James Comey

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 »

Proof That James Comey Misled the Senate Intelligence Committee [Updated]

Featured image In his written testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey made a point of saying that he wrote memoranda documenting all of his conversations with Donald Trump, something he didn’t feel compelled to do regarding his (very few) conversations with Barack Obama. In his appearance before the committee, Comey broadened this claim to include President George W. Bush, under whom he served as Deputy Attorney General. The reason, he »

Three Ways to Look at Comeypalooza

Featured image 1. Remember a few weeks ago when the media were breathless with reports that Steve Bannon was on his way out from the White House? Almost completely unremarked upon during Comeypalooza this week is that Bannon appears to be firmly back in the first saddle (if he was ever in jeopardy in the first place), and Jared Kushner is the person in eclipse at the White House. Recall that Bannon »

When Comey leaked his memo

Featured image In my stray thoughts about former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, I declared that the clock struck thirteen when Comey purported to explain his use of Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman as a cutout to leak a memo of one of his conversations with the president to New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt. Now George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley zooms »

Should Trump fire Mueller?

Featured image No. I don’t think he should. The hornet’s nest has already been sufficient stirred up, and we’ve already heard enough Watergate comparisons without replicating the “Saturday Night Massacre.” But after James Comey’s testimony, there is a new argument for firing Mueller and handing the Russia hacking investigation back to the FBI and its new director. Newt Gingrich explains: When asked Thursday by Senator Susan Collins of Maine whether he shared »

The Washington Post’s pitiful analysis of “obstruction”

Featured image “Comey lays out the case that Trump obstructed justice.” So declares the Washington Post in a front page “news” story about James Comey’s testimony. The story, by Matt Zapotosky is based on shoddy legal analysis and held together by quotes from lawyers and professors of no great prominence. Zapotosky doesn’t bother to include the views of the many prominent legal analysts — Alan Dershowitz and Andy McCarthy to name just »

Stray thoughts about Comey

Featured image Former FBI Director James Comey is master operator on the Washington scene. That is the predominant impression I came away with from Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday. It is an impression that is consistent with his self-serving confessions of uneasiness, discomfort, confusion, cowardice, fright, tongue-tied wonderment and the like. What manner of man (let alone FBI Director) is this? Comey has met with his friend Robert Mueller, »

Initial thoughts on Comey’s testimony

Featured image Here are some of my takeaways from the Comey testimony (I missed most of it as it transpired, but have read the transcript). First, Comey’s testimony falls far short of presenting a case that President Trump obstructed justice. (More on this below). Second, that being so, the most important takeaway from Comey’s testimony is that Trump was never under investigation during Comey’s time as FBI director. Contrary to what many »

CNN Bungles Comey Testimony

Featured image CNN has been competing with MSNBC to see who can come up with the most over-the-top attacks on President Trump. And when an agenda is at stake, accuracy is secondary at best. Tuesday evening, CNN tweeted that James Comey was expected to deny President Trump’s claim that Comey had told Trump he was not being investigated: Comey expected to refute Trump's assertion that Trump was told he was not under »

James Comey, Novelist

Featured image James Comey has a story to tell, and in his account, there is no doubt about who is the hero. Comey, by reputation, has a monumental ego. His prepared testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which you can read here, is consistent with that image. It is also clear that Comey is a consummate creature of Washington. Comey’s narrative suggests that from the beginning, he viewed President Trump with suspicion »

What Comey will say

Featured image The Senate Intelligence Committee has released the prepared remarks that former FBI director James Comey intends to present when he testifies tomorrow. Comey plans to testify that President Trump personally sought his “loyalty” while also pressing to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation. Comey will describe a January 27 dinner where, he says, Trump told him: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” In addition, he plans to say that »

Nut Job III — drain your own damn swamp

Featured image The latest anonymous leak/news story, the New York Times’s “nut job” scoop, troubles me for at least three reasons. First, it’s disturbing that this kind of leaking occurs. In one week, among other leak-grounded stories, (1) Politico reported, based on a leak that must have originated with someone close to President Trump, that the president screamed at the television in response to a story about the FBI’s Russia investigation and »