Former FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to come back and testify before Congress in a second closed-door session on Monday. In the first hearing, he showed stunningly little knowledge or recollection of what was happening at the FBI under his watch in 2016 and 2017 –- such as the origin of the Steele dossier, for one thing –- so maybe after this break, he’ll recall a little more. Somehow I doubt it, though.
As I told FOX News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro over the weekend, what’s happening within our justice system should scare the daylights out of every American citizen. If the power of the U.S. government can be used against us for political purposes, then what we have is more like a third-world dictatorship than a republic. So it’s very important how we go forward now, given what we know.
I like to imagine myself in the same room with Devin Nunes, Darrell Issa, and others who are similarly fed-up with the bureaucratic swamp, taking my turn asking questions of smug government officials like Comey. I’ve suggested questions for him before –- some serious, some for fun –- and here’s what I would ask him this time…
1. Before we proceed, Mr. Comey, would you like water, or perhaps some coffee? You don’t know? Okay, moving on...
2. The last time you testified before House committees, you answered questions with some version of “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” a total of 245 times. Just wondering, have you either 1) been subjected to repeated electroshock treatments since leaving the FBI, or 2) spent years partying with David Crosby? We don’t know how else to account for such serious memory gaps, particularly since you previously claimed to have habitually made notes of everything important so you wouldn’t forget and certainly not just so that you could leak the notes to the New York Times.
3. Mr. Comey, you complained before the first hearing about having to testify behind closed doors rather than in an open session. Given that you seemed to remember very, very little of what happened while you were FBI director, what difference would it have made where you testified? Is it that having reporters there and a TV audience help your memory?
4. You sent investigators to talk to Gen. Flynn because of a concern that he, as incoming national security advisor, might have violated the Logan Act, correct? (We know that was then-acting AG Sally Yates’ concern.) Please tell us who you have indicted on a possible violation of the Logan Act. We will all understand this time if you don’t recall, because there aren’t any.
5. The Logan Act applies to private citizens. So how, exactly, does an incoming national security advisor for a President-elect during the transition violate the Logan Act? Take all the time you need.
6. We don’t know why Gen. Flynn was not forthcoming with you about speaking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions. But in what Andy McCabe (at your direction) characterized to him as a “casual” conversation, why should he have thought he had to be?
7. Someone with the national security experience of Gen. Flynn would have known you recorded the Russian ambassador’s conversations, as a matter of routine. So wouldn’t it have been really stupid for him to try to lie to you about them?
8. In other words, he didn’t deliberately lie to you, did he?
9. Mr. Comey, what do you know about Donald Trump working with Russians to affect the outcome of the 2016 election? Let’s have it –- right here, right now.
10. Flynn was consistent in what he said to different people (including Vice President Pence) about his conversation with the Russian ambassador. Wouldn’t that suggest he was not lying, but really remembering it that way? And can’t you, of all people, acknowledge that memory can fail a person?
11. Given that you already had the transcript of exactly what Gen. Flynn had said to the Russian ambassador during the transition, what “loose ends” did you really need to “tie up”? Seems like all you tied up was Gen. Flynn himself, in court.
12. And since he was doing his job and answerable to the President-elect, what business was it of yours in the first place?
13. Have you ever heard of someone pleading guilty NOT because they actually WERE guilty but because they had lost everything and couldn’t afford more legal expenses? Oh...you don’t recall?
14. The Senate Intelligence Committee has been trying for months to get the original “302” notes taken right after that conservation with Gen. Flynn. FBI officials are supposed to complete those within about five days, and Strzok and Page texted in reference to them, so we know they existed at some point. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, the presiding judge in Flynn’s case, has called for them, but Mueller has reportedly not turned them over to him in full (!). My question: have those 302s entered the fourth dimension, along with Hillary’s 33,000 deleted emails and 19,000 additional texts scrubbed from the Strzok and Page phones, which have since been recycled and assigned to other FBI staffers?
15. You bragged publicly that in a “more organized” administration, you would never have tried to conduct an interview the way you did Gen. Flynn’s and “probably wouldn’t have gotten away with” it. How organized do you expect any Administration to be after FOUR DAYS? (When I started my job as Arkansas Lt. Governor, it took 59 days just to get my office door open after it had been nailed shut by the Democrats.)
16. You say there’s a “process” that is normally followed before having a meeting like the one with Gen. Flynn. Has it occurred to you that maybe there’s a reason for that? And has it also occurred to you that if you had WAITED at least a few weeks for the new administration to settle in and then followed the proper process to interview Gen. Flynn, we might not be sitting here right now and you might not have to keep coming up with new ways to say you don’t remember?
17. Whether the new administration was “disorganized” or not, what about Gen. Flynn’s rights as an individual? If you were investigating Flynn, shouldn’t you have conducted a formal interview and informed him of his Miranda rights instead of having McCabe call him and trick him into having a conversation with no lawyer present?
18. By the way, how much did you care about “process” when you took it upon yourself to declare that “no reasonable prosecutor” would take on the Hillary email case? Oh, don’t you remember doing that?
19. You’re going around saying that Democrats must win the next election. How can you and other members of your 2016-2017 FBI team say that your personal political views didn’t affect your work, when you’re so adamant that the other side MUST WIN?
20. From the lectures you give the rest of us about morality and ethics after lying and leaking and violating rules left and right, you come across as what many would describe as “a real piece of work.” Not sure what question I have for you here; just really wanted to say that.
21. (Bonus question!) Rudy Giuliani says that the tactics used against Gen. Flynn “should result in discipline.” He also says “good luck” and “over my dead body” to anyone trying to get Trump to testify now after what was done to Flynn. Mr. Comey, do you really think it was smart lawyering to treat Flynn the way you did?