June 7, 2017
The big Comey testimony is tomorrow.
That’s going to be a whopper.
Earlier today, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Jew Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
For anyone keeping score: the body evidence supporting the conspiracy theory that either Russia interfered with the election or Trump helped Russia interfere with the election remains at “absolute zero.”
All of these committees and hearings and tesitmonies and yet not one single piece of evidence has been presented.
This is absolute insanity.
There was nothing especially interesting about today’s hearings, save perhaps the fact that nothing interesting was said in itself being interesting.
Politico has highlights – all of which revolve around trying to draw intrigue from “I can’t answer that” answers.
Coats “never felt pressure” to intervene in the Russia probe. The intelligence chief responded to a report in the Washington Post, which wrote Tuesday that Coats had told associates in March that the president asked him if he could intercede with then-FBI Director James Comey to encourage him to ease up on the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. “My response to that was in my time of service, which is in interacting with the president of the United States or anybody in his administration, I have never been pressured, I have never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation,” Coats said, recounting his reaction to a request for comment from the Post.
Coats suggested he is open to discussing private conversations he may have had with the president but not in a public setting. “I don’t believe that it’s appropriate for me to address that in a public session,” he said.
Rogers says he’s never been directed to do anything “illegal” or “immoral.” The NSA chief declined to “talk about theoreticals” or address private conversations he may have had with the president. “But I will make the following comment,” he said. “In the three-plus years that I have been the director of the National Security Agency, to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believed to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate, and to the best of my recollection during that same period of service, I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so.”
But Coats and Rogers refuse to answer whether Trump asked them to intervene. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sharply questioned the intelligence chiefs and told them, “I actually think if what is being said to the media is untrue, then it is unfair to the president of the United States, and if it is true, then it is something the American people deserve to know and we as an oversight committee need to know in order to conduct our job.” Rubio then pressed Coats and Rogers on whether Trump had ever asked them to intervene in the FBI investigation. The two men refused to answer. “I just hate to keep repeating this” Coats said. “I am willing to come before the committee and tell you what I know and what I don’t know. What I’m not willing to do is share what I think is confidential information.”
Rogers and Coats asked the White House about invoking executive privilege. “The answer I gave today reflects my answer — no one else’s,” Rogers said. “My answer is the exact same,” Coats added. Rogers and Coats told the committee they asked the White House about invoking executive privilege, but they maintained that their testimony reflects their own answers — not the White House’s or anyone else’s. Rosenstein and McCabe said they had not had conversations with the White House about executive privilege.
“I don’t understand why you’re not answering our questions,” an exasperated Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) snapped during a back-and-forth with Rogers, who said he feels “it’s inappropriate” to answer some of the senators’ questions publicly. “What you feel isn’t relevant, admiral,” King said. “What you feel isn’t the answer. The answer is why are you not answering the questions?”
McCabe declined to comment on whether Comey had shared details of his conversations with the president with him, including an allegation that Trump asked Comey for his loyalty. “Sir, I’m not gonna comment on conversations the director may have had with the president,” McCabe said. “I know he’s here to testify in front of you tomorrow. You’ll have an opportunity to ask him then.”
“It’s so jarring” to see reports that President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with an ongoing FBI investigation, Vice Chairman Mark Warner said in his opening statement, in which he informed the four officials that he would be asking questions outside the topic of Wednesday’s hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. “I’ll be asking … about those reports today because if any of this is true it would be an appalling and improper use of our intelligence professionals, an act, if true, that could erode the public’s trust in our intelligence institutions.”
None of this even matters.
The Pilot has already washed his hands, and Trump is to be crucified.
What will matter is if Comey perjures himself tomorrow, and Trump is able to prove he’s perjured himself.
Because then you have reason to open in investigation into Comey, which would tie him to the rest of the Jewish conspiracy to manufacture a Russian conspiracy. These people are all communicating, they are planning this, they have been planning this at least since Trump got the nomination, and there are digital records of those communications somewhere.
All that is needed is a way to flip this, so that it is the conspirators who are getting investigated, instead of the conspirators doing the investigating.
And proof of Comey perjuring himself would open that door.
The only real question in all of this is: does Trump have control?
Because if he does, I’m pretty sure there’s a guy who has a plan to save this sinking ship.