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FBI Chief Comey Misled Congress's 'Gang of 8' Over Russiagate, Lisa Page Memo Reveals.  The FBI deceived the House, Senate and the Justice Department about the substance and strength of evidence undergirding its counterintelligence investigation of President Trump, according to a recently declassified document and other material.  A seven-page internal FBI memo dated March 8, 2017, shows that "talking points" prepared for then-FBI Director James Comey for his meeting the next day with the congressional leadership were riddled with half-truths, outright falsehoods, and critical omissions.  Both the Senate and the House opened investigations and held hearings based in part on the misrepresentations made in those FBI briefings, one of which was held in the Senate that morning and the other in the House later that afternoon.  RealClearInvestigations reached out to every member of the leadership, sometimes known as the "Gang of Eight."  Some declined to comment, while others did not respond to queries.

Highlights From the IG's Report on Former FBI Director James Comey.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has released a report on former FBI Director James Comey's leaking of personal memos to his attorneys, a personal friend, and the media.  Comey had told the IG that he believed the memos shared with his attorneys did not contain any classified information.  However, the IG noted that specifically:  "Memos 1 and 3 contained information classified at the 'SECRET' level, and that Memos 2 and 7 contained small amounts of information classified at the 'CONFIDENTIAL' level — although Comey redacted all classified information in Memo 7 before sending to his attorneys."  The IG report also noted that "Comey considered Memos 2 through 7 to be his personal documents."

Why Is The FBI Obstructing The Release Of James Comey's Memos?  On August 27, the FBI scored another temporary victory to maintain the secrecy of the James Comey memos.  It convinced a federal judge to delay his own order and has again thwarted the Freedom of Information Act passed by Congress to force government agencies to account to the voting public.  Former FBI director Comey is gone, and nobody within the government should be trying to protect him.  Because of his recklessness, the nation is still grappling the aftermath of the most serious constitutional crisis of recent memory.

Department of Justice declines to prosecute Comey over leaked memos.  The Department of Justice will not prosecute former FBI director James Comey for his handling of memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump that were leaked to the news media.  In a report released Thursday [8/29/2019], the Office of the Inspector General said its probe found that Comey had violated DOJ and FBI policies, as well as the FBI's employment agreement, by asking a friend to leak his memos to a reporter after Trump fired him in May 2017.  The Justice Department, upon reviewing the report, declined to bring charges, the OIG said.

DOJ Inspector General Issues Scathing Report on Misconduct by Fired FBI Director James Comey.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an 83-page long report Thursday morning about misconduct by fired FBI Director James Comey.  It thoroughly berates Comey for leaking memos about conversations with President Trump for personal and political gain.  Most importantly, the report concludes Comey improperly released FBI material in order to launch the Special Counsel investigation into the 2016 presidential election.  This report is separate from the highly anticipated IG report about the origins of the Russia investigation and FISA abuse.  Comey admitted during sworn congressional testimony in 2017 that he purposely leaked the confidential memos to a friend, who then gave them to the New York Times.

DOJ Stall Succeeds — Comey Memo/Archey Declaration Update — Expect Nothing Until After October 11th.  Federal Judge James Boasberg has ruled the U.S. Dept of Justice has until October 11th, 2019, to produce the DOJ FOIA documents subject his August 12th court order; or file an appeal by that same deadline.

DOJ Stalls For More Time Before Forced Production of Comey Memos.  In the ongoing battle for the unredacted Comey Memos, and David Archey Declarations describing those memos, today [8/26/2019] the DOJ filed a motion for a stay against the forced production of the documents (previously ordered by Judge Boasberg).

Federal Judge Completely Rejects DOJ Argument — Orders 'Archey Declarations' (Descriptions of Comey Memos) Released.  A U.S. District Judge has rejected the DOJ and FBI motion to block the release of the Archey Declarations (descriptions of Comey memos).  In a strongly worded ruling released moments ago, Federal Judge James Boasberg blasted the DOJ and FBI for attempting to change their filings, claim national security "sources and methods", and block his prior court ruling — which instructed the DOJ to release the "Archey Declarations".  The judge is obviously angry.

FBI Scheduled to Make Court Filing on Release of Comey Journal Tomorrow.  It is worth remembering a recent court filing by the FBI where we discover James Comey documented each "Crossfire Hurricane" intelligence decision.  Within the CYA memos Comey included the ID of code-named spies in a journal of sorts, that remains hidden for now.  I have a hunch the full Comey journal will soon be released.

Comey's Memos 'Contained Classified And Highly Sensitive' Info, Including True And Code Names Of Source.  A court-ordered DOJ filing revealed that fired FBI Director James Comey's "notes" of his conversations with President Trump contained far more sensitive, and even classified, information than had been previously known.  Comey has said he took notes after each encounter with Trump because he did not trust him.  The document, filed in U.S. District in Washington, D.C. on Monday afternoon [4/9/2019], can be viewed [elsew]here.  There were five Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for this information.

Comey Leaked Memos In Order To Spark Mueller Probe.  Now He Says He Doesn't Care What Investigation Uncovers.  James Comey claimed in an op-ed Thursday that he does not care one way or the other whether special counsel Robert Mueller finds evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election or obstructed the FBI's collusion probe.  But the claim, which Comey made in The New York Times, is at odds with the former FBI director's testimony about his actions shortly after being fired by Trump in May 2017.  Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 that he leaked memos he wrote after conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.

DC Court Orders DOJ to Preserve Comey Emails.  On Monday [8/6/2018], SaraACarter.com reported that government watchdog, Judicial Watch had filed a motion in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, requesting that the Department of Justice preserve records from former FBI Director James Comey's personal email account.  The organization announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice has been ordered to preserve those email records and must review and release any "responsive, non-exempt records" to Judicial Watch by September 28.

GOP committee chairmen want information on law professor friend of Comey's linked to memo leaks.  The leaders of the House judiciary and oversight committees are asking the Department of Justice to turn over documents about the law professor friend of former FBI Director James Comey who last year leaked the contents of Comey's memos to the media.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made the request in a letter on Tuesday [5/1/2018] to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Is Comey telling the truth about his memos?  As he presses on with his bookselling tour, fired FBI Director James Comey is leaving a trail of confusing statements about how he handled the memos he wrote after conversations with President Trump, including the memo he leaked for the purpose of creating momentum for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the president.

Comey memos shared more broadly than previously thought.  The James Comey memos that leaked to the media and were a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller were more widely shared than previously known, three sources familiar with the matter tell Fox News.  Sources identified former U.S. Attorney and special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald as the likely recipient, and did not rule out a third individual, in addition to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, who shared contents with the media.  The memos documenting Comey's private conversations with the president are now the subject of a Justice Department Inspector General review over the presence of classified information.  Patrick Fitzgerald is a longtime friend of Comey's and now his lawyer, as first reported by Talking Points Memo.  Fitzgerald did not respond to emails or a voicemail seeking comment.

Exclusive:  TheDCNF Files Lawsuit to Disclose Comey And Obama Meetings.  The Daily Caller News Foundation and the watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday seeking records to determine the actual number of times and reasons former FBI Director James Comey met with then-President Barack Obama.  The request by the two organizations was filed because the former FBI director claimed he rarely met with Obama, and he was an independent and nonpartisan leader of the nation's top law enforcement agency.  The parties filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Comey's memo leak contact had 'special government employee' status at FBI.  The Columbia law professor James Comey used as a go-between last year to leak the contents of sensitive memos to the media confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday [4/24/2018] that he previously worked as a "special government employee" (SGE) for Comey's FBI on an unpaid basis.  The professor, Daniel Richman, confirmed the special status in response to an inquiry from Fox News, while referring other questions, including on the scope of his work, to the FBI.  "I did indeed have SGE status with the Bureau (for no pay)," Richman wrote in an email.  Richman emerged last year as the former FBI director's contact for leaking memos documenting his private discussions with President Trump — memos that are now the subject of an inspector general review over the presence of classified material.

Comey's Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup.  [Scroll down]  So Comey, at Clapper's expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was "looking for a news hook" to publish dossier allegations.  He said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they sought and needed.  This briefing, and the leaking of it, legitimized the dossier, which touched off the Russia hysteria.  That hysteria led to a full-fledged media freakout. [...] Comey's refusal to admit publicly what he kept telling people privately led to his firing.  That led to Comey leaking multiple memos in order to get a special counsel appointed out of revenge.  That special counsel has utterly distracted multiple agencies and embroiled all three branches of government at the highest levels.  All over a document that was secretly funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, contracted by a Democrat research firm with ties to the Kremlin, and authored by a shady foreign spy whose relationship with the FBI was terminated because he lied to them.

Comey memos show Valerie Jarrett's CNN daughter a useful tool for Democrats.  The memos are out from former FBI Director James Comey, and one of the big takeaways is how useful a tool Valerie Jarrett's daughter, Laura Jarrett, could be for the Hillary Clinton campaign while she was employed at CNN.  CNN, it seems, helped orchestrate the set-up of President Trump when it pressed the then-FBI director to have a meeting with Trump so that the matter could be leaked and the press would have a credible reason to report as news all the otherwise slimy opposition research contained within the Steele dossier.  Up until then, Fusion GPS, the purveyor of the unverified garbage written by its Moscow sources, was having a bad time getting anyone to print it in the press, and had shopped it around for a year, drawing no buyers.  The press knew it was unverified garbage and didn't want to wreck its reputation by going there.  But then Comey briefed Trump about the existence of the dossier, and suddenly the matter was leakable.  And by an interesting coincidence, it was CNN that did the leak.

Comey memos could land Rosenstein in contempt of Congress:  Top Democrat.  The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is poised to subpoena the Justice Department for former FBI Director James Comey's memos, which the agency so far has failed to produce.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., warned such a move puts Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in jeopardy of being placed in contempt of Congress and the special counsel investigation of being shut down prematurely.  Nadler announced in a statement that Goodlatte informed him Wednesday [4/18/2018] that "he intends to issue a subpoena to the Department of Justice — in this case to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein."

Mukasey: Comey Is 'Always the Hero of Every Story He Tells'.  Former FBI Director James Comey is "always the hero of every story he tells," former Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday [4/20/2018] on "The Laura Ingraham Show."  The Department of Justice turned over to Congress Thursday redacted versions of memos Comey wrote, detailing seven conversations with President Donald Trump both before and after Trump's inauguration.

Comey Memos Puncture Collusion and Obstruction Narratives.  Congress received the memos from former FBI Director James Comey on his meetings with President Donald Trump.  What I found interesting is what is not in the memos:  Evidence of collusion or an attempt to obstruct the FBI.

Guess Who Was CNN DOJ Reporter When Comey Told Trump He Was Being Pressured by CNN about Dossier?  On Thursday night [4/19/2018] the much anticipated Comey memos were finally released by the DOJ to Congress.  The memos show that Comey has not been honest with the public about his meetings with Trump.  The memos also show that Comey likely broke the law.  In one exchange Comey told Trump that CNN was pressuring him about the anti-Trump dossier.

Comey Memo:  Pressure From CNN Prompted Dossier Briefing.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a newly released memo that pressure from news outlets — "CNN in particular" — convinced him to brief then-President-Elect Donald Trump on the infamous Steele dossier during a meeting at Trump Tower on Jan. 6, 2017.  "I said media like CNN had [the dossier] and were looking for a news hook," Comey wrote in a memo just after briefing Trump about the salacious allegations in the dossier.  "I said it was inflammatory stuff that they would get killed for reporting straight up from the source reports," he added.

Justice Department IG probing Comey memos over classified material.  The Justice Department's internal watchdog is probing James Comey's handling of classified information as part of the memos he gave to a friend documenting discussions with President Trump.  A source familiar with the probe confirmed to Fox News the inspector general is looking at whether classified information was given to unauthorized sources as part of a broader review of Comey's communications outside the bureau — including media contact.  The developments put the ex-FBI boss in the crosshairs of an investigation just as his former deputy, Andrew McCabe, faces a criminal referral over a separate leak.

DOJ turns over redacted Comey memos to congressional committees.  The Justice Department on Thursday gave lawmakers redacted versions of five memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey to document meetings with President Trump, a congressional source told Fox News.  The source told Fox News the memos were turned over to the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees following threats from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to meet the deadline to submit the documents.  In a statement to lawmakers, the Justice Department said it had redacted classified information in the memos, but would provide an unredacted version on Friday [4/20/2018].

Release of Comey's leaked memos seals his fate.  Just as Richard Nixon's most famous words are "I am not a crook," James Comey's most famous words inevitably will be those revealed in the memos he leaked to the New York Times through a cut-out:  "I don't leak.  I don't do weasel words."  Now that redacted version of those memos, dictated to memorialize his meetings with President Trump, have been released, the rest of his publicity tour for his pompously titled book, A Higher Loyalty, is going to be an ordeal.  The obvious contradiction inherent in discovering his self-recorded words "I don't leak" in a memo that he deliberately, and possibly feloniously, leaked makes him a national joke.

House Republican committee chairmen say documents prove Comey never felt obstructed.  The Republican chairmen of three powerful House committees suggested Thursday that the numerous memos written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing his conversations with President Donald Trump "would be Defense Exhibit A" if Trump were charged with obstruction of justice.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said in a joint statement:  "We have long argued former Director Comey's self-styled memos should be in the public domain, subject to any classification redactions.  These memos are significant for both what is in them and what is not."

DOJ turns over redacted Comey memos to congressional committees.  The Justice Department on Thursday gave lawmakers redacted versions of five memos kept by former FBI Director James Comey to document meetings with President Trump, a congressional source told Fox News.  The source told Fox News the memos were turned over to the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees following threats from Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to subpoena Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to meet the deadline to submit the documents.  In a statement to lawmakers, the Justice Department said it had redacted classified information in the memos, but would provide an unredacted version on Friday [4/20/2018].

Memos don't prove 'obstruction' — they further cement Comey's legacy as a leaker.  We now have the FBI memorandums and emails drafted by James Comey to document his nine interactions with President Trump.  House Republicans lobbied the Justice Department for access to the infamous musings and then promptly released them. [...] From a quarter-century in the FBI, I know the agency's paperwork; bureaucracies are built on paper.  The 15 pages of these seven memos seemed certain to provide the "smoking gun" that the polarized sides of our political divide were anticipating or dreading.  My immediate reaction?  The memos are as disappointing as Geraldo Rivera's two-hour live TV foray into Al Capone's vault in 1986.

DOJ misses deadline to hand over Comey's Trump memos, seeks more time.  The Justice Department missed a Monday [4/16/2018] deadline to provide GOP congressmen copies of memos written by former FBI Director James Comey about his conversations with President Trump — but is seeking a brief extension while officials review the request.  Three House Republican committee chairmen made the request in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying Comey relied on the memos to write parts of his new book.

James Comey himself

Recap and overview:
The Police Were Not Policed.  The fired former director James Comey likely lied frequently to congressional committees when he claimed that the Steele dossier was not really a primary source for the FISA court writ against Carter Page.  Comey did write an FBI summary about the Clinton email scandal, exonerating Clinton, before he interviewed Hillary Clinton and many of the major figures in that scandal.  Comey leaked at least one likely classified document, written on FBI equipment on FBI time, in a successful gambit to get a special counsel appointed, which turned out to be his friend Robert Mueller.  Comey misled a FISA judge by not fully disclosing the full origins of the Steele dossier as a product of Hillary Clinton's campaign.  He also deceived a president by briefing him of selected bits of the dossier's contents, but not informing the president that the source of most of that information was paid by the Clinton campaign.  Comey further misled the president by assuring him that he was not a subject of an FBI investigation while he repeatedly suggested to the media that Trump, in fact, was a subject.  In addition, Comey must have known that DOJ official Bruce Ohr — even after the election — served as a likely conduit to the FBI for info passed to Ohr by then-fired FBI informant Christopher Steele.  In other words, during the Trump presidency, one of his own top officials at the DOJ was secretly working with the FBI to undermine the Trump presidency.

The Enemy Within.  [Scroll down]  It is important to note that Robert Mueller and James Comey have been linked personally and professionally, working together at the Department of Justice and Comey being hand-picked by President Obama to succeed Mueller at FBI.  James Comey has an interesting past most are not aware of, much like his close friend Robert Mueller.  Per [an] article from CNN, James Comey previously investigated the Clintons:  James Comey was deputy Special Counsel in the Whitewater probe, and was the DOJ prosecutor charged with investigating President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich.  The investigation into Secretary of State Clinton's email server shown conclusively to contain Special Access Program and Top Secret data was the third time James Comey led investigations into the Clintons:  investigations that ultimately shielded the Clintons from accountability.  It isn't the first time Comey has covered up a crime directly involving the Clintons or their insiders — he also declined to seriously pursue Sandy Berger who was caught stealing sensitive classified documents relating to the Clinton Presidency from the National Archives (see as detailed in that same CNN article).

How Did the FBI End Up in This Mess?  [Scroll down]  James Comey was also a product of the prosecutorial side of the DoJ.  Like Mueller before him, he was a U.S. Attorney and Deputy Attorney General.  James Comey is a man of unquestionable integrity — according to James Comey.  In fact, peers and subordinates gave him the nickname "The Cardinal" due to his sanctimonious self-regard.  Director Comey decided to run the Clinton email investigation out of FBI headquarters, rather than a field office so that it could be overseen by such giants of virtue as Peter Strzok and himself.  Under Comey's guidance, it was a unique investigation.  No grand jury was used, no subpoenas were served, key witnesses were given immunity, and the investigators themselves destroyed the evidence.  Comey then went on national television and laid out how all of the elements of a felony had been committed by Madame Secretary "Dirty Tricks."  But then surprise, surprise — no indictment would be sought because Hillary really didn't mean it.  It turns out that "The Cardinal" is not only a paragon of virtue, he's also a mind reader.  With that broadcast, Comey unveiled the partisan FBI for all of the world to see.  Corruption had officially arrived at the FBI, and "The Cardinal" wasn't even hiding it.  But Comey didn't stop with his election interference by simply giving Hillary a pass.  He also began painting an image of criminal behavior by the Trump campaign.

What Will the FBI Not Do?  Consider the last four directors, the public faces of the FBI for the last 22 years.  Ex-director Robert Mueller testified before Congress that he simply would not or could not talk about the fraudulent Steele dossier.  He claimed that it was not the catalyst for his special counsel investigation of Donald Trump's alleged ties with the Russians when, of course, it was. [...] While under congressional oath, Mueller's successor James Comey on some 245 occasions claimed that he "could not remember," "could not recall," or "did not know" when asked simple questions fundamental to his own involvement with the Russian collusion hoax.  Comey, remember, memorialized a confidential conversation with President Trump on an FBI device and then used a third party to leak it to the New York Times.  In his own words, the purpose was to force a special counsel appointment.  The gambit worked, and his friend and predecessor Robert Mueller got the job.  Twenty months and $40 million later, Mueller's investigation tore the country apart but could find no evidence that Trump, as Steele alleged, colluded with the Russians to throw the 2016 election.  Comey also seems to have reassured the president that he was not the target of an ongoing FBI investigation, when in fact, Trump was.

Guilty! — But Not Really Guilty?  In 2018, the now-former FBI Director James Comey on some 245 occasions claimed under oath to Congress that he did not know or could not remember essential facts in the FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation of Donald Trump, which he had authorized.  In addition, the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department found that Comey had broken the law by violating both DOJ and FBI policies, as well as the FBI's employment agreement — especially by retaining in his personal safe copies of four bureau memos concerning a confidential conversation with President Trump.  Elements in the memos from that meeting likely contained classified information.  Yet Comey leaked it to a friend without a security clearance in order to make it public.  Despite the damning IG report, the Department of Justice chose not to prosecute Comey.

Indict One — And All?  what crime did Trump not do that others did with either impunity or without being arrested?  Here is a sample [...]
  [#11]   Trump did not, as did the FBI, wipe clean subpoenaed mobile phone records.
  [#15]   Trump did not, as did James Comey, claim amnesia or ignorance 245 times while under oath before the U.S. Congress.
  [#16]   Trump did not, as did FBI Director James Comey, summarize a confidential private conversation with a president and then deliberately leak that classified memo to the media for his own agenda of appointing a special counsel to investigate the president — which turned out to be his friend Robert Mueller.

8 Cases Where Mishandling of Classified Information Went Unpunished.  [#4]  James Comey[,] Outgoing FBI director, who had just been fired by President Trump, leaked memoranda of his conversations with the president to the press, via a Columbia University professor — who later became his lawyer — who then leaked them to the media.  Comey did so, he later admitted, hoping to trigger the appointment of a special counsel to probe allegations of "Russia collusion" — even though he and the FBI knew that the primary source of the claims, the so-called "Steele dossier," was a fraud.  The Department of Justice investigated the leaks but declined to do anything about it, saying Comey did not intend to leak to the media.

Comey's Grand Illusion Book Tour.  Discredited FBI director James Comey has suddenly come out of retirement, touring liberal talk shows and promoting a new book that desperately rewrites history and gaslights the American people.  The worst problem for Comey, however, is his track record of corruption — one so vast and well documented that no promotional book tour can fix it.

Saint Comey the Phony.  When former FBI Director James Comey first hit my radar, I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. [...] I recognized that he was privy to far more information than I and assumed — naively — that even if I didn't agree with his handling of things, he still had the best interests of the country at heart and would go by the book.  Now that he wants us to go buy his book, he's making the rounds on cable news to plug it and, in the process, gave his take on the 2024 presidential election — removing any doubt as to his viability as an honest broker.  When asked by Jen Psaki as to who he intended to vote for, Comey said: "It has to be Joe Biden! ... The president must be someone who abides the law and our constitution.  And there is no one else but Joe Biden."

The Exact Moment the United States Congress Took a Knee.  Former FBI Director James Comey openly admitted to Congress on March 20, 2017, how the FBI, FBI Counterintelligence Division, DOJ and DOJ-National Security Division, together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the CIA, had been conducting independent investigations of Donald Trump for over a year without informing Congress [the Gang of Eight].  When asked the question, Comey winced, then justified the lack of informing Go8 oversight by saying, "um, because of the sensitivity of the matter?"  Stupidly, Congress never pressed James Comey on that issue.  The arrogance of Comey was astounding, and the acceptance by Congress was infuriating.  However, that specific example highlighted just how politically corrupt the system had become.  In essence, Team Obama usurped the entire design of congressional oversight, and Congress just brushed it off.

James Comey's Tweet Following Trump Indictment Confirms the FBI Is 'Irredeemably Corrupt'.  Former FBI Director James Comey was criticized Thursday over what appeared to be his reaction to news that former President Trump had been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury on charges related to his alleged involvement in a hush money payment scheme to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.  The move, which critics argue is a politically motivated weaponization of the justice system, makes Trump the first former president to be criminally charged, though as law professor Jonathan Turley argued, he now likely won't be the last given the standards in this case.  Comey, who was fired by Trump in 2017, took to Twitter for the first time in weeks to write, "It's been a good day."  While he turned off the replies, Comey got an earful in the quote-tweets.

James Comey Fires Off Tweet Celebrating After Manhattan Grand Jury Indicts Trump.  Former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday night fired off a tweet celebrating after Trump was indicted by a grand jury.  James Comey was fired by Trump in 2017 while he was leading an investigation into the former president.  "It's been a good day" — Comey said.

The DoJ's Brazen Corruption.  In the lead-up to the 2016 election, everyone thought that [Justice] department prosecutors would decide whether to charge Hillary Clinton based on whether she knowingly violated a criminal statute prohibiting mishandling of classified material.  It turned out that then-FBI Director James Comey would decide on the basis of what he thought was "reasonable."  After letting Clinton off, the tube man flailed right and Comey, breaking procedure against commenting on a pending investigation, announced that the Clinton probe was back on.  From then, the Justice Department only got worse.  Comey told the country that one reason not to charge Clinton was that the department had never before charged someone for conduct similar to hers.  Yet after Comey, the department went on to spend years investigating the then-sitting President not only for conduct never before charged but for crimes no one even knew were crimes — like bad tweeting.

Will the Arrogance of the FBI Ever End?  James Comey, FBI director 2013-17, published a memoir, A Higher Loyalty, in which he discussed how he handled the investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; but when testifying before Congress about the cases he couldn't recall or remember a fact 79 times and that he "didn't know" the answer 166 times.  He needed to evade questioning for many reasons.  One was because he signed false declarations to the FISA Court to obtain secret warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

The Sussmann and Danchenko Indictments By John Durham Show The Mueller Investigation Was Always A Charade.  Let's reset the scene in May 2017 when Mueller was appointed.  Both the House and Senate were in control of the GOP, each with subpoena power for purposes of oversight of DOJ and the FBI.  President Trump had fired James Comey as Director of the FBI.  Nothwithstanding the persistent chorus of the media that he did so to stop the Russia investigation, the FACT is that he told Lester Holt of NBC News that he did so because Comey was not going fast enough in conducting the investigation and he had lost faith in Comey.  While their reasons were different, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General had both recommended Comey's firing as well.  Comey's reputation among the Special Agent workforce cratered after he took it upon himself to exonerate Hillary Clinton in connection with her handling of classified information.  FBI Agents knew that if an agent had handled classified information in the same fashion, he/she would be prosecuted for doing so.  FBI Agents investigate and are involved in prosecutions of other government employees who did less than Hillary Clinton did.  Anyone who tells you that Comey was "popular" inside the FBI after that decision doesn't know what they are talking about.  He was not "of" the Bureau.  He was a career DOJ prosecutor — he was an "outsider" in the Bureau's culture.

Smoking gun:  Comey told Clapper FBI unable to 'sufficiently corroborate' Steele — then signed FISA.  The very day in January 2017 that then-FBI Director James Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant application declaring content from Christopher Steele's dossier had been "verified," he wrote President Obama's outgoing intelligence community chief with a very different assessment of the British spy's intelligence on Russia collusion, a newly released memo shows.  "We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting," Comey wrote in a Jan. 12, 2017 email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that was declassified and made public through an open records lawsuit by the Southeastern Legal Foundation.  The memo recounts an internal debate inside the U.S. intelligence community during one of the most delicate moments in the FBI's then six-month old Crossfire Hurricane probe.

Gaetz: New Comey email indicates FBI, DOJ conspired to 'dislodge' Trump from White House.  Rep. Matt Gaetz said Monday [2/15/2021] that a newly uncovered email indicates that former FBI Director James Comey made a conscious effort to "dislodge" then-incoming President Donald Trump from office.  In an interview with Fox News, the Florida Republican and staunch Trump ally responded to a report by Just the News which provided details of communications between Comey and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper regarding the validity of the infamous "dossier" produced by former British spy and FBI asset Christopher Steele.

Newly-declassified Documents Show Comey Purposefully Lied About the Steele Dossier.  Newly-declassified documents show then-FBI Director James Comey purposefully lied about the Steele Dossier.  He wrote an email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper saying the dossier couldn't be "sufficiently corroborate[d]." Despite the lack of corroboration, Comey still signed the FISA warrant that resulted in the surveillance of Carter Page.

Obstruction boomerang:  FBI knew DOJ was preparing to fire Comey long before Trump ordered it.  Newly declassified FBI memos provide startling new details that undercut the frenzied 2017 effort to investigate Donald Trump for obstruction, revealing the FBI knew Director James Comey's firing had been conceived by Justice Department leadership long before the president pulled the trigger during a key moment in the Russia probe.  The memos written in May 2017 by Acting Director Andrew McCabe and a lieutenant also provide contemporaneous proof for some of the more jaw-dropping lore of the now-discredited Russia collusion scandal.  For instance, the memos directly state that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to secretly record Trump in the Oval Office and that Rosenstein also wanted to seek Comey's advice — after his termination — on a possible Russia special counsel.  The bureau nixed both ideas, the memos show.

Rand Paul Slams 'Notorious Liar' Comey — 'Should Be in Prison'.  Wednesday ahead of Joe Biden's swearing-in as President of the United States, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called for former FBI Director James Comey's imprisonment.  This comes in response to Comey telling The Guardian that the GOP "needs to be burned down or changed."  "Something is shifting, and I'm hoping it's the fault breaking apart, a break between the Trumpists and those people who want to try and build a responsible conservative party because everybody should know that we need one," Comey added.  Paul, on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom," called Comey a "notorious liar" and questioned why the GOP should take advice from someone who "used the enormous power of government to go after his political opponent Donald Trump."  He also declared Comey "should be in prison."

James Comey, Who Led FBI When It Spied On Trump Campaign, Gets Teaching Job At Columbia University.  It doesn't matter what wrongs a person has committed, so long as those wrongs hurt a Republican — particularly, President Donald Trump — that person will be rewarded.  Columbia University's law school announced this week that fired FBI director James Comey will become a senior research scholar and distinguished fellow of the Reuben Mark Initiative for Organizational Character and Leadership at Columbia Law School starting in January 2021.  Comey will be teaching a seminar called "Lawyers and Leaders," the school announced. [...] Comey has a history of high-profile, controversial decisions while in power.  While there is currently an investigation into individuals who sought to bribe the White House in exchange for a pardon (there is no current information to suggest the White House was aware of the scheme), Comey back in the early 2000s took over an investigation into Clinton's pardoning of Marc Rich, a trader whose wife donated more than $1 million to the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton's senate campaign, and the Clinton Library foundation before the pardon.  Comey found no illegality on Clinton's part.

James Comey and Robert Mueller have Massive Clinton Foundation Problems.  James Comey is not an effective liar.  He fooled only the gullible last week with his evasive testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Previously, Robert Mueller was also not effective deterring the Trump Administration from uncovering significant, far-reaching crimes that the former F.B.I. Director "missed" from September 2001 through September 2013.  For almost 18 years, Comey and Mueller have been covering for powerful Republicans and Democrats, letting serious crimes go unpunished.  Many of these involved fake charities that operate internationally, including the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.  These are perfect conduits to trade donations for influence, especially for foreign governments who, in theory, are barred from investing in U.S. politicians.

Graham to Comey:  You Knew Steele Dossier Story Was Russian Disinformation; "Never Told The Court".  Sen. Lindsey Graham questioned fired FBI Director James Comey about why he allowed the Steele dossier to be passed off as legitimate intelligence information during the investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016, during a Wednesday Senate Judiciary hearing on "Operation:  Crossfire Hurricane".  [Video clip]

Josh Hawley Exposes James Comey Under Oath... and It's Fire.  On Wednesday, the Senate held a hearing on Crossfire Hurricane and the corruption in the highest levels of the FBI.  That probe led to the Russia collusion investigation into the president based on a fake dossier and a falsified FISA warrant.  Through it all, former FBI Director James Comey was a slippery [fellow] who had more memory lapses than Bill Clinton trying to remember what the word "is" is.  That is, until Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) took the microphone and tore him apart like a young Perry Mason with better hair.

Corrupt Comey conveniently claims no memory of parts of FBI's Trump-Russia 'collusion' probe.  Fired FBI Director James Comey needs immediate medical attention.  He suffers from either acute amnesia or debilitating dementia.  At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on the FBI's Trump-Russia "collusion" investigation and the bureau's egregious abuse of the surveillance process under Comey's reign, he claimed to know nothing about everything.  Like a broken record, Comey responded to questions with the same pat answers:  "Not that I recall ... I don't know ... I don't remember ... I never knew ... that doesn't ring a bell."

Comey Pleads Ignorance Regarding Problems With The Steele Dossier.  Former FBI Director James Comey pleaded ignorance throughout a Senate hearing on Wednesday regarding significant problems with the Steele dossier, which the bureau used as part of its investigation of the Trump campaign.  Comey repeatedly told Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee that his staff at the FBI did not notify him of issues pertaining to Igor Danchenko, the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele.  "Not that I recall," he said when asked if he knew about Danchenko's statements in FBI interviews in January 2017.  Comey also said he could not recall the details of a briefing he received in October 2016 regarding a Justice Department official's concerns about Steele's political bias against Donald Trump.  Comey was also fuzzy on details of the CIA's concerns about using the dossier in an Intelligence Community Assessment regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

James Comey Denies that Joe Biden Brought Up Logan Act in Michael Flynn Case.  Former FBI Director James Comey claimed Wednesday in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that former Vice President Joe Biden never raised the prospect of prosecuting then-incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn under the Logan Act.  The Logan Act is an obscure law from 1799 banning private citizens from conducting diplomacy.  It has never been successful prosecuted, but it was used by the FBI in an effort to pursue Flynn, ultimately leading to his prosecution for allegedly lying to the FBI.  (The Department of Justice is attempting to drop the case.)

Senators Grill Comey Over Signing Carter Page FISA Warrants.  Former FBI Director James Comey expressed reservations Wednesday about his decision to authorize surveillance warrants against former Trump aide Carter Page, though he largely defended the bureau's investigation of the Trump campaign.  "Knowing then what you know now about all the things that we've come to find, would you have still signed the warrant applications against Carter Page in October, January and April?" Sen. Lindsey Graham asked Comey during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.  "No, I would want a much more complete understanding of what we were doing," Comey replied.  Comey signed off on warrant applications against Page in October 2016, January 2017 and April 2017.  The FBI relied heavily on the Steele dossier in the applications to assert that there was probable cause that Page was a Russian agent.

