Go to ...

The Watchdog Report

Loyal to Truth, Democracy and Dignity

RSS Feed

June 22, 2021

Tsar Trump: Old & New Reports Suggest Russia Groomed Donald Trump to Lead US (Part I)

While Publicizing a Rather Pointless Clinton Story, Comey Withheld Trump Investigations

We ask again, what was Comey’s motivation to chatter publicly about a Hillary Clinton investigation? Back in October 2016 many Americans trusted that Comey’s decision — though perhaps faulty and definitely likely to sway the vote — was shaped not by partisanship, but by simple interest in self-preservation or preservation of the FBI’s reputation: If the newly discovered emails ultimately incriminated Clinton, then he and his underlings couldn’t be faulted for having kept quiet. He later explained:

“We don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed,” Comey said. “I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.”

We had wanted to believe that Comey wasn’t playing us, that he wasn’t pretending to throw a ball when really there was nothing to chase. We heard a supposed “leak” that Comey knew Hillary’s emails contained damning content. That seemed doubtful but, like loyal puppies, we trusted our government. We even kept our skepticism in check after the FBI ultimately cleared Clinton — just two days before the election — and when it became clear that the decision indeed had a partisan effect on the election results.

But with new knowledge, accepting the “self-preservation” argument would be naïve. And if Comey’s decision had been partisan, then the “checks and balances” we learned about as pups have been abandoned. If Comey’s decision was partisan, then the United States is not functioning as its founders planned. When the boundaries of our legislative, executive and judicial branches are blurred, American democracy is merely an illusion.

Here’s a look back at some related events from August through January:

August 2016

In the Mother Jones article Corn writes that in August 2016 Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid had demanded of Comey an investigation of the “connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.” An excerpt from Reid’s letter:

“In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government… The public has a right to know this information.”

The letter also notes that the senator had requested the same information from Comey months earlier.

In September 2016 Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Adam Schiff, who hold senior positions on the Senate and House intelligence committees, issued a joint statement similar to Reid’s:

“Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election. At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election.”

Comey ultimately delayed meeting with the senators until mid-January, which was after the Electoral College certified Trump’s highly contested win…

Pages: 1 2 3 4

The Watchdog Report