electing her in such an underhanded way, to have had his department used that way, so politically. Just imagine what someone with Comey's sense of moral certainty and right would have done, being faced with being seen as an accomplice there.

The nice thing here is that it is likely that we will ultimately find some of these answers from the ongoing OIG investigation. Not the contents of the so conveniently disappeared laptop, of course, but the behind the scenes maneuvering going on involving AG Lynch, her senior staff, senior FBI staff, and the EDNY prosecutors, in the month or so between when the laptop was found by the NYPD, and when Comey reexonerated Crooked Hillary.

David Begley said...

Let’s talk about moral fitness to be President. Hillary set up a private server and used it to transmit classified info. But why the private server? So she and Bill could run their bribery scheme! She then has her lawyer delete the emails with the evidence of bribery! Why can’t anyone else see that.

The real obstruction of justice was by Comey! Why didn’t he seize Hillary’s server? Why did he let Cheryl Mills destroy evidence of a crime?

Comey told McCabe and Strzok to sandbag and point shave the investigation. Make it look real but don’t try real hard. Since Comey is so tall he must have played basketball. He knows all about point shaving.

I hope Brett Baier picks up on this.

Clyde said...

Didn't see it; watched baseball instead. Did they use Elton John's song "The Bitch Is Back" for theme music? Because they probably should have.

rhhardin said...

I don't even recognize the name, except that he's one of the C-guys. I have the feeling there's more than one of them in the news.

Jess said...

If Comey is a correct example of those in the deep state, it's easy to assume the level of dishonesty, corruption, and lack of morals is rampant among those using the bureaucracy for gain. His pettiness, lack of character, and outright cowardly behavior tarnishes the office he once held.

Beloved Commenter AReasonableMan said...

These intra-Republican fights are becoming increasingly tedious and unseemly.

rehajm said...

Arguments of morality or patriotism mean you've got nothing else.

Angle-Dyne, Angelic Buzzard said...

Yes, he struggles to explain his attempt to not be political when he made the announcement about the unread Clinton emails that were being investigated and probably lead in part to her defeat, but when he talks about the dinner with Trump etc and what was said his moral core and honesty strike shine through.

If I didn't see r/V's name attached to this comment, I would have thought one of the resident wags was in very, very good form today.

exhelodrvr1 said...

I would love to hear Comey discuss the various methods of lacing shoes.

Jason said...

It's amazing how the guy picked to interview Comey just happens to be a former communications director for the Clintons.

What are the odds?

Birkel said...

Lanny Davis and Loretta Lynch are attacking James Comey.

Now ARM won't have to feel so unseemly.

Robert Cook said...

As an unambivalent scorner of the crass, amoral shitbag Trump, I must say, having seen one 20 second or so clip from Comey's interview on this morning's news, he comes across as too theatrically earnest! Like a hippie boy pleading, "What about the trees and the children, man?!"

In short, I think he's performing.

Also, it goes without saying Trump is morally unfit to be President. But...all of our presidents have committed morally monstrous acts, so, how is Trump's personal amorality something to fret about? It seems being a moral monster is necessary to fulfill the agenda of the American empire. Trump's greatest difference from his predecessors is that the mask is off, and the monster who is head of state is naked.

Big Mike said...

Also, it goes without saying Trump is morally unfit to be President.

I didn't vote for him to be moral. I voted for him to clean up a mess.

Robert Cook said...

"I didn't vote for him to be moral. I voted for him to clean up a mess."

Good luck with that.

tcrosse said...

Also, it goes without saying Trump is morally unfit to be President.

Consider the alternative. (And I don't mean Jill Stein)

dbp said...

I saw the teasers for the interview while watching DVR'd shows and if I didn't know better, I would have thought it was an SNL parody.

So no. I didn't watch the former press secretary for Bill Clinton "interview" Comey.

Robert Cook said...

"Consider the alternative. (And I don't mean Jill Stein)"

Hillary is also morally unfit to be President. That's the problem with our system...we're given "choices" between "shitty" and "more shitty." It's like a Soviet election, but instead of having essentially one candidate to vote for, we have two equally bad candidates to vote for. Either way, the deep state calls the shots and its agenda is continued.

Birkel said...

Robert Cook is insufficiently woke. He, a socialist fanboi, just said negative things about the Soviet Union.

Does.
Not.
Compute.

PB said...

Comey may have been a good man once but since he decided he wanted to be a Washington player he left that all behind. He wanted to keep his job in a Clinton administration or get something better so he went along with keeping the regime happy and didn't do his job.

Dereliction of duty, denial of honest services, then there's the lying under oath. He needs to serve jail time.

Michael Fitzgerald said...

