“No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas]. This applied to social, video, editorial, and MoneyStream. No exceptions. I will lay out a workflow Monday.”
This memo was sent following a Breitbart News investigation which forced the retraction of a fake news story claiming the U.S. Senate was investigating an associate of President Donald Trump for alleged ties to Russia
CNN issued a retraction for their now-deleted story this week following an investigation by Breitbart News, saying in a statement released Friday night, “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund. That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
In wake of story retraction, CNNMoney exec editor sends memo to staff mandating all "Russia-related content" must be cleared by him or VP pic.twitter.com/2Y6QMZj1h5
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.
Senate sent a letter Thursday to James Comey’s ‘middle man leaker to media’, Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman, demanding he provide them with the original memo he supposedly leaked to CNN on Comey’s say-so.
Sharyl Attkisson: Seems strange that Comey wd give his memo to friend to give to NYT but not give to Congress; now says he has no copy
A bipartisan group of powerful senators is asking the man believed to have helped ex-FBI Director James Comey leak his infamous “let this go” memo to the media to produce that memo for them.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-DE) — the chairs and ranking Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committe and its National Security Subcommittee — sent a letter Thursday to Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman demanding he provide them with the original memo he supposedly leaked to CNN on Comey’s say-so.
The letter calls the memo, reported to describe President Donald Trump telling Comey to go easy on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, “relevant to the Judiciary Committee’s ongoing investigative efforts.”
The letter also demanded all other memoranda Comey may have provided Richman, and gave him only until midnight Friday. Breitbart News cannot confirm or deny if Richman complied with the Senators’ demands.
Richman confirmed to multiple news outlets Thursday that he was the “friend” whom Comey enlisted to leak the memo to the press. This ended speculation that began immediately after Comey admitted under oath he had leaked the memo containing his account of conversations between himself and President Donald Trump. Comey claimed that his hope in doing so, immediately after he was fired, was to force the appointment of a special counsel, which has now come to pass in the person of Comey’s predecessor as head of the FBI, Robert Mueller.
A big thing: Comey refused to state whether he believed that President Trump’s request to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn amounted to obstruction of justice — saying it was a question for the investigation’s special counsel Bob Mueller — but he called it “a very disturbing thing, very concerning.”
Another big thing: After his firing and this Trump tweet, Comey asked a close friend of his — Columbia law professor Daniel Richman — to leak the content of his memos to the media with the hope of triggering the appointment of a special counsel.
James Comey documented all his conversations with Donald Trump but never with Obama. Why? Hoping to find some Russian gems to use against Trump?
James Comey on President Trump: “I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo.Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. ”
Comey on Obama: “I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) … In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions.”
Comey said he only spoke with Obama twice during his presidency, but talked to Trump nine times within four months of his.
He explained why he documented the conversations he had with Trump.
“I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo,” Comey writes. “To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward.”
“This had not been my practice in the past,” he continued. “I spoke alone with President Obama twice in person (and never on the phone) — once in 2015 to discuss law enforcement policy issues and a second time, briefly, for him to say goodbye in late 2016. In neither of those circumstances did I memorialize the discussions. I can recall nine one-on-one conversations with President Trump in four months — three in person and six on the phone.”
“I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership,” Comey said in his prepared remarks.
Michael Schmidt, the New York Times “journalist, on so-called Comey memo to fake news anchor Brian Williams: “Someone that had seen [the memo] had recounted details to me.”
America got punked by this NYT squirrel Michael Schmidt with his James Comey memo, although you can’t blame him when it’s the entire media from both sides who decided to ignore the most crucial part of his story: the memo was recounted to Schmidt over the phone a Comey associate, the memo was never verified, never seen or read by him, but being a Trump hit piece, that’s all that matters.
Schmidt has been called out for getting a story wildly wrong before thanks to his anonymous sources. Schmidt, citing his anonymous federal law enforcement sources, claimed that one of the San Bernardino terrorists had talked about jihad openly. She didn’t.
His boss even reprimanded him and called for “systematic changes” to the way Schmidt and Carlos Slim’s blog use anonymous sources.
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Schmidt’s open admissions on MSNBC confirm GotNews reporting Wednesday that Schmidt hasn’t in fact seen the relevant Comey documents.
Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced that former FBI Director, James Comey was asked to testify in a hearing next Wednesday at 9:30 AM EST. The committee also requested that Andrew McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, hand over any related documents prepared by Mr. Comey about his communications with senior officials from the White House and Justice Department regarding the Russia investigation — including the so-called Comey memo.
The New York Times reported that McCabe was also asked to hand over any related documents including the ‘Comey memo’:
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday invited Mr. Comey to testify in both open and closed-door hearings, offering him the opportunity to address reports Mr. Trump asked him to scuttle the investigation into Mr. Flynn.
The committee also requested that Andrew McCabe, the acting F.B.I. director, hand over any related documents prepared by Mr. Comey about his communications with senior officials from the White House and Justice Department regarding the Russia investigation — including the so-called Comey memo.
Officially noticed a hearing for next Wed at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey. But I still need to speak with him…evidently has a new #