Trump Wonders: Is Comey “Very Sick or Very Dumb”?
In a tweet on Friday, President Trump fired off another round of ammunition against his former FBI Director, saying that he badly exposed himself in a Fox News interview with Bret Baier. Comey, who is still out shilling for his new tell-all book, “A Higher Loyalty,” appeared on Baier’s Special Report show, where he was finally subjected to a few of the questions the liberal media hasn’t bothered to ask. Specifically, Comey was asked how it is that he does not consider himself to be a leaker of classified information, since he handed his memos over to his friend Daniel Richman (knowing that they were heading straight for The New York Times).
“I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file,” Comey said. He insisted that the memos were more akin to a private diary and that one memo that has since been redacted due to the presence of classified information “was unclassified” at the time.
This explanation works to get him out of the hot seat in a live television interview, but it doesn’t change the fact that he is currently under investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, who may soon determine that what Comey did was improper, unethical, and quite possibly illegal.
Trump, who has had it up to here with the lionization of this would-be martyr, said Friday, “Is everybody believing what is going on. James Comey can’t define what a leak is. He illegally leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION but doesn’t understand what he did or how serious it is. He lied all over the place to cover it up. He’s either very sick or very dumb. Remember sailor!”
Remember sailor? That’s a strange way to sign your tweets.
But seriously, Trump is likely referencing Kristian Saucier, a former Navy sailor who was put in jail for a year because he took photos of a nuclear submarine that were deemed classified. Trump later pardoned Saucier.
Comey claims that the memos were not classified, but if that were the case, they would have been released in full to the public two weeks ago. Instead, the final version shown to us has redactions on nearly half of the available pages. This is because those pages include references to classified material. Comey’s claim, therefore, is virtually the same as Hillary Clinton’s. Except whereas Clinton merely took her chances by communicating via off-site, unsecured email servers, Comey deliberately sent this classified material to the press. Under his own reasoning for letting Hillary off the hook, Comey would still have to face prosecution for his own “extreme carelessness.”
Not that we expect that he will.