Lordy, Lordy, Connor, the swamp is muddy.
For politically minded folks, Comey’s testimony to congress was the equivalent of Super Bowl Sunday. Yesterday, people sat perched in front of their TVs and computers at home, work, and even bars, at 9:00 am, and for two hours and forty minutes, they hung on, waiting for former FBI director James Comey to draw the smoking gun. In this off-season game, there were two kinds of fans. There were those who wanted President Trump impeached and Comey to be believable and credible. On the other team were those who wanted President Trump to be vindicated and Comey to appear as a narcissistic man with a manic need to remain relevant. You would think we’d have learned by now that, when James Comey is involved, it is usually a whole lotta nothing more than his personal, hypocritical view of a situation. Objectivity is not an attribute he possesses.
It was more entertaining than I expected. Because Mueller had debriefed him and approved his opening statement, which was pre-released the night before, it was hard to believe there would be much substance. Comey knows how to work the media, but who would have predicted that he would admit to being a leaker. WOW!
Going into the hearing, based on the release of his opening statement, we knew he was not going to accuse Trump of obstruction, and he didn’t, since the evidence wasn’t there. However, with or without evidence, Comey needed all eyes resting upon him as he shot out truckloads of opinion that — at least to him — seemed to represent facts. Is it the Messiah syndrome? Who originally vetted the mental health of this man? We are talking about the former director of the FBI — a man trusted with the ability to see beyond his own or anyone else’s opinion. My goodness, it’s frightening.
Clearly, he is a disgruntled former employee. After all, he was fired. The timeline of events supports the idea, Comey is angry at Trump for firing him. Since that day in May, when Trump fired Comey, he’s been on a revenge mission. In his testimony, he claimed that he feared Trump was a liar, so he took notes after their meeting. He even claimed to have done it on the bureau’s equipment in the bureau’s car. Oops, that means the memos belong to the FBI. Leaking those to the press would be breaking the law. Yikes! How is it that he is oblivious to that fact?
Over the past few years, the culture surrounding leaking information to the press has been one of acceptance — at least when it advances an agenda. I believe the consensus here was “Why not?” Comey admitted that, when the media gets the facts wrong, they don’t go back and ask them to correct it.
Several times, Comey admitted to being weak. Fearing confrontation, he apparently feels more comfortable broadsiding his opponent later in front of cameras — an aggressive negative attribute that is surely reason for concern.
It was a crazy day, in a place where opinions might be lies or threats or whatever they need to be.
James Mueller said the special investigation into the Russian collusion should be concluded within three months. In D.C., that’s like a microsecond. It sounds like the evidence might be a little sparse.
Today, the stock market is thriving. It looks like investors believe it’s all hogwash.
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