No two ways about it.
James Comey screwed up (in) the 2016 election.
My informed belief: he spoke about reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton to short-circuit a leak from the FBI’s New York Field Office. I’m holding onto this belief until I get more information.
However, ProPublica reported today that the FBI sent a letter to Congress correcting inaccurate congressional testimony by Director James Comey, six days after he mischaracterized what the FBI discovered on Anthony Weiner’s laptop:
According to two sources familiar with the matter — including one in law enforcement — Abedin forwarded only a handful of Clinton emails to her husband for printing — not the “hundreds and thousands” cited by Comey. It does not appear Abedin made “a regular practice” of doing so. Other officials said it was likely that most of the emails got onto the computer as a result of backups of her Blackberry.
Only an idiot or an extreme partisan believes President Trump fired Comey because of Hillary’s emails. As I’ve been writing for months, the Russia Connection is real. It’s deep and nefarious. The public evidence alone is more than enough to indict General Michael Flynn. It seems clear there is more than enough classified information to indict Carter Page. I would guess that there is enough on Paul Manafort for an indictment.
Yesterday we learned that President Obama warned Trump about Flynn, who was fired under the pretext that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence, who had received a letter about Flynn from Rep. Elijah Cummings just after the election. Smart money is on Pence knowing exactly what was going on.
There’s a lot of speculation that Trump knew Flynn was talking to the Russians about lifting sanctions. Everything we know about Trump suggests he would do this kind of thing. We have no evidence at this point, but it’s mainly our willing suspension of disbelief that prevents us from not believing Trump is intimately involved with Russia.
Trump just tossed a hot potato in the laps of Republicans. They’ve been dragging their feet and trying to focus attention on leaks of information. Sally Yates put a dent in that strategy. Trump dropped a bomb on it. If they don’t agree to appoint a special prosecutor, they’re going to have more political problems than trying replace and repeal Obamacare.
It’s Watergate time.
Comey is Archibald Cox. Trump is an idiot’s version of President Nixon with a traitorous twist. People are going to fall. In the White House, I predict Trump, Sessions, and Pence will go down. Page, Flynn, and Manafort will deal or go to prison. November 2018 gets closer all the time.
Tweet of the Day:
Boy John McCain is going to tsk-tsk about this before he eagerly votes to confirm new FBI director Michael Flynn Wearing a Fake Mustache.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 9, 2017