Whodunnit? A new James Comey mystery 4

James Comey, Director of the FBI, continues to be enigmatic. (For our earlier ruminations on him, see here and here.)

Whom or what is he for and against?

Whom, in his own mind, does he serve? To what end?

Bizpac Review reports:

Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC] questioned FBI Director James Comey Monday [March 20, 2017] during a House Intelligence Committee hearing about leaks of classified information to the media.

In reference to the taped call between Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador, the South Carolina lawmaker grilled Comey about who can “unmask” a U.S. citizen when collecting intelligence.

Gowdy would later point out that making a person’s identity publicly known when protected by law is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He asked how many people are able to unmask a person and what other agencies have the authority to do so — besides the FBI, Comey named the NSA, CIA and the Justice Department.

He also said the White House can request the agency collecting the intelligence to unmask a person, but said they can’t do it on their own.

Gowdy named a number of people from the Obama administration, to include former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, all of whom Comey confirmed would likely have had access to the name of an unmasked U.S. citizen.

He asked Comey if he briefed former President Barack Obama on any calls involving Flynn, but the director would not comment on his conversations with Obama.

Gowdy proceeded with the precision of a surgeon in discussing “nefarious motives” for leaking Flynn’s name, none of which reflected well on the last administration.

Regardless, Comey would not confirm whether an investigation into who unmasked Flynn is underway, although he confirmed earlier the bureau is investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia.

So he was happy to confirm that the FBI is investigating “Trump campaign ties to Russia” – which have not been found, though the investigation has been going on since July 2016. By doing so he is thickening the cloud of suspicion that the Democratic Party has created in its efforts to destroy the Trump presidency.

But he would not say whether an investigation is underway into the only known felony that has certainly been committed in connection with this evil Leftist conspiracy – the betrayal of the American citizen Michael Flynn to the Democratic Party’s toady press; the “betrayal” being a report of a perfectly legitimate conversation between Flynn as a member of the Trump campaign when Donald Trump was president-in-waiting and a diplomat with whom he had official business. The crime was the leaking of the intercepted conversation to the New York Times and the Washington Post. It needs to be investigated, the leaker needs to be arrested and tried – but that is something that the head of the FBI does not feel he can talk about to the people’s representatives in a Congressional hearing.

So there is a long ongoing investigation into alleged nefarious activity where not a trace of evidence for any wrong-doing has been found in eight months, and the head of the FBI can announce that fact to all the world. But he cannot say whether or not his bureau of investigation is looking into a serious crime, known to have taken place, that affects the democratic processes on which the government of the country depends?

Why? Why is the great detective openly chasing after a shadow while apparently ignoring a crime?

And why has President Trump kept this man Comey in his job?

Posted under corruption, Crime, United States by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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  • liz

    Unless Comey is secretly in investigating the Democrats while pretending to investigate Trump, then it was a big mistake for Trump to keep him.
    He should be investigating not only the Flynn episode, but so much more that the Democrats are guilty of – the leftist operatives embedded in the bureaucracy, the rigging of the Democrat primary, exposing classified info to hackers, destroying classified documents, paying people to incite violence at Trump rallies, the Clinton foundation influence peddling corruption, ‘weaponizing’ the IRS, the DOJ, the EPA – (which money they used to fund leftist organizations), etc, etc, etc… an endless list, all for which there is actual evidence, unlike the specious charges against Trump.

    • Thank you. liz, for this very useful list of the things that need to be investigated. I’m noting it for future use.

    • Bruce

      I hope this is exactly what is going on. Trump does strike me as a strategist; I think he is fully capable of using Comey to manipulate and distract the Democrats and their propaganda arm, the MSM. This would be much as he made use of the Birther controversy when he trolled them with his “important announcement,” preceeded by dozens of veterans and their families endorsing him, all on live TV.

      • liz

        Yes, he’s very smart. They are arrogant enough to think they are, but really they are just bullies who rely on intimidation.
        Like when Trump joked about the Russians finding Hillary’s emails, they thought it would be clever to pretend they took it seriously and make a big deal out of it, which made them look asinine, but they didn’t care – it gave them a club to bash him with! What asses.