4 Questions James Comey Actually Answered in Senate Hearing.  Former FBI Director James Comey took questions from a Senate committee for almost four hours Wednesday, but had the same answers for many of them.  Comey, who President Donald Trump fired in May 2017, fielded questions remotely by video link primarily about the FBI's Russia-Trump investigation code-named "Crossfire Hurricane" before a special counsel took up the matter.  Throughout the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, in which he gave sworn testimony, Comey repeatedly offered the responses "I don't know," "I know nothing about ... ,"  "I don't recall,"  "I don't remember,"  "I only know what is in the public record,"  "I can't answer that," and "That doesn't ring a bell."  Comey also said, "I don't know anything about the facts that have recently been revealed about the subsource."

The FBI Knew in December 2016 Steele's Primary Sub-Source Was a Suspected Russian Spy — Did James Comey Know?  On September 24th Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham released a letter from Attorney General William Barr and a declassified summary from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) indicating Christopher Steele's Primary Sub-source was a likely Russian agent and had previously been the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation.  In advance of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony today, the question is:  did Comey, Andrew McCabe or Bill Priestap know?

Dirtiest cop testifies.  Former FBI Director James Comey was one dirty cop.  He testified for over four hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday [9/30/2020] regarding his role in the FBI's efforts to undermine the Trump presidential campaign and presidency.  Comey, it may be recalled, falsely certified three of the four FISA warrant application/renewals taken out by the FBI on Carter Page, alleged Russian spy, on the basis of information provided to Christopher Steele by a gentleman whom the FBI itself investigated as a real Russian spy (2009-2011) before he hightailed it out of the United States.  In his testimony yesterday, Comey sounded like a Mafia chieftain bound by omertà. He knows nothin'.  He remembers nothin'.

Sen. Cruz to Former FBI Director Comey:  Under Oath, Who's Telling the Truth, You or McCabe?  In a testy exchange between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and ex-FBI Director James Comey about the FBI's spying on the 2016 Trump campaign, Cruz quoted sworn testimony by Comey that contradicts testimony by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and challenged Comey to say who was telling the truth.  Cruz also detailed numerous failures by the FBI, which the senator said were politically motivated and, as for Comey, Cruz implied he was "deliberately corrupt."  James Comey testified on Wednesday, Sept. 30, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).  The committee is examining the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation of 2016-17 into the Trump campaign and whether the campaign colluded with Russian agents.  A special investigation by Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion but an Inspector General report discovered that the FBI made at least 17 "mistakes" in its warrant applications to spy on the Trump campaign.  [Video clip]

The Deep State Wins if Trump Loses.  In his 2017 inauguration speech, President Trump shocked the world by promising to take on the Washington, D.C. establishment — aka "The Swamp" — and thereby return power to the people.  The Swamp denizens seated in the main dais behind Trump that day, Republican and Democrat alike, were not pleased, to put it mildly. [...] We saw Holy James Comey, the disgraced former head of the FBI, totally tank two investigations into Hillary Clinton, one looking into Clinton Foundation money-laundering and the other scrutinizing Hillary's illegal secret server.  All you have to know about Comey, other than he's as dirty as he is tall, is that he penned Crooked Hillary's exoneration letter months before the supposed investigation ended, months before he even interviewed Clinton.

Why should anyone believe James Comey?  [Scroll down]  The portrait is in October Surprise, a new book by Washington Post reporter Devlin Barrett.  The book focuses on the period in late October 2016, when the FBI was deep into the Crossfire Hurricane investigation and Comey decided, 11 days before the presidential election, to inform Congress, and thus the world, that the FBI had reopened the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  The reopening, which ultimately came to nothing, outraged Democrats and Comey's colleagues in the Obama Justice Department.  The Clinton email decision, as I describe in my own book, Obsession:  Inside the Washington Establishment's Never-Ending War on Trump, spurred some of President-elect Trump's closest advisers, including Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, and Jeff Sessions, to urge him to fire Comey immediately upon taking office.  The advisers were not offended on behalf of Hillary Clinton.  Instead, they believed the episode showed that Comey was so erratic, headstrong, and self-righteous that he would surely cause trouble in a Trump administration.  Trump did not take their advice, to his regret.

Wray Is Wrong as FBI Director.  In May of 2017, President Trump did the right thing and fired FBI Director James Comey, the individual at the center of the attempt to overturn the 2016 election results.  Comey orchestrated the spying efforts on President Trump and his campaign, which included the FBI improperly applying for four separate Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrants to eavesdrop on campaign aide Carter Page.  He also authorized a politically motivated investigation into Lt. General Michael Flynn and encouraged the entrapment of Flynn by his FBI agents in an infamous White House interview.

Lindsey Graham announces Comey's 'day of reckoning' before Senate, says Mueller 'declined'.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Wednesday [9/16/2020] that former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify on his own volition before the panel in regard to "Crossfire Hurricane" — the counterintelligence investigation into whether President Trump's campaign coordinated with Russia to tip the 2016 election.  Graham told "Hannity" that Comey will appear September 30th without necessitating a subpoena:  "The day of reckoning is upon us when it comes to Crossfire Hurricane," he said.  "I appreciate Mr. Comey coming before the committee and he will be respectfully treated but asked hard questions.  We are negotiating with [former Deputy FBI Director Andrew] McCabe; we are hoping to get him without a subpoena — time will tell."

FBI documents reveal new details around James Comey firing.  New FBI documents from former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation revealed details of the circumstances surrounding President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.  The documents, released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from BuzzFeed News and CNN, include redacted copies of "302" records, which detail interviews conducted by federal investigators.  Among them was an interview with an unidentified supervisory special agent who recalled the events of May 9, 2017.

Former FBI Director James Comey:  No contact with Durham probe, 'not worried at all'.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey said Sunday [8/23/2020] he hasn't been contacted by John Durham, the U.S. attorney tapped to review the 2016 probe into the Trump campaign, and he's "not worried at all" as President Trump derides him as a dirty cop.  Speaking to CBS' "Face the Nation," Mr. Comey said he saw reports that former CIA Director John O. Brennan was interviewed as part of the Durham probe.  But Mr. Comey hasn't spoken to Mr. Durham and said he "can't imagine" that he is a target in the investigation.

Sally Yates throws James Comey under the bus.  With investigations revealing treasure troves of evidence of deep-state malfeasance in their bid to Get Trump, rats are fleeing a sinking ship.  Deep State is now trying to get its stories straight.  And in former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates's Senate testimony this Wednesday, it looks as if James Comey is the designated fall guy.  Blame him and the rest get off the hook. [...] She's saying that Comey, not Joe Biden, brought up the gamy Logan Act charge idea, something that is obviously now an embarrassment.  Yates is someone who is a Democrat from a prominent Democrat family and her claims of no bias are nonsense.  She stands to benefit from a Joe Biden presidential appointment in a Joe Biden administration, so no surprise, she's defending Joe by hurling Comey under the bus.

A guide to Comeygate:  How an FBI director subverted American democracy.  It is clear that former FBI Director James Comey orchestrated an abusive, dishonest and wasteful assault against candidate and President Donald Trump, consuming almost four years of public energy and attention.  Comey jumped on an obviously questionable Estonian tip relayed to the CIA's credulously partisan John Brennan, and employed every sneaky trick in his arsenal to cripple Trump.  Comey sensed that with no Russian collusion apparent, he would need to justify a wiretap of Trump, hoping to find a crime.  But to do that, he needed a) from a fabricated preliminary inquiry, to justify an investigation; and b) from that investigation, to fabricate a predicate for wiretapping.  When the wiretap came up empty, he made book on President Trump, to inveigle a Special Counsel investigation of "Russian collusion," again with a fabricated predicate, hoping to catch the blustery President in perjury or obstruction, process crimes, Comey's specialty.

'Tail wagging the dog': Washington Post, leaker reignited FBI's Flynn probe.  Not much was going on in the Michael Flynn probe until The Washington Post and a leaker reenergized the FBI, according to a newly disclosed transcript of closed-door testimony by former bureau Director James B. Comey.  The FBI had filled out the paperwork to end the Flynn-Russia probe, but Mr. Comey halted the closing in early January 2017.  Transcripts emerged of the incoming White House national security adviser talking by phone with Kremlin envoy Sergey Kislyak.  The retired three-star Army general and Mr. Kislyak talked about not overreacting to economic sanctions that President Obama imposed on Dec. 31, 2016, in retaliation for Moscow's election interference.  Mr. Comey went to work.  He provided top-secret call intercept material to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, who told Mr. Obama.  At a Jan. 5 White House meeting, the FBI chief and Mr. Obama again discussed that Flynn had talked with Russians during the transition.  There is no law, per se, against such communications.

Judge Emmett Sullivan [...] Arranged Speaking Gig for James Comey at Howard University for $100,000.  The confused judge who has unconstitutionally inserted himself into the Justice Department's case against General Flynn made some actions behind the scene that are just as troubling.  Judge Sullivan helped Jim Comey get his speaking gig at Howard University for $100,000.  How much more corruption can America take[?]  The corrupt judge who inserted himself into the General Flynn case, who insinuated the General was a traitor, has a lifestyle that matches his actions in court.  He's not only famous for his unethical standards and actions in the Flynn trial, he also ordered that deported asylum seekers must be returned to the US.

Rudy Giuliani alleges James Comey engaged in a crime punishable by death.  Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani did not mince words in an interview Sunday regarding what he believes fired FBI Director James Comey tried to do to his client:  Depose him in a soft coup attempt, which is an act of treason punishable by death.  In an interview with host John Catsimatidis on his show, "The Cats Roundtable," the former New York City mayor first offered his insights into the Justice Department's decision to drop its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn after it became evident that FBI agents, during the latter days of the Obama administration, attempted to entrap him.  Giuliani said that actions taken by Comey — who admitted sending the agents in a violation of standing protocols and procedures — along with former CIA Director John Brennan were designed to take down President Donald Trump, which were "as close to treason as you can get."

Comey Told Congress He Didn't Know If Michael Flynn Lied To FBI: Transcript.  A congressional transcript from March 2017 released Thursday showed that then-FBI Director James Comey was uncertain whether Michael Flynn had knowingly lied to the FBI during a White House interview weeks earlier.  Comey questioned a Justice Department official's theory that Flynn was vulnerable to Russian blackmail, according to the transcript.  Comey's statements to the House Intelligence Committee on March 2, 2017, have been the subject of intense speculation over the past several years, particularly regarding his comments on Flynn.  The Justice Department released the transcript Thursday as an exhibit to a motion to drop charges against Flynn for making false statements to the FBI.

James Comey Begs Remaining DOJ Resistance Operatives to Continue Efforts to Shield the "Small Group".  "Please stay" is a cry from the SMALL GROUP plotters to remind their internal allies, running shield and defense, that Lawfare needs them to continue the resistance.  The key person they need to keep on their team is DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  The remarkable thing about this, inferring a certain amount of narrative desperation, is that James Comey would send such a message so publicly.  The small group is really, really, counting on the latest development, where President Obama is getting pulled closer into their plot, to save themselves from potential legal trouble.

Fmr CIA operative, Dem voter bluntly says Comey, Brennan should get death penalty for coup against Trump.  Former CIA operative Bryan Dean Wright isn't pussyfooting around when it comes to fired FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan, and their actions in the Russian collusion hoax.  Declaring that Comey and Brennan, who went on to become virulent Trump bashers, decided to "take out" a member of President Trump's administration, Wright said the two are "traitors" and should get the death penalty, if convicted.  His remarks are in response to the bombshell report last week that former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, a retired three-star U.S. Army general, may have been set up by the FBI.  Wright, who is a Democratic voter, appeared on "Fox & Friends" over the weekend, and he was skeptical that there would be any admission of wrongdoing.

James Comey must be prosecuted.  Andrew McCarthy, writing in the National Review, outlined the case that the FBI, under the direction of James Comey, working through Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, and others, set up General Michael Flynn for a perjury trap.  Comey sent Strzok and another agent to entrap General Flynn on January 24, 2017. The reason was to remove General Flynn as Trump's national security adviser because General Flynn, an experienced military and intelligence officer, would have discovered the FBI's investigation of President Trump, titled "Crossfire Hurricane" but otherwise known as the Russia Hoax.  McCarthy answers the question of why to entrap General Flynn to remove him.  But the next question is, did Comey act on his own or on orders, explicit or implicit, from his superiors to entrap General Flynn to remove him?  In an interview with Nicolle Wallace, Comey bragged that he had sent two FBI agents to question General Flynn.

Hillary, Comey And Brennan Must Face Justice For Deep-State Spying On Trump.  The media have been saturated with coronavirus news for weeks now, with literally hundreds of stories each day about the pandemic.  But while you're quarantined and self-distancing yourself from the dreaded COVID-19 virus, you might not have noticed something big: the investigation into the Russian spygate fiasco is coming to a head.  As the old saying goes, the wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine.  Some time after our nation reopens for business in a few weeks, the wheels will turn when the Durham report on the Russian collusion case will be released and hit the front pages.  If recent revelations are any indication, it will be a blockbuster, potentially leading to indictments of former senior intelligence and justice officials.

Declassified notes in FISA report have GOP investigators asking about James Comey and Robert Mueller.  One burning question, according to Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, is why Comey refused to allow his security clearance to be reinstated, allowing him to avoid questions about classified information that Horowitz wanted to raise for his audit of the Russia investigation.  "Why did former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI general counsel James Baker refuse to have their security clearances reinstated before they were interviewed by the inspector general?  Was it so they wouldn't have to explain this information?" Johnson, the Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman, wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published on Friday [4/10/2020].  This very issue is "one of the problems" in Horowitz's investigation, Attorney General William Barr said in December.  But it is not one that can't be solved.

Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying.  The FBI agent who ran the bureau's warrantless spying program said Wednesday [2/26/2020] he warned ex-Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe that the program was a useless waste of taxpayer money that needlessly infringed Americans' civil liberties but his bosses refused to take action.  Retired Special Agent Bassem Youssef ran the FBI's Communications Analysis Unit from late 2004 until his retirement in late 2014.  He told Just the News he fears the deeply flawed program, which was started in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, was allowed to keep going to give Americans a false sense of security in the war on terror and possibly to enable inappropriate spying, such as that which targeted President Trump's 2016 campaign.

The Comey FBI's 17 most alarming failures in the Russia probe.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz identified 17 serious omissions, inaccuracies and failures involving the FBI's conduct in the Russia collusion investigation and its pursuit of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant targeting the Trump campaign.  The significant failings are laid bare in a report made public Monday that showed the FBI withheld from the FISA court misgivings about its star informant Christopher Steele, as well as evidence of innocence against targets like former Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.  Members of the conspiracy met in FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe's office and worked out the "insurance plan" called Crossfire Hurricane to use as their excuse to surveil Trump Tower in the event Hillary Clinton lost the election.  James Comey took advantage of the hectic transition period to immediately target Michael Flynn and even had the chutzpah to brag about it.  Look up the word "despicable" in the dictionary, and you just might find a picture of James Comey [...] If the concept of equal justice under the law still exists in America, Comey will be wearing an orange jumpsuit in the near future.

James Comey Is Lying About the Justice Department's Job.  James Comey is a threat to your civil liberty.  Writing in the Washington Post on Tuesday, the former FBI director described the Department of Justice as "separate and apart" from the authority of the president and maligned Attorney General William Barr for allegedly "intervening" in the Roger Stone case.  Comey's claims are as perverse as they are unmoored from reality.  Here's how.  According to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, "The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."  This means the president is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States.  The Department of Justice is not even responsible for the whole of law enforcement under the executive branch but only a part.  For example, the Department of Homeland Security, as successor to the Department of Treasury, handles key aspects of law enforcement in matters related to counterfeiting.

Comey Noose Tightens over FISA House of Cards.  In his book A Higher Loyalty, former FBI Director James Comey portrays himself as a public servant with high standards of integrity and morality.  However, the drip, drip, drip of what went on under Mr. Comey's tenure at the agency is crumbling this façade of smug self-righteousness.  The latest example of this comes from the Justice Department, which declared two of the four FISA warrants in Operation Hurricane were improperly obtained and, therefore, invalid.

Comey (and the Media's) Coverup Unravels.  Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. 's opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal takes a chainsaw to the reputation of former FBI Director James Comey, as well as the media.  Jenkins shows how Comey and the media's actions are still to this day being protected because the government does not want to admit that the former head of the FBI acted unprofessionally.

Timed During Impeachment, Another Report of Former FBI Director James Comey Under Investigation.  Another New York Times report of James Comey under investigation for unscrupulous, potentially illegal, leaks surrounding the FBI Clinton investigation.  However, a note of caution: is this simply chaff and countermeasures intended to keep the heat off corruption monitors Bill Barr and John Durham?

NYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info.  Justice Department officials are investigating a years-old classified Russian intelligence document leak and whether former F.B.I director James Comey was the person who illegally provided reporters with information, The New York Times reports.  The probe is the second time federal officials have a looked into Comey regarding leaked information.  The former FBI head has been frequently labeled a "leaker" by President Trump.  What makes this investigation abnormal, though, is that federal prosecutors usually investigate leaks when classified information is reported by the press, not years after the fact, the Times reports.

James Comey Should Be Arrested.  His signature appears on page 64 of the October 2016 application for a warrant to spy on Carter Page.  Look at it for yourself.  In all of the fawning television interviews of Comey that have followed, nobody has confronted him on his lie or asked him why he submitted a blatant falsehood to the court.  He lied again on page 76 of the January 2017 renewal application.  He lied yet again on page 88 of another April 2017 FISA application to extend the warrant against Page.  As I wrote, Comey's April 2017 signature came after the entire Russia collusion investigation officially became a willful hoax perpetrated on the American public and the FISA court.  How do we know Comey lied?  Because he passed on Page's offer to participate voluntarily in an FBI interview. [...] Comey's lies matter.  He turned away Page's voluntary cooperation with the Russia collusion investigators in order to surveil Page and everyone with whom he communicated.

James Comey:  The 21st Century's Benedict Arnold.  [Scroll down]  If Benedict Arnold hadn't escaped to England, he would have been hanged as a traitor.  This makes for a nice segue to James Comey, former FBI director and one of the lead conspirators in the plot to overthrow the presidency of Donald Trump.  At minimum, James Comey is guilty of sedition.  If there was a crime like perjury for repeatedly lying through the mainstream media to the American people about a criminal conspiracy to overthrow our elected government, Comey would probably get locked in a cell for the rest of his miserable life.  Instead, this disgraceful excuse for a human being has thus far been rewarded for his treachery with a multimillion-dollar deal to write a book (irony alert!) on loyalty.

Joe DiGenova Blasts 'Corrupt' Obama Officials:  Brennan and Comey Were 'Coup Leaders'.  Former US Attorney Joe diGenova blasted the corrupt Obama administration and its 'coup leaders' who were involved in Spygate.  DiGenova told OAN's John Hines that former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan led the coup attempt to oust President Trump from office.  The former US Attorney said Obama knew exactly what Comey, Brennan and other "corrupt" officials were doing during the 2016 election.

Disgraced Fired FBI Director James Comey Attacks President Trump and Trump Supporters In WaPo Op-Ed.  Disgraced fired FBI Director James Comey penned an op-ed published Monday [12/30/2019] by the Washington Post that bemoans being criticized by President Trump but then goes on to attack Trump as a dangerous, but weakened president.  Comey calls Trump a "shrunken, withered figure". Comey also gets in a cheap shot at Trump supporters, calling them "sad people in red hats."

Jim Comey's damaging legacy at the FBI must be undone.  Fired FBI director James Comey, the gift that keeps on spinning, went on TV yet again — this time following the two worst weeks in the FBI's history — in an attempt to cover the mess he made. [...] There are two reasons for this.  First, he has a business to protect.  He has quite effectively monetized his misadventures in the FBI via a rapidly released book, paid gigs with cable news and newspapers, and lucrative lectures.  He marveled in a recent New York Times interview about how much money he was making.  "It's a lot," he gushed.  "Seriously, it's crazy."  The second reason is found in the relentless posse of Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham that is tracking behind him.  They could present a significant threat to Comey personally.  To what extent we will see, but it is serious and he knows it.

The Era of 'Good' Fascism?  Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and McCabe are iconic figures to the Left, who were willing to use any means necessary to stop the fiendish Trump.  Comey's idea of "a higher loyalty" proves to be a euphemism for taking the law into one's own hands to destroy an elected president deemed a threat to status-quo agendas.  J. Edgar Hoover surely would have approved of Comey's gambit, of privately misleading the president as to the status of an ongoing FBI investigation directed at him, recording in notes a one-sided version of such a confidential conversation, and then leaking such memos to the press to encourage a special counsel appointment to investigate a president.

If FBI was routinely cutting corners on FISA warrants, Comey will look even worse.  Now that we know FBI agents deceived the court to get the warrants to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the big question is:  Was this the exception, or the rule?  That is, has the bureau taken to regularly lying in its 1,500 requests a year for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act wiretaps — or did higher-ups opt to go rogue in this particular case?  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's presiding judge, Rosemary Collyer, last week issued a rare public order telling the FBI to submit a sworn statement by Jan. 10 laying out what it has done and what else it plans to do to ensure this outrageous malfeasance won't repeat.

James Comey is a Pathological Liar.  Before the first FISA application was signed and submitted mired by the pompous, self-serving serial liar James Comey, who signed three of them, Carter Page wrote Comey a letter telling him he was a government asset working with the CIA and the FBI.  If that letter had been presented to the FISA court by Comey, as it should have been, the FISA court never would have approved the Obama administration surveillance of Carter Page and Team Trump.

The Slippery James Comey Gets Nailed.  Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton gave us "it depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is."  James Comey has now given us it depends what the meaning of "vindicated" is.  The former FBI director sat down with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday over the weekend, and it didn't go well.  Wallace repeatedly pressed Comey on critical findings in the Horowitz IG report, and Comey shimmied and dodged, in a master class in slipperiness and evasion.

James Comey still won't admit the truth.  Comey came to this belated mea culpa during a tough Sunday interview by Fox News' Chris Wallace, after a damning report from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which slammed "the entire chain of command" under Comey for major "performance failures." [...] When Wallace pushed on whether he had been falsely minimizing the investigation's reliance on Steele, Comey eventually gave the non-apology, "If I was, then I'm sorry that I did that."  The ex-lawman says his claim that the IG "vindicated" the investigation refers only to the way he says it undercut President Trump's charges that the probe was improper.  Comey repeatedly insisted the investigation had been opened by the book and claimed Horowitz had only exposed "mistakes and negligence," not actual misconduct.

Comey admits 'I was wrong' on FISA conduct, remains defiant on dossier in tense interview.  Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on "Fox News Sunday" that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General's report on the launch of the FBI's Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was "overconfident" when he defended his former agency's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).  This comes days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed concerns that included 17 "significant errors and omissions" by the FBI's investigative team when applying for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  Horowitz referred "the entire chain of command" to the FBI and DOJ for "how to assess and address their performance failures" during the probe, which was conducted while Comey was in charge.

James Comey's War on America.  Comey's presentation of the most outlandish claim in the phony dossier — that the Kremlin had a recording of Trump peeing on Russian prostitutes — to the incoming president of the United States days before he took office didn't just rattle Trump.  Comey did not just sabotage a presidential candidate, his transition team, and his new administration to remind Donald Trump who's boss.  Comey did not just try to oust a duly-elected president from the Oval Office based on made-up "memos" he wrote to document the president's alleged criminality.  James Comey didn't just help launch his pal Robert Mueller's destructive two-year probe into the imaginary crime of Russian "collusion."  No, James Comey, in fact, declared war on America.

The damage James Comey did to our country, the drama and expense is truly breathtaking.  Remember when former FBI Director James Comey told us, "I don't do sneaky things.  I don't leak.  I don't do weasel moves."  He did.  Comey will forever be remembered as one of the most arrogant, ineffective and disappointing directors of the FBI.  Even before the latest IG report could have been read, the disgraced former bureau leader was in full spin mode:  patting himself on the back and publishing an opinion piece declaring victory for a positive report from the IG.  Did he read the same report the rest of us read?

Whitewashed IG Report Still Exposes James Comey as a Dirty Cop.  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an 83-page whitewash and former FBI Director James Comey is still exposed as a dirty cop.  Only adding to his disgrace is that almost immediately after the release of the report, this dirty cop took to the pages of the far-left Washington Post to falsely and arrogantly claim vindication. [...] The fact such a creature was allowed to lead the FBI is just another reminder that the entire System is corrupt and must, for the sake of democracy, be figuratively burned to the ground.

Ex-spy Christopher Steele accused Comey of 'treasonous' intervention in 2016 election.  Former British spy Christopher Steele described FBI Director James Comey's October 2016 letter to Congress about Hillary Clinton's emails as "unconscionable.  Treasonous, really," according to a new book.  At the time, Steele, 55, a former MI6 officer, was working for opposition research company Fusion GPS to investigate connections between Donald Trump, then the 2016 GOP presidential nominee.  At the same time, he was a confidential informant for the FBI.  His fury over Comey's intervention, which he believed damaged Clinton while concealing what the FBI knew about Trump, prompted him to push for what became known as the "Steele dossier" in the public domain.

Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura.  The strange thing about James Comey was not his serial leaking to the press, his deception of a FISA court, his effort to subvert the Trump candidacy by peddling a false dossier and using informants, or even warping the Clinton email investigation.  Rather, the rub was that Comey was not aberrant, but rather the apt expression of the Washington, D.C. culture of the FBI, at least as epitomized by his conniving and often deceitful associates such as James Baker, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, and Peter Strzok, who did not worry much about ruining the lives of others.  Page and Strozk apparently post facto classified Comey's presidential memos as merely confidential to preclude their ex-leaker-boss's felonious exposure.  And the two seemed to have texted about reworking the 302 interview memos of the Michael Flynn ambush, again post facto, to ensure he seemed guilty of lying.  Anywhere there was a major FBI scandal of the last three years, Peter Strzok was to be found — the Comey-McCabe go-to fixer when there was rigging to do.

James Comey Says He's Moving To New Zealand If Trump Wins Reelection (If He's Not In Prison).  Former FBI Director James Comey says he will move to New Zeland if President Trump wins reelection.  But depending on the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Comey may not be traveling anywhere at all.  The Department of Justice announced last week that it was opening a criminal investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

Why Washington D.C. Compulsively Lies About Donald Trump.  The results speak for themselves:  In the process of purporting to show that Trump is a mentally unstable bad man, we spent two years learning that James Comey and the senior leadership of the FBI were corrupt, lying to us in significant ways, had terrible judgment, and committed crimes.  By contrast, Trump's foibles, for better and for worse, were already priced in with his voters and Trump at least has some measure of democratic accountability.  It was far less obvious what was going on at the FBI, and to have long-simmering deep state concerns confirmed so dramatically means Trump voters are leaning into the chaos to see what else gets dragged into the light.

No, James Comey, America Doesn't Want Your Help.  In a lengthy article over the weekend that was part puff-piece, part cover-up, and part damage control, the New York Times struck fear in the hearts of Americans everywhere with the headline, "James Comey Would Like to Help." Reporter Matt Flegenheimer, bless his heart, had to spend more than two hours with the former FBI director in Comey's well-appointed home located outside of Washington, D.C.  The front-page feature included several photos of the lanky G-Man.  Look, here's Comey holding his grandson!  Look, here's Comey manspreading in front of his godson's collection of Star Wars Legos!  Look, here's Comey getting a hug from a college student during a six-figure speaking gig at Yale!  Comey showed off what can only be described as a shrine to himself in the form of a private office ornamented with FBI memorabilia, just to remind us how great he is.

Did Jim Comey spy on Loretta Lynch?  Was then-FBI chief Jim Comey spying on his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch?  He apparently had a "highly placed informant" in her office reporting on her doings as of May 2016, which is pretty [...] close to "spying" in most books.  We know:  Comey famously considers it an "investigation," not "spying," when it's official FBI business — but it's hard to see how secretly monitoring the AG's office could be official work for the Bureau.  And secretly monitoring Lynch is exactly what the new book from Pulitzer-winning reporter James B. Stewart indicates Comey was doing.  It was the peak of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and Comey (as he's said) was "troubled" by Lynch's attitude — such as her September 2015 directive that the FBI not call its criminal investigation of Clinton "an investigation" (let alone "criminal"), but simply "a matter," which was exactly what the Clinton campaign wanted.

Comey and Baquet — united against Trump — have caused a nonstop feeding frenzy.  Among the casualties of our domestic political war is the abandonment of professional standards.  For proof, consider how two of America's premier institutions are being dragged through the mud because their leaders decided that standards are for other people.  I speak of the FBI and The New York Times, and the men who damaged them, James Comey and Dean Baquet.  It is no coincidence that Baquet's newspaper became an errand boy for Comey's corrupt team of G-men.  Birds of a feather, you know.  They were united against Donald Trump.  Both tried to block him from becoming president, and both tried to get him removed.  And are still trying.  Comey and Baquet decided their agendas were more important than the time-tested rules of behavior that built the credibility of their respective institutions.  Like arrogant leaders everywhere, they believed the end justified the means.

Justice Dept.  IG referred James Comey for criminal prosecution.  Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said Wednesday [9/18/2019] that he referred former FBI Director James B. Comey for criminal prosecution this year after concluding he leaked sensitive materials to a friend.  And the Justice Department watchdog told Congress he would "assess" Republican allegations of inconsistent statements in Mr. Comey's testimony before the Senate.  Mr. Horowitz's disclosure that he made the criminal referral marks his first public statement about the criticism lodged against Mr. Comey in a report released last summer.  He told lawmakers it is standard practice to make a criminal referral when wrongdoing is suspected.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz Reveals He Referred James Comey For Criminal Prosecution.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Wednesday morning [9/18/2019].  Horowitz revealed to lawmakers that he criminally referred former FBI Director James Comey for prosecution.  The Justice Department ultimately declined prosecution and despite Comey bragging about this, the IG indeed concluded he criminally acted.

New Book Says Comey Skirted Protocol To Set Up Fateful Michael Flynn Interview.  An FBI assistant to James Comey says in a book released Tuesday that the former FBI director took advantage of the "chaos" of the early Trump administration to set up an interview with Michael Flynn, the national security adviser.  Josh Campbell, who was Comey's personal assistant at the FBI, writes in "Crossfire Hurricane:  Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI," that FBI leadership had "intense discussion" about how to interview Flynn regarding phone conversations he had in December 2016 with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

All in the Comey Family.  By his own admission, the recently fired FBI director James Comey leaked at least four memos of private presidential conversations — at least one of them containing some classified secret material — variously to his lawyers and through liaisons to the press.  In both phone calls and personal meetings, Comey never gave any hint to the president he served that he intended to leave a written record of the conversations for what turned out to be his own selfish agenda.  Comey said his intent by leaking his versions of these conversations was to force a brouhaha that would in turn prompt Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.  That gambit worked to perfection when, shortly after Comey's scripted media leaks, Robert Mueller, his predecessor, former FBI director, and longtime friend, was appointed special counsel, apparently to do what the now fired James Comey could not.

Jim Jordan calls out House Dems:  Figure out who's 'going to jail' over Trump-Russia, Clinton probes.  As House Democrats prepare to proceed with their legislative agenda, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said lawmakers should shift their focus from impeachment to investigating former FBI Director James Comey and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  "When you're solely focused on going after the president you can't do what's best for the country.  And that's been the problem with the Democrats," Jordan said Monday [9/9/2019] on "Fox & Friends."  "Jim Comey... is the guy solely responsible for putting the country through three years of this saga that we have now lived through," he continued, arguing that many Americans want to know "when someone's going to jail" over alleged wrongdoing in the Trump-Russia and Clinton email investigations.

John Dean:  The James Comey of Watergate.  Perhaps not so surprisingly, Comey's conduct and treatment by the media offer striking parallels to those of John Dean, felonious counsel to President Nixon during the Watergate scandal.  Both Comey and Dean were political lawyers.  While holding presidential appointments to positions of extraordinary importance, each intentionally misled his president — and then lied about it.  Comey had been U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and then Deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush.  He was appointed FBI Director by Obama and wanted to stay on under Trump.  Dean had been minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee and Associate Deputy Attorney General before coming to the White House as counsel to Nixon.

Why Comey Escaped Charges Last Week and Why His Luck Is Likely To Change.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that Comey had flouted FBI rules and ignored protocol in his determination to undermine President-elect Trump.  He leaked memos he had written after each meeting with Trump with the intention of triggering the appointment of a special counsel.  And he was successful.  Horowitz clearly presented Comey's wrongdoing, but even so, Attorney General William Barr declined to charge him with a crime. [...] Barr is also well aware that there are two far more comprehensive reports coming.  The first, the IG's report on the FBI's abuse of the FISA Court application process is due at the end of this month or in early October.  The American Spectator's Jed Babbin wrote that these reports are expected to show clear violations of the law.

The Two Ticking Time Bombs of the Coming Election.  [Scroll down]  Comey has lied again in claiming that he has been cleared of leaking classified information, even though he is accused of leaking only a small amount of classified information to his lawyers, and that that is not in itself worthy of criminal prosecution.  But the leakage of information that he had a serious professional obligation to treat discreetly, for the declared motive of provoking an investigation into matters that he knew to be wildly implausible and for which there was no believable evidence, is, as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz described it, dangerous.  Comey and his supporters have tried to represent this as an act of courage by a public servant genuinely distressed at the thought of Trump as president.  In reality, the motive was rank partisanship against the president.

Devin Nunes: 'Evidence Is There' for U.S. Attorney to Bring Criminal Conspiracy Charges Against James Comey.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Sunday evening that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) report on former FBI director James Comey, and the DOJ's decision not to press charge, does not mean he is out of the woods.  Nunes said that Comey, who President Donald Trump fired as FBI director in the first few months of his presidency sparking the launch of the now-completed Special Counsel investigation, could still face charges on a criminal conspiracy from the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut.

