Comey “Friend”, Benjamin Wittes, Outs Himself As Source for New York Times “Comey Memo” Storyline…

Long time CTH readers will note we extended well over a year of benefit-of-the-doubt to the motives of former FBI Director James Comey with regard to the severity of his politicized nature and disposition.  Throughout the entire Clinton investigation we remained ambivalent to Comey’s motives.

Indeed it wasn’t until after the Pulse nightclub terrorist attack when Comey obtusely noted the FBI had been contacted (prior to the attack) about the sketchy behavior of Omar Mateen by a ‘random concerned citizen’ -and our finding that the actual ‘citizen’ was the far more substantive St Lucie county sheriff Ken Mascara– that we recognized how far Comey was willing to go to save his political face.

Yesterday, a friend of James Comey by the name of Benjamin Wittes, editor and writer for lawfare blog, now steps out and admits he was one of the primary sources for the New York Times Comey Memo article (Michael Schmidt); and in so doing outlines the severity of the political nature of the former FBI Director:

[…]  I called Schmidt Friday morning after reading his earlier story, which ran the previous evening, about Comey’s dinner with President Trump and the President’s demands at that dinner for a vow of loyalty.

[…] I did this interview on the record because the President that morning was already issuing threatening tweets suggesting that Comey was leaking things, and I didn’t want any room for misunderstanding that any kind of leak had taken place with respect to the information I was providing.

[…]  I insisted that Schmidt record the conversation and give me a copy of the recording, so that we had a good record of what was said.

[…]  Comey understood Trump’s people as having neither knowledge of nor respect for the independence of the law enforcement function. And he saw it as an ongoing task on his part to protect the rest of the Bureau from improper contacts and interferences from a group of people he did not regard as honorable.

This was a general preoccupation of Comey’s in the months he and Trump overlapped—and the difference between this relationship and his regard for Obama (which was deep) was profound and palpable.  (read full article)

The gist of Benjamin Wittes outline is that he interpreted his friend -the magnanimous harbinger of truth, justice and the American way- James Comey, as expressing a feeling of undue potential influence by horrible Trump that Comey did not feel with the more well regarded Obama.  etc. etc.  {insert pearl-clutching/couch-fainting violin music here}

Except there’s a problem.

Not only did FBI Director James Comey testify to congress that neither President Trump nor President Obama ever attempt interference; but there are earlier media reports which outlined President Obama’s administration specifically interfering with an investigative intention of FBI Director Comey (emphasis mine):

March 29th 2017 – Newsweek:  FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, but Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek.

[…]  the source with knowledge of Comey’s request says that the FBI director wanted the Russian interference made public earlier and that it was a sluggish White House that denied Comey and delayed the announcement. “The White House shut it down,” that source says. “They did their usual—nothing.” Both sources spoke to Newsweek on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the press.  (link)

Funny how FBI Director James Comey, as relayed by his good friend Benjamin Wittes, was concerned about Trump’s potential innuendo of influence, but Director Comey was perfectly okay with Obama’s specific interference to block Comey’s intended investigative action.

Additionally, the New York Times and Washington Post feeder pools are writing articles based on the hearsay recollections of Mr. Comey’s good friend Mr. Wittes.  Those feeder stories are fueling second, third, fourth toward infinity level rehashes and revisions of the same structured woe-is-Jim narrative.

When journalists write articles based on media reports of media reports, the concentric circles of self-serving sanctimony expand toward the infinite horizon of nothingness.

Personally, I hope Benjamin Wittes keeps writing on behalf of, and with full approval of, his good friend James Comey.  We are bound to find out much more about how severe the former FBI director was willing to go in advancement of his political objectives. After all…

[…] “This was a general preoccupation of Comey’s in the months he and Trump overlapped—and the difference between this relationship and his regard for Obama (which was deep) was profound and palpable”…

Remember what we previously said about “motives“?

All of the daily accusations against Trump, as presented by his political opposition and media, are based on the false premise that President Trump is carrying a malicious intent and self-interest.

His political opposition seem to miss this structural flaw in their argument because they are not familiar with facing a political opponent who is absent of career self-interest, influence or power.

The factual reality that Trump harbors no malicious disposition, evidences itself, and inevitably means all the attacks go nowhere.  In every single manufactured media controversy President Trump is inherently never in a position where he is personally gaining from the details within the controversy du jour.

[…] Political Trump uses this “intent” and “motive” approach to draw attention to his opponents, and it is structurally successful because the opposition is, FACTUALLY, always holding a motive.

When political Trump gets to the point where he’s ready to crush his opposition he simply points out their obvious motive and intent; it becomes common sense for the observing public to see it.  Trump’s opposition cannot do the same.  (more)

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658 Responses to Comey “Friend”, Benjamin Wittes, Outs Himself As Source for New York Times “Comey Memo” Storyline…

  1. vanroth50 says:

    Wittes is a scoundrel just like his good friend Comey. This is a must read – https://tinyurl.com/n3xk9au

    So if Comey was repulsed by Trump’s “hug” (it clearly was not a hug), he still had no problems lobbying and begging the new President that he continue to stay on as Director while at the same time plotting his dirty deeds against the man he seeked a big favor from.

    Just tells you how thoroughly immoral and disgusting these swamp creatures are.

