One of the enduring mysteries of the whole melodrama that was the 2016 election is the role of the Justice Department in preventing any real investigation into the alleged hack of the DNC server. Alleged, because there has never been an actual forensic examination of the servers, the evidence of a hack is based solely on the work of a Democrat affiliated consulting firm, Crowdstrike, and that work has never been verified by actual law enforcement officials. The other unanswered question is the degree to which the Justice Department put its finger on the scale of the FBI pseudo-investigation of Hillary Clinton’s penchant for storing Top Secret material on an unsecure server that foreign intelligence services used like a Blue Light Special at your local KMart.
This whole swirling maelstrom of #FAIL has one common feature. When the going gets tough, St. James Comey points his finger at someone else. Take this incident:
SEN. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OK): You mentioned before some news stories and news accounts, without having to go into the specific times… have there been news accounts about the Russia investigation, about ‘collusion,’ about this whole event, or accusations, that as you read the story, you were stunned about how wrong they got the facts?
JAMES COMEY: Yes, there have been many, many stories reportedly based on classified information about a lot of stuff, but specifically about Russia, that are just dead wrong.
LANKFORD: I was interested in your comment that if there were some satellite associates of his that did something wrong, it would be good to find that out. That the president seemed to talk to you specifically on March 30 and said he is frustrated that the word is not getting out that I am not under investigation, but if there are people that are in my circle that are, let’s finish the investigation. Is that how you took it as well?
COMEY: Yes, sir. Yes.
LANKFORD: And then you made a comment earlier about the Attorney General, previous AG [Lynch] asking you about the investigation on the Clinton emails, saying that you were asked not to call it an ‘Investigation’ anymore, but to call it a ‘Matter.’ And you said that confused you. Can you give us additional details on that?
COMEY: Well, it concerned me, because we were at the point where we refused to confirm the existence of an investigation –as we usually do– for months,. And it was getting to a place where that looked silly, because the campaigns were talking about interacting with the FBI in the course of our work.
The Clinton campaign at the time was using all kinds of euphemisms, ‘security review,’ ‘matter.’ Things like that.
For what was going on. We were getting to a place where the Attorney General and I were going to have to testify and talk publicly about it, and I wanted to know if she would authorize us to confirm we had an investigation. And she said yes, but don’t call it that, call it a ‘Matter.’ And I said why would I do that? And [Lynch] said just call it a ‘Matter.’
And again, you look back in hindsight, should I have resisted more? I just said this wasn’t a hill worth dying on, so I said, okay, the press is going to completely ignore it, and that is what happened. When I said we opened a matter, they all reported the FBI had an investigation open. And that concerned me because the language tracked the way the campaign was talking about the FBI’s work, and that is concerning… It gave the impression that the Attorney General was looking to align the way we talked about our work with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity, which was inaccurate. We had a criminal investigation open… And so that gave me a queasy feeling.
In this telling of events Loretta Lynch told a morally offended but oddly quiescent James Comey to call the investigation into Clinton’s email server a “matter.”
Earlier today, Georgia Representative Doug Collins continued doing the work of liberty by releasing the remaining witness transcripts from the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation.
Today I’m releasing the remaining interview transcripts from @JudiciaryGOP’s investigation into decisions made at the Department of Justice and FBI. To read the transcripts, visit https://t.co/EcAYT7JPdA. pic.twitter.com/kYy9YKSIZI
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) May 20, 2019
In them was Loretta Lynch’s testimony…included in there was this jewel:
Loretta Lynch DENIES telling Comey to refer to the Clinton email case as a "matter," rather than an investigation, directly contradicting statements made by Comey. SOMEONE IS LYING. pic.twitter.com/qb0U4Jopp3
— Cory Groshek (@CoryGroshek) May 20, 2019
According to Lynch, she said no such thing.
Here we have a Double Liar’s Paradox. We have two pathological liars telling diametrically opposed stories on the same event. What are we to do?
We’ve already seen James Comey and John Brennan start pointing fingers at each other over who ordered the use of the Steele Dossier (see Brennan And Comey Start Pointing At Each Other As Barr’s Prosecutor Closes In). What both of these events have in common is that James Comey tells a version of events that is contradicted by others. So either Comey is the only honorable guy in Washington and is surrounded by poltroons…or Comey is ground zero in a wide variety of shady activities and is trying to blame others.