Trey Gowdy absolutely unloaded on Comey on Fox News and it's pretty awesome.  [Video clip]  And from what we've seen, there's going to be another report that might get Comey in a lot more trouble, so perhaps he should tone down the sanctimony a little bit.

Comey Attacks President Trump as a Narcissist, "America Deserves Better".  Fired FBI Director James Comey has become very emboldened since the Justice Department declined to prosecute him for leaking his memos and stealing government property.  Comey attacked Trump Sunday morning [9/1/2019] from his Twitter account and asserted the President is a narcissist. [...] Trump did the right thing when he fired James Comey, one of the most corrupt, narcissistic FBI Directors ever.

Comey's violations of FBI policy damage public trust in agency, ability to gather information.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey's leaks, in addition to violating bureau policy, also could scare future witnesses away from cooperating in investigations because their confidential conversations could be exposed, a former high-ranking agent warns.  Lew Schiliro, who used to run the bureau's New York office, said there is an element of trust in any FBI investigation that agents will abide by the rules, keeping secret information secret and not deploying it for their own purposes.  The Justice Department's inspector general, in a report last week, found Mr. Comey broke both of those strictures.

James Comey "was shown to be a scoundrel, a liar, a leaker, all of these things".  [Scroll down]  He was [a] completely manipulative personality.  He's exactly what you would never want in an FBI Director.  And he used his power to try to get his way.  He manipulated everything this report makes clear in order to get a special prosecutor.  This great national nightmare we went through of the Bob Muller investigation, which ended up with nothingburger, was all because of James Comey.  He manipulated people.  He leaked his memos to the press.  He did all of this.

Archey Declarations Prove Comey/McCabe "Small Group" Hid Information From FBI Investigators, Until They Could Get Mueller Appointed.  There are two sets of documents that outline a very specific picture.  Robert Mueller's lead FBI Agent David Archey made sworn declarations to the court, without knowledge of FBI "whistleblower" information provided to DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz.  There is a distinct conflict within the IG report on James Comey (and memos) and the David Archey declarations.  However, beyond the conflict there's an even more alarming picture of how Robert Mueller was deployed, when all the information is overlaid in a timeline.

Devin Nunes:  "We Have Briefed DOJ on Eight Criminal Referrals — Two for Criminal Conspiracy".  Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, appeared on Fox News tonight [8/30/2019] responding to the defensive support of James Comey by John Brennan and James Clapper.  As Rep Nunes outlines the misconduct by the former FBI Director, Nunes also notes the framework for his criminal referrals to the DOJ; two of them involve referrals for criminal conspiracy.

Giuliani:  James Comey is the worst director in the history of the FBI.  President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani reacts to DOJ inspector general report of the former FBI director.  [Video clip]

Mark Levin:  Comey 'shouldn't have been anywhere close' to a law enforcement career.  Conservative radio host Mark Levin has unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey.  Levin, speaking on "The Mark Levin Show" on Westwood One, labeled Comey unethical and questioned why he ever held such lofty positions within the federal government.  "You know what's scary?  This dude was an assistant United States attorney, a United States attorney, the deputy attorney general of the United States and the director of the FBI," Levin — who served in the Reagan Justice Department himself — said.

Hubris as A Strategy.  [Scroll down]  There appears to be a concerted media, and allies (think Lawfare), strategy to focus attention to the DOJ decision *not* to prosecute James Comey.  This generates outrage, which has a tendency to create useful backlash.  Mr. Comey also appears to be fueling this.  Remember, it has been clear that part of the "small group" defense is to use outrage as part of their strategy.  Focus on the actual conduct... that's where corrupt intent is evident.  The issue(s) surround President Obama and high-ranking Obama intelligence officials, notably:  John Brennan, James Comey, James Clapper and Sally Yates intentionally lying and/or misrepresenting issues to president-elect Donald Trump and the transition team in/around the transition period and shortly after the January 20, 2017, inauguration.

The worst is still to come for Jim Comey.  [Scroll down]  But here in the real world, this is what the IG's investigation has confirmed:  James Comey, as FBI director, created and maintained a separate record system that he kept in a desk drawer.  He then also took most of those official records home.  If that wasn't enough recklessness, he leaked some of those records to the press after he was fired.  To Comey, all of this is justified because some hero has to rise up and stand in the breach.  But the IG methodically lists the numerous policies Comey violated, policies carefully designed over time to prevent the abuse of authority by those who self-craft a "higher loyalty" in their minds, thereby exempting themselves from the rules.  Comey was no hero; he was nothing more than an executive vigilante.

James Comey wants an apology?  This is myth becoming madness.  Two years ago, former FBI Director James Comey came out with a book that celebrated himself as a paragon of "ethical leadership," a subject that he later taught at the College of William and Mary.  Comey declared, "Ethical leaders lead by seeing above the short term, above the urgent or the partisan, and with a higher loyalty to lasting values, most importantly the truth."  If that is the case, the new Justice Department inspector general report released on Thursday establishes that Comey is the very antithesis of the ethical leader he described.  Comey was found to have violated both federal law and regulations for his own gain, and he made critical decisions that put personal over institutional interests.  Nevertheless, Comey released a statement portraying the scathing report as a type of victory and encouraged his critics to send their apologies to him.  It was a "Captain Queeg" moment when myth borders on madness.

James Comey is proof the 'deep state' is something to fear.  For nearly three years now, those who promise to save us from the wicked clutches of President Donald Trump have bombarded America with lectures about the "rule of law."  Yet, over and over again, these self-styled champions of justice feel free to disregard the law whenever it suits them.  The latest example is former FBI Director James Comey.  A new report by the Office of the Inspector General for the Justice Department found that Comey had written FBI memos, illicitly passed them on to a lawyer friend, who in turn leaked them to a friendly New York Times reporter who had been spreading the Russian conspiracy theory.  Why?  Because Comey was interested in extracting revenge on the man who had fired him, Donald Trump.

James Comey, Hoisted upon His Own Self-Regard.  Comey knew the rules, knew the regulations, knew the law, and swore an oath to uphold them.  But when push came to shove, Comey felt that he could break those rules, because he convinced himself that his own particular violation of the regulations served the greater good.  Of course, this is what almost every leaker believes.

Comey is Not Out of the Woods Yet.  While the announcement that the Department of Justice has declined to prosecute the corrupt former Director of the FBI James Comey, this news must be seen for what it is:  A setback, not the end.  Comey escaping prosecution this time is indeed very reminiscent of Hillary Clinton escaping any legal consequences for her mishandling of Top Secret emails in 2016, for good reason.  From the deliberate misappropriation of Classified information to the arrogance at being let off the hook, it is understandable if many are frustrated at this repeated turn of events.  But just as Hillary eventually faced a different kind of justice at the ballot box, so too will Comey most likely get what is coming to him, in due time.

James Comey kept four of his memos in his own home safe.  On May 12, 2017, an FBI Supervisory Special Agent visited former FBI Director James Comey's home to collect any government property still in his possession.  President Trump had unceremoniously fired Comey three days earlier while the longtime government official was on a trip to California.  But when an FBI team came to Comey's Virginia home, they did not obtain four memos he had penned about his sometimes bizarre interactions with the president.  Comey 'did not tell the FBI that he had copies' of four memos he had written 'in his personal safe,' according to a report by the Justice Department's Inspector General that was released Thursday [8/29/2019].

Comey Had Top Secret Bunker Built In Basement, But Hated Using It.  Former FBI Director James Comey had a secure room in his basement so he could work on classified matters, but he said he didn't use the room much because it got too hot, according to a Department of Justice inspector general report released Thursday [8/29/2019].  The bureau installed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF), which secures phones, printers and computers.  The FBI had outfitted Comey's home with a SCIF, which is an access-controlled facility used for review of information derived from intelligences sources or methods referred to as Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).

Inspector General Horowitz Preparing to Release Separate Report on James Comey.  DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing to release a separate report on former FBI Director James Comey's conduct, according to investigative reporter Byron York.  The report on Comey will be separate from the "FISA abuse" report Horowitz should be releasing any time between mid-September to early October.

James Comey and Wife Donated Nearly $20K to Democrats This Year.  Former FBI Director James Comey and his wife have contributed nearly $20,000 to Democrats so far this year, Federal Election Commission filings show.  Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump within four months of him taking over the Oval Office, has been an outspoken critic of the president and has called on Americans to deliver a landslide victory for the Democratic nominee in 2020.  "All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey told a New York City audience last December.  The former FBI director added during an MSNBC appearance that Democrats "have to win."

How Comey set a trap for prosecutors when leaking his memos.  Had the Department of Justice acted on the criminal referral that Inspector Horowitz reportedly issued regarding James Comey's leak of memos, it would have fallen into a trap.  Credit Comey with the legal sophistication you'd expect from a head of the FBI, but also credit the team assembled by Attorney General Barr for avoiding the trap.

Barr's Comey decision was the right call.  But this is just the beginning.  The decision not to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey over his deliberate leaks to the media isn't a sign of weakness or lack of will, but of the professionalism and well-reasoned restraint of President Trump's Department of Justice.  Attorney General Bill Barr's number one goal since taking the helm at the DOJ has been to restore the impartial and professional ethos that has characterized that agency for more than 200 years.  He is working diligently to cleanse it of the stain of politically driven vindictiveness that Obama-era officials created by grossly mishandling the Clinton email investigation, and then, even more egregiously, orchestrating the series of events that led to the Russiagate witch hunt.

DOJ will not prosecute Comey for leaking memos after IG referral: sources.  The Justice Department has decided against prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey for leaking classified information following a referral from the department's inspector general, sources familiar with the deliberations told Fox News.  "Everyone at the DOJ involved in the decision said it wasn't a close call," one official said.  "They all thought this could not be prosecuted."

Report: IG Horowitz Preparing Report on Comey; Has Referred Him for Possible Prosecution.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing a "damning report" on former FBI director James Comey's conduct and has referred him for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, the Hill's John Solomon reported Wednesday night [7/31/2019].  Unfortunately, Solomon is reporting that Department of Justice prosecutors under Attorney General William Barr have decided not to prosecute Comey for the alleged infractions.  According to Solomon's sources, the IG report will conclude that Comey "leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor," but DOJ prosecutors declined to bring charges because they didn't think they had enough evidence to prove that Comey intended to violate the law.

FBI evidence log says Comey lost track of Trump memos.  Fired FBI Director James B. Comey told agents he appeared to have lost track of two memos he kept detailing conversations with President Trump, according to new documents revealed Wednesday [7/31/2019] by Judicial Watch.  The FBI sent agents to visit Mr. Comey at home in 2017, after his firing, to speak with him about the memos, which the former director had leaked in order to embarrass Mr. Trump.  Agents collected four memos from Mr. Comey ranging in dates from February to June.  But Mr. Comey told the agents two memos he believed he wrote "were missing."

James Comey's next reckoning is imminent — this time for leaking.  The Justice Department's chief watchdog is preparing a damning report on James Comey's conduct in his final days as FBI director that likely will conclude he leaked classified information and showed a lack of candor after his own agency began looking into his feud with President Trump over the Russia probe.  Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz's team referred Comey for possible prosecution under the classified information protection laws, but Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors working for Attorney General William Barr reportedly have decided to decline prosecution — a decision that's likely to upset Comey's conservative critics.

New Docs Show FBI Agents Went to Comey's Home to Retrieve Memos.  Judicial Watch announced today it received six pages of records from the FBI showing that in June, 2017, a month after FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump, FBI agents visited his home and collected "as evidence" four memos that allegedly detail conversations he had with President Trump.  One of his memos was written on June 6, a month after he was fired.

Mueller's Testimony Is Over; Now It's Time For James Comey To Answer Some Questions.  Former FBI Director James Comey has a list of questions he would like Democrat lawmakers to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  It's a rather hysterical attempt at coming across as a neutral arbiter of fact.  In reality, Comey hasn't got a shred of credibility left beyond his cabal of Trump saboteurs with names such as John Brennan, James Clapper and Andrew McCabe.  At this point it would be far more important for Comey to be asked these questions about his role in the witch hunt against President Trump.

Weasel Comey lied to Trump.  [Scroll down]  The news industry praised Comey as this knight in shining armor because he tried to stop President Trump from serving as president.  Actually, Comey's actions were unAmerica because he tried to overturn an election.  He was not alone.  The fish rots from the head, and in this case the head was Obama.  Sadly, his status as the first black president gives him immunity from justice.  But that does not mean Comey and the rest should not face prosecution.

Comey Comes For Trump Supporters, 'We Must Send Trump and His Mob Back to Their Dark Corner'.  Comey's tweet Thursday [7/18/2019] attacking Trump supporters is in response to chants of "send her back" heard at Trump's North Carolina rally Wednesday evening after the president brought up Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar.  Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born Democrat Congresswoman in Minnesota married her own brother to defraud US immigration, filed fraudulent tax returns and perjured herself many times according to documents and reports.  Ilhan Omar also supports terrorist organizations, fundraises with Hamas front group CAIR and refuses to condemn Al-Qaeda.

Guess Whose Daughter Is Reportedly a Prosecutor in Jeffrey Epstein Case.  Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI Director James Comey, is reportedly a prosecutor in the new criminal case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  This details comes out of a new CNN report.  The source is described as a person "with knowledge of the case."  This and an Associated Press article are backing up a Daily Beast report that broke news Epstein faces new charges.  It seems like the defendant must contend with a sex trafficking case affecting "dozens" of alleged victims.  The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is handling the case.  Their Public Corruption Unit is taking the lead on this, but are being helped by human trafficking officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

FBI Appears to Have Defrauded the Court in the Manafort Case.  The FBI appears to have regularly ignored factual material and used planted newspaper articles as secondary sources, even when they knew the documents were probably fake.  This was the FBI under Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe.  If true, it's especially ironic since they are so arrogant, self-righteous, and denigrating of others who they dislike.  A new exposé by John Solomon points to evidence that the investigation against Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's short-lived campaign manager, was based on evidence they knew was false.

Report: Comey Deleted Obama's Name From Hillary Clinton's Hacked Emails.  Fired FBI Director James Comey deleted former President Barack Obama's name from a government report detailing Hillary Clinton's hacked emails and how foreign adversaries likely gained access to her private server, according to Big League Politics.  The admission was buried deep in the June report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who concluded that Obama's name was changed in the report on Clinton's mishandling of classified information to "another senior government official."  Some are predicting that the explosive revelation could be the final nail in the coffin for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, as he is reportedly using President Donald Trump's decision to fire Comey in May 2017 as the basis for claims that the president obstructed justice.

The Case for Prosecuting Comey and Brennan.  [In 2013,] Reuters reported that at least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees were caught using secret government surveillance tools to spy on the emails or phone calls of current or former spouses and lovers.  The NSA has repeatedly promised to reform its procedures as the database it keeps on Americans continues to grow in scope and reach.  When you talk to your spouse, your child, or your lover in the presence of your electronic devices, those devices passively listen to what you're saying just in case you say "Hey Siri," or "Hey Alexa."  Have you ever noticed that when you suddenly develop an interest in a particular product or service, ads mysteriously seem to appear and follow you around?  Former FBI Director James Comey once admitted he covered his computer camera for his privacy.  He would know.  Just imagine a snooping government making a word-searchable transcript of audio and digital recording of video passively transmitted from your phone.

Geraldo Rivera:  AG Barr interview should have Comey, Clapper, Brennan 'quaking' in their boots.  Fox News correspondent at-large Geraldo Rivera is warning several Obama-era intelligence chiefs that they should be worried after Attorney General William Barr aired his concerns about the origins of the Mueller investigation in a new interview.  During an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Friday [5/31/2019], Rivera said it's clear Barr wants to get to the bottom of the Russia probe's origins and that he has "his target" on some of the biggest names associated with it.  "If I were James Comey right now or James Clapper right now or John Brennan right now, I would be quaking in my boots," Rivera said.

The Case for Prosecuting Comey and Brennan.  Twenty-five years ago, the Arnold Schwarzenegger action hit "True Lies" depicted a jealous husband abusing his access to powerful tools intended to fight terrorism to discover whether his wife was having an affair.  The character played by Tom Arnold lamely warns Schwarzenegger's Harry Tasker that using government surveillance to spy on his wife is a crime (which is true) and that abusing these tools could land them both in prison.  Tasker retorts that they violate the law all the time.  Once you have a person's search history, access to her emails, text messages, and listen to her phone calls, it's not hard to construct a blackmail scenario.  But that could never happen in real life, right?

Comey Denies FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, Calls It 'Conspiracy' Amid Multiple Probes.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote an op-ed on Tuesday [5/28/2019] denying the FBI ever spied on President Trump's campaign in 2016 and claiming it was "just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances."

Comey's FBI Ignored Sexual Abuse Victims To Play Politics.  As the political world anticipates an internal Justice Department review of misconduct by James Comey's FBI related to the Trump campaign probe, hundreds of American parents await another report:  Why Comey's FBI delayed an investigation into one of the country's most notorious child sex abusers, former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar.  The Michigan State University osteopathic physician now is serving a 100-year minimum prison sentence for numerous crimes, including sexual assault of minors, sexual assault, and possession of child pornography.

FBI Lawyer Says Page FISA Was Handled In An "Unusual Way," Implicates Comey, McCabe, And Yates.  As we move closer and closer to the completion of the IG report on how the Trump-Russia investigation was handled, including the probable misuse of the FISA court, we are seeing more relevant Congressional testimony from top officials released.  One session revealed this week involves Trisha Anderson, an FBI lawyer who signed off on the Carter Page warrants.  She testified in August of 2018 on her role and what she knew regarding how the process went down.

Trump Accuses James Comey, Andrew Mccabe of Treason.  President Donald Trump accused multiple former FBI officials Thursday [5/23/2019] of committing treason for their role in the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  The president's accusation came after a long diatribe at a White House event for farmers demanding that Democrats quit investigating him and focus on passing legislation.  NBC News' Peter Alexander brought up a Trump tweet wherein he said spying on his campaign constituted "treason," and asked who specifically he believes committed treason.

Why Did Obama Allow Comey to Brief Trump on the Russian Prostitute Story?  We are three years into the biggest political scandal in American history and former President Barack Obama has yet to be asked about his role in orchestrating the international subterfuge that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin to rig the 2016 presidential election.  Not one journalist has posed a single question to Obama about what officials in his White House knew — or when they knew it — despite multiple ongoing investigations by the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill.  The more than decade-long media swoon for the 44th president continues unabated.  But Attorney General William Barr might do the work that the news media refuses to do.

Comey vs. the world.  In James Comey's mind, no one is as holy as he is.  People he used to respect, like Rod Rosenstein and William Barr, certainly aren't.  President Trump ate their souls.  Comey admits the same thing nearly happened to him, but he was holy enough to pull back from the brink.  The fact that Trump fired him helped.  Now, Comey finds himself at odds with former associates on the anti-Trump side of the divide.  Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General under Obama, has testified that Comey mischaracterized her statements to him when he repeatedly testified under oath that Lynch instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a "matter" instead of an "investigation."  House Judiciary Committee ranking member released Lynch's testimony to this effect yesterday.

Both Comey And Brennan Voted Communist While Cold War Was Raging.  The heads of Obama's FBI and CIA both voted for Communists during the Cold War, yet were somehow able to move up the ranks within the same US intelligence community that had spent decades fighting that very ideology.  Journalist Paul Sperry noted on Wednesday [5/15/2019] that former FBI Director James Comey admitted in a 2003 interview to having voted Communist before casting his ballot for Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Comey Was a Commie?  In college, I was left of center," explained James Comey in an interview with New York magazine, "and through a gradual process I found myself more comfortable with a lot of the ideas and approaches the Republicans were using."  Comey voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980, but says that four years later, in 1984, "I voted for Reagan — I'd moved from Communist to whatever I am now.  I'm not even sure how to characterize myself politically.  Maybe at some point, I'll have to figure it out."  Comey was once a communist.  And look deeper at his statement:  "I'd moved from Communist to whatever I am now.  I'm not even sure how to characterize myself politically.  Maybe at some point, I'll have to figure it out."  Which leaves us wondering if James Comey has yet figured it out.

Joe DiGenova:  "Barack Obama Knew That James Comey Was Going To Blackmail The Incoming President of The United States".  Joe Di Genova appeared on Judge Jeanine's Fox News show on Saturday [5/18/2019], where he addressed the chattering on social media from the players who spied on Trump before the 2016 election.  Di Genova weighed in on public statements being made by James Comey, James Clapper, and John Brennan and James Baker that could be used against them.  "The rats are scattering!" he said about them.  Di Genova especially mocked the disgraced former FBI director, James Comey, saying, "James Comey is talking because he is delusional.  He is a man so self-possessed, so self-righteous that he believes nothing will ever happen to him.  He is a very, very, very strange man."

Comey's book could convict him.  If Jimmy the Weasel Comey ever stands trial for his unconstitutional spying on a presidential candidate or his interference in the 2016 election, a key witness for prosecutors may be his own book.  Published a little more than a year ago, the book reveals an FBI director who hated his boss.  Comey wrote, "I once again was having flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob.  The silent circle of assent.  The boss in complete control.  The loyalty oaths.  The us-versus-them worldview.  The lying about all things, large and small, in service of some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth."  This establishes motive.

Nine Reasons James Comey Might Be in Real Legal Jeopardy.  Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey might be in some real legal jeopardy now that Attorney General William Barr has assigned a prosecutor to investigate the Russia Hoax investigators, of whom Comey was the ringleader.  Comey's emerging sins appear to range from possibly illegal to outright unethical to obviously partisan.

Top FBI officials were 'quite worried' Comey would appear to be blackmailing Trump.  Senior FBI officials were concerned then director James Comey would appear to be blackmailing then President-elect Trump — using tactics notoriously associated with J. Edgar Hoover — when he attended a fateful Jan. 6, 2017, meeting at which he informed the real estate magnate about allegations he had consorted with prostitutes in Moscow, according to Jim Baker, the bureau's chief counsel at the time.  "We were quite worried about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined not to have such a disaster happen on our watch," said Jim Baker, then the FBI's top lawyer in an interview with the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery.

Jim Comey's own words justify Bill Barr's review.  Attorney General William Barr has just blitzed former FBI Director James Comey on third down and there's a feeling a sack is imminent.  Barr's tasking of U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the "origins" of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign becomes the third examination of Comey and his special team, joining efforts by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber.  This is an entirely appropriate response to the fearful possibility that the FBI was misused by its past leadership for political purposes.

Why Both The Left And The Right Should Defenestrate James Comey From Public Life.  Democrats and Republicans will never agree on the validity of the outcome of the Hillary Clinton investigation. [...] Likewise, the country seems perpetually divided over the question of Russian collusion.  Even Special Counsel Robert Mueller's finding that there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia failed to shake Democrats and Never Trump Republicans from their belief.  Instead, Mueller's report fueled a second fracture in American sentiments over whether Trump obstructed justice.  Attorney General William Barr's conclusion that a criminal case was not supportable did nothing to lessen the divide.  While Americans remain split over whether Clinton or Trump committed crimes, there should be a consensus on Comey's handling of both matters.  All Americans should see the former FBI director for what he was: a self-righteous, self-important, above-the-law and above-the-chain of command, morally weak egotist.  He should be a public pariah.

Comey's "in big trouble!" IG might find all 4 FISA warrants were illegal.  Rep. Devin Nunes said former FBI Director Jim Comey is "in a lot of trouble."  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., slammed FBI Director James Comey saying "he made a mess of the FBI" on "Fox & Friends" Friday [5/10/2019].  "This is a guy who continues to just make a mockery of the entire FBI and the Department of Justice," Nunes said, reacting to Comey's appearance at CNN's town hall event on Thursday.  "This is the guy who, remember, leaked his memos in order to make sure that a Special Counsel was created to investigate the president.

'Not above the law': Trump indictment in play after presidency, James Comey says.  Former FBI director James Comey said Thursday [5/9/2019] that he thinks President Trump likely has committed crimes that could be cause for indictment once he leaves office and, were he not president, likely would already have been indicted.  In a CNN town-hall-style meeting, Mr. Comey was asked by host Anderson Cooper whether Mr. Trump acted with corrupt intent to interfere with an ongoing investigation.  "It sure looks that way," Mr. Comey replied, saying he based that judgment on his reading of special counsel Robert Mueller's report and leaning most heavily on Mr. Trump's order to White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mr. Mueller.

Disgraced Former FBI Director Pushes Unhinged Conspiracy Theories At CNN Town Hall.  Last night [5/9/2019], because CNN's ratings apparently haven't been crappy enough, James Comey was welcomed for a "Town Hall" where he was served up softball questions to virtue signal over.  You know, because disgraced FBI directors normally get town halls or something.  It was basically a live action play of his emo Twitter feed.  At the event, he decided to push several already disproven conspiracy theories about Donald Trump and Russia.

James Comey is in trouble and he knows it.  James Comey's planet is getting noticeably warmer.  Attorney General William Barr's emissions are the suspected cause.  Barr has made plain that he intends to examine carefully how and why Comey, as FBI director, decided that the bureau should investigate two presidential campaigns and if, in so doing, any rules or laws were broken.  In light of this, the fired former FBI director apparently has decided that photos of him on Twitter standing amid tall trees and in the middle of empty country roads, acting all metaphysical, is no longer a sufficient strategy.

The Fright of James Comey.  In a recent op-ed, fired FBI Director James Comey was back again preaching to the nation about the dangers of Donald Trump and his capacity to corrupt any top-ranking federal official of lower character than Comey's own.  Comey seems to have become utterly unhinged by Donald Trump, especially when the president, in his thick Queens accent, scoffs in the vernacular — quite accurately, given the transgressions of the FBI hierarchy — about "crooked cops."  What an affront to Comey's complexity, his subtlety, his sophistication, his feigned Hamlet-like self-doubt [...]

James Comey Justifies FBI Spy Operations — More Reason to Release His Volumes of "Spygate" Memos.  Former FBI Director James Comey gave a radio interview to Los Angeles radio station KNX 1070-AM after the New York Times outlined FBI spies used in the 2016 election. [...] On May 6th, 2016, some unknown intelligence apparatus ran an operation using Australian aide to Ambassador Downer, Erika Thompson, to interview Papadopoulos; and on May 10th, Ambassador Downer interviewed Papadopoulos and recorded their contact.  Later, in July 2016, the May 6th meeting with Thompson was used by FBI Agent Peter Strzok to write an Electronic Communication memo, transferred from CIA Director John Brennan to FBI Director James Comey, opening Crossfire Hurricane on July 31st.

The Adolescent Progressive Mind.  [Scroll down]  In 2017, the finger-in-the-air Comey had reinvented himself still again into "higher loyalty" Comey.  The Left held its breath as Comey finagled to get into a position of destroying Trump.  When word leaked that Comey had investigated Trump, trafficked in the Steele dossier, and misled a FISA court, the Left recalibrated him as valuable asset.  And when he was fired, then leaked to the press confidential and classified memos of conservations with Trump, and had been instrumental in staging the platform for Mueller's appointment, the Left began to adore Comey.  He was now the sacrificial victim of Trump's dastardly venom — and no doubt would start producing smoking guns from the files of the FBI.  Better yet, Comey defiantly claimed amnesia when testifying to Congress.  He lied nobly in saying the Steele dossier was not really the evidence that swayed the FISA court to grant surveillance of Carter Page.

Comey And Wife Donate To Klobuchar's Campaign.  Former FBI Director James Comey and his wife separately donated $2,700 to Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign, according to Rolling Stone.  The contributions near the $2,800 maximum donation permitted during the primary.

James Comey's Unpaid "Special Government Employee" Daniel Richman.  In 2018 congressman Jim Jordan made mention of an issue where James Comey had a special employee on assignment 'off-the-books'.  People started asking questions and Fox News Catherine Herridge detailed how Daniel Richman held special access privileges to the FBI, as an outcome of former FBI Director James Comey authorizing his friend as a "Special Government Employee" or SGE.

FBI reveals James Comey WAS a witness in Mueller's investigation.  James Comey was a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and his memos contained far more sensitive information than was previously known, it has been revealed.  New FBI filings state that Comey's personal notes and memos, which detailed his meetings with Donald Trump, were 'of interest' to Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

James Comey says investigating his actions at FBI would be 'terrible'.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey says he has nothing to hide, but worries that President Trump's call to investigate him and others who started the Russia probe would be a "dangerous step."  "I don't fear it personally.  I fear it as a citizen," Mr. Comey said on CNN Tuesday night [4/2/2019].  "Investigate what?  Investigate that investigations were conducted?  What would be the crime you'd be investigating?  So it's a terrible cycle to start.  It will just be more of that dangerous step."  The president called again Tuesday for an investigation into the beginnings of the FBI's counterterrorism probe into the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, saying the people who led it might have committed treasonous acts.

James Comey Now Fears He Is Going To Be Investigated For His Part In Trump-Russia Hoax.  Then again if he did nothing wrong[,] why would he fear an investigation into the investigators?  It's far more likely James Comey was integral to the Trump-Russia hoax that was in fact an attempted coup against a sitting president of the United States.  He should be concerned!

FBI must hand over docs used to keep Comey memos secret, judge rules.  Over the objections of the FBI, a federal judge on Thursday sided with CNN in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to make public what the bureau said in two secretive court declarations in October 2017, as part of its aggressive efforts to keep memos documenting former FBI director James Comey's meetings with President Trump hidden.  Comey's memos, whose existence was ultimately leaked with Comey's knowledge and which were later obtained by Congress in redacted form, became a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017.  CNN filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that same month, and later filed a lawsuit seeking access to the memos.

Lindsey Graham Has An Ominous Message for James Comey.  Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham sent a cryptic message to James Comey on Sunday, hinting at what might be in store for the former FBI director.

Deep thoughts by James Comey.  Former Obama administration FBI Director James Comey was a protagonist in the investigation of the Trump campaign and the subsequent effort to undermine Trump from inside the Trump administration.  In the service of his efforts he put the Clinton campaign's Steele Dossier to use both before and after the election.  It is the biggest political scandal in American political history.  Nothing else comes close.

Sanctimonious Comey Heads Toward the Exit.  The pontificating, smug, condescending and sanctimonious former FBI Director; who appointed himself the arbiter of all moral virtue; is apparently attempting to steer his high-horse toward the exit of a Mueller narrative he created.  In typical leftist fashion, James Comey now attempts to distance himself from the damage he created; and position his sheeple followers to accept the lack of actual substance behind his prior snake-oil promises.  What an absolute fraud this guy is.

Andrew McCabe Concedes James Comey 'Eroded the Credibility of the FBI'.  Andrew McCabe, the disgraced former acting FBI director, conceded in his new book that James Comey's infamous decision to hold a press conference to announce no charges against Hillary Clinton in her email case worked to "erode the credibility of the FBI."  Perhaps unwittingly lending weight to some of President Trump's own arguments for ultimately firing Comey, McCabe blasted Comey's unprecedented press conference as possibly doing "long-term damage" to the FBI.

Deplorable McCabe Enabled by Dormant Pelley Brings '60 Minutes' and America to New Low.  First, McCabe describes the fact that Trump had a different view of the reaction within the FBI of the Comey firing.  McCabe counters Trump's statement by stating "people were shocked; they were very sad."  He writes in his book that people were gathered in groups and crying.  If this is so, then we need a real house cleaning at the FBI because anybody being shocked James Comey was fired should not being dealing with our national intelligence or investigating crimes.  They are just too ill-informed.  The shocking thing for anyone with half a brain is that Comey still had his job.  He was almost four months beyond his sell-by date.  Truly shocking would have been if Hillary Clinton didn't fire this guy on her first day.  I contend the single biggest mistake of the Trump presidency was not firing Comey on his first day.  He could have justified it on Comey's election meddling; it was his reaching out to the Clinton people to heal the nation and move forward.  The only surprising thing here was that Comey had made it to May 2017, thus not previously being tossed out on his keister.

McCabe Proves Trump Firing Comey Was Justified.  McCabe is trying to construct a defense for his absolutely improper and likely illegal actions by front-running the story.  He hopes that political sympathy will taint any legal case against him.  His big excuse is that all this — launching an investigation of the president, trying to entrap him, and trying to boot him out of office — is justified because of the firing of Comey.  But Trump's firing of Comey was justified by Trump's constitutional powers.  Period.  Trump was elected, Comey was not.  Comey's firing was also justified by a laundry list of things he did both before and after the 2016 election.  For one, the former FBI director told the president that he wasn't being investigated, but hinted to Congress that the president was indeed being investigated.  That's one of the more innocent things Comey did.

5 Explosive Facts about James Comey.  We now know that under then-Director Comey's direction, the FBI and the DOJ submitted a politically motivated dossier as probable cause to obtain a secret 2016 FISA surveillance warrant to spy on a presidential campaign.  To this day, Comey denies knowing that the dossier was Clinton-funded and his weaponization of FBI spy tools like FISA against a presidential target appears unprecedented.  However, precedents allowing such weaponization have been long in the making, thanks in large part to none other than James Comey and his mentor, Robert Mueller.

