Monday, April 16, 2018
James Comey : Deep-State Fake-News Self-Serving 'Spoiled' Lawman
THE REAL NEWS TODAY ABOUT JIM COMEY. As distasteful as it is, we need to know what's going on here. • • • COMEY SHOOTS FROM THE HIP AS USUAL. Let's begin with the "news reported by most media outlets that, as Great AMerican Daily put it : "The media was counting on James Comey’s book tour to finish Donald Trump for good. But instead, Loretta Lynch ended up on the hot seat....Comey let it slip that a confidential source has a secret that would mean the end for Lynch." • As the entire world knows, thanks to CNN, Comey sat for a marathon 6-hour interview with Democrat operative George Stephanopoulos that was boiled down to a 45-minute session aired on TV. It was expected to be a softball batting practice where Comey could tee off on the President. But, a funny thing happened on the way to the TV show. It turned out that those who have had a sneak preview of Comey’s book say it's a dud that doesn’t contain any damaging information on President Trump. • • • DID COMEY "THROW LYNCH UNDER THE BUS?" However, instead of raising factual, or even possibly factual, questions about President Trump, former FBI Director Comey revealed that the FBI had information showing that Attorney General Loretta Lynch was compromised during the Clinton email investigation. • Here is the transcript of that portion of the George Stephanopoulos ("GS") - James Comey ("C") interview : " GS : Why could the attorney general not credibly announce the results of this investigation? C : Well, for a bunch of reasons. And it sort of built over the course of the investigation. First of all, we had the problem that President Obama had twice publicly basically said, 'There's no there, there.' In an interview with -- on Fox, an interview on 60 Minutes I think, both times he said that. So that's his Justice Department. GS : Did that surprise you? C : It really did surprise me. He's a very smart man and a lawyer. And so it surprised me. He shouldn't have done it. It was inappropriate -- GS : Did you think he was trying to color the case? C : I don't know. I don't think so. He didn't have any insight into the case, at least as far as I know, more than anybody reading the newspaper did, which was zero 'cause there were no leaks. I think he felt a pressure in the political environment because he wanted Hillary Clinton to be elected, to give her a shot in the arm. And so he spoke about an investigation. And he shouldn't have done that. But that, as you can imagine, created this drumbeat that the Obama Justice Department, the fix is in because the President has told them what result they should reach. GS : So that's one reason that the Justice Department is compromised. What's reason number two? C : Reason number two. And I have to talk about it very carefully. Classified information came into the possession of the US intelligence community in the early part of 2016 that indicated there was material out there that raised the question of whether Loretta Lynch was controlling me and the FBI and keeping the Clinton campaign informed about our investigation. Now, I don't believe that. And I don't believe that's true. But there was material that I knew someday, when it's declassified, and I thought that would be decades in the future, would cause historians to wonder, 'Hmm, was there some strange business going on there? Was Loretta Lynch somehow in -- carrying water for the campaign and controlling what the F.B.I. did?' Again, it wasn't true. But there was material that would allow that to come out someday in the long future when it's declassified. That all changed when someday, in my mind, became maybe tomorrow. That was in the middle of June, when the Russian government, using some fronts, started dumping stolen material that had been hacked from organizations associated with the Democratic party in the United States. And all of a sudden, it dawned on me that that someday decades from now when this material comes out actually may be now, tomorrow. And again, even though I didn't believe it, the material was real. Whether what it said was true or not, I didn't know. But it would allow people, partisans and even people who were partisans, to strongly argue that something was wrong with the way the investigation -- GS : Did you investigate it? C : We did. GS : And what did you find? C : Found no indication that it was true. GS : Boy. So -- so -- so you find no indication this is true. And yet-- you write that this is the reason you went out on your own -- C : One of the reasons. GS : One of the reasons. Doesn't that cast a cloud over the attorney general, an unjustified cloud over the attorney general? C : In a way, yeah. I mean, I like Loretta. As I said, I respect her even today. And so in a way, it's unfair to her. But when you're in the business of running a Justice Department institution, what people think matters. Public faith and confidence is everything to the Justice Department. And so whether or not it was true, the fact that it would be out there and allow people to argue that something terrible was going on in this investigation cut in favor of more transparency. I'm not saying it's true. But because it will undermine confidence in our work, the way to react to that is show people your work. And again, Justice Department policy allows for this. What made it different was the separation between the FBI and the Justice Department. Now, that -- of course, that material -- so -- I'm talking about it carefully because it's still classified, that was just one brick in the load." • ABC reported on Comey's revelations about AG Lynch in his book by saying : "Comey writes that he felt obligated to take a more persona lrole as the public face of the investigation rather than deferring to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- in part becasue of something involving Lynch that he cryptically refers to as a 'development still unknown to the American public ott his day?' " • Here is how ABC explains the Comey revelation about Lynch; by quoting what Comey wrote in his book : "In early 2016, the US gvcernment became aware of information from a classified source, and 'the source and content of that material remains classified as I write this....Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been sued by political opponents to cast serious doubt on in the Attorney General's independence in connection with the Clinton investigation." ABC says that Comey states in the book that he didn't sense that Lynch interferred with the investigation, even after her highly publicied Phoenix tarmac meeting with Bill Clinton, but that episode convinced him that he needed to step forward with his own public accounting of the email server investigation." • • • THE LYNCH REVELATINO IS OLD NEWS. The Washington Post reported on May 24, 2017; as follows : "Current and former officials have said that document played a significant role in the July decision by then-FBI Director James B. Comey to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over. That public announcement -- in which he criticized Clinton and made extensive comments about the evidence -- set in motion a chain of other FBI moves that Democrats now say helped Trump win the presidential election. But according to the FBI’s own assessment, the document was bad intelligence -- and according to people familiar with its contents, possibly even a fake sent to confuse the bureau. The Americans mentioned in the Russian document insist they do not know each other, do not speak to each other and never had any conversations remotely like the ones described in the document. While FBI Investigators have long doubted the document's veracity, by August the FBI had concluded it was unreliable.” • In May 2017, Zero Hedge wrote : "As part of Wednesday's late day bombshell dump, the Washington Post has revealed that former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to unilaterally announce the closure of the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton intentionally mishandled classified information was inspired by a 'secret, dubious' Russian document, that FBI officials now believe was 'bad intelligence.' The secret document, which purported to be a piece of Russian intelligence, claimed that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch had privately assured someone in the Clinton campaign that the investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information would go nowhere, 'a conversation that if made public would cast doubt on the inquiry’s integrity.' The 'document' in question is an email allegedly written by disgraced former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and sent to Leonard Benardo, who is an official with the George Soros organization Open Society Foundations. According to the document, Wasserman Schultz claimed Lynch had assured senior Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria that the investigation would not go too far. Supporters of Comey claim that the document gave him good reason to take the microphone in July, without consulting with Lynch, to announce the close of the Clinton probe in great detail. 'It was a very powerful factor in the decision to go forward in July with the statement that there shouldn’t be a prosecution,' a person familiar with the matter told the Post. 'The point is that the bureau picked up hacked material that hadn’t been dumped by the bad guys involving Lynch. And that would have pulled the rug out of any authoritative announcement.' " • Zero Hedge wrote that the document was a reason for the WP to state that Comey's decision set off a chain of events that Democrats believe contributed to Clinton’s shocking loss in November. The White House has also cited Comey's handling of the close of the probe in its official rationale for the former director's dismissal earlier this month. • The WP also quoteed sources who question the validity of the "document," but their position and names are withheld so it’s impossible to evaluate the base of knowledge they have to make such a determination. • Waht is clear is that the ABC interview is the first on-the-record confirmation by James Comey that Lynch was in a compromised position. We ought to be asking if this revelation should make it necessary to open a new investigation of Lynch’s conduct during the Clinton email probe. • If the New York Times is any indication of the mainstream media's position on all things 'Clinton; and it surely is, then we should also take note that on Monday the NYT published an article titled "James Comey’s ABC Interview : Five Highlights." Not one of those highlights is about the revelation Comey made on the integrity of Loretta Lynch. Silence? or Cover-up? or Conspiracy to destroy Trump while ignoring the real news about the corrupt Obama Department of Justice and AG Loretta Lynch? • • • FBI INSIDERS ARE FURIOUS AT COMEY'S INTERVIEW COMMENTARY. That is what the Daily Beast wrote on Monday mroning : "The ex-director’s first TV interview finally broke the loyalty of one longtime FBI colleague, others reacted with disbelief as their former boss pontificated. James Comey’s first interview since President Trump fired him as director of the FBI has enraged his former agents who deluged the Daily Beast with their disdain as they watched him tell his side of the story to George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night. Seven current or former FBI agents and officials spoke throughout and immediately after the broadcast. There was a lot of anger, frustration, and even more emojis -- featuring the thumbs-down, frowny face, middle finger, and a whole lot of green vomit faces. One former FBI official sent a bourbon emoji as it began; another sent the beers cheersing emoji. The responses became increasingly angry and despondent as the hour-long interview played out. 