Wyatt Earp. Elliot Ness. J. Edgar Hoover. Inspector Clouseau. James Comey. The names reflect a continuum, from greatness to farce and mediocrity.
In the annals of U.S. law enforcement, no individual has reached such depths of disgrace as James “Cardinal” Comey. The “Cardinal” was a sobriquet that FBI agents used to denigrate their leader. As Deputy Attorney General, he was called “drama queen.” Known for his pomposity and self-regard, Comey cut a swath of arrogance unmatched in the histories of either of those illustrious organizations. He was the cult of personality. He surrounded himself with sycophants, people dedicated to his promotion and their advancement. The Bureau and the public became the losers.
The Comey Memos, a 15-page suicide note, reveal a deeply tortured and troubled man. They have a hausfrau sentimentality. But they are telling nonetheless.
As we watch in amazement the mendacious and fiction-laced Comey book tour (truly a tour de farce), one is struck by the utter phantasm he has created around and about him. With each successive lie, he sinks to a new low. Ask yourself this question: Can you imagine William Webster or Louie Freeh mounting this psychodrama defense of their tenures as FBI director? To ask the question is to answer it.
The American people are being treated to a dose of reality about Washington, D.C. Comey is a symptom. The disease is a voracious, rapacious government filled at high levels by people of immense ego and viciousness. Whether it is the IRS’s Lois Lerner, Comey, or the political thugs Obama installed at the highest echelons of the U.S. Department of Justice, the CIA, the DNI, and the NSC, they all share a common bond: allegiance to a cause unrelated to the Constitution, a cause borne of disdain for the average American and dedicated to power and its use and abuse against political “enemies.”
There now can be no doubt that there was a brazen plot by senior officials of the Obama Justice Department, FBI, CIA, NSC, and DNI to carry out two objectives: to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email server investigation; and if she lost the election, to frame Trump and his team for crimes they did not commit.
As a former U.S. Attorney, Independent Counsel, Special Counsel to the House of Representatives, and investigator for more than 40 years, I can say all the known facts of record and the reasonable inferences to be drawn therefrom point to just that.
These individuals concluded, with Comey in the lead, that Donald Trump was not fit to be president. They loathed him and everything he stood for. They loved Hillary and everything she stood for. He had to be stopped. She had to be elected. And if she couldn’t be elected, he had to be immobilized, degraded, and run out of office. That meant that the rules of the constitutional game no longer applied because the end result – removing Trump – had a higher moral value. Indeed, it was a moral necessity. The Comey book tour underscores that maniacal belief.
They concocted a scheme to use foreign intelligence lackies to serve their interests. And in the course of that endeavor, they enlisted the likes of Christopher Steele, whose deposition in a London court as a defendant in a libel case is worth reading. He saw nothing. He knows nothing. What is all this about collusion, he testifies. What dossier? What facts? None of the dossier “facts” is verified, he says.
In this endeavor, Steele was sponsored by “opposition research” firm, Fusion GPS, the Clinton Campaign, and the law firm Perkins-Coie. Comey, to his eternal discredit, briefed the president about the dossier at Trump Tower shortly after the election but says he didn’t tell the president it was funded by Hillary’s campaign; yet to Bret Baier he laments that to this day he doesn’t know who paid for the dossier. When you join the Resistance, this is what you sound like.
The Obama FBI and DOJ apparatchiks used the Steele Dossier to corrupt the FISA warrant process to obtain warrants to spy on the campaign of the opposition party’s nominee. It is the greatest political scandal in American history, yet the press is disinterested. They whine about the threat that this president allegedly poses to the First Amendment. Yet he has not — and his Department of Justice has not — issued a single subpoena to a newspaper or news organization, as Eric Holder did under Barack Obama. Apparently, that was fine, since it was a Democrat doing the dirty work. “And when they came for me…”
James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, testified so incompletely and so falsely on so many occasions that it is impossible to list them all here. Suffice it say that he has no credibility left. So, naturally, he is a consultant to CNN. There’s the rub. He conspired with James Comey, our hero, to leak to his new employer, CNN, the news that Comey had briefed the president-elect on the salacious content of the unverified material in the Steele Dossier. This was the “hook” that CNN was looking for to justify publishing the fictional trash in the dossier. Clapper and Comey complied. Comey gave a Hooverian blackmail briefing to the unsuspecting Trump. Then he told Clapper the deed was done. Clapper promptly leaked that fact to CNN, his soon-to-be employer.
Comey and Clapper were aided and abetted during the campaign, the transition, and the post-Inauguration by John Brennan, CIA head. Brennan, who voted for Communist Party USA candidate for President Gus Hall, has displayed an animus, vitriol, and vituperation so vicious that it has shocked former and current members of the intelligence community. Indeed, his Twitter rants have demeaned both him and the agency he once headed.
But Brennan’s bursts of anger have unwittingly revealed an important fact: he had a motive and desire to collude with others in the Obama administration to take down the opposition party’s candidate for president by any means necessary. So fierce was his opposition to Trump that he believed the power of the intelligence community had to be unleashed illegally to stop Trump. Thus was born the FISA corruption and the unmasking and illegal leaking of that intelligence product. Brennan has unmasked himself by so doing.
Comey politicized the FBI, America’s premier law enforcement agency. It started on July 6, 2016, when he usurped the authority of Attorney General Loretta Lynch in violation of the Constitution, the law, and DOJ regulations. He destroyed Hillary’s campaign when he unethically and unprofessionally described her conduct with pejorative words as criminal and then illegally exonerated her of the crimes. President Obama should have fired him that day. But he did not. Why? Perhaps because he had knowledge of Hillary’s avoidance of any protected email channels – after all, he communicated with her on her private server using a pseudonym.
Comey is a poseur. He pretends to be Thomas Beckett but he is, in fact, the assassin, Henry II. He claims in his memos that he doesn’t do sneaky things, leak, or do other weaselly things. Yet in his Bret Baier interview, he pretended not to know what a leak is. The president performed a public service by firing him. He should have done it the day after the Inauguration.
The treachery revealed by Comey, Clapper, and Brennan requires accountability. That can only happen through a federal grand jury investigation headed by John W. Huber, the U.S. Attorney in Utah who has been appointed to investigate the FISA criminality by the Obama FBI and DOJ.
The evidence of illegal and unconstitutional abuse of law enforcement and intelligence community power and authority is clear. Grand jury subpoenas need to issue. These individuals have stolen 15 months of a new president’s tenure. They have needlessly thrown the country into spasms of doubt about the bona fides of an election. Cardinal Comey should get the first grand jury subpoena.