Testifying before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey revealed more obstruction from the Obama administration than President Donald Trump’s.
Comey testified that Loretta Lynch, who was the attorney general under Barack Obama, had successfully pressured him into downplaying and minimizing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails to the public.
Lynch, according to Comey, had demanded that he refer to the probe as a “matter” instead of an investigation, when he went public with confirming that the agency was involved.
“I wanted to know, was she going to authorize us to confirm we had an investigation, and she said, ‘Yes, but don’t call it that, call it a matter,'” Comey said. “And I said, ‘Why would I do that?’ And she said, ‘Just call it a matter.'”
The former FBI director stated that he was uncomfortable with what she had asked him to say, because it was false — and because it was exactly how the Clinton campaign had been attempting to spin it.
“It concerned me because that language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning,” Comey testified.
“I don’t know whether it was intentional or not but it gave the impression that the attorney general [Lynch] was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way the political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate,” he continued.
Ultimately, Comey went along with Lynch’s request — as it “wasn’t a hill worth dying on.” The February 2016 letter confirming the investigation referred to it as “matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
Comey also admit that Lynch’s pressure to downplay the situation, and her infamous meeting with Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac, were behind his press conference announcing that he would not be recommending charges.
When asked if he believed Lynch had a conflict of interest in the case, Comey stated “that’s fair.”
On the other hand, Comey testified that President Donald Trump never asked him to halt the agency’s investigation into Russian interference.
Democrats have been relentlessly demanding that Trump had engaged in obstruction of justice, but their theories have once again by shattered. Today’s disappointment for “Never Trumpers” and Democrats came from one simple question asked by Republican Senator Richard Burr.
“Did the president at any time ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections?” Burr, chairman of the committee, asked Comey.
“Not to my understanding, no.” Comey responded.
When asked if any member of the Trump administration asked him to cease the investigation, Comey also responded “no.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 8, 2017
It is interesting how Comey did not have any memos to leak to the press about Lynch — despite testifying that she had a conflict of interest and appeared to be working with the Clinton campaign on messaging.
Sen. Josh Hawley Folds? Blames Trump for ‘Inflammatory, Irresponsible, Wrong’ Comments
Hawley is no leader.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has been criticized for leading the GOP’s electoral college objection amidst widespread allegations of voter fraud, and he has responded by throwing former President Donald Trump under the bus.
Hawley issued a statement to oppose the impeachment of Trump following the conclusion of his presidency, which is unprecedented and unlawful, in which he threw Trump under the bus and essentially blamed him for the violence in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
HAWLEY: "I think ex-president's rhetoric on the day was inflammatory. I think it was irresponsible. I think it was wrong. But I think that this impeachment effort is, I mean, I think it's blatantly unconstitutional. It's a really really, really dangerous precedent."
— Lindsay Wise (@lindsaywise) January 25, 2021
In the aftermath of the violence, many left-wing voices accused Hawley of sedition and treason for asking for an investigation into a laundry list of irregularities that have been widely ignored by authorities.
There have even been calls by Democrats to revoke the will of the people by ejecting Hawley from office in order to punish him for drawing attention to voter fraud, as Big League Politics has reported:
Conventional wisdom can often be misleading and at times dangerous if we believe in it too strongly.
Take for example West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. He is constantly marketed as the Democrats’ most moderate Senator. There is a grain of truth to this. Manchin has publicly stated that he opposes ending the filibuster and has also poured cold water on $2,000 stimulus checks. But that’s where the moderation ends.
Manchin is now saying that the Senate should entertain the idea of expelling Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) by using the 14th Amendment over their recent decision to challenge the Electoral College results.
On PBS’s Firing Line, Manchin said the Senate should look into the option after right-wing activists stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Manchin is of the opinion that President Donald Trump and Senators like Hawley and Cruz “incited” these demonstrators.
“That should be a consideration,” Manchin stated. “He understands that. Ted’s a very bright individual, and I get along fine with Ted, but what he did was totally outside of the realm of our responsibilities or our privileges.”
According to the 14th Amendment, no elected official “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
Hyped up leftist pundits believe that the 14th amendment is applicable to Cruz and Hawley due to how they allegedly “incited” the riot by talking about electoral fraud and pointing out electoral irregularities.
Hawley finally caved under the pressure, and he has shown he is not the man to take the reigns to lead the America First movement after Trump.
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