'Hoover is spinning in his grave,' said one former FBI official. 'Making money from total failure.' When a promo aired between segments announcing Comey’s upcoming interview with The View, the official grew angrier. 'Good lord, what a self-serving self-centered jackass,' the official said. 'True to form he thinks he’s the smartest guy around.' There was one former official who spoke out in support of Comey, saying the former director had seemed honest and heartfelt. 'I thought he was highly trustworthy and very transparent, like watching someone in confession,' the former official said. 'It seems like he’s still wrestling with it.' " • • • COMEY LABELS TRUMP "MORALLY UNFIT" TO BE PRESIDENT. Fox News wrote on Monday : "In his first interview since being fired, former FBI Director James Comey described President Trump as an ego-driven liar who treats women like 'meat' and is 'morally unfit to be President.' 'I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be President. I think he’s morally unfit to be president,' Comey said. • Ahead of the interview, President Trump fired off a series of tweets calling the country’s former top cop a “slimeball,” a liar and directly refuted claims he asked Comey for his loyalty. During Sunday’s televised interview, Comey also weighed in on the salacious -- and unverified -- Russia Dossier, as well as his reason for going public about the probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server in the final days of the 2016 election. • Comey claimed he wasn’t trying to favor one candidate over the other but instead tried to do “the right thing,” although he admitted his decision was influenced by the assumption Clinton would beat Trump in the election : “I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected President and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out.” • Comey also told ABC's Stephanopoulos during the interview about his initial interactions with Trump over the unverified 35-page Russia Dossier that was compiled by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign. The Dossier detailed a graphic account of Trump with Russian prostitutes during a 2013 trip to Moscow. Comey described his first meeting with President Trump : “I’m about to meet with a person who doesn’t know me, who’s just been elected President of the United States....And I’m about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him.” Comey claimed during a January 27, 2017, private dinner meeting, Trump asked him to disprove the allegations in the dossier. “He said, you know, ‘If there’s even a 1 percent chance my wife thinks that’s true, that’s terrible.” Comey added : “‘I remember thinking, ‘How could your wife think there's a 1 percent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?’ I'm a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true. So, what kind of marriage to what kind of man does your wife think [that] there's only a 99 percent chance you didn't do that?” • President Trump's pre'interview tweet was brief : "Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" • I think the really bottom of the barrel came when Comey tweeted : " My book is about ethical leadership & draws on stories from my life & lessons I learned from others. 3 Presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint. I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful." During the interview, Comey elaborated : ""The most important being truth. This President is not able to do that." Asked if he thinks Russians "have something on Donald Trump," Comey said, "I think it's possible. It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's just...it's the truth. I cannot say that [Trump is not subject to Russian blackmail]. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't. It's possible." • During the interview, Comey also compared Trump to a mafia boss and questioned why the President initially refused to acknowledge Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Comey added that there was certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice" when Trump asked him last year at the White House to if he could see his way to "letting Flynn go," referring to a criminal probe of fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Comey also took aim at Trump’s physical appearance, describing him as “slightly orange, with bright white half-moons under his eyes where I assumed he placed small tanning goggles.” • • • JAMES COMEY HAS A SERIOUSLY FLAWED PERSONAL SENSE OF INTEGRITY. On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Comey’s credibility into question : “This is nothing more than a poorly executed PR stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section." • One online commenter was even more blunt, calling the interview "A Clinton appartichik interviews an Obam hit man." • After Comey said Trump was unfit to be President, Stephanopoulos asked if Trump should be impeached. Comey replied : "I'll give you a strange answer. I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly. People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values. We'll fight about guns. We'll fight about taxes. We'll fight about all those other things down the road. But you cannot have, as President