James Comey: 'Zero chance' Hillary Clinton gets prosecuted for her emails.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Monday there is "zero chance" Hillary Clinton will be prosecuted for her emails.  "There is zero chance, zero chance, on the facts in the Hillary Clinton case, that she would be prosecuted," Comey said during a town hall lecture in Sarasota, Fla.  "You are out of your mind if you don't think the FBI wanted to make a case if we could.  The facts weren't there.  Period.  Full stop."  As FBI director, Comey oversaw his agency's inquiry into the unauthorized email server Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.  In a stunning public admission in July 2016, Comey announced his agency would not recommend criminal charges against anyone involved with Clinton's private email network, even after finding that Clinton's team was "extremely careless" in handling classified emails.

Why didn't the FBI open Counter Intelligence investigations into these Russian assets?  James Comey was partisan.  He was overtly political.  He let Hillary skate and he deceived the President of the United States (Telling Trump numerous times he was not under investigation).  He lied to Congress repeatedly about exonerating Hillary before her interview.  He leaked confidential information.  He was insubordinate.  And for nine months he couldn't find a thing on Trump.  He richly deserved being fired.  His pals at the FBI didn't like that so they decided to become an autonomous agency outside the control of the DOJ and US government and opened an investigation into the President of the United States.

The walls are closing in on false prophet James Comey.  Former FBI general counsel James Baker, the man who served as Jim Comey's top lawyer, he, too, like others. is now criminal investigation for leaking to the media.  And Baker has long faced scrutiny over his ties to "Mother Jones" reporter David Corn.  Remember, Corn was the first journalist to report the existence of Christopher Steele's dirty dossier in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.  So, let's keep track of Comey's leadership at the FBI.  You know, Mr. Integrity.  Now, of course, we know Comey himself was fired by President Trump.  His second in command, Andrew McCabe, was fired for lying.  Andrew McCabe is now currently under a criminal investigation.  Comey's top investigator, Peter Strzok, well, he was fired for his obvious political bias.  He may soon be under criminal investigation, as well as his ex- girlfriend, top FBI lawyer Lisa Page.  She was forced to resign over her bias.

'Cardinal' James Comey — The man who destroyed the FBI.  Wyatt Earp.  Elliot Ness.  J. Edgar Hoover.  Inspector Clouseau.  James Comey.  The names reflect a continuum of greatness to farce and mediocrity.  In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached the depths of disgrace as James "Cardinal" Comey.  The "Cardinal" was a sobriquet FBI agents used to denigrate their leader.  As Deputy Attorney General, he was called "drama queen."  Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unknown in either of those illustrious organizations.  He was the cult of personality.  He surrounded himself with sycophants, people dedicated to his promotion and their advancement.  The Bureau and the public became the losers.

The Phantom FBI 302 Report.  Merry Christmas from the FBI.  I'm sure they had no intention of putting this present under the tree, but it had to happen.  When crooked James "Junior Fixer" Comey testified, he dropped a lot of "I don't recall" statements.  However, there were times when he was clear.  And that presents a problem for him and particularly for Mueller.

James Comey Lies in Tweet About Lying.  Former FBI Director James Comey is a liar.  If he'd lie about a little thing; what else would he lie about?

A Rapid-Fire Summary of Today's Testimony by Newly Diagnosed Amnesiac Jim Comey.  Trey Gowdy grilled Comey on his vastly different handling of comments by Trump and Obama.  When Trump asked Comey whether he could see his way clear to easing up on Flynn, Comey memorialized the conversation in a memo and distributed it to his leadership team, including Andrew McCabe and James Baker.  However, when President Obama on 60 Minutes publicly exonerated Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information — setting the stage for true obstruction of justice — Comey did nothing.  He never talked to the president about potential obstruction, he never memorialized his observations, and he didn't leak anything to the press.  These were all things he did with Trump.  He might call it a "higher loyalty", but it looks to us peons like a true double-standard.

Comey's anti-Trump and pro-Hillary bias in 2016 clear from new developments — Why was the Russia probe begun?  [I]n the massive news coverage of all sorts of unproven allegations against President Trump — many arising out of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of alleged cooperation between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia — the FBI's pursuit of political targets has received far too little notice.  After Watergate and the Hoover's 48-year reign at the FBI, leaders of law enforcement agencies should have learned some important lessons:  Don't be used as the servants of people in power.  Stay out of politics.  And don't investigate political campaigns, because it's not your job to influence the outcome of elections.  Dictatorships politicize their law enforcement agencies.  In America, we want the FBI and police to be nonpartisan, and we expect them to give equal treatment to people of all political parties and persuasions.

Comey Continues To Falsely Claim That Republicans Started Steele Dossier.  Former FBI Director James Comey falsely claimed throughout two recently congressional interviews that Republicans were the initial backers of the infamous Steele dossier, which alleges a vast conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government to influence the 2016 election.  Comey claimed twice in an interview Monday with the House Judiciary and House Oversight Committees that Republicans initially commissioned the work of Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the dossier.  He made similar claims twice more in an interview with the same committees on Dec. 7.

James Comey Continues to Display His Lack of Credibility.  Fired former FBI director James Comey is at it again.  Last week, Comey testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  In a single appearance, Comey, on 245 separate occasions, while under oath, stonewalled questions with "I don't know," "I don't remember" or "I don't recall," according to a congressional interrogator, Rep. Jim Jordan.  (R-Ohio).  If any private citizen tried Comey's gambit with federal IRS auditors or FBI investigators, he would likely be indicted for perjury or obstruction.  Why did Comey, the nation's former top-ranking federal investigator, avoid telling "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" while under oath?

Defiant Comey lashes out at House GOP over 'frustrating' hearing.  Former FBI director James Comey blasted House Republicans on Monday after exiting what he described as a "frustrating" closed-door hearing — his second Capitol Hill appearance this month where he was called to answer questions on the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes.  "Someday, they'll have to explain to their grandchildren what they did today," a defiant Comey said of the Republicans on the two House committees that conducted the interview, accusing them of not defending the FBI from President Trump's attacks.

Comey Attacks Trump, Fox News, Americans, Republicans In Rant.  Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey attacked President Donald Trump, the Republican Party, Fox News, and Americans on Monday [12/17/2018] as he complained about having to testify in front of Congress.

Comey ducks question about his memos leaking classified information, turns away.  Following his closed-door testimony yesterday, James Comey held an impromptu eight-minute news conference to spin the media with his attacks on Trump, Republicans, and even Fox News.  I found his smug self-righteousness nauseating, to be blunt.  If you want to watch the whole thing, I have embedded MSNBC's video at the bottom of this blog post.  But first, take a look at how he handled the one probing question that (of course) came from Catherine Herridge.  She asked if there was any "spill" of classified information from his leak.  Comey's response:  "I'm not gonna talk about something like that."  Then he turned away from Herridge with a grim smile; closed his eyes briefly; and moved on, asking for another question.  Nobody in the press corps tried to follow up.

FBI's Declassification of Dossier Summary Shows Comey Lied About the Most Vital Fact of All.  In response to a Freedom of Information Act request by a Politico reporter and the James Madison Project, the FBI released a summary of the Steel Dossier used by James Comey to brief Trump on January 6, 2017.  News of this briefing was intentionally leaked to the media (likely by Obama's Director of National Intelligence James Clapper) which gave them the "green light" to publish the story four days later.  The document, which is over 80% redacted, can be viewed [elsew]here.  It's surprising that Politico would request and then publish this information because it indicates that Trump was not informed of the identity of those who had commissioned and paid for the dossier.  The report shows only that the information was collected "on behalf of private clients."  The most striking takeaway from the summary is that the FBI Director met with the incoming President and knowingly omitted the most vital fact of all, that Hillary Clinton and the DNC bought and paid for this "research."

No glory in James Comey getting away with his abuse of FBI power.  [Scroll down]  The interview confirmed what some of us have written about Comey for more than two years.  The media consistently reinforced his image as a rules driven and principled public servant, often referring to him as an almost naive Eagle Scout.  The Washington Post even ran the headline, "Boy Scout James Comey is no match for Donald Trump."  Yet, the history of Comey shows both an overriding interest in his own actions as well as a willingness to violate rules to achieve that interest.  But his comments, including a call to the public to defeat Trump in a "landslide" in the next election, have stripped away any remaining pretense.  The fact is, there often was more pretense than principle in his final years as director.

James Comey, Menace to Society.  Over the eight years of the Obama administration, the FBI, CIA, DOJ, and IRS became weapons of political power in order to destroy the Republican party.  James Comey has been a charter member and prime mover in this "progressive" shift toward fascism in America.  He is a menace, along with his partners in crime, to American society.

Comey, dubbed 'amnesiac with incredible hubris,' back on Hill for new round of grilling.  Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after a controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers over the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of "I don't know" at least 245 times.  Comey is set to testify behind closed doors again Monday morning [12/17/2018], before members of the House oversight and judiciary committees.  The prior Dec. 7 session left lame-duck Republican lawmakers fuming as Comey repeatedly said "I don't remember," "I don't know" and "I don't recall" when grilled about investigations Republicans believed were aimed at hurting President Trump.

Comey the clown
The Adventures of Comey the Beltway Circus Clown.

Ex-FBI Director Comey Explains How He Took Advantage of Fledgling Trump Administration.  Former FBI Director James Comey, speaking to an appreciative audience in New York on Sunday [12/9/2018], told NBC's Nicole Wallace that he sent two FBI agents to visit then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn at the White House on January 24, 2017, because he figured he could get away with it.  Wallace asked Comey:  "You look at this White House now, and it's hard to imagine two FBI agents ending up in the State room.  How did that happen?"

Comey's testimony imitated Sgt. Schultz with amnesia.  James Comey, we are told by many people including conservatives like Andrew McCarthy, is a very smart fellow, an enormously talented administrator.  He certainly had an amazing career in the federal government, and as a senior executive at Lockheed Martin, the nation's largest defense contractor for a few years, earning millions of dollars.  The investigations he claimed ignorance of were being run out of FBI headquarters, which is very unusual.  It would be understandable for Comey to be ignorant of investigations run out of a field office, but this was under his nose and direct supervision.  It is very curious — an aggressive prosecutor might say suspicious — that someone with his track record would claim under oath to have known so little and forgotten so much.

Comey:  Democrats Have To Win.  Former FBI director James Comey has the right to advocate for the Democrats.  He can even do so while wrapping his support for a treasonous anti-American movement that has far more areas of agreement with Karl Marx than with the Founding Fathers in fake patriotism.

Comey Says FBI Didn't Investigate Trump Campaign; however....  The transcript from the first James Comey interview with the joint house committee is rather revealing for several measures.  One of the more interesting aspects surrounds Comey claiming the FBI never investigated the Trump campaign; and yet also claiming four Trump campaign officials had FBI investigative files opened on them simultaneously.  Apparently, Comey wants everyone to believe it was a coincidence or something.

I Know Nothing!  Jim Comey Didn't Care Where the Dossier Came From.  The manner in which James Comey ran the Federal Bureau of Investigations was incompetent, or he's a liar.  There doesn't seem to be any other explanation for his performance.  The collusion/conspiracy probe began after illicit unmasking, and no one has delved into that in any serious way.  It shouldn't come as a surprise.  We found out on Thursday the obstruction of justice probe into former FBI director Jim Comey's firing began to rein in the President.  That was BEFORE Rosenstein hired Robert Mueller as special counsel.  The dossier, in particular, has been a source of concern since it played an important role in the Russia-Trump investigation.

Comey's Credibility Under Fire.  Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony is calling into question his credibility and decision making.  Republican lawmakers have been highlighting the big takeaways from last week's questioning.  Congressman Jim Jordan outlined how Comey said "I don't recall" eight times, "I don't remember" 71 times, and "I don't know" 166 times.  This comes as Comey is now accused of using a dubious Russian document to influence his decision in the Clinton email case.

GOP rep on Comey: 'I never recall him not being able to answer a question'.  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) on Monday [12/10/2018] expressed skepticism over James Comey's testimony before House lawmakers in which the former FBI director said he was unable to remember details or would not answer several questions from lawmakers.  King, who was not in attendance at last week's closed-door hearing, said he "never" recalled Comey being unable to answer a question during past appearances before the House Intelligence Committee, of which the New York lawmaker is a member.  "He has, I think, almost a photographic memory.  He has a great capacity for detail," King said on Fox News.  "So it's hard for me to believe that all those questions, he was unable to answer, didn't recall, didn't remember, so again, I don't want to be judging his motives, but I'm very, very skeptical of that.

Comey's Testimony:  Truth or Lies?  The recent congressional testimony by former FBI Director James Comey has caused no shortage of outrage over his lack of recollection and ongoing deflections.  But lost within that outrage have been a number of important facts that were actually communicated during his testimony.  Comey's interview was notably not under oath, but he was required by law to answer questions from Congress truthfully, which has suddenly gained material weight after special counsel Robert Mueller prosecuted former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, for lying to Congress.

Naked partisan:  James Comey's mask comes off.  With the Mueller team failing to indict President Trump for collusion with the Russians, Mueller's ally, former FBI director James Comey has gone to Plan B:  exhorting Democrats to beat Trump at ballot box. [...] What we are seeing here is the partisan agenda of Comey exposed as those desperate cries to Democrats go out.  Comey was never about rule of law in this long-ranging, and unprecedented for an ex FBI director, campaign against President Trump.  He was just about getting rid of the guy he isn't happy he saw get elected.  Since when have we ever heard from an ex-FBI director "calling on Americans" for anything?

Comey, Careless and Corrupt.  Drunk on his own self-deluded rectitude, James Comey has become one of the most insufferable voices on the Left.  He teaches "ethics" at William & Mary, but it is hard to imagine a more unethical FBI director than one who signs off on the most invasive spying warrants imaginable without bothering to verify them, or even know their rationale.  That came out in his shameless testimony last Friday in closed session with Congress.  It was clear from his slipshod testimony that he hadn't even read the FISA warrants he approved.  He breezily acknowledged that the Steele dossier, which formed the basis of the alleged justification for spying on Trump officials, was unverified.  He said he didn't know Steele was paid by the Democrats to assemble it.  Asked if he should have known, he shrugged and said that he didn't consider that an important piece of information.  Obviously coached, he said that Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI investigation into alleged Russia-Trump collusion, derived from a tip delivered by an "allied nation," a pompous reference his lawyer told him to use to amplify the significance of Alexander Downer's shallow, entrapping, and non-conclusive conversation with George Papadopoulos.

Comey Confirms Lisa Page Helped Peter Strzok Draft Hillary Clinton's Exoneration Statement.  On Saturday, the House Committees released the 235-page transcript from Comey's closed-door interview that was conducted on Friday [12/7/2018].  The Committee on the House Judiciary joint with the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight interviewed fired FBI Director James Comey Friday in a closed-door session that was NOT UNDER OATH according to the transcript.

Comey calls on Americans to 'use every breath we have' to oust Trump in 2020.  Former FBI Director James Comey asked American voters Sunday night [12/9/2018] to end Donald Trump's presidency with a "landslide" victory for his opponent in 2020.  "All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey told an audience at the 92nd Street Y on New York City's Upper East Side.  He all but begged Democrats to set aside their ideological differences and nominate the person best suited to defeating Trump in an election.

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[#1] Why would anyone set aside their ideological differences before voting?  [#2] The Socialist Democrats may very well "nominate the person best suited to defeating Trump" and still lose.

Ex-FBI Assistant Director:  Comey is a disgrace to the FBI, won't answer key questions on Clinton email scandal.  The appearance of fired and disgraced FBI Director James Comey before two congressional committees Friday is a reminder of his brief but profoundly disappointing tenure leading the FBI — the outstanding law enforcement agency where I served for 24 years.  Unfortunately, members of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee were unable to get satisfactory answers from Comey regarding his illegal actions and violations of longstanding FBI and Justice Department regulations and procedures.  The chairmen of the two committees released a 235-page transcript Saturday [12/8/2018] of their interview with Comey.

James Comey told lawmakers Russian probe started with four Americans, not Trump.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey told lawmakers Friday [12/7/2018] the Russian probe began with the surveillance of four Americans but signaled the counterintelligence investigation was not into Donald Trump or his presidential campaign.  Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, asked Mr. Comey in a closed-door interview about the start of the Russian inquiry in July of 2016, asking if the government opened the examination on "the Trump campaign or Donald Trump himself."  Mr. Comey said neither of those would be "fair to say."

Trump lashes out at James Comey's testimony to House investigators as setting 'a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day'.  President Donald Trump began his Sunday lashing out at former FBI director James Comey and accused him of lying to House investigators.  'Leakin' James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day.  His Friday testimony was so untruthful!,' he tweeted.  The president's fury comes after Comey spent nearly seven hours on Capitol Hill Friday speaking to House investigators about the Russia probe.

Comey Lied.  [Former FBI Director James] Comey on Friday [12/7/2018] asked us all to believe that the man who remembered enough to write a book suddenly had total memory loss, saying "I don't know" or the equivalent some 245 times.  Comey claimed little knowledge of the Steele dossier yet he signed a FISA warrant based on it to spy on candidate and then President Trump all while he knew it was a fraud.  His defense in front of Congress on Friday was that he didn't know it was a fraud or he forgot.  Unfortunately, Comey can't hide behind his lies because there is evidence he did know the FISA warrant was a fraud.

Comey's confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant.  The failures of Comey's remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees.  Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.  He didn't seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying.  In fact, Comey didn't seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.  "His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview," one lawmaker quipped.

Comey and the FISA Warrant Hillary Bought.  James Comey uncorked the whopper earlier this year that he still "didn't know for a fact" Hillary Clinton financed the infamous dossier of Christopher Steele — an epic lie reminiscent of his denial, leaked through James Clapper and other stooges, that the FBI spied on Trump Tower, even as warrants to spy on Trump Tower sat on his desk!  Comey is set to meet with Congress on Friday [12/7/2018], testimony sure to be riddled with the weaseliest of evasions.  According to the Hill's John Solomon, House Republicans are aware of emails showing that the FBI and Justice Department knew damn well that the FISA application to spy on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page rested on partisan and flawed opposition research purchased by the Democrats.  The House Republicans are calling on Trump to declassify those e-mails.

Smoking Gun Proof Might [Finish] James Comey, FBI & Possibly the DOJ.  [Scroll down]  What is very important to know is Jim Comey was in the middle of all the emails.  He will be questioned by the House intel committee behind closed doors on Friday [12/7/2018].  The FBI and possibly DOJ has been lying all along.  They hid for months from the public that Steele had been paid by Hillary's DNC and campaign to get the dirt and they kept secret the hatred he harbored for Trump.  Having concerns about the dossier BEFORE seeking the warrant is a SERIOUS breach of FISA regulations.  They have to certify to the FISA court that the evidence is VERIFIED.  We know it still hasn't been verified.  They were to alert the judges to any flaws and never mentioned Hillary's role or Steele's hatred of [the President].

Comey NOT Cooperating with GOP Lawmakers, Refuses to Answer Questions in Closed-Door Interview.  [Fired FBI Director James] Comey is testifying on Capitol Hill as part of joint investigation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee into the handling of the Clinton email investigation and his involvement in FISAGate.  GOP lawmakers recently discovered an email chain dated early October of 2016 involving James Comey which is the most [convincing] evidence of FISA abuses yet.  Lawmakers wanted to grill Comey about this classified document in Friday's interview.  The former FBI Director fought the House subpoena; he wanted to testify in a public domain to avoid answering questions.

Ten questions for James Comey.  Members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees will question former FBI Director James Comey Friday morning.  After much wrangling, the interview will take place behind closed doors.  Comey wanted it to be public, but lawmakers, unwilling to cut up their questioning into five-minute slices for a public setting, insisted on a private session.  The House won.  But both sides agreed that a transcript of the interview will be released quickly, perhaps as quickly as 24 hours after the meeting.  Republicans were divided about whether to interview Comey at all.  He has testified many times, written a book, and publicly discussed his tenure in office at great length.  Some Republicans preferred to bring in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been resisting an appearance on Capitol Hill.

James Comey Backs Off Legal Fight, Agrees to Testify Privately.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Sunday he will testify before Congress this week after dropping a challenge to a House subpoena.  Comey made the announcement on Twitter after saying he reached a deal with Republicans to make the private testimony after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., agreed to make his comments public in their entirety after the hearing.

James Comey Files Motion to Avoid Congressional Testimony.  Former FBI Director James Comey filed a motion today to avoid a congressional subpoena requiring testimony on December 5th to a joint House committee.  James Comey is attempting to limit his legal risk exposure by controlling the venue for testimony.

Comey asks court to quash House subpoena.  Former FBI Director James Comey has filed a motion in federal court in Washington to quash a congressional subpoena issued just before Thanksgiving soliciting his testimony on the FBI's actions leading up to the 2016 election.  Comey has said previously that he would be willing to testify publicly, but did not want to do it behind closed doors.

The Incorrigible Mr. Comey.  As I wrote last week, the Republican Congress largely has failed to hold accountable the masterminds behind the biggest political scandal in U.S. history:  The unprecedented weaponization of our law enforcement and intelligence apparatus to spy on a presidential campaign and sabotage an incoming administration.  The man primarily responsible for executing the scheme, former FBI Director James Comey, exited the Trump Administration as a martyr and a hero. [...] The man who once led the most powerful law enforcement agency in the world is threatening to defy a legally issued congressional subpoena unless the interview is conducted on his terms.  And the reason isn't that Comey has nothing to hide — it's that he has plenty to hide and he knows a public setting would provide him precisely the cover he needs.

Elites Value Mellifluous Illegality over Crass Lawfulness.  [Scroll down]  We are slowly appreciating over the last year that lying under oath was an Obama-administration requisite for a high position in the intelligence community.  FBI director Comey lied about the particular sequences of his investigation of the Clinton email scandal.  He lied by omission to the president when, in his supposed Oval Office informative dissection of the Steele dossier, he failed to include the fact that it was a product of Hillary Clinton's campaign and the DNC.  Comey's various testimonies often cannot be reconciled with those of his deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe, who was cited by the inspector general for lying.  Comey warped a FISA-court request to spy on U.S. citizens, by deliberately withholding information from the court about the Steele dossier.  Comey also has not been forthcoming about the insertion of an FBI informant into the 2016 Trump campaign.

Comey's Dark Secret is Out, and Four Marines are Dead Because Of It.  Back in July 2015, devout Muslim Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez carried out an act of terrorism shooting up two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that left four of our U.S. Marines and one Sailor dead.  His motives for the mass shooting were crystal clear, as he kept an online blog about his thoughts on Islam and was radicalized in the Middle East months leading up to the terror attack.  Now bombshell information is surfacing about the sickening thing that Barack Obama and FBI director James Comey did to cover up the act of terror, in a sick act of collusion that will make you absolutely furious.

Just a few questions, Mr. Comey and Ms. Lynch.  [Scroll down]  Mr. Comey, why did you give Clinton and her associates immunity when they clearly broke laws regarding the safekeeping of classified information, destroyed devices and wiped servers under federal subpoena?  Now that Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos is reporting to prison today for allegedly lying to authorities, should you also face legal action for lying to Congress under oath in 2016?  You told Congress you didn't make the decision to not prosecute Clinton until after the FBI's interview with her.  However, we know that you wrote an exoneration memo at the FBI clearing Clinton months prior.  Isn't that perjury?  How can you claim you're not politically biased in your role overseeing the Clinton and Trump investigations, when you tweeted on July 17:  "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall."

James Comey Says He "Got a Subpoena" to Testify — But Only Wants to Testify in Public So He Can Refuse Questions.  Arrogant leaker and fired FBI Director James Comey announced on Twitter on Thanksgiving that he received a subpoena to testify before Congress.  Republicans have until the new Democrat Congress is sworn in to question Comey on his actions during the 2016 election and before he was fired from the FBI in 2017.  James Comey and the Obama administration spied on the Donald Trump Campaign in 2016 based on faulty information.  Comey wants to testify in public so he can refuse to answer any incriminating questions.  He's not fooling anyone.

GOP chairman plans to subpoena Comey, Lynch to testify before next Congress.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is planning to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch in an effort to get them to testify before Democrats take over control of the panel in January, The Hill has learned.  Goodlatte on Friday provided notice to Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the panel and presumed incoming chairman, of his plans to subpoena the former officials.  Both officials served under former President Obama, while Comey briefly served under President Trump before being fired in May 2017.  The GOP chairman plans to subpoena the pair to discuss their decisionmaking during the 2016 presidential race, a committee aide confirmed.  Republicans on the panel are seeking to have Comey appear for a deposition on Nov. 29 and for Lynch to testify Dec. 5.

Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte Wants Comey and Lynch On Record Prior to Exit.  Congressional oversight in the matters of the DOJ and FBI political weaponization has been negligent by design.  While Special Counsel Robert Mueller creates the "ongoing investigation shield" for all who would be questioned, the republican-led congress has been weak in delivering any actionable results through oversight.  All prior witness transcripts remain concealed as the GOP turns over power to the allies of the witnesses.  Many who have followed the details are frustrated, and with little to no progress within the DOJ/FBI investigation(s) there is an understandable sentiment we have once-again been played.  [Fast-n-Furious; IRS; Benghazi; Clinton Emails and now the abuses by the DOJ and FBI.

James Comey discussed sensitive FBI business on his private email.  Fired FBI chief James Comey used his private Gmail account hundreds of times to conduct government business — and at least seven of those messages were deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that they declined to release them.  The former top G-man repeatedly claimed he only used his private account for "incidental" purposes and never for anything that was classified — and that appears to be true.  But Justice acknowledged in response to a Freedom of Information request that Comey and his chief of staff discussed government business on about 1,200 pages of messages, 156 of which were obtained by The [New York] Post.

Deep State Hits the Streets:  Comey Posts Photo of Himself Before Stumping for Democrats.  The Deep State hit the streets today.  James Comey posted a photo with his wife after they voted today.  Comey says he's now going to knock on doors for Democrats today.  This is the former FBI Director.  He continues to disgrace the agency.

Mueller, Comey, and the Deep State Rescue of Sandy Berger.  In April 2005, a Republican-led Department of Justice did something quite unusual.  After catching a Democratic operative stealing and destroying highly relevant classified documents, the DoJ punished him as though he had stolen the Snickers bars from the office vending machine. [...] The attorney general at the time, the feckless Alberto Gonzales, had been on the job less than two months when the Berger deal went down.  Gonzales's deputy attorney general, James Comey, however, had been on the job for more than a year.

Turns out Comey LIED about the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop.  It turns out that Comey lied in 2016 about a full review of all the emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop as he finally closed the Hillary email scandal for good. [...] Of course we know what really happened.  Hillary's people put massive pressure on Comey and his Hillary henchmen to kill the investigation before the election.  So they did.  And of course, these same FBI agents were very busy with trying to defeat Trump so that had something to do with it too.  This is really amazing when you consider just how relentless the media attacks are on Trump these days.

'Compromised' Author Details Comey-Mueller Relationship that Earned Comey $36 Million in One Year.  During Thursday's [8/23/2018] "Hannity" on Fox News Channel the author of the Government Accountability Institute's "Compromised:  How Money and Politics Drive FBI Corruption" discussed his new book that details how former FBI Director James Comey and special counsel Robert Mueller both "made millions" by selling out insider expertise to the highest bidder.  In the Fox News appearance, Seamus Bruner describes how Comey worked at Lockheed Martin by 2009 was given "at least 160,000 stocks and stock options," which he said was worth "upwards of $30 million" on top of making $6 million in one year.

Bombshell Report:  FBI Never Examined Vast Majority Of Emails On Weiner's Laptop, Despite Comey's Claims.  A damning report by RealClearInvestigations' Paul Sperry presents compelling evidence indicating that former FBI Director James Comey prematurely closed the investigation into Hillary Clinton based on political motivations and lied to the American people when he insisted days before the 2016 election that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" found on the laptop of Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner.  Sperry notes that many wondered aloud at the time how the FBI could have possibly reviewed hundreds of thousands of emails in a matter of weeks.  It turns out, Sperry explains, that they simply didn't.  In fact, evidence suggests they didn't even come close, despite Comey's assurances that they'd fully reviewed the communications.

He lied, in other words.
Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.  When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.  At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.  Comey later told Congress that "thanks to the wizardry of our technology," the FBI was able to eliminate the vast majority of messages as "duplicates" of emails they'd previously seen.  Tireless agents, he claimed, then worked "night after night after night" to scrutinize the remaining material.

Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined.  When then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was closing the Hillary Clinton email investigation for a second time just days before the 2016 election, he certified to Congress that his agency had "reviewed all of the communications" discovered on a personal laptop used by Clinton's closest aide, Huma Abedin, and her husband, Anthony Weiner.  At the time, many wondered how investigators managed over the course of one week to read the "hundreds of thousands" of emails residing on the machine, which had been a focus of a sex-crimes investigation of Weiner, a former Congressman.

Trump Goes After James Comey For Hurting The FBI's 'Once Stellar Reputation'.  President Donald Trump criticized former FBI Director James Comey and several other federal investigators involved in the Russian investigation Saturday for damaging the agency's reputation.  Trump thrashed Comey and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Twitter for using the nearly two-year long probe to tarnish the agency's image.  He also warned the agency not to slow walk public requests for text messages between former investigators Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Comey and Strzok — Two key players in the scheme to clear Clinton and frame Trump.  In one of the more stunning revelations contained in the report compiled by the Justice Department's watchdog, former FBI Director James Comey claimed he doesn't remember the moment he decided — and put down in writing — that Hillary Clinton had committed crimes.  We know that on or about May 2, 2016, Comey composed a statement summarizing Clinton's mishandling of classified documents, concluding that she was "grossly negligent."  Those pivotal words have a distinct legal meaning, and are drawn directly from a federal statute, 18 U.S.C. 793(f), which makes it a felony to handle classified documents in a "grossly negligent" manner.  Comey used the exact phrase not once, but twice.

Comey Lashes Out at Trump in Response to POTUS Considering Revoking Security Clearances of Obama Deep State Operatives.  On Monday [7/23/108], fired FBI Director James Comey lashed out at Trump after the White House announced the President was considering revoking security clearances of Obama's Deep State operatives.  White House Spox Sarah Sanders named former Obama CIA Director John Brennan, former G.W. Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden, former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.  Comey didn't take the news very well.

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All this should have been done the day Trump was sworn in, or at least the moment there was reason to believe that Obama's people were spying on Donald Trump.

James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'.  Former FBI Director James Comey waded back into the political fray on Twitter Sunday [7/22/2018], warning Democrats not to "rush to the socialist left" in upcoming elections.  "Democrats, please, please don't lose your minds," Comey wrote.  "This president and his Republican Party are counting on you to do exactly that.  America's great middle wants sensible, balanced, ethical leadership."

James Comey urges voters to choose Democrats, warns that 'history has its eyes on us'.  Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said "history has its eyes on us" and encouraged Americans to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.  Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, issued a tweet urging Americans to snub Republicans this November.  "This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition,'" tweeted the former FBI director, a longtime supporter of Republicans.  "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall.  History has its eyes on us."

Now we know why James Comey killed any deal with Julian Assange.  [...] because [A]ssange was going to prove the Russia DNC hack & election hack claim was a lie, & Comey knew it.

IG Report Shows James Comey Lied About Why He Publicized New Clinton Emails.  [Scroll down]  The real reason Comey and his staff were going through this dance wasn't a sense of duty to amend his testimony to Congress.  He admitted in the IG report that he may have forgone notification if he'd heard about the Weiner laptop issue earlier in the month: [...] The "personal ethical obligation" was a convenient excuse, but it was the fear of an imminent leak by FBI New York revealing that FBI HQ was dragging their feet on potentially explosive evidence in the Clinton case that was the primary motivator for Comey's proposed letter.  How do we know that?  Because just about everyone in the meetings told us so, with the sole exception of Comey.

The fall of James Brien Comey.  For the last few months, James Brien Comey, the FBI director fired by Donald Trump in the midst of the Russia investigation, has presented himself as the Last Honest Man as he toured the country selling books and taking potshots at the president. [...] Now, justice is rolling in Comey's direction, with the revelation that he is under investigation for possibly mishandling classified and confidential information in his apparently all-consuming desire to get Trump.  Comey's problem stems from his decision to write memos describing each of his interactions with Trump.

Gowdy scorches Comey in blistering opening statement at IG hearing.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy scorched James Comey in a blistering opening statement at a high-profile congressional hearing on Tuesday [6/19/2018], declaring "we can't survive with a justice system we don't trust."  Gowdy kicked off the hearing featuring testimony from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on his review of the Hillary Clinton email case.  The top DOJ watchdog is on Capitol Hill for the second day in a row to discuss the explosive report.

FBI Inspector General Confirms James Comey Is Under Investigation.  The FBI's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, confirmed late Monday that former FBI director James Comey is under investigation, with investigators looking into whether Comey mishandled classified information when he shared records of his conversations with President Donald Trump with a friend.  Fox News reports that the Justice Department is looking into whether Comey intentionally or unintentionally passed classified information to his friend, Columbia University Professor Daniel Richman, when he sent Richman written "conversation records" that Richman then leaked to members of the press.

Irony Alert:  James Comey Under Investigation for His Handling of Classified Info.  [Scroll down]  This much is certain:  the DOJ's OIG is in a pickle.  How can he possibly, with a straight face, find Mr. Comey responsible for leaking classified information — and along with it the corresponding violations of federal law — while the FBI and the DOJ in the same breath ignore the well-documented facts that prove Hillary Clinton did the very same thing?