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  2. zephyrbreeze says:

    No, no….this is James Comey…

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  3. Stringy theory says:

    Comey thought he was too “big” to fire, and so did hitlery and the rest of the criminal mob around her and obama. The Boss said get him out of here and keep his coat and papers.

    The left has their on fire because they lost their shield and know the Boss will also come after them next. The millions upon millions of Trump voters know Comey was dirty because he let hitlery and the rest of the criminals skate. We are behind Trump 100% then, and now, and all the way on his journey to make America great again.

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    • Howie says:

      He turned the FBI in to a band of Social Justice Warriors over the 8 long years of Obama. Doing the same thing at DOJ was Eric Holder. The mission at CIA/NSA was in the hands of Brennan and Clapper. Fundamental Change. Obamas henchmen are going to have to be rooted out the hard way.

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    • Carrington Spenser says:

      “His political opposition seem to miss this structural flaw in their argument because they are not familiar with facing a political opponent who is absent of career self-interest, influence or power.”
      – – –
      CTH is now my first read of the day. Their articles have more cred then anything else I see.

      This is BS on top of BS on top of more BS.

      It’s the Dems, RINO’s and the entire Political-Industrial Complex (elected officials and those that work for them, politicians in waiting and those that work for them, donors benefiting by loopholes in laws, media members, union and PAC people, lobbyists, Wall Street firms, multi-national and big businesses, etc.) that all get rich and fat at the expense of the law-abiding, tax-paying American citizen undermining the results of what was supposed to be the will of the American people in the 2016 election.

      For the last 30 years – since Bush 1 was pushing the Tri-Lateral Commission and NAFTA – America has slowly been turning into a 3rd world country where the citizenry might vote, but they’ll take what they’re given.

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    • One of the things I like best about reading the comments on this blog is the tone of posts like Stringy theory’s, especially the last sentence.

      We Trumpers are a TEAM in the truest sense. We don’t stop playing our best just because the pitcher had a bad inning, or bitch and argue in the huddle over a bad pass by the quarterback. We care for our team mates and back the Alma Matre, no matter what.

      ‘Tis good to be here!

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      • Ellen says:

        Your thoughts are my thoughts, Richard. CTH got me through the darkest days of the election campaign. I have friends who have their hearts in the right place, but are defeated and demoralized by what comes out of the idiot box. I tell them to unplug the TV and bring up CTH, Bill Mitchell and Gateway Pundit. I used to include Breitbart, but do not refer to it at present as it takes a greater BS filter than most people have to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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  4. sobriquet4u says:

    My god! Does this Comey labyrinth of lies and deceit have an exit? It is mind bending and everything I read about this lying sententious ass makes me want to puke on his shoes.

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  5. Character? Pffftttt. Comey had the ability to squelch the phony muh Russia narrative single-handedly, but instead chose to leave innocent people hanging in the wind.

    I couldn’t have more contempt for a supposed LEO. (Other than Mike Nifong or the crowd that tortured George Zimmerman for years, possibly.)

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    • Malatrope says:

      Oh, I dunno. I still harbor a fair amount of contempt for Lon Horiuchi. Hmmm. He was an FBI agent. Coincidence?

      The FBI has been a corrupt mess for a very long time.

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      • Lucille says:

        In case you need to look up Lon Horiuchi as I did, see the following re Ruby Ridge….

        United States Court of Appeals,Ninth Circuit.
        State of IDAHO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Lon T. HORIUCHI, Defendant-Appellee.
        98-30149. No.
        Decided: June 14, 2000
        “…did unlawfully, but without malice, kill Vicki J. Weaver, a human being, in the operation of a firearm in a reckless, careless or negligent manner, to wit:  discharging the firearm through the front door of the Weaver residence in an attempt to shoot Kevin Harris as he entered the door from outside, without first determining whether any person other than his intended target was present on the other side of the door, a violation of I.C. 18-4006(2), a felony.”

        http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1471745.html

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        • Kroesus says:

          watch the truth about Waco on Youtube…..he was also the agent in charge of one of the three sniper teams there and some of those supposedly killed by gunfire by Koresh have large caliber head shots near some of the openings the Bradley and tank service vehicles opened….the majority are on the side towards his position

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      Comments after article:

      Assange naming murdered Seth Rich as the source of DNC/Hillary emails will be his Get Out Of Jail Free card.

      Right into a bullet to his head. You don’t know the Clintons.

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      • Well, since Assange has gone on the record saying that he pragmatically did not know the source of the emails, that comment is inane.

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        • zephyrbreeze says:

          He offered a $25,000 reward for information about Seth Rich’s murder…for no reason? He knows, and everyone knows he knows.

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          • Could be. Or could be that Assange used the death as publicly stunt. We’ll never know for sure.

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          • His offer of a reward sent unknowing people down the wrong path.

            At first, like you I thought it was telling and altruistic. (There is an old, early post of mine in that regard. I’ll retrieve it for you if you insist.) However, with true treeper-like research, I’ve come to believe that it was self-serving and misleading.

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            • I’ll add one more important factoid: Assange DOES worry about being fed garbage by those Deep State foes determined to discredit him. There have been delays while he attempts to determine the validity of his material.

              That is informative. He evidently does NOT personally know the source or origin of everything that he leaks. In the DNC email dust-up … I believe him when he stated that he did not know.

