James Comey

Senator Johnson’s request

Featured image In her weekly Wall Street Journal column today (behind the Journal’s paywall), Kim Strassel draws on the work of Senator Ron Johnson to unearth the role of the FBI in the 2016 presidential election. Kim first discusses the questions raised by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s letter to Senator Johnson earlier this week. She notes that the letter raises the question of when it first learned of FBI »

Good lordy, Jim Comey

Featured image The next time you hear a tall man shouting Bible verses on the sidewalk, take a close look. It might be James Comey. Here is what the former FBI director tweeted following the news about Michael Flynn’s plea: But [let] justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24. If the subject is Flynn’s plea per se, this strikes me as an overstatement. A guilty plea »

McCarthy compares and contrasts

Featured image In his weekly NRO column Andrew McCarthy compares and contrasts the Obama administration’s investigation of the Hillary Clinton email matter under former FBI Director James Comey with the metastasizing collusion investigation under the auspices of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Reviewing the course of the Mueller investigation so far, my friend Mr. McCarthy catches up and links to newsworthy items we haven’t gotten around to. One such item is the earliest »

The Comey conundrum

Featured image Former FBI Director James Comey knows how to play the G-Man as a straight arrow on television, but he’s a cynical Washington operator in real life. His orchestration of the appointment of his friend Robert Mueller as special counsel to take down President Trump in the fictitious Russia collusion scandal (and all its penumbras and radiations) represents a striking case in point. Comey’s hand in it should discredit the Mueller »

Obama’s lying quartet

Featured image “Rarely has an intelligence apparatus engaged in systematic lying—and chronic deceit about its lying—both during and even after its tenure,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. “Yet the Obama Administration’s four top security and intelligence officials time and again engaged in untruth, as if peddling lies was part of their job descriptions.” In his column “A lying quartet,” Dr. Hanson indicts Susan Rice, James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper for lying »

James Comey In the Dock? And More

Featured image I think Sarah Sanders is a terrific press secretary. In her press briefing today, she handled the White House press corps with her usual aplomb. The White House emphasized President Trump’s efforts toward a bipartisan tax reform bill, but James Comey also came up, repeatedly: Q [by New York Times reporter] Is the President aware that Steve Bannon described firing James Comey as the biggest mistake in modern political history? »

Does Comey’s draft statement on Clinton show he lied to Congress?

Featured image It’s getting drafty around here. Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly is scrutinizing President Trump’s draft statement explaining the firing of James Comey. Meanwhile, Senators Grassley and Graham have complained that Comey drafted statements exonerating Hillary Clinton before the FBI interviewed her and other seemingly material witnesses. Good thing I don’t write draft blog posts. Comey’s draft statements have caused some to question the truthfulness of testimony he gave to Congress. »

New York Times undercuts claim that Trump obstructed justice

Featured image The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained an “early draft” of President Trump’s letter stating the reasons for firing James Comey. Times reporters Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman inform us that “the circumstances and reasons for the firing are believed to be a significant element of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, which includes whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.” The Times would love it »

Senators say Comey drafted Clinton exoneration memo before she was interviewed

Featured image Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham say they have reviewed evidence that James Comey drafted a statement to announce the closure of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server months before key witnesses, including Clinton herself, were interviewed. In a letter to current FBI director Christopher Wray, the two Senators characterize Comey’s approach as “conclusion first, fact-gathering second,” adding “that’s no way to run an »

Comey’s breach of trust

Featured image Yesterday we learned that at least four of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos of conversations with President Trump contain information that has been classified at some level. The Hill’s John Solomon had the story here. I wrote about Solomon’s story here. Andrew McCarthy carefully explicates how the story should be read in his NRO column here. Jonathan Turley comments further in a column posted by The Hill. Although he »

Lordy, those Comey memos

Featured image The Hill’s John Solomon reports that “more than half” of former FBI Director James Comey’s seven memos of conversations with President Trump “have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.” By my calculation, “more than half” of seven memos would be at least four. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 that he showed at least one of the »

Charles Grassley: Chuck Schumer lied about Russia investigation

Featured image On Thursday, Sen. Charles Grassley accused Sen. Chuck Schumer of lying about the FBI Russia probe. Grassley didn’t use the term “lying,” but there is no other way to read his remarks. Grassley, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, explained that then-FBI director Comey told him and Dianne Feinstein, the Committee’s ranking member, that President Trump was not under investigation by the Bureau. Grassley said that, in addition, Comey »

The AP Runs Interference for Comey and Mueller [with comment by Paul]

Featured image President Trump noted that James Comey and Robert Mueller are “very, very good friends…which is bothersome.” So the Associated Press sprang into action to defend the two men now locked in a death struggle with the president. The AP vouches for the extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, integrity of the men who are trying to bring down our duly elected president. In the AP’s telling, they are: …somber-faced and demanding… …more approachable »

Lordy, Trump has no tapes

Featured image President Trump took to Twitter today to announce that he has no tapes or recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey. In a pair of tweets, Trump stated: With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not »

Jennifer Rubin swings and misses at Jeff Sessions

Featured image The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin tries to salvage something for the anti-Trump cause from Jeff Sessions’ testimony yesterday. Grasping at straws, she characterizes as “exceptionally weak,” Sessions’ explanation of why his recusal from the Russia investigation didn’t preclude him from participating in the decision to fire the FBI director, James Comey. Sessions’ explanation of why he wasn’t precluded from involvement in the Comey firing is straightforward. In his written testimony, »

How Comey put his interests ahead of his country’s

Featured image Andy McCarthy asks why President Trump fired James Comey. He concludes that Trump did so because he believed Comey intentionally misled the public into thinking Trump was under investigation by the FBI. I think that’s probably the reason. As I have said, it seems clear that, at a minimum, Comey’s refusal publicly to say that Trump is not under investigation played a major role in the discharge decision. It’s easy »

Comey’s calculations

Featured image “James Comey is a ‘leaker’ — but that doesn’t make him a criminal.” That’s the headline of a Washington Post story by Matt Zapotosky. The Post’s story tries to create the impression that, in fact, Comey is not a criminal. But Zapatosky undertakes no analysis of the law. Instead, he cites “legal analysts.” However, none of the analysts in question addresses the question of whether Comey committed a crime. The »