Failed Book Tour: Comey Makes the Case Against… Comey!

Elder Patriot – President Trump did the right thing when he fired FBI Director James Comey.  The former director’s own words now prove that.

As the head of the FBI, our country’s most expansive investigatory agency, Comey’s obligation was to investigate potential crimes and, where he found evidence, present that evidence to the Justice Department where the decision to prosecute, or not to prosecute is, according to the law, supposed to be made.

It was not within his province to make that decision for the DOJ.

In the case of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private email server in gross violation of the Espionage Act, Comey had no choice but to present the evidence to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

If, as Comey alleges, he had been told or led to believe that Attorney General Lynch had no intention of bringing a prosecution then it wasn’t his job to run interference for her decision.

Comey’s rightful role in this matter was to do his job and force Lynch’s hand, and not to turn himself into a political pawn.  By following the course he chose to, he inoculated the attorney general and is likely to take the fall for her.

Clinton’s use of a private server, and her willful destruction of 33,000 emails, constituted multiple serious criminal violations.

18 U.S. Code § 1519

(3) (c)Whoever corruptly—

(1) Alters, destroys, mutilates, or conceals a record, document, or other object, or attempts to do so, with the intent to impair the object’s integrity or availability for use in an official proceeding; or

(2) otherwise obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so,

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

And,

18 U.S. Code § 793 

(d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,

(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or

(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

It’s likely a rigorous investigation, like the one being conducted against President Trump, would reveal other federal crimes including everything from witness intimidation, bribery, extortion, money laundering, and the like.

There was never any doubt about Hillary’s guilt and for Comey to have punted rather than to have made a referral to the DOJ represented an unfathomable politicization of the FBI.

After all, the presidency of the United States was waiting for Mrs. Clinton when it should’ve been a jail cell.

Admittedly, Comey was in a tough situation but he was not a low level player.  Nor, was he new to the job.  This was his defining moment and he blew it. 

Worse, Comey’s defense of Mrs. Clinton wasn’t the only political abuse he ordered his office to commit.

His use of a dossier containing uncorroborated allegations by an outside contractor employed by the Clinton campaign showed poor judgment, and it’s use as evidence in a warrant application to the FISC crossed the line into criminality. 

Add to that his prior willingness to accept the findings of Crowdstrike that is was the Russian government that had hacked the DNC servers without ordering an extensive forensic examination of the servers by the FBI’s cyber-security team was an abrogation of his responsibility and essentially turned the FBI into an opposition research extension of the Clinton campaign.

It also may have been a doctoring of intelligence information that put our fragile relationship with a foreign nuclear power at risk.

It would be impossible for Comey to resurrect himself at this point.  It’s time to empanel a grand jury in the case of the U.S. Government vs. James Brien Comey, Jr.