Comey tells Congress he’s Secret Agent Scaredy Cat

First published June 8. 2017 in the Toronto Sun

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.

Britain must address ‘immigration problem’

First published June 5, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

How many terror attacks will Britain have to endure before London’s Muslim mayor acknowledges the country has security issues caused by a Muslim immigration problem?

On Saturday night, three madmen plowed a van into pedestrians at the London Bridge, one of the city’s most popular tourists destinations.

Not done with their murderous rampage, the terrorists, wielding large hunting knives, headed to the Borough Market neighbourhood to kill more Londoners. They murdered seven people and wounded dozens. Thankfully, police quickly killed all three.

What was London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s response to the second terror attack on his city in less than three months?

“Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed. One of the things, the police, all of us need to do, is make sure we’re as safe as we possibly can be. I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city in the world, but we always evolve and review ways to make sure that we remain as safe as we possibly can,” Khan responded in an interview with BBC after the attack.

Khan’s remarks would be funny if they weren’t so dead serious.

London is anything but safe, thanks to Khan and other liberals obsessed with open borders. In March, a Islamist terrorist used the same technique — ramming a truck into a crowd of pedestrians — in front of the British Parliament building.

After the March attack, Khan said living under the terror of radical Islam was “part and parcel of living in a great global city … You’ve got to be prepared for these things, you’ve got to be vigilant.”

What hope do the people of London have with a leader like this? But Londoners shouldn’t be surprised. In September 2015, when Islamist terrorists were disguising themselves as Syrian refugees to infiltrate western nations, Khan tweeted that Britain should accept these refugees without question.

In several tweets, President Donald Trump rightfully railed against Khan’s approach.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.”

Well, duh! It’s only a matter of time before these evil men turn their sights on America — again.

“We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” Trump tweeted.

The U.S Supreme Court will decide if Trump’s temporary ban on travellers from six majority-Muslim nations is legal. Trump did this to protect America from the atrocities being unleashed on Britain.

Meanwhile, liberals, including Khan, must overcome their obsession with “resisting” Trump, and accept that fanatical Islamists will relentlessly pursue the destruction of western civilization … at all costs.

Trump succeeding where Obama failed on Middle East

First published May 23, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

On his first trip to the Middle East, President Donald Trump has done more to rebuild the United States’ standing in the region than President Barack Obama did in eight years.

So far, Trump has travelled to Saudi Arabia and Israel to work with the two nations on combating Iran’s aggression and to tackle the deal of all deals — the Middle East peace process.

Consider the differences.

In June 2009, Obama made his first overseas trip to Cairo to apologize to the Muslim world for America’s fight against Muslim terrorists after al-Qaida’s 9/11 attack.

Trump travelled to the Middle East to show the world American leadership has returned. There were lots of “firsts” in Trump’s oversees trip to Israel, one of America’s most trusted allies.

Trump was the first U.S. president to fly from Riyadh to Tel Aviv. The flight symbolized his attempt to unify two nations that have no diplomatic relations in a bigger fight against Iran.

“It’s forcing people together in a very positive way. I could see a much deeper path to friendship with Israel and … a lot of it’s spurred on by what’s happening in Iran,” Trump said.

Saudi Arabia doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist but the two countries are united in wanting to stop Iran’s ascent in the region.

Trump became the first U.S. president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Taken by the Israelis in the 1967 Six-Day War, the wall sits in disputed land. Israel claims it but the Palestinians insist that they want the wall to be included in any final peace talks.

Meanwhile, Obama never made one trip to Israel during his two-term presidency. But he could make the time to cut a nuclear deal with Iran so they could build a bomb and terrorize our allies like Israel in the Middle East.

Thanks to Obama’s do-nothing approach in the Middle East, Iran and Russia filled the void, supplying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with weapons to fight a bloody civil war and commit atrocities against his people like gassing women and children.

Obama rewarded Iran for their bad behavior by signing a nuclear agreement with a nation which vows to wipe out Israel.

