Amid this Russian boogeyman fiasco put forward by the left to undermine Trump and detract from their own massive problems, FBI Director James Comey’s refusal to confirm an investigation into the disturbing leaks highlighted what the real scandal is.
Comey was questioned Monday during a Congressional hearing on alleged Russian election influencing, during which he refused to confirm whether or not the Bureau was investigating the illegal leaks of classified information that outed the name and some details of a conversation had by a private American citizen — former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Rep. Trey Gowdy questioned Comey about whether or not an investigation was taking place. He responded that he did not want to confirm one way or another: “I can’t, but I hope people watching know how seriously we take leaks of classified information.”
He added, “But I don’t want to confirm it by saying that we’re investigating it.”
Huh, that’s interesting. Comey didn’t seem to have the same concern about confirming another investigation.
“That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts,” Comey said in his opening statement Monday.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, pushed for information about who might have known about Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. Flynn refused to say if he briefed Obama on the phone calls, although he confirmed that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates — whom Trump fired for refusing to enforce his immigration executive order — would have had access to the information.
“What I don’t ever want to do is compound what bad people have done and confirm something that’s in the newspaper,” Comey said.
“Because sometimes the newspaper gets it right, [but] there’s a whole lot of wrong information allegedly about classified activities that’s in the newspaper — we don’t call them and correct them, either. That’s another big challenge. But we just don’t go anywhere near it because we don’t want to help and compound the offense that was committed.”
The Examiner continued:
Gowdy argued that he was wrong to stand on such ceremony under the circumstances, particularly given that a major NSA surveillance program is scheduled to expire this year unless Congress reauthorizes the program. Comey emphasized that the program, known as Section 702, has nothing to do with the Flynn scandal, but Gowdy argued that the storyline is still a threat to that program.
“You are 100 percent correct and I am 100 percent correct that that is a distinction that doesn’t make a difference to most of the people watching television,” Gowdy said.
What we are reauthorizing this fall has nothing to do with what we are discussing, other than it is another government program where the people consent to allow government to pursue certain things with the explicit promise it will be protected.
So, you’re right, they’re different, but in the eyes of people watching, it is the U.S. government officials leaking the name of a U.S. citizen … trust me, you and I both want to see it reauthorized. It is in jeopardy if we don’t get this resolved.