Finally, Comey Speaks

Okay the big day has come and gone….the only part we mere mortals will get is the public hearing the rest will be behind closed doors…..

So far I have read a couple dozen analysis of the hearing and most did bot watch or listen to the thing at all…..they hated Comey from the start and they let that hate cloud everything they do….but I have come to expect that from the Right…they will write little unless it is negative and hateful.

My opinion…..Comey was composed and straight forward in his answers…GOP members were the typical grandstanding and sniping…partisan BS…the only GOPer that impressed me was the chairman Sen. Burr…he was professional and statesman-like…McCain seemed like he was in a drug haze and made little sense…..the Dems were well the Dems….only Angus and Warner actually had anything intelligent to ask…….the rest was just throwing crap at the wall……both sides git their grandstanding in for the folks back home…..

I am sure that there are some out there that saw it completely different because…..well…..because they are just partisan and will like nothing said as an answer (and that is as polite as I am going to be)…

So there is much that needs to be said about this hearing so I will break it down…..

The highly anticipated testimony of James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee is underway, and he’s being grilled on his private conversations with President Trump. The former FBI chief’s opening statement was released in advance, and in it he talks about how Trump asked him for loyalty and suggested that he ease off the investigation of Michael Flynn. (“He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”) But did Trump cross the line into obstruction of justice? (At least one analysis thinks not, based on the opening statement.) That’s part of what senators will be trying to figure out. Outlets such as CNN are providing live coverage. Some standout lines:

  • ‘Lies’: After his firing, Comey says “the administration chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying the organization was in disarray, that it was being poorly led, that the workforce had lost faith in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple.”
  • Key question: GOP Sen. Richard Burr, the committee chair, asked Comey if Trump asked him to stop the Russia investigation. Comey’s response: “Not to my understanding, no,” per the Guardian.
  • Key quote: “I don’t think it’s for me to say whether Trump obstructed justice,” Comey said to Burr.
  • Why the detailed notes? “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting,” Comey said of Trump, when asked why he began chronicling their meetings.
  • A distinction: GOP Sen. James Risch, referring to Trump’s request on the Flynn investigation: “He did not direct you to let it go. He did not order you to let it go. He said ‘I hope.'” Comey’s takeaway: “I took it as a direction. He’s the president of the United States, with me alone, saying, ‘I hope this.’ I took it as this is what he wants me to do.”
  • No Trump inquiry: “While you were director, the president of the United States was not under investigation, is that a fair statement?” Risch asked. “That is correct.” replied Comey.
  • Tapes: Comey told Sen. Dianne Feinstein that he’d seen Trump’s tweet about possible tapes of their conversations. “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” he said.
  • Russian hacking: “There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever,” said Comey. “The Russians interfered in our election in the 2016 election cycle … and that’s about as unfake as you can get.”
  • Date night: Comey said he had to break a date with with his wife to dine with Trump, who had personally called to issue the invitation. “In retrospect, I love spending time with my wife, I wish I had been there that night.”  (He will pay for this later, LOL)
  • Just ‘a matter’: Comey said he felt “queasy” when Loretta Lynch, attorney general under President Obama, suggested altered language about the FBI’s inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email. “I wanted to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation. And she said: ‘Yes, but don’t call it that. Call it a matter.’” He did so when announcing it.
  • Memos: He said he has turned over all his Trump memos to special counsel Robert Mueller.
  • Leak: Comey admitted asking a friend to leak his Trump memo to the press.

But if you do not like my breakdown of the hearing then you can go and read the full text of the hearing and make up your own analysis…..

A transcript of Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Source: Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia – POLITICO

After all is said and done nothing has really changed…..if you dislike Trump then you still dislike Trump and if you are a Trump boot licker then you are still licking those boots.

Now behind closed doors may be a different story….but we may never know…..

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21 thoughts on “Finally, Comey Speaks

  1. I watched a bit of this on the news, and thought Comey was very relaxed, confident, and convincing.
    Perhaps he would make a good President? 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Good review. All you can do is draw from subtle nuances weak trends that might turn into something later.. or not. I went into this with the idea that Comey pretty much was done with his big breaking news when the text was released the day before. But this was public fodder and I was more curious about the mood of the committee members in the discourse of asking questions; wondering how partisan this might be, which senators were behaving one way or another… stuff like that. In general I was encouraged to some measure that the Republicans didn’t jump all over Comey’s ass. Yeah, they squirreled around trying to point out some judgmental issues about Comey’s decisions but there certainly was no unified effort against the man. This suggests to me the Republicans in Congress are wavering.

    Here’s an observation. We all recognize that Trump won because of that quirk in our electoral process that occurs once in a great while (thankfully) where a person is elected who does not also win the popular vote. While the rules say we don’t count the popular vote in our election process it does not mean that we ignore the political ramifications of not winning the popular vote. For example, Trump won with something like 45% of the popular vote. Hence 65% didn’t/doesn’t support him… and it’s no wonder the Trump supporters feel dwarfed and disappointed by the larger anti-Trump numbers.
    But consider Congress. That’s pure popular vote. Yes, the Republicans won the seats on the Trump shirttails.. but as we have seen from the town halls, the next election is NOT likely going to hold to a GOP majority. The critical part is not a lot of voters vote in the mid-terms. But as soon as the Dems get the majority, at least in one house.. it’s going to change everything for Trump.

    1. 2018 could be an interesting turn……but I am not holding my breath…..the morons have a way of winning….this is gonna get uglier before it gets brighter….chuq

      1. Yes, it most certainly will… making Watergate look like a walk in the park.

  3. Oh.. by the way… “If I Were President…” I’d pop Comey right back into the FBI driver’s seat.

      1. I think he is relishing where he’s at also. 🙂

  4. I did not come away terribly impressed with Mr. Comey’s testimony, though I do believe him. I think he is an honest man and to the contrary, Trump is a pathological liar. I did comment that I thought McCain might be high on something.

    1. I said he needed a nap…..the better stuff would have been in the closed door session…if only we could see that I think we would have a better idea of what really happened….chuq

  5. All I could think of to comment on (excellent coverage, by the way) is based on the funniest part, i.e., McCain’s possible drug hazed demeanor…. My first laugh was, well, that can only improve things, I think. Then I thought, jeez, the poor old guy is probably an opioid addict, or on prozac; what’s so unusual about that, for ANYONE in our society?….

    I know I’m strange; s’okay. I’m used to it….

    gigoid, the dubious

    😎

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