I’m watching Comey’s testimony. Idiots asking the same questions over and over. Each one has to have their 12 minutes of predetermined questions I guess. Would seem they would listen to previous questions, write down what Comey is saying, and then ask pertinent follow-up questions. Not a one of the questioners are taking notes about his answers. Take NOTES dummies. No wonder it takes so long and so much to get something done in the government!
Yes, sounds to me like Trump did insinuate to Comey to stop the investigation of Flynn, but he never definitively said to stop the investigation. Because Comey is saying the same thing over and over I must accept his testimony as fact. I’ve heard no inconsistency in his testimony. On the other hand, the Attorney General under Obama tried to influence the FBI investigation and reporting of how the FBI reported and handled the Clinton/Weiner email fiasco. The then Attorney General tried to get the FBI to shape investigation toward a political agenda not toward the facts. Should the Attorney General be on testifying before the Senate for obstruction of justice? That answer to me is very clear because she did order the FBI director to do something that was illegal, and Comey complied with the news media disregarding the wording the Attorney General wrote out for him to report. Thus, two different Presidents and a candidate attempting to influence the way the FBI handles an investigation.
In watching this fiasco, I do believe Trump made many mistakes in dealing with this situation; however, he did not do anything that is against the law. What I do see is a division between questions of Democrats and Republicans. One party is looking for answers to impeach, and one is looking for answers to put an end to the current fiasco. Although, I can say, some of both parties seem to be impartial looking for answers not working a particular agenda. Interesting that a question was posed to Comey if he would have been fired by Clinton, and Comey said he didn’t know, but he possibly would have been. I wonder if we would have this fiasco going on if that had happened? That is a question for everyone to ponder.
The most disturbing part of Comey’s testimony is not what happened with Trump, but the number of attempts to hack into many private, non-profit, government, and public companies by other countries and individuals for many, many years. Comey testified that Obama did nothing to take action when briefed by Comey to stop the attempts, and Trump seemed to down play them actually dismissing them as fake news. In my opinion, this is a more serious problem than Trump firing Comey and Trump insinuating that the investigation be dropped about Flynn. People, we are a cyber world. In intrusion into our cyber operations is a very serious matter. It would seem that we should be actively pursuing, setting up means to pursue, establish a department to pursue, and a committee to oversee cyber attacks against private, public, and government entities. We need to take this very, very serious!
Back to the Comey testimony. Senator Cain (sp) is the only Senator that has voiced a reasonable question about how dangerous the cyber intrusions are, and that they will continue posing a danger to the United States. Makes one wonder if our country also participates in cyber intrusions into other countries, and the answer to that question is something Obama said after the Russian intrusion during the elections. Obama suggested that the United States would retaliate in like manner which suggest the U.S. actively participates in cyber intrusions into other countries private, public, and government entities. So, if we think of that, then it is tit-for-tat.
The deeper into testimony we go, the questioners are beginning to ask different questions allowing Comey to elaborate on his previous answers. One thing I am uncomfortable with is testimony should not include personal feelings or takes on a situation, but should be held to fact. Many of the questioners are asking if Comey “felt” like or “had a feeling” about a situation. We all have different takes on a situation. As President Clinton testified once, “It depends on what the meaning of is, is.” What is to one is not necessarily what is, is to another. If you ask a group of people to describe a scene, each person will describe the scene differently. That is why facts must be testimony not “feelings.”
I would love to be the fly on the wall in the closed meeting to follow the public testimony. The real questions will be answered during the closed session. Because the closed testimony will contain classified information that cannot be made public due to protecting this great country, it will be interesting to see if any leaks occur. No leaks should occur if the Senators are sincere about protecting our country. Any leaks will tell me that the Senators are on a witch hunt not actively seeking truth to protect this country. The leaks are going to have to stop. We have too much information going out that is both accurate and inaccurate that is undermining our country. We the people do not have the right to know every little detail. We elect our Congressmen and President to handle the problems that could have adverse effects on this country.
Our news media has got to stop sensationalizing fake and real news. Agendas of liberal and conservative news media must not be part of reporting. Our news media has a responsibility to report accurate, relevant news. The news media should not be bias. When you have a bias media, people have no accurate bases for forming opinion. A bias news media forms peoples opinions and does not allow people to form their own opinions. The news media should not be in the business of forming opinion when reporting news stories, but can use the editorial pages to write of personal opinion. When personal opinion is placed on editorial pages, people know this is personal not fact. When opinion is hidden with news reports, people have no what of knowing what is personal opinion and actual fact. Our news media must stop trying to influence, form, or push forward an agenda that fits his staff or owners personal philosophy.
In summing up, what I have learned watching Comey’s testimony is that:
- Comey is truthful in his testimony.
- Trump did insinuate Comey should drop the investigation into Flynn.
- Trump did not break the law in which impeachment would be necessary, but did cross ethical lines.
- Trump was not happy with Comey not pledging allegiance to Trump.
- Our cyber system is under constant attack by both private and foreign government entities.
- The investigation into Russian cyber attack during the election is still underway.
- Personal agenda does exist within the Senate Intel Committee
- The hands of previous Attorney General Lynch’s hands were very dirty in conflict of interest when it came to Clinton and should be investigated and held accountable.
- This investigation against Trump is a witch hunt that unfortunately must be followed to the end because of the bias within our government and news media.
- Trump will be brought up for impeachment by the Democrats in order to prove their delving into this and the leaks both accurate and fake were worth the tax payers dollars spent.
- The Press is the main culprit in undermining both FBI, Trump, and Congress to do their jobs because they are printing fake and accurate classified information that should be held back in order for a thorough investigation to go forward.
We as a people need to demand that Congress get on with the business of running our government and quit pointing fingers, spreading lies and gossip, and holding back on press conferences to prove their candidate should have won and the other candidate should have lost. We the people need a Congress that has OUR best interest at hand not their political party’s best interest at hand. We need to get the big checkbooks out of Congress that influence their decision making, and bring them back to the people instead of answering to the lobbyist and private interest groups that try to run our country without consideration for the needs of WE THE PEOPLE.