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            • H.R. says:

              Hmmm… could be something as simple as the reward was to encourage someone to provide a leak (email or document) that Clinton or the DNC was behind Seth’s murder. Self-serving, as you point out coeurdaleneman. It would be a real scoop, and it doesn’t mean he knows who gave him the emails.

              Interesting thought you have; the reward doesn’t have to mean that Seth provided the emails.

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            • cozette says:

              You are mistaken. The Seth Rich execution is real. He did give info to Wikileaks. He was murdered for it. Those interested can participate in or keep up with the investigation at reddit the Donald.

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        • micscottmd says:

          Rich computer with FBI. Comey firing when out of town, couldn’t clean out his desk.
          Cleaned out by Sessions. Rich is the leaker, evidence will point to him. Dems will look like the criminals they are.

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          • Big questions: since Comey had no opportunity to clean out his office, where is the memo pad that he used to make these notes? Did he carry it with him? Somehow I doubt it as I also doubt there is a memo pad or any memos unless he is writing them right now.

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      • Nan says:

        I think we do. No other politician in modern history has as long a trail of bodies left behind them as Bill and Hillary.

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      • dementeddoglover says:

        Assange will never come out and say directly that Seth was the leaker, although that is true. If he names Seth, no one will ever dare to leak to him again. He has stated this multiple times. He has left himself plausible deniabilty. If you want the latest on Seth Rich, head over to r/the_Donald. They have discovered his reddit handle as well as his twitter handle. They are busy archiving everything they can find. They have also developed a timeline that would lead any prosecutor to bring in Hillary/Podesta for questioning.

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    • MVW says:

      Any rape investigation is absurd while muslims gangs roam free raping. I have no idea how real people can hold such absurdities in their mind. The whole country needs to be put in white coats.

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  6. Bull Durham says:

    Dershowitz was listed on the flight manifests with the pedo Jeffrey Epstein’s island trips several times. I think he is supportive of Trump in case he needs legal heavy lifting.

    Everyone has skated on that scandal of Bill Clinton and Epstein and underage girls because the whole pizza-pedo thing has been buried by Russia and Flynn and evil Trump.

    But Dersh suddenly joined the Trump is Okay team once he knew Trump had won.
    He’s a very self-serving guy.

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    • Everyone has skated “so far”.

      President Trump FIRST needs his AGENDA enacted to deliver the WINS that multiply unwavering SUPPORTERS to DRAIN the SWAMP … despite obstruction and without impeachment.

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    • jsbachlover says:

      It’s likely true that Dershowitz is at least partly looking out for his own hide; but he’s also a VERY astute lawyer and constitutional scholar (and Harvard law professor emeritus). What he says about law-related things carries a lot of respect in a wide circle of people.

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      • tappin52 says:

        The Harvard connection may have been an impressive resume’ enhancer at one time. Now it is a blot on anyone’s bio, in my opinion.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      http://www.businessinsider.com/alan-dershowitz-jeffrey-epstein-settlement-2016-4

      The charges against Dershowitz were bull-chit. He produced travel records to show that he could not have been present during the time of the allegations against him as well as other evidence that refuted the claims. His accusers retracted their allegations against him, calling it a mistake to have named him in their suit.
      I have been watching Dershowitz’ career for a long time. I think Dershowitz sees a lot of Democrat wrong doing and it offends him but he, along with many older liberals, find it very difficult to make an outright brake with the movement in which they have spent their lives.
      It really stinks to throw around such dirty, FALSE allegations against anyone, Dershowitz, Trump- or anyone and we should not be doing it.

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  7. buenaparkneighbors says:

    obfuscate, deny, misdirect, forget, claim info is classified etc., etc. and we never get a simple answer “who unmasked General Flynn”. They have no way to find that out? Really? How can we trust anything the Comey et. al. say?

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    • Chewbarkah says:

      Note that on April 17, 2012, US President Barack Obama nominated that same General Flynn to be Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. If Flynn is a crook and spy, why does Obama get a pass for putting him in such a sensitive position? Had Obama not installed Flynn at DIA, neither Trump nor any of us would have never heard of him. Did Team Obama know Flynn had “vulnerabilities” because he had been a player in their game? Once he supported Trump, they burned him.

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      • Kintbury says:

        Wow. Where do I begin? Flynn was fired by Obama because he would not play ball and he was fired way before Trump announced his run for the President. Blimey.

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        • Bull Durham says:

          For those of us who follow our wars, you might then have the name of General McChrystal in your hard drive between your ears. He and Flynn created the JSOC in Afghan and from that generated great interference from Pentagon, CIA and WH.

          Flynn became a crusader for better Intel. He wanted to save lives of special operators who were getting killed because of weak and bad Intel from the IC. He wrote a paper to delineate some changes that were needed. They put him in charge in 2012 of DIA. But they tried to shut him up and contain him. He wouldn’t stop pressing the WH for reforms. They fired him. He retired.
          He found a man who wanted to change the paradigm—Trump. He went to work for Trump and America. They destroyed him.

          Just look at the people he brought to NSC versus the traitors and Russophobes McMaster has brought to replace them.

          Sometimes things are not opaque. They are as clear as a pane of glass. Flynn was acknowledged by the military in the field for three decades as the best. The Deep State hated him. Thus, the assassination and now the criminalization. Same as against Trump.

