“Comey’s revenge is a gun without powder”

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What a lowlife. Trump should have fired him long ago.

Comey’s revenge is a gun without powder

Gregg Jarrett, FOX News, May 16, 2017

James Comey was lying in wait.

His gun was cocked, he took aim and fired. But his weapon was empty.

Three months ago, the then-FBI Director met with President Trump. Following their private conversation, Comey did what he always does –he wrote a memorandum to himself memorializing the conversation. Good lawyers do that routinely.

Now, only after Comey was fired, the memo magically surfaces in an inflammatory New York Times report which alleges that Mr. Trump asked Comey to end the Michael Flynn investigation.

Those who don’t know the first thing about the law immediately began hurling words like “obstruction of justice”, “high crimes and misdemeanors” and “impeachment“. Typically, these people don’t know what they don’t know.

Here is what we do know.

Under the law, Comey is required to immediately inform the Department of Justice of any attempt to obstruct justice by any person, even the President of the United States. Failure to do so would result in criminal charges against Comey. (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361) He would also, upon sufficient proof, lose his license to practice law.

So, if Comey believed Trump attempted to obstruct justice, did he comply with the law by reporting it to the DOJ? If not, it calls into question whether the events occurred as the Times reported it.

Obstruction requires what’s called “specific intent” to interfere with a criminal case. If Comey concluded, however, that Trump’s language was vague, ambiguous or elliptical, then he has no duty under the law to report it because it does not rise to the level of specific intent. Thus, no crime.

There is no evidence Comey ever alerted officials at the Justice Department, as he is duty-bound to do. Surely if he had, that incriminating information would have made its way to the public either by an indictment or, more likely, an investigation that could hardly be kept confidential in the intervening months.

Comey’s memo is being treated as a “smoking gun” only because the media and Democrats, likely prompted by Comey himself, are now peddling it that way.

Comey will soon testify before Congress about this and other matters. His memo will likely be produced pursuant to a subpoena. The words and the context will matter.

But by writing a memo, Comey has put himself in a box. If he now accuses the President of obstruction, he places himself in legal jeopardy for failing to promptly and properly report it. If he says it was merely an uncomfortable conversation, he clears the president of wrongdoing and sullies his own image as a guy who attempted to smear the man who fired him.

Either way, James Comey comes out a loser. No matter. The media will hail him a hero.

After all, he gave them a good story that was better than the truth.

  • santashandler

    Comey is blowing smoke. Like Pamela says, if he had something, why didn’t he immediately report it. Answer; because he was too busy plotting to come up with something, ANYTHING on Trump. Anything that would take attention away from his negligence in the Hillary debacle. Comey is a sore loser and is probably scheming with Hillary and Obama at this moment to find that ‘golden nugget’ to bring Trump down. Comey should be under indictment.

    • Nelly

      Comey is damaged goods. There are those in Congress who think he should be brought up on charges for his Obama-directed handsoff of the Hildebeast.

      • santashandler

        Yes, he should be. His handling of that stinks!

    • Speak the Truth

      If Comey’s purposely leaked memo is the most dramatic, incriminating info he can produce, it’s time for this clown to fade into obscurity. Pamela’s analysis is correct.

    • Raymond Hietapakka
  • Millionmileman

    If the Washington Compost and NY Time would cut out the scandal mongering together with the broadcast News Chanels we would be in better shape. First of all if there was any thought of criminal impropriety going back to February and Comey did not report it to a Fed. Judge or DOJ he could be fined and/prosecuted under the Fed statute. Also when Comey testified, under oath in front of the Senate he was asked if he had any dealings with memos, etc., to which he said, “No!” This was in the NY Times a few weeks ago, so everyone is full of it including the Senate because there is no need to go over this again.

    The Dems and the Press are like piranhas and they won’t give up until all the flesh is eaten up down to the bone. Last Sunday there was a BBC play, on PBS depicting that Charles became King and refused to sign an Act censoring the Press. I thought how courageous he was defending Freedom of the Press which is a lot less, in the UK than here. But if this garbage keeps up the people of this country will give up on them like the boy who cried wolf. I know people who have already stopped watching PBS Nightly News Hour and as well as looking at the legacy papers.

    So if this does not stop then America itself will do the censoring.

    • Dennis

      While I tend to agree with your commentary, I have come to the conclusion that “this is much to do about nothing.” Today there are two issues. The first one is whether there is any evidence that Russia wrongly influenced the election in some way and whether the Trump campaign, with Trump’s knowledge, somehow assisted the Russian’s in that regard. So far, from everything I have heard to date these contentions are without evidence and appear to be fallacious at best. Yet, we have a special investigator appointed to likely come to this same conclusion, and it will cost the taxpayers many millions of wasted dollars. Secondly, I suspect that trump was loyal to Flynn, and respected the man’s many years of faithful service to the U.S.A., and it is likely that Trump mentioned the man in that light, but no evidence exists as to whether Trump did anything to try to use his position as President to force any closure of any investigation. We are all falling into the “trap” being perpetrated by the Democrats and those who took a thorough beating last November. This simply has to stop, and we need to let this businessman run this country and pass a health bill, reduce taxes, fix our infrastructure, rebuild our military and protect us from the terrorists and others out there that would destroy this great country.

      • Mark Steiner

        What this is bringing about is failure to adhere to Constitutional principles as a foundation for providing good government; being replaced instead by egomaniacs on both sides whose inability to provide leadership is exceeded only by their self-righteous pomposity in to “get to the bottom” of an issue that either does not exist or lacks evidence, and will prove costly to this nation in the long run.

  • VLParker

    Comey is just another power hungry slimeball in a town full of power hungry slimeballs. Good riddance.

    Trump needs to get his head out of the sand and start cleaning house at the White House. He needs to fire the whole damn staff and start from scratch.

    • Liatris Spicata

      A quintessential example of mindless character assassination.

      • Gizmo

        No, not mindless. See the Hillary files and how the swamp creature protected her.

        • Liatris Spicata

          Oy vey, Gizmo,

          The guy made a totally unsupported claim assailing Comey’s integrity, a man whose character has, in the past, been defended by those who believed him wrong. That suffices as mindless character assassination in my book.

          You appear to endorse that modus operandi. Shame on you- but you fit in well with a lot of people here.

      • IzlamIsTyranny

        Pffffffffftttttt. Yeah, Comey’s “investigation” of Shillariah C-l-i-n-t-0-0-n left me brimming w/confidence over his upright and honest character.

        • Liatris Spicata

          Of course, as is your custom, you say nothing specific about deficiencies in his investigation- merely the vacuous, snide suffices for your ilk. You cannot bother to say where you think the investigation was “dishonest”. Are you so totally devoid of discernment in all area of your life?

          Had Comey not handled the reporting of the investigation into HRC in an unorthodox manner, Hillary would likely be POTUS today.

          • SteveB✅ Proud Deplorable

            You are ignoring the fact that Hillary is a criminal.

          • Liatris Spicata

            Does yuur comment relate in some way to something I said?

            Just wondering how you arrived at that interesting and imaginative hypotheses.

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  • PunJabber

    No, you don’t understand RICO prosecutions. They’ll flip the capon to testify against the Don. The zoo* will pretend to believe him. That’s how come y will wind up in witless projection (a network commentator gig) instead of the other kind of slammer.

    * Donkeys and RINOs and terrs, oh my!

  • Liatris Spicata

    Hold the phone here, Pamela.

    First, to the best of my knowledge, Comey has not raised the issue of obstruction of justice, and I gather that’s a judgement call (I know, you didn’t actually say he did). But simply because Comey didn’t raise the concern to that level, does not mean it was simply a matter of making him “uncomfortable”. At very least, suggesting backing off from an investigation is a highly unusual thing to say to an FBI director, and I suspect, unethical

    This may come down to whom do you believe: Trump or Comey? Well Trump has a history of a certain casual relationship with the truth. Comey’s integrity has never, to my knowledge, been questioned. Of the two, I for one will trust Comey, not Trump.

