Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 4, Comey gave false testimony about the amount of emails forwarded by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aid Huma Abedin to her former husband’s Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer. Comey told the Judiciary Committee Abedin “forwarded hundreds of thousands of emails, some of which contained classified information,” justifying reopening Oct. 28, 2016 the FBI probe into Hillary’s emails. Comey’s action only 10 days before the Nov. 8, 2016 election influenced the results, at least according to Hillary and Democratic strategists. Whatever the technical details of how many or what types of emails were on Weiner’s computer, Comey misrepresented facts to the Judiciary Committee. If Comey misrepresented on the Abedin, he’s misrepresented on many other things too.
Testifying yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former National Security Advisor James Clapper admitted that Comey’s been investigating Trump campaign officials since July 2016 when Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) gave Comey Hillary’s paid anti-Trump opposition research dossier compiled by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele. McCain received the dossier from former Hillary campaign Chairman John Podesta. Comey used the unverified contents of the dossier for probable cause to investigate Trump campaign officials. Comey’s use of paid opposition research to justify probable cause in either “incidental” surveillance or to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] court is an egregious abuse of the U.S. intelligence apparatus for political purposes. Former Atty. Gen. Sally Yates confirmed in yesterday’s hearing the abuses.
Asked whether she “unmasked” the names of Trump campaign officials or leaked them to the press, Yates said no, but admitted many of the intel reports she received had already identified the names of Americans caught up in incidental surveillance. Yates refused to reveal to the Committee her classified sources but expressed 100% confidence that former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen Michael Flynn was compromised by the Russians. Yate’s knowledge of Flynn’s conversations with Russian Amb. Sergey Kislyak proves she reviewed classified surveillance, most likely given to her by her boss, former Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch. Yates emphatically told the Committee that Flynn was compromised by the Russians. Yet Yates didn’t admit that the content of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak were neither illegal nor unethical, considering Flynn was the incoming National Security Advisor.
When you consider the tone of Yates’ testimony to the Committee, she talked as if Flynn violated the U.S. Espionage Act, spying or committing treason. No senator helped put in perspective for Yates the nature of Flynn’s transgressions, only, as Yates admitted, not giving the whole story of his conversations with Kislyak to Vice President Mike Pence. Looking at Comey’s testimony May 4, it’s even more egregious that anyone from the Trump campaign could be under surveillance, including Trump aid Carter Page or legal counsel Roger Stone. When you add up all the disinformation from Comey, Yates and others, it points to Loretta’s Lynch’s Justice Department exploiting the intel community to help Hillary win the election. No one has abused his intel-gathering authority more than Comey, essentially telling Congress he investigates whomever he wants, for whatever reasons.
Yates never mentioned Lynch once during her testimony, despite admitting she received unmasked reports of legal incidental spying on foreign officials. Clapper admitted under oath that Comey used Hillary’s specious opposition research to justify FISA court warrants or incidental collection on Trump campaign officials. Comey’s use of bogus intel from Steele’s unverified dossier on Trump to justify FISA court warrants or incidental collection warrants his immediate termination. Comey’s testimony exposed his blustery side when asked questions about his ongoing investigation into alleged Trump campaign’s Russian ties. Saying he felt “mildly nauseous” about possibly tipping the election to Trump, Comey expressed no regret about reopening Hillary’s email investigation only 10 days before the election. For that reason alone, Comey should step down.
Comey insisted May 4 he would have done things the same way again confronted with the exact same facts. Comey misled the Judiciary Committee about the quality-and- quantity of emails found on Weiner’s laptop. Misrepresenting those facts is only the tip of the iceberg on other facts related to his investigation into Trump campaign officials. Whatever goods the FBI had on Flynn, it pales into insignificance using Hillary’s bogus opposition research to justify probable cause for incidental or FISA court surveillance on Trump campaign officials. Based on Clapper and Yates testimony, it looks like former Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch worked closely with Comey to sabotage Trump’s presidential campaign. Whatever Comey did Oct. 28 to reopen Hillary’s email investigation, Comey abused his intel authority to investigate Trump. His false May 4 testimony proves he’s not fit as FBI Director.