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Former FBI Director Comey’s Bluff Gets Called

FBI building flags America USA ComeyFormer FBI Director James Comey’s long-anticipated testimony before House committees finally took place on Dec. 7, after several weeks of legal wrangling that included a subpoena and a lawsuit.

Comey had spent several weeks demanding that any hearing where he testified must be televised and open to the public. The House committee chairmen responded by issuing a subpoena that compelled Comey to appear, and in response, Comey and his legal team then filed a lawsuit attempting to quash the subpoena.

A compromise was reached when both committees agreed to release a transcript publicly following Comey’s testimony.

After his testimony, Comey told reporters with confidence that when the transcript of the hearing was released, everyone would see he had nothing to hide, and that he was very truthful and honest. The transcript would also show how nothing of any real value was learned from the hearing, and that it was all just a desperate Republican attempt to rehash the Clinton email investigation.

When the actual transcript was released the following day, the testimony drew a very different picture than the one Comey had painted for the media. As it turns out, he was putting on an act—he was bluffing for the cameras.

Clueless and Detached FBI Director

The picture of Comey that emerges from the transcript is incredibly unflattering. He looks like a guy who has no idea what was actually going on at the federal agency he was supposedly in charge of running.

To sum up briefly some things that happened on Comey’s watch that he now insists he knows nothing about:

  1. He claimed to have never read or seen the Peter Strzok/Lisa Page text messages about stopping Donald Trump from becoming president.
  2. He said he didn’t know how the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign got started or who initiated it. He didn’t know in 2016—and testified to Congress on Dec. 7 that he still doesn’t know—how it happened or who started it.
  3. He claimed to have very little knowledge or direct oversight of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, claiming division head Bill Priestap and top agent Peter Strzok were, pretty much, running operations on their own with little or no input from him.
  4. Comey was forced to admit that if the Justice Department (DOJ) or FBI had any actual evidence of a crime by Trump campaign personnel that was used to launch Crossfire Hurricane, he’s completely unaware of what it was.
  5. Comey also stated he’s seen no evidence supporting the narrative that mainstream media have pushed for two years—that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian hackers to steal DNC/Hillary Clinton campaign emails—is true.
  6. Comey admitted he has no idea what ‘collusion’ is, or if it’s even a crime.

A Huge And Fatal Admission

The biggest news to come out of the hearing is that Comey was forced to admit under questioning that DOJ/FBI officials knowingly presented what they knew was an unverified dossier to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

In often convoluted and contradictory answers, Comey insisted to congressmen questioning him that no effort was made to hide from the FISA Court that the so-called “Steele dossier” was a political product created by individuals who were well-compensated by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

That dossier was beyond a doubt politically tainted, and it’s a hot issue of dispute between Republicans and Democrats on these House committees just how much, if at all, the FISC judges were made aware of that before they granted the initial warrant to spy on the Trump campaign and its subsequent renewals.

Several Republican members of the House committees, such as Devin Nunes of California and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, have read the unredacted FISA warrant and claim that information showing the fully political nature of the Steele dossier doesn’t appear in it. This is one of the reasons Republicans are calling on President Donald Trump to declassify the warrant.

It’s an incontrovertible fact that, even at this late point, nobody knows exactly who these shadowy, anonymous Russians were who supposedly supplied former MI6 agent Christopher Steele with “inside information” that formed the basis for the dossier he compiled. How could the dossier be verified by the FBI if Steele’s sources were still completely unknown to the agency at the time it used the dossier at the FISA Court to get its warrant?

When pressed about this question on Dec. 7, the best Comey could do was blather that the dossier was coming from a “trusted source” with a “long track record.”   

As Andrew McCarthy at National Review has been pointing out for months, such a claim to the FISC judge should have been laughed out of the courtroom. Second- and third-hand accounts from anonymous sources don’t even come close to meeting the FISA Court’s high bar for getting a warrant to spy on U.S. citizens.

Despite the brave and confident face he put on when meeting with the media afterward, this hearing was a disaster for Comey—and this was only round one. He’s scheduled to return for more questioning by the committees on Dec. 17.

Bear in mind that the president could declassify and release the FISA warrant at any time. If it should happen in the intervening week before Comey testifies again, that would give Comey even less of an excuse to refuse to answer questions.

Reprinted with permission from - The Epoch Times - by Brian Cates

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Hans Slade

Better hurry. The “progressives” take over Congress soon and faux impeachment will replace faux collusion.
Democrat shenanigans will slowly disappear under the bog. The republican swamp members and fake media do not care who is running things as long as it not Trump.
Power lust will continue to corrupt the democrats as they feed dissent.
Wake up America we keep voting these self serving blow hards back in and they are killing our country.

Joseph

Declassify all the documents and lets get the criminals punished and get on with correcting the problems and get the US back on a strong future.

Irv C

President Trump!
Now is the time to declassify these documents. It’s time to arrest, convict, and in prison those responsible for the blatant attempts at destroying our Great Country.

Drue

FACT; Comey is a liar. FACT: Hillary Clinton is a liar. Both should spend real jail time for their actions.

Ronald Smith

I have never in my life thought that the United States Of America would have elected persons trying to tear down the Constitution of The United of America. Why do persons like Mr. Comey former F B I Director and The Democrats hate the Republicans or Conservatives so much. Is it because Hillary lost the election? She had it also planned out. She CHEATED Bernie Sanders and got him thrown out of the Primary, by conniving and pulling strings. Just because she gave RUSSIA 20% of USA Uranium and she got $450,000 or or $4.5 million and Billie go $500,000 for a speech in RUSSIA! So where is the money from the sale or gift of 20% of our Uranium to RUSSIA? How much MONEY did the USA GET OR DID BILLIE & HILLARY SUCK IT ALL UP?? I have never heard where our money went or what the USA… Read more »

Cathy Witthoeft

What a pile of utter garbage and total waste of Americans’ time, stress, and money. The democrats should have to repay for every wasted investigation re President Trump before and after his election to USA President. Thank

Pearl

Comey is a bum, always was and always will be. His pompous, holier-than-thou attitude will get him nowhere.

Laura C

What in heaven’s name is wrong with a FISA court that asks so few questions about the veracity of matters brought before it? It’s function is so important to the precepts of our republic, one would think they would put a little more effort into seeing they uphold our laws. I’d say shame on the judge or judges involved. When can we see them questioned?

John J Butler

I said it before but no one would listen Mueller investigation was nothing but more Liberals, Politicians, Obama’s and Clinton’s Bull Crap against our President Trump. These people have no business being paid with our taxpayers money or put in jail for government fraud against “We The People” the American Citizens.

CHALY

So, if Comey doesn’t know this or doesn’t know that when you could assume it would be part of his job to know, how did he get the job? Oh ya, Democrat evil politicians in Congress.

Gary

He is one of the swamp who should go to jail he is a obvious liar and isn’t fooling anyone !!!!

Arteest

The only thing missing is the clang of cell door.

Wayne Peterkin

The scariest part of this all is how infested the DOJ and FBI are with snakes that live in the swamp. While there are many honorable people serving in these agencies, the agencies are contaminated with some very rotten apples as well, and many of those most rotten are at or near the top of the food chain. These two agencies MUST be above reproach for the public to maintain trust in our government, so those like Comey and others have undermined our nation in a disastrous way. It must be fixed by holding the perpetrators accountable.

Elena

Comey, like Clinton, only claims to know nothing. Remember what Clinton said? “I don’t recall that”. “I don’t remember that”. Etc …. It’s a Democratic ploy. He acts at having no intelligence. Gee, if I play dumb I won’t have to tell the truth.

Juniper

Comey is a gifted and well practiced liar. Why would anyone credit anything he says?

Elena

My husband is a Democrat. I am Constitution Party. I have tried to show my husband articles on the truth behind the media lies. He just yells at me and calls me stupid. He believes everything the tv media says. He can talk about his beliefs but I’ll get backhanded and called a stupid moran for stating my beliefs. He doesn’t want to know the truth. He says he doesn’t care what happens to America. He thinks I’m an idiot because I do. He ridiculed me because I voted my way. Is that not how the Dems are? How many people will blindly support Comey?

Kim

If Comey doesn’t even know “#6: Collusion is NOT a crime” and that selectively leaking information to “a friend” (for the eventual leaking to the MSM) is a bad thing, then he truly is clueless. “Clueless Comey”….has a certain ring to it….

barbara stricker

Judgement is forthcoming at some point….

Robin Zelmanovitz

From what history has taught us, should Mr. Comey regain his memory or become suddenly “enlightened” as to the facts, there won’t be a corner of the world far enough or safe enough for him to hide…….

Morty Tupperman

Huh? Comey didn’t know all this stuff? As I recall, the key rule of the Obama administration was, “Don’t do anything stupid.”