In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed James Comey as FBI Director. I have had my experiences with Presidents and their appointments. In my years of Army service, I learned and had it reinforced multiple times through service secretaries, defense secretaries, joint chiefs, and major command generals is that they closely mirror the President in ideology and worldview. I certainly understand that. If I was picking people for my team, I would certainly pick people with a similar worldview as mine. At least we would be in the same neighborhood of thinking. Following the Army, during federal government service, if I knew the President I never had to wonder about incoming Secretaries or, in Comey’s case, Directors because I knew them and I knew their views and policies would closely mirror the President’s. One should not expect anything different. For what other reason would any President select someone? So my view of Comey does not differ from my view of any other administration Secretary or Director. My view of Obama, by default, is my view of Comey. Just as it is my view of Lynch, Holder, Clinton, Kerry, et al. I know Comey is supposedly a registered Republican, but so are many others who would rather see Trump fail. This is why President Trump needs to thank him for his service and send him on his way – and if Trump is to survive, Comey is but one of many who need to be shown the door.
Comey’s recent work history puts him as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2002 to December 2003. From there he was appointed as Deputy Attorney General of the US under Attorney General John Ashcroft. In this capacity, he appointed friend Patrick Fitzgerald as Special Counsel to investigate and prosecute the Valerie Plame lie. It was an almost endless investigation that failed to prosecute the person who actually leaked CIA agent Plame’s name. It was common knowledge that Colin Powell’s man Richard Armitage leaked the identity of Plame and not anyone in the Bush Whitehouse. At the end of this political fishing expedition, Vice President Cheney’s Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby was sacrificed for fibbing to the FBI. From there, Comey moved to a job as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Lockheed Martin, a mega defense contractor who also likes to spread a lot of political cash including to the Clinton Foundation while Comey was there. He then became General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates, billed as the world’s largest (and maybe weirdest by some accounts) global hedge fund managing more than a $150 billion in assets. His next adventure in public life, excluding his College Professorship, was a seat on the Board of Directors for HBSC Holdings also a Clinton Foundation donor during his tenure. This Swiss bank gained much notoriety for laundering drug cartel money (Bloomberg, The Guardian, Reuters, Rolling Stone, Financial Times). He held that position until July 2013 just prior to his appointment as FBI Director.
A September 2016 Breitbart article laid out Comey’s connections to the Clinton Foundation through his former employers and his brother. This information was also placed into the Congressional Record. Since Washington is big on demanding recusals these days, maybe the question should have been asked of the FBI Director relating to Mrs. Clinton.
To the legacy news media that most Americans still rely on these days, Hillary Clinton’s violations of federal law involving conducting government business and mishandling classified material on an unsecured private server is old news, except for their attempts to pin everything to Trump/Russian collusion. The alternative media (Daily Caller, Huffington Post, Hot Air – Mark Levin) and others view it differently. The investigation was closed as nothing to see here by Director Comey. Still most people, including legal scholars on all sides, but not the legacy media of course, believed and still do that Mrs. Clinton should have been held accountable for breaking federal laws but, according to Director Comey:
Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
I guess. Maybe what he meant was that a reasonable prosecutor would appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate a lie called a leak only to let the known leaker walk. Amazingly, the FBI gave immunity to Clinton Aides, in return for nada which also amazed some legal scholars and prosecutors. So Attorney General Lynch met with Bill Clinton (CNN, Washington Times) to discuss their grandchildren after which Director Comey schooled us on what a reasonable prosecutor would do.
It is not just the mail server and mishandling of classified information, but also questionable corruption of the Clinton Foundation itself. It is the Uranium One deal and more cash to the Clintons (World Net Daily, New York Times) and we didn’t even make it down the bribe, or speech fee list. Damn Russians have been working hard to make the Clintons look bad. Sure would like to know how they did that.
And, make no mistake. Comey is knee deep in the surveillance of Trump and associates as far back as July 2016. How could he not be aware? He would be an incredibly stupid FBI Director if he wasn’t.
Mr. President you have over 2000 appointments to fill. Git jiggy widdit.
© 2017 J. D. Pendry