James Comey Lies in Washington Post Column Accusing Trump of Lying
In a column defending himself and the FBI from the very troubling charges of wrongdoing coming from Republicans, former FBI Director James Comey told readers of the Washington Post that President Trump is a “liar who doesn’t care what damage he does to vital institutions.” But you don’t have to read far into Comey’s article to find the disgraced G-Man himself lying about the origins of the Trump/Russia probe.
“Russia engaged in a massive effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” Comey writes. “Near as I can tell, there is only one U.S. leader who still denies that fact. The FBI saw the attack starting in mid-June 2016, with the first dumping of stolen emails. In late July, when we were hard at work trying to understand the scope of the effort, we learned that one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers knew about the Russian effort seven weeks before we did.”
First lie: That “one U.S. leader still denies that fact.” This is an obvious allusion to Trump, who is on record saying that Russia did exactly what Comey is describing in this paragraph.
But that’s far less significant than the second lie, in which Comey contends that “one of Trump’s foreign policy advisers knew about the Russian effort seven weeks before we did.”
That refers to George Papadopoulos, who blabbed to an Australian ambassador that summer that Russians had Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. There has never been any conclusive proof connecting Papadopoulos to any Russian, much less one who would actually know what the Kremlin was up to. Furthermore, there is no indication whatsoever that Papadopoulos was talking about the DNC hack. Rather, every available indication is that he was talking about Clinton’s private server and the emails she wiped from that machine before handing it over to the feds. Russia, to our current knowledge, never had those emails.
Comey lies again in the next paragraph – or at least stretches the truth.
“In April 2016,” Comey writes, “that adviser talked to a Russian agent in London, learned that the Russians had obtained ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails and that the Russians could assist the Trump campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to Clinton. Of course, nobody from the Trump campaign told us this (or about later Russian approaches); we had to learn it, months after the fact, from an allied ambassador.”
That Russian agent? London-based professor, and highly-secretive figure, Joseph Mifsud. While Mifsud is suspected to have connections to the Russian government, there is at least as much evidence that he is a Western intelligence asset as there is connecting him to the Putin ranks. And if he is more the former than the latter, than there is every reason to suspect that he was sent to meet with Papadopoulos not by the Kremlin…but by the Obama intelligence agencies.
Comey did not write this screed to safeguard the truth or to protect the reputation of the FBI. He wrote it because he is terrified about what the Trump administration is going to make public over the coming weeks and months. He wants to poison the well against the very thought that he might have done something wrong…or even treasonous.
Well. We shall see.