The “destroy Trump” media’s latest revelations re Trump and Comey and the mostly-ignored Rich-Wikileaks’ nexus cast a harsh light on Comey and the FBI.
Revelations of the last 24 hours are coming ‘fast and furious’ one might say. Something is playing out between Trump, Comey and the NYT that could potentially involve illegal actions by President Trump or former FBI Director Comey. They most certainly involve a complete failure in journalistic ethics by the NYT.
Also in the news today, there is reason to suspect that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich may have been the source of Wikileaks’ revelations during the 2016 Presidential election. The circumstances of his death, in light of some of the oddities of the FBI investigation into “Russian meddling” are sufficient to give any fair person pause that Rich’s murder might not have been a “failed robbery.”
The curious case of Comey, Trump and the NYT
The NYT ran a blockbuster story today, “Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him To End The Flynn Investigation.” In it, the author claims that Comey recorded in a memo that Trump said:
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. . . . He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The NYT claims that the President’s statement amounted to an order to shut down the investigation. I think that arguable (Ann Althouse’s analysis concurs, and see Prof. Turley on Morning Joe), but regardless, the NYT was on a roll:
The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
That is an incredibly serious allegation of the type for which the progs have been making daily virgin sacrifices since November. It is also an allegation that the NYT has made without any verification, as the reporter who wrote the article admits that he has never seen the Comey memo, nor does it appear that he made any attempt to verify the document with Comey. I don’t think I have ever heard of a paper running such a story. Just for sheer violation of traditional standards of journalism, this makes Rolling Stone look like a paragon of virtue. The NYT had better hope that this is an accurate report or this could be the beginning of their end.
According to the NYT, Comey regularly documented his conversations and meetings with Donald Trump, including a memo about a private meeting that occurred on Feb. 14, the day after Trump fired Michael Flynn from his government post. The NYT claims that Comey “shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates.” That leads to the first question, with whom exactly did Comey share the alleged memos?