Comey tried to reveal Russian tampering months before election
Josh Saul, Max Kutner, Newsweek, Mar 27 2017
FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the presidential election, but Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek. Well before the DHS and the ODNI accused the Russian government of tampering with the election in an Oct 7 statement, Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House’s situation room in June or July. A source with knowledge of the meeting said it included Sec State Jackass Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, DHS Sec Jeh Johnson and national security adviser Susan Rice. The source said:
He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward, what do people think of this?’ The others didn’t like the idea. The White House wanted a coordinated message backed by multiple agencies. An op-ed doesn’t have the same stature, it comes from one person.
The op-ed would not have mentioned whether the FBI was investigating Donald Trump’s campaign workers or others close to him for collusion, a second source with knowledge of the request tells Newsweek. Comey would likely have tried to publish the op-ed in the NYT, the source said, and it would have included much the same information as the
bombshell declassified intelligence report crock of shit released Jan 6, which said Putin tried to influence the presidential election. It said:
Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the Pindosi democratic process, denigrate Sec Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency. … We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for Pres-elect Trump.
The report said the intelligence community had “high confidence” in its judgments. While news outlets reported in June that Russian hackers accessed DNC emails, the intelligence agencies didn’t confirm that the Russian government was trying to influence the election until months later. On Mar 20, Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI had been investigating Russian interference in the elections since July, along with the question of collusion with associates of Trump. Supporters of Hillary Clinton question Comey’s public disclosure of the investigation into her emails at a July press conference, but not of the probe involving Russia and Trump which began that same month. Jarad Geldner of the Demagogic Coalition Against Trump, which filed a complaint against Comey’s disclosures with the DoJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility, says:
This raises a lot of questions. That raises the question of why Comey or the DoJ or the White House felt that it was OK to hold that press conference on Hillary Clinton’s emails but not to go public with this.
But the source with knowledge of Comey’s request says that the FBI director wanted the Russian interference made public earlier and that it was a sluggish White House that denied Comey and delayed the announcement. That source says:
The White House shut it down. They did their usual — nothing.
Asked about Comey’s push to write an op-ed over the summer, a FBI spox said by email:
In general we have not been adding to the director’s comments regarding Russia at the Mar 20 hearing.
Obama Administration Blocked Comey From Revealing “Russian Tampering” Before Election
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Mar 29 2017
The narrative of the “Russian hacking” of the election has been thrown for a loop following a report the Obama administration blocked Comey’s attempts to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s alleged campaign to influence the election, Newsweek reports citing two unidentified sources with knowledge of the matter. Of course, it remains unclear how and if the election outcome would have changed had Comey published the report. Recent reports have suggested that despite allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, nothing has been found. In other words, the best that Comey could reveal is that someone may have been trying to hack the DNC, and eventually, John Podesta. And yet, those hacks did nothing to change the actual voting process, they merely shed light on the illicit dealings within the Clinton campaign and the infighting within the DNC, which as we now know colluded internally, with the press and with the Clinton campaign against Bernie Sanders. In any event, the ball will now be in the Demagogs’ court, with fingers pointing right at the White House. That would be the Obama White House, for those who have lost track of the timeline. It was a sluggish White House that denied Comey and delayed the announcement. Of course the biggest question raised is why Obama blocked Comey in the first place. Or rather, make that rhetorical question. While we doubt that Obama will suffer the Demagogs’ wrath as a result of this latest story, it will be sure to keep the “Russian hacking” narrative topical for at least a few more days, before yet another “Russia story” emerges and then another and so on, until hopefully one day the bipartisan Senate probe into alleged Russian meddling “gets to the bottom of this.”