Comey protected his ego at the expense of the FBI and the nation.  It seems that by his own conception, James Comey is St.  James, heavenly protector of patriotism and principle.  Which is only to say, few men in American history have possessed as thoroughly a misguided self-awareness as our former FBI director.  As we now know, the erstwhile hero of the Trump Resistance had both mismanaged and misappropriated his power in ways that may have irreparably undermined the reputation of the most powerful enforcement agency in the United States.  When the Justice Department's internal watchdog dropped a report on the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation last week, we learned Comey wasn't merely incompetent, nor was he a victim of some impossibly prickly situation thrust upon him by history.

James Comey is running for president.  Fresh from his spanking by the Justice department's Inspector General, with its report last week, James Comey has a bright new idea to take the sting off:  Running for president of the United States in 2020.  No, really.  This Mediaite story says he had this sudden, irrepressible, uncontrollable, urge to go to ... Iowa, supposedly to look at the cornfields.  Hey, don't we all?

James Comey feeds the rumor he's running for president in 2020.  James Comey posted yet another photo of himself in Iowa Saturday, prompting social media users to argue about a potential 2020 presidential bid for the former FBI director.

Could Comey's FBI look any worse?  The picture that emerges of Jim Comey from the Inspector General's report is one of an astonishingly arrogant weirdo, an FBI director who pompously talked about "norms" while shattering them on his own say-so — from crowning himself the de facto attorney general, thereby sparing Hillary an indictment, to lesser offenses of self-indulgence, such as his richly ironic use of Gmail to conduct official business.  Anyone who goes to the trouble of slogging through this mountainous report will wonder how such an unreliable and self-deluded flake could hold any position at the FBI, let alone serve as the chief witness in Mueller's investigation of a sitting president.

Comey: "I Didn't Know that I Knew" Weiner was Married to Huma Abedin.  James Comey doesn't know a whole lot.  Whenever he's asked to testify, out spill a lot of Clintonesque claims of ignorance.  But even by the standard of things that Comey doesn't know, this section from the IG report is truly impressive.  James Comey doesn't know what he knows.

The Anatomy of a Partisan Pile-Up.  The picture that emerges of Jim Comey from the Inspector General's report is one of an astonishingly arrogant weirdo, an FBI director who pompously talked about "norms" while shattering them on his own say-so — from crowning himself the de facto attorney general, thereby sparing Hillary an indictment, to lesser offenses of self-indulgence, such as his richly ironic use of Gmail to conduct official business.  Anyone who goes to the trouble of slogging through this mountainous report will wonder how such an unreliable and self-deluded flake could hold any position at the FBI, let alone serve as the chief witness in Mueller's investigation of a sitting president.

Comey used personal email for government business.  The inspector general's report on the FBI and Justice Department's probe of Hillary Clinton's private email server found that several G-men — including former director James Comey — used "personal email accounts for official government business," a violation of bureau protocol.  IG Michael Horowitz discovered five instances in which Comey either drafted official messages or forwarded emails to his personal account, the Washington Post reported.  His investigation also found that controversial agent Peter Strzok, who had texted his FBI colleague and lover Lisa Page that "we'll stop" Trump from being elected, used his personal email for official business.

DOJ watchdog finds James Comey defied authority as FBI director, sources say.  The Justice Department's internal watchdog has concluded that James Comey defied authority at times during his tenure as FBI director, according to sources familiar with a draft report on the matter.  One source told ABC News that the draft report explicitly used the word "insubordinate" to describe Comey's behavior.  Another source agreed with that characterization but could not confirm the use of the term.  In the draft report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz also rebuked former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her handling of the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's personal email server, the sources said.

Comey Confesses To Colbert:  I Thought Investigating Trump Made Me Untouchable.  Former FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he was "surprised" President Trump fired him, admitting to late-night host Stephen Colbert he thought investigating the president made him untouchable.  "I was quite surprised," Comey said.  "Because I thought, 'I'm leading the Russia investigation.'  Even though our relationship was becoming strained, there's no way I'm going to get fired, or whacked."  (Colbert had been joking with him that Trump is like a mob boss.)

Comey's Delusion.  James Comey is beginning to remind me of David Brock.  In the mid 1990s, Brock wrote a book that criticized Hillary Clinton, though not to the degree many on the right hoped for.  He then spent the next two decades sucking up to Hillary.  Comey publicly criticized Clinton's handling of classified emails, though he did not lower the boom that many on the right hoped for.  Now Comey seems obsessed with gaining Hillary's forgiveness.

Report: Comey Secretly Communicated With Mueller Soon After Trump Fired Him.  One Week Later Mueller Put In Charge Of Trump/Russia Investigation.  During his book tour, James Comey has stated on camera that he doesn't really know Robert Mueller.  If that's true then why are there now reports of him reaching out to Mueller almost immediately after being fired as FBI Director by President Trump?

Judge Jeanine to Anybody Not Convinced Jim Comey Was Involved in a Coup: 'Are You Stupid?'.  During her Saturday [4/28/2018] opening statement on Fox News Channel's "Justice," Jeanine Pirro had a question for anyone who was not convinced former FBI Director Jim Comey was involved in an attempted coup to take down President Donald Trump.  "He's a liar.  He's a leaker.  And he's a leftist liberal.  If anyone was not convinced of former FBI Director Jim Comey's involvement in the attempted coup from within our own government of the duly elected winner of the 2016 presidential election, I have just one question for you — are you stupid?" Pirro asked.  [Video clip]

James Comey, the smiling weasel.  Have you ever wondered how people of the caliber of James Comey ever rose to the lofty heights of the Department of Justice and the FBI? After all, these are two of the premier agencies of the federal government, known for attracting talented and dedicated people.  It should now be evident that Comey never should have been entrusted with serious law enforcement powers and responsibilities, based on his sneaky, partisan, weaselly behavior, his lack of candor, and his willingness to bend the rules.  Recall that Comey was presented to the American people as enjoying wide bipartisan respect, with sterling reputation, and was easily confirmed as FBI Director by a shocking (in retrospect) 93-to-1 vote.

Respect Unearned.  What exactly is James Comey owed by virtue of his supposed past distinguished office and service?  I think most now agree — nothing at all.  Comey by his own admission has leaked at least some classified FBI notes and memos to the press to warp the administration of justice by forcing the appointment of a special prosecutor.  If some regional FBI administrator had engaged in such a hare-brained scheme, Comey would have fired him and held a press conference to brag about his own integrity in dismissing a wayward underling.

James Comey's Brother Works for Law Firm that Audited Clinton Foundation's Taxes.  In September 2016, I reported on the fact that former FBI Director James Comey pocketed $6 million from Lockheed Martin, who is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.  Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013.  HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for "retrofitting" 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.  In that same report, I mentioned that his brother, Peter Comey, served as "Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas" for DLA Piper.  DLA Piper was not only one of Hillary Clinton's largest campaign donors, but also audited the taxes for the Clinton Foundation.

Facts continue supporting Trump's decision to fire James Comey.  A lot of new information has come out in the year since President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  No matter whether you admire Trump, Comey, both or neither — it's now difficult to argue that Trump made the wrong move in removing Comey.  Even many of Trump's detractors would agree that no president should keep in place the head of a crucial division who — along with some of his top staff — apparently worked to undermine or control the president, and exercised poor judgment in important matters.  Here are 12 ways Comey has proven Trump was right to fire him. [...]

Dershowitz: Comey Is 'Revenge-Driven,' Never Should Have Run FBI.  On Friday's [4/13/2018] broadcast of the Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated former FBI Director James Comey "is revenge-driven," and never should have been in charge of the FBI.  [Video clip]

Comey's Hubris Will Be His Demise.  [Scroll down]  In the aftermath of his bizarre statement to the press regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, more than 100 field agents of the FBI, and roughly half a dozen attorneys from the DOJ, made public through a source their total disbelief and disagreement with his assessment.  In a lengthy statement read to the cameras, Comey laid out as clear a picture of wrongdoing as could be made, before jettisoning the issue by claiming "no prosecutor" would've brought a criminal indictment and been successful.  At the time — and before the 106 agents and attorneys who worked the case came forward — I had several notable prosecutors in New York City tell me face to face that they could've prosecuted it and won a conviction.

Comey's last stand for the deep state.  They were among the most powerful men of the last decade.  They commanded armies of armed agents, had the ability to bug and wiretap almost anyone, and had virtually unlimited budgets.  They were the leadership of the FBI, the CIA and the director of national intelligence under President Obama.  Each day, it becomes clearer that they are the real abusers of power in this drama.

Sanders:  Comey Is A 'Disgraced Partisan Hack' — 'Known To Be A Liar And A Leaker'.  Sarah Sanders unloaded on James Comey Friday [4/13/2018], calling the former FBI director a "disgraced partisan hack" during the White House press briefing.  [Video clip]  "The American people see right through the blatant lies of a self-admitted leaker," she flatly stated.  "This is nothing more than a poorly executed P.R. Stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section instead of being remembered as a dedicated servant in pursuit of justice like so many of his other colleagues at the FBI."

Comey tells George Stephanopoulos that he reopened the Hillary Clinton email probe because he thought she would beat Trump.  James Comey said his decision to announce that the FBI was going to look back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election was influenced by his belief that she would beat Donald Trump and his desire to make sure that the election results were viewed as legitimate.  "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor," Comey told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday night [4/15/2018].

Comey says assumption of a Clinton win factored into email probe announcement.  The assumption that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 presidential election influenced fired FBI Director James Comey's decision to make a last-minute announcement about the investigation into her use of a private email server at the State Department, Comey told ABC News in an interview airing Sunday night.  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked if Comey's assumption that Clinton would win the presidency in 2016 was a factor in his decision to send a letter to Congress in October claiming additional emails had been discovered related to the email investigation, days before the election.  Comey said it, "must have been."  Clinton has said she partly blames Comey's handling of the investigation for her loss, as do many of her supporters.

Senators suspect Comey lied and plotted to double-cross Trump, seek second special counsel.  A plan of action for how a second special counsel can investigate the FBI and Justice Department is spelled out in a point-by-point letter submitted by two Republican senators.  They specifically want to know whether former FBI Director James B. Comey lied to them and had a plan to double-cross President Trump.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina sent a letter last week to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  They and two other Republicans want a special counsel with the powers of the Trump-Russia probe's Robert Mueller to investigate suspected Justice Department corruption.

Put Comey on the hot seat.  ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, a former Democratic operative has — surprise — landed an interview with fired FBI Director James Comey to plug his new book.  Here are a few questions the former Clintonite should, but won't, ask: [...]

What is the FBI hiding in its war to protect Comey?  As the James Comey saga continues to unfold, the James Comey legend continues to unravel.  The more we learn about his involvement in the deep state's illicit targeting of President Trump, the more reason the American people have to question both his motives and his management as director of the FBI, the now-disgraced agency he headed before Trump fired him on May 9, 2017.  Comey has left a trail of suspicious activities in his wake.  Comey now looms large over a burgeoning constitutional crisis that could soon overshadow Watergate at its worst.  To deepen the crisis even further, it now appears some of Comey's former FBI and Justice Department colleagues continue to protect him from accountability.  Three suspicious activities stand out, all intertwined: the so-called Comey Memos, Comey's controversial testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and Comey's book deal.

Bombshell:  Comey Held Secret Obama White House Meeting Before The Inauguration.  FBI Director James Comey held a secret Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama two weeks before Trump's inauguration and may have deliberately misled Congress about it, according to an email sent by National Security Advisor Susan Rice that GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham partially unclassified.  The meeting — which Comey never previously disclosed to Congress — occurred in the White House on Jan. 5, 2017.  It included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Rice deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and Comey.  The topic of the meeting was potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  By failing to inform the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about the meeting in his June 8, 2017, testimony, Comey may have deliberately and intentionally misled Congress about his interactions with the former president, especially a meeting so close to Trump entering the White House.

The Trap Springs Shut on James Comey.  President Trump was mocked when he said that Trump Tower was wiretapped and he and his team were being spied on by their own government.  Now we know, confirmed by the FISA memo, that it not only happened, but also that it happened at the behest of the opposition DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign colluding with a corrupt DOJ and FBI that used FISA warrant requests based on a Russian-linked dossier they paid for.  What does this FISA abuse have to do with the Russia collusion probe?  Consider that the corruption of the FBI regarding the Hillary email probe, the Russia-Uranium One investigations, the FISA abuses occurred largely under FBI directors named Robert Mueller and James Comey.  Comey had the fix in for Hillary Clinton and when Trump fired him for usurping the role of attorney general and publicly exonerating her, Comey, by criminally leaking memos on a private conversation in the Oval Office, arranged for the appointment of a special counsel, his good friend Robert Mueller.

BOOM: Texts Reveal Comey's Intentionally Criminal Cover-Up in WeinerGate.  The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a majority staff report titled "The Clinton Email Scandal And The FBI's Investigation Of It."  Along with that release came thousands of text messages between two FBI agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  In what must pain Democrats, Republicans now release these text messages in drips.  So just when the Democrats believe they have offered a rebuttal, new even more salacious releases occur.  One such release just occurred.  In this exchange, Peter Strzok admits to yet another cover-up.  With regard to WeinerGate, Strzok reveals that the DOJ was forced to tell Congress about the Weiner laptop emails only because George Toscas at the DOJ found out about them.

Former FBI Agent Points to Jim Comey as Setting Up Corrupt Environment.  Retired FBI agent Chris Swecker was at the agency for 24 years and appeared on Fox News with hosts Todd Pirro and Ed Henry this morning.  Singling out former director Comey as setting up what most would describe as a corrupt environment, he wanted the public to know that the men and women who serve in the FBI are not partisans and the problems are confined to a handful of officials at the top.

24-Year FBI Special Agent:  Comey Made Up His Own Rules, Let Political Opinions Infect Investigations.  Chris Swecker, who served 24 years as an FBI special agent speaks to FOX News about the FISA memo, what it said about the Comey-era FBI, the "predetermined" Clinton-email investigation and more.  On Sunday's [2/4/2018] Fox & Friends, Swecker said Comey's "hubris" led to predetermined investigations, political opinions infecting investigations, and "a non-investigation of the Clinton email investigation."

Does James Comey have a perjury problem?  A look at his past testimony with Congress, saying he had never heard of Russia's gas giant, Gazprom, might just suggest that. [...] Never heard of Gazprom, the biggest and most powerful company in Russia?  Seriously?  And more to the point, the very company Carter Page had been a consultant for, his Russia ties the basis for all the suspicions about him?  It doesn't sound as though Comey is telling the truth here.

Shocking memo reveals how Comey disgraced an honorable FBI.  Even new agent trainees at the FBI Academy know better than to use paid opposition research and newspaper articles to support use of one of the most sensitive and intrusive surveillance techniques in the investigative toolbox.  If they do use such information, the FISA judge should have been apprised of the origins of the research.  FBI agents are also taught to never mislead any court of law.  It's unlikely the surveillance warrant would have been issued if the FISA judge was aware that political opponents (the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee) had financed the information used to obtain approval of the surveillance.

Comey Wasn't Snookered, He Knew Russian Doc Was Fake, But Used It As Excuse Anyway.  Earlier this week we reported that because the FBI received a secret Russian document describing an email indicating that the Justice Dept. would not try to hard to win the case against Hillary Clinton, then-FBI director Comey was snookered into making his speech that Ms. Clinton was probably guilty but no prosecutor would press charges against her.  The Washington Post had reported the document was not only unreliable but possibly a Russian ruse "according to people familiar with its contents."  Now CNN reports that Comey wasn't snookered, he knew the document was fake BEFORE he made the speech letting HRC off the hook.  He snookered the FBI, the Justice Dept., and congress by using it as an excuse for making the speech.

Comey Unhinged — for Good Reason.  [Scroll down]  It seems that Comey had a good reputation before he became involved in the Hillary investigation.  Comey needs to come clean about the Hillary investigation and the investigation of Trump if he wants to restore his reputation.  He knew the dossier was unverified yet he used it to get the FISA warrant.  He knew Hillary violated the law with the unsecure email server but he gave her a pass.  He represented to the Court that the dossier was credible when he knew it was "unverified."

Comey tries to weasel out of leak admission by claiming professor pal was his lawyer.  James Comey is changing his story.  With the heat on about the Federal Bureau of Investigation manipulation of the U.S. election to "get" Trump the news of the day, it seems that his old tale of leaking FBI documents to a Columbia Law School professor pal, Daniel Richman, is now that the guy was his attorney all along.

Comey 'Friend' Who Leaked FBI Memos Now Claims To Be His Attorney.  A friend of former FBI director James Comey who leaked sensitive FBI memos to The New York Times in the wake of Comey's firing in 2017 now claims to be Comey's personal attorney.  Daniel Richman, a law professor at Columbia University, told The Federalist via phone on Tuesday afternoon [1/23/2018] that he was now personally representing Comey.  The revelation comes in the wake of news that Comey was interviewed by the special counsel's office last year.

Why Special Counsel Robert Mueller Can't Avoid Charging James Comey With Theft of Classified Information.  Comey took 7 memos with him when he left the FBI after being fired by President Donald Trump on May 9th.  Documents that contain classified information by their very nature are not 'personal papers'.  They do not belong to a private individual and cannot be retained by that individual once their employment ends.  It has been reported by The Hill that sources say 4 of the 7 memos Comey took contained classified information, and are now clearly marked as having such information in them.

Former FBI Director, Ethics Instructor, Jim Comey Lied Under Oath.  The former FBI Director appears to have lied under oath.  The recently released emails show that Loretta Lynch and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page all knew that Hillary was not going to be charged before she testified, but Comey testified before Congress that he didn't decide about exonerating Hillary until after he interviewed her.  Comey will undoubtedly get out of it with some more prevarication and go on to teach ethics in leadership for the starry-eyed collegians at William & Mary.

Was Lynch coordinating with Comey in the Clinton investigation?  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew well in advance of FBI Director James Comey's 2016 press conference that he would recommend against charging Hillary Clinton, according to information turned over to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday [1/19/2018].  The revelation was included in 384 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it significantly diminishes the credibility of Lynch's earlier commitment to accept Comey's recommendation — a commitment she made under the pretense that the two were not coordinating with each other.

New Evidence Against James Comey and Robert Mueller.  Why would Mueller accept the role as Special Counsel knowing the conflicts of interest?  The answer:  because he had to.  Mueller needs to remain in order to perform CYA for all the crooked players.  Sure, many still wonder why President Trump allows the man to stay.  Easy.  President Trump watches as Mueller digs his grave, and the graves of his co-conspirators.  I ask this question often of Leftists who challenge me, saying Trump colluded with Russia:  When is the last time the press report anything NEW on that subject?  This investigation is as much as about Russia as it is about Egypt.

Mueller and Comey Held Secret Meeting Before Comey Testified to Congress.  There are many reasons why the entire Trump — Russia investigation is a farce.  One major reason is the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Former FBI Director James Comey have a relationship that taints the investigation.  The fact that they met secretly before Comey's testimony to Congress in June is enough evidence to contaminate the entire investigation.  At the very least Mueller should have recused himself months ago.

Comey Should Be Indicted.  Now we know that not only did Hillary Clinton show intent in her handling of classified materials routed through her private server, but that former FBI Director James Comey and his team showed intent in letting her get away with it, to the detriment of American national security.  Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, in a Thursday letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, reveals how edits to Comey's exoneration memo went beyond changing "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless" but edited out content that shows the FBI knew Hillary was intentionally in violation of the Espionage Act but that, since the decision to exonerate her had already been made, they had to submit to the annals of history a lie they agreed upon.

Former US Attorney: 'James Comey Sold His Soul to the Devil'.  Joe DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said he believes former FBI Director James Comey, along with senior Justice officials in the Obama administration, "threw the case" against Hillary Clinton over her private email server.  On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," DiGenova pointed out that not only was Comey's draft statement on the Clinton email probe highly edited to play down the bureau's findings, but that statement was drafted two months before Clinton and some of her top aides were even interviewed.  "Comey sold his soul to the devil," DiGenova said, claiming that he has heard from current FBI agents who can't believe what's happened at the bureau in recent months.  [Video clip]

DiGenova: Comey "The Dirtiest Cop In America, "Destroyed FBI's Reputation".  Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova discussed the Trump-Russia investigation and the character of former FBI Director James Comey on Monday's [12/4/2017] edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight.  "I think the FBI is in very serious trouble," DiGenova told Tucker Carlson.  "It started with James Comey.  Comey, the dirtiest cop in America, destroyed the FBI's reputation with his bizarre personal behavior, beginning way before his July 5th news conference.  The bureau is in trouble.  It needs a major overhaul, and if it continues to resist Congress, I believe the contempt of Congress for the current director and other people in the agency is absolutely justified."  [Video clip]

The Three Festering Wounds of 2016: James Comey is central to all of them.  Three wounds, created or revealed in 2016, have become infected, and the infections are not yet cured.  First is the so-called "Russia dossier," which became the basis for the Robert Mueller investigation that is running away in the manner that Lawrence Walsh's "Iran Contra" investigation did.  The second is the "Uranium One" scandal, which the media still try to bury.  And the third is the fact that Hillary Clinton and her closest staff, such as Huma Abedin, committed felonies in handling classified information.  The then-FBI Director James Comey saw the proofs of their actions and nevertheless decided to protect them from punishment.  There is every reason not to write about these scandals, especially considering the enormous amount that has already been written.  So why try now?  Simply because the three all flow together in a symphony of corruption, misgovernment, and media misbehavior that cannot be ignored.

Did Comey obstruct justice by protecting Hillary Clinton from prosecution?  Former FBI Director James Comey's explanation for not prosecuting Hillary Clinton was always improbable.  Now it seems impossible.  The Espionage Act makes it a crime to mishandle classified documents "through gross negligence" (18 USC 793-f).  Punishment upon conviction carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.  With 110 emails on Clinton's private server that were classified at the time they were sent or received, the Democratic nominee for president could have been prosecuted on 110 separate felony counts.  Yet Comey scuttled the case.

Deep State Rewards James Comey With Millions Of Dollars In Post-FBI Compensation.  On paper it's called a "book deal", "film rights" etc.  The reality is that former FBI Director James Comey, a man who most believe lied under oath, leaked classified information, and turned the power of the FBI against POTUS Trump in order to secure a now far-reaching special counsel investigation, is being rewarded by the Deep State for a job well done to the tune of tens millions of dollars.  Not bad for a guy whose FBI salary was $172,000 per year.  James Comey is now a multi-millionaire.

Conservatives torch Comey's credibility ahead of Senate hearing.  Washington will be riveted this week by the drama surrounding former FBI Director James Comey's expected congressional testimony.  But Republicans elsewhere in the country say they couldn't care less.  Interviews with GOP activists across the country, including around a dozen attendees at this weekend's North Carolina Republican convention, reveal deep mistrust of Comey, who was investigating possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign before the president fired him.

James Comey is jumping into the fire by testifying to Congress about Trump.  What's in it for him?  James Comey just can't seem to stop haunting President Trump.  Trump fired Comey as FBI director a few weeks ago, drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans because the FBI is waist-deep into an investigation into Russia meddling in the U.S. election and whether Trump's campaign helped.  Then we learned Comey took "detailed" notes that outline potentially legally murky questions the president asked him about the FBI probe.  And now, Comey is expected to testify before a Senate committee — as early as next week — about much of this.  Comey is known as a drama-averse guy, and this is as dramatic as it gets.  Comey is likely very aware this sets him up for a major showdown with the president.  So what's in it for him?

Report: FBI Under James Comey Broke Its Own Rules Over & Over Again.  In a shock story that has been unfolding over the last few months seems to be picking up steam in recent days, even as the media continues to focus on the possibility of Trump-Russia collusion.  While the media and the Democrat Party have been worrying about the possibility that the Trump administration could abuse its powers, the fact is that the Obama administration was abusing those same powers for years.  In fact, the very intelligence leaders we're supposed to be trusting in the Trump-Russia story are being exposed as liars and criminals.

James Rosen:  Comey's FBI Broke Its Own Rules & Procedures On Spying On Americans.  The sheer scale of the 4th Amendment violations is staggering, as was the sternness of the rebuke of the Obama administration by the FISA court, which ordinarily approves 99.9% of the government's request.

Lindsey Graham says James Comey was 'incredibly incompetent' to 'interfere in election over fake Russian intelligence' linked to Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Lindsey Graham says James Comey 'needs to be held accountable' if he interfered in the election over 'fake information'.  The South Carolina Senator spoke to Dana Bash on CNN's State of the Union about reports Comey acted on Russian intelligence concerning the Hillary Clinton email scandal, even though he knew the information was false.  'I'm not so sure the email that Comey relied upon was fake, but I can tell you this, he never briefed the Congress, the Judiciary Committee, about any fake email,' Graham said.

Dem Bill Would Require 'Good Cause' for FBI Director Dismissal.  Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) last week introduced legislation that would require "good cause" for the president to dismiss the director of the FBI, while calling President Trump's decision to fire James B. Comey "disturbing."  Trump on May 9 dismissed the FBI director, subsequently producing memos from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Comey's job performance.  Rosenstein criticized Comey's handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in 2015, stating that the FBI director had made serious mistakes.

Comey Lied:  FBI Illegally Shared Raw Intel on Americans.  Flying in direct contradiction to his final congressional testimony under oath as the Director of the FBI, newly declassified top secret U.S. Intelligence memos have revealed that when James Comey told lawmakers that his agency only used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant "when it was lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked," he may have been lying.

Good riddance to James Comey, Obama's enabler.  Donald Trump made the right decision in firing Jim Comey.  The most compelling reason is that Comey had become a lightning rod:  hated by Clinton supporters, distrusted by Bush alumni.  Comey convinced the Bush administration with a wink and a nod he was with them, followed by a raised fist to team Obama that he was reliable to their cause.  In the end, the only cause to which Comey commits is his own.

James Comey's Brother Works for Law Firm that Audited Clinton Foundation's Taxes.  In September 2016, I reported on the fact that former FBI Director James Comey pocketed $6 million from Lockheed Martin, which is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.  Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013.  HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for "retrofitting" 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.  In that same report, I mentioned that his brother, Peter Comey, served as "Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas" for DLA Piper.  DLA Piper was not only one of Hillary Clinton's largest campaign donors, but also audited the taxes for the Clinton Foundation.

Comey Testimony on Clinton's 'Intent' in Email Case Triggered Firing.  In the nine months since the Russia-Trump campaign investigation has been underway, no evidence of criminal wrongdoing has been disclosed, either by officials or in unofficial leaks.  A White House official said the fact that no evidence has emerged from the probe shows there is no basis for Democrats' allegations of covert collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe denied during Senate testimony that the FBI had asked for additional resources for the Russia probe, contradicting a widely quoted New York Times report Thursday [5/11/2017].

Comey's Firing is a Gift to the FBI.  Let's cut right to the chase:  James Comey should have been fired immediately following his disastrous press briefing last July, in which he candidly laid out the case against Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information and then refused to recommend charges.  Overstepping his authority while radiating sanctimony, arrogating power while clumsily intervening in the election, Comey deserved to be sacked on the spot.  Everything since has been one long slow twist in the wind for Comey, a former US attorney in Manhattan, where his most notable accomplishment was sending Martha Stewart to jail.

Inept or crooked, Comey deserved to be fired.  While President Donald J. Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, Barack Obama should have sacked him July 5.  Comey's behavior in the E-mailgate investigation suggests either staggering incompetence or a clumsy effort to whitewash Hillary Clinton's crimes.  During Clinton's July 2 interrogation at FBI headquarters, she was not under oath.  How could the FBI possibly reach in its probe "the last step of a year-long investigation" — as Comey described it at a July 7 House Government Oversight Committee hearing — without a potential perjury conviction hanging over her head?  Given Clinton's peanut-allergy-like aversion to the truth, not swearing her in confirmed either the FBI's grotesque ineptness or a deliberate loophole to allow her to slither free.

Ex-feds confident Comey's devices and files are safe, even if FBI won't confirm.  It has now been roughly 36 hours since FBI Director James Comey was summarily dismissed by President Donald Trump.  Comey now-famously found out that he'd been fired while visiting FBI colleagues in Los Angeles.  During that time, it's not at all clear what measures have been taken to secure his files, computers, or other devices that may have been in his Washington, DC office or in his control at the time he was removed from his post.  Under the Criminal Justice Information Services policy, Comey's access would have been immediately terminated.  When Ars asked the FBI what, if anything, had been done to secure Comey's materials, Susan McKee, a 27-year veteran spokeswoman of the Bureau, e-mailed:  "We don't have any further comment at this time."

Donald Trump firing Comey has Republicans calling for official investigation — into Clinton's emails.  Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey has left many conservatives hoping the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server can be reopened.  Lots of Republicans, and others on the right, were furious when Mr Comey announced last summer, that after probing her actions, he had decided against bringing criminal charges.  The decision infuriated Donald Trump and his supporters, who started to to chant "lock her up" at his election rallies.  During one of the three presidential debates, Mr Trump even vowed to investigate her behaviour if he was elected.  "If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has never been so many lies, so much deception," he said.

The FBI Does Not Need Another Don Quixote as Director.  With James Comey, the United States had a Don Quixote-like character running the FBI.  After all, Comey was a quixotic individual who was so wrapped up in his own delusions about being the "last honest man in Washington, D.C.," that he brought professional ruin to himself and likely damaged the reputation of the FBI.

The Firing of Comey.  First, for the FBI director to issue what amounts to an indictment in public and then recommend no indictment is something that I had never seen before — and said so.  That was clearly a political decision, not a law-enforcement one.  You simply can't lay out all of the elements of a criminal offense, which I remind you Comey did (and I reported on at the time) and then say "oh, but no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case" and have that be anything other than politics.  That, standing alone, was enough to get Comey canned, and Obama should have done it instantly.  But he didn't.

Brutal: RNC Releases Video Mashup of Democrats Calling For Comey's Firing.  Yesterday we brought you 10 Democrats who either heavily criticized former FBI Director James Comey or called for his firing during the Obama administration.  Now that President Trump is in the Oval Office, many Democrats have changed their tune.  The RNC has taken notice of their hypocrisy.  [Video clip]

James Comey Is the Latest Victim of the Clintons.  Can something be said in defense of Comey?  He was put in a terrible position by Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Obama Justice Department.  Justice officials downplayed the criminal nature of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mails and granted immunity to Clinton aides rather than summon them before a grand jury.  That amounts to weighting the scales of justice in favor of the administration's preferred candidate for president.  So does the June 27 meeting on the Phoenix airport tarmac of Bill Clinton and then-attorney general Loretta Lynch, who revealed herself to be a shameless political hack.  That meeting was surely intended to be secret, as was the illegal Hillary Clinton e-mail setup, with which she sent easily hackable classified information.

FBI Agents Say 'Good Riddance' To Comey.  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe claimed in his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that former FBI Director James Comey had broad support in the bureau, but some agents, The Daily Caller learned, have wanted Comey gone for a long time.  Comments made by three FBI special agents that were given to the Daily Caller in reaction to the White House's dismissal of McCabe Tuesday night included, "good riddance" and that the firing was "overdue."

Maxine Waters:  Firing Comey Was Wrong for Trump, But Right for Hillary.  Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has joined the chorus of Democrats condemning President Trump for firing FBI Director James Comey.  Seeing a president they despise fire an FBI director they also despise, Democrats are showing signs of cognitive dissonance, and Waters is no exception.  Caught between two men she hates, Waters told MSNBC's Peter Alexander that while she does not support President Trump firing Comey, she believes that if Hillary Clinton had won, she should have fired him.

Democrats slam brakes on Washington business after Comey's firing, suggest impeachment.  Washington ground to a halt Wednesday [5/10/2017] as Democrats exploded over the firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, laying out a list of demands they said must be met before President Trump and Congress regain a sense of normalcy.  Several Democrats and liberal activists raised the prospect of impeachment, but most lawmakers set their sights lower, saying they wanted to at least preserve and protect the ongoing FBI probe into Trump campaign figures' dealings with Russia.

Former FBI Official: With Comey Gone It's Game On.  The battle between the Trump D.C. outsiders and the black pit that is the D.C. Establishment and its media operatives will be something both remarkable and stunning with an outcome as of yet unknown.  The president may very well not survive this war, but if he does, it will likely significantly alter the trajectory of America's future and give power back for the first time in a very long time to the ones who deserve it most.  The people.

Comey firing could spur new review of Clinton case, immunity deals, ex-agent says.  President Trump's decision to fire James Comey touched off widespread speculation in Washington over what will happen to the FBI's Russia meddling probe — but the prospect of new leadership at the bureau also could hold implications for the 'closed' Hillary Clinton email case.  Brian Weidner, a veteran former FBI agent, suggested both the case and the immunity deals struck during that investigation could be revisited.  "I would be surprised if they did not review all the investigations regarding HRC and come up with [a] conclusion regarding prosecution.  The statute of limitations hasn't come into play yet," he said in an email to Fox News.

How the New York Times Proved Trump's Case for Firing James Comey.  In an extensive article published last month that included interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement officials, congressional officials and other government employees, the New York Times published a stinging indictment of James B. Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.

Hillary's Campaign Chairman Attacked Comey In The Morning, Outraged Over 'Massacre' Hours Later.  Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta was, like many on the political left, angry with former FBI Director James Comey Tuesday morning [5/9/2017].  But his tone changed significantly only hours later when President Donald Trump fired Comey.

With Comey out of the way, will Hillary now be prosecuted?  James Comey now is fired.  Loretta Lynch no longer is Attorney General.  This seems to open up the possibility of a renewed investigation and potential prosecution.

