In case you missed or chose not to see the entire rounds of questioning of Comey, here are few highlights you might be interested in.
Watching a master “Grill Sargeant” at work is always interesting. This is a montage of Gowdy’s sessions with Comey. In this, Comey admits to beginning a FBI investigation on Trump’s political team in JULY 2016 and also there is an Ongoing investigation which means he can’t say anything except in closed session. Paying particular attention to Comey’s eyes and facial expressions give his “oh crap” moments away.
However, now we have a newbie that with maturity may actually be a formidable examiner. Pay careful attention to Comey’s face in the first minutes as he realizes he has put himself in an “outhouse” position.
- First because he admits that the FBI has made it a regular procedure to report to top congressional leaders, NSA, and the President’s National Security Council quarterly.
- Second she reminds him of his comment on July investigation and that DoJ had continual access to investigation
- Third she grills him on why he waited six months to inform congress leaders for the first time if he was supposed to do so quarterly.
- Fourth she has him stumbling over who he is supposed to brief –ODNI was Clapper who was in place until Jan. 20. There was ample time and significant video of congressional response from Clapper that supported he HAD been briefed frequently and fully which means so had Obama since that is part of his job.
Her inexperience may have been to blame for not turning that spit though after that point. Surprisingly NO one else called him on the issue.
Congressman Conway adds another “Gotcha” moment in his question about a December 9, 2015 Washington Post article and its similarity to the January 6th response(10:00) before Congress. Also incidentally Nunes at the beginning actually seems to twist Comey a bit in the wind because Comey had asserted from July forward that there was an investigation in which Russia disseminated information from the Clinton campaign.
Without doubt Liberals will abhor the videos I have placed here because they do not fit within the meme they have chosen. That is fine. But these point not to a particular party — they point to national security and the trust we have placed in our intelligence community to perform their duties, keep our country secure, and do it in a NON-PARTISAN and as much as is possible an unbiased way.
We trust that the information flowing in the United States except for criminal or other specific investigation is not gathered or stored for any more time than it takes to determine its not relevant to the specifics of said investigation.
We also trust that the normal use of communications is not weaponized against our own citizens for ANY reason in particular to advance some political agenda.
Above and beyond even that, we trust that our intelligence and security communities maintain a code of honor, that they respect their positions, and that they realize the rights we should all share constitutionally requires us all to strongly defend our guaranteed rights even from the highest elite or Presidential wrongdoing.
Yet clearly under the intelligence and fact gathering leadership in these communities for the last eight years at least, these canons of trust have been breached. One of the most unforgivable transgressions to me is that a person lie and sell out our country in particular under oath in order to hide culpability.
As it stands now, trust has been broken which may have ramifications far into the future. Ideologies have been allowed to infiltrate our ranks so that we can no longer at this point be sure we are safe again from outside, socialist or radical interference in our lives. Worse is the actions by some of our own citizens as prostitutes in these betrayals. Those we have entrusted our security to have been tarnished if not hobbled by the actions of top ranking elected and unelected members of government. If nothing else the years since Clinton took office but specifically the last eight years under Obama have destroyed that.