Dean James at Right Wing Tribune
This is bizarre. Former FBI Director James Comey says he doesn’t want to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report find President Trump to be a criminal.
“Even though I believe Mr. Trump is morally unfit to be president of the United States, I’m not rooting for Mr. Mueller to demonstrate that he is a criminal,” Comey wrote in an opinion piece for The New York Times released on Thursday.
He also said that he doesn’t want the report to “clear” Trump of any wrongdoing.
“I’m also not rooting for Mr. Mueller to ‘clear’ the president. I’m not rooting for anything at all, except that the special counsel be permitted to finish his work, charge whatever cases warrant charging and report on his work.”
Comey says he doesn’t care one way or the other whether special counsel Robert Mueller finds evidence that President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election or obstructed the FBI’s collusion probe.
Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, wrote that what’s at stake with the Mueller report is the “apolitical administration of justice.”
“I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent. I also don’t care,” Comey wrote.
“I care only that the work be done, well and completely.”
The former FBI director added: “I am rooting for a demonstration to the world — and maybe most of all to our president and his enablers — that the United States has a justice system that works because there are people who believe in it and rise above personal interest and tribalism. That system may reach conclusions they like or it may not, but the apolitical administration of justice is the beating heart of this country.”
The Daily Caller reports that the claim is at odds with the former FBI director’s testimony about his actions shortly after being fired by Trump in May 2017.
Comey testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2017 that he leaked memos he wrote after conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter, I didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey testified June 8, 2017.
Comey instructed his friend, Daniel Richman, to give the Times a memo he wrote about a conversation he had with Trump on Feb. 14, 2017. Comey claimed Trump asked him to shut down an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Comey’s ploy worked, as Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel May 17, 2017.
Though Comey clearly pushed for the special counsel’s probe, he now claims that he has no preference as to what Mueller will write in a report of the 22-month-long investigation.
Comey, who oversaw the FBI’s collusion investigation for more than nine months until his firing, said that he has “no idea” whether Mueller will conclude that Trump knowing colluded with Russia. He also does not know whether Trump obstructed justice.
Fox News reported that Comey went on to say that while he doesn’t think Congress should not try to impeach the president, he hopes Trump is not impeached before the end of his term because supporters would see that as a “coup.”
“If Mr. Trump were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup, and it would drive those people farther from the common center of American life, more deeply fracturing our country,” Comey wrote.
Trump on Wednesday said Mueller’s report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as “ridiculous.”
“Let it come out, let people see it,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Ohio. “Let’s see whether or not it’s legit.”
What a fricking mess.
Comey’s clear mission was to protect Hillary Clinton at all costs.
What a pile of trash.