James Comey, who is perhaps the most vocal, least discreet leader the FBI ever had, has suddenly found himself in new trouble in the new year. Comey became remarkably vocal after Trump rightfully dismissed him, and he has remained vocal to this day, even after Trump left office.
Unfortunately for Comey, his vocal nature appears to have landed him in hot water once more, particularly with the newest declassification of various documents. In particular one email that Comey sent to the former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.
In the e-mail, Comey literally acknowledged that Comey had no corroborative basis to continue conducting former surveillance on Carter Page, a supposed asset that would somehow prove that Trump is a Russian spy, seen directly in the message below.
“Just had a chance to review the proposed talking points on this for today. Perhaps it is a nit, but I worry that it may not be best to say “The IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document [dossier] is reliable” …
We have some visibility into his source network, some of which we have determined to be sub-sources in a position to report on such thing; and much of what he reports in the current document is consistent with and corroborative of other reporting included in the body of the main IC report. That said, we are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting to include it in the body of the report.” [Source: Town Hall]
In other words, Comey knew he had no corroborative basis to continue conducting ironically Soviet-style surveillance on Page’s, but he did so anyway. Nonetheless, he carried on with ignoring the law and effectively obtained a baseless warrant that permitted him to mine Page, all for a dossier that ended up redeeming Trump rather than convicting him.
And that same shaky dossier was also used in Impeachment 1.0.
Furthermore, as it turns out, Carter was a CIA asset, not an asset of Russian intelligence. Good going, Comey.
Nice use of FBI resources. Wonder how many crimes went by unsolved over all those years, all over a doctored dossier that never even touched Trump.
Unsurprisingly, Comey was let go due to his incompetence, though he still will not shut up. Over the past few years, Comey has proven himself to be quite the opportunist, which means he would have been better placed in Hollywood than in D.C.
Exhibit A: Comey’s first memoir
What is it with anti-Trump types and personal memoirs? First, we have Hunter’s Beautiful Things memoir, a rich book offer that coincides nicely with his descendance into shady foreign deals and his father’s ascendence to the presidency.
While Hunter is on Book 1, Comey is apparently on Book 2, turning his federal incompetence into a multimillion dollar fortune, all while still bashing Trump, of course.
First, Comey published A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership in 2018.
Within the context of the above e-mail, it is rather hilarious that Comey profits off of books that stress truth and transparency, especially when Comey himself was engaging in some of the most deceptive behavior of all.
Exhibit B: Comey’s second memoir
If you thought Comey’s first memoir was rather ironically titled, you’ll love the title of the second one: Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust, which was just released.
Brilliant timing, with the declassified e-mail and all. Especially since that e-mail illustrated that Comey was the total antithesis of truth, transparency, and trust during his unfortunate tenure as the director of the FBI.
Is Comey just making a joke out of Americans at this point?
Of course, Comey also could not resist weighing in on Trump’s impeachment while promoting his book. Utterly shameless marketing, but apparently Comey needs Trump to have any relevance. Kind of like Hollywood celebrities.
“I think the Congress has important interests to vindicate. I think he ought to be impeached. And ideally, he would be convicted by the Senate and barred from further office. I also think that the local prosecutors in New York should continue their work to hold him accountable for his life of being a garden-variety criminal before he became president.” [Source: NPR]
Wow, is that all Comey? He must really need book sales to make such an inflammatory statement.
Furthermore, “a garden-variety criminal?” Fairly rich talk coming from someone who violates FISA surveillance protocol,
And, ultimately, if state prosecutors should continue investigating Trump, then the DoJ should certainly continue investigating Comey …