How did this one slip through my sight? Time Magazine reported yesterday that A.G. Barr “declines” (for now) to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey on “Leaked information” concerning memos Comey wrote prior to his termination.
The Justice Department has declined to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey over his handling of a series of memos he wrote that documented personal interactions with President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.
The memos, some of which Justice Department officials later determined contained classified information, were written in the weeks and months before Comey’s firing by Trump in May 2017. A week after he was fired, Comey authorized a friend to describe the contents of one of the memos to the news media. He has said his hope in having one of the memos become public was to spur the appointment of a special counsel to run the Justice Department’s investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Where the hell to even begin?
How about here. If an FBI Director had initiated an investigation into the president, and that president had obstructed justice (or at least made a great attempt at it), had that FBI Director NOT made a memorandum right after the event, the FBI Director is either incompetent to hold the position, or “in” on the cover-up. It is one or the other.
At this level, no one “plays.” Everything should be written, and he knew that.
Barr knows it, too, by the way. That may well be one reason that Barr “declined” to prosecute.
Second, through Barr’s confirmation hearings – when he knew nothing at all about the situation – Barr fully admitted he planned to investigate the investigators. He said it to please … well, Trump for one, Trump supporters for two, and probably half the Senators at that hearing. Yet Trump supporters are taking the investigation as “evidence” that Comey was dirty and there is more to come. Barr SAID he would “investigate” the matter, now he “declines” to prosecute.
Barr’s play worked perfectly, the base is chomping at the bit, without thinking for shit.
Third, Barr’s decision to “not prosecute” was surely made out of self-preservation as much as anything. Barr surely noted the calendar demonstrating he was 18 months from possible replacement and he likely knows that federal crimes have a five year statute of limitations (generally). How vulnerable would Barr feel as possible soon to be ex-A.G had he orchestrated prosecution of a respected FBI leader, facing investigation of HIM in the future?
If he’s even half as smart as he thinks he is, that alone would lead to him “declining” to prosecute Comey. Right now, I might have some respect had Barr committed to prosecuting Comey precisely because I’d know that Barr would face tight scrutiny over it should he (please baby Jesus, please) be replaced in January of 2021.
Fourth, Comey likely DID make a mistake in having his friend release the memos to the media. That was rather dumb. There are a few legal loopholes in that equation, however. Comey might state that he wrote those memos precisely because he feared retribution as a private citizen, and wrote an “official” memo to keep in the file. Change one word between the two memos and he can state he kept the official file “secret.” That is certainly against the “spirit of the law,” but so is a president who fires the FBI Director because he “declines to end” the damn prosecution of the president in the first place!
But this is inevitable.
There is no avoiding situations like this when one has a president that can’t give a single fck about prior norms, constitutional concerns, or the fate of the nation’s future over his own personal welfare, and when one has a Republican party willing to cover that same president for anything. (So far).
One A.G. determines he will not prosecute a police chief (in essence) over what was an impossible situation? Investigating the investigators because of political opportunism? Firing an FBI Director mid term when that FBI Director is investigating you? (10 year terms were created precisely because Congress knew that it would be “bad” to have an FBI Director beholden to any president). This entire “matter” becomes unavoidable.
You know it, I know it, the Right does not know it. And that’s precisely why Barr allowed people to “know” the reasons they investigated Comey. As if the investigation alone proves “he really did it,” and then as proof, they state they’re still looking at “some things.”
We are so fkt.
As I wrote earlier this week, if we as a nation do not “fire” this president through the next election, then all who did not vote for Trump should fear the nation that did vote for him. Because that nation has lost its damn mind, and has the requisite military power to have a true psychotic “break” that breaks the globe.
Rant, article, over. Have at it in comments. I am sure I missed ten other considerations.