Thanks to Obama’s utter negligence in the Middle East, ISIS camped out in Syria and Iraq and grew stronger. This week ISIS struck again in Manchester, England, where a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children outside the concert arena where singer Ariana Grande performed.

Prior to the Manchester terror attack, Trump explained in his speech in Saudi Arabia that America alone “cannot crush this enemy.”

“Muslim nations must be willing to take on the burden, if we are going to defeat terrorism and send its wicked ideology into oblivion.

“The first task in this joint effort is for your nations to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil. Every country in the region has an absolute duty to ensure that terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.”

As ISIS insults democracy with fresh terror attacks, Trump’s proposed ban on radical Muslims entering the U.S. doesn’t look so crazy. And his leadership in the Middle East is a welcome pivot for America and the world.

‘Russian thing’ quite the mess for Trump

First published May 18, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

At last! An independent counsel has come along to deal with the “Russia thing,” as President Donald Trump characterized his imbroglio with Moscow.

U.S. justice officials did what they should have done months ago — appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate whether the Trump campaign somehow colluded with Russia to win the election.

Serving under two presidents — George W. Bush and Barack Obama — Mueller also holds the distinction of having served as director for 12 years, the longest tenure of any FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover.

You can’t get more bipartisan or trustworthy than this man.

“In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter. My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

This “Russia thing” has turned into such a mess.

In less than two weeks, President Donald Trump has turned the most powerful position in the world into a buffet of scandals — of his own making.

Last week, Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, an action critics said looked like a move to obstruct his investigation into Russia. The next day, Trump invited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the White House for a meeting.

This week, the Trump-Russia controversy lurched from one bloody red story to a redder, bloodier one. The Washington Post reported Monday that in Trump’s meeting with the Russians, he shared highly-classified intelligence on ISIS.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Comey wrote a memo following a dinner meeting with Trump. In the memo, Comey alleged that Trump asked him to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak.

It’s worth mentioning that the Times noted: “The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter.”

This sequence of events has been a public relations disaster for the White House and America. Stocks and the dollar tanked, amid the whirlwind of Washington turmoil, as Wall Street rightfully worried that Trump won’t be able to pass his economic growth agenda of tax reform and deregulation — because Congress is busy chasing down the latest on the alleged Russia conspiracy.

There’s no question that Trump’s adversaries within the federal government (and externally, namely Russia) are leaking a barrage of stories (both real and fake), to discredit and eventually topple his fragile presidency. But Trump doesn’t need their help.

“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Trump tweeted the day after Mueller’s appointment.

Trump is destroying President Trump one tweet at a time, with his loose lips and determination to run a vaudevillian presidency reminiscent of Colonel Mustard in a board game of Clue.

Trump really needs to do himself a favour: Stop tweeting, stop talking about Russia, and let Mueller do his job!

Trump did no wrong in Russian dealings, but must exercise more presidential discipline

First published in May 16, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

When it comes to how the liberal mainstream media covers President Donald Trump, facts seem to be eclipsed by unhinged and bitter bias.

Trump has the right to fire anyone in his cabinet for any reason. He also has the right to share intelligence with other nations, including Russia.

The media’s latest hissy fit erupted over a Washington Post report that claimed Trump shared “highly-classified intelligence” about ISIS with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The intelligence was gathered from a U.S. partner about the threat of the terrorist group using laptop computers to down airplanes, said the story.

Granted, the optics look pretty bad.

The Oval Office meeting with the Russians occurred the day after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who was conducting an investigation into whether the Trump campaign and Russia colluded in (indirectly) rigging the election.

And the White House allowed only one photographer — a Russian — to attend the meeting.

That’s just not right. Moreover, while Trump may think he’s thumbing his nose at the press, these actions make him look undisciplined.

However, buried beneath the Washington Post’s salacious headline — “Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador” — in paragraph six was this:

“As president, Trump has broad authority to declassify government secrets, making it unlikely that his disclosures broke the law.”

