Former FBI Director James Comey has come under a lot of fire before and after his termination by President Donald Trump because the man is either incompetent or corrupt, or possibly both. However, concerning new allegations that he received a memo from Trump asking him to shut down an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, let’s take a step back and ask if Comey perjured himself in front of Congress when he answered a question regarding whether or not he and the bureau were asked to stop doing something for a political reason.
During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017, Comey stated that he had not been asked to stop doing anything for a political reason.
Comey told Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) that neither the Justice Department nor the Attorney General could stop a FBI investigation.
He said it would “be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that – without an appropriate purpose.”
“But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal,” he added. “It’s not happened in my experience.”
It’s not happened in his experience? Yet, in a May 16, 2017 story from the New York Times, a memo that was written in February 2017 from Trump to Comey read, “I hope you can let this go,” which was about the investigation into Michael Flynn.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump wrote to Comey in the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Comey agreed with Trump that Flynn was a “good guy.” However, the White House denied Comey’s testimony in a statement.
“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Glynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the statement read. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”
While NYT called the memo “the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and an F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia,” the problem is that their story is exposing something that we have actual documented video statements from Comey about.
So, we have to ask the question, is the memo legitimate? Second, if it is legitimate, the Comey was clearly lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee and should be charged with perjury. Third, if it isn’t legitimate, then we can simply chalk this up to another fake news story from NYT.
Comey has been fired, but not because of the Flynn situation. In fact, the White House has expressed that Trump wanted to fire him from Day 1. He probably should have done so. Nevertheless, Comey has been one who has acknowledged that Hillary Clinton broke the law with her illegal email server and yet, did not give any recommendation for prosecuting her. She remains at large and heavily involved in politics and funding anti-Trump groups.
The story here is not collusion with Russia by team Trump, nor is it about what Flynn told or didn’t tell Vice President Pence. The story here is about whether Comey was telling the truth or not when he was under oath back in February. Sadly, for Comey, the memo is not an indictment of Trump as much as it is a contradiction of Comey’s own testimony.