Friday, June 09, 2017

Disbar Comey?

The swamp critters put Wally Gator on the stand as they tried to bring President Trump down in their latest attempt at presidenticide.

Comey, though, could not perjure himself by implicating the president of anything more than saying hello. A few Trump Republicans were wise enough to drag the ghost of attorneys general past by asking Comey about Loretta Lynch.

Had Hillary won, Lynch would have been the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court. Instead, she should hire a criminal lawyer, just in case.

But in a Trumpian reversal of fortune, Comey may wind up without a law license, which may or may not hinder his career of slithering in the swamp.

Trump's lawyer (he never skimps on lawyers; his first was Roy Cohn) Marc Kasowitz held a press conference, and put the onus on Comey, saying:
It is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.
Privileged communications.

Ding, ding, ding.

A lawyer who publicly discloses private conversation with a client without said client's permission no longer is a lawyer.

Now the question of private conversation is beyond a doubt.

But, is an FBI director in an attorney-client relationship with a president?

Depends on the meaning of is.

While I think leaking classified information could be go-to-prison stuff -- and certainly people while react to that -- the question is why did Kasowitz add "privileged communications"?

On the surface, it seems like typical lawyer double adjectives. The Constitution doesn't ban cruel punishment, but rather "cruel and unusual punishment."

But classified information is a different dog than privileged communication, the latter being defined by Investopedia as:
Interaction between two parties in which the law recognizes a private, protected relationship. Whatever is communicated between these pairs of parties shall remain confidential, and the law cannot force disclosure of these communications.
Such a relationship is not necessarily tied to lawyers or the clergy, and could be a confidence divulged by a lawyer serving in a non-lawyer capacity, such as FBI director. If so, I doubt Team Trump is going after his law license.

But make no mistake, the team is going after Comey. From Kasowitz:
Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President. The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated that he disclosed to them the conversations that he had with the President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting.
Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends of his, purported memos of those privileged conversations, one of which he testified, was classified. Mr. Comey also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of those memos to the press in order to, in Mr. Comey’s words, “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” 
Although Mr. Comey testified that he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from those memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to be entirely retaliatory. We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all the others that are being investigated.
Appropriate authorities.

Comey made the mistake of picking a fight with the Donald. Those never end well. Ask Rosie O'Donnell.

As I said in "Trump the Press," Trump never starts a feud, but he always ends them.




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27 comments:

  1. Yesterday I got my wife's car inspected and renewed, and cleaned out my mother in law's 60' front gutter. What did Congress get done yesterday? Gave interviews? Wow, that's f---ing impressive. Back to work, you deadbeats. Obviously you've forgotten - if you even ever remembered - that WE ARE PAYING YOUR SALARIES.

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    1. Given the quality of their work, they would have added leaves to the gutter

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    2. I've been retired for sixteen years and on any given day I work harder than any senator or congressman. Just pitiful what a bunch of lazy bums they are. I think one of the reasons they hate Trump is that he expects them to get off their flabby backsides and get the nation's word done. Trump does more in a day than they're capable of doing in a full session

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  2. Comey said he took extra precautions because of Trump's "character". This after being around the Clintons and Obama. He's a partisan Democrat, plain and simple. He says in his testimony that there is no evidence for a Russian conspiracy, but obviously couched his testimony to say that Trump was obstructing justice where no evidence of any crime had been found, and what allegations there are come from partisan democrats who were allowed to make the allegations without the supposed source of those allegations ever being examined by any appropriate agency(the DNC server).
    I think there needs to be a massive demonstration to support the president on the mall in DC early in the Fall, right about the time when college students will be taking their first exams.

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    1. Trump has character. Comey had never encountered such a man before.

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  3. I think losing his law license may turn out to be the least of his troubles.

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  4. I knew a guy who could step into crap deeper and come out cleaner than anyone else. Comey ain't him.

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  5. Don, we're witnessing the story of the century and I hope you will be one of the folks to write it.

    I have no doubt that the plan, after outsider Trump's win, was a coordinated overthrow of the government by DeepState/Media/Uniparty (no doubt Republicans were in on it - looking at you Gang of 8 and McStain).

    The nation would be saved with "no drama Obama" being "reluctantly" drafted from behind the walls of his DC White House in Exile.

    President Trump moved quickly and forcefully to disrupt this coup and, with generous help of divine intervention, looks like he's succeeding.