Donald Trump is a great and righteous man, patriotic and principled. His vulgar and crass denigraters, people like commie-loving fool Robert Cook, are the amoral, anti-American scum product of the CPUSA pollution of American culture.

Paul said...

Big Mike said...”Did Stephanopoulos always look like a weasel?”

Well looks can be deceiving, but in Stephanopoulos case he is what he is.

Robert Cook said...

"Donald Trump is a great and righteous man, patriotic and principled."

Donald...is that you? That's a pretty good joke, Don. As if anyone could believe you're "great and righteous" or "patriotic and principled." Hahahaha!

Kevin said...

These intra-Republican fights are becoming increasingly tedious and unseemly.

True. The Dems just make it look like a botched robbery and move on.

James K said...

Also, it goes without saying Trump is morally unfit to be President.

Apparently not, since you needed to say it. You realize what follows contradicts your first statement?

But...all of our presidents have committed morally monstrous acts, so, how is Trump's personal amorality something to fret about? It seems being a moral monster is necessary to fulfill the agenda of the American empire. Trump's greatest difference from his predecessors is that the mask is off, and the monster who is head of state is naked.

Once you acknowledge that Trump is fundamentally no less moral than his predecessors, saying he's morally unfit kind of loses its meaning. And what has he actually done as President that is immoral?

OldManRick said...

Comey thought trump was morally unfit to be president

Where does it say that the FBI director gets to decide who is "morally fit" to be president. The American people, through their institutions and election procedures, elected Donald Trump.

Comey gets one vote, not one veto.

What he is doing is basically an attempted coup - no if's, and's, or but's.

Rusty said...

What crimes has Donald trump committed while in office? That's what counts isn't it? we've spent the last 24 years ignoring presidential past history(except for Republicans). Why is what Donald Trump did more deserving of scrutiny?
Any one of the usual suspects will do.

Robert. We knew what he was going into this.

Murph said...

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made. If the president had already decided the matter, an outside observer could reasonably wonder, how on earth could his Department of Justice do anything other than follow his lead.”

This outside observer reasonably wonders, "Why would the U.S. Dept. of Justice do anything OTHER than continue to investigate the matters with all the legal means and methods available, and follow the evidence to whatever conclusion it leads?"

Why would an honest and ethical man, much less a lawyer and FBI Director, even consider doing anything else?

Drago said...

Birkel: "Lanny Davis and Loretta Lynch are attacking James Comey."

Of course they are. As Brennan did last May (2017) when, under oath, he pulled the classic "I don't got it, you got it" routine when he testified that hey man, we at CIA simply got a bunch of stuff together and handed it to the FBI and that's all. Seriously man, that's all we did!

LOL

Thats also the testimony, under oath, where Brennan completely contradicted Comey regarding congressional notification.

The rats know in order to protect obama and his role (he who knowingly sent classified emails to Hillary on her unsecure account using the Toilet Server) they have to create a firewall at Lynch/Yates/Brennan/Clapper etc. so "Operation Latitude" exposure doesn't go much further.

Drago said...

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well.'

"To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made."

That really sums it up, doesn't it?

Someone that "smart" (really a "sort of a god") knew what he was saying and what the import was and implicitly understood his message would be transmitted to all the dem/lefty/LLR minions to help "guide" them in their actions and statements.

Jason said...

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well."

I never saw any evidence of this.

Obama's on camera as saying that for the Supreme Court to strike down a "duly constituted law" would be "unprecedented."

That's some weapons-grade incompetence right there for a lawyer. I mean, they didn't touch on Marbury v. Madison in law school? Or was he just paying attention.

Then there's the time he demonstrated he didn't understand the difference between comprehensive auto insurance coverage and liability-only coverage, thinking liability insurance "isn't serious insurance."

Then there was turning bankruptcy law upside down during the Detroit bailout. And then his rule by decree when it comes to immigration law, which was itself impeachable.

No, Obama's not a "very smart man who understands the law very well." Quite the opposite.

Jim at said...

Bravo, Comey. He was in an untenable position, he made a mistake, but his decency shined through.

Coming for the same fools who screamed for his firing immediately before the election.

You people are insane. You really are.

tcrosse said...

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well."

No, but he played one on television.

285exp said...

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made."

Why did you start writing your conclusion 2 months before you even interviewed her or Cheryl Mills or Heather Samuelson? Did you do that because Obama had already told you what the findings were supposed to be? I guess we know who his Higher Loyalty was for.

Robert Cook said...

"What crimes has Donald trump committed while in office? That's what counts isn't it?"

Well, he's ordered two missles strikes on Syria without Congressional authorization or (more important) approval by the UN Security Council. He's had his ambassador Nikki Haley at the UN state threaten more strikes on Syria. That is also illegal under the UN Charter.

