aside What The Former FBI Director Comey Told US About The Direction Of The Trump-Russian Probe

Image result for photos of comey at hearingYesterday, June 8, 2017, there was the public hearing held by the US Senate Intelligence Committee where the former FBI Director James Comey testified under oath about the circumstances surrounding his firing by the republican President Donald Trump because the president wanted to derail the FBI’s Trump-Russian probe.

Some pundits are saying that there was nothing new of any significance that Mr. Comey shared with the Senate Intel members, but I beg to disagree. One has to look at what was discussed as well as what wasn’t and what can be inferred.

For instance, the president can now rest assured that the FBI Special Counsel Robert Muellar III is investigating him for possible “obstruction of justice” criminal charges over his firing of the former FBI Director Comey. I know this because Mr. Comey described how he turned over all his memos regarding his interactions with the president to Mr. Mueller. Also, I am convinced that Mr. Comey deliberately volunteered the information that he leaked a memo to the press through a third party to force the Department of Justice to appoint a “special counsel.” Even if he has to take a hit for stating on the record that he was responsible for a leak as a private citizen of non-classified FBI material, it was important to highlight this now, instead of this fact being uncovered at a later, more inopportune time.

It was confirmed that the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under the cross-hairs of Mr. Mueller FBI’s inquiries. We learned this when Mr. Comey said he would have to discuss anything regarding Mr. Sessions behind closed doors with the senators.

We learned that the FBI is checking into the story about why the president’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner attended a meeting with Sergey Gorkov as head of the Russian bank, Vnesheconombank. All US citizens are barred from doing business with this bank because it is under US sanctions. Both Sergey Gorkov and Jared Kushner publicly shared differing explanations for this tête-à-tête.

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On June 8, 2017, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post penned the following op-ed piece, “To know where the Russia probe is headed, pay attention to the topics Comey avoided.”

Excerpts:

“In stunning public testimony Thursday, James B. Comey acknowledged arranging for a friend to leak details of a conversation Comey had with President Trump — the Feb. 14 Oval Office encounter in which Trump said he hoped the FBI director could “drop” the bureau’s investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to Comey’s contemporaneous notes. “I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee  about his orchestrated leak.”

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“Three months later, with no warning, Comey was summarily dismissed.  “It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” Comey testified. “That is a very big deal.”

 “Comey was unabashed about accusing Trump and his administration of telling “lies,” and said he began the practice of immediately making notes after talking with the president because “I was honestly concerned he might lie” about the conversations. He said he had no such concern about the veracity of the other two presidents he served, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.”

“On one subject, Comey confirmed that the president is being truthful: Comey did tell him three times that he was not personally under investigation. Comey explained that this was “technically” the case during his FBI tenure. He said he does not know, however, whether special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating Trump now — and left little doubt that he hopes Mueller is doing just that.”

Image result for photos of comey at hearing“Comey’s best line of the day was a belated response to a May 12 tweet from the president, which warned that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

“Said Comey: “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”

“I hope so, too, but I would be surprised if such recordings exist. Trump’s inner circle is such a sieve that full transcripts surely would have leaked by now. Investigators and the public will have to decide whether they believe Trump, who lies all the time, or Comey, who has a flair for the dramatic but also the bearing of an oversized Boy Scout. That’s a pretty easy choice.”

“And now for some rare kind words about members of Congress: Overall, the senators questioning Comey behaved in a manner that could be described by such last-century terms as “bipartisan” and “patriotic.” The Democrats’ questions tended to be somewhat more accusatory toward the president, the Republicans’ questions somewhat more exculpatory, but there was a welcome air of sobriety about the whole thing. At this point, any examples of grown-up behavior should be recognized and praised.”

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“The one exception was the weird line of questioning pursued by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who wanted to know why Comey wouldn’t publicly clear Trump of wrongdoing even though he had done so for Hillary Clinton. Comey tried to explain that the investigation of Clinton’s emails was finished whereas the investigation of Trump’s campaign is ongoing. “Maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games,” McCain later said.”

 “As perhaps should have been expected, the most important takeaway from Comey’s testimony may be what he didn’t say. Topics he scrupulously avoided may give a hint of where the investigation is headed.”
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“He declined, for example, to answer a question in open session about Vnesheconombank (VEB), a Russian government-owned development bank linked to President Vladimir Putin. Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met last year with VEB executives.”

“Comey was also reticent about his interactions with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was his boss — and who had to recuse himself from Russia-related investigations.”

“Comey’s memos about his meetings with Trump are now in Mueller’s hands. Trump desperately wanted the Russia investigation to end. Firing Comey ensured that it is only beginning.”