of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure. That is the core of this country. That's our foundation. And so impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that." • Fox News reported that : "During ABC’s much-anticipated interview with former FBI Director James Comey, the ex-lawman held virtually nothing back, from his views on impeaching President Trump to gossiping about hand size. Yet curiously, Comey brushed away one issue that he clearly didn’t want to discuss: his leaking of memos to the New York Times." Comey told Stephanopoulos : “Whether you can leak unclassified information, I don't want to get involved in that.” That certainly is not a surprise to America’s working-level spies and law enforcement officers, wrote Fox News contributor Bryan Dean Wright, a former covert CIA officer and member of the Democratic Party : "They can see right through Comey’s charade of 'leadership' and 'loyalty' because they know the immeasurable damage he has caused. Here’s why. When a servicemember, covert operator, or G-man takes their oath of allegiance to the nation, it’s a moment of both joy and humility. It’s a covenant signifying sacrifice, fidelity, and mission. New recruits quickly understand that they are no longer an individual -- neither Republican nor Democrat, Moslem nor Christian, gay nor straight -- but rather part of a collective force that stops at nothing to defend and promote America’s interests. I certainly recall that moment in my own life. My CIA classmates and I stood in front of the CIA’s wall of stars -- a slate of Alabama marble memorializing the dozens of officers who had fallen in the line of duty. It was a sober, fitting place for us to fully understand the sacrifice we would face in the years ahead. After taking our oath, then-CIA Director George Tenet wasted no time in making clear to us the task before the nation. It was late 2001, only weeks after 9/11. We were the first class to begin our duty following the terror attacks. America was scrambling to catch up to the al-Qaida threat. Our cigar-chomping leader reminded us to keep humble hearts and conduct ourselves with integrity. He made clear that the operational tools that would soon be at our disposal -- from a cadre of global informants to stolen emails and hacked phone calls -- were an intoxicating elixir that could be abused by those of weak character. In the days thereafter, others leaders went to great lengths to remind us of the consequences should we falter, and that we had a moral obligation to flag any officer who abused their authority. They explained that if we ever felt someone had crossed a line, there were ways to address it. Certainly we could speak with our managers. Failing that, the CIA’s Office of Inspector General. Or we could escalate it directly to the FBI. If all of those options failed, we were given one final outlet: our elected representatives in the House and Senate. One fellow student raised his hand. 'If that doesn’t work, can we go to the press?' Our leadership shot him a look of pure ice. 'No,' one man replied with contempt. He continued that once we passed off our allegations to a Representative or Senator, it was their job -- the job of the people -- to decide whether we were right or wrong in our judgment of abuse. Our lifetime vow of secrecy precluded us from speaking with reporters." • Bryan Dean Wright wrote that the message of reporting waste, fraud, and abuse wasn’t exclusive to the CIA. Friends and colleagues in other intelligence and law enforcement agencies heard the same. Including those at the FBI. They were words spoken directly by Comey himself. And then, said Wright, on June 8, 2017, everything changed : "On that day, Comey admitted to leaking notes of his conversations with President Trump to the New York Times. He used a friend -- or “cutout” -- to leak the memos so that he could hide his identity. It’s impossible to overstate what a gut punch this was for officers in the FBI and CIA. For years, we had been told, lectured, and threatened not to leak to the press. We were given clear paths to share our concerns of abuse, all of which were known and available to Comey. He could have handed his notes to the Senate or House, but he didn’t. He could have testified about his concerns, but at that point he didn’t. Instead, Comey chose to leak. And he admitted to his treachery only after being compelled to testify. Friends I spoke with at the Bureau and Agency shared my anger and disgust. Our brother in arms -- the most senior leader in the fights against corruption, terrorism, and espionage -- had violated his lifetime oath. He had betrayed not just the American people but his fellow officers as well. And no matter his excuses, he also broke every FBI rule regarding contact with the press and release of government information. Many of us also saw a direct assault on the spirit -- if not the letter -- of the very laws he swore to uphold." • Wright outlined what he called the most worrying of consequences -- Comey's demonstration to partisan spies and G-men that they too could successfully leak. How? Legal analysis explained that the disgraced leader followed a series of clear steps to avoid prosecution. They included : "1. Resign or be terminated from your position. Inspectors General have little jurisdiction over a former employee. 2. Ensure that any leaked information can be argued as an unclassified 'personal reflection' written by 'a private citizen' to 'memorialize' past events. 3. Never share leaked information in written form. Oral disclosures are not subject to the FBI or CIA’s prepublication requirements. 