If the game Trump was playing was obstruction of justice (not collusion) then it’s Mueller and Comey who have the legal problems.
And I assert this with confidence as one who has – and who will continue to in this article – argued all along the FBI has created a legal fiasco for itself.
And all this superb content done without myself bothering to give you, the reader, analysis of the convoluted legal facts.
As I predicted back in May of 2017, Comey never had evidence of collusion with Russia. His real plan to threaten Trump with impeachment (and then launch a Comey 2020 Presidential campaign which I also predicted in May 2017) was to provoke Trump into firing him and then later having a special counsel charge Trump with obstructing of justice because of Comey’s firing.
From May 2017:
Comey’s strategy was a variant taken from the playbook of his mentor and friend, Patrick Fitzgerald. The Fitzgerald strategy is to spend years kindling a media firestorm with limited, but carefully selected, leaks about a major investigation into the supposed crimes of a Republican White House, but only to end up nailing a few suspects on investigative crimes unrelated to the major felony the media was yearning for.
This was Fitzgerald’s approach to the bogus Valerie Plame “outing”; I believe it was Comey’s strategy in the bogus election investigation.
But with modifications.
Instead of being satisfied with exonerating the White House for the underlying crime but nailing advisers on unrelated charges as Fitzgerald did in “Plamegate“, Comey hoped to bring down Trump on an obstruction of justice charge; charges that could either leave his Presidency sandbagged with a large scandal or actually lead to impeachment.
Comey’s reported actions are consistent with passive-aggressive attempts to anger Trump in order to get him to make statements that could be construed as interfering with the investigation.
Based on what has been reported about their private conversations, Comey appeared very coy responding to Trump’s questions about what state the investigation was in, who was under investigation, whether the intelligence probe was being converted to a criminal case, or whether Trump himself was being criminally investigated.
Meanwhile, Comey quietly encouraged the media to speculate about the direction of the investigation (such as the urine soaked “dossier”) based on leaks strategically fed to them even though Comey himself had known for months there was no underlying crime.
In public testimony to the Congress, Comey was careful to give as little information as possible.
By keeping the true state of the investigation a very tightly held secret and letting it unnecessarily drag on despite most Congressmen and Senators admitting in public they had seen no evidence of a crime, he hoped to let Trump’s imagination and frustration grow wild in meetings Comey meticulously kept notes about.
Eventually, he planned, Trump would make enough small to medium size (or one obviously over the line) statements that bordered on obstruction for Comey to later argue collectively made for a true case of obstruction.
So much for that obstruction case.
The IG report gives extensive evidence Comey’s Directorship was so questionable that Trump will have no problem spinning (regardless of facts) that Comey deserved to be fired for gross mismanagement.
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