And more facts were buried in the story:

“Russia and the United States both regard the Islamic State as an enemy and share limited information about terrorist threats. But the two nations have competing agendas in Syria, where Moscow has deployed military assets and personnel to support President Bashar al-Assad.”

So, is it really horrifying that Trump, who campaigned on fighting the Islamic State, would try and work with Russia to topple the terrorist organization?

As far as jeopardizing America’s safety, national security advisor H.R. McMaster dismissed the Washington Post report.

“At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed, and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly,” said McMaster, who was at the meeting.

What the media appears to be infuriated over is that time and time again, Trump is playing them like a fiddle and defying the odds. From boycotting the White House correspondents’ dinner, to having the audacity to fire Comey, Trump is running a different kind of presidency.

Some aspects of his style are excellent for disrupting Washington’s colossal, entrenched, and institutionally-corrupt bureaucracy. But the real problem with Trump’s latest unconventional action was the flagrant, sloppy way he executed it — and no less on the day after firing Comey for the “Russia thing,” as Trump described it.

Trump needs to take a big gulp of presidential discipline, and start reading the Presidential Daily Brief, prepared by the National Security Council to help guide him through conversations with foreign leaders.

Being president can’t be boiled down to a page of bullets or tweets. Trump would be wise to start doing more homework, and to curb his penchant for veering off script with a foreign leader to chit-chat about his golf game.

James Comey should have been sacked months ago

First published May 10, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Official Washington gasped when President Donald Trump exercised his legal right to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Frankly, it should have been done months ago and the sacking is hardly the “political explosion” trumpeted by CNN’s Dana Bash.

Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton — despite the liberal media’s relentless polling that predicted a Democrat victory — was truly a “political explosion.” Moreover, liberals calling Trump’s action “Nixonian” are equally laughable.

Republican President Richard Nixon was impeached for using the White House to spy on the Democratic Party.

The Nixon Library tweeted:

“FUN FACT: President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI.”

Unfortunately, a disgraced, paranoid president sets no standard whatsoever for a president acting lawfully. Correct me if I’m wrong but Comey served at the pleasure of Trump. And that pleasure was clearly exhausted.

The sacking was quintessential Trump. After everyone assumed Comey was here to stay, Trump shocked swamp dwellers in Washington and the FBI director himself, delivering a terse late afternoon letter to Comey.

“While I greatly appreciated you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,” Trump wrote.

To date, of the three ongoing investigations conducted by the FBI, the Senate and House, no conclusive evidence has been found to prove Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to rig the election.

Comey’s thirst for political stardom — always eager to testify before Congress and preen in front of TV cameras — reportedly made Trump question his ability to conduct an independent investigation into the Russia controversy.

The president relied on a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who concluded that Comey was no longer fit to serve as America’s top cop because of his bungling of Hillary’s e-mail investigation.

Legally, the FBI is not supposed to publicly confirm or deny ongoing investigations. Yet, Comey announced in a July 2016 press conference, that no charges would be filed against Hillary.

“It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do,” wrote Rosenstein.

Then, Comey boasted to Congress that he reopened the e-mail investigation days before the election. More recently, Comey announced to Congress and the world that the FBI was conducting an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

Regrettably, Trump dismissing Comey months into his presidency only will fuel Democrats’ obsession into the unfounded claims that Trump is trying to cover up a Russia conspiracy.

At the same time, Trump’s timing is brilliant.

Once again the mercurial president took charge of the Washington news cycle, shifting the narrative from Russia to Comey’s incompetence. Now all eyes, reporter ink and yack will be devoted to speculating and (trashing) who will lead “our crown jewel of law enforcement,” as Trump noted in his letter.

But Trump must swiftly nominate a new FBI director whose credentials, not to mention integrity, rivals that of a saint. The winning candidate must be a man or woman without ties to Trump’s campaign or presidency and capable of taking an unbiased look at the Russia investigation — wherever the evidence leads.