AFTER THE MCCABE APPETIZER, COMEY AND LYNCH ARE ON THE MENU
The potshots they took at each other this weekend suggest Lynch and Comey think so too.
Trump was responding to Comey’s criticisms of him in Comey’s book, in bookstores this week.
Reviews – even by lefties – have not been kind.
“I’m surprised by how bitchy it was,” said Chris Wallace of Fox News.
This suggests the book was ghostwritten, probably by a woman. Comey’s normal tone is sanctimonious.
Comey “has drenched the public discourse with the stink of sanctimony,” wrote Jack Shafer in Politico. His book helps Trump more than hurts him, Shafer said.
Comey was paid a ton of money for his book, but writing it was a reckless thing for someone who could be indicted for felonies to do.
His book tour already is a disaster. FBI agents who watched Comey’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Sunday grew progressively more disgusted.
“Good Lord, what a self-serving, self centered jackass,” a former FBI official told the Daily Beast.
Citing a cryptic passage in Comey’s memoir, Trump asked: “Why can’t we all find out what happened on the tarmac in the back of the plane with Wild Bill and Lynch? Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary?
The president was referring to a “chance” meeting between Bill Clinton and the attorney general at the airport in Phoenix June 27, 2016. At the time, the FBI was (supposedly) investigating Hillary’s use of an insecure private email server to receive and transmit classified information, and the Clinton Foundation for “pay to play” schemes.
We learned of the “chance” meeting from a reporter for a Phoenix television station. How did he learn of it? The FBI – at the insistence of headquarters — made a considerable effort to find out.
There is no public record of what Clinton and Lynch discussed. Most assume it wasn’t just golf and grandchildren.
Trump’s tweets typically are audacious, intended to trigger Democrats and the Lying Swine. But I’m not aware of any that have proved to be factually incorrect. Many foreshadowed forthcoming revelations.
I doubt the president would have made so blunt an accusation unless he knew exactly what Clinton and Lynch talked about, could prove it. Did the National Security Agency record their conversation?
Early in 2016, a classified source provided material that “had it become public… would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence with regard to the Clinton investigation,” Comey wrote.
Comey said that’s why he held his bizarre news conference July 5 in which he said Hillary and her aides were “extremely careless” in handling highly classified information, but no charges should be brought because they didn’t intend to betray the nation’s secrets.
“Gross negligence” in handling classified information is a felony regardless of intent.
“The Director was wrong to usurp the attorney general’s authority… and announce that the case should be closed without prosecution,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote in his letter recommending Comey be fired. “The FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department.”
With regard to the Clinton investigations, “I did what I always do: rise above politics and uphold the law,” Lynch said in a statement Sunday.
If Comey “had any concerns … he had ample opportunity to raise them with me both privately and in meetings,” she said. “He did not.”
John Cardillo, a former cop, noted her statement denying wrongdoing was very carefully phrased.
The DOJ IG report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s “lack of candor” notes that in a “hastily convened conference call” Oct. 26, 2016, the attorney general complained “forcefully” about leaks from the FBI’s New York Field Office.
The leaks concerned Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after a police officer used a choke hold (prohibited by the NYPD) to subdue him, McCabe told the IG.
The cop who used the choke hold didn’t commit a crime, a grand jury in Staten Island determined. But Justice was still considering whether to bring civil rights charges.
The day before the conference call, Lynch replaced the FBI agents who’d been investigating the case with agents from outside New York, evidently because the New York agents didn’t think criminal charges were warranted.
There’s more to it than that, suspects internet sleuth Tracybeanz.
On Sept. 28, 2016, McCabe was informed of what FBI agents in New York and the NYPD found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop in the course of their investigation into Weiner’s sexting.
McCabe sat on the info for nearly a month before telling Comey. Two days after the conference call, the FBI director announced the investigation into Hillary’s emails was being reopened. A week later, Comey closed the investigation again. The emails on the laptop were duplicates, he said.
There was a lot more on the laptop besides duplicates of emails with classified info improperly sent on Hillary’s private server, Blackwater CEO Erik Prince said in a radio interview Nov. 4.
A former Navy SEAL and brother of Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Prince has excellent sources in the NYPD.
“They found a lot of really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein,” Prince said.
“The amount of garbage that they found… was so disgusting they gave it to the FBI, and they said, we’re going to the public with this if you don’t reopen the investigation,” he said.
The NYPD wanted to do a press conference, but “they’ve gotten huge pushback, to the point of coercion, from the Justice Department,” Prince said.
“It appears (Lynch) used the Justice Department to threaten the FBI and NYPD into sitting on evidence of disgusting criminality to protect Hillary,” Tracybeanz said.
Trump and Sessions know everything that was on Weiner’s laptop. Lynch, Comey and McCabe no longer can prevent its disclosure. Which may be why they’re turning on each other.
The OIG report on McCabe’s “lack of candor” about two leaks to (then) Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett– 35 single-spaced pages – is noteworthy for its thoroughness. All who read it are left with no doubt McCabe lied multiple times, under oath, to protect himself, not the FBI, blamed subordinates for offenses he’d committed.
If the moonbats who contributed $500,000 to McCabe’s Go Fund Me account read it, they’ll want their money back.
If OIG reports on FBI and DOJ wrongdoing during and after the 2016 election are as thorough, those named in them will be dead meat.
Inspector General Daniel Horowitz is scheduled to testify before Congress May 8. Expect fireworks.
Jack Kelly is a former Marine and Green Beret, and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force during the Reagan Administration. Until his retirement in January 2017, he was the national security writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette