Jim Comey's own words justify Bill Barr's review

Carro

The only immortal soul Jim Comey should be worrying about right about now, is his own. It's been tacit tradition that the FBI be politicized, as most things are in Washington, D.C. But we've breached a wall which kept the FBI from being weaponized.

The reactions of the Democrats and former Intel heads like Comey, Clapper and Brennan are telling.

Barr's got the ball rolling on these investigations and hopefully, these once-vaunted institutions will have trust restored and their intended purposes restored.


https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/443741-jim-comeys-own-words-justify-bill-barrs-review


Attorney General William Barr has just blitzed former FBI Director James Comey on third down and there’s a feeling a sack is imminent.

Barr’s tasking of U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the “origins” of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign becomes the third examination of Comey and his special team, joining efforts by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Huber.

This is an entirely appropriate response to the fearful possibility that the FBI was misused by its past leadership for political purposes.

AG Barr understands well that the FBI is dead as an agency — undeserving of the nation’s trust — if it is commonly perceived to be a weapon for political vagaries rather than an impartial, objective enforcer of the rule of law so vital to the survival of democratic governance.

These three initiatives will either validate Comey’s claim that everything he and his team did was “by the book” or they will expose grievous abuses that will invite reforms to ensure this never happens again.

Early indicators are troubling and Comey, with three linebackers bearing down, is in full scramble mode. His own words do not instill confidence, as evidenced during his most recent media tour last week in which he catapulted stones at all who have offended him.

President Trump is “amoral,” a “chronic liar,” who “eats your soul in small bites,” according to Comey. He claims AG Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein lack inner strength and character, respectively.

This seems to be a purposeful, if questionable, strategy. The Mueller report largely has undercut any assertion by Comey that the counterintelligence investigation initiated during Comey's directorship was founded on solid legal predication.

So now Comey's game plan seems to be an appeal to emotion: We had to investigate the Trump campaign because he is such a terrible person and, as articulated by his investigator, Peter Strzok, someone who had to be “stopped.”

There’s a problem with that. FBI agents are not allowed to investigate individuals based on emotion or because they don’t like someone, or that someone has distasteful character traits. (For this, all politicians should be grateful.)

Comey’s insistent disgust with Trump, and his urging Americans to vote Democrat in last fall’s midterms, have produced legitimate concerns that his decisions as FBI director were influenced by personal animus and political biases.

In op-eds and in interviews, Comey has given new life to the concern that, for the first time in the FBI’s 100-plus years of history, partisan political operatives used the immense authority of the FBI to advance the political goals of one party at the expense of the other.

His highly charged words are in play and should be taken into account by Durham during his review of the origins of an unprecedented counterintelligence investigation into a presidential campaign.

Comey’s claim that he and his team did everything “by the book” also should invite scrutiny. He is controversial precisely because so many of his actions were not by the book.

Conducting any investigation — as Comey did — out of FBI headquarters, let alone the Director’s Office, is not by the book. It is so outside “the book” that current FBI Director Christopher Wray is implementing policy, according to reliable internal sources, that restores investigations exclusively to the field offices and prohibits headquarters — where the FBI most closely intersects with the flame of political D.C. — from ever conducting investigations again. Prudent, and good news for the country.

Comey said that running confidential human sources and undercover operatives is normal activity. It is, but under tight restrictions. Targeting U.S. citizens working for a presidential campaign with confidential sources, non-FBI undercover investigators, and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) electronic surveillance, is not normal. It’s never been done before. There is no “book” for it.

This is where U.S. Attorney Durham has his work cut out for him. Did Comey and his team follow Attorney General Guidelines, which govern the proper use of these investigative techniques? A lot of digging is needed here.

In addition, experienced counterintelligence investigators will tell you that when there is an intersection of Russian intelligence operatives and a U.S. citizen, the normal “book” calls for the FBI to warn the American about Russian intelligence “tricks” and then obtain cooperation, to help learn even more about Russian objectives.

This traditional book was not followed by Comey’s team, nor were those courtesies extended to the Trump campaign. Instead, campaign members were immediately targeted for investigation. In light of Comey’s recent comments, we may now know why.

