By: Jake Fogg
Fired FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee “under oath” Thursday June 8. While the mainstream media is trying to have its witch hunt, two very important points will be largely glazed over.
The first most obvious point is that Trump was not the subject of the so-called “Russian collusion” investigation, which the fired FBI director admitted. However, this information pales comparison to the lie that Comey told to the Senate intelligent committee regarding the leaking of his personal memos to the press.
When questioned by Senator Susan Collins as to whether he had showed copies of his personal memos, he replied “Yes”.
When asked by Collins, who he shared the information with, Comey testified , “I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday (May 15th) night because it didn’t dawn on me that originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation. There might be a tape. My judgment was, I need to get that out into the public square. I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter.”
The timeline that Comey has testified to is erroneous. According to him he never leaked anything until after May 15th. However, a CNN story on May 12th reported “A source close to Comey told CNN’s Jake Tapper Wednesday (May 10th) there are two specific reasons why Trump fired the FBI director:”
May 10th is actually prior to President Trump’s May 12th tweet regarding “tapes”, which contradicts Comey’s story that he did leak in response to Trump’s tweet.
Another statement within the same CNN story also contradicts Comey’s leak date. The Story reports, “Comey is ‘Not worried about any tapes’ of conversations between him and Trump, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday (May 12th), adding that ‘if there is a tape, there’s nothing he is worried about’ that could be on it.”
The question is if Comey was indeed worried about the potential of "tapes" to prompt him to leak, then why was he not concerned about them on May 12th, the date that cnn said the "sources familiar" said he was not worried about tapes?
It is not possible for there to have been a leaked statement on the same day of Trump’s “tape” tweet if Comey decided not to leak until he woke up in the middle of the night on May 15th as a result of the tweet, which he says is when he called his “friend”.
According to news reports on May 12th, NBC also quoted “unknown sources” close to Comey making the same claim that Comey “wasn’t worried” about tapes.
But CNN is not the only report that came out prior to the leak as asserted by Comey. In a press statement, President Trumps attorney, Marc Kasowitz, asserted that James Comey leaked privileged information to the press. He also claimed that the New York times reported on the Comey’s memos before the “tapes” tweet was posted.
The USA Today alleged in an article posted on June 8th, that there was no evidence to support the attorny's claim regarding the New YorkTimes. However, the article by David Jackson, is wrong as the New York Times did post an article prior to Comey's alleged leak date.
A New York Times article on May 11th titled "In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred", is based on information from the leaked memos. This comes a full day ahead of President Trump's "tapes" tweet, thus discounting the claim that Comey leaked his memos after and in response to the tweet.
While there are questions as to whether James Comey should face penalties for leaking information, the future may also find charges of perjury. After all, the former top law enforcement official did lie under oath, which is a very serious offence given the circumstances.
Regardless of the future potential legal procedings in store, it is certain now, that President Donald Trump likely made a wise decision by terminating Comey's employment. His ability to lead an orgaization is now seriously hampered since his dishonesty has become evident.