As former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testified before Congress yet again, what became crystal clear is that Comey is no “nut job,” but rather, a power hungry, free-wheeling, political narcissist.
Under oath, Comey said he was “confident” that Russia didn’t hack any votes in the 2016 election; that at “no time” did Trump ask him to stop the Russia investigation; or, that Trump tried to obstruct justice in the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And, Comey again testified that Trump was never – ever – under FBI investigation.
The Senate Intelligence Committee hearing should have ended there, 20 minutes into Comey answering Chairman Senator Richard Burr’s questions.
But it soon became clear that Comey’s testimony was about waging political revenge on his ex-boss – not the “honest loyalty” he claimed to have pledged to Trump.
“I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting,” Comey recounted after his Jan. 27 dinner meeting with Trump. Comey alleges Trump asked for his loyalty.
Yet Comey said he never drafted memos on his conversations with former presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush. He told Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and other Senators that he did memorialize his nine conversations with Trump based on “a gut feeling.” If Comey was so concerned about the tone and tenor of these conversations with Trump, why not alert Congress after the first one? Sounds more like political insurance, or blackmail against a president Comey vehemently disliked and admittedly feared. Or, he was thinking about payday on a book deal.
After a third meeting with Trump, one in which he claimed that Trump asked him to let the Flynn investigation go, Comey said he “implored” Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “prevent any future direct communication between the President and me.” But oddly, Comey continued to speak privately with the president — perhaps to stockpile a dossier of future leak material.
In credibility-destroying questioning from Sen. Collins, Comey admitted he was behind the leaked memo to the New York Times about his Feb. 14 conversation with Trump regarding the Flynn investigation. Comey defiantly testified that after his firing, he asked his Columbia University professor friend to leak the memo.
Yet Comey’s revelation that he was an expert leaker showed America the real reason he was fired was not “because of the Russia investigation,” as he told the Senate. But it was because the President of the United States of America could not trust Comey to be an independent steward of the law, no matter where the facts led him.
What the public learned in this much-anticipated bombshell hearing was that Comey seems to be the one telling the lies. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, from Missouri, asked Comey if he thought the memos he drafted on Trump as FBI director were government or personal documents.
“I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I felt free to share that. I felt (it was) very important to get it out.”
“This investigation is full of leaks, left and right,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) observed to Comey.
“We’ve learned more from the newspapers sometimes than we do from our open hearings, for sure. Do you ever wonder why of all the things in this investigation, the only thing that has never been leaked is the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that both Democrats and Republicans in the leadership of Congress knew that and have known that for weeks?” added Rubio.
Comey replied, “I don’t know,” but added that he found material given to top lawmakers “pretty tightly held.”
With Comey admitting that he thought it was his duty to leak the Flynn memo to the media, it makes one question Comey’s definition of “tightly held.”
Besides being a grandiose waste of taxpayer money, Comey’s testimony vindicated and validated Trump’s humiliating dismissal of him.
In an exchange with Sen. MRubio, Comey declared he was “no Captain Courageous” in his discussions with Trump. Hell, he didn’t even rise to the rank of Corporal.