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    • john says:

      Sounds like he has a serious bromance on the go with butt buddy Comey

      Liked by 2 people

    • MVW says:

      Politics is now spooks and propaganda war. Pure and simple. Who was the first targeted? Flynn. Does not take a genius to understand it. Who was used to take him out? The squeakiest clean mole, but you can’t use such a high valued mole more than once.

      This is the rogue CIA’s war, pure coup. CIA owns the media. Who runs the rogue CIA?

      Start with Bush, Clintons, Obama (is a cutout), Muslim Brotherhood brought in by Bush. The whole rats nest needs Spic and Span. It needs top spooks to counter.

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  8. This Wittes guy reminds me of Amanda Carpenter.

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  9. So, this friend of Comey’s is saying that Comey loved Obama but hated Trump. Yeah, no bias there folks.

    I am more glad than ever that Trump fired that tool.

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  10. infamous_me says:

    Comey saying how disgusted he was when Prez Trump whispered in his ear bwahaha

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  11. W-D says:

    The leaker doesn’t want any misunderstanding that any kind of leak had taken place.

    OK.

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  12. dreadnok89 says:

    We’re talking about a scumbag new York democrat lawyer that defended terrorists and somehow got them us citizenship. Nothing is shocking about scumbag comey

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  13. zephyrbreeze says:

    Right on cue

    After Mueller, Trump Critics Worry: Maybe There’s No Scandal
    JASON WILLICK

    Eli Lake is right: The DOJ’s appointment of widely-respected former prosecutor Robert Mueller to lead the special inquiry into the Trump campaign’s potential collusion with Russia is a reprieve for a Trump Administration in crisis—a reprieve that it will almost certainly squander, but a reprieve nonetheless.

    https://www.the-american-interest.com/2017/05/18/after-mueller-trump-critics-worry-maybe-theres-no-scandal/

    Memo falls apart…video showing Comey denying he had received any political pressure…

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  14. dobbsfan says:

    All of this is noise.

    The President’s agenda has not been disrupted! Are we not aware of what he is about to attempt to do in the Middle East? It’s a breathtaking task and if our Lion is successful, will go down in history as a YUUGE monumental triumph.

    Perhaps I’m naive, but I don’t think that Pence is undermining President Trump. Pence knows there’s too much at stake and I believe him to be a Godly man of his word. I also believe in President Trump’s ability to choose his close allies skillfully.

    Also lying in wait are the President’s other two silent lions, Bannon & Miller who are carrying big sticks and will begin swatting these swamprats soon. JMHO!

    Nothing is what it seems. Remain steadfast in your belief of our Commander in Chief!

    Liked by 15 people

    • On Hannity last night, Herman Cain said to call the president’s comment line 202-456-1111 and express your support
      I have tried a bunch of times but it is always busy

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    • dutzie60 says:

      Question — Where is Reince Pribus? Did they put him in the basement?

      Liked by 1 person

    • usayes says:

      Great post Dobbsfan! It is noise – politically delicious noise that makes for great gnashing of teeth, but still just noise 🙂 USTR Lighthizer now has the green light on NAFTA renegotiations (they will begin 90 days from yesterday I believe) and the Cong tax committee is charging ahead with PDJT’s tax plan. I’ve said numerous times in my posts that the NAFTA Rules of Origin are the key to a USA centric NAFTA – and now we have the green light to change those rules in our favor. We’ll also be able to get some NAFTA imposed export restrictions lifted (e.g., Customs drawback) in these negotiations. Whether trilateral or bilateral, we hold the cards in the renegotiation. Also, IMHO, if this country gets the corporate tax cut this year and/or the OK for $$$ repatriation, we’re going to see a USA resurgence like never seen before.

      MAGA!!

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  15. bessie2003 says:

    Interesting that in the video Dershowitz has a portrait of a Russian Tsar behind him. Is this him showing a bit of sly humor to the muh Russia crowd?

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  16. Lisa says:

    If Comey had such deep respect for Obama and trust in Obama’s understanding of the justice system, why did he not go to Obama – his BOSS! – when he realized that Loretta Lynch was so compromised she was no longer able to do her job on the Clinton email investigation? Why did he simply, on his own, decide that they ONLY thing he could do was go over Lynch’s head and become the de facto judge and jury on the email case? This whole thing makes less sense with every leak. Comey was clearly a political hack with an enormous ego. I will not be surprised if each and every one of his “memos” depict him as Superman and everyone else as less than.

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    • Why? Because Comey was looking out for Comey, navigating the DC swamp in order to make a buck.

      Not looking out for honesty or integrity. Not looking out for the employees, the institution or reputation of the FBI, as he laughably claims. And definitely not looking out for the good of the nation.

      He’s a compromised ladder-climbing POS, pardon the language.

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    • Rick says:

      No defense for Comey from me but the DAG was his direct boss and that was Sally Yates, a complete political hack. Now, you have Obummer replace the initial corrupt AG Holder with Loretta Lynch, another compromised Obama sycophant.

      So, Comey’s direct line of duty was to go to the DOJ and it was totally corrupted and he knew it. Unfortunately for Comey, his past loyalties sucked him into the Clinton Vortex many years earlier. How unfortunate for Big Bad Jim to know that the WH was even more corrupt. Where was he to turn. Obama, Jarrett, Rhoads, Rice, Clapper, Brennan….the whole lot of usurpers.

      His only chance for redemption was to resign as FBI Director. He was a weak man in a compromised job. This is why he didn’t move on Hillary in July 2016. He made a conscious choice and that was to go forward and obstruct justice. He was assured in his own mind that Clinton would win and further rewards would follow him on his chosen, corrupt path.

