The Comey Memo

May 16, 2017

A message from Mike Huckabee:  This is a guest blog post from Matt Wilson.  Matt is a brilliant attorney who once worked for me. He has powerful questions the NY Times ought to ask. Please read.

The New York Times is reporting tonight that President Trump asked former Director Comey to stop the Flynn investigation.

In effect, the Times, based solely upon the word of James Comey, is insinuating, if not directly stating, that the President obstructed justice.

I have serious questions about James Comey's credibility in this regard.

18 USC § 4 reads: "Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

This is called misprision of a felony.

Concealing knowledge of a felony and failure to report is, itself, a felony.


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First, if the former FBI director was taking notes of meetings where the President had allegedly told him to drop a criminal investigation (i.e., to obstruct justice), then why did Comey wait until now to reveal this? In fact, by keeping his notes private until now, he was concealing them. Right? (That is the first element of misprision -- concealment.)

Second, if Comey did not reveal this information "as soon as possible ... to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States," then that means only one of two things ---

(A) Comey did not think the President had committed any crime, or

(B) Comey was committing a crime, himself, (i.e. misprision of a felony) in order to have something to hold over the President.

On the other hand, if he did, in fact, reveal this to a judge, or to the Attorney General, or to any other person in authority, then by revealing this information to the press, Comey may be impeding an active investigation.

So if these memos actually do exist, this does not look good for Comey. Which makes me wonder if they do, in fact, exist.

If I were Comey, I would certainly lawyer up and plead the 5th if he is called to testify before Congress.

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  • Betty

    06/11/2017 01:21 PM

    I thought it strange that the leaks were never stopped or even
    investigated by FBI. The belief Comey has that if he deems materials
    need to be leaked to the public no matter what status they have is
    his to decide alone regardless of the law, then his subordinates would
    naturally decide and feel free do to the same. He alone is responsible
    for the leaks of any kind by his lack of action and his attitude toward
    those leaks.

  • Erica

    06/04/2017 08:18 PM

    Do not trust comey

  • Rick Guilbaeu

    05/21/2017 09:41 AM

    Let me answer a key question presented by the article:

    “If the former FBI director was taking notes of meetings where the President had allegedly told him to drop a criminal investigation (i.e., to obstruct justice), then why did Comey wait until now to reveal this?”

    Comey didn’t reveal that Trump attempted to get him to drop investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and the Russian for one and only one reason; he was protecting the integrity of the investigation. If it became publicly known early on that the President of the United States was attempting to stop an investigation the agents working the case might conclude that the President had something to hide and/or might be intimidated by the possibility of retribution. For an investigation to be fair and through, neither element should have been introduced into the balance.

    Comey made some mistakes in handling the public disclosures he made during the election, but both leading Republicans and Democrats who know him vouch for his integrity. On the other hand Trump lies continually. In addition, Comey not only documented his conversations with Trump immediately after they occurred, he shared what had occurred with close associates at the time. So if a decision has to be made as to who is telling the truth, Trump or Comey, I will go with Comey every time.

  • Ginger Hindman

    05/18/2017 11:06 AM

    Yes, um let me create a memo for let's see October 2016 right now I mean back then I mean it is dated for October 2016. I destroyed Hilary's emails and her laptops and I almost got away with it then Hilary's aide had to transfer it to her husbands laptop so I had to pretend to investigate to cover my bottom um to come across as unbiased but hey I can be trusted just look at the note I wrote and look at the dates! Let's impeach it has nothing to do with the fact that I have been anti-trump since day one! Or that he fired me that is just a coincidence because my conscience was really starting to bother me all of a sudden. I demand a special inquiry and let's face it the government is too stupid to see what I have all ready done. Let me know if you need any memos and tell me what date I need to put on them. I mean sometimes the ends justify the means right! This man has got to go!

  • Colleen McCallister

    05/18/2017 07:30 AM

    I've yet to see anyone question whether or not Mr. Comey did report it to someone; monster can of worms there.

