FBI Director James Comey gained notoriety multiple times during the 2016 Presidential Election. He faced attacks from all sides, Democrats claiming he ruined the election for Clinton with multiple investigations. Republicans countered, arguing that not enough was being done about Hillary’s repeated criminal acts.
When President Trump took office, in a move many were shocked by, he kept Comey in position as head of the FBI. Some suggest it was in order to have access to any further investigations into Hillary Clinton and the Russian hacking claims .
Whatever his reasons, