Friday, July 14, 2017

Update on the coup attempt against President Trump

Tough guy.
Nobody could quite figure out what James B. Comey was doing as director of the FBI during the presidential election. Everybody hated him. He must have enjoyed his role as king maker, because he's at it again.

Investor's Business Daily reports:
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. Because Comey later let outsiders see those memos, and made sure they were leaked to the Trump-hating press, in this case the New York Times, so any protestations of innocence on his part sound more than a little weak. 
Let's be very clear here: What Comey did is against FBI rules, and it's a violation of federal secrecy laws, on a par with the violation that Hillary Clinton committed when she decided to run the Secretary of State's office from a private, home-brew email server that was clearly illegal. 
 Comey asked a lawyer-friend at Columbia University, Prof. Daniel Richman, to leak his memos containing classified information to the news media.
The goal of the handoff was to generate stories so that a special prosecutor would be named to investigate Russian meddling in the U.S. election and, more to the point, Democratic rumors that Trump had colluded with the Russians to beat Hillary. 
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.
Moreover, a June piece by Fox News noted at least 14 stories written by the New York Times going back to Jan. 10 containing "confidential information related to Trump and the FBI, mostly sourced anonymously from senior officials in the FBI and DOJ." Comey, it seems, has been working overtime to sabotage Trump.
This is the heart of the coup attempt. Don't be distracted by stories about Donald Trump Jr. Their purpose is to distract the administration and delay its programs. However, the establishment Republicans in Congress seem to be doing a better job of that.

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