Soap Opera: Comey Testifies Before Congress, Here Are the Highlights

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Former FBI director James Comey testified before Congress on Thursday and among many other (very boring) things, he admitted to leaking memos to the corporate-mainstream press following the President’s Twitter storm . That in itself is reason enough for getting fired, but hold on, it gets even better.

To begin with, Comey admitted that him personally was behind the leaking of the memos to the corporate media with the sole purpose of prompting a special prosecutor with regard to the so-called Russian meddling in the 2016 election cycle aka the Russia probe. As you may already know, James Comey claims he possesses written “memos” (a memo is not a verbatim recording, nor proof of anything) of his discussions with President Donald Trump.

During his testimony before the Congress’ Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said that he gave the respective memos to his good friend (and Columbia law professor) Daniel Richman, who leaked them to the press following the POTUS’ innuendo via Twitter that he had recorded the “sessions” with Comey.

 

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While under oath, Comey said:

The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there’s not tapes.

I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night cause it didn’t dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation, and my judgement was I needed to get that out into the public square and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter, didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

Obviously, such level of candor was well appreciated by the social media:

 

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Here’s another interesting sequence of Comey logic:

What’s funny is that President Trump asked Comey to find the leakers, but that’s like expecting the very fake news outlet CNN to tell you the truth:

 

 

 

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President Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz commented on former FBI director testimony by saying that Comey shared unauthorized disclosures to the mainstream media before President Trump’s tweet, which contradicts Comey’s claims on Thursday in which he stated he leaked the intel/memos afterwards. Here’s Kasowitz statement, courtesy of  Los Angeles Times:

The President also never told Mr. Comey, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty” in form or substance. Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving in an administration, and, from before this President took office to this day, it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.

Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President. The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting.

Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory. We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.

​In sum, it is now established that the President was not being investigated for colluding with the Russians or attempting to obstruct that investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not leaked during the long course of these events.

Also, the Russia collusion meme falls apart following  the Comey Show, as the pundit admitted he never felt that the POTUS was trying to block the FBI’s Russia probe/investigation. Actually, he said that Trump encouraged it. Another mainstream media narrative was put to sleep forever (though I wouldn’t bet on that!) after Comey said that Flynn was not  “at the center” of the respective investigation anyway.

Comey also managed to perjure himself. During his sworn Senate testimony on May 3rd, he said no one ever tried to shut down an FBI investigation, at least in his experience. Yet on Thursday, Comey said that he interpreted  his discussions with the POTUS as a direct order to end the investigation into Michael Flynn.

Comey also hinted at Obama’s administration obstructing justice during the investigation into Hillary Clinton (the private server thingy) by not actually calling it an investigation:

 

Former FBI director debunked 2 NYT articles claiming that President Trump and/his campaign had “repeated contacts with Russian intelligence”:

 

This guy is a total and complete joke. Sad.

 

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