    Also, is not Mr. Comey on record stating that there had need no efforts to impede the investigation by any and all outside sources?

    Blessings

  • ED ROGERS

    05/17/2017 10:21 PM

    This is another gaff of the obama legacy. People who worked for him lied and covered up so often that they themselves no longer know fact from fiction. A disgusting destruction of our Republic!

  • Deborah Kruger

    05/17/2017 09:51 PM

    If you research, Mr. Comey made a statement to the press when discussing this situation, that no such discretion had been committed.

  • William Hatcher

    05/17/2017 09:07 PM

    There is something very fishy about Comey and how he handled the Clinton email fiasco and now how he is reacting to being fired for his very poor judgement!

  • Salix

    05/17/2017 07:46 PM

    The real problem here is that NO ONE HAS ACTUALLY SEEN THIS MEMO but the liberal media is running with it like it is true. Then its all over the news and the sheep think that it is true. There is no critical thinking in this country anymore.

  • John Parker

    05/17/2017 07:02 PM

    Looks like Kimberly Guilfoyle may beat out Sarah to replace Spicer. Must be her tits.

  • John S Smith III

    05/17/2017 06:16 PM

    I concur fully with Mr. Wilson's comment. I was not aware that Comey has actually said anything about such a memo, but I have been avoiding the news to keep my blood pressure down. My understanding was that a "friend" of Comey called an "opinion reporter" at the NYT and read to him/her over the phone what was purported to be a "memo" written by Comey and that based upon that the NYT published the article. First, any attorney and any actual "news reporter" should know that hearsay is not viable evidence, especially when the hearsay is over the phone from a party not part of the actual oral or written transaction. Did the NYT's opinion reporter even try to verify that the caller actually knew Comey and not just some crackpot?? If so, did that reporter even attempt to verify that Comey had actually taken such notes, written such a memo, or made such a statement. While I have absolutely no respect for Comey, I do assume based upon his background that he is no dummy - just an egotistical fool - and that he would not have admitted engaging in a felony, so I seriously doubt that there are any notes of memo that still exist if there ever were any. There was a time that I went to the NYT to get the real news, but that organiazation not longer exists, replaced by a sleazy opportunist opinion rag that should be on the supremarket shelves next to the National Enquirer which, by the way, I trust more that the NYT or the WP. If there is a memo and it describes an actual fact rather than a fantasy, them bring it forward, take Comey's sworn testimony and lets get on with an investigation into the facts. I assume the Main Stream Media can still tell the difference between a fact and a fantasy!!

  • pat floyd

    05/17/2017 05:01 PM

    I believe they are all stalling to cover up their illegal doings hoping no one finds out just how bad or how deep their illegal activities go. their top agenda is to bring down Trump no matter what, they cannot believe he won and won't accept it. actually it doesn't matter who won against Hillary they would do the same to whomever. and I cannot believe something cannot be done for all the false news out there. I agree with Trump to do away with the white house briefings and do a once a month chat for 15 minutes, then have questions on paper from the press submitted before hand and read and answer one at a time having a time limit of 15 minutes and when time is up no more questions answered. we know he is not the conventional president, he is not a politician, and that is why he won. so yes he is gonna say things out of context just like regular people do, that is we also like about him. all the bull about Russia, comey, leaked info, just keeps congress focused on this and we cannot or I should say congress will not move forward with anything else. look how long it took to get gorsch approved, stall tactics for sure, congress should have 30 days, one question per person, hell I don't know why all the extra questions anyway, they had all his achievements on paper in front of them, what else is there to ask???

  • bob dohnal

    05/17/2017 05:00 PM

    He waited to get even. bobby Kennedy: "Do not get mad, get even",

  • Nick Candela

    05/17/2017 04:54 PM

    I think the answer is a righteous King to rule and reign over the nation's. This would fix all of these problems.