19 comments

  1. Great roundup of the testimony. It was riveting. I haven’t watched a hearing in a while and I was happy to see the Senators act seriously. Speaker Ryan sounded silly giving excuses for Trump afterwards.

    • Dear CarolMaeWY,

      Speaker Ryan was not credible. DDT is the same one who crucified the DOJ head, Loretta Lynch for the accidental meeting with Bill Clinton at an airport tarmac in which both were accused of exerting undue influence in an ongoing case involving Mrs. Clinton. While this was probably an innocent encounter, there was nothing innocent when DDT tried to obstruct justice in an ongoing case.

      I AM GETTING TIRED OF HAVING OUR LEADERS LIE WITH ABSOLUTE IMPUNITY.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. The thing that amuses me about this hearing process is that there is obviously two different hearing being conducted at the same time by the same committee. That is obvious if one listens to the various news opinions after the hearing (s). I guess that one would have to buy two separate dictionaries one for normal people and one for tRumpesters to actually understand how each interrupt the meaning of simple words. I spent a little time listening to Fox entertainment last evening and for the life of me I cannot arrive at the same conclusion that they can that this hearing totally exonerated King tRump from all sins and he is simply a modest god fearing man that only wants what is best for all citizens of this nation…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      DDT’s sycophants have been given their talking points which they are delivering on like good soldiers and FOX TV is the echo chamber. The good news is that FOX TV ratings have been going down, down, down.

      Mr. Comey’s leak was not really a leak where he can be held accountable and they’ll eventually figure this out.

      Ciao, Gronda

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      Thanks for the reference. Mr. Wray’s law firm’s ties to Russia should be a deal breaker. There is no way, I want him near this investigation.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Dear Mz. Gronda,
        Wow, reading the news this morning, it has now been exposed that even the tRump’s “private” attorney has ties to Russia! Is there no one involved on his end that does not have ties to Russia in some manner? Hmmm, have we actually seen tRumps birth records? Could he have been born in Russia, he for some reason seems to love that country more than this one… 😉

        • I’m with you there, Mothman … I was thinking the other day that somebody should demand to see his birth certificate! Why, for all we know perhaps he was born in Moscow! 😀

  3. Gronda, it is only the beginning. While Trump is inappropriately “feeling vindicated,” complimenting Comey on this piece of truth, but saying he lied about the other parts, we should remember we are still in the first quarter. Another competent man with integrity will lead the future investigation. And, while Trump is saying he is not under investigation, he might want to recall Jared Kushner only recently became under investigation after Comey was fired. I foresee a future day, when Mr. Mueller tells the world that the President is subject of an investigation. That will not be a surprise. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I am convinced that the president is now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice. Mr. Comey’s testimony is the initial step. Mr. Mueller will be talking to witnesses who talked to Mr. Comey in real time about DDT’s actions. Then he will be getting on the record whatever DDT asked DNI head Dan Coats and NSA chief Admiral Rogers about ending Trump-Russian saga to show a pattern.

      I AM CONVINCED THAT THERE ARE NO TAPES IN THE POSSESSION OF DDT REGARDING ANYTHING THAT MR. COMEY SAID, WHICH MEANS THAT DDT CONJURED UP THE EXISTENCE OF THE TAPES TO INTIMIDATE MR. COMEY.

      This will not be that difficult a case to make.

      You are so right in thinking that this was just the opening volley.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, he was very cutesy on this subject saying you will be surprised. Having tapes is a yes or no question. If he has them, it means he has to scrub them, because hearing the truth is very different than memory. If he does not, then why so coy? Keith

        • If there are/were tapes, I look for them to mysteriously disappear of … oopsie, silly ol’ Kellyanne accidentally erased them … something along those lines.

  4. Good post, Gronda! Every time Trump opens his mouth on the subject, a little voice in my head says, “methinks thou dost protest too much”. Especially given that he could just shut up, but no … he keeps bringing it up. If he wasn’t under investigation before, he certainly should be now. I have said since the beginning that at the end of the day, I believe we will see all the strands of this nefarious web leading back directly to Trump and his family.

    • Dear Jill,

      I just know that we will see/ hear those tapes like we will see his tax returns and like he will testify about all of this under oath.

      I am not holding my breath for any of the above.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Agreed. And I have been thinking about him volunteering to testify under oath. Taking an oath has no meaning to him … he will lie as readily under oath as he does every single day. He took one oath on January 20th … an oath to ‘defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States’ … and he breaks that oath every chance he gets, without a smidge of remorse. No, we will not hear the tapes nor see the tax returns, and if we did, I would not trust that they had not been altered.

        Hugs, my friend!!!

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