Did the Recent House Intelligence Wiretap Confirmation Prove Comey Lied Under Oath?
“House Intelligence chair, Devin Nunes dropped a bombshell today when he confirmed that President-elect Trump and his transition team were surveilled from Election Day to Inauguration Day. He also said that he put in a call to FBI Director, Comey and has yet to hear back.
Did FBI Director Comey perjure himself after he just testified under oath in front of the House Intelligence Committee claiming that there was no truth to Trump’s wiretap claims? Comey was very careful how he worded things…looks like he’s splitting hairs…
Schiff: “Director Comey, I want to begin by attempting to put to rest several claims made by the President about his predecessor mainly that President Obama wiretapped his phones. So that we can be precise, I want to refer you to exactly what the President said and ask you whether there is any truth to it.
First the President claimed that ‘Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!’.
Director Comey, was the President’s statement that Obama had his wires tapped in Trump Tower a true statement?”
Comey: “With respect to the President’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI.
The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the same is for the Department of Justice and all of its components. The Department has no information that supports those tweets.”
Here is the video of Comey testifying under oath..
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It’s Amazing What Comes To The Surface
“Politico posted an update today on the hearings in the House Intelligence Committee.
The article reports:
Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under U.S. government surveillance following November’s presidential election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday.
Nunes said the monitoring appeared to be done legally as a result of what’s called “incidental collection,” but said he was concerned because it was not related to the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and was widely disseminated across the intelligence community.
“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” Nunes told reporters. “It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.”
Nunes said he is heading to the White House later Wednesday to brief Trump on what he has learned, which he said came from “sources who thought that we should know it.” He said he was trying to get more information by Friday from the FBI, CIA and NSA.
Obviously, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls with the Russian ambassador were taped and transcribed. Because he has talking to the Russian ambassador, that is not unusual. What is unusual is for the transcripts of those calls to be leaked to the press with his name on them. That is against the law. The person who did that belongs in prison.
As this investigation continues, it is becoming obvious that candidate Donald Trump was under government surveillance during the campaign and after he was elected. That is a serious violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. This surveillance is one reason many Congressmen opposed the Patriot Act–they feared the kind of political abuse of the law that the Obama Administration was evidently guilty of. There are many stories out there documenting the surveillance of Donald Trump and his campaign. I have not posted some of them because I am not familiar with the sources. However, those sources are beginning to look reliable.”
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Comey Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Washington
“One of the most important things we learned Monday from the House Intelligence Committee hearings on Russian influence of the 2016 elections was that the hackers may have wanted to get caught. FBI director James Comey said Russia’s cyber intruders were “unusually loud,” as though they “wanted us to see what they were doing.”
That’s counterintuitive. The Russians have officially denied taking active measures in the 2016 election. They have complained that the toxic environment in Washington has scuttled any chance for a reset in the relationship with the U.S. So if Kremlin proxies were meddling in the U.S., why would they want us to know?
Comey says this is because the specter of Russian interference in and of itself instills doubt about our electoral process. It gets people to freak out. It calls into question the legitimacy of the election Donald Trump just won. It divides us.
If that was the mission, then: mission accomplished.
Just consider Monday’s hearing. It was really two hearings. Democrats made the case that Trump associates had deceived the public about their meetings with Russians and that there was at least a circumstantial case that they coordinated with Russia to influence the election against Hillary Clinton. Republicans meanwhile raised the prospect that they may call senior Obama administration officials to find out who disclosed monitored phone calls between Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia’s ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
This doesn’t even factor in the bombshell announcement from Comey that there has been an active counter-intelligence investigation into Trump since late July. The FBI has investigated presidents before, but the bureau has never confirmed such a probe while it was ongoing. The very fact of the investigation effectively neuters Trump’s presidency in what is supposed to be his honeymoon period.
All of that said, it would be a mistake to put all of this on the Russians. They did hack leading Democrats and doled out tidbits through WikiLeaks before voters went to the polls. Comey confirmed that Russian hackers probed some of the state voter rolls as well. The intelligence community’s report in December concluded that Russia also ran propaganda against Clinton through its television network, RT, and worked with an army of online trolls to defame her.
But none of this gets to the real dilemma for the republic at the moment. The director of the FBI will in a practical sense determine the legitimacy of our elected president. This makes Comey the most powerful person in Washington.
It would be nice to blame the Russians for this sorry state of affairs, but really we can blame only ourselves.
This part of the story begins a month before the bureau begins snooping around about Russia’s effort to influence the election. On June 27, on a tarmac in Phoenix, Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton for about 45 minutes. We still don’t know all the details of that conversation, but the appearance of impropriety in light of the bureau’s own investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server was enough for Lynch to recuse herself from that process.
That left Comey in the position of being both the cop and the prosecutor. Not even a week later, the FBI director chastised Clinton for her recklessness with the private server, but said no reasonable prosecutor would recommend bringing charges. Republicans were aghast. In subsequent testimony before Congress, Comey promised to keep lawmakers informed of any further developments in the case. He did just that on Oct. 28, when he informed Congress the bureau had learned of new emails in an unconnected case and would be checking them in the week leading up to the election. It turns out it was a false alarm, but to this day, the Clinton camp believes Comey’s announcement did serious political damage to the candidate.
Now enter Trump. The new attorney general, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from the Trump investigation because of his role as a surrogate on the Trump campaign and because he falsely denied having met with Russian officials. Yet again, an attorney general has elevated Comey to play an outsize role in our politics.
This is no way to run a great power. It’s also a no-win situation for the FBI. After Monday’s marathon hearing we are left with more questions than answers. Why did Comey, for example, confirm an ongoing investigation into Trump’s associates, but remain mum on whether the bureau would look into who leaked Flynn’s monitored phone calls to the press? Why couldn’t Comey shed any light on what James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, told NBC earlier this month? He said he knew of no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Why did Comey opt not to inform Congress about the Trump investigation in the summer or fall, when he held out the prospect that the Clinton probe would be reopened?”
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