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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Comey the Clown show in 13 posts

Dan Abrams is "chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News" with a blog on the side, "Law Newz," featuring posts by him and others.

The blog's handling of the Comey the Clown show amused me -- and exemplified the media's Hair on Fire coverage of all things Comey.

1. May 18 (Ronn Blitzer):
Comey Testimony Could Rock Washington If It Happens
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is inviting former FBI Director James Comey to testify at both closed and open sessions, after President Donald Trump fired him in the midst of an investigation involving the Trump campaign, and in the wake of a report that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. It remains to be seen whether Comey will end up appearing before the committee, but if he does, eyes and ears will be glued to whatever he has to say.
2. May 18 (Elura Nanos):
Could James Comey Now Sue for Defamation?
Employers large and small know the rules about firing someone: you don’t badmouth your employees on their way out the door. That’s pretty much Employment Law 101; when an employer says something bad about a former employee, there is always the risk of a lawsuit. No one needs that headache, so most employers just zip it after someone is ousted. But as we’ve seen time and time again, the Trump administration is anything but typical or careful.
3. May 31 (Alberto Luperon):
James Comey Will Testify Trump Pushed Him to End Flynn Investigation, Report Says
Former FBI Director James Comey is expected to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Donald Trump pushed him to end an investigation into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, CNN reports. A source told the outlet that it will be public, and may happen as soon as next week.
4.  May 31 (Alberto Luperon):
If Comey Testifies Trump ‘Pressured’ Him to End Russia Investigation, Legally, Is That Obstruction of Justice?
Wednesday brought a new CNN report that claims fired FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Not only that, but he is expected to say President Donald Trump pressured him to end the feds’ investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. If this report pans out, then a question gets raised: Could Trump do this? If the allegation gets proven, would this be legal?
5. June 1 (Alberto Luperon):
James Comey Will Testify Before Senate
This announcement follows up on a CNN report on Wednesday that claimed he was expected to testify before the Senate that Donald Trump pressured him to stop an FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. A New York Times report from May 16 said the president asked him to drop the probe.
6. June 1 (Associated Press):
Senate to Hear from Comey; Dems Raise New Questions About Sessions
James Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the dismissal.
The Senate intelligence committee announced Comey’s appearance, and a Comey associate said he had been cleared to testify by Robert Mueller, another former FBI director now overseeing that investigation as special counsel.
Also on Thursday, Democrats raised more questions arose about contacts during the campaign between the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak, and Trump’s attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
7. June 2 (Alberto Luperon):
Can Trump Stop Comey from Testifying?
Fired FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Thursday, and a CNN report claimed he will say President Donald Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. If so, it will have political and possible legal ramifications for the Administration. But can the POTUS stop this from happening? He could use what is called executive privilege.
Spokespeople Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer haven’t ruled it out.
8. June 4 (Ronn Blitzer):
Senate Dem: Trump Would be on ‘Shaky Legal Ground’ Using Executive Privilege to Block Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify before Congress later this week as part of a probe into connections between Russia and President Donald Trump‘s campaign and any impact they had on November’s election. One question that has been discussed in the days leading up to the hearing is whether President Trump may try to block Comey from testifying by invoking executive privilege, which allows a President to resist efforts by Congress or the Judicial Branch to get information on the Executive Branch.
9. June 4 (Ronn Blitzer):
Dan Abrams: Trump has ‘Very Weak Legal Argument’ for Blocking Comey Testimony With Executive Privilege
Much talk is being made of the possibility of President Donald Trump invoking executive privilege to keep former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before Congress this week. That privilege allows the President and cabinet members to protect their communications from being accessed and reviewed by other branches of the federal government.
10. June 5 (Elura Nanos):
Here’s What Could Damage President Trump When James Comey Testifies
Former FBI Director James Comey is prepping for his big day before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. As we grab our popcorn for the opening act (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to testify on Wednesday), let’s take a minute to get centered on what’s likely to come.
11. June 7 (Ronn Blitzer):
Andrew McCabe Appears to Have No Legal Basis for Refusing to Discuss Comey Conversations
Wednesday’s Senate hearing featuring testimony from Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has not been incredibly productive for those hoping to find incriminating evidence against President Donald Trump or his associates. So far, testimony has ranged from broad assertions that officials did not feel pressured to act inappropriately during investigation, to refusal to even discuss sensitive issues.
Senator Martin Heinrich asked McCabe about any conversations he may have had with former FBI Director James Comey regarding whether President Donald Trump pressured Comey about the investigation of Russian ties to Trump’s campaign, or asked for Comey’s loyalty. McCabe refused to discuss any such conversations he had with Comey, saying it would be inappropriate to do so. Heinrich pointed out that he was not asking for classified information, and asked why it would be improper to talk about his conversations with Comey. McCabe did not give an answer, and simply said he would let Comey talk about it when he appears before the Senate on Thursday.
So there you have all that build up -- all that speculation -- all that hope that President Trump is finally going down as Law Newz (like most of the rest of the media) made James Comey out to be pure as driven snow. Heck, he called himself as a modern Thomas Becket standing up to his Henry II, aka, Donald Trump.

