Good Monday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump has lunch with the Vice President
- The president participates in a roundtable discussion on the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation
- President Trump and the First Lady participate in a Christmas Reception
Chris Wallace interviews Holy James Comey
Fired FBI director and twitter personality James Comey appeared on Fox News on Sunday. Lordy. First, I want to say that Chris Wallace overperformed as interviewer. I had very low expectations for his interrogations skills and he did better than expected. Comey, on the other hand, is just a straight up weasel. You could tell he practiced his answers in front of the mirror and practiced his “earnest” persona. You know the kind of affectation I am talking about: an artificial persona like that artificial banana flavor in banana Now & Later candies. It sort of tastes like banana but it has this chemical aftertaste. That’s James Comey: chemically earnest. Here are a few of my observations:
Comey’s objective was to let Fox News viewers know that all the horrible things that Trump said about him and the leadership of the FBI weren’t confirmed in the Horowitz report. Well, James, it’s not over yet and we all know that Horowitz was very restricted in his scope. The Inspector General did not have the ability to force people to cooperate, he couldn’t subpoena suspects, and he was limited to talking to current FBI employees. So it ain’t over dude. Durham doesn’t have the same restrictions as the IG did, so don’t make any long term plans.
Chris Wallace should have asked Comey why he refused to re-up his clearance so he could participate in the investigation since he’s so earnest and concerned about potential systemic corruption at the FBI.
Comey tried to get the viewer to believe that the litany of errors made by the FBI were just “mistakes” and “sloppiness.” A mistake is when you leave a field blank in a form you need to submit or when you put one tablespoon of sugar in a recipe when it calls for one teaspoon, it’s not the lexicon of screw ups made by the best and the brightest detailed by the IG. Comey even tried to down play lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s changing a CIA email to say that Carter Page did not have a relationship with CIA. That is not a mistake, that is forgery.
Comey played some language games. He pretended he didn’t understand things that were intuitively obvious to any average viewer. He claimed the FISA warrant was “not a huge part of the presentation to the court,” but that “it was the one that convinced the lawyers” to move. That’s not what Horowitz said, the IG report said Steele dossier played a “central and essential role” in getting the FISA application approved. Comey pretended these two things were the same. No, they aren’t the same, they couldn’t get a FISA without the dossier. The dossier and its author were discredited in January 2017 and yet the FBI used the dossier for three more FISA renewals.
One critical exchange with Wallace in the interview revealed Comey’s attitude about the civil liberties of American citizens. When Wallace asked about Carter Page (the fake subject of the FISA spying) and his damaged reputation, Comey’s response was that Page’s name should never have been made public. Oh, okay. The real damage, according to Comey, is that people knew about the surveillance, not that the FBI shouldn’t have been violating his privacy and spying on him, the Trump campaign and all his contacts. The media likes to pretend Carter Page was the target but he was not the target. The target was the Trump campaign and the way into Trump world was by vacuuming up Page’s communications, the communications of those Page interacted with and the people who interacted with the people Page interacted with and retroactively so.
Comey claimed he didn’t really know what was going on, that he didn’t “get involved” in the day to day work on the investigations, those were left to the “career” agents. The ones who made 51 different sloppy mistakes? (Who else’s lives have these “professionals” ruined that we just don’t know about ?) Career agents who made a litany of mistakes on what is supposed to be a major, routine part of their job duties is not confidence inspiring. But there’s no way Comey was hands off on this extraordinarily sensitive investigation. It strains credulity.
Finally, one question you should ask yourself is if you were the subject of an FBI investigation, would Comey extend to you the “courtesies” and generous excuses he is extending to his own team of vipers and their “sloppiness.” The answer is absolutely not. Just ask Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.
