(This is the 7-page Scribd of his Memo©.)
‘Comey statement ignites new media firestorm against Trump’, By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2017, wsws.org
After narrating the gist of the various dates of five of the nine one-on-one meetings and phone conversations Comey had had with Herr Trump, Martin assumes the Committee will ask him about the other four. He further mentions that all the media attention has been on the aforementioned four after he’d taken office “because they substantiate a pattern of direct interference by the president into an investigation of his own campaign, arguably constituting obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.”
[Well, we’ll see what Comey testifies to today, won’t we?, the Most Outraged, DiFi, McCrankypants, et.al., were willing to hold off judgment on ‘obstruction of justice’ level]
“But it is the January 6 meeting that is actually the most revealing of the political warfare within the American capitalist state. This meeting took place at Trump Tower in New York City. The top leaders of the intelligence apparatus trekked to Manhattan to give a briefing to the president-elect on the Russia investigation. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper were among those in attendance.
The meeting was carefully prepared by the intelligence chiefs, who were all opposed to Trump’s professed desire to seek better relations with Russia and to pull back from efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the lone Arab ally of Moscow. The unsubstantiated allegations of Russian “intervention” in the US elections were disseminated by the intelligence agencies, using the New York Times and Washington Post as their main mouthpieces, in order to block such a shift in US foreign policy.
Comey was delegated to brief Trump “on some personally sensitive aspects of the information assembled during the assessment” of the alleged Russian intervention in the US elections, including a 36-page report, compiled by a former British intelligence officer [the #fake Steele Dossier], making uncorroborated claims that Trump had consorted with prostitutes during a Moscow business trip and was vulnerable to Russian blackmail.”
[♪‘Yellow raindrops keep fallin’ the bed..’♫, etc.]
“According to Comey, the intelligence agencies “thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified.” In other words, they sought to hold it over Trump’s head like a club.”
The Sword of Damocles
“Comey was chosen to deliver the message because he was not leaving office on January 20, unlike the other top officials, because he had a fixed 10-year term. The FBI director would therefore still be around to wield the club after Trump became president.” [snip to the end]
“Then comes the most extraordinary passage in the Comey statement, where he writes: “I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the president-elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting.”
In other words, two weeks before Trump’s inauguration, one of the leading figures in the intelligence apparatus was already documenting their interactions for the purpose of making a “case” against his incoming boss, preparing a written record to be used as a weapon in the escalating political warfare within the state.”
Now I’d poked about a bit to see if any major media had covered the Jan. 6 meeting, given that it’s the first meeting in the memo, but it shows how far this iteration of the deep state intel services are willing to play…dirty. I’d never found one reference to it, although my search was barely exhaustive. But more about the Steele Dossier in a minute. This will be quite helter-skelter coverage of the live coverage of Comey’s testimony, and comes from CNN, the Atlantic, RT, a few tweets, and so on. Now if you seriously need the links, I’ll try to dig them up.
Oh, and this is CNN’s take on yesterday’s ‘…explosive Senate Intel hearing’ with the top Intel chiefs in Amerika. Plenty of weasel words most of them were pressed to clarify.
Live Updates on Comey’s Testifyin’ to The Committee (AKA: The Circus), various sources
“Comey said that although he understood when he was hired in 2013 that he “could be fired by the president for any reason or no reason at all,” the “shifting explanations” he was later told “confused me and increasingly concerned me.”
Comey on Russian Interference: ‘That’s About as Unfake as You Can Possibly Get’
Russia’s interference in last year’s election is about “as unfake as you can possibly get,” former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers on Thursday.
His audience would seemingly know this well: The Senate Intelligence Committee is investigating the Kremlin’s involvement, one of several probes on the matter currently under way. Earlier this year, Comey confirmed for the first time, in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.”
“He also declined to speak about the Steele dossier, a controversial intelligence file collected by a British spy and given to the FBI last year. The Trump administration has strongly denied the allegations of malign influence contained within the document, and Chairman Richard Burr asked Comey whether the FBI had verified any of its contents. Comey declined to weigh in on its validity.
