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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Comey memo, impeachment and Hillary's national security amnesia

(Photo: Fox News)
The plot thickens (or sickens) in the Trump/Comey story regarding the Flynn/Russia probe.

The White House pushed back on the report that former FBI Director James Comey, in a memo, claims that President Trump asked him to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia.

According to canary cage liner New York Times, Comey's memo was written soon after he met with Mr. Trump on Valentine's Day, the day following Flynn's resignation from the Trump administration. Of course, The Times didn't actually see the memo, but there's nothing new about that. Apparently a Comey associate read parts of it to a "reporter" over the phone.

The memo was characterized as the clearest evidence that President Trump tried to influence the Justice Department and FBI probe as to whether the Russians meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign and alleged links to Trump's associates.

And if Comey wrote a memo, it has to be fact. (He would never do anything like that to create ammunition, should he need it, to save his reputation, would he?)

"[T]he President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn," an official said. "The President has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Mr. Comey."

According to The Times, Trump told Comey, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go . . . He is a good guy I hope you can let this go."

The Times alleges that Comey wrote that Trump told him Flynn did nothing wrong but Comey didn't say he would limit the investigation--he merely replied, "I agree he is a good guy."

In an Associated Press report, they say Comey wrote a memo stating Trump asked him to actually shut down the investigation following the January 27th dinner between Trump and Comey (the dessert was delicious, I understand). It is not clear the AP and New York Times reports refer to the same memo or if Comey wrote memos after two separate meetings.

But acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe (whose wife received $700,000 in Democratic donations) also testified that there "has been no effort to impede our investigation to date." 

The FBI is mum about the memo.

The Justice Department also remained mum on The New York Times report, on the existence of the memo or even if there was any such conversation between Trump and Comey.

Democrats claim the President fired Comey out of frustration with the Russian investigation. "Enough is enough," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said, stating an old, worn out tautology. "Congress really needs to get to the bottom of this," he added. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Nostrils--NY) said on the Senate floor that he was "shaken" by the report, but not the one about Hillary Clinton's private server that contained classified information on it.

"On a day when we thought things couldn't get any worse, they have," Schumer whined. "Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, and the independence of our nation's highest law enforcement agencies are mounting . . . the country is being tested in unprecedented ways."

He obviously forgot about Hillary's national security breach.

Impeach Maxine Waters!

I just had to throw that one out there.

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