      Trump winning was his nightmare. The Trump hug his death sentence. The upcoming investigations may bring his incarceration and with many more to follow. Unbelievable times in the history of the Republic. Our Forefathers ghosts are sitting at Starbucks sipping away with thoughts of “HOLY SHIT”!

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    • ray76 says:

      Comey is a dram queen.

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    • Bubba says:

      Comey was following orders when he went public as the judge/jury. He didn’t go over Lynch’s head. That’s just what they want us to think. He was ordered to take one for the team. They had to take the heat off Lynch/Clinton after their airplane meeting was exposed.

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  17. Paige Cohen says:

    This POS Wittes doesn’t seem so familiar with Comey in this article. How to Read What Comey Said Today
    https://www.lawfareblog.com/how-read-what-comey-said-today

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  18. agentcommonsense says:

    Pretty much proof it wasn’t Russia who hacked the DNC it was Bernie Sanders. Come on its right here in this wikileaks. So the Dems couldnt say Bernie gave the emails to wikileaks because
    he was mad they stole the election from him so they went into Russiu/Trump mode
    SICK

    https://wikileaks.org/dnc-

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  19. Margaret says:

    Any chance Benjy Witless is Comey’s “handler” working for Soros of course.

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  20. Jester says:

    I read both articles. Wittes states he was not a close friend, I have never told a not close friend how bad my boss was (especially if close friend was writing stories). this sounds like the way Trump fired Comey worked perfectly. Comey was out of his office, the DOJ had already locked his office down. HE needs his notes. How to get assurance the Notes will be preserved, let the World know they exist.

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    • ray76 says:

      Why does Wittes have the FBI director’s notes? Friend or not?

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    • Mariainohio says:

      I wonder how many “notes” there are? If he has 8 years of notes, I’d like to see them (Benghazi, CGI, Clinton, email scandal). If he only has notes from the last couple of months, he’s a bigger liar than originally suspected.

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    • mccall1981 says:

      People keep saying that the DOJ got to Comey’s office, got all his files, etc, but how do we know that? Is there any proof that it actually happened?

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    • mikeyboo says:

      Except that his statement doesn’t actually prove the notes exist. Nor does it prove that the notes-if they exist-are an accurate reflection of what was said.

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  21. ladysforest says:

    I have a “simpleton” question. Why, if the President was NOT under investigation, could Comey et al not simply state that? Is there some rule that if a person is NOT being investigated that the non-investigation must be kept secret? WE all know that there was no formal investigation, so why couldn’t that be made public? I of course know why they didn’t, but is there a REAL reason, legal or procedural or something?

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    • zephyrbreeze says:

      Comey knew the Democrats would filet him alive if he came out and said Trump wasn’t under investigation. They want the cloud of doom hanging over Trump.

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    • Dan says:

      Thats was supposed to be his job security insurance. That as along as he kept the public appearance of investigating the President, he could count on the President not firing him because of political blowback. But unbeknownst to him, that was exactly the thing the was frustrating the President, and this President is a person who has been getting political blowback since Day 1 so a little more to him wasn’t a problem.

      All said, James Comey was a political hack and the new President should have canned him on Day 1.

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  22. Margaret says:

    Interesting point, BW not close friend. We need to learn more about him.

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  23. Bendix says:

    Now we see Comey’s disinterested, lackadaisical attitude in the wake of two terrorist attacks in America on his watch, for what it was – an “act of love”. Love for Barack Obama. He couldn’t let the guy look bad, couldn’t do anything to upset his agenda. No matter how many Americans paid the price.
    Disgusting.

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  24. auscitizenmom says:

    I guess this doofus didn’t realize that by releasing this information, he was endangering Comey and boxing him in, since it is illegal that Comey did not forward this information on at the time if he believed Pres. Trump was trying to impede the investigation.

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  25. EODMAN says:

    Good news. FBI agents are trained to keep their mouths shut and stay out of politics. Contrary to press reports the rank and file are applauding the firing of Comey, They know the O/Holder/LynchCcmey cabal greatly damaged their organization.

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    • Proud Texan says:

      I really, really, really want to believe the applause. Can you provide a link or back story or is this your honest opinion? No offense intended. TIA

      Liked by 2 people

      • mimbler says:

        Yes Texan, we knew that Holder destroyed DOJ with his hires/promotions. Comey has certainly started down that path at the FBI; how far did he get? And did Mueller start the process as Comey appears to be his prodigy,
        Mike

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  26. zephyrbreeze says:

    As this narrative dies on the vine, look who pops up? Carlos Danger.

    SEXTING SCANDAL: Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner to enter guilty plea, report says
    Disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner plans to plead guilty Friday in federal court to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, The New York Times reports.

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  27. David Rowley says:

    This may seem irrelevant, but Comey in public (at least) has a very “nice guy” persona. He is therefore judged in the minds of those individuals afflicted withTDS as such. The sheep have watched so many emotion backed lies from the MSM, that they are no longer able to recognize objective truth apart from deceptive lies. A good example of the same phenomena can exist found in Hollywood. Actors and actresses are judged by thier screen lives and not by thier real lives. Thier real lives (which in most cases are grossly immoral), provide fodder for sleazy reporters who feed the sheep with garbage while thier political brethren feed the sheep with immoral lies about the lives and virtue of our president and his agenda.

