Sunday, April 15, 2018

Searching for the Truth: Trump's Insulting Tweets vs. Comey's Pertinent Memoir

President Trump vs. Former FBI Director James Comey
(Goal: Present the Truth for the Public)

Weapons of Choice

Historical review of former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony on Clinton’s email that went from Abedin to Weiner’s p/c at home – Washington Post article here and video extract below:


Background from CNN – May 9, 2017 – The FBI sent a letter Tuesday evening aiming to clear up false statements said by Director James Comey to Congress last week that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin “forwarded hundreds and thousands of emails to her husband's laptop.”

Note: Comey had been fired the day before on Monday, May 8, 2017

Timeline of events leading to that firing here from the Washington Post.

Comey stated in his testimony the week before to Congress that Clinton's emails had been forwarded to the computer of Abedin's husband, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, and suggested: “That hundreds and thousands of emails had been deliberately sent directly from Abedin to Weiner's computer.”

But officials told CNN last fall the majority of the thousands of emails reviewed by the FBI got to Weiner's, and while some of those emails may have been sent directly from Huma in order to be printed, precise the number was far fewer than the amount Comey described in his testimony.

The FBI confirmed the distinction in its which read in part:Although we do not know the exact numbers, based on its investigation, the FBI believes it is reasonable to conclude that most of the emails found on Mr. Weiner's laptop computer related to the Clinton investigation occurred as a result of a backup of personal electronic devices, with a small number a result of manual forwarding by Ms. Abedin to Mr. Weiner.”

Comey had said: “Somehow, her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including some retroactively classified information by (Clinton's) assistant, Huma Abedin and there was no indication that Abedin had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law.”

NOTEWORTHY: The emails weren't marked as classified, although the FBI later found classified information contained in some emails recovered from Weiner's laptop.

The discovery of the emails in October 2016 (one month before the election) prompted Comey to alert Congress in a letter that the FBI had reopened its probe of Clinton's private email server based on the new discovery to Weiner’s P/C.

Some Democrats and Clinton herself have blamed her election loss at least partly on Comey's decision to update Congress about the newly found emails and she was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for her and got scared off. The FBI ended its new investigation into the emails two days before the election, in part concluding that no charges should be brought against Clinton or anyone else.

My 2 Cents: I don’t like the election outcome any more than a vast majority of the country, and the email scandal probably hurt Clinton and her chances to win – the Trump team did a great job painting her has “Crooked Hillary and Flynn's lock her up” campaign and the Comey statement plus the WikiLeaks dump of hacked DNC/and personal emails and documents was the icing on the proverbial cake.

But, I also agree with Comey and his conflict due to the timing as he states – I can support his rationale of “what if she won a serious issues were found?” it would cause a major crisis .. 

Having said that, Comey rolled the dice and rightly so, but just look at the Trump major crisis now … good grief “what evil hath we wrought on ourselves”– that is what Trump voters should be asking themselves.

Time will tell and history is still being written. What lies ahead is apt to be much uglier than right now. Then add in the Comey book contents with the back and forth tweets from Trump with a new string of insults (which are the Trump bulling trademark) and the facts as we find and see them – a simple wow will not suffice, will it? 

Thus stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by.

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