The event that has been distracting Washington and the public finally happened yesterday, the former FBI Director James Comey made a “dramatic” appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
However it was not as juicy as the media hoped for, Comey just revealed things that have already been reported on.
Comey was fired by President Donald Trump a few weeks ago, which ignited the liberal media to create various narratives bashing the president. One of the popular “stories” has been that the FBI director was fired in an attempt to cover-up the alleged Russian connection to the Trump camp.
Clearly, Comey was seeking some redemption by participating in the hearing and used it as a platform to defend himself.
He started off the hearing by claiming that he was surprised he was fired and said the president lied to him about his job performance.
“They confused me because the president and I had had multiple conversations about my job, both before and after he took office, and he had repeatedly told me I was doing a good job and he hoped I would stay,” said Comey to the committee.
Comey also pointed out that he found out really why he was fired through the media. He claims the president repeatedly gave him good reports and “so it confused me when I saw on television the president saying that he actually fired me because of the Russian investigation and learned again from the media that he was telling privately other parties that my firing had relieved great pressure on the Russian investigation.”
Later in the hearing, he blamed his firing again on the Russian investigation.
“It’s my judgment that I was fired because of the Russia investigation,” Comey said. “I was fired, in some way, to change — or the endeavor was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.”
Ironically, he pointed out how the media published false stories regarding the alleged Trump-Russia collusion.
When by Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican asked if the New York Times story, that helped spawn the Trump-Russia narrative for months, was “almost entirely wrong,” Comey answered “Yes.”
“The challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters about writing stories about classified information, is that people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it,” said Comey.
Then he said Trump spread lies about the FBI when it said it was in a state of chaos and was poorly led.
“That didn’t make sense to me for a whole bunch of reasons, including the time and all the water that had gone under the bridge since those hard decisions that had to be made,” said Comey.
“That didn’t make any sense to me, and although the law requires no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the work force had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies plain and simple.”
Besides calling our president a liar multiple times, he admitted to leaking Trump meeting memos to try to manipulate the system and prompt the naming of a special prosecutor to be assigned to the Russia probe after he got fired.
“He said he asked a friend at Columbia Law School to share his written recollection of those conversations with a reporter after Trump fired him on May 9,” writes Newsmax.
“I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons,” Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “But I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel” to conduct the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russian meddling in the 2016 election, he said.”
Trump’s lawyer stated that the most important takeaways from the hearing were that the president was never under investigation in relation to the Russian probe and that there is no evidence of a Trump-Russia collation.
“Contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today’s hearing, Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the president privately: The president was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference,” said Marc E. Kasowitz, Trump’s personal lawyer. “He also admitted that there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any Russian interference.”
Again, we knew this all long.
Author’s note: Everything that Comey said in the hearing is already known. Ultimately, there was no investigation or any proof that shows that Trump and Russia were in cahoots. If this hearing doesn’t shut down this narrative quick, I don’t know what will.
There was no criminal activity reported. Trump was honest about his opinion of Comey, these were not lies to “defamed’ the FBI. These were his opinions.
Comey also revealed that Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser was facing a criminal investigation when he was fired. However, he didn’t really provide proof of obstruction of any kind or proof that the White House was told this prior to Flynn taking his post like the New York Times reported.