Piss off. Schumer asks McConnell for Mulvaney, Bolton to testify in impeachment trial
Nunes demands Schiff call on IG Horowitz to testify before House Intelligence Committee
Really? Nunes found the “errors” and wrote a report about them. Schiff defends FBI investigation into Trump campaign, saying errors were not ‘apparent’ two years ago
Schiff Refuses To Say He Was Wrong About FBI’s Surveillance Of Trump Aide
Nunes tells Schiff he needs ‘rehabilitation’ after IG report: ‘Admit you have a problem’
Gowdy: ‘Too Damn Late’ For Comey To Admit He Was Wrong About FISA Abuse
Impeachment Follies: Democrats worry Senate won’t be fair
Well now, the Democrats are worried the Senate will not hold a fair impeachment procedure after the House sends their PR stunt over for trial. I wish I could say they should be worried. I wish I could say the Senate Republicans are going to cut a bitch in those hearings. But I can’t because we all know that the Senate GOP are like Ken dolls, smooth between the legs. They aren’t going to hold a trial that is as outlandish, biased and unfair as the Schiff-run House spectacle. They aren’t going to make the Democrats uncomfortable and teach them that they will suffer precisely what they inflict on Republicans. They will not teach the Democrats that either everyone plays by the rules or no one plays by the rules. (This is the answer the Senate GOP should give the Democrats.) The problem with a “noble” Romney maneuver is that the Democrats never learn the lesson that they will get back what they give and worse so they keep operating without consequence and the GOP is like a battered wife. “He hit me because I was late with his dinner.” This is why you got Trump, dummies.
Adam Schiff and the House Democrats held a secret trial, refused the GOP witnesses, gagged them by holding a non-classified hearing in a SCIF, refused the GOP the ability to ask questions and called a parade of derp state rodeo clowns to give their opinions about how they hate the president so the media would have content for their nightly court jester acts.
“I am clearly made up my mind. I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process. So I don’t need any witnesses,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on “Face the Nation.”
“I am ready to vote on the underlying articles. I don’t really need to hear a lot of witnesses,” he added. But Flimsey Graham just wants to get this over with and doesn’t want the president to be able to present a defense.
Meanwhile, interest in impeachment has dropped over time. As it should. It’s the holiday season, people are preparing to celebrate, they are decorating their tree or shopping for presents. This stuff is boring to normal people. More importantly, the Democrats have been trying to impeach Trump since election night. The impeachment PR stunt isn’t serious, it isn’t worrisome, it’s just another attempt by the leftists to undo the election they lost in 2016.
The House Democrats released their entire impeachment report, you can read it here. The full House is expected to vote on impeachment this Wednesday.
Trump anti-impeachment protestors disrupt Adam Schiff at Armenian Genocide Recognition event
Trump a ‘threat’ to national security, House Judiciary Committee chairman says
Andrew McCarthy: The costs of trivializing impeachment
LULZ. Freshman Democrats push for Amash to be impeachment manager in Senate trial, source says
Jeff Van Drew party switch came as Democrats abandoned him
Senate Democrat ‘gravely concerned’ about what Trump might do before election if acquitted
This again. West Point Investigating Cadets’ Hand Symbol at Army-Navy Game for Possible White Power Link
German railway claims Greta Thunberg lied about taking first class
Starbucks apologizes for third ‘anti police’ incident in six months, this time in California
Security giant G4S has lost hundreds of guns. Here’s where we found them
Anti-Semitism in US linked to BDS movement, new NGO-backed report finds
Hallmark to reinstate Zola commercial showing brides kissing, after backlash
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan makes Iowa appearances for Biden
Seattle Homelessness Conference Featured Transgender Stripper
DOJ attorney tells Auschwitz Museum: ‘I will come after you’
Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani wrote ‘the countdown has started’ before Pensacola attack
Harvey Weinstein says he deserves more credit: ‘I feel like the forgotten man’
Mexican MS-13 gang member arrested crossing border into Arizona, was previously deported
Boston Globe refuses to run anti-impeachment ad
How the Salvation Army is trying to change its ‘anti-LGBTQ’ reputation
Note in pocket of gunman in Jewish deli massacre leads to pawnshop owner’s arsenal, arrest
Dem Rep. Lofgren on Impeachment: Looks Like Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell ‘Plan to Rig the Trial’
Six Illegal Aliens Accused of Raping, Sex Trafficking Underage Girl
ICE Director: 13,000 Criminals Not Arrested Due to Border Crisis, Sanctuaries
And that’s all I’ve got, no go beat back the angry mob!