Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What to Expect from Tomorrow's Comey/Comedy Hearing? Nada

Drum roll! Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow. The Democrats are salivating; this is it; the smoking gun for impeachment is here. The media is setting the stage forth second coming of Watergate. Ignore the substance; observe the Senators. Keep your eyes on Senators kamala Harris (D. Ca.), Angus King (Ind/D Maine) and Ron Wyden (D. Ore). Who will win the 15 second sound bite on the evening news? Did you know the Senate Intelligence Committee held a hearing today? Today’s witnesses, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers, provided nothing of substance for the Democrats today. There is no there, there. They rebutted some of the “bombshell” media The Democrats will show tomorrow a zeal they lacked on IRS, Benghazi, and Fast and Furious. They will huff and puff, grandstand for their 15 minutes of fame. The media will highlight anything, absolutely anything, that might make the President look bad. No matter how much James Comey despises President Trump, he has to be careful about what he says to avoid charges of perjury. He had already testified before Congress that he was not pressured by the President to drop the investigation of General Flynn. Here’s what we know from his 7 page opening statement released by the Committee today. He told the President three times that he was not a target of the investigation. The President asked for loyalty; Mr. Comey responded with “honesty.” The President wanted the FBI Director to give a break to General Flynn, but was not pressured to do so. Two Democrats Congressmen, Al Green of Texas and Brad Sherman of California, announced today that they are preparing articles of impeachment against President Trump for obstruction of justice. James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, spoke before reporters in Canberra, Australia today. He said Watergate pales in comparison with President Trump and Russia. Was James Clapper serious? Watergate involved a breakin of the Democratic National Committee, followed by an orchestrated coverup by the President and his White House staff, including the Attorney General. Many of the staff went to prison. So far, there has not been shown to be an underlying crime. Second, isolated statements by the President do not constitute criminal behavior. Third, President Trump in his capacity as President has the power and right to fire members of the Executive Branch, such as the Director of the FBI, for any reason. Fourth, the FBI Director spent much of 2016 upsetting Democratic and Republican politicians for a series of inexplicable acts. Some fervent never-Trumpers may buy into the construct of Comey as a political martyr, but most Americans will not. Fifth, James Comey is no John Dean. Sixth, no evidence exists of any Trump Administration concerted action to stop the Russian investigation or even conspire with the Russians during the election campaign. Seventh, there is neither a smoking gun nor money trail. And yet, James Clapper in Australia and nor D.C., was the highpoint for the Democrats and media today. The media spent little time reporting on today’s Senate hearing. Tomorrow promises to be another yawner.

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