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    • Rick says:

      Many good people were sucked into the flawed discourse, “Jim’s a great guy. Stand up man. Impeccable character.” I can think of a lot of people on our side that used to say as much about Comey, some we still regard highly like Judge Janine, Trey Gowdy, Laura Ingraham and countless others….

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  28. itsy_bitsy says:

    Comey is proving to be a manipulative egotist, who had no trouble lying, or at the very least twisting the facts (often 180 degrees) if doing so would benefit him and his agenda. He was a total Obama lackey, who had no problem with subjugating justice to satisfy his socialistic/communistic boss,,Obama! Is there a money trail? It would be interesting to see how much wealth Comey managed to accrue during his tenure under Obama. I will bet it was not insignificant!

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  29. [–]fffhhITL
    Others are intermittently down aswell, some centipedes account and also wikileaks accounts, seems a legit technical issue, too widespread to be something else imo. Also Hillary’s account is down btw

    Add to this 4chan down 2 nights ago when Seth Rich last where-about was followed and a civil rebellion on the_Donald over the Seth Rich. All threads being removed and they suspended their best moderator. Oh-snap-you-got-served. This is how they are suppressing the patriot message.

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  30. Owlen Rose says:

    Here’s a previous article by Wittes titled “Et Tu Rod? Why The Deputy Attorney General Must Resign” suggesting Rothenstein had been compromised by Trump because of the scathing letter he wrote about Comey. Oh, before that Rothenstein was a respected, honest prosecutor. Suddenly he’s dirty. https://www.lawfareblog.com/et-tu-rod-why-deputy-attorney-general-must-resign

    This is what happens when you actually put a name to a source. You find out they are nothing more than discredited, political hacks.

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    • Sherlock says:

      Yes, Rothenstein was one of the boys, until he wrote negatively about Comey. They he was persona non grata. Then he appointed a special counsel. Now he is once again a “respected honest prosecutor”, at least according to the Washington Post, who says he has now “redeemed himself”. All scum.

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      • Rick says:

        Let’s pray that it’s not Lieberman as FBI Director. What are they thinking, if that turns out?
        Sorry, I’m just not that smart to understand it.

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  31. Chewbarkah says:

    So Wittes’ story is that he leaked the Comey memorandum (shared with Wittes when exactly?) because Trump warned Comey against leaking.

    This reminds me of the classic bs where terrorists are so outraged by being labelled terrorist bombers that they bomb something.

    Wittes might think he is Comey’s friend, but his comments open up a huge can of worms for Comey, if he indeed passed along such data to a partisan journalist. Muehler might just have a starting point on who has been the big leaker. It’s so pat that it seems fake, as if this claim is a fishing trip to reel in some suckers.

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  32. Not Chicken Little says:

    Liars and scoundrels all. DRAIN THE SWAMP. Prosecute them, send them to jail. Equal justice for all! Millions of Americans will stand up and applaud long and loud if justice were to be done, after years and years of political scumbags getting away with all kinds of crimes.

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  33. Rob says:

    My understanding is that Comey testified that nobody from the White House had ever attempted to interfere with an investigation. As “proof” that he was lying about that, you quoted media reports which state the Obama administration blocked Comey from publicly announcing an investigation. That is a pretty weak argument. Blocking the announcement is not the same as blocking an investigation.

    I like this blog and most of your arguments are pretty bullet proof, but this one was not. I sure wouldn’t lump you into the “fake news” category based on just this. But please be careful not to tarnish your good reputation.

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  34. Joe S says:

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  35. Sherlock says:

    Wittes has greatly helped Trump on this, unwittingly of course. He lays out exactly why Comey needed to be fired–he had no respect for the president. He was loyal to the prior administration. He made that clear to his friends, and it was certainly not a secret to those who inhabit the swamp and trade in information, rumor, and cliquish drama. Obviously, the White House because aware of it, and became aware that Comey was unwilling or unable to contain leaks, and may have even been their source (as it turns out he was–he had no business talking to Wittes, as just one example, about his “feelings” about Trump. Comey had to go.

    So far, President Trump has behaved well within the bounds of the law, up to and including the firing of Comey. He simply now needs to obtain good legal counsel, stay out of the special counsel fray, and do “nose to the grindstone” work on MAGA, and everything else will eventually take care of itself. Just my two cents.

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    • Sherlock says:

      BTW, this idea that Trump “didn’t understand the role of law enforcement” is simply nonsense. It seems to be Comey that has problems understanding that role. Comey stepped out of the law enforcement role years ago and entered the political world. He was first and foremost a politician. Of COURSE a new president would question his loyalty TO HIS APPROPRIATE ROLE, and there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. Comey had proven himself incapable of sticking to a law enforcement role. He had broadcast his love of Obama, and dislike of Trump. Anyone in his right mind would be completely uncomfortable with having a guy like that around–one would certainly be concerned that his decisions would NOT be based upon the rule of law, but upon his well-documented extraneous motivations, including his animosity toward Trump. So, putting this in shorthand as a “loyalty” test, that would certainly be appropriate. Comey was compromised and had to go.

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    • Rick says:

      It also brings into play the statement (if real) why the President asked Comey if he was loyal? I think we all know that Trump is a real genius and is a master of sizing someone up from the get go….I think he knew all along that Comey was “politically tainted” despite the BS that “Jim is a stand up guy”, the public image from his career.

