October 3, 2022

The “selective memory” of James Comey

Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee the day after the first presidential debate. The hearing, chaired by Senator Lindsay Graham was called to question Comey about the investigation of Crossfire Hurricane, otherwise known as “Russian collusion.”

Mr. Comey seemed to suffer from “selective” memory as Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) labeled it. It’s really a Democrat strategy refined by Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the 90’s.

Comey’s answers to probing questions from Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Blackburn, and others were usually “I don’t recall” or “that’s all I remember” or “I don’t know for sure.” He pointed the committee to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report on the FISA warrant process to spy on Carter Page.

Although Comey could not remember any items that would implicate him in inappropriate behavior he seemed to be able to recall enough to deny that there was no exculpatory evidence in Carter Page’s emails. When reminded that FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith had recently pled guilty to tampering one of Page’s emails to remove the exculpatory information, Comey definitely remembered that there was no CIA confirmation that Page worked for them. But there was, and Clinesmith admitted it.

Representative Peter King (R-NY), familiar with the former FBI director, was surprised that Comey didn’t recall much of anything. He described Comey as a person with an amazing and detail-oriented memory.

Rather than try to get to the bottom of the issues the IG report revealed, the Democrats on the committee used their time to attack the president and Attorney General William Barr. Even as Republican senators tried to get to the bottom of the FBI spying on the Trump campaign, Democrats coddled and gave Comey opportunities to run their most recent arguments against the Trump administration.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dick Blumenthal (R-CT) led Comey to discuss the president’s $400 million-plus debt implying that the president would be a security risk.

Blumenthal also brought up white supremacists and Chris Wallace’s question during the presidential debate and he and Comey “tched-tched” together about how racist President Trump is.

Sen Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the ranking member of the committee, defended the FBI’s actions in pursuing Crossfire Hurricane while ignoring the newly declassified information that Hillary Clinton may have been colluding with the Russians to damage the Trump campaign. She denied that the Steele Dossier played a significant part in the investigation, even though the Horowitz report detailed the dossier as the main evidence used for granting FISA warrants to investigate Carter Page.

The Democrat strategy of lying, denying, and distracting is undermining the rule of law in the United States. They have nothing but contempt for the country and its institutions, and they are willing to do anything to maintain and increase their power.

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