Nearly 24 hours passed before Donald J. Trump expressed his feelings on ex-FBI honcho James “stretch” Comey’s stunning testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Communicating through his platform of choice, our dear leader celebrated his vindication, while calling Comey a “leaker.”
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
As we all know by now, Comey detailed his queasy interactions with his former boss to the Senate Committee, highlighting Trump’s obsessive need for loyalty and how he felt pressure to drop the investigation into ex-NSA Chief, Michael Flynn. Comey also made no bones about what he thought of the bloated tangerine’s elemental problem with the truth, stating that the White Housed defamed him and besmirched the reputation of his beloved FBI.
Later Friday, Trump’s personal defense lawyer, Marc Kasowitz – the same guy who’s helped him out of a host of jams, including Trump U and his marriage to trophy wife #2 Marla “beaky” Maples – threatened to take legal action against Comey for facilitating the leak of his own contemporaneous notes to the press. The ex-FBI Kahuna stated he did this to spur Deputy Attorney General, Rod “Rosey” Rosenstein to select an Independent Counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia. Which is exactly what happened when Rosey picked Robert Mueller to take over the ball game.
You getting all this?
Most legal eagles think it’s just a load of hot air. Donald is well known for his inane litigiousness. He once even sued Bill Maher when the Politically incorrect jokester offered him $5,000,000 if he could prove his mother wasn’t an orangutan.
However, if Kasowitz and client do choose to move ahead with their ‘case’ ex-White House ethics czar, Norm Eisen has offered Comey his help.
“This is an abuse of process, and we will be filing a defense of Comey,” Eisen tweeted Friday. “Beware: there are serious consequences for abuse of process.”
Former W. Bush ethics czar, Richard Painter also weighed in via – you guessed it – Twitter, saying the President “…engages in witness intimidation and obstruction of justice if he himself ―or through his lawyer ― tells DOJ to investigate Comey.”
Trump is flailing. He’s got his trusty bulldog by his side, whose lock-jawed choppers have probably pulled him out of some pretty unsavory scrapes over the years – I’m guessing a few of them were urine-soaked. Look for more obfuscation and blither blather – in the meantime Senate Republicans will be quietly tying a bow on the repeal of Obama-care. Dig that fly-over states!
If you’ve got any interest…here’s the bulldog’s official statement on Comey’s testimony.
I am Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal lawyer.
Contrary to numerous false press accounts leading up to today’s hearing, Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the President privately: The President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference. He also admitted that there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any Russian interference.
Mr Comey’s testimony also makes clear that the President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election, and in fact, according to Mr. Comey, the President told Mr. Comey “it would be good to find out” in that investigation if there were “some ‘satellite’ associates of his who did something wrong.” And he did not exclude anyone from that statement.
Consistent with that statement, the President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey “let Flynn go.” As he publicly stated the next day, he did say to Mr. Comey, “General Flynn is a good guy, he has been through a lot,” and also “asked how is General Flynn is doing.” Admiral Rogers testified that the President never “directed [him] to do anything . . . illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate” and never “pressured [him]to do so.” Director Coates said the same thing. The President likewise never pressured Mr. Comey.
The President also never told Mr. Comey, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty” in form or substance. Of course, the Office of the President is entitled to expect loyalty from those who are serving in an administration, and, from before this President took office to this day, it is overwhelmingly clear that there have been and continue to be those in government who are actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications. Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.
Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President. The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the President during their January 27, 2017 dinner and February 14, 2017 White House meeting. Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends his purported memos of these privileged conversations, one of which he testified was classified. He also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of these memos to the press in order to “prompt the appointment of a special counsel.” Although Mr. Comey testified he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that the New York Times was quoting from these memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey’s excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to entirely retaliatory. We will leave it the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.
In sum, it is now established that the President was not being investigated for colluding with the Russians or attempting to obstruct that investigation. As the Committee pointed out today, these important facts for the country to know are virtually the only facts that have not leaked during the long course of these events.
As he said yesterday, the President feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving forward with his agenda with this public cloud removed.