4. Ensure there’s no payment for the leak itself. Monetization can come later when writing a book or delivering paid speeches about the leak personal reflections." • Bryan Dean Wright is actually describing exactly what FBI Director James Comey did. And, for Wright : "It doesn’t take a spy or special agent to understand the ramifications of Comey’s plotting. If a senior leader can get away with violating his or her oath, anyone can. And unquestionably, someone else will, spurred on by their personal agenda. The result? A weakened America, hobbled by the selfish pursuits of officers that choose to disregard their allegiance as it suits their interests. Me first, country second. It’s an outcome that appeared lost on Comey during his interview Sunday night. After all, he had the audacity to title his book, “A Higher Loyalty.” It’s as though he thinks he still has some lingering respect from a grateful nation or a brotherhood of public servants. He does not. His loyalty is no longer to his country or its security, no matter his charade of claims. Comey has one loyalty and one only: to himself." • • • COMEY IS NEITHER SAINT NOR SINNER BUT A FRAUD. That is the conclusion of Fox News journalist Liz Peek, who asks in her Monday article : "Who is James Comey? Is he the world’s tallest Boy Scout....Or is he a self-promoter who has lied on several occasions, leaked information to the press, and who conducted a sham investigation of Hillary Clinton, whom he expected to be the next President?" Peek make it clear : "James Comey is a fraud. Far from being the last honorable man standing, as he surely pretends to be, the former FBI Director has shown his true colors by writing a book that does not serve the best interests of the country or his colleagues at the Department of Justice, but that only serves the best interests of James Comey. Comey’s book...and his interview with Stephanopoulos, is a vicious hit job on President Donald Trump, who fired him. In the sit- down, he presents his every interaction with the President in the most unflattering light possible, leading carefully, dispassionately, inexorably to his conclusion that Trump is morally unfit to be President." For Liz Peek, James Comey is "now seeking rehabilitation on the back of the President who fired him. Liberals have not forgiven him for undermining Hillary Clinton’s campaign; he is doing his level best to win back their admiration..." • When Comey said, “I don’t remember being angry” when he heard he had been canned, Peek calls it not "credible." • When Comey attended a reception for law enforcement officials in the White House, and walked across the room to greet the President, he said he was nervous about embracing Trump, but can’t help the optics when his boss leans in and whispers in his ear. What was that dreaded message from his President? Trump says, “I look forward to working with you.” Wow -- how crazy. How threatening. How normal. • Comey told Stephanopoulos he is mystified that Trump and his team discuss how they are going to handle the public relations aspect of the infamous Steele Dossier. Really? Pek asks whether Comey didn't imagine that a White House would worry about the public’s reactions to rumors of sordid goings-on with prostitutes? • Comey carefully pondered Stephanopoulos’ query as to whether the Russians “have something” on Donald Trump, concluding that it’s “possible.” And yet, earlier he said that if someone is conducting an investigation for a year and doesn’t have a good sense of where it will end up, that person should be fired. Shouldn’t Comey know by now whether those salacious accusations are true or not? It appears that he knows these tales are bunk, but he delights in letting the public savor the possibility. • Comey colorfully likened Trump’s effort to instill loyalty and teamwork in those working for him to the behavior of a mob boss. Isn’t an insistence on loyalty and teamwork what you would expect of someone newly forming an administration? [We might also add that if Trump were really a mob boss, Comey would have been pushing up daisies long ago.] • Liz Peek gets it completely right : "Everything discussed in the ABC interview is darkened by the prism of Comey’s anger and hatred of the President. (He revealed that his wife and four daughters took to the streets to march in protest against the President; so much for neutrality on the home front.) Stephanopoulos of course led the conversation, with the two singing the anti-Trump duet in perfect harmony. Never did the ABC host question why Comey the famous note-taker failed to take notes in his interview with Hillary Clinton, or to record that conversation. He also neglected to ask why the FBI chief granted immunity to five of Clinton’s top aides, demanding nothing in return. And so much more. The interview on ABC is the first of many that will attempt to sell Comey’s book. The fact that five hours with Stephanopoulos could be whittled down to an unexciting 45 minutes suggests that Comey’s moment in the sun will be brief." • • • DEAR READERS, as Liz Peek so neatly pointed out : "Writing a book turns out to be quite a revealing undertaking. Hillary Clinton put pen to paper and showed herself to be a whiny, bitter woman who blamed everyone and everything for her loss to Donald Trump instead of what actually cost her the presidency -- her own shortcomings. Her book tour lost steam as even her fans tired of the relentless slog of complaints; it was the beginning of the end of the Clinton era....Comey’s book...similarly lays waste to his own painstakingly etched image. Who writes a 'bitchy' book, as some have rightly called it, and details in interviews observations about the size of a President’s hands and the tanning circles around his eyes? Not someone who wants to be taken seriously. Not someone who expects