ELDER PATRIOT – While giving his sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, disgraced former F.B.I. Director James Comey was asked for the now infamous memo he claimed to have written immediately following a private meeting with President Trump on January 27th. He answered that he no longer has a copy because he had given it a friend who he had asked to pass it to the NY Times.
Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman has been identified as the “friend” (accomplice?) disgraced former F.B.I. Director James Comey admitted leaking his memo to. The memo reportedly recounts in an accurate manner the details of his time alone with President Trump on January 27, 2017.
As questionable as any memo that is not signed by both parties may be in accurately recounting the events of the meeting may be, the memo is the sole evidentiary support for Comey’s claim that President Trump pressured him to drop an active investigation.
Comey’s admission puts him in serious legal jeopardy.
18 U.S. Code § 641 – Public money, property or records defines just one federal statute that Comey violated:
Whoever embezzles, steals, purloins, or knowingly converts to his use or the use of another, or without authority, sells, conveys or disposes of any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof, or any property made or being made under contract for the United States or any department or agency thereof; or
Whoever receives, conceals, or retains the same with intent to convert it to his use or gain, knowing it to have been embezzled, stolen, purloined or converted—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both
The memo was expected to served as corroboration for Comey’s claim that the president had engaged in obstruction of justice when he said to the F.B.I. director after that January dinner that he “hoped’ the Flynn investigation would end soon.
But early May Comey told a Congressional hearing that he never once, during his tenure as director, had he felt pressured by anyone to end any investigation. By contradicting that assertion on Thursday Comey committed a second felony offense:
18 U.S. Code § 4 – Misprision of felony
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
In laymen’s terms, Comey had an absolute obligation to report to the head of the Department of Justice anything close to obstruction immediately after it occurred. Since he testified that he wrote the memo after awaking during the night and began replaying the events of his meeting with President Trump he was obligated by law to have reported it at that time.
And now, as thin as even the memo is as evidence, its existence is now in question.
Senate Judiciary’s National Security Subcommittee members Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-DE) sent a letter to Richman demanding he produce the memo, as well as any other correspondence or papers between Comey and himself that he is in possession of, by midnight yesterday.
There’s a problem though, Richman has apparently gone into hiding and has not been seen by his neighbors since he was identified as the person Comey gave the memo to and then asked to leak to the NY Times.
That Comey doesn’t not have the original memo filed somewhere with the F.B.I. is troubling to say the least. How can a seasoned investigator not keep a complete file for himself, his agents or any oversight agency – as is happening now?
The release of the memo coming as it did the day after he was fired cannot be dismissed as simply the actions of a disgruntled employee. We have contended here in the past that Comey had consistently protected the corrupt elements of the Deep State by refusing to prosecute them. It now appears he’s in so deep that he’s counting on the Deep State to save him as he has saved them in the past.
Comey claims to have turned all of the memos he had written over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. So what? No one can verify the validity of anything concerning the memos at this point.
There’s also a concern about Robert Mueller’s integrity. The man appointed to investigate this mess has a record of protecting Washington’s insiders that’s longer than Comey’s is.
Trump has waded into a deep and treacherous swamp that will attack him from every direction until he is driven from office. The only thing saving him is his approval rating because it puts Congressional RINO’s in a bind. If they do not protect Trump from the false allegations, his supporters will bury them when it comes time for re-election. If Trump’s support goes wobbly we will watch our only D.C. advocate be neutered and then impeached.
This has become little more than a politically driven attempt to drive Trump from office because he won’t play nice with the establishment D.C. crime syndicate. If for no other reason than to let our elected representatives know they can’t get away with such bullsh*t we must demand that Comey be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.