The fact that there are still redactions should make Comey a little nervous.
Comey maintains that the papers he ‘passed along’ to his friend, Columbia University prof (to be later released to the press) were his own, private papers.
He claims they were not classified, and that he has every right to disclose them.
So why are they still being redacted as Classified?
The released memos are marked ‘Declassified In Part’.
Ok, so what’s in them? Besides Comey’s claim that:
“I said I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves,” — Washington Examiner
What they do or do not reveal will depend on who you ask. They read a little like Rorschach’s Inkblot Test. You get out of them what you’re looking for.
You can make up your own mind by reading the Full docs yourself:
The Left-leaning reports — which ‘curiously’ tend to be favored in the first few pages of a Google search — love any tabloid details they can seize upon.
Former FBI Director James Comey documented a conversation with President Donald Trump last year in which he said the president recalled Vladimir Putin telling him that Russia has “some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.” — Lead paragraph from Politico
The collusion-and-Comey obsessed CNN had an entirely predictable reaction:
Only special counsel Robert Mueller can decide whether the stunning accounts of conversations in which the President got the then-FBI director alone in the White House and leaned on him amount to obstruction of justice. — Source: CNN
For all of CNN’s claims to be a right-down-the-middle unbiased news source, it reads more like an op-ed piece.
Curiously enough, CNN was mentioned in the memos:
Newly released memos written by former FBI director James Comey indicate that an early 2017 briefing for then-President-elect Donald Trump about the contents of an infamous dossier was held so it could be leaked to media outlets eager to report on the dossier’s allegations. In multiple memos, Comey specifically mentioned that CNN had the dossier and wanted a “news hook” that would enable the network to report on its most salacious allegations even though they had not been verified.
“I said the Russians allegedly had tapes involving him and prostitutes at the Presidential Suite at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow from about 2013,” Comey wrote of his conversation with Trump in a classified memo that was released in redacted form late Thursday. “I said I wasn’t saying this was true, only that I wanted him to know both that it had been reported and that the reports were in many hands.” — The Federalist [emphasis added]
Even then the ‘impartial’ CNN was chomping at the bit to go public with a story they KNEW was both salacious and something they could not prove. What hook did CNN eventually use to ‘break’ this so-called dirty dossier ‘story’?
Of the many thousands of articles promoting a still-unproven theory of treasonous collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, few were as significant as CNN’s January 10 story “Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him.” Extremely well-placed sources told CNN that the Obama administration’s top intelligence appointees had briefed Obama, Biden, and Trump all about a dossier they took incredibly seriously and considered credible. And it sounded really bad, as the headline indicated. — The Federalist
They didn’t say it was true. Slander is more sublte. They only had to say that some authority figure thinks it sounds credible. A year later, CNN is STILL talking about ‘pee tapes’ as often as they can possibly get away with saying it. The smear of Trump is more important than the facts of the allegation.
The leftist media voices are convinced they have a smoking gun proving a smoking gun and collusion. That would be entirely consistent with their tunnel-vision commitment to the #Resistance since, oh, roughly November 9, 2016.
Trump’s tweet was that there was ‘no collusion’.
James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
Which had one response so perfect this editor just HAD to include it:
Trump’s critics don’t see how Trump sees this as exoneration.
Have they considered this reason?
Nowhere in the extremely detailed accounts, which included notes about Comey’s ‘impressions’ of conversations had he specified any reference, or even specific concerns about obstruction.
Even his reference to ‘satellites’, which he took to mean Trump’s associates, Comey referenced that Trump wanted to know the truth, not that he wanted the Truth suppressed.
As we said, we have confidence in the above-average intelligence of our Clash readers.
We know you can make up your own mind by reading the Full docs yourself
What do you think?