- James Comey lied when he said he had only written memos about Trump. Comey wrote memos about his meetings with George W. Bush.
- Comey to Bush about his friend Bob Mueller: “I’m gonna resign, ’cause I cannot sit here and openly support the continuation and expansion of the warrantless wiretap program. By the way, Bob Mueller’s gonna resign, too. Robert Mueller’s gonna resign.”
Comey was at odds with George W. Bush. Back when John Ashcroft was the attorney general, he was in a hospital. It was a life or death situation. Comey then became the acting attorney general, and there was a controversial reauthorization of warrantless wiretaps, which Comey opposed and Bush was in favor of, and Comey was threatening to resign. Now, Comey wrote memos about his meetings with George W. Bush!
James Comey lied before the committee last week when he said he had only written memos about Trump. He said he had never written memos. But somebody named Barton Gellman has written a book for which Comey was a major source, and that’s how all of this is known. That Comey did memorialize meetings he had with Bush because it was… In fact, he references the grandfather clock in the Oval Office in the memo he wrote about his meeting with Bush just like the grandfather clock in the Oval Office is mentioned in his memo meeting with Trump.
It’s the meeting with George W. Bush where Comey went in and said, “I disapprove,” and Bush essentially said, “It doesn’t matter. I’m president. I run the executive branch.” Comey said, “I know. I know you do. But I’m gonna resign, ’cause I cannot sit here and openly support the continuation and expansion of the warrantless wiretap program.” And Bush said, “Well, okay.” And then Comey said, “By the way, Bob Mueller’s gonna resign, too. Robert Mueller’s gonna resign.”
This is back in George W. Bush’s first term. “And, by the way, Mueller’s gonna resign with me.” Bush said, “Well, I’m really glad you told me that.” Comey and Mueller are buddies. They are more than colleagues. They are buddies. Anybody who thinks that this independent counsel investigation is gonna be “fair,” quote, unquote… There’s no reason for one, number one. Number two, anybody who thinks this… Let me ask you a question. Have you ever heard…?
And I’ve asked ever legal beagle I know. Have you ever heard of any independent counsel investigation that concluded with the independent counsel saying, “You know what? We’re done! We found nothing. Nobody violated a law. Everybody involved here is clear and we’re closing the file.” Has that ever happened? No. It can’t happen. After all the money that’s spent, after all the political lead-in for the necessity of the thing, they have to find a crime somewhere. Hello, Scooter Libby, and the Valerie Plame so-called leak.
Newt Gingrich is on a warpath about this and he should be. But there aren’t any other Republicans on the warpath about this. Do you know that Trump could fire the independent counsel if he wanted to? Obviously, he’d be advised not to do that. “Can’t fire Comey and then the independent counsel! It wouldn’t look good.” But he could. He runs the executive branch.