ICYMI: The Comey ‘bombshell’ memo that’s proving to be a dud

Comey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (C-SPAN)

When Comey and #FakeNews collide…

The reliably hard-core leftist Huffington Post is as giddy as a schoolgirl. The unashamedly anti-Trump New York Times is trying its level best to sound professional while reporting completely unsubstantiated and sourceless whispers as “news”. And CNN is, shall we say… breathless in their falling-in lockstep with their comrades at The Times.

So what exactly has these three (fake) news giants simply besides themselves with joy? Perhaps the best description would be that of the Huffington Post’s Mollie Reilly who referred to NYT reporter Michael Schmidt’s Comey memo article as “a bombshell report”.

Hyperbole Much?

In a perfect example of Trump Derangement Syndrome gone wild, Schmidt wrote; (emphasis mine)

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.

But Wait, There’s More…

So when you get right down to it, the NY Times accused then declared guilty President Trump of an impeachable crime, namely, obstruction of justice.

Interestingly enough, Schmidt held off until the sixth paragraph to add; (emphasis mine)

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter.

For whatever bizarre reason, besides not even seeing the memo in question, Schmidt wasn’t even the alleged reporter who had said memo read to. Schmidt didn’t even have the good manners of identifying the lowly peon who supposedly had the mystery memo read to him by an equally mysterious associate of Comey.

Nonetheless, one minor detail HuffPo, The Times and CNN seems to have missed. As The Washington Times reports, while testifying before the Senate earlier this month, in a back-and-forth with Sen. Maize Hirono (D-HI); (emphasis mine)

First, Hirono asked Comey: “So if the attorney general or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?

And Comey’s response: “In theory, yes.”

Hirono: “Has it happened?”

Comey: “Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there, and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.”

Just to make sure I understand this, an unidentified associate of Comey read a memo that no one’s ever seen to a reporter whose identity we don’t know, but somehow, that’s proof enough to impeach him?

Oh… and this alleged crime supposedly happened three months ago, but Comey testified under oath just two weeks ago that nothing of the sort has ever happened in his “experience”.

Ya think The Donald has nothing to worry about? I don’t think so either.


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