As former FBI director James Comey testified about Russia, President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama’s last attorney general Loretta Lynch, Trump probably felt like he had a good day. Lynch? Not so good.
As expected, Comey stuck to the talking points contained in his opening statement posted online at the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Not as expected, especially for the anti-Trump camp, Comey’s responses to questions will end up benefiting Trump.
Democrats still grapple with their party’s election loss although that loss was perfectly predictable. Many of us outside the Beltway and the political Natter Class knew the public was pretty fed up with standard politicians. Had that not been the case, Trump wouldn’t have won his party’s nomination against all published odds.
Things Trump supporters can celebrate include Comey’s ‘No’ response when asked by Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) if “no votes cast in the 2016 presidential election were altered”, presumably by alleged Russian interference. Then Burr asked:
“Did the president at any time ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US elections?”
Comey responded, “No.”
Two news outlets had a bad day because they ran false stories, aka #FakeNews.
The New York Times story alleging Trump campaign aides “had repeated contacts with Russian Intelligence” was debunked by none other than Comey who said, “In the main, it was not true.”
CNN has already had to correct another false story, that Comey wouldn’t confirm he told Trump more than once the president wasn’t under investigation. Comey nixed that tale in the public statement yesterday.
The public hearing turned out to be a not-so-good day for Ms. Lynch, however, as Comey testified Lynch did interfere in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email/servers scandal:
“For the first time, former FBI Director James Comey, who is testifying today before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that President Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal a “matter” and not an “investigation.”
Lynch, if you recall, met with former president Bill Clinton at an airport as the investigation proceeded, claiming they talked only about personal matters.
Unlike our current AG, Lynch did not recuse herself. She should have.
There was also testimony elicited by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who struggled to articulate his questions, but in my opinion, such questions are overdue. We know Hillary Clinton’s servers represented a security breach. We know various Democrat institutions were hacked. We don’t know much beyond that because Mrs. Clinton’s servers included some that were wiped clean (“like with a cloth”), and some were jumbled as Comey described them in his July statement:
“…like removing the frame from a huge finished jigsaw puzzle and dumping the pieces on the floor.”
Because media is dominated by very young types who are clueless about the Clintons’ past, it’s helpful to remind that Clinton data often goes missing under extremely unusual circumstances.
One overriding question everyone seems to dodge involves obstruction of justice. If Mrs. Clinton’s servers were deliberately wiped clean and/or scrambled intentionally, how is that not obstruction?
By the time the hearing adjourned, it was evident Trump had a good day even though a number of traditional outlets aligned with the left will probably claim otherwise. We’ve now been through multiple attempts to depose a sitting president elected by the majority of voters in 30+ US states.
We’ve also been witness to an FBI director admitting he leaked confidential information to the press via his buddy at Columbia University. When I heard Comey disclose that, I was speechless.
Sen. Marco Rubio pinpointed part of the political manipulations when he asked Comey this:
“Do you ever wonder why, of all the things in this investigation, the only thing that’s never been leaked is the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that Democrats and Republicans and the leadership of Congress knew that and have known that for weeks?”
Comey dodged that one.
If you’d like to read more in the ‘Witch Hunt Chronicles,’ check out hashtags ‘James Comey’ or “Comey Day’ on Twitter, and the full transcript at C-SPAN. As a sidenote, pay no attention to the falsehood in the URL to C-SPAN. It’s already been debunked by those who think rationally.
Probably some leaks from the closed session. Thus far, the left has tried to upend the Electoral College and galvanized destruction via the ‘Antifa’ fascist movement. Now the battle cry will be ‘obstruction of justice.’ They don’t have a case on that either, and come 2018 and beyond, a gold mine of opposition material can be gleaned from leftist efforts to nullify a legitimate US presidential election.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 8, 2018)
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