Proving she’s become the Senate’s biggest anti-Trump hack, 84-year-old Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) showed her age, insisting 71-year-old Donald Trump obstructed justice May 9, firing 56-year-old former FBI Director James Comey. Comey said May 10 that Trump, as president, had every right to fire him. Yet Feinstein continues to beat a dead horse that Trump obstructed justice. Comey, as head of the FBI, only provided titular supervision in the Trump collusion probe to his stable of career prosecutors. Firing Comey would have little or no effect on any ongoing investigation into Trump’s alleged Russian collusion in the 2016 campaign. “I think we’re beginning to see the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” something she’s been saying for months but without any legal basis.
Preaching to Todd on anti-Trump NBC, Feinstein has a ready audience of Trump-bashers, leaping to conclusions to prove her conspiracy theory about Trump’s Russian collusion. All of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments show zero Russian collusion, including Oct. 30 indictments of Trump’s former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, White House foreign policy aid George Papadopoulos and, more recently, former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn. “I think we see this in the indictments—the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place,” Feinstein told Todd. Feinstein surely knows that none of the indictments involved Russian collusion, including Flynn’s. Feinstein’s inability to state the facts clearly indicates she’s having trouble comprehending the facts, suggesting she’s blowing smoke or has age-related cognitive decline.
No elected official or career prosecutor can leap to the conclusions preached by Feinstein. She knows Manafort was charged with offenses, real or not, that occurred 10 years before the 2016 campaign. “And I see it, most importantly, in what happened in the firing of Director Comey, and it is my belief that that is directly because he did not agree to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation,,” Feienstein insisted. “That’s obstruction of justice.” Feinstein’s partisan zealotry blinds her from any factual analysis of why Comey was fired. If Dianne read Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein’s May 10 detailed letter explaining why Comey was fired, she wouldn’t make such simplistic statements. Comey was fired for overstepping his boundaries as FBI Director, playing judge, jury and executioner in the Hillary email investigation. Playing to NBC’s anti-Trump audience, Feinstein’s a partisan hack.
Showing that partisanship runs deep, Sen. Mark Warner, vice-Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said he believes Comey’s word over Trump’s. If Warner were nonpartisan, he wouldn’t announce his verdict like Feinstein. Warner believes Comey because since getting fired, the former FBI Director has leaked confidential information to the press about his personal notes about his meeting with Trump last January in which Comey said Trump tried to talk him out of investigating Flynn. Trump denied Dec. 3 asking Comey to stop the Flynn investigation. Warner believes Comey because he’s out to get Trump, anyway possible. Democrats have been frustrated trying to prove their theory, started by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Oct. 19, 2016 in the last presidential debate, that Trump’s a “Putin puppet.” Democrats on Warner’s committee all believe Comey.
Comey hasn’t answered any questions related to the Hillary email investigation or the 2016 presidential campaign. Comey’s standard line under oath is that he can’t answer questions about classified information. Yet Comey had no problem leaking classified information to the press, in an egregious attempt to retaliate against Trump. Feinstein and Warner aren’t the least bit concerned how the government obtained Flynn’s private conversations with former Russian Amb. Sergei Kislyak. Feinstein and Warner aren’t the least concerned about Comey, and possibly former Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, seeking wiretaps through the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] court without probable cause. If former President Obama gave Lynch and Rice the green light to sabotage Trump’s campaign with wiretaps, Feinstein and Warner could care less.
Showing that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s alleged Russian collusion needs to end–including Feinstein and Warner’s partisan zealotry. “This president has been obsessed with this investigation, always saying there’s nothing there,” said Warner. Feinstein and Warner can’t stomach the fact that no one, especially Mueller, has demonstrated Trump’s alleged Russian collusion. Getting indictments or plea bargains unrelated to Russian collusion or convictions for minor offenses doesn’t match Feinstein and Warner’s certainty about Trump’s guilt. Pleading guilty Dec. 1 to one count of making false statements to FBI agents, Flynn did nothing to collude with Russia in the 2016 election. Yet Democratic hacks like Feinstein and Warner continue to mislead the public over their crimes. Both believe Comey over Trump because they desperately want the president impeached.