    I've read - and recommended - both your Trump books. You know the players better than anyone. No one in the media - not even Fox - looks anxious to dig any deeper than the day's headline. I hope you will.

    Possible title: Trump, the Revolution

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement.Amazon reviews help by the way. My next project is under way.

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    2. I was happy to write glowing reviews on Amazon on each of your Trump books. Anxiously awaiting the next one!

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  6. I didn't focus on the privileged communications, but good catch.

    I know you don't think so Don, but, Marc Kasowitz sure talked (puffed up) like there are tapes on board. (I didn't buy the tape either; assuming it was a Jedi trolling tweet) But, the fact that Kasowitz challenged the "loyalty" part (called Comey an outright liar), which is glossed over entirely by the media, sounds like team Trump is sitting on something solid from a number of angles. This sounds like the sledge hammer of death is winding up, as you say.

    But, I'm not sure what the cost benefit would be for seven pints of blood on the tracks--not exactly the Trumpian way. Vindication with subsequent shaming during talks/stumps seems to have bought Trump more mileage in the past. I also wouldn't want to further poke the black hat bees at the FBI if I didn't have too.

    The man rolls way higher than all of us, so, we'll just have to wait n see.

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    1. Regarding "privileged information" it's telling that no one in the previous day's testimony would reveal what was said in their private conversations with the president. Not NSA, not ODNI, not FBI.

      When Trump dismissed the other people from the meeting to speak alone with Comey (a precedent Comey established on January 6 by requesting a private meeting to discuss the "pee" dossier) I would argue that an experienced director of the FBI like Comey would have also considered that to be a privileged conversation.

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    2. Trump is notorious in New York real estate circles for secretly recording private condos on his smart phone. There's a reason he put the word "tapes" in quotation marks and I suspect it's because he wasn't talking about a reel-to-reel system, but his personal cell.

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    3. Trump is playing 3D chess while they are paying tidley winks. If they could break out the checkers, even Chinese checkers, that would be a quantum leap for them.

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  7. If that is what Comey call "honest loyalty" I shudder to think of how he defines treachery. - Elric

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    1. His honest loyalty is to Hill, Billy, Barry and their master, George Soros.

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  8. There is some kind of recording or Kasowitz would not have categorically denied Trump re:loyalty. Either Trump recorded a Comey he did NOT trust in any way shape or form or they found a recording Comey made in his office junk when they fired him thousands of miles away from his office. Trump has been playing Comey like a cat with a mouse and now his attorney is too. How about those bags under Comey's eyes. He is only 56 and looked 75.
    Elliott

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  9. Kasowitz is a bulldog. If he can keep President Trump from sabotaging the case on Twitter he should be able to bring home Comey's nutsack for a trophy.

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  10. Free sex changes in Leavenworth prison are available

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    1. (Comey should be in Leavenworth for all his crimes)
      The man already testilied that he has no aggots

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  11. More political theater, I did not watch 30 seconds of this nonsense. The left thought they were going to roast Trump. Woops, sounded like Comey got smoked out for the schitt weasel that he is. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Serves him right, he should have put the screws to career lying perjuring swamp rat hillary.

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  12. I don't think Trump has a legal case against Comey on any grounds, "privileged communications" or otherwise. If Comey had leaked the info while he was still the Director of the Bureau, his punishment would have been termination, nothing more. On the other hand, it does raise questions about Comey's integrity, and if Trump wants retribution, he should order the DoJ to look closely at Comey's poor handling of the "matter" of Hillary Clinton's private email server. One might ask whether Comey was simply incompetent in that criminal investigation, or whether he was part of a wider DoJ conspiracy, headed by AG Loretta Lynch, to give Hillary and her aides a pass on what were obvious violations of the US Code with regard to the handling classified information. Remember, it's the "process" that is the punishment: if revenge is the goal, make Comey spend the next five years under a legal cloud and force him to defend himself against charges of misprision.

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    1. Everyone who works for the FBI signs a non-disclosure agreement which almost defines what Comey did. Depending on the seriousness of the offense, if found guilty of violating it's terms, the former Director could do time in Leavenworth.

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    2. https://twitter.com/ThomasWictor/status/872905363732836354

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    3. http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/comey-was-before-congress-to-indict-trump-instead-he-might-have-indicted-himself/

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  13. "the first black woman to sit on the Supreme Court"

    Hopefully it will be Janice Rogers Brown

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