The testimony did not match the build-up. Comey admitted they had no evidence of any Russian collusion with President Trump to steal the election. He debunked a New York Times story in February:
“It was not true…the challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters, about writing stories about classified information is the people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on, and those of us that actually know what’s going on are not talking about it. And we don’t call the press to say, ‘hey you got this thing wrong about this sensitive topic,’ We just have to leave it there…it’s nonsense. But I can’t go on explaining why it’s nonsense.”
Of course, Comey was lying. He leaked things to the press repeatedly to serve his political purposes. In his testimony he showed his cowardly ways by using a third party to leak. He easily could have told the New York Times the story was false. He chose not to.

12. June 8 (Ronn Blitz):
James Comey Admitted to Leaking Trump Memo; That Could Be a Problem
During his testimony at Thursday’s Senate hearing, former FBI Director James Comey said that he gave his notorious memos regarding his encounters with President Donald Trump to a friend in order for them to turn them over to the press. That could be a problem, according to George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley.
Turley wrote in a blog post that Comey’s memos could be considered government records, as well as evidence in a criminal investigation. Turley also added that Comey’s use of a government computer to draft the memos could make them government documents. The professor cites a federal statute that says anyone who “sells, conveys or disposes “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof” without permission.
Additionally, Turley wrote that Comey may have been bound by non-disclosure agreements, and he told that there are also Justice Department guidelines against releasing materials.
The media had the sadz.

But have no fear, Dan Abrams is here.

Post 13:
Dan Abrams: Trump ‘Obligated’ to Prosecute if He Believes Comey Lied Under Oath
Former FBI Director James Comey gave testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that discussed encounters that he had with President Donald Trump that raised some flags in his mind. Among them was a conversation where the President brought up the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, where Trump allegedly expressed a desire for Comey to let Flynn go. Another was a discussion where Trump allegedly told Comey that he needs and expects loyalty. Trump and his representatives have denied that he said such things, essentially saying that Comey lied under oath. founder Dan Abrams addressed this matter during ABC News’ coverage of the hearing. “If he’s lying, you can charge him with perjury,” Abrams said. “If the position of the President is that James Comey is telling lies to the American public, making up stories about conversations they had, and swearing in front of Congress that he’s gonna tell the truth, then I think that they are obligated to prosecute.”
Indeed, unless Trump’s side of the story is false, there would be a strong perjury case against Comey. Of course, Abrams was skeptical that the Trump administration would follow through on any such measures. “Don’t count on that happening,” he said.
So at the end of the day, even though Comey's exonerated President Trump of any wrongdoing, the news fakers in the press still think President Trump should be impeached, this time for Failure to Prosecute.

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  1. What we got here is is a 13-layer nothingburger.
    And the media with bullet holes in both feet.

  2. Whatevergate

  3. If Comey did not intend to break the law when he lied, then under the Hillary exemption (which he created)n he is immune from prosecution

  4. Well done Don! The media steps in their own petard once again. What a bunch of childish SJW girly boy knuckleheads. Surber gearing up to complete the Trump phenomenon triad?

  5. It's Comey Doody Time, It's Comey Doody Time ...

  6. Comey Claus left the Fake News Media a sack of coal. GOC