Category Archives: Cabinet

Comey Mind Over Matter

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Former FBI Director Comey told President Trump three times that he was not under investigation.

But Hillary Clinton was. Sort of.

Then Attorney General Loretta Lynch told Comey to refer to what he was doing with Hillary as a “matter“, not an “investigation.” Comey went along but said the order “confused and concerned” him. He also said it made him “queasy“.

But it apparently didn’t reach the “mildly nauseous” threshold.

Comey Takes a Leak

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Turns out Comey likes to leak too. He testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked his own memos about a meeting with Trump. The leak was in response to Trump’s tweet that Comey had better hope there are no tapes of their meeting.

Comey woke up in the middle of the night and decided to pass along the memos to a friend who then leaked them to the NYT.His goal was to sic a special prosecutor on Trump.

Mission accomplished.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Crime Search

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The Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller special counsel this week. His mission is to investigate suspected collusion between Team Trump and Russia.  And pretty much anything else that strikes his fancy once he gets going.

Mueller’s a career creature of the Washington Swamp. But, as swamp creatures go, he’s one of the most respected. He served as FBI Director for 12 years without scandal. It also doesn’t hurt that he earned a Bronze Star and Purple heart as a Marine rifle platoon leader in Vietnam.

Mueller Crime Search

Another Washington swamp creature, Rep. Maxine Waters, looks forward to the Mueller crime search. She anticipates a thorough and fair investigation. Ending with the impeachment of Donald Trump.

The only problem is, so far, there’s no evidence of a crime.

 

 

Unaccountable Washington Politics

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Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo laying the groundwork for the firing of FBI Director Comey. He says Comey was unaccountable. Here’s a version of Rosenstein’s memo published in The Atlantic.

But Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe writes in the The Washington Post that Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey. He thinks Trump should be impeached.

Meanwhile, Senat minority leader Chuck Schumer is demanding a special prosecutor to investigate any possible Trump/Russian caper.

No Accounting for the Unaccountable

Gerald Seib calls this a “troubling undercurrent for Trump.” He quotes a WSJ/NBC poll saying, “The survey found a strong desire, cutting across political affiliations, for an independent commission or a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of Russia’s role in the 2016 election.”

Deep State Russian Dragnet

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Daniel Henninger in the WSJ calls the Obama/Lynch decision to allow the NSA to spread raw intel to the other 16 agencies the Rosetta Stone for the Russia story:

As with Hillary’s server, there is a Rosetta Stone for the Russia story. It is the Barack Obama/Loretta Lynch decision in January to sign rules permitting the National Security Agency to disseminate “raw signals intelligence” to 16 other intelligence agencies without privacy protections for individuals.

Russian Dragnet

Two months later, it was reported by the New York Times that Obama administration officials had done this to dispense information across the intelligence bureaucracies “about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians.”

Of course, those “contacts” leaked into the water-collection barrels of the entire Washington press—either from officials inside 17 U.S. intelligence agencies or from Obama officials themselves, such as it-wasn’t-me Susan Rice.

The predictable tumult from the Obama-originated mass leaks then intimidated Congress into sending the House and Senate intelligence committees chasing after these “suggestions” of collusion.

Beyond Mike Flynn and Carter Page, why haven’t we seen more leaks pushing past the original stories? Why have the leakers gone silent, unless they leaked everything they had? Indeed why hasn’t there been a mega-dump into the press by now of all the original NSA “raw signals intelligence” à la the Pentagon Papers?

Instead, calls are now bubbling up from this swamp—what else can you call it?—to appoint a special prosecutor, presumably to get to the bottom of the Russian collusion swamp, though without subpoena powers in Moscow.