Elder Patriot –The I.G. Report released earlier this week not only detailed how “James Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement” but also how he conspired to ambush President-elect Trump during a Trump Tower meeting in New York.
On Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, then-FBI Director Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-National intelligence chief James Clapper, and then-NSA Director Mike Rogers, met with Trump in Trump Tower in New York.
Ostensibly, they were there to brief President-elect Trump on Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.
In truth, they were there to give cover to Comey, who stayed behind to gage Trump’s reaction to former MI5 agent Christopher Steele’s “salacious and unverified” allegations against Trump.
Steele was the author of the now-debunked Steele dossier that the FBI/DOJ relied heavily on in its applications to secure multiple FISA warrants. The dossier contained claims that Trump had hired prostitutes to perform golden showers in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.
From page 17 of the I.G. Report :
Before briefing President-elect Trump, Comey met with senior leaders of the FBI, including his Chief of Staff James Rybicki, then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, and the supervisors of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.
They all “agreed that the briefing needed to be one-on-one, so that Comey could present the ‘salacious’ information in the most discreet and least embarrassing way.”
They were hoping that Trump would say something to incriminate himself or his campaign team. Comey was prepared to act quickly if that happened.
From the I.G. report:
Comey told the OIG he began writing Memo 1 immediately following his meeting with Trump on January 6, 2017. Comey said he had a secure FBI laptop waiting for him in his FBI vehicle and that when he got into the vehicle, he was handed the laptop and “began typing [Memo 1] as the vehicle moved.” He said he continued working on Memo 1 until he arrived at the FBI’s New York field office, where Comey gave a “quick download” of his conversation with President-elect Trump to Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and supervisors of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigative team via secure video teleconference (SVTC).
There’s a problem with Comey’s contention that he felt compelled to make the President-elect aware of Steele’s salacious ‘pee-tape’ allegations – Comey himself didn’t believe Steele’s account was true.
According to a memo written by the House Intel Committee’s majority staff:
Six months after that Trump Tower meeting, in June, Comey testified that the salacious claims in Steele’s dossier were still not verified.
Six months after that, then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testified that without the dossier there would have been no FISA application.
If Comey, et al, knew Steele’s claims weren’t verified why brief the president-elect? And, why did Comey tell Trump,“We are not investigating you, sir” when he was asked.
Just days later, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported:
“We have a CNN exclusive for you now. CNN has learned that the nation’s top intelligence officials provided information to President-elect Donald Trump and to President Barack Obama last week about claims of Russian efforts to compromise the president-elect.”
Almost immediately after the mic had been turned off at CNN, BuzzFeed published the entire dossier.
Nah, those dominoes just happened to fall in that fashion, right?
Funny that, eh? Comey briefs Trump about salacious and unconfirmed allegations, and within days that Kompromat is being reported by every news outlet everywhere. But, that wasn’t the plan… Of course not.