WASHINGTON, June 9, 2017 — It was not a good day for the Democratic Party and media narrative that President Donald Trump is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Manchurian candidate.
In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey confirmed that Trump was not the focus of an FBI counter-intelligence investigation and said the president only expressed his “hope” that the FBI “let this go,” referring to the probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Comey also said that President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, pressured him to mislead the American voting public by calling the probe into Hillary Clinton’s illegal handling of emails containing government top secrets a “matter” and not an “investigation.”
In other words, an Obama administration political hack, not phantom Russians, tried and failed to sway the 2016 presidential election.
Comey also admitted to asking a friend and faculty member at Columbia University to leak his FBI memoranda to the New York Times, which raised a few eyebrows, like those of legal scholar Jonathan Turley:
“The admission of leaking the memos is problematic given the overall controversy involving leakers undermining the administration. Indeed, it creates a curious scene of a former director leaking material against the president after the president repeatedly asked him to crack down on leakers … Comey falls under federal laws governing the disclosure of classified and non-classified information … which makes it a crime to steal, sell, or convey ‘any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof.’”
Comey’s testimony may not have been quite what those suffering the effects of Trump Derangement Syndrome had in mind, but the U.S. Senate’s number one Trump hater, John McCain, added some much-needed comic relief to the proceedings.
The Arizona Senator began by asking Comey if the FBI’s “matter” (investigation) of Hillary Clinton ever concluded.
“As of July 5th ,” answered Comey.
“Well,” said a bewildered McCain, “at least in the minds of this member, there’s a whole lot of questions remaining about what went on, particularly considering the fact that as you mentioned, it’s a, quote, big deal as to what went on during the campaign, so I’m glad you concluded that part of the investigation, but I think that the American people have a whole lot of questions out there, particularly since you just emphasized the role that Russia played. And obviously she was a candidate for president at the time. So she was clearly involved in this whole situation where fake news, as you just described it, is a big deal took place. You’re going to have to help me out here. In other words, we’re complete, the investigation of anything former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?”
A perplexed Comey spoke for all sentient Americans when he said, “With respect to … I’m a little confused.”
It appears McCain, a twice failed GOP presidential candidate and no fan of Trump, downed one too many adult beverages after realizing Comey’s testimony did more to incriminate the former FBI director than Trump.
“We’re going to win so much,” Trump quipped in the closing days of the 2016 campaign. “You’re going to get tired of winning. You’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don’t win so much. This is getting terrible.’”
Aspirin-popping John McCain, congressional Democrats and their friends in the media would agree.