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The Republican platform has dozens of planks, but the ones that were touted as the main reasons to vote for Trump were [#1] build the border wall, [#2] stop funding for Planned Parenthood, and [#3] put Hillary Clinton in prison at long last.  None of that has happened, even with Republican majorities in the House and Senate and an alleged Republican in the White House.

Comey Fired — Now Indict Hillary.  As even Comey admitted, Hillary lied about sending and receiving classified material; about having only one device, and about turning over all her emails.  If intent is needed, what is accidental about smashing devices with hammers or using Bleach Bit to render emails unrecoverable?  If you need a motive for having a private server, which speaks to intent, the obvious purpose is to cover up the "pay to play" trail that leads from the State Department to the Clinton Foundation.  As Investor's Business Daily editorialized, donations to the Clinton Foundation even played a factor in the refusal of Hillary Clinton's State Department to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram as a terrorist organization for two years: [...]

Democrats' hypocritical Comey-firing fury.  A White House spokeswoman was hardly wrong when she said Wednesday [5/10/2017] that if a President Hillary Clinton had fired FBI Director James Comey, Democrats would now be dancing in the streets.  After all, until Tuesday evening, Comey was Public Enemy No. 1 in the liberal playbook, a partisan shill whose last-minute disclosures on Hillary's emails supposedly swept Donald Trump into the White House.  Now they're calling him America's hero and warning ominously that his abrupt sacking has propelled the country into a full-blown constitutional crisis.  Complete nonsense — but typical left-wing hypocrisy.

Bye Bye, Comey.  President Trump abruptly fired embattled FBI Director James B. Comey Jr. late yesterday afternoon [5/9/2017] for exceeding his authority during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email abuses.  The long-overdue termination of Comey, who inappropriately injected himself and the FBI into political matters, came three-and-a-half years into his 10-year term.  It was based on the recommendation of the Department of Justice and was effective immediately.  Comey's firing is a reaffirmation of the importance of the rule of law.  He was more powerful than an FBI director ever should be.

Comey Deserved to Be Fired.  What Comey did on July 5 of last year in announcing his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton in the email investigation was a travesty.  If, as he and everyone else has said, it was the unanimous decision of those looking at all of the evidence not to seek an indictment, it was a misuse of his power and authority to take to a podium and criticize her for her behavior.  Indeed, his speech was so savagely negative, it sure sounded like he was going to announce an indictment referral up until the moment he declared he would not do so.  That was not right, it was not just, and it was not proper.

The Bipartisan Case against James Comey.  The memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain Comey's dismissal Tuesday is well crafted and will make it very difficult for Democrats to attack President Trump's decision.  Rosenstein bases the decision not merely on Comey's much discussed missteps in the Clinton e-mails investigation — viz., usurping the authority of the attorney general to close the case without prosecution; failing to avail himself of the normal procedures for raising concerns about Attorney General Lynch's conflict of interest.  He goes on specifically to rebuke Comey's "gratuitous" release of "derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal prosecution."  That "subject," of course, would be Mrs. Clinton.

Trump fires FBI Director.  President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said.  "Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.  "President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions," the statement added.  It noted that a search for a new permanent FBI Director will begin immediately.

Trump fires FBI Director Comey.  President Trump on Tuesday [5/9/2017] fired FBI Director James Comey, abruptly ending a rocky year-long stretch for the top law enforcement officer who came under fire for his handling of the Clinton email probe — and whose agency has been investigating whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia.  "The FBI is one of our nation's most cherished and respected institutions, and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement," Trump said.  The president told Comey in a brief letter that he could not "effectively lead" the bureau and called for "new leadership that restores public trust and confidence" in law enforcement.

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey after he misled the Senate on Huma Abedin's emails.  President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, shortly after he provided false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about classified emails from Huma Abedin found on Anthony Weiner's computer.  White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed to reporters that 'the president has accepted the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'  A written statement from Spicer, sent minutes later, confirmed that Trump 'acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.'

James Comey's book:

James Comey threw a book party for all his friends — in the media.  Half the country hated him for how he handled the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton, and the other half cannot stand him for his cutting commentary on President Trump.  So, who is left to show up when Jim Comey hosts a book party in Washington, D.C.?  Members of the media, of course!  "Here comes the bar mitzvah boy," the New York Times's Mark Leibovich exclaimed when Comey arrived at the Newseum's seventh floor to celebrate his best-selling memoir, "A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership."  It was, Comey said, his first and perhaps his last-ever book party.  Like any intimate affair among friends, the evening began with a makeshift news conference.

James Comey:  Special Prosecutor in Email Probe 'Would Have Been Unfair to Hillary'.  Former FBI Director James Comey wrote in his recently released memoir that appointing a special counsel to handle the Hillary Clinton email probe due to concerns over Attorney General Loretta Lynch's impartiality "would have been unfair to Hillary Clinton."  Comey, however, had no problem taking actions to ensure a special prosecutor in the case of Donald Trump and unsubstantiated claims of Russian collusion based in part on charges made inside a largely-discredited dossier financed by Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Comey admitted breaking the law.  Breitbart News tries but it too gets caught up in the sleazy Washington spin on the world.  "Former FBI Director James Comey may have misled the public when he claimed in his recently released book that he only provided 'one unclassified memo' to an associate with the purpose of sharing the contents with a reporter," Breitbart News reported.  "Only" one?  Everyone is now allowed to give away classified information as long as it is "only" once?  How shall I put this?  Comey committed a felony.

James Comey's book tour backfires.  Former FBI Director James Comey says he wrote his book to show people how President Trump is running the government in a way that "fails to reflect the values of an ethical leader."  But Comey's book, his media tour and the related Thursday release of memos detailing his meetings with Trump are quickly doing real damage to Comey himself.  Perhaps most importantly, Comey's own memos reveal that he lied when he told Trump, "I don't leak."

James Comey goes stale fast, hits end of his shelf life.  Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey isn't quite the book bonanza he's been touted as.  His book opening shows it.  And, well, look at the book he's selling: with little more than florid descriptions to speak for his otherwise content-free book, and no big revelations, what we get from it is that he has a high opinion of himself, he's mad about getting fired, and he wants revenge.  Yeah, yeah.  And as the subject of his own book, he lacks the usual affection bestowed upon such people from the rabidly left-wing Occupods or the less rabid Hillaryites, because, well, he ran the FBI.  So now we see just about nobody showing up for the book's launch at the prestigious Kramerbooks, at the heart of the capital, on Dupont Circle at its opener.  The Weekly Standard noted that there were more cameras than customers for this washed up bureaucrat's hectoring dialectic about his own virtue, and the store sold only about a dozen books, many to the reporters.  It didn't stop at Kramerbooks.

NY Times Has an Unflattering Review of Comey's Book Tour Behavior.  Former FBI Director James Comey may have, for the moment at least, become the most polarizing figure in America not named Donald Trump.  The president's detractors laud Comey as an honorable man who was wrongfully dismissed from his job and is using the freedom of private life to speak truth to power.  As I pointed out last week when the first excerpts from Comey's book were leaked, these are the same people who until recently blamed him for getting Trump elected.  Trump's supporters, on the other hand, just think Comey is a partisan hack whose public behavior is a bit off the deep end.

Comey Book Event Packed With Press, Only One 'Normal Person' Attended.  This is so perfect.  Former FBI Director Comey has been on one heckuva book tour promoting his tell-all drama, "A Higher Loyalty."  Comey's been busy filming interviews on broadcast and cable news channels, chatting with radio hosts, but it's starting to look like he's preaching to the choir.  During a book event in D.C. Monday, press filled the Dupont Circle Kramer Books.  Conspicuously absent?  Normal people.

Nobody Shows at DC Bookstore to Buy Comey's Book.  Kramerbooks, located in Washington's trendy Dupont Circle district, is the place Washingtonians go to hang out, browse books, and grab something to eat at the attached cafe.  It's much smaller than a Barnes and Noble and has survived Amazon because it is cozy and inviting, offering the feeling that you are immersed within a warm den of great books.  And if you're going to sell a political book, it's a good place to start, given the clientele. [...] To be sure, Comey's book is #1 on Amazon.  But I don't expect it to stay there long.  There's little in the book except for tales Comey has already told and the philosophy and moralizing of a professional bureaucrat.

The 13 Most Outrageous Statements by Jim Comey.  In a move that is nothing less than priggish, self-serving, and about as far removed from "literary" as you can get, former FBI Director Jim Comey in his book goes with zeal after President Donald Trump — who fired Comey in May 2017 — in one of the few public outlets left to him right now.  (In highly divisive times, what else is new?)  Are the following excerpts from "A Higher Loyalty" really appropriate for an attorney who ran the FBI for nearly four years?  Don't we expect better in this country in 2018?  And can liberals and others ever get through their day without taking small-minded and big-headed potshots at the sitting president of the United States?

Comey 'Deeply' Respects Obama, Who Denied Right to Life of Born Babies, [and] Thinks Trump [is] 'Morally Unfit'.  Former FBI Director James Comey told George Stephanopoulos of ABC News in an interview broadcast on Sunday night that he "deeply" respects former President Barack Obama "and his higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about" but that current President Donald Trump is "morally unfit" to be president.  When Obama, who Comey believes has a "higher loyalty to the values I care a lot about," served in the Illinois state legislature, he repeatedly opposed a bill that would have treated babies who survived late-term abortions as "persons" who have the same constitutional rights as any other person.

Loretta Lynch not too happy about James Comey throwing her under the bus.  [Scroll down]  Sundance, over at The Last Refuge, has some interesting theories about why this is happening.  Could it have been related to the Eric Garner case, where a man who sold "loosey" single cigarettes on the street in Staten Island found himself in a chokehold by the NYPD and died from it, yet the officers involved got no charges? [...] The cops protect their own, and so the question is raised, given that Lynch was a district attorney in New York in 2014, when it happened:  was there some kind of leverage when the Huma Abedin emails of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information turned up on [...] Anthony Weiner's computer and the cops wanted an arrest?  The Weiner emails would have been bad for Hillary Clinton's presidential prospects, while the cop union might have wanted its own members to walk in this case, so one wonders if there was a tradeoff and Lynch was involved.

James Comey book:  President Obama and Loretta Lynch 'jeopardized' the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  Former FBI Director James Comey doesn't believe anyone in the government brought politics into the Hillary Clinton email investigation — aside from then-President Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who he believes "jeopardized" the Department of Justice.  In his upcoming book, A Higher Loyalty, due out on Tuesday [4/17/2018], Comey defends the FBI investigators who were charged with investigating Clinton's private email server and her mishandling of classified information.

It's all downhill for Comey now.  The day that James Comey cashed the multi-million dollar advance check from MacMillan Publishers will turn out to mark the date that we can call "Peak Comey."  It was all downhill from the instant the ink started drying on his signature on the back of the check.  He and his ghost writer suddenly faced the unenviable task of making him look like the righteous warrior he had always portended to be, but with the need to fill 300 pages with something.  Self-serving rationalizations can't sustain reader interest over that many words, so apparently they decided that prose about physical appearances drawn from the bodice-ripper school of novels grafted onto Trump-hatred would do the trick.  The result was so awful that even the Washington Post, owned by arch-enemy of Trump Jeff Bezos, felt the need for a satire.

Does Jim Comey Write YA Fiction Or Romance Novels In His Spare Time?  [Scroll down]  In addition to claiming bizarrely personal professional interactions like these, Comey apparently knows a little too much about male tanning procedures, and believes urban legends about sexual prowess.  Perhaps his editors didn't reduce his overwriting because they were laughing so hard they couldn't help releasing Emo James Comey to the world to give us all joy in at least some portion of the ridiculous Russia narrative and 2016 election aftermath.

James Comey Attacks Trump 'Spin' Response but Pitched NYT Oped to Obama WH About Russian Interference.  Former FBI Director James Comey claims he was disturbed by a purported conversation among then President-Elect Trump's transition team about how to publicly "position" the intelligence community's information that Russia may have attempted to interfere in the 2016 election.  In an exclusive interview with ABC News ahead of the release of his memoir on Tuesday [4/17/2018], Comey lectured that "the reason that was so striking to me [is] that's just not done."  He was referring to the alleged conversation about how to frame the Russian interference claims.  "That the intelligence community does intelligence, the White House does PR and spin," Comey continued.

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From what I've read (in the reviews, not the book), Mr. Comey's whole book is "PR and spin."

Jim Comey's bid for vengeance is ruining his reputation.  There are two important things worth noting about fired FBI Director James Comey's new tell-all, which is already Amazon's No. 1 seller.  First, it has almost nothing in the way of real news.  No bombshells, almost no dramatic factual revelations.  The book, for all intents and purposes, simply repeats his past congressional testimony.  Second, all the headline-grabbing details are either Comey's petty criticism of President Trump's tan, height and hand size; unpleasant and deeply personal denigrations of his character; or dishonest or salacious (and unprovable) speculation about the state of his marriage and his sex habits.

Fact Check:  Yes, Comey is a Slimeball.  Comey wants to have it both ways.  He headed an organization that helped back this nasty smear.  And then he sneers at Trump for having to deny it.

ABC interview's big bombshell — James Comey reveals he is neither sinner nor saint... he's a fraud.  Who is James Comey?  Is he the world's tallest Boy Scout, as he tries to convince us through five hours of insufferable earnestness with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos?  Or is he a self-promoter who has lied on several occasions, leaked information to the press, and who conducted a sham investigation of Hillary Clinton, whom he expected to be the next president?  James Comey is a fraud.  Far from being the last honorable man standing, as he surely pretends to be, the former FBI Director has shown his true colors by writing a book that does not serve the best interests of the country or his colleagues at the Department of Justice, but that only serves the best interests of James Comey.

Turns out Comey gave Hillary a pass on emails because he thought she would win.  James Comey's memoir, pompously titled A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, set for release on April 17, is out from the reviewer class, and all but one seems to have missed the bombshell in it:  that Comey neglected to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her refusal to properly handle the nation's top secrets through her illegal private bathtub server, and exposed those secrets to our nation's enemies, because he thought she would win the 2016 election.  Some Boy Scout, as he and his allies portray him.  Quite a few of the reviewers focus on Comey's descriptive powers, something that could make anyone look negative if the view is biased enough, which Comey's is.  He natters on about Trump's hand size, the bags under his eyes, his tie being too long, and other stylistics that mark Comey as a vain little man obsessed with looks, little different from David Brooks and his fascination with the crease of President Obama's pant legs.

How Comey Lied About Spying on Trump Tower.  Jim Comey deserves a special place in the annals of sanctimonious frauds in Washington, D.C.  He leaked, lied, bent rules, treated FBI material as his own personal property, violated confidential conversations, and generally acted like a government unto himself.  But now he has the gall to write it all up in the sonorous nonsense language of "constitutional crisis."  His forthcoming memoir amounts to nothing more than the sour grapes of a self-serving operator over a wholly justified sacking. [...] Comey's wounded ego is not a constitutional crisis.  The scandal is not that he lost his exalted job but that such a pompous creep once held it.

Comey book filled with unproven attacks on Trump, lofty praise for himself.  Fired FBI Director James Comey's new "tell all" book is a dream come true for President Donald Trump's opponents and a hatchet job on the president.  It's important for every fair-minded person to remember that just because Comey makes a charge, he is not speaking gospel truth — despite his inflated sense of virtue and self-importance.  Just about anyone who's ever been fired fancies "getting even" with the boss.  Comey's new book does that in spades, according to excerpts leaked to the media Thursday.  In the process, it lowers the reputation of both the FBI and Comey, undermines the presidency and hurts the nation.

Watch: RNC Releases Brutal Video Of Democrats Attacking Comey's Credibility.  On Thursday [4/12/2018], the Republican Party began an all-out assault on disgraced former FBI Director James Comey's credibility ahead of his upcoming book release and his interview this Sunday with George Stephanopoulos.  "Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing," RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said.  "If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we'll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility."  The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro shot down the notion that the RNC's campaign against Comey was a scandal.

Comey's book could help the prosecution.  No one should look forward to the publication of James Comey's book than Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber.  The book could help prosecute the man most responsible for turning the Federal Bureau of Investigation into a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party.

James Comey's TV interview, April 15, 2018:

Has Comey peaked?  A poll released this morning [4/25/2018] by Morning Consult/Politico showed that two-thirds of voters (64%) did not watch any of the interviews that James Comey gave on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.  The Washington Examiner noted that 46% of those who did watch favored him more after the interviews.  16% said their views of him went down after they watched.  Those numbers kind of surprised me because conservative pollster Frank Luntz conducted a focus group on Comey's interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulas which produced different results.  Yes, Luntz leans right, but he had Republicans and Democrats in the group who provided feedback while they watched the interview.  Using hand-held dials, participants dialed up when something Comey said or did during his interview pleased them and dialed down when they had a negative reaction.  They had at least one thing in common:  all were bothered by Comey's claim that he didn't remember where he was on Election Night.  Several said he "lost credibility" with that response and another said he "looked like a complete moron."

ABC News Cuts Comey Criticism of Obama's Actions During Clinton Investigation.  In the broadcast of its interview with former FBI Director James Comey, ABC News did not air Comey's strong criticism of President Obama for twice publically stating that Hillary Clinton's private email server did not endanger national security despite an ongoing investigation.  In the unaired remarks, Comey went so far as to describe Obama's comments as creating the impression that the Justice Department was biased with regard to Clinton.  He charged Obama's remarks "created this drumbeat that the Obama Justice Department, the fix is in because the president has told them what result they should reach."

So we're just going to ignore that an ex-Clinton staffer interviewed Comey on the Clinton email scandal?  Why does ABC News entrust its coverage of Hillary Clinton stories to one of the former first family's longtime capos?  George Stephanopoulos, who served for years as an adviser to former President Bill Clinton, can sit across from former FBI director James Comey and say things like, "Your critics say this is a clear, clear, clear double standard.  You revealed information about Hillary Clinton.  You concealed information about Donald Trump.  That elected Donald Trump," and "you've decided to say publicly there is a criminal investigation — of Hillary Clinton, which many considered a break with precedent" and the press considers this scene to be perfectly normal.  Stephanopoulos, whom Clinton aides credited for using their work after the newsman had a particularly combative interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer, can ask Comey, "do you think that the FBI would be in better shape today ... if you had simply put out that one line statement, 'We decline to prosecute'?" and "Can you assure people today — can you assure them that the Obama Justice Department was not protecting Hillary Clinton?" and this is ordinary.

10 Questions That ABC Didn't Ask Comey.  On Sunday evening, ABC preempted its regularly scheduled programming to broadcast an exclusive interview conducted by "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos with former FBI Director James Comey.  The star treatment is part of an all-out publicity campaign that Comey, fired by President Trump less than one year ago, has launched to promote his new book, "A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership."  How Comey's portrayal of himself as a virtuous man selflessly devoted to the public interest fits with his rush to cash in on public service by disclosing details of his relationship with a sitting president is one of the salient questions Stephanopoulos failed to pose Sunday night.  ABC's chief political anchor did elicit from Comey a variety of denunciations of Trump.  They were newsworthy but no surprise.

Comey: 'My Wife and Girls' Marched in the Anti-Trump March, Voted Hillary.  In his first interview since publishing "A Higher Loyalty," former FBI director, James Comey, admitted Sunday [4/15/2018] that his entire family supported Clinton's candidacy.  Comey said that his daughters and wife voted for Clinton.  All five of his kids as well as his wife even marched in the anti-Trump protest the day after the inauguration.  "My wife and girls marched in the Women's March, the day after President Trump's inauguration," Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

James Comey's ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out.  James Comey's first interview since President Trump fired him as director of the FBI has enraged his former agents, who deluged The Daily Beast with their disdain as they watched him tell his side of the story to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night [4/15/2018].  Seven current or former FBI agents and officials spoke throughout and immediately after the broadcast.  There was a lot of anger, frustration, and even more emojis — featuring the thumbs-down, frowny face, middle finger, and a whole lot of green vomit faces. [...] "Hoover is spinning in his grave," said a former FBI official.  "Making money from total failure."

Oops: Comey Accidentally Reveals Someone is Concealing Hundreds of Thousands of Clinton Emails.  Thanks to the tireless Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, we now know that there are roughly 200,000 or more previously unknown Hillary Clinton emails that were hidden by the Obama administration from a federal judge.  During his utterly boring interview on 60 Minutes, the egomaniacal former FBI director accidentally blurted out the truth: [...]

James Comey:  Safe to Say That America Is 'Dangerous' Under Trump.  In an interview that aired Sunday night [4/15/2018], former FBI Director James Comey sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos and offered an ominous assessment of the country under President Donald Trump's leadership.

James Comey strikes back against 'morally unfit' Donald Trump in scathing interview.  In an extraordinary interview, former FBI director James Comey called Donald Trump "morally unfit to be president" and said he believed it was possible the Russians were holding compromising personal information over the head of the commander in chief.  Comey's comments and his new book, A Higher Loyalty:  Truth, Lies, and Leadership, are fueling a combustible moment in Washington that could become a constitutional crisis.  At the White House, Trump has unleashed a barrage of angry tweets against Comey — calling him an "untruthful slime ball," among other insults — amid reports he was poised to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his role in the Russia investigation that Comey once headed.  Never before in American history has a current or former director of the FBI, the nation's principal law-enforcement agency, publicly described a president in such a scathing manner.

Comey's Entire Family Supported Hillary For President, Wife 'Cried' On Election Day.  Former FBI Director James Comey told ABC News in his interview aired Sunday night that his entire family were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton for President and his wife said she cried the night Trump won.  "My wife and girls marched in the Women"s March the day after President Trump's inauguration," James Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.  "At least my four daughters, probably all five of my kids, wanted Hillary Clinton to be the first woman president," he said.  "I know my amazing spouse did."

James Comey Is Doing It Wrong.  Having used both his book, A Higher Loyalty, and his interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos to portray himself as the defender of truth, the paragon of integrity, the embodiment of ethical values and principles and as someone guided by a steady moral compass, former FBI Director James Comey has drenched the public discourse with the stink of sanctimony.  Not to mention his heavy yammering about leadership, the likely topic he'll be lecturing on at $60,000 a speech on the stemwinding circuit for the next couple of years.

James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, June 8, 2017:

Comey's Credibility — Does He Have Any?  Fired FBI Director Jamey's Comey has been characterized as a hero by liberal media, pundits, and politicians in recent days.  The media has proclaimed Mr.Comey as the poster child, the star actor one may say in leading their battle to derail President Trump.  To them, Comey is a law-abiding hero simply trying to hold President Trump accountable.  A simple question remains unanswered, however, how credible really is James Comey?

Prosecute Comey?  Suppose that a president orders that something clearly illegal be done, something so heinous that it rises to the level of an impeachable offense.  Comey has hinted that that is what Trump had asked him.  That would clearly distinguish it from the Petraeus case.  But then it's more complicated than that.  First, Petraeus's disclosures were to a biographer, a West Point grad, and there was clearly no intention that the information be leaked to anyone else.  In Comey's case, on the other hand, the intention was to get the information into the hands of the New York Times as quickly as possible.  Second, what Comey revealed clearly didn't amount to an impeachable offense.

What that Comey hearing really revealed about Washington.  One of the most refreshing thing about recent days in Washington has been the unusual spectacle of a prominent player making numerous bold political allegations in person on camera without hiding behind the cloak of "anonymous source."  The novelty of a non-anonymous source in the murky Washington waters won't likely last, courage there being in chronic short supply.  Not only that, but James Comey, a renowned behind-the-scenes player as one-time FBI director, openly confessed to orchestrating the leaking game himself as an anonymous source to accomplish a political end.  In which, it should be noted, he succeeded.

Jim Comey and the Memo that He Didn't Write — or Leak.  Either you believe that President Trump was in cahoots with Vladimir Putin to steal the election out from under Hillary Clinton, that he obstructed justice and, who knows, may even be a traitor, or you believe that liberal Democrats both in and out of the media are out to get him and won't rest until they do.  Either you believe that former FBI chief James Comey is a Boy Scout who makes Opie Taylor look like a snot-nose juvenile delinquent or you believe that Comey is a shrewd, calculating political insider who, like just about everybody else in Washington, looks out more than anything else for himself.  Or maybe you don't really care.

Don't Miss the Significance of the Comey Matter.  The Comey affair shows us that there are big problems with the Bureau.  Contrary to the old narrative that the FBI is full of patriotic, professional experts, empirical evidence suggests that the culture of the institution is partisan, unprofessional, and surprisingly unintelligent.

Never Underestimate The Severity of James Comey's Manipulative Intent.  Former FBI Director James Comey is steeped in the dark arts of self-serving deception.  It is a character trait necessary for life at the top of the food chain in the deep swamp.  As such, the fully developed Comey persona is necessarily devoid of any cognitive genetic composition which would frame compassion for anything, or anyone.  Comey looks out for his own best interests.

Comey's Testimony: A Limited Dissection.  I know a number of government officials and employees who like and respect former FBI Director James Comey.  Much has been written about how damaging his Thursday testimony was for President Trump.  It's easy to find articles such as these on NBC, in the Washington Post and in The Atlantic.  The fact that Comey was willing to give testimony that sometimes reflected poorly on his own behavior doesn't necessarily mean he told the truth on all matters, but seems to weigh in his favor on the honesty scale.  The following is a compilation of some of my questions, comments and observations after reviewing his testimony.

Comey Unmasked.  After he was fired, in an act of venomous revenge — not atypical of the Swamp — Comey had a friend, a Columbia Law School professor, leak his version of a conversation with the president.  In this version, Trump was trying to hide the collusion by cutting off an investigation.  Why did he not simply release the memo to the press in a less cowardly fashion?  Because he clearly hoped it would not be traced to him, and the motive thus made clear.

The damaging case against James Comey.  Comey described a series of ethical challenges during his term as FBI director.  Yet, he almost uniformly avoided taking a firm stand in support of the professional standards of the FBI.  During the Obama administration, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave Comey a direct order to mislead the public by calling the ongoing investigation a mere "matter."  Rather than standing firm on the integrity of his department and refusing to adopt such a meaningless and misleading term, Comey yielded to Lynch while now claiming discomfort over carrying out the order.  When Trump allegedly asked for Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn or pledge loyalty, Comey did not tell the president that he was engaging in wildly inappropriate conduct.  He instead wrote a memo to file and told close aides.

Five notes on Trump's current predicament.  Fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee marked the full shift of the Trump-Russia investigation from a probe dedicated to discovering collusion to a probe dedicated to proving the president obstructed justice.  Democrats at the Comey hearing barely touched on collusion, which appears to have turned out to be a dry hole.  When it did come up in Comey's appearance, it was during questioning from Republicans, who wanted to highlight their point that collusion — the core of the case and the reason everybody got so excited in the first place — has so far turned out to be nothing.

Comey's 'truth' crusade is really an anti-Trump one.  By his actions, Comey reveals himself to be a fellow traveler with Never Trumpers.  His firing brought him out of the shadows and into the open "resistance" to the president.

After His Testimony, It's Clear Comey Deserved To Be Fired.  One thing is certain from watching former FBI director James Comey's testimony Thursday:  He really, really likes himself.  Billed by some on the left as "the last honest man in Washington," which is funny because last year they were calling for his head, Comey did all he could to portray himself as the hero of his own story.  That's not uncommon in Washington.  Actually it's the norm, but rarely is it so blatant.  Comey knows how to play the DC "CYA" game like a pro, but he was lucky he was being questioned by politicians and not people with the ability to think on their feet or time to ask follow-up questions.

Secret Service Has No Audio, Transcripts of Tapes From Inside Trump White House.  The Secret Service said Monday [6/12/2017] that it does not have any audio or transcripts of tapes recorded inside the White House since President Donald Trump was inaugurated.  The federal agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Wall Street Journal by informing the newspaper that it does not have tapes.  The Secret Service response did not specify whether anyone else inside the White House has set up recording systems, and Trump has maintained secrecy about the possibility of having his own recordings.  Reporters have been pushing the White House in recent weeks to see if tapes exist containing private conversations between Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, who the president fired last month.

The Secret Service Does Not Have Any Recordings of Trump's Meetings With Comey.  The Secret Service has no audio tapes or transcripts of recordings from President Donald Trump's White House, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.  The Journal submitted a freedom of information request to the Secret Service, to which the agency responded it did not have "audio copies or transcripts of any tapes recorded" inside the White House: [...]

Comey killed The Resistance.  Washington had bet their swamp on Comey giving devastating testimony that would lead to the indictment and impeachment of President Trump.  But the funny thing is when you put a lawyer under oath, he tells the truth.  Unless his name is Bill Clinton.  Unlike "anonymous" leaks — surely the reporters know their names — under oath, Comey had to answer questions beyond the spinning story.  Which depressed The Resistance (including Never Trumpers) because his testimony showed there were no Russian bogeymen under anyone's bed.

Congressional Investigators Probe James Comey Leak Network.  A bipartisan group of powerful senators is asking the man believed to have helped ex-FBI Director James Comey leak his infamous "let this go" memo to the media to produce that memo for them.  Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-DE) — the chairs and ranking Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee and its National Security Subcommittee — sent a letter Thursday [6/8/2017] to Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman demanding he provide them with the original memo he supposedly leaked to CNN on Comey's say-so.

Comey Never Kept Detailed Memos On Conversations He Had With Barack Obama.  James Comey did not write detailed memos after his conversations with Barack Obama like he did with Donald Trump.  The former FBI director is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday at 10 a.m.  In his prepared opening statement released by the committee Wednesday [6/7/2017], Comey said he only spoke with Obama twice during his presidency, but talked to Trump nine times within four months of his.

Comey testimony:  Trump has constitutional authority to stop investigation of any person, Dershowitz says.  Alan M. Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard, wrote on FoxNews.com Wednesday [6/7/2017] that President Trump has the constitutional right to direct his FBI director to stop an investigation of anyone "by simply pardoning that person."  "Throughout American history — from Adams to Jefferson to Lincoln to Roosevelt to Kennedy to Obama — presidents have directed (not merely requested) the Justice Department to investigate, prosecute (or not prosecute) specific individuals or categories of individuals," Dershowitz wrote.  "It is only recently that the tradition of an independent Justice Department and FBI has emerged.  But traditions, even salutary ones, cannot form the basis of a criminal charge."

Comey exonerates Trump — so much for obstruction.  Felony obstruction requires that the person seeking to obstruct a law enforcement investigation act "corruptly."  The statute specifically defines what that includes:  threats, lies, bribes, destruction of documents, and altering or concealing evidence.  None of that is alleged by Comey.  Instead, the fired FBI Director recounts how President Trump expressed compassion for the man he dismissed as his National Security Adviser, calling Michael Flynn "a good guy" who "has been through a lot."  Comey agreed.  Then the president said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go."  The president's statement is not an order or mandate.  It is not even a "request," though Comey insists he understood it to be.  But even if we construe it as such, it is not enough to constitute obstruction.  Not even close.  There must be a "corrupt" act that accompanies the directive.

DOJ: Comey Provided False Testimony About Jeff Sessions' Recusal From Russia Investigations.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday evening accused former FBI director James Comey of providing false testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.  According to DOJ spokesman Ian Prior, who made the accusations against Comey via an official DOJ press release, Comey did not answer truthfully when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cali.) asked him about the process by which Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any federal investigations of Russian interference with the 2016 elections.  Harris specifically asked Comey about his understanding of the process by which Sessions recused himself, and the specific rules regarding his involvement in the investigations post-recusal.  Comey claimed that everything he knew about the topic came entirely from public statements by Sessions and that he was not aware of any DOJ memoranda "outlining the parameters of [Sessions'] recusal."

Comey fallout:  Similarities in Times article, testimony could bolster Trump claims.  [Scroll down]  Given the timeline and Comey's own testimony, it would appear there are two scenarios for how the information got out in the May 11 piece.  Trump's lawyer seems to argue that despite his testimony, Comey made his move even before Trump tweeted about tapes.  The other scenario is one of the top FBI officials referenced by Comey first leaked confidential conversations between the president and his then-FBI director.  The identity of The New York Times' source for the May 11 article remained unclear on Friday and Columbia University Law Professor Dan Richman, who said he was Comey's "friend" who leaked the contents of his memos in subsequent stories, declined to answer further questions.

Deep State Gone Wild:  Comey Asserts Unprecedented FBI Supremacy.  James Comey asserted in his extraordinary testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is authorized to override Justice Department oversight procedures, a questionable claim which if true would raise serious questions about long-standing rules aimed at preventing abuses by federal law enforcement officials.  The former head of the FBI told the Senate panel that he believed he had received a direction from the president in February that the FBI end its investigation of Michael Flynn's alleged involvement with Russia — a direction with which he and his kitchen-cabinet of "FBI senior leadership" unilaterally decided not to comply.  The Comey cabinet then decided that it would not report the receipt of this direction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions or any other Justice Department superior.

Media Criticism:  Media Headlines Misleading After Comey Testimony.  The establishment media's bias was on full display following James Comey's congressional hearing Wednesday.  Headlines focused on Comey's testimony that President Donald Trump "lied," concealing the more pertinent and shocking revelations exposed during the hearing.  Comey's testimony exonerated Trump from allegations of obstruction of justice, and vindicated his claims about Comey telling him three times that he was not, personally, under investigation.  So, what does the establishment media decide to report:  that Donald Trump "lied" about why he fired James Comey.