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      • Sherlock says:

        Correct. This idea that it is somehow wrong to seek an FBI director who is loyal to the LAW ENFORCEMENT politics of the current president is ludicrous. Imagine, for example, that a new president seeks prosecutions for illegal alien drug smuggling. Let’s further suppose that the new AG is of a like mind, but that the FBI director, due to his loyalty to the former president’s way of thinking, will only half-heartedly go along with this policy choice.
        That would be a “disloyal” FBI director, and no president in his right mind would keep him around. So, “loyalty” to the new boss is a must, not a dirty word, and does not imply that the new boss is seeking a director who will not investigate matters appropriately before him. No president in his right mind would seek a political ENEMY for the job of FBI director.

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        • Rick says:

          I agree. I don’t connect where loyalty to the President conflicts with upholding Law & Order. That would be true only if either party (President or FBI Director) was complicit in not upholding the Law. The President is sworn in to uphold the Law….just don’t buy Comey’s loyalty BS!

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        • mikeyboo says:

          Perhaps Pres Trump asked “Are you loyal OR are you the one leaking classified information?”

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    • usayes says:

      Great post – agree Sherlock re Wittes… but as far as PDJT goes, he knows all this, so IMHO, behaving well is a bit pedantic. He’s got this, and has a plan to drain the swamp. He proves this over and over again. It’s going to be a beautiful weekend.

      MAGA

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  36. Tazz2293 says:

    From a story on TGP from GotNews.

    “Michael Schmidt, the New York Times “journalist” behind the alleged “Trump-Comey Memo”, told fake news anchor, Brian Williams, that he has NOT seen the memo Comey allegedly wrote.”

    I don’t know how credible GotNews is but here are the words from Michael Schmidt’s own mouth that he never saw any memo.

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  37. GAME PLAN FOR CLINTON FALL
    submitted 3 minutes ago by mrPoorRichard
    A) Remove FBI director B) name special counsel C) get Weiner to plead guilty, then he is facing up to 10 years. D) sentence to be determined after he gives testimony in other cases E) provide said FBI director and his brother who works for the Clinton Foundation immunity to testify to spying, DOJ corruption, and Clinton crimes. Swamp draining begins

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  38. Ted says:

    Complete fiction and revisionist history.
    Wittes is obviously paying attention to the news and one of his objectives is to clean up the criticism that Comey had an ethical duty to inform the President of his inappropriate request, to stand up to the President. None of that was in the original story regarding the memo – Comey allegedly just documented the inappropriateness after the fact and shared the it with his confidants, electing to keep it under wraps. NOW, Wittes to the rescue to fill in the voids of the ongoing fabricated memo story.

    Also, none of this is consistent with Comey’s sworn testimony in front of Congress on May 3rd. Two instances of Comey’s testimony are immensely instructional on this entire story and Comey himself. One illustrates the truth and one illustrates lies. As it is for most people, the truth is easy and lying requires effort:

    May 3rd: The truth- the truth flows effortlessly from Comey when asked if any investigation has been terminated or pressured to be terminated under his watch. He very candidly says that it has not happened under his watch. The truth flows effortlessly. Nothing of that magnitude under his watch, it would have been a huge deal and it did not happen.

    March 20th: Not the truth – lying requires effort and Comey expends much more energy in trying to answer Rep. Stefanik’s questions regarding the FBI’s responsibility to notify DNI, NSA, and Congress of initiated and ongoing investigations. His final answer (that it was due to the sensitivity of the information) to Stefanik on why the delay and failure to report for about 9 months is almost a question. There is no confidence in his answer; it’s almost a plea of “will you buy that and please stop asking me about this.” Of course, that is after he lied, misspoke, misled about there being no DNI to report the information to. As pointed out by Sundance many times, James Clapper was the DNI from July to January.

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    • tampa2 says:

      I’ve tried to make this argument – and timeline – to various friends, Ted. Comey lied to Stefanik 5 times in the first 3 minutes of her questioning. Why did she not pounce on the “sensitivity” response, which, as you pointed out, was more of a question than an answer? She had him in the crosshairs, yet recoiled. Why?

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      • MDiceman says:

        Ah yes, “sensitivity”.

        If Flynn does testify before Congress, I’d like to see him answer all questions with, “I can’t answer that because of the sensitivity of the matter.”

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      • Ted says:

        Indeed.
        Why drives me crazy. It makes me think the worst of all my elected representatives. There has to be someone with character in a group that size, but over and over again they seem to recoil at the most critical times. “In the crosshairs” is the perfect description. This line of questions demands follow-up and demands reconciliation and clarity. Instead it was left opaque. How can that not be deliberate? How could someone in the room not say, “hold on, Clapper was DNI,” and then let the questions rein. And as you stated, Tampa2, this “sensitivity” mumbo jumbo opens up a whole other line of questions. “Uhhhh, what else are you, the FBI, or counter-intelligence group concealing and withholding from us because of “sensitivity”?

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        • tampa2 says:

          Exactly, Ted. I posted my suspicion that Trey Gowdy might have “kneed” her to keep from going any further, but I’ve watched the tape many times and don’t see it. Why didn’t HE jump on the opportunity? He clearly knew she was dead on the mark. Disappointing.