    • Inmate of Diversityland

      Comey should have been canned from day one of Trump’s presidency. I was shocked that Trump did not throw his Hillary-protecting ass to the street. Not one person of Hillary’s accomplices in the email scandal were charged with anything, being granted immunity. Comey is an Obama butt kisser and collaborator. He needs to join the crew in this photo…

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4b3059d656fdee13214d845859d00c484129dd77306b1e0aac7d7bfd90dd830.jpg

      • Liatris Spicata

        If his goal was to protect Hillary, he chose a mighty strange way to do it. You may recall it wasn’t too long ago that some Hiiary supporters were clamoring for his head.

        I suggest you have mis-understood Comey. You have let your animus overrule your analytical side.

        • IzlamIsTyranny

          LOL, yeah because it’s common practice in the IT world to locate email servers in private bathrooms — especially email servers that regularly contain classified emails. Get bent lying tool.

          • Liatris Spicata

            More of your empty bloviation, long on insinuation, but saying nothing.

            Just for the record, neither Comey nor I have suggested private email servers containing classified information are “common practice”, moron. But hey, all is not lost for you ‘Tyranny- you are great at coming up with non-sequitors.

          • IzlamIsTyranny

            “Long on insinuation?” Retard, how common is it for anyone, anywhere to locate any type of computer equipment in a bathroom, much less an email server that regularly contains classified data? At every company I’ve ever worked at email servers are located in secured facilities and not in the bathrooms of those secured facilities either.
            Rattus norvegicus would be a more apropos nom-de-plume for your slimy ass.

          • Liatris Spicata

            Gad, you are a despicable person, utterly devoid of nuance, refinement, civility, or insight.

        • Karen Squires

          Comey and all the Dems were so positive that Hillary was going to win the election that his announcement to look at Weiner’s computer which had more Hillary emails on it was just to cover for the fact that he previously outlined her guilt to Congress and then said no attorney would prosecute her. Really people: think!

      • Speak the Truth

        Many are now wondering how much Comey was paid for his slacker investigation.

        • Liatris Spicata

          Many also are wondering when Elvis will return for his grand comeback tour.

    • Emmett

      GARLAND GARLAND GARLAND !!! Comey could have cared less if a thousand people had been murdered at Garland !!!

      • Liatris Spicata

        And your evidence for that is …. ?

        While I’m inclined to agree that the investigation into the Garland murderer-wannabes was mishandled ( and it should be investigated) I know of no evidence to support your claim. Was Comey even following that investigation?

        Making wild, unsubstantiated claims does not support your case. It merely makes Pamela’s supporters look like a bunch of know-nothing Yahoo’s.

        • IzlamIsTyranny

          Um wasn’t Comey the head of the F-I-B at the time Farshad AL Fuqstain?

    • Beverly

      Let me help you understand Comey:

      https://news.grabien.com/story-10-major-fbi-scandals-comeys-watch
      10 Major FBI Scandals on Comey’s Watch

      http://www.wnd.com/2017/05/my-prediction-on-comeys-soft-landing/
      How many Americans understand what Comey was
      doing before he got appointed FBI director?

      • Liatris Spicata

        Beverly,

        I find myself wondering what point you wanted to make. I can say, based on relevant personal experience, that Comey was respected within the FBI. That is not to say that some of the decisions he made with respect to the Clinton investigation did not draw criticism, and possibly he should have been fired for them- a judgement beyond my pay grade. By biggest objection to certain people here is their assailing of Comey’s integrity without any real supporting evidence. They make baseless smears about his character, not simply his policies and leadership, and that makes them reprehensible in my book.

        As to your sources, I’m comment only briefly.

        Most damning were revelations that the FBI was generally aware of almost every terrorist who successfully struck America over the last eight years.

        Well duh. The FBI cannot make arrests until they have a good case. With the kind of Islamic terrorism we see today, possibly we need to look at emulating the kinds of detention practices the Brits used against the IRA. That, of course, can jeopardize on-running investigations.

        • Political_qrm

          Wrong: He was not respected in the FBI.. On the day he said he would not prosecute Hillary, even though evidence pointed to the contrary, senior FBI people walked out of that press conference and did not come back for 4 days.

          MY sources said his style was obstruction, a devotion to the Obama agenda and scared of the Clintons.. . He has no FBI experience and was a political lawyer. His involvement in the Plame affair was to try and indict Cheney, not see justice done.

