Comey's performance absurd

If you watched FBI Director James Comey give evidence before Congress yesterday, you may be wondering about his knowledge of the law. But, if you receive your opinions from the corporate media, maybe not.

 

James Comey, once again, clearly stated that the FBI knows that the Clinton team mishandled classified documents. He specifically stated the Huma Abedin routinely emailed classified documents to Antony Weiner, who printed them out, handed the hard copies to Huma, who in turn give them to Hillary Clinton. This is prima facie evidence of criminal offences. When pressed on this, Comey stated that the FBI had closed the case because there was no evidence of criminal intent. Yet the law does not require criminal intent or any intent whatsoever. These are crimes regardless of intent.

 

Comey's performance - that's exactly what it was - before Congress was absurd. It is not just that everyone is supposed to not notice that the FBI and the Department of Justice do not know the law. That's just the tip of an iceberg of absurdity. For example, under questioning from Senator Grassley, Comey was forced into claiming that a private citizen, using freedom of information legislation, was entitled to more information from the Director of the FBI than a Congressional committee. And no one laughed.

 

Comey's performance made a mockery of US democracy. It made a mockery of Congress. It made of mockery of the notion that the FBI, and the government generally, serves the people. You could not make this stuff up. Yet the corporate media treat it as serious. They repeat his absurd assertions with reverence, babbling on about Russia being the greatest threat to America.

 

The notion that the Director of the FBI is as incompetent and inane as Comey pretended to be before the Committee is simply incredible. For a Director of the FBI to represent himself as such a buffoon can only mean that he is determined to cover something up, something far more important than his dignity or respect for the FBI and the Department of Justice as competent law enforcement agencies or the authority of Congress.

 

Comey's performance was absurd - and the absurdity had to be deliberate. No mature adult, let alone a senior law enforcement officer, is as inane as Comey pretended to be.

 

 

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Comments (31)

  1. Munkyman

    There IS a legal issue at play here that could absolve Huma of criminal wrong doing.
    In the US we have something called spousal privilege, it basically means that it’s assumed your spouse knows what you do, it is why when a person is cleared for security, their families are cleared with them & can be the sole reason they are rejected. If I were here defense that’s the 1st argument out of my mouth, he was merely a 3rd arm of Ms. Huma, no wrong was done. Do I agree with it, I don’t like it, but again it’s simply unrealistic to assume a spouse will not know what their spouse knows…higher levels of operational clearance do take this into consideration. I still think it was political/face saving for the nation to choose to not prosecute.

    May 04, 2017
    1. stevehayes13

      This rationale is creative, but wrong. Huma Abedin was clearly mishandling classified material, endangering state security.

      May 05, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        The problem with that is all of the documents were classified post facto

        May 05, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          No. Some were classified retrospectively, not all. By the way, Comey was entirely clear as to the reason the FBI chose not to prosecute: lack of evidence of criminal intent.

          May 07, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            Ayup, if you have no reason to believe that what you’re doing is a crime & it causes no provable damage, then criminal charges are hard to pursue.

            May 07, 2017
            1. stevehayes13

              Oh dear, the law (as I pointed out in the OP) does not require criminal intent.

              May 07, 2017
            2. Munkyman

              No the law does not, a Jury should.

              May 07, 2017
            3. stevehayes13

              Charges have to be brought long before a jury even gets to hear the case.

              May 07, 2017
            4. Munkyman

              Remember I’d like to see this tried & someone spend time behind bars over this, at least as long as Chelsea manning has.

              May 07, 2017
            5. Munkyman

              Comey doesn’t decide if charges are filed or not, he just gives a recommendation to the AG. The AG can file over the protests of the FBI or with their encouragement.

              May 07, 2017
            6. stevehayes13

              I doubt that Clinton and her co-conspirators will ever face charges.

              May 07, 2017
            7. stevehayes13

              I know Comey does not have the authority to decide whether or not charges are brought, but he did decide – just another example of double standards.

              May 07, 2017
            8. Munkyman

              & there’s where any reasonable argument I can imagine falls short. I figure it was decided & he was told to fall on it.

              May 07, 2017
            9. stevehayes13

              At the outset of the scandal, when Obama was claiming he knew nothing (even though he was one of the send/receive emailers), he stated categorically that Hillary Clinton had done nothing wrong.

              May 07, 2017
  2. Munkyman

    Chinese industry & right behind it Indian industry are the greatest threats to the world… Africa is desperately trying to catch up & burn itself to the ground trying.

    May 04, 2017
    1. mrmacq

      sorry
      where did china and india come into this again?

      May 04, 2017
      1. Munkyman

        representing the greatest threat to the world with heavy metal pollution of the seas, we are quickly approaching a level that will simply kill all the green algae & all the vertebrates, but probably not ALL the invertebrates. Then there’s the serious issues of air pollution that they have in Spades… or Hearts depending on what you play; particulate pollution the clouds of lung corroding local smog. Since they have the world’s largest populations, by themselves representing more than 2/7ths the world’s humanity a “crime” such as this visited on their own citizens & against the entirety of humanity should the seas quit providing oxygen before they choke themselves out, THAT would certainly qualify as the Greatest man made threat to the world.

        May 05, 2017
        1. mrmacq

          all fine and good spunky but
          this thread is about Comey, the FBI Clinton mishandled classified documents. and emails

          May 05, 2017
          1. Munkyman

            Did you write it? Nope, then you have no right to police it. You asked how they tied in, I explained the link through actual greatest threat. Don’t like it, don’t bother me & you won’t have to deal with the answer.

            May 05, 2017
            1. mrmacq

              you just cant say oops can you?

              May 05, 2017
            2. mrmacq

              “…greatest threat to America.”
              .
              not the world, spunky
              ’murica

              May 05, 2017
            3. mrmacq

              kinda funny spunky
              you, a yank, telling a non yank that they shouldnt be “policing” the thread since it aint mine
              hold it
              the worlds not ’muricas oyster yet you buggers figure its your right to police it
              PS
              wasnt “policing” but rather was curious as to where the tie in were
              now i understand…there was none

              May 05, 2017
  3. wirelessguru1

    Look steve, Comey is just showing the sheeople (the 99%) that the 1% ruling elites are above the law. That needed to be clearly shown and disclosed for all to see. WAKE UP!

    May 04, 2017
    1. mrmacq

      too funny neo
      you truly believe youre superior to steve when it comes to intellect?

      May 07, 2017
      1. wirelessguru1

        This mrmacq demon is a child predator.

        May 10, 2017
    2. stevehayes13

      Well now that Comey has been fired for his mishandling of the case, what does that show the people?

      May 10, 2017
      1. wirelessguru1

        It shows the people that Trump is now trying to do something about that.
        CAN YOU GRASP THAT!?

        May 10, 2017
        1. stevehayes13

          “trying to do something” is not very specific.

          May 11, 2017
          1. wirelessguru1

            Of course it is not specific. We don’t tell you what we are going to do, so you just have to keep guessing…

            May 11, 2017
            1. stevehayes13

              Talking about yourself in the first person plural is a sign of delusions of grandeur.

              May 11, 2017
            2. wirelessguru1

              Well, I AM God, so what else did you expect!?
              ..and by “we” I was referring to Me (God) and Trump. Wake up!
              Hello, hello, is anybody home!!!???

              May 11, 2017