  • Randolph Bañuelos

    05/17/2017 04:12 PM

    This angers me beyond measure, the country that I love and pledged to die for is crumbling before my eyes (it seems lately) and there's nothing I can do about it! Until somebody is held ACCOUNTABLE and severely PUNISHED and that includes ultimately EXECUTED, for crimes against the United States, this criminal activity will continue and eventually there won't be a country left to salvage....

  • Carol Campbell

    05/17/2017 03:58 PM

    Just because Comey wrote something down does not make it true. His credibility is nil in my book. This is only another cog in the wheels of the distruction of our country by the Democrats. Comey's hands are as dirty as Obama's and Clintons and lets not forget Lynch.

  • Kathy Boyle

    05/17/2017 03:55 PM

    Heads up DC, Media, McCain, NYT, Graham, Democrats, progressive's, Islam, liberals, illegal's, and lobbyists...YOU are the reason Trump won, and your behavior since he won is why I'll vote for him again and continue to try to get rid of YOU!

  • Cherie Willis

    05/17/2017 03:22 PM

    Trump needs to just ignore and go on with America's business. That's what we hired him to do. His staff needs to get more aggressive towards leakers, start bringing charges severe enough to frighten off any others. Push back on the Democrats by putting them on the defensive, expose any and all infractions on their part. We need a special investigating committee that can and will dig up the bones the Dems have buried...I hate these tactics, but we need to get them on the run as they have with Trump since election day!

  • Neils Clausen

    05/17/2017 02:53 PM

    Mike, thank you for publishing the very informative article. One still wonders when the truth will be told of James Comey and his brothers affiliation with the Clinton Foundation. Points being about how Comeys Brother does the foundations taxes, how the law firm is one of the TOP 10 Clinton campaign donors, how Comey served on the Board of HSBC, while all the while serving as FBI director. It's also interesting how, certain investigations have been reopened that would put holes so large you could drive a truck through them into the Russian scandal of collusion between candidate Trump and Putin. Re: Seth Rich is claimed to be the WikiLeaks source, you the the DNC staffer that committed suicide by shooting himself twice squarely in the back of his head. Further interest should be placed on how Comey would not investigate the obvious collusion between SoS Clinton and Russian dealings in US uranium reserves and how $146,000,000 found its way into the Clinton Foundation. And how the Buddy family in Nevada, were almost run off their land in favour of a Chinese owned solar energy company. And how the FBI killed LaRoy Finicum, in Oregon, after continued media blackouts and FBI/BLM were involved in more land grabs and US land leases for US Natural resources being funneled to foreign powers. This goes on and on... The point here is that it's high time the doors were thrown open, the shades drawn back and real investigations and fact findings were done to put a halt to the onslaught of corruption from the "leaders" we all kept from keeping power. Hopefully, God willing, we will see the truth be told.

  • B Avery

    05/17/2017 02:37 PM

    1: Comey didn't release this memo to the press. He was fired and had no access to this memo. Someone else leaked it.

    2. Comey, as FBI Director, was a person in civilian authority under the US, himself. So, does that statute really apply?

    3. We don't know to whom this memo was written. So, even if the statute did apply, he may have reported it by, you know... memo.

  • Donnie Lowe

    05/17/2017 01:52 PM

    Comey is just part of the deep SWAMP that Obama built during his time in office. Sadly our government if full of progressive socialist democrats and Muslims that have but one goal and that is the destruction of America and Israel for ISLAM. They have the uninformed many of which are democrat built parasites to ignorantly support their cause along with half of the republicans and all progressive socialist democrat media ....NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, MSNBC, CNN and others. TRUMP has but few friends to help him but he can rest assured no mater what the crooked poles say the people are with him.