his recollections of meetings and events to sway history." • Comey said it is a dangerous time for our country. At least he got that right. When the former top law enforcement official undermines the President of the United States by spreading malicious gossip and rumors -- after already having leaked classified material to an individual without a security clearance in order to have it presented to the New York Times as justification for a special counsel to destroy the President -- that is dangerous. When the FBI under Comey undertook and managed investigations based on political calculations and preferences -- not to mention that their unverified "facts" collected in an opposition research Dossier were used illegally to get a FISA warrant by withholding the true nature of the Dossier's "facts" and the real fact that the Dossier was paid for by political opponent Hillary and her DNC -- that is dangerous. When the same FBI Director Comey lies under oath to Congress, that poses a fundamental danger for the Republic. • There is now only one question -- will James Comey be held accountable before a court of law? Steve Hilton of Fox News said Monday that : "Democrats and Republicans agree that James Comey is guilty of politicizing the FBI and meddling in the 2016 election. Everyone can now see that he is guilty of self-righteousness, self-regard and inappropriately producing a petty cash-for-gossip revenge attack on President Trump. But the serious question, and one that goes to the heart of our confidence in law enforcement in this country, is whether James Comey is guilty of federal crimes. If there is evidence to that effect, and if a case is not brought against him, that would be a shattering blow to democratic norms. It would send a message that the most senior law enforcement officials in the land can behave exactly as they wish, carry out whatever personal and political vendettas they want - and get away with it. It would send a message that America’s law enforcement officials are, in fact, above the law." • That is DANGEROUS. The constitutional American Repiblic is not a dictatorship or a tyranny of elites or a banana republic. It is world’s oldest functioning constitutional republic. So, as Steve Hilton says : "It’s important we examine this matter carefully....The very fact that his tenure at the FBI has brought so much controversy in its wake -- even before President Trump was elected, let’s remember -- point to a level of professional incompetence that deserves censure. All of this may be profoundly unethical and disturbing. But the legal question is : do these actions pass the threshold for Abuse of Power, Perjury, Making False and Misleading Statements, and again, Obstruction of Justice?....incompetence by government officials, however unfortunate, does not undermine the Republic. Lawlessness by government officials : that’s a different matter." Hilton gives four separate areas where there are serious grounds to suspect that James Comey broke the law while he was FBI Director : "First, his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Why was no Grand Jury empanelled...Why was no search warrant issued? Why was immunity granted to Clinton aides, which effectively stripped Congress of its power to issue subpoenas to gather evidence from phones and laptops before they were destroyed? And does all this amount to Obstruction of Justice? // Second, the manner in which James Comey closed the Clinton email investigation. He testified to Congress that he made the decision to clear Hillary Clinton after she was interviewed by the FBI. But FBI documents suggest that it was before. Does this constitute Perjury/Lying to Congress? // Third, Comey has publicly admitted that he gave memos recording his interactions with President Trump to a friend at Columbia Law School with the intention that the contents would be leaked to the media in order to prompt the appointment of a Special Counsel. These were documents created on an FBI computer and which dealt with an ongoing, highly sensitive investigation. Reasonable observers would conclude that these memos were FBI property. So: does leaking them in this unauthorized way mean Comey is guilty of Theft of Government Property or Records? // Finally, the infamous Russia Dossier which was used to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Two congressional Committees have already established that the FBI knew the Dossier was largely fabricated -- indeed James Comey himself described it as 'salacious and unverified.' The FBI also knew that it was paid for by the Clinton campaign (as part of the campaign), and that the Dossier was compiled by someone with a clearly stated bias against Donald Trump. The FBI knew that they needed the Dossier to spy on the Trump campaign, and so relied on it to obtain the FISA warrant anyway." • It is high time for James Comey to be under active investigation, with the use of a grand jury, to determine if criminal charges should be brought for these highly questionable actions. Attorney General Sessions MUST act or step aside so that a new AG -- without a background making him or her a likely subject for recusal -- can lead a full investigation. And, there are several others waiting in the wings to be investigated -- Hillary, Brennan; Clappers, Rice, Power, Lynch, Holder, and their boss Barack Obama. • If nothing else will work, if Sessions will not resign, then let us call on Congress to impeach Sessions and get rid of him so that a real Attorney General can do the job. The Republic and its citizens demand it. They deserve it. The only real miscarriage of justice would be to let Comey and his Deep State co-conspirators walk without facing a court of law.