Comey led Senate to believe Flynn wouldn't be charged

Washington ExaminerEarlier this month, the House Intelligence Committee revealed that then-FBI director James Comey told lawmakers in March 2017 that bureau agents who questioned then-national security adviser Michael Flynn saw no signs that Flynn was lying.

Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee has revealed that Comey told them the same thing, at the same time. In a letter to the Department of Justice and the FBI, committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote, "Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, 'saw nothing that led them to believe [he was] lying.' Our own committee's staff's notes indicate that Mr. Comey said the 'agents saw no change in his demeanor or tone that would say he was being untruthful.'" The Flynn interview took place on January 24, 2017, four days into the Trump administration.

Grassley's letter went farther than the House report to say that Comey "led us to believe…that the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute [Flynn] for false statements made in that interview."

If you are keeping count, both the House and the Senate say Comey told them Flynn was not believed to be lying and at least implied he would not be charged. Now that Flynn has in fact been charged (and pled, after being bled dry), Comey is frantically backpedaling and trying to say he didn't actually say that. Why? Well, aside from making him look stupid and Mueller look like he's abusing his power, it weakens the case against Flynn and suggests the existence of evidence Flynn could use in his defense and might not have been properly informed of. The judge in that case has already seen abuse of process by the FBI withholding exculpatory evidence and has put the FBI on notice he won't allow it in this case.

The Flynn guilty plea is one of very few victories Mueller has come up with. Losing it and being revealed as abusing the process would embarrass him, provide Trump with a solid reason to fire him (not that Trump needs an excuse, but it helps politically), and weaken the political protection from Congress.

This is one of those strands that, when pulled, threatens to unravel everything. It's not the first such strand that has come to light recently.

What's also interesting is that Comey has chosen, in his public statements, to contradict his private testimony to Congress. I presume his testimony to Congress is accurate (lying to Congress is a crime; lying to the public about what he told Congress is not).

Comey could have stuck to what he told Congress. That would be the neutral, objective, factual thing to do. It weakens Mueller's case, yes, but sticking to the facts should be more important, especially for a man who the media have told us consistently is forthright, honest, and has an impeccable reputation. To paraphrase the man himself, telling Congress one thing and the public another is a weasel move.

By changing his story to try to save Mueller's case against Flynn, Comey is showing his true face. He is a Deep State partisan hack who allowed the FBI to be corrupted on his watch. He has by his own admission participated in that corruption.

This entry was published Wed May 16 11:35:17 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-05-16 11:35:17.0. [Tweet]

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