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    • Proud Texan says:

      good points. I’m sure this has been asked before but I don’t recall an answer. Where the hell was congressional oversight during this 9 month interval? Did they ask for a hearing and were denied or what?

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  39. Bull Durham says:

    Last July, Comey presented his own cause for firing. Everyone in America who witnessed it in full, played the full video later, or did even read an account of the man’s performance and manipulation of the legal case against Hillary Clinton knows he had to be fired. In fact, he became part of a coverup, corrupt himself.

    Nothing can change that event and Comey’s self-destruction.

    It will be studied for decades of legal training. Total, 100% failure to act in the face of criminal evidence.

    What was shocking was that FBI investigators did not resign en mass when he “stood down” in a brazen political act that violated the law and the honor of the Agency.

    There is virtually no honor anywhere in the FBI and DOJ. We saw no one say or do anything in protest. They all went along as they did when Bill and DOJ AG met. That was a prior outrage that showed how deep the corruption runs in the two most crucial centers of Rule of Law.

    Comey doubled down the following weeks with his malfeasance/nonfeasance.

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    • avogadra says:

      This. Where are the FBI/DOJ resignations? Where were they last summer? The FBI is where investigations against Democrats go to die. I guess the District of Columbia has known that for some time. Now we all know it.

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    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      Comey’s performance last July said to me, “I’m FBI Director, James Comey, and I’m a ‘Dirty Cop’.

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  40. AZmama says:

    I responded to a liberal on another site and he is apparently getting his news from NPR. He didn’t answer why Feinstein and Cucinich and Dershowitz and Schiff were negating the Russian evidence and impeachment talk. I asked for facts and he copied Schiff’s speech on getting to the facts.

    Amazing how gullible and unwilling they are to do a little research, these liberals. It truly is a disease.

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  41. recoverydotgod says:

    Comey has had odd reactions before as FBI director to his assertions of motivation, like refusing to say a name:

    FBI Briefing on Orlando Mass Shooting FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates briefed reporters on the investigation into the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Over 100 people were killed or injured. This is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Mr. Comey refused to say the killer’s name, asserting that part of what motivates such shootings is “fame.”

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?411063-1/fbi-director-james-comey-briefs-reporters-orlando-mass-shooting-investigation

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  42. redredrice says:

    I hope this tweet embeds, too funny!

    "isnt comey supposed to be here tonight has any body seen james comey" pic.twitter.com/x2GLNK5w74— darth:™ (@darth) May 19, 2017

    //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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  43. youme says:

    As per NYT comey’s memo is “Comey’s Contemporaneous Notes”. Contemporaneous Notes are part of a case investigative file. Leaking or referring to the memo would be a crime while the investigation remains open.

    Contemporaneous notes are evidence. Even the NYT says they are.

    If we ever see the “memo” it should be tagged with a case file designator. If not, the memo is not Contemporaneous Notes nor is it part of and FBI records system. And if is not part of the FBI records system, the FBI should not have the memo. Then, Comey has the memo.

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    • Sherlock says:

      Interesting take. And leads to the next question, posted by Ray76 below: Why in the world does Wittes end up with access to such matters?

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  44. Jack says:

    This is the best Comey timeline I’ve seen. His corruption goes WAY back.

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    • Jack says:

      Part 2

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      • Mariainohio says:

        WOW!!!!!! I had forgotten about a lot of this. The way this is all put together opened my eyes really wide! It is long but it moves really fast. There are sooooo many connections and facts that there no way this could be shorter. I’s actually quite concise and really worth the watch! Thank you so much for posting!

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  45. ray76 says:

    Why does Wittes have the FBI director’s notes?

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    • benifranlkin says:

      he doesn’t have the notes…he made it all up…why would a Director of the FBI call someone, journalist or otherwise who was not a confidant (Witte said he and Comey were not good friends) and spill his guts???

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      • ray76 says:

        NYT reporter Michael Schmidt claims he “did some diligence on the information”. How was this diligence performed? Was Comey contacted? That is the only diligence that would matter.

        Or did the NYT simply run the allegations as “recounted” by blogger Wittes?

        The NYT appears to be using double or triple hearsay. If they didn’t contact Comey then it is irresponsible yellow journalism writ large and Comey may have a libel case against the NYT. If they did contact Comey and he confirmed then Comey perjured himself (5 years) and committed misprision of felony (3 years).

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  46. maxmbj says:

    I skim-read the Witte piece last night and my takeaway was The NY Times is in ass-covering mode. They’re foisting the whole story onto Witte.

    This stuff Ryan would be totally over except for Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a Special whatever. I’m not sure I like this Rosenstein fellow. I think he too was just covering his ass.

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  47. maxmbj says:

    Comey’s not my homey,
    The Times has lost its Wittes,
    Schumer’s crying crocodile tears
    While Schiff takes a shiff.

    Trump our super hero
    Flicks away these gnats
    While Repubs in D.C. strut and fret,
    Trump hands out MAGA hats.

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  48. Killdozer says:

    Comey hid from Trump in the curtains isn`t saying anything ,Trump the man would see right through him ,Obama felt the same unease when meeting with Bibi the war hero ,they open their mouths and men knew their whole life story

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  49. S. Armaticus says:

    Of the top of my head, it appears as if there is a BUNCH of money being thrown as this.

    Wonder when the fall guys are going to start dropping?

    For some reason, Frank Pentangeli comes to mind…

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