          So, Gayfeather, why don’t you try to have a meaningful conversation, instead of coming on this site and just disrupting with your lies and liberal agenda.

          • Liatris Spicata

            Always start an interaction with someone with claims of “iies”, which, by the way, you do not bother to specify. Sheesh, just what this site needs- another commenter who traduces other people’s character without detailing their rationale. You fit in well with the Mahou Shouju’s and IslamIsTyranny’s here. Sorry, bub, but that makes you a bit of a lout in my book.

            Why do you say he was “devoted to the Obama agenda and scared of the Clintons”? Quite a charge to make- but, as is typical of people here, you cite no evidence to substantiate your extreme claims.

            You claims he was not respected at the Bureau differ from my experience.

            But just to show the inadequacy of your analysis, I’m going to parse it a bit:

            On the day he said he would not prosecute Hillary, even though evidence pointed to the contrary, senior FBI people walked out of that press conference and did not come back for 4 days.

            Assuming you are correct that people walked out, I suspect the reason was it was unprecedented for the FBI director to weigh in on whether or not HRC should be indicted. He had his reasons for the action he took, even though it violated FBI tradition- permit me to note that the entire situation with respect to HRC was unprecedented.

            Let me ask you this: would you have preferred that he have taken the “safe” route of simply referring his findings to DOJ and have Loretta Lynch sit on them during the campaign?

          • Political_qrm

            Stop with the double talk and wordspeak.. Loretta Lynch also committed a crime by meeting with Bill Clinton “accidentally”. If Comey was really interested in “justice” he would’ve have recommended indictment even after Trump was President. The matter was still open due to additional evidence.. He didn’t.. End of story. gayfeather…

          • Liatris Spicata

            What additional evidence (from shortly before the election) was there?

            Comey had already made it abundantly clear (and perhaps too publicly) that he did not believe an indictment of Hillary was in order.

            Never mind- discourse with you is clearly a wasted effort- I notice, in your most recent response, you didn’t bother answer the question I asked you. For my money, Comey did the nation a great service by breaking with precedent and announcing the investigation into HRC in the first place.

          • IzlamIsTyranny

            Yes brave Comey announced he was investigating a fellow unelected apparatchik for violating various rules and regulations involving the handling of sensitive electronic data. What’s the sound of one hand clapping Farshad Al Fuqstain?

  • Phil McDonald

    Drain the damn SWAMP.

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  • Gizmo

    Swamp creature Comey leaking to the press now? Lowlife indeed.

    • Speak the Truth

      Comey has now publicly outed himself as a leaker. Could he be a source of any of the other suspected leaks?

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    The soft Civil War has started. If the crooked Elites of both Parties get desperate enough, they’ll attempt an assassination. Trump is realizing that these sociopaths have no appreciation of anything, and cannot be expected to be honest. He cannot say anything that that won’t try to twist like a sheet in a hurricane…America is being ruled by an Oligarchy of Kleptocrats who have been selling out their own citizens.

  • Mahou Shoujo

    The noo pork swines and their relentless pursuit of all the stink they can put in print, once again validate the reason the lame stream media is only believed by idiots.

  • Drew the Infidel

    This masterpiece of analysis was posted on the Fox News website and was also highlighted on Rush Limbaugh in his radio show of yesterday. Every law professor teaching incoming and aspiring lawyers should have this as an integral part of their lesson plan book.

  • peakpower

    Hillary gets away with everything among these swamp creatures.

  • Stephen Honig

    If Comey had anything on Trump. It’s all he said which is bullshit without evidence. He’s acting like a woman who has been scorned.

  • Steve

    Comey – it is rumored – wrote a memo a few weeks ago before he was canned “must remember to act more serious but laugh occasionally so people won’t think I’m such an a******”.

  • joe1429

    Lets see ALL comeys memos.. about obummer, jared, the clintons.. Subpeona them all… Congress!!!

  • JimSherwood3

    The former FBI Director held a public news conference in early July , 2016 during which he presented a strong case for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for criminal conduct relating to her use of a private unsecured personal server to transmit classified information. He then announced that he was not going to present said case to the DOJ. This is what obstruction of justice really looks like.

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