  • Bert Darling

    05/17/2017 01:21 PM

    I think the POTUS should stop all white house press briefing and let the media clowns? cry it's not a law that he has to have them and stop sending twits except for once a day at night . after all the media only tell you what they want you to hear there BS

  • Lisa L

    05/17/2017 01:18 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee. Exactly what millions of Americans are saying. And the Sen Dems are saying POTUS is Obstructing Justice?! The Sen Dems & COMEY And Other Obama Hold Overs have been all in cahoots with Hillary & The Sen Dems in an Attempt to stop Our POTUS. They have been after him since the day they found out he was running for POTUS And they have not laid off of him yet! This has been nothing more then a witch Hunt!! The ones that have been and still are Obstructing Justice are the Sen Dems , COMEY And their Corhorts have committed. Crimes. COMEY Said he had enough Evidence to PROSECUTE HILLARY then all the he didn't...WTH?!?! COMEY took an OATH to uphold the LAW FOR AMERICA AND THE PEOPLE& COMEY Faild to do so & This is why he was fired! COMEY turned a blind eye to. Hillary and let her go!

  • Curtis Edlin

    05/17/2017 01:10 PM

    If we're looking at one Comey memo, shouldn't we examine 3 1/2 years of Comey memos?

  • Dennis Odier

    05/17/2017 12:17 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, love you and your daughter....confident and bright....well done!??Thank you for this fact-based legal journey. How can we hasten your return to Fox. After the stain of Oreilly...i wish the best for you.

  • Yadja McCall

    05/17/2017 12:09 PM

    Amazing the grabbing at any straw to keep the Progressive One World Order afloat. Daily they see Trump unraveling all the webs Obama wove to destroy America and now they are Desperate. Desperation is a mean and ruthless feller who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    Careful Trump careful.

  • Ron Hussey

    05/17/2017 11:37 AM

    It's pure BS and I don't think Comey has even acknowledged this story ever happened yet, but with no evidence or proof, it amounts to nothing at all if a fired disgruntled ex employee says it with ZERO proof. Come on, the New York Times ? They have been putting out liberal fake news for years now, they, like the Washington Post, have no credibility left at all, It's comical to see their so called news articles anymore. And there is no way to ever prove what Trump meant by a statement like that in any court, even if there was proof he ever said it, it's a dead story that was put out to keep the pin headed liberal angry, obstructing, and protesting, that's all it is. It will go absolutely nowhere, but the degenerate democrat moron in Washington will want to appoint a special investigator to waste more time and money, and all because their degenerate lying moron lost an election.

  • Linda Hawkins

    05/17/2017 11:19 AM

    I am just an ordinary concerned citizen. I really don't understand how all this works. Thank you for the information..you made all this confusion make sense. What I can't get however, is why all the other situations are not being addressed. Things such as Hilarys e mail scandal...IMPORTANT things that directly affect our country. All these things like Benghazi, Eric Holders Fast and Furious ordeal, the IRS scandal, the poor conditions of our great Veterans. I could go on and on,but I think you might can guess where this is going. Another thing I'm upset about is WHY do the democrats get away without doing their jobs. If I went to work everyday and was paid an exorbitant amount of money and did NOT do my job, I would be fired!!! They took an oath to work together to better our country. Why do they get away with acting like a bunch of spoiled children all the while preventing our President drom doing his job? I tried to teach my children all their lives that good actions bring good consequences and bad actions bring bad consequences...so when they see these people that are supposed to be upholding our Constitution, doing bad things and NOT facing any consequences, how do I explain this? Please people, do your jobs and let our President do his. Thank you for the opportunity to let this Nana express my serious concerns.

  • Juanita Reyna

    05/17/2017 11:17 AM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee. I always love your insight on things always have. I agree that would have been something that would have thrown up all kinda red flags. I really don't think the memos exist. This is part of the hate filled media against our President. I pray he just stays strong. He's doing awesome even with all the obstacles he faces daily thank you for being a voice of sense in such a nonsense world

  • Phyllis Sprague

    05/17/2017 11:03 AM

    Will the Dems ever decide to be an American first before their party?? I have never seen actions like they are displaying in my 77 years!! They are spitting out the hate that Obama taught them in his 8 years. He had everyone against everyone else !! If this hate doesn't stop we will be putting our country into civil unrest that won't be what anyone wants. They need to find the truth before they blame!1 I thought truth was important instead of anyone telling a story with out backing it up with the proof of it!! Mafia actions !!