Comey was Before Congress to Indict Trump.  Instead, He Might Have Indicted Himself.  Congress criminalizes lying to Congress under oath.  The relevant statutes are 18 USC 1621 and 18 USC 1001.  Section 1621 requires a person first, be making a statement under a sworn oath; second, that statement be "material" to the proceeding; third, the statement be false; and fourth, the statement be knowingly and willfully false.  Section 1001 mirrors those elements, without the same tribunal prerequisites:  it also requires the government prove a person willfully made a materially false statements.  In either case, the primary focus is: first, a false statement; second, a false statement as material to the matter; third, the false statement be made knowingly and willfully.  A statement is not false if it can be interpreted in a completely innocent manner.  A statement is not material if it is not particularly relevant or pertain to the subject of the matter.  Willfully remains a very high standard of proof in the criminal law, though less in perjury cases than in tax cases:  it requires the person know they are lying.

Disbar Comey?  The swamp critters put Wally Gator on the stand as they tried to bring President Trump down in their latest attempt at presidenticide.  Comey, though, could not perjure himself by implicating the president of anything more than saying hello.  A few Trump Republicans were wise enough to drag the ghost of attorneys general past by asking Comey about Loretta Lynch.  Had Hillary won, Lynch would have been the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court.  Instead, she should hire a criminal lawyer, just in case.  But in a Trumpian reversal of fortune, Comey may wind up without a law license, which may or may not hinder his career of slithering in the swamp.

Top Five Facts and Examples Showcasing Comey's Political Motives.  [#5] James Comey stated under oath, and included in his written statement, that it was his decision to speak alone, one-on-one to President-Elect Trump on January 6th in Trump Tower as Comey asked everyone else to leave the briefing.  Comey held no issues with a private conversation with the incoming President.  However, a month later on February 14th, in the oval office, when President Trump asked everyone to leave the room for a one-on-one, James Comey testifies it was "inappropriate" for a private conversation.

The Six Most Important Revelations from the Comey Hearing.  Trump supporters, swamp dwellers, and Americans from all walks of life had their eyes glued to coverage of the testimony by former FBI Director James Comey to the Senate Intelligence Committee this morning [6/8/2017].  The hearing was treated like a major sporting event by D.C. locals, who lined up to gain entrance to local establishments for standing-room only viewing parties.

Comey Served at the Pleasure of Himself.  If Trump said that Comey's lousy judgment had caused "turmoil" at the FBI, that's because it did.  That Comey characterized Trump's comments about a demoralized FBI as a "lie" should discredit the rest of his testimony.  It just underscored the straining, self-serving character of his appearance.  He showed up not to defend an "independent" FBI but to justify his own dubious tenure at it. [...] Let's cut through the nonsense:  Comey, not Trump, is the villain in this idiotic saga.  In all of his heavy-breathing hints and leaks, Comey let people think that the president was under investigation.  The scandal is not that a guilty president asked the FBI director to treat him as innocent, but that an innocent president was treated as guilty by an FBI director drunk on his own rectitude.  One has to laugh at the audacity of an FBI director who violates the confidences of others casting himself as the arbiter of honesty and integrity.

Comey:  A six-foot, eight-inch Pajama Boy.  Aside from revealing that President Trump is guilty of exactly nothing but winning an election, James Comey sure did reveal a lot about himself.  His feelings are easily hurt, he gets scared in Trump's presence, he gets nauseated, is weak, gets confused and stunned.  He is sorry his workforce had to hear what Trump said about the FBI, that it is in disarray.  He sounded like a college snowflake on almost any American college campus in need of a safe space.

Again, Pressure Is Not Obstruction.  I find it difficult to understand how legal experts can read former FBI director James Comey's submitted testimony and conclude that it makes out a case of felony obstruction of an FBI investigation.  That contention was ill-conceived before we saw Comey's testimony, and it is even weaker now.  As I've tried to explain before, there are two principles at play here.  The first is corruption.  Perhaps it would help to look at the relevant statute, Section 1505 of the federal penal code (Title 18). [...]

Comey Was The First To Call A Private, One-On-One Meeting With Trump.  According to former FBI Director James Comey's statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee, released Wednesday before his testimony, it was Comey himself who initiated the practice of meeting privately with Donald Trump.  The first encounter he describes in the seven-page statement was a briefing with then President-elect Trump at Trump Tower January 6.

Mook Falsely Claims That Clinton Campaign Didn't Communicate With Department of Justice.  Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager, Robby Mook, on Thursday [6/8/2017] falsely claimed that Clinton's campaign was not talking to anyone in the Justice Department.  CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Mook about former FBI Director James Comey's claim on Thursday that Barack Obama's attorney general, Loretta Lynch, asked him to label the FBI investigation into Clinton's private email server as a "matter," not an "investigation."

Irony — James Comey's Concern About Lying Exposes Months-long Lying of Democrat Leadership.  During fired FBI Director James Comey's testimony today he justified his need to write "memos" after meetings with President Trump because he held concerns that President Trump would lie about their meetings.  However, in citing this reasoning, and later delivering expanded testimony, James Comey exposed his own lying and also the lying of Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator Mark Warner.

Comey: AG Lynch Directed Me to Call Hillary Email Investigation a 'Matter'.  Thursday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, former FBI Director James Comey said former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch had asked him to call the FBI investigation into former Secretary of State and then-Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on a private email server a "matter."

Andrew McCarthy demolishes the argument that Trump obstructed justice, or even did anything wrong in dinner talk with Comey.  In his trademark well informed and lucid style, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy took just over four minutes to explain to Tucker Carlson's viewers why President Trump's dinner conversation with James Comey, bandied about as "obstruction of justice" by many on the left, was not improper.  But before you view the video below, consider the false notion propagated by Comey in his written introductory statement to his testimony today. [...]

James Comey, Novelist.  James Comey has a story to tell, and in his account, there is no doubt about who is the hero.  Comey, by reputation, has a monumental ego.  His prepared testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which you can read [elsew]here, is consistent with that image.  It is also clear that Comey is a consummate creature of Washington.  Comey's narrative suggests that from the beginning, he viewed President Trump with suspicion as an interloper in Comey's D.C. world.  He apparently never had a conversation with Trump without immediately documenting it in a memo and discussing it with his aides at the FBI.  For some reason, Comey sees fit to contrast his relationships with Presidents Obama and Trump:  [...]

James Comey's Latest Statement Is An Indictment Of Comey, Not Trump.  Ahead of former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the committee released the seven-page prepared statement Comey provided on Wednesday.  While it's clear that Comey and his allies believe the statement is proof that President Donald Trump acted inappropriately, and perhaps even illegally, the statement itself is a much bigger indictment of Comey's own behavior over the last six months.

Comey said Loretta Lynch told him not to call the Clinton email probe an 'investigation'.  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."  Under questioning by panel chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Comey said that he was uncomfortable with the unexpected meeting Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac last year.  Comey said that meeting convinced him that the independence of the investigation was tainted with regard to the Justice Department and led him to go public with the bureau's findings on Clinton.

There's Nothing About Comey.  The left would like to believe that Comey was gathering evidence on President Trump.  But they don't contain anything incriminating about him.  Instead Comey was trying to preemptively protect himself.  To understand that is to understand who Comey is and why he got into this mess.  Democrats fixated on the idea that Comey would take out Trump.  But Comey is the wrong man for that job.  Just as he was the wrong man to hold Hillary accountable.  Comey isn't anybody's hero.  He never was.

Pathetic endings to prosecutorial careers of James Comey and Loretta Lynch.  Substantively, what jumped out at me was how much of Comey's testimony was impressionistic — how he felt about what Trump said and what he surmised Trump intended.  From a supposedly hardened prosecutor and FBI Director, it was a strange approach, one that must have been deliberate with the knowledge that Comey had very little hard evidence of Trump wrongdoing, much less criminality.

Winners and Losers from Comey Hearing.  Comey's testimony revealed that there may be just as many — if not more — questions surrounding the Obama administration regarding possible malfeasance.  When asked if former President Bill Clinton's infamous tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch led him to go public with the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, Comey said, "yes," adding that the incident was conclusively "the thing that capped it for me, that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation, which meant both the FBI and the justice department."

The damaging case against James Comey.  The testimony of James Comey proved long on atmospherics and short on ethics.  While many were riveted by Comey's discussion of his discomfort in meetings with President Trump, most seemed to miss the fact that Comey was describing his own conduct in strikingly unethical terms.  The greatest irony is that Trump succeeded in baiting Comey to a degree that even Trump could not have imagined.  After calling Comey a "showboat" and poor director, Comey proceeded to commit an unethical and unprofessional act in leaking damaging memos against Trump.

Judicial Watch:  Multiple FBI Agents Tell Us 'Comey is a Dirty Cop'.  The Director of Investigations and Research for the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, Chris Farrell, told Fox News' Lou Dobbs in an interview that multiple FBI agents say that Comey is a dirty cop.  Farrell said, "This is a case where FBI agents, recently retired and actively serving have come to me and they have told me that they consider Comey to be a dirty cop."

What Everyone Is Missing About the Comey Scandal.  [Scroll down]  However, despite [James] Clapper's earnest worry and woe, the FBI is not a co-equal branch of government able to "check and balance" the executive branch.  Despite James Comey's defense of the FBI's independence at his hearing yesterday, there is no constitutional requirement that the FBI be independent of the presidency.  Comey even admitted as much amid his defense of FBI independence.

Comey's revenge testimony:  Ex-FBI director's case collapses like a house of cards.  This is the most compelling evidence yet that Comey was anything but independent in his position at the FBI.  In an editorial, the Wall Street Journal correctly notes the partisan nature of Comey's actions:  "He's a government official motivated by political self-interest who should have resigned if he believed what he now says he did.  That he failed to act at the time suggests his motive now is more revenge than truth-telling."  There's no question about it.  Comey craves the spotlight.  Comey likes to be the center of attention.  And his decision to appear yesterday before the Senate committee was an opportunity to even the score against a President who correctly fired him last month.  It was revenge — pure and simple.

Swamp creature Comey threw Lynch, Trump, the press under the bus on Thursday.  Mr. Comey threw himself under the bus.  Not only was he unable to stand up to Loretta Lynch and President Trump when he thought it was required, he also decided to leak personal notes to the media.  He leaked information through a third party and remained an anonymous source.  Comey should have taken his notes to the Justice Department or to the appropriate committees in the House and Senate.  He chose to take it to the press because his clear intention was to achieve a political objective and damage the President.  There are further indications that this may not have been his only leak.  This is an issue that should be examined in depth.

Proof That James Comey Misled the Senate Intelligence Committee.  In his written testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey made a point of saying that he wrote memoranda documenting all of his conversations with Donald Trump, something he didn't feel compelled to do regarding his (very few) conversations with Barack Obama.  In his appearance before the committee, Comey broadened this claim to include President George W. Bush, under whom he served as Deputy Attorney General.  The reason, he explained, was that Trump was the only one of the three presidents whom he considered untrustworthy.

James Comey's Media Leak Conduit, Daniel Richman, Goes into Hiding.  Oh, this is transparently suspicious.  But don't anticipate the media to point out that transparently innocent people do not need to duck for cover.  The Columbia University professor, Daniel Richman, that fired FBI Director James Comey utilized as the go-between to provide leaks to the media, has gone into hiding.

Prepare the White House for President Pence.  The fact that [Robert] Mueller is, in effect, investigating the conduct of another FBI director, James Comey, is another significant factor.  Mueller and Comey are best friends.  They will protect each other.  Comey did not reopen the anthrax investigation in order to get to the bottom of Mueller's incompetence, and Mueller will not hold Comey responsible for targeting Trump by using the phony "Trump Dossier" filled with Russian disinformation.  Hence, they both have reasons to go after Trump.  They are a tag team against the President.

Loretta Lynch, Swamp Thing.  Arguably, the most interesting part of the testimony of James Comey, the cowardly lion of the criminal justice system, before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday is not that President Trump was cleared of even a scintilla of corruption and obstruction of justice but that President Obama's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, is up to her eyeballs in both.

Trump committed no crime.  Democrats need to get over it.  Before the angry mob of breathless Democrats gets too spun up and ahead of itself, the anti-Trumpers should calm down and try to absorb just how preposterous it is to suggest that President Trump may have committed a criminal offense by supposedly obstructing justice during the Russia/Michael Flynn investigation.  Consider for a moment what would have happened if Trump had placed an op-ed in a prominent newspaper, arguing that the investigation into his campaign and former national security adviser Flynn was misguided, a wasteful use of government resources, and that he thought it should stop.  To do so would be foolish, but not criminal.

From Russia With Stupidity.  No, he tried to bluff Trump, and Trump called him, and Comey went home wearing a barrel.  Trump unceremoniously fired Señor Sanctimony like the half-stepping bureaucratic hack Comey has always been.  "Yeah, you know that nice office you had?  The Marshals are packing it up.  Don't come back.  Go ahead and drop your key card in the mail."  Comey faced a number of problems in attaining his objective of exacting revenge on Donald Trump for calling his goofy bluff.  Comey's first problem was particularly daunting:  Trump didn't do anything wrong and everyone knows it.

Democrat Alan Dershowitz:  Time to Move On & Stop Accusing Trump of a Crime For Exercising His Constitutional Authority.  According to a number of officials leading the United States intelligence agencies, the Russian government did in fact meddle in the 2016 presidential election by creating fake news and flooding the internet with propaganda.  According to the same officials, there is zero evidence to show a single vote was changed in the election and none to corroborate claims the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to beat Hillary Clinton.  Regardless, the left has chosen to go after President Trump with claims he and his associates worked with Russian officials and obstructed justice by allegedly pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into the matter.  Again, without evidence.

2 Reporters Confirm To Hannity:  Lynch Finding During Hearing Only The Tip Of The Iceberg.  During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey unmasked a delicate situation that happened during the last days of Obama's administration.  He revealed that the former president's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, asked him to call the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal a "matter" instead of an "investigation."  Although many believed that this was the only controversial moment between Lynch and Comey, new information suggests that there's more about to come.

Comey wouldn't follow Trump's lead, but was Lynch's lapdog.  The Comey hearings yesterday brought nothing with which to hang Donald Trump, but it did raise several questions about Comey and his behavior. [...] And speaking of conflicts[,] did Comey go stupid because of something more ominous?  There apparently is a recording of the conversation held by Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton during that "coincidental" meeting on the tarmac in Phoenix.  You know, just before Comey announced that he would recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton.  Almost as though he was given his orders.  Lynch asserted that her conversation with Bill Clinton consisted of "grandchildren" and "travels."  Since when are grandchildren and casual travel a matter of national security?

More Evidence on the Way That Comey Colluded With Lynch to Protect You-Know-Who.  Jim Comey is a member of the Resistance and there is evidence forthcoming showing he colluded with Loretta Lynch on other occasions.  The man who never required notes be taken during Hillary Clinton's testimony, took copious notes when he met with Donald Trump.  He let Clinton off the hook despite the fact that she was obviously guilty in the email scandal and probably with the Clinton Foundation.  This same man wouldn't let the public know Trump was not the subject of the Russia investigation.  The media knew all this and refused to report it.  Jim Comey also colluded with Loretta Lynch and called the Clinton email case a "matter" as the Clinton campaign requested.

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Jimmy Comey: 'I Was Scared.  I Lacked Courage.  So, I Went Home And Wrote In My Diary'.  He had a goal.  It was to make Trump pay for firing him.  Simple revenge.  How did he make him pay?  By orchestrating an investigation.  How do we know?  He straight up told us... the guy in charge of tracking down leaks released one of his own.

James Comey's credibility problem.  On Thursday morning [6/8/2017], James Comey returns to a very familiar forum, and a very familiar conundrum.  The former FBI director will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about his observations of the FBI's investigation into possible Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, and especially whether any attempt to influence him by President Trump played a role in his abrupt termination.  Comey has an opportunity here to publicly air any grievances over his firing, free of the professional requirements for discretion during open investigations.  So, will what he has to say make any bit of a difference?  The problem for Comey is that both Democrats and Republicans have spent nearly a year attacking him for failing to exercise professional discretion when it mattered, and politicizing the FBI as a result.  So whether his testimony will have any sway depends on whether he can overcome his massive credibility problem.

Trump Exonerated — Fired FBI Director James Comey Releases His Prepared Remarks to Media.  Fired FBI Director James Comey has released his carefully prepared opening remarks that he will deliver to congress tomorrow. [...] It's politics, pure unadulterated politics; there is no "there" there.  These remarks are released specifically to lower expectations and carefully deflate the entire construct of the 'President Trump Interference narrative'.

News and commentary about James Comey and the FBI after his Senate testimony:

Clinton Emails, Trump Dossier, Russian Nukes:  All Point To Corruption In Obama's Justice Department.  First was the fact that former FBI director James Comey had, contrary to what he told Congress, drafted what amounted to an acquittal letter for Hillary Clinton months before he'd even interviewed her regarding her unsecured private email server.  Comey interviewed Clinton on July 2, 2016, and three days later announced that he was closing the case because "no reasonable prosecutor" would pursue it. [...] But emails now show that Comey was drafting his statement way back in early May — two months before he interviewed Hillary and well before the department had completed its investigation.  When this fact came to light, former assistant director at the FBI Chris Swecker told Newsweek magazine "That is just not how things operate. ... It's built-in our DNA not to prejudge investigations, particularly from the top."  So why did Comey do the opposite?

Breaking: Clintons, DNC, FBI, & Media All Found Colluding With Russia Against Trump.  The Deep State war against POTUS Trump is real.  The above makes that all too clear.  The false narrative was being actively promoted by U.S. Intelligence, the Establishment Media, and the Establishment political class in this country — all in an effort to try and destroy the first true political outsider to win the White House in generations.  When you include the Clinton-Russia uranium deal what we have here is the single greatest political scandal in American history.  The Establishment will try and minimize these shocking revelations.

We Need an Investigation of the Entire Justice Department Now.  [Scroll down]  Has the FBI turned into CNN?  Or are they just dumber than the proverbial stones?  Speaking of which, we also have the unanswered questions about Deborah Wasserman Schultz and her Pakistani computer expert who had access to the data of dozens of congressional Democrats, not to mention the unsolved mystery of the murder of Seth Rich and the hacking of the DNC server.  The FBI and the DOJ have told us next to nothing about either.  In general, we learn more from Julian Assange, like him or not.

Uranium One:  Will Justice be Done?  House Republicans have just launched an investigation into the Uranium One deal.  The deal happened during Obama's tenure.  That's no coincidence — not with Hillary Clinton around.  The former president may be neck-deep in yellowcake.  Uranium One is a tangled web of criminality.  It appears to involve higher-ups — elected and appointed — on an unprecedented scale.  The bigger allegations:  Massive payoffs to the Clintons, via their foundation.  Bill also pocketed a cool half million dollars for a speech in Russia — suspiciously at the time the Uranium One deal was developing.  National security breaches by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in which Obama may be complicit.  That's along with his then-attorney general, Eric Holder.  A coverup, involving the Clintons (of course), Obama, Holder, Lynch, maybe McCabe, maybe Mueller, maybe Rosenstein, more likely maybe Comey.

Clinton Uranium One deal:  FBI informant blocked by Obama-era AG can unlock key info, attorney says.  An informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is under a gag order that prevents him from testifying before the United States Congress that Russian nuclear officials were involved in fraudulent dealings in 2009 before the Uranium One deal was approved.  Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch blocked the informant from testifying last year and threatened criminal action against him if he were to do so.

State Dept Admits There are 40,000 Pages of Clinton Emails They Haven't Even Looked At.  So far, the State Department has processed more than 32,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  At a recent court hearing, however, the Department acknowledged that this isn't even half of the total number of records that they have to release.  According to a press release from the organization, the State Department admitted in federal court that they still have 40,000 pages of emails that they still have to go through.  "Secretary Tillerson should be asked why his State Department is still sitting on a motherlode of Clinton emails," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.  "It is disheartening that an administration elected to 'drain the swamp' is stalling the release of documents to protect Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration."  The State Department, for their part, said that they are dedicating additional resources to reviewing the documents, which are stored on 7 FBI discs.

Hillary Clinton's Russian Ghost Stories.  For a decade, the FBI ran an operation called Ghost Stories to monitor and rip apart a deep-cover Russian agent network.  Ghost Stories tracked a ring Russian spies who lived between Boston and Washington, D.C., under false identities.  It was one of the FBI's most elaborate and successful counterintelligence operations in history.  After the FBI arrested 10 of the spies in June, 2010, Secretary of State Clinton worked feverishly to return the Russian agents to Moscow in a hastily arranged, lopsided deal with Putin.  It all happened as the uranium deal was in play:  An arrangement to provide Moscow's state Rosatom nuclear agency with 20 percent of American uranium capacity, with $145,000,000 to pour into the Clinton Family Foundation and its projects.

FBI sat on evidence of Russian bribery plot as US uranium reserves signed over to Russia.  A blockbuster story in The Hill yesterday is being given the silent treatment by the mainstream media.  That won't last for long. [...] The FBI under Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice under Eric Holder and his U.S. attorney Rosenstein allowed a strategic natural resource to slip into the control of a rival hostile power and declined to act on corruption investigations into the Clintons — all while keeping Congress and the public in the dark about the unfolding crime involving the highest levels of politics.

The Comey Conundrum.  Former FBI Director James Comey knows how to play the G-Man as a straight arrow on television, but he's a cynical Washington operator in real life.  His orchestration of the appointment of his friend Robert Mueller as special counsel to take down President Trump in the fictitious Russia collusion scandal (and all its penumbras and radiations) represents a striking case in point.  Comey's hand in it should discredit the Mueller operation all by itself. [...] This week Comey emerged as a player in the bombshell story of the Russian bribery plot behind the sale of Uranium One to the friends of Vladimir Putin.  The plot was uncovered by the FBI under Comey's directorship.  Yet the FBI's informant in the case was barred by Obama's Department of Justice from testifying to Congress about it.

Trump calls James Comey's investigation of Hillary Clinton 'obviously a fix'.  Donald Trump suggested in tweets early on Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had decided to spare Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices, calling the process "a fix".  "FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete," Trump tweeted, continuing, "Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself.  Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this-obviously a fix?  Where is Justice Dept?"  Trump was referring to documents released by the FBI on Monday which show that Comey had composed a draft entitled:  "Drafts of Director Comey's July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01" about two months before the statement was actually made and before Clinton was interviewed.

Gowdy wants Comey to testify again following Clinton email draft release.  Following the FBI's release of documents confirming that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a letter on the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before completing several interviews, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. said Comey needs to testify before Congress again.  Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committee, told Fox News' Bret Baier on "Special Report" Tuesday night [10/17/2017] that "for a number of reasons" Comey should return to Capitol Hill and the committees needed to further examine the FBI memos before he did.

Government wants to argue in secret why it doesn't want to disclose the Comey memos.  Government lawyers asked a judge Friday to deny CNN's request to force the FBI to publicly disclose former FBI Director James Comey's memos documenting his interactions with President Trump about the Russia investigation.  The news network made the case in a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in June that there was high public interest in Comey's memos and that the notes were not classified, as insisted by Comey himself in testimony.  CNN, along with other outlets and watchdog groups, had requested the memos under the Freedom of Information Act.

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow.  Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.  They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

FBI Confirms That Comey Drafted Statement On Clinton Probe Months Before Investigation Ended.  The FBI released emails Monday confirming that former FBI Director James Comey drafted statements regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before the probe was closed.  The bureau released a file entitled "Drafts of Director Comey's July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation," to its Freedom of Information Act website.  The file contains an email Comey sent May 2, 2016, to several FBI officials regarding the Clinton email probe, which was referred to internally by the codename "Midyear Exam."  The draft statement was first revealed in late August by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, two members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Judicial Watch says FBI has found Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting documents.  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch said Friday [10/13/2017] that the FBI has uncovered 30 pages of documents related to the controversial 2016 tarmac meeting between former President Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  The newly uncovered documents will be sent to Judicial Watch by the end of November in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, a spokesman for the group told Fox News.

FBI 'Finds' New Documents About Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting.  The FBI has found 30 pages of documents related to the June 2016 airport tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, even after the bureau claimed to not have any records related to the matter.  FBI lawyers revealed the existence of the records in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the conservative watchdog group.  The FBI had informed Judicial Watch last October that the bureau did not have any records related to the June 27, 2016 meeting between Clinton and Lynch.  That encounter, which occurred on the tarmac at Phoenix's airport, was significant because it took place while the Justice Department was investigating Hillary Clinton's potential mishandling of classified information on her private email account.

The Editor says...
Hillary Clinton had a secret email server, not just a "private email account."

FBI Finds 30 Pages of Clinton-Lynch Tarmac Meeting Documents — Wants Six Weeks to Turn Over Docs.  The FBI originally informed Judicial Watch they did not locate any records related to the tarmac meeting.  However, in a related case, the Justice Department located emails in which Justice Department officials communicated with the FBI and wrote that they had communicated with the FBI.  As a result, by letter dated August 10, 2017, from the FBI stated, "Upon further review, we subsequently determined potentially responsive documents may exist.  As a result, your [FOIA] request has been reopened..."  (Surprisingly, the Trump Justice Department refuses to disclose the talking points developed by the Obama Justice Department to help it respond to press inquiries about the controversial June 27, 2016, tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.)

Why is the FBI stonewalling congressional subpoenas on the Fusion GPS 'Trump Dossier'?  Could the story behind the "Trump dossier" be the Rosetta Stone of Russian manipulation of our electoral process in 2016? There is a strong and justifiable suspicion that the dossier was the critical bit of evidence that persuaded the FISA Court to reverse itself and permit monitoring of American associates of Donald Trump.  The dossier was originally begun as an opposition research project for Republican rivals of Trump, then funded by Democrats, and allegedly finally funded by the FBI.  We already know that some of the wild accusations in it were demonstrably false.  The House Intelligence Committee long has been looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and so far, it has come up with nothing.  As in zero specific evidence.  This was admitted by no less than Rep. Jackie Spier, a veteran Democrat member of the House of Representatives.  [Video clip]

Robert Mueller Blocks Congressional Oversight of FBI Involvement in Trump Surveillance.  A report from Reuters highlights the DOJ and FBI refusing to hand over documents related to the Steele Dossier on candidate Donald Trump, and the FBI (Via James Comey) involvement in assembling the content therein.  However, the lede is buried in paragraph four of the article. [...] This is genuinely much more alarming that might initially appear on first review.  In essence the FBI is protecting itself from inquiry into unlawful conduct of the FBI.

House Republicans renew call for 2nd special counsel, amid fresh Comey concerns.  House Republicans on Tuesday [9/26/2017] formally renewed their call for a second special counsel to probe 2016 controversies involving Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration — following allegations that former FBI director James Comey drafted an "exoneration statement" for Clinton weeks before interviewing her.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, who first called for a second special counsel's appointment in July, cited several factors in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.  "In this case, it appears that Director Comey and other senior Justice Department and government officials may have pre-judged the 'matter' before all the facts were known, thereby ensuring former Secretary Clinton would not be charged for her criminal activity," they wrote.

All of Obama's Wiretappers.  Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir rests on an astonishingly audacious lie:  that the very FBI director who made her campaign possible by improperly sparing her from an indictment doomed it.  A normal pol who had mishandled classified information as egregiously as Hillary would have felt eternal gratitude to Comey.  Only an entitled ingrate like Hillary would have the gall to cast her savior as the chief thorn in her side.  Nor does Hillary acknowledge another in-kind contribution to her campaign from Comey:  his willingness to serve as a cog in Obama's campaign of political espionage against Trump.

How the FBI is treating my Freedom of Info requests.  As you read this thread in which I'm requesting information (that I own) from the FBI, keep in mind that Freedom of Information (FOI) law requires the government to turn over the requested information within about 30 days.  Years later: [...]

The Deep State Wraps Its Protective Cocoon Around Hillary Clinton.  The Department of Justice still has a lot of Clinton people in there, and they're in there for this exact reason.  These people, they go to Ivy League schools or wherever, and they are trained and this is their purpose.  They grow up, they are raised — and then they are educated — to become part of government, to advance a particular political point of view.  And that's what they do, and they don't think twice about it.  And it would be impossible to root all of them out, in this amount of time, if it were even an objective, and I don't think that it is.  But a great example what you're talking about is somebody went to the FBI — it might have been Judicial Watch or some special interest group — and made a Freedom of Information Act request for more Hillary Clinton emails.  And the FBI said, "Nah, we don't think anybody cares.  "There's not a valid public interest, so we're not gonna make them available."  Not a valid public interest?  She had an illegal server.  She almost could have been charged with felonious criminal behavior in this, and they're saying there's not a big public interest?

White House:  DOJ 'should certainly look at' prosecuting James Comey.  The Department of Justice should consider prosecuting James Comey for his "improper" actions while serving as FBI director, the White House said Tuesday [9/12/2017].  Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, argued during the daily press briefing that Comey's actions as FBI director "were improper and likely could have been illegal."  Asked if President Trump wants the Department of Justice to prosecute Comey, Sanders said that's "something they should certainly look at."  Sanders said the former FBI director "politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses."

Mueller finds alarming signs, and sleazy people, in collusion probe.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and agents of the Russian government has been remarkably discreet, as it should be.  But other sources have leaked three names — Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and Eric Schneiderman — that indicate that Mueller's team is probing very deeply.  If there's a smoking gun to be found, Mueller is getting closer to it.

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Anatomy of a sleazy editorial.  Remarkably discreet?  Then how does the newspaper know who is being probed if Mueller is being discreet?  Federal prosecutors do leak damaging information to friendly newspapers and cable outlets.  Jim Comey testified under oath to Congress that he used a third party to leak a memo to the New York Times.  Mark Felt — passed over by Nixon as FBI director — was Deep Throat in Watergate.  It would take a stretch of the imagination to believe that another former FBI official would eschew such tactics in trying to shake information from reluctant witnesses.  How does the editorial board know "other sources" — implied as not connected with Mueller — leaked?

Lawyer Says FBI Covering 'Rear End' By Not Releasing Clinton Emails.  Lawyer Ty Clevenger says the FBI is desperately trying to cover its tracks by not releasing former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails.  Clevenger spoke with Tucker Carlson on Fox News Thursday night [9/7/2017] about his efforts to gain access through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  That request was denied and the lawyer said he originally wondered if former president Barack Obama was still running the FBI.  The FBI told him that his request "wasn't in the public interest."  "They're saying the public doesn't care," Clevenger added.

Was James Comey A Secret Hillary Clinton Shill?  New Evidence Revealed.  Disgraced former FBI director James Comey butchered the investigation into Hillary Clinton's crimes.  It was perhaps the most important investigation of Comey's career and he completely lost his head.  He betrayed us.  Americans expect the FBI to fight for justice, not kowtow to political pressure.  Comey's "investigation" was such a sham that he drafted Clinton's exoneration letter before he interviewed her.

Time For A Full-Scale Investigation — Maybe Even A Special Counsel — On Hillary, Obama, and Comey.  Last week, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released news that they'd found evidence that in April and May 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey prepared a statement letting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton off the hook for her alleged mistreatment of classified information.  As the senators noted, "As of early May 2016, the FBI had not yet interviewed Secretary Clinton.  Moreover, it had yet to finish interviewing sixteen other key witnesses, including Cheryl Mills, Bryan Pagliano, Heather Samuelson, Justin Cooper and John Bentel.  These individuals had intimate and personal knowledge relating to Secretary Clinton's non-government server, including helping her build and administer the device."  This is patently insane.  It's particularly insane given the fact that Comey posed for years as a by-the-book, no-nonsense advocate for the law.  But the fact is that Comey knew that no matter what happened, Attorney General Loretta Lynch would exonerate Hillary Clinton, and so he decided to take the heat off of Lynch and President Obama by putting his reputation on the line on their behalf.

More Evidence That Comey Deserved To Be Fired.  On Wednesday [8/30/2017] Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wrote to current FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for additional documents related to Mr. Comey's decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton in 2016.  FBI agents had been investigating Mrs. Clinton for her use of a private server and mishandling of classified information while serving as secretary of State.  The lawmakers want more documents because they've found evidence in interview transcripts of Mr. Comey's former senior FBI staff suggesting another gross violation of investigative standards.  The letter was made public by the committee on Thursday.  The two senators wrote that according to unredacted portions of the transcripts, which were generated in a separate federal investigation, "in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton.  That was long before FBI agents finished their work.  Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership.  The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts."

Was Obama Involved in Comey's Fix on Hillary's Emails?  With the new revelation that fired FBI Director James Comey began writing the draft of the Hillary Clinton investigation and the forthcoming exoneration before concluding the investigation, it begs the question, "What did Obama know and when did he know it?"  Follow me on this.  In April, Comey began drafting his statement finding Hillary committed no crimes.  Seventeen witnesses had not even been interviewed yet.  That includes Hillary herself.

The case for a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton.  America tried to let Hillary Clinton off the hook.  Despite cries of "lock her up" during the campaign, most of the nation had little appetite for prosecuting her after the election, with even Donald Trump willing to give her a free pass.  "I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump told The New York Times two weeks after his victory.  "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."  But the Clinton e-mail scandal, like Clinton herself, won't go away.  It remains a blot on the legacy of the Obama administration, the Justice Department and the FBI, and now comes fresh evidence that the investigation that cleared her was a total sham.