His infamous news conference on July 5, 2016, where he invented a new FBI authority to decline prosecution of a presidential candidate, only to then publicly excoriate her, was not by the book. His later decision, just days before America voted, to unnecessarily reopen an investigation that he had declined was not by the book either, and it caused a disruption to the election about which the Russians could only fantasize.

His decisions to reveal the existence of an FBI counterintelligence investigation into a presidential campaign during congressional testimony, his leaking of FBI materials to the press, and his post-firing book tour and media blitz are all unfamiliar behaviors for an FBI director. They definitely were not by the book.

For all of these reasons, there is growing concern, based on Comey’s own words and actions, that the FBI may have been hijacked by a partisan political operative. So the attorney general clearly is justified in his appointment of Durham.

The real FBI, the agents and analysts and support personnel who day in and day out truly conduct themselves “by the book,” want the trust of the American people restored in the FBI. It is a value we should all be fighting for.



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Carro

"When asked if sending someone to pose as someone else in order to collect surveillance on Papadopoulos would qualify as spying, Comey said he would not comment as he is no longer a government employee. He then went on to explain the "reasonable" approach the FBI took to surveilling the Trump campaign after learning of Russia's intent to interfere with the 2016 presidential election"

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/05/10/comey_im_not_commenting_on_trump_campaign_spying_because_im_no_longer_in_government.html

Comey is a slippery one.

He can't comment, yet he can't shut up.

It's not spying, it's "surveillance".

Trump's not under investigation, but yet he actually is.

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elvis

The OP excerpt copied below is a good summary of what we are all seeing on social media: appealing to emotion. The social media conversations today are similar to those talk show "discussions" wherein everyone is trying to talk over everyone else, the difference is we are slower on social media because we can't interrupt each other. However, we are just as ineffective; we're all just spinning our wheels. Few, including me most days, are willing to put forward the effort to really think about the situation and articulate our thoughts, so we resort to appealing to emotions. The lazier we are, the easier we are to distract. It's maddening. See what I mean?

President Trump is “amoral,” a “chronic liar,” who “eats your soul in small bites,” according to Comey. He claims AG Barr and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein lack inner strength and character, respectively.

This seems to be a purposeful, if questionable, strategy. The Mueller report largely has undercut any assertion by Comey that the counterintelligence investigation initiated during Comey's directorship was founded on solid legal predication.

So now Comey's game plan seems to be an appeal to emotion: We had to investigate the Trump campaign because he is such a terrible person and, as articulated by his investigator, Peter Strzok, someone who had to be “stopped.”

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Carro

Comey appeals to emotion because it works for the never-Trump crowd. He's also participating in the wide-ranging smear campaign of Barr, and that's definitely a risky strategy.

The irony that Comey sits on a stage and attacks an acting AG, impugning Barr's character is remarkable, given he cowed to Loretta Lynch, who told him to call an investigation a "matter" (there we go with the semantics game again), informed him that no matter what, her DOJ would not be bringing charges against Hillary, which prompted Comey as the head of the FBI to draft his conclusion finding before he even interviewed Hillary.

There were ruses he participated in that if Barr did, Barr would be crucified.

Imagine Barr meeting with Melanie Trump on a tarmac.

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mrskjun(9)

I would think that if democrats truly believe that Trump and his campaign have done something nefarious and deserved these investigations, and that Comey and others in the FBI, as well as heads of intelligence and even the White House in no way weaponized our intelligence agencies to target a presidential nominee and his campaign, that they would be happy to see Barr and others prove that. Seeing them try to Kavanaugh Barr and seeming to want to obstruct his investigation, gives one pause, that they are nervous about his possible findings. Wonder why?

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woodnymph2_gw

Talking to yourselves?

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mrskjun(9)

We wanted an intelligent conversation.

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Carro

The contradictions coming from Comey and others about deciding to inform Trump about the (phony) dossier are coming to light. Comey wanted to inform Trump about the lies Hillary bought from Russia so that Trump would think there was actual verified intel out there about him. Funny that Comey chose the pee pee tape/Russian prostitutes garbage to feed to Trump in order to gin it up as real intel.

Comey deserved to be fired and that's just one of the counts.

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