  • Jerrold

    05/17/2017 11:01 AM

    This is a fight for America's soul to the finish. There will not be a better opportunity to bring America back from the brink, than with a Trump/Pence White House. I believe his voting block will stay with him and grow by another ten million, which will make his agenda unassailable, provided he can hold off the true enemies of the Republic; Deep State Operatives, RINOs and Neocons.

  • James Dyke Jr.

    05/17/2017 10:49 AM

    Another aspect of this is the timing. He or others on his staff wait close to a week to find such a thing? How was the content recorded,that is is it purely recollection? Even on official review it would be a he said he said deal. Not only that but how is this information in general getting out of the FBI and the intelligence community? These leaks are felonies in themselves. Yet the Democrats say nothing or worry not about that. It brings a whole lot of questions to mind.

  • Linda Rowell

    05/17/2017 10:45 AM

    I cannot believe how far the Left will go to stop President Trump. The constant bombardment of fake news,unnamed sources,and MSM unindating us will political brainwashing is making us all weary and I for one will NEVER vote for a Lefty again...I am so disgusted with their actions and embarrassed for our country. I pray daily for our President and country and frankly if the Right ever gets to the breaking point over the Left actions, I see a Civil War in the future....we are being pushed to the point of constant media saturation of negativity that I feel drained daily! Shame shame shame. God bless our President and our country.

  • Gentra Williams Barnhill

    05/17/2017 10:38 AM

    My heart is broken and I can't believe how PRES. Trump is being treated and the lack of respect he is receiving for trying to DO HIS JOB! The whole bunch of congressmen and senators evidently are CORRUPT TO THE CORE AND Are RUNNING SCARED OF BEING EXPOSED AND LOOSING THEIR FLUFFY LITTLE NEST THEY HAVE CREATED FOR THEMSELVES! WE NEED TERM LIMITS TO STOP TJIS CORRUPTION OF LIFE TIME POLITICIANS!!! They are raping the American ppl and our nation!!!

  • Kathy reaney

    05/17/2017 10:37 AM

    If Coney did in fact take "notes", that not to say they are "direct quotes". Notes can be misconstrued in many different ways. To me, "end it", means to "finish it"-get on with it; don't drag this out. I'm sure the POTUS knew not to say,"hey, can you just drop the case?"

  • Kathy reaney

    05/17/2017 10:37 AM

    If Coney did in fact take "notes", that not to say they are "direct quotes". Notes can be misconstrued in many different ways. To me, "end it", means to "finish it"-get on with it; don't drag this out. I'm sure the POTUS knew not to say,"hey, can you just drop the case?"

  • Tom Weikel

    05/17/2017 10:26 AM

    Great article, thanks for sharing. Not certain of the timing, but wonder if Comey backed off of the Clinton investigation after Bill's chance meeting with AG Lynch on the tarmac in AZ. That also seems to be an obstruction of justice, worthy of further investigation, just in case we didnt have enough of them!!

  • LaSandra McKeever

    05/17/2017 10:13 AM

    I am absolutely disgusted every day by the lack of respect given to our President and the entire administration for that matter. I watch many news channels to see and hear all the different views of the same story and the fact that the far left are trying to destroy our President pisses me off to no end. There is a movement led by the leftists to eliminate President Trump and put Dems in control of the WH again. We cannot let this happen! I support our President and the administration and will to the end. President Trump is doing a phenomenal job and making great strides to improve our country and to make it great again. #ForeverTrump

  • Irene Porsch

    05/17/2017 10:08 AM

    I hope that President Trump will learn to remember he is President..At least act a little more diplomatic, choose his word more carefully..He doesn't have to be "nicer", just word things better..Yes, I voted for my President.