“Mr. Chairman, I don’t think that’s a question I can answer in an open setting,” he told Burr. “It goes into the details of the investigation.”
(What a weasel…on #fake news)
“The former FBI director reiterated the intelligence community’s conclusion earlier this year that the Russian government was behind the cyberattacks targeting American political infrastructure last year, including the Democratic National Committee and state voter files. But he also offered one important point of reassurance about the integrity of the American electoral system itself. “Are you confident that no votes cast in the 2016 presidential election were altered?” Burr asked. “I’m confident,” Comey replied. “When I left as director, I had seen no indication of that whatever.”
The Importance of Bill Clinton’s Meeting With Loretta Lynch
“James Comey is implicating not one but two presidents in inappropriate behavior on Thursday.
The former FBI director testified that former President Bill Clinton’s tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in June 2016 prompted him “in an ultimately conclusive way” to publicly discuss the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server at a press conference the next month. Republicans had criticized Clinton’s impromptu meeting with Lynch, and although both the former president and Lynch insisted they did not discuss the FBI investigation, Comey said he felt he had to “separate” the FBI and himself from the Department of Justice to avoid the appearance of political interference. Comey then decided on his own to hold a press conference in which he announced that charges would not be filed against Hillary Clinton but that her handling of the private email server as secretary of state was “extremely careless.”
That decision had a domino effect in the campaign, since Comey has already said that he chose to send a letter to Congress 10 days before the election based in large part because he had “a duty to correct” the earlier announcement that the FBI had closed its investigation into Clinton. Comey also confirmed reports that Lynch had urged him to characterize the Clinton probe not as “an investigation” but as “a matter.” That request, Comey said on Thursday, “confused me and concerned me.”
Ha ha; yeppers; Loretty Lynch and Bubba C. just talked about golf, and their chirren…
“On the Flynn investigation, Comey said: “The controversy was whether Flynn lied to VP about nature of his conversations with Russians. What he wanted me to do is drop any investigation connected to Flynn’s account of his contacts with the Russians.”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked Comey to confirm that the president asked three things of him: Be loyal; let the Mike Flynn investigation go; and tell the American people that I’m not personally under investigation.
Despite stating earlier in the hearing that he felt Trump was “looking to get something in exchange for letting me stay in my job,” Comey seemed to later backtrack during the questioning.
“I don’t know I would go that far. I got sense my job would be contingent on how he felt I conducted myself and whether I demonstrated loyalty,” he said.
Comey said he shared Trump’s three requests for him with the deputy director of the FBI and his counsel, the chief of staff, general counsel, and the number 3 person at the FBI, the head of the national security branch.
Asked once again about why he didn’t tell Trump that it was inappropriate to clear the room and ask him to let the Flynn investigation go, Comey said that he did speak with the attorney-general and the new deputy attorney-general.
“I told the attorney-general, it can’t happen that you get kicked out of the room and the president talks to me,” but said “I didn’t want to alert the White House until I figured out what we were going to do with this” in an investigative sense.
However, Comey said he didn’t tell the attorney-general that Trump had told him to “let it go” when it came to the Flynn investigation.
Comey once again said the very first meeting with Trump made him feel he should write a memo, due to a “combination of things” including “gut feeling, circumstances, subject, and my read of that person (Trump).”
He admitted he took the memo to the outside, asking a friend who was a professor at Columbia Law “to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” hoping it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel.”
Comey said the alleged Russian interference was not a one-off, but said it’s a “long-term practice of theirs…they’ll be back.”
Comey accused the Russian embassy in Washington, DC of employing a “robust cohort of intelligence operatives,” but said he doesn’t consider the Russian ambassador to the US to be an intelligence officer.
Speaking about a January 6 meeting with Trump in Trump Tower, Comey said he felt he needed to create a written record of the meeting due to “circumstances, subject matter, and the person I was interacting with (Trump).”
“I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting,” he said, speaking of Trump, who was president-elect at the time of the meeting.
I know I must’ve missed a lot, but hell’s bells, this is long enough. Well, save for a few mo’ Tweeties…