Robert Cook said...

"Once you acknowledge that Trump is fundamentally no less moral than his predecessors, saying he's morally unfit kind of loses its meaning. And what has he actually done as President that is immoral?"

Ummm...that's an odd reading of what I said. I said his predecessors in office have been no more moral than Trump. They've all been moral monsters.

Ordering missile strikes on another country without UN approval and Congressional authorization is illegal; I think that qualifies as immoral.

BJM said...

No. Next question.

wildswan said...

Listening to Comey is like getting a shot of Novocain in your brain; gradually your sense of reality goes numb - because he has lost all sense of reality. On his watch it became evident that the Secretary of State had exposed US secrets over and over but he never saw it, he says. He was busy, busy, busy. With what? What was more important? No one believes him - not even our favorite lefty's who are comparing him to Donald Trump.

The key point to me is that Comey says that it could not be proved that Hillary knew her actions would result in transferring US secrets to Russia and to anyone else hostile to the US who penetrated her pathetic firewall. Therefore, he says, Hillary could not be prosecuted as a spy but only reprimanded as an idiot.

But first, the fact is that Hillary had secrets of every level of classification on her server which was an obvious target of our enemies and (which, in relation to the capacities of codebreakers, was essentially unprotected) and so she was exposing codes and methods.

Then, second, did anyone every tell her that her server was exposing secrets and endangering national security?
There are only two possibilities - she was told; she was not told.
1.
She was told and continued to expose secrets. Then she was deliberately harming the US and should have been prosecuted.
2.
She was not told. But this is impossible. It is impossible that the NSA, the FBI and the CIA were just unaware of Hillary's server. It is impossible that they did not all, one after another, tell her to stop using it or she would expose national secrets. But she persisted. So she knowingly exposed secrets and they knowingly let her. Speaks for itself.

And anyhow, it is also impossible that she had to be told while Secretary of State of the danger to the US if her e-mails exposed codes, plans and methods, hearing this for the first time. "The most qualified person ever to run for President" DID know that breaking the rules for preserving national secrets would expose national secrets and she knew it long before she was Secretary of State. She learned it while the wife of a President.

Yes, she knew. And furthermore: The idea that Hillary didn't get prosecuted because poor, dopey little Hillary just didn't know about the big, bad Russians and their code-breaking skills. What kind of a defense is that when the person we are talking about is running for President?

Comey and Hillary should just stop talking. They are powerful still and they can force people into silence but inside people's heads the thinking still goes on. The more they talk the more people have to think about and (based on Cookie's thoughts and other lefty's) the gag reflex is kicking in.

Begonia said...

The Onion gets it. In the "news" today:

"Comey: What Can I Say, I'm just a Catty Bitch from New Jersey"

PackerBronco said...

Ordering missile strikes on another country without UN approval and Congressional authorization is illegal; I think that qualifies as immoral

Unless we've surrendered our sovereignty to the UN when I wasn't looking, I don't see how what that body of reprobates thinks has any bearing on legality.

As for congress, well, call me when that body of spineless weasels want to do their constitutionally-mandated jobs and I'll gladly listen.

PackerBronco said...

"To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made."

That was Grade A stupidity by our faculty lounge leader. He didn't need to say anything publicly, "Lynch would know that without being told".

But of course, he couldn't help himself. Lordy, Lordy did that man love to hear himself talk.

Viking Engineer said...

I can't watch the whole thing, comey is not right in the head. Dear god, how does a self rightous psycho liberal get to that position of power??!! He needs to go to prison for a while, the fat drunken hag too.

Robert Cook said...

"Unless we've surrendered our sovereignty to the UN when I wasn't looking, I don't see how what that body of reprobates thinks has any bearing on legality."

You obviously don't know your Constitution. Under the Supremacy Clause, any treaties we enter into--such as the UN Charter--become "the Supreme law of the land." Thus, as per the UN Charter, we are prohibited from initiating (or even threatening) military strikes against other countries...except when we receive approval by the UN Security Council or to defend ourselves or an ally against an attack that has already been launched or is imminent. As neither of these conditions apply, we have no valid basis in launching missiles at Syria, even if the poison gas attack actually happened and even if Assad released it, (both unconfirmed at this time).

Robert Cook said...

"As for congress, well, call me when that body of spineless weasels want to do their constitutionally-mandated jobs and I'll gladly listen."

Why should Congress authorize missile strikes against Syria, (even if their authority was enough in itself without the UN)?

William Chadwick said...

Today's Instapundit has a headline, "So I guess we're not talking about how Comet was being interviewed by Clintonista George Stephanopoulos? Or that his next interview will be with Democratic operative Jake Tapper?"

William Chadwick said...

"Comey," not "Comet."