  • Doug Manning

    05/17/2017 09:57 AM

    Well done Sir

  • Gemma Casteel

    05/17/2017 09:56 AM

    It is beyond me that the United States FBI cannot solve a problem in their own ranks. How on earth can we get past all this STUFF if this keeps going on and on. I am so tired of hearing the same thing over and over again. Lets get to the bottom of this, because while you dwell on this any longer our government will loose all credibility.

  • ray Stingraemusic

    05/17/2017 09:47 AM

    I think this should be forwarded to all media outlets like ABC,CBS,NBC,etc...etc...

  • Redd Slyker

    05/17/2017 09:38 AM

    Let's be clear...this is not about law..it's about distraction and obstruction by the left to keep the "people's agenda" from being implemented. Ignore it Mr. President; find your leakers and fire them, and then FULL SPEED AHEAD!

  • Linda Brune

    05/17/2017 09:38 AM

    You, Max Kaufman, are a frustrated, churlish crybaby!!!

  • Judy Jordan

    05/17/2017 09:23 AM

    I don't see the president's comments as the Times has them as something that would stand up as cause for impeachment. For the president to say that he hopes the FBI can let Flynn go is just expressing his feelings. It is not an order.

  • Nancy Wright

    05/17/2017 09:23 AM

    I think this is probably what Mr Trump would call "fake news"

  • Deniso

    05/17/2017 08:59 AM

    In my life time never have witnessed such disdain for a President. There remains very little respect and dignity in this country. The left for the most part are undignified bedwetters, not getting their way has led to enormous disruption of system and reputation. Dirty players for sure, no ethics or morals.

  • Carolyn Bridges

    05/17/2017 08:59 AM

    I believe you are correct...Comey needs to back off before he incriminates himself even further. Comey had several chances to make things right while he was investigatiing Clinton, and he backed off each time for reasons we may never know. Evidently, Washington has had corruption for a long time, and now our President is trying to do something about it...drain the swamp!!! The Dems are running scared because their "little playhouse" is being dismantled piece by piece, and this scares them greatly.
    Mr. Comey needs to wake up and be part of the "solution" to help President Trump fix things instead of part of the "problem." I love our President, his family, and the people he has chosen to work with him. God Bless him, and God Bless America!!! ????????

  • Vera Burke

    05/17/2017 08:52 AM

    President Trump is a great man to have taken the Captains seat on board the ship of fools. He didn't need the headaches. He has had a full and successful life and put his and his family's comfortable lives on hold to lend his efforts and expertise in attempt to keep the ship afloat. And what do the crew members do? Repeatedly attempt to put holes in the boat and throw away the ores. The democrats want to appear like they care so much about the country then continually try to sink it!! I commend the President, his family, and all those who stand behind him, the people who truly want to make America great again! All those not on board, do OUR COUNTRY a huge favor and please go set your ship to sail and get lost at sea! God bless America, our President, and all those who truely Love our country please pray with all your heart that this man can accomplish unimpeded what he has set out to do for us all!

  • Debbie Gilman

    05/17/2017 08:50 AM

    I too wonder about the validity of these so called memo's. In all of my years, and there are many so far, I have never witnessed such disrespect and childish behavior in DC. A city that represents the American people. I'm not angry, I'm sad...
    My thoughts are that many in DC are running scared, and have thrown themselves into total hysteria because their illegal dirty doings may not only come to an end, but end them. In the meantime, the citizens of this great country are paying the price. There's also anger that a "non-DCer" was elected....He's not "bribable".
    POTUS is being prevented from doing the job we sent him to DC to do. Can the American citizens "SUE" the elected officials for "obstruction of duty" and potential harm to the nation??
    Prior to Obama being elected, I didn't have much interest in politics. Since then, I feel I have to be informed so I can protect myself and my family from what may be rolling down hill.