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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Comey Testimony: Trump Right, NOT Target of Investigation. Never Pressured on Flynn Investigation.

As usual, radical Dems will be disappointed!

Former FBI Director's written testimony has been released by the Senate Intelligence Committee. It is seven pages and you can read it here.

Comey confirms Trump's earlier statement that Trump was not the target of any counter-intelligence case regarding Russia.
COMEY: In that context, prior to the January 6 meeting, I discussed with the FBI’s leadership team whether I should be prepared to assure President-Elect Trump that we were not investigating him personally. That was true; we did not have an open counter-intelligence case on him. We agreed I should do so if circumstances warranted. During our one-on-one meeting at Trump Tower, based on PresidentElect Trump’s reaction to the briefing and without him directly asking the
question, I offered that assurance.
In a private dinner at the White House Comey confirmed again that Trump was not a target of any investigation.

Finally, on a March 30 phone call with Trump:
COMEY: I explained that we had briefed the leadership of Congress on exactly which individuals we were investigating and that we had told those Congressional leaders that we were not personally investigating President Trump. I reminded him I had previously told him that. He repeatedly told me, “We need to get that fact out.” (I did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change.)
1,2,3 times. Just as Trump claimed in the letter to Comey when he fired him. Will we get an acknowledgement of this fact from the hate Trump media that denounced Trump for making the claim? Will CNN apologize for citing "anonymous sources" that claim Trump was lying?

Remember the breathless reporting that Trump demanded Comey shut down any investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn? It was all over CNN and the New York Times. What does Comey say about it in his written testimony?
COMEY: The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”
In no way does Trump's plea on behalf of Flynn constitute an order to the FBI to terminate an investigation (a possibility which Comey says later the FBI would reject in any case). Nor was there any move to obstruct the investigation. No case for impeachment there. Sorry Maxine Waters!

If anyone wants to make a big deal about Trump asking Comey to "let it go" then they must hold Obama to the same standard when he declared publicly that Hillary Clinton had done nothing wrong while the FBI had an ongoing investigation into her email scandal.

The Trump hating left may try and make hay over Comey's claim that Trump requested loyalty. What President doesn't? And Comey responded that he would offer honesty instead. Again, a giant nothingburger like all the rest of hate Trump fake news (Jared Kushner anyone).

Other Intelligence Testimony: "No pressure" From Trump on Russia

Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing brought the heads of multiple agencies to testify on the same subject. One after another said some version of the same. Following are relevant excerpts from testimony of Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence and Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency:
DAILY MAIL: 'I have never been pressured. I have never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation,' Coats said at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday.

Rogers said emphatically that he had 'never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate' – pushing back on the same report that described a conversation the two men had with President Trump following fired FBI director James Comey's confirmation that the agency was probing Trump campaign Russia contacts.
There was some consternation at the hearing as the witnesses were not able to discuss confidential discussions they may have had with the President, but their testimony is clear. Again, Maxine Waters and the hate Trump fake news media will have to look elsewhere.

What will the hate Trumpers do as yet another of their expectations that Trump is finished falls flat? Expect more riots and violence in the streets as left wing fascists become more unhinged!

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