Time for a Full Investigation... of the FBI.  What happens to a country whose most important police force — and its key investigators — is [sic] no longer telling the truth to the citizens of that nation?  Nothing good, I'm sure most would agree.  There's almost no point in going through all the analogies to despotic regimes.  Writers from George Orwell to Arthur Koestler have already done it for us.  But those analogies come immediately to mind following two revelations regarding our Federal Bureau of Investigation that surfaced this week.  In one instance, the FBI refused to turn over documents regarding the Hillary Clinton emails because of — wait for it — "lack of public interest."

It Wasn't Comey's Decision to Exonerate Hillary — It Was Obama's.  [Scroll down]  Obama's April [2016] statements are the significant ones.  They told us how this was going to go.  The rest is just details.  In his April 10 comments, Obama made the obvious explicit:  He did not want the certain Democratic nominee, the candidate he was backing to succeed him, to be indicted.  Conveniently, his remarks (inevitably echoed by Comey) did not mention that an intent to endanger national security was not an element of the criminal offenses Clinton was suspected of committing — in classic Obama fashion, he was urging her innocence of a strawman crime while dodging any discussion of the crimes she had actually committed.  As we also now know — but as Obama knew at the time — the president himself had communicated with Clinton over her non-secure, private communications system, using an alias.  The Obama administration refused to disclose these several e-mail exchanges because they undoubtedly involve classified conversations between the president and his secretary of state.  It would not have been possible to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified information without its being clear that President Obama had engaged in the same conduct.  The administration was never, ever going to allow that to happen.

Comey Caught On Tape Straight Up Lying About Hillary Clinton Interview & Investigation.  [James Comey testified] under oath that he did not make up his mind about Hillary Clinton's guilt prior to the FBI interview that took place just days before he announced she had done nothing illegal.  Ah, but that is in direct contrast to the breaking news this week that Mr. Comey had in fact sent out a draft memo to upper level FBI administrators exonerating Hillary Clinton two months before the interview.  James Comey lied under oath.  James Comey obstructed justice.  James Comey initiated a biased investigation against Donald Trump that has led to an equally biased Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller — who happens to be close friends with James Comey.  This cannot stand.  The Deep State continues to try and overturn the results of the 2016 Election.  Deep State Republicans like Paul Ryan and John McCain are complicit in this effort.

Sekulow, Fleisher and Guilfoyle Discuss Latest Revelations of Corruption Within FBI.  In a letter from Senator Chuck Grassley to new FBI Director Christopher Wray[,] the senator outlines some disturbing information discovered in documents reviewed by the judicial committee.  Chief among the issues was a discovery that fired FBI Director James Comey had already drafted a preliminary conclusion that Hillary Clinton was not going to be held responsible.  The FBI Director's 2016 position was created in April and May before sixteen key investigative witnesses, including Mrs. Clinton herself, were even interviewed.

A former FBI agent battling Deputy Director McCabe said there is a 'cancer' inside the FBI.  When the FBI launched an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of the bureau's top former counterterrorism agents believed that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe would have to recuse himself from the investigation.  Former Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz was one of the bureau's top intelligence analysts and terrorism experts but resigned from the bureau five years ago after she said she was harassed and her career was blocked by top FBI management.  She filed a formal sexual discrimination complaint against the bureau in 2013 and it was Flynn, among many others, who publicly came to her aide.

Comey Drafted Memo Exonerating Hillary's Illegal Behavior... Before Suspects Were Interviewed!  As FBI director last year, James Comey began writing drafts of a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton, even before all witnesses in the investigation — including Clinton herself — had been interviewed.  The Senate Judiciary Committee obtained the Comey memos as part of its investigation into his firing by President Trump, which occurred on May 9.  The revelation that Comey had begun drafting memos of his exoneration statement comes from transcripts of interviews given last fall by two FBI officials.

Corrupt Comey Had the Fix In.  Now we know why the FBI made the absurd claim that it would not release its files on the Hillary Clinton email investigation for alleged lack of public interest.  The FBI was covering up its obstruction of justice in the, er, "matter" knowing full well that former Director James Comey had already exonerated Hillary Clinton before the alleged investigation was complete and all witnesses had been interviewed and months before Comey falsely claimed in his announcement that no competent prosecutor would take Hillary's case.

Nets Censor Bombshell That Comey Didn't Wait for Facts to Rescue Hillary.  Conclusion first, facts second.  That, allegedly, was the mentality of ex-FBI Director James Comey in dealing with Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal.  Yet this revelation was ignored by ABC, CBS and NBC on Thursday and Friday.  Comey, who was fired by Donald Trump in May, decided against criminal charges of Hillary Clinton before 17 interviews of witnesses were even complete.  Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all highlighted the story.  Yet, despite a combined nine and a half hours of air time on Thursday night [8/31/2017] and Friday morning, the networks couldn't be bothered.

James Comey, Hillary's Real Campaign Manager.  The insufferable, morally preening former FBI Director James B. Comey Jr., intentionally gave Hillary Clinton's campaign a boost last year by deciding to sabotage the email investigation by exonerating the then-candidate before key witnesses had even been interviewed, new evidence suggests.  Citing Comey's bungling of the Clinton email investigation, President Trump unceremoniously fired him by press release on May 9, three-and-a-half years into his 10-year term.  Trump was attacked in the media for not caring about Comey's presumably hurt feelings.  He based his decision on a U.S. Department of Justice memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein that found Comey had, among other things, usurped then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's authority by taking it upon himself to unilaterally clear Clinton.

Jay Sekulow:  Comey Letter Exonerating Clinton Shows Email Probe Was a 'Fraud on the America People'.  On Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) revealed in a statement that then-FBI Director James Comey drafted his letter exonerating Hillary Clinton from her email scandal months before "key witnesses" were interviewed.  In light of that, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump's legal team, appeared that night on "Hannity" on Fox News.  "The whole investigation, evidently, was a fraud on the American people," he said.  "You've got James Comey now with emails going back and forth where he's drafting three months before they interview 16 key witnesses, including the supposed target of the investigation — exoneration!"  Sekulow also questioned Comey's testimony about his handling of the case in light of the new information.

Release Clinton email probe details, judge orders FBI.  A federal judge has ordered the FBI to disclose more details on how the agency handled Hillary Clinton's secret email account.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers that describe the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to press for information from Clinton's internet service providers can be made available to the public, the Washington Times reported.  "After reviewing the document in camera, the court concludes that it largely rehashes information already made public, thus obviating any need for secrecy," the judge said.  Two groups, Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute, have been pressing the government for more information about the Clinton emails, and they say the ruling is a victory for transparency.

Federal judge to FBI: Yeah, no, you have to release the Hillary e-mail documents.  [Scroll down]  I suspect that's exactly how President Trump feels about it.  We've seen since the day the president took office that the deep state bureaucracies within the executive branch have an agenda to undermine and sabotage his leadership, and it's clear that the FBI's established leadership has been looking to protect Hillary from the beginning of this matter.  That includes James Comey, by the way, who we now learn had made the decision to let Hillary skate months before the investigation was even concluded.

Judge orders feds to release details of FBI's Clinton email probe.  A federal judge ordered the FBI Thursday [8/31/2017] to disclose more details about how it handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret email account.  U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg said court papers describing the grand jury subpoenas the FBI obtained to compel information from Mrs. Clinton's Internet service providers can be made public.  In doing so, he overruled objections by the Trump administration that had insisted making the information public would violate grand jury secrecy rules.

Standoff brews between Senate, FBI over Trump dossier.  Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and the committee's ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, want to interview two high-ranking FBI officials about some key aspects of the bureau's role in the Trump-Russia investigation — the Trump dossier, the firing of James Comey, and more.  But the FBI doesn't want those officials to talk — even though the Judiciary Committee has oversight responsibility for the FBI, and even though the request is bipartisan, and even though there appears to be no conflict with the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation conducted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.  A standoff could be developing.

Comey's alleged Clinton 'exoneration statement' calls Senate testimony into question.  Fresh allegations that former FBI director James Comey began drafting an "exoneration statement" for Hillary Clinton well before interviewing her and other key witnesses have called into question his Senate testimony about why he decided to go public with his findings in the email case last summer.  In a June hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was asked whether his decision to announce the results of the investigation was influenced by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's infamous meeting days earlier on an Arizona tarmac with former President Bill Clinton.  "Yes, in an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me — that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation," Comey told Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C.

James Comey Drafted Conclusion in Clinton Probe Prior to FBI Interviewing Key Witnesses.  In a letter from Senator Chuck Grassley to new FBI Director Christopher Wray (full pdf below) the senator outlines some disturbing information discovered in documents reviewed by the judicial committee.  Chief among the issues was a discovery that fired FBI Director James Comey had already drafted a preliminary conclusion that Hillary Clinton was not going to be held responsible; the FBI Director's position was created in April and May 2016 before sixteen key investigative witnesses, including Mrs. Clinton herself, were even interviewed.

James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides.  Former FBI Director James Comey started to draft a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the bureau's investigation into her use of a private email server before the FBI interviewed her or her key witnesses, the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday [8/31/2017].  "Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that's no way to run an investigation.  The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to the FBI.  The Judiciary Committee reviewed transcripts, which were heavily redacted, indicating Comey began drafting the exoneration statement in April or May 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses, including Clinton and some of her close aides.

FBI fights public release of Trump dossier info.  Senate investigators have had problems getting the FBI to reveal information about the Trump dossier.  They're not the only ones.  Outside groups filing Freedom of Information Act requests are running up against a stone wall when it comes to the dossier.  On March 8, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for documents regarding the bureau's contacts with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who dug for dirt in Russia on candidate Donald Trump in the months before the 2016 presidential election.  Steele's effort was commissioned by the oppo research firm Fusion GPS, which at the time was being paid by still-unidentified Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton.  Just weeks before the election, the FBI reportedly agreed to support Steele's oppo project — an extraordinary action in the midst of a campaign which Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said raised "questions about the FBI's independence from politics."

Parents Catch FBI In Plot To Force Mentally Ill Son To Be A Right Wing Terrorist.  It's become a near-weekly occurrence.  Somewhere in some state, the FBI will announce that they've foiled yet another terrorist plot and saved lives.  However, as the data shows, the majority of these cases involve psychologically diminished patsies who've been entirely groomed, armed, and entrapped by FBI agents.  Simply put, the FBI manufactures terror threats and then takes credit for stopping them.  While many of these cases have garnered attention and been exposed in the alternative media, a recent case out of Oklahoma sets a new low for FBI and exposes how insidious these plots can be.

FBI says lack of public interest in Hillary emails justifies withholding documents.  Hillary Clinton's case isn't interesting enough to the public to justify releasing the FBI's files on her, the bureau said this week in rejecting an open-records request by a lawyer seeking to have the former secretary of state punished for perjury.  Ty Clevenger has been trying to get Mrs. Clinton and her personal attorneys disbarred for their handling of her official emails during her time as secretary of state.  He's met with resistance among lawyers, and now his request for information from the FBI's files has been shot down.

Comey botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation.  [Scroll down]  Never, I repeat never, in my 25-year career have I or any FBI agent known to me investigated a criminal case without the use of a federal grand jury, federal grand jury subpoenas, search warrants, etc.  Search warrants and/or subpoenas should have been executed at Clinton's residences in Chappaqua and Washington and at Platte River Networks.  In fact, Comey frequently cites his vast experience.  Well, I am certain that in every case with which he was involved (except this one, conveniently) he employed the use of a federal grand jury and all of the authority that encompasses.  Comey's parsing of words to justify his cowardly decision was awkward and juvenile.

Clinton email case far from closure as FBI hands over more classified documents to State.  The Hillary Clinton email fiasco isn't ending anytime soon, with State Department officials saying they have no idea when they will finish sorting though and releasing the previously hidden messages.  More classified documents that the former secretary of state improperly handled keep coming to light.  The Trump administration doesn't even know if it has hunted down every trace of the emails that Mrs. Clinton — a former first lady, U.S. senator, top diplomat and Democratic presidential nominee — sent from a secret email server stashed in her home.  "At this time, we do not have an estimate for completion of processing all of these documents," a State Department official told The Washington Times.

Mueller Raids Manafort's Home — Because He Has Nothing.  All the king's horses and all the king's men have not found Russian collusion with Trump.  Even Mueller likely knows it, because he is now investigating everything but Russian collusion.  You do not expand an investigation's scope because you have found a deep vein of criminality tied to prima facie Russian collusion — if you did, you would be going deep into that vein.  Every week, more evidence comes out that the Democratic Party computers were not hacked — something vital to the concept of the Russians stealing those emails and giving to them to WikiLeaks.  The fundamental requirement that the Russians stole Democratic emails might have been overturned if the FBI looked at the servers — which they chose not to do.  Who among us would be able to tell the FBI that we do not choose to give them our servers for an investigation?

Judicial Watch Sues Justice Department for Comey's 'Exit Records'.  Judicial Watch announced today [8/11/2017] that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice for all non-disclosure agreements pertaining to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey.  The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to respond to a June 13, 2017, FOIA request seeking "any and all non-disclosure agreements pertaining in full or in part to the handling, storage, protection, dissemination, and/or return of classified and/or sensitive information that were signed by or on behalf of former FBI Director James Comey."

Comey's FBI Lied About Lynch-Clinton Meeting.  [Scroll down]  There are only two possibilities here: either someone at the FBI destroyed documents relating to the Bureau's communications about the Lynch/Clinton meeting, or someone at the FBI lied in response to ACLJ's FOIA request.  Federal agencies have personnel dedicated to responding to FOIA requests, and presumably the people who carry out this relatively mundane task would not lie or destroy documents without instructions from the top.  To me, the most interesting revelation of the DOJ documents is the extent to which the Democratic Party media were anxious to squash the Lynch/Clinton story.

A second special counsel must investigate Clinton, Comey, Lynch and others.  There was a time, not so long ago, when candidate Donald Trump vowed, if elected, to have his attorney general appoint a special counsel to reopen the Hillary Clinton investigation and, if warranted, bring criminal charges against her.  It never happened, of course.  And the president has only himself to blame.  President-elect Trump had a change of heart after winning the election, signaling that his new administration would let bygones be bygones, explaining that Clinton had "suffered" enough.

Proliferating Scandals Make Mueller Investigation Ludicrous.  [Scandal #5] The Lynch Non-Mob:  Our previous attorney general has so much more to answer for than our current one — the tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, insisting the case of the massive Hillary email erasures was a "matter" and not an "investigation" when the alleged crimes would almost certainly send a civilian to jail for life.  This undoubtedly contributed to the bizarre behavior of James Comey and to the fact that so much about this "matter" was never truly investigated, tarnishing the FBI's reputation perhaps forever.  A lot of Republicans think this was a big-time coverup and there's more evidence for that than there is for Trump-Russia collusion, miles more.  (Comic relief:  Lanny Davis still insisting on Fox the other night that the 30,000 plus erased emails were about yoga lessons.)

House Judiciary Committee votes to request documents on Comey, Clinton.  Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee passed an amendment on Wednesday [7/26/2017] requesting documents related to former FBI Director James Comey's communications with the Obama administration and journalists.  According to The Washington Post, the amendment guts a resolution of inquiry introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) asking for documents related to Comey's firing in May.  The GOP amendment was co-sponsored by Republican Reps.  Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Mike Johnson (La.).

Conservatives Plan to Press for Official Congressional Investigation into James Comey, Loretta Lynch.  Reps.  Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) have drafted an amendment that would compel government cooperation with a congressional probe into Lynch's and Comey's activities.  Specifically, the amendment — a draft of which was obtained by Breitbart News — would compel the production of documents and evidence regarding Lynch's order to Comey to "mislead the American people by starting he should refer to the investigation into the mishandling of classified data and use of an unauthorized email server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a 'matter,' rather than a criminal 'investigation.'"

FBI relies on discredited dossier in Russia investigation.  The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.  A source close to the investigation described the dossier as a checklist agents tick off as they go over numerous unverified charges denounced as fabrications by President Trump and his aides.  The source called it strange that a gossip-filled series of memos is guiding the way the bureau is conducting the investigation.

FBI Seized Crushed Hard Drives From Home of Debbie Wasserman Schultz' IT Aide.  Over the past few months, the story of the Awan brothers has been largely ignored by mainstream media.  However, the Pakistani-born brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan are at the center of a criminal investigation by U.S. Capital Hill Police and the FBI.  While official charges have not yet been filed, allegations of wrong doing vary from simply overcharging taxpayers for congressional IT equipment to blackmailing members of Congress with secrets captured from emails.

Fox News Exclusive:  Rosenstein says internal memos should stay 'confidential,' after Comey leak.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in an exclusive interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, made clear he would not approve leaks like ex-FBI Director James Comey's release of personal notes on discussions with President Trump. [...] And he had tough words when asked about Comey's recent admission that he used a friend at Columbia University to get a memo he penned on a discussion with Trump leaked to The New York Times.

FBI document dump reveals secrets of Clinton probe as new director nominee faces Senate.  Some 42 pages of highly redacted documents from the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of highly classified materials paint a picture of a serious, but flawed investigation hindered by a lack of cooperation, according to a key watchdog group.  The materials, all part of the probe dubbed "Midyear Exam," included several documents designated as "grand jury material," indicating the potential seriousness of the investigation that would ultimately be ended by FBI director James Comey in July, then restarted for a brief period in October before being shut down for good.

Report: FBI Documents Show 'Flawed' Hillary Clinton Investigation.  Newly released documents from the FBI's criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of highly classified materials highlight a "serious, but flawed investigation hindered by a lack of cooperation," according to a new report.  Some of the 42 pages are marked "grand jury material," indicating that the FBI considered the investigation serious enough to prosecute before a grand jury, according to a report by Fox News.  One document shows that one of Clinton's private attorneys, Katherine Turner, had agreed to turn over one of Clinton's non-secure Apple iPads and two of her BlackBerrys to the FBI.

Top Lawmaker Demands Investigation into Comey, Former Obama Officials for Leaks of Classified Intel.  The chairman of the House National Security Subcommittee is calling on the Department of Justice to launch a formal investigation into former FBI Director James Comey's alleged leak of classified information, according to an exclusive interview with the Washington Free Beacon in which the lawmaker also called on the Trump administration to purge all former Obama administration holdovers from government.  Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and chair of its National Security subcommittee, is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to launch a full scale investigation into Comey's handling of a series of potentially classified memos that were leaked to the press earlier this year.

Did fired FBI Director James Comey break the law?  With each passing week come new and troubling revelations regarding the actions of fired FBI Director James Comey.  In an article published a couple of weeks ago, I warned that Comey's testimony under oath that he intentionally leaked materials for publication in a New York Times story raised serious legal questions at the time.  With new information just released, it is now clear Comey faces significant legal problems.  According to reports, at least four of the seven memos Comey drafted of privileged communications he had with the president contained classified information — not personal documents — as he contended during a Congressional hearing last month.

If Comey's in legal jeopardy, will Mueller ride to his rescue?  Hillary Clinton, thanks to James Comey, escaped criminal prosecution for violating the Espionage Act.  Now it is Comey who may have violated that same law.  If he did, will Comey escape prosecution, courtesy of his good friend, Robert Mueller?  The fired FBI Director's legal predicament comes as The Hill reports that Comey authored seven memorandums reflecting the contents of his conversations with President Trump and that four of the memos "have been determined to contain classified information."  If this is true and Comey kept these documents in his personal possession upon leaving government service and conveyed some of them to another individual without authorization, then it would appear that he committed multiple felonies under the Espionage Act.

IBD throws down the gauntlet on Comey and Mueller.  It needed to be said, and Investor's Business Daily has stepped up and said it well, now that we have reason to believe that a majority of the memos prepared by James Comey on his conversations with the president contained classified information.  An IBD editorial extends the logic of the situation to the ultimate conclusion that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, must recuse himself from investigations of President Trump.

FBI Agent Indicted for Lying About Shooting in Oregon Refuge Standoff.  An FBI agent has been indicted for lying to state and federal investigators about firing at Robert "LaVoy" Finicum during a showdown between law enforcement and protesters last year in Oregon. [...] Oregon state police shot and killed Finicum on January 26, 2016.  He was fleeing a surprise traffic stop on a rural highway near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where he was holed up with other protesters.  He crashed his truck into a snow bank and jumped out.  An autopsy determined that three rounds shot by state police killed him.  The U.S. Attorney for Oregon said the shots were "necessary and justified," since Finicum appeared to be reaching for his gun.  Investigators discovered that someone else fired as well before Finicum left his truck.  One round went into the roof of the truck.  Astarita failed to tell Oregon police officers that he shot two rounds at Finicum.  He also failed to tell the FBI's Shooting Incident Response Team.  Suspicions were aroused when two shell casings disappeared from the scene.

Clintonian Comey Defense Sequence — The Latest:  Comey's Leaked Memos Were "Retroactively Classified".  Those of you following along at home might be having a remarkable feeling of Deja-Vu with the similarity between Hillary Clinton's approach to her emails containing classified information, and James Comey's approach today to reports of his leaked memos containing "classified" intelligence.

Why does the media still portray James Comey as a hero?  From the outset, reporters and Democrats (who had been calling for Comey's firing or questioning his judgment) declared him to be the man who fearlessly stood up to a president demanding loyalty pledges and discarding legal and ethical standards.  The problem with that narrative is not the criticism of the actions of President Trump, but the consistent efforts to ignore the equally troubling actions of former FBI Director Comey.  Yet, if Trump was to be the irredeemable villain, Comey had to be the immaculate hero.  The script glitch centered on three allegations — all of which were actively denied by legal experts.  First, Comey leaked memos of his meetings with Trump.  Second, those memos constituted government material.  Third, the memos were likely classified on some level.

Mystery Solved:  Now We Know Why Comey Did Nothing About Hillary.  All told, Comey wrote seven memos based on nine meetings with Trump.  In testimony to Congress, he asserted that he had made sure the memos in question didn't have classified material.  But a subsequent investigation found markings on four of the memos indicating secret information, the kind that is not allowed to be routinely released to the public.  Comey has long maintained that the memos were his personal property, but virtually no legal authority agrees with that.  Nor does the FBI, for that matter.  The memos were created on government time and related directly to his work, so they were the property of government.  In short, it sounds like a game of cover-your-hindquarters he's been playing. [...] In short, Comey appears to have delivered classified information to the New York Times and other media for the sole political purpose of bringing down President Trump.

Report:  James Comey Memos Contained 'Secret' or 'Confidential' Information.  More than half of the memos created by former FBI Director James Comey of his private conversations with President Trump have been found to contain classified information, according to a new report.  Four of seven memos Comey created had markings making clear they contained information classified at the "secret" or "confidential" level, officials directly familiar with the matter told The Hill.

Did Comey Leak Classified Information?  Why His Trump Memos Could Spell Legal Trouble.  There's breaking news about the #ComeyMemos and it's considerably muddying the waters regarding who they reflect badly upon.  As it turns out, there are seven memos written by former FBI Director James Comey, which recorded Comey's personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation.  Sunday night [7/9/2017], The Hill reported that four of those memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the "secret" or "confidential" level, according to "officials familiar with the documents."

Report: Comey Memos Are Government Documents, and Some Are Classified.  Based on "interviews with officials familiar with the documents," The Hill is reporting that more than half of the memoranda former FBI director James Comey made regarding his conversations with president-elect and then President Trump contain classified information.  The FBI, moreover, has determined that all of the memos are government documents.

New Senate Discovery Blows Holes in Loretta Lynch's Story On the Hillary Probe.  When former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress about Loretta Lynch, he said there were three things that gave him concern about her handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. [...] The first of course was the infamous meeting with Bill Clinton in her airplane on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport.  Troubling questions that it was a half hour meeting that had to be cleared with the Secret Service and that cameras and phones were supposedly banned by the FBI.  The second was that she allegedly told him to call the criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton a 'matter' rather than an investigation, in keeping with the Clinton campaign talking points at the time.  Hillary kept insisting that it wasn't a criminal investigation when in fact it was.  The third was the mystery.  Comey said there was something that he had mentioned in closed session, something that couldn't be mentioned in open session.

Hillary's Emails, The Gift That Keeps On Giving.  Clinton's email scandal has claimed other victims as well including acting FBI director Andrew McCabe.  McCabe is now the FBI's point man on various aspects of the Russia investigation including claims of collusion between Trump staffers and Russia.  In a strange turn of events, McCabe has revealed himself to be a deeply problematic figure who is currently the subject of at least three separate investigations which include massive conflicts of interest and possible violations of the Hatch act.  One of those investigations centers on his deep involvement in the Clinton email probe.

The FBI's boss is under investigation for possible hatch act violations.  The Office of U.S. Special Counsel, the government's main whistleblower agency, is investigating whether FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's activities supporting his wife Jill's Democratic campaign for Virginia state senate in 2015 violated the Hatch Act's prohibition against FBI agents campaigning in partisan races.  The agency's probe was prompted by a complaint in April from a former FBI agent who forwarded social media photos showing McCabe wearing a T-shirt supporting his wife's campaign during a public event and then posting a photo on social media urging voters to join him in voting for his wife.

Robert Mueller Adopts Stalinist Tactics.  Yes, Virginia, this is a witch hunt.  Robert Mueller III was appointed special counsel after his friend, the vindictive James Comey, committed a federal crime by leaking a memo which was a government record to the press.  Mueller has picked staff and prosecutors as if he were stocking Hillary Clinton's Department of Justice.  He has picked a bevy of Clinton donors, an attorney who worked for the Clinton Foundation, a former Watergate assistant prosecutor, and even a senior adviser to Eric Holder.

It's Not Your Father's FBI.  Omar Mir Seddique, also known as Omar Mateen, was an American mass murderer who killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.  He had been interviewed by the FBI three times and was on their radar because he had made comments sympathetic to terrorists and attended the same Florida mosque as a suicide bomber named Moner Abusalha, who had gone to Syria to blow up Syrian government soldiers in 2014.  When asked why Mateen was dropped from the FBI list, Comey indicated that the FBI's concerns about Mateen were eased after a witness told the bureau that Mateen got married, had a child and found steady work.  Oh! [...] Many innocent individuals have been under FBI surveillance but the real reason for the FBI failures may be due to an increase in a PC policy.

Who Does The FBI Work For?  [Scroll down]  That brings us to yesterday's [6/21/2017] FBI briefing on the shooting targeting Republicans in Alexandria, a briefing that could not be more bizarre in its content and its conclusions.  There's also this incredible tidbit, which somehow has received little to no attention:  "Hodgkinson also visited the office of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose campaign he had worked on as a volunteer, and was in email contact with the two Democratic senators from his home state."  If this was a shooter who had worked for Ted Cruz and was in contact via email with both of the Senators from Texas, wouldn't we know about it?  There's no reason to beat around the bush here: what the FBI is claiming is mind-boggling when they claim the shooter had no target in mind.  Consider the number of accidents of circumstance you would have to believe were going on here to not have the shooter doing what seems obvious from every piece of evidence we have:  researching and planning for an attack on Republicans of some kind, particularly looking for an opportunity when security will be low and vulnerability will be high.  This was an attack, not an "anger management" problem.

Republican Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into James Comey and Robert Mueller.  Three Republican House Oversight Committee members on Friday called for an investigation into former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller for acting in a partisan manner and applying double standards when it came to the Obama and Trump administrations.  Reps.  Jim Jordan (OH), Mark Meadows (NC), and Jody Hice (GA) said Comey misled the American people last year when he agreed to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch's request that he call an investigation into Hillary Clinton a "matter" instead of an investigation.  "He did it willfully.  He did it intentionally.  And he did it at the direction of Attorney General Loretta Lynch," they wrote in a piece published on foxnews.com.

FBI Report on Alexandria Quietly Debunks the Gun-Controllers' Talking Points.  The FBI has published a brief report on the shooting in Alexandria.  It is devastating to the idea that the gun-control measures presently coveted by the Democratic party would have done something to prevent the attack.  Over the past two decades, Democrats have focused on three major proposals for reform.  They are:  1) That all private transfers should be contingent upon a federal background check;  2) That firearms that look a certain way should be classed as "assault weapons" and prohibited from sale;  and 3) That civilians should be forbidden from buying magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  None of these proposals intersect with what happened in Alexandria.

FBI Claims Attempted GOP Assassinations Are 'Assault' — Not Terrorism.  The FBI is treating the attempted mass assassination of Republican lawmakers as "assault" and not terrorism, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew Vale announced at a press conference Tuesday morning [6/20/2017]. [...] The FBI has long-defined terrorism as "the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives[.]  A press release sent out by the agency before the press conference offered no speculation about the would-be assassin's motive.

Judicial Watch seeking documents 'unlawfully removed' by Comey.  Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is calling on Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to recover and release federal records and memos it claims were "unlawfully" removed by former Director James Comey, threatening the FBI with a lawsuit should the bureau not comply.  Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, penned a letter to McCabe on June 14 warning of a potential violation of the Federal Records Act, which is the basis for the federal government's policies regarding the "creating, maintaining, and disposing" of federal records.

The Rise and Fall of James Comey.  [Scroll down]  During this period Hillary maintained a commanding lead in the polls in any head-to-head match-up with the Republican front runner, Donald Trump.  Virtually all the cognoscenti in Washington were convinced she would win the presidency.  Apparently so did James Comey.  For someone whose career was made on the dogged pursuit of convictions at any cost using, if necessary, the bludgeon of obstruction of justice, he was extraordinarily passive.  Particularly considering there were innumerable examples of pre-meditated destruction of evidence.  He also severely limited the FBI data searches on Clinton staff members computers then ordered them destroyed.  A technician who erased evidence and lied to the FBI even after receiving immunity was given a pass by Comey.

Comey's Game.  The criminal investigation of Mrs. Clinton for violation of the espionage statute was sabotaged by Obama's Justice Department.  No subpoenas were issued.  (The FBI cannot issue grand jury subpoenas; only the Justice Department can.)  This is completely not normal; in such a case the FBI cannot work as it should.  The non-issuance of subpoenas by the Justice Department cannot have merely happened, as if by some freak of nature.  It is an execrable act that fairly can be said to constitute sabotage, and indeed if anything in recent months has constituted obstruction of justice, this is it.  Largely, but not solely, because of this, the FBI's investigation was a sham, unprecedentedly fake, truncated, and weird.  Then-director Comey should have made this public and most certainly should have resigned in protest.

DOJ Brass Says Comey Struck Insider Immunity Deal With Mueller To Avoid Criminal Charges.  A high-ranking Justice Department official believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller has granted a complete get-out-of-jail-free-card deal for disgraced FBI Director James Comey:  A coveted immunity deal in exchange for cooperating as a key witness.  "The immunity is a done deal," a Justice Department source said.  "Mueller can do whatever he wants.  We (Justice) have no say but after many years working criminal cases I know Comey has been given immunity.  You can tell by the way he is acting now and the fact that Mueller has kept us in the dark about his investigation."

James Comey, the Crack-Up.  As readers of this column perhaps suspect, I have admired FBI Director James Comey for most of his public career, beginning in 2013.  That he is a friend of former FBI Director Robert Mueller makes me admire him even more.  Mueller is a man of integrity and discretion.  Mueller would not befriend a man of dubious character.  Yet from July 2016 on I have begun to wonder about Comey.  His public actions have become erratic, increasingly erratic.  To the point that he is becoming, to my mind, unhinged.  To come to the point, I do not believe he has become duplicitous and I do not think he is a liar.  It seems that I am one of the few in Comey's corner to believe that he is unraveling in plain public view.  In a word, he has had some sort of breakdown, and no one in official Washington dares to say it.

The Megalomania of James Comey.  They used to be called "megalomaniacs", people who had outsized, larger than life images of themselves.  Today they're described as having narcissistic personality disorder, characterized by a sense of their own grandiose uniqueness.  Not having a true sense of their own self, narcissists create themselves in the roles they play.  They are the heroes of their own lives.  Everyone else is a bit player.  James Comey was such a man.  He was Hamlet.  Everyone else was Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Second Comey Meeting With AG Lynch Even More Shocking.  We learned that fired FBI Director, James Comey had a SECOND meeting with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.  In that meeting he again confronted her about her election interference.  According to Circa News, when confronted the second time about the demand to use "matter" instead of investigation, Loretta Lynch made things even more clear.

Comey admitted single Trump leak, but were there others?  President Trump's legal team may be prepared to show a trail of leaks to The New York Times by former FBI Director James Comey — dating back to at least March — in a pair of complaints set to be filed to the Justice Department inspector general and Senate Judiciary Committee, a source close to the team told Fox News.  An independent Fox News review of The New York Times' reporting dating back to January reveals a host of stories sourced from top FBI and DOJ officials — or those privy to their conversations — that either paint Comey in a positive light or push a message he was unable to personally disclose.

Did James Comey Cover Up a Massive and Illegal FBI-CIA Spying Operation?  The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering whether to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey to appear before the committee following his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.  He initially had refused a request to testify to the Judiciary Committee.  Should Comey appear before the Judiciary Committee, he may be asked about his disclosure that he gave a "close friend" memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump.  But he may also face questions about the bombshell lawsuit, filed Monday [6/12/2017] by a former U.S. intelligence contractor, that accused the FBI and CIA of illegally spying on millions of Americans, including Donald Trump, and accuses Comey of covering it up.

Gohmert: Obama DOJ, Not the Russians, Tried to Influence Presidential Election.  In an appearance on Fox News Channel's "America's News HQ" on Sunday, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) said that if anyone interfered with the 2016 presidential election, it wasn't the Russians but the Department of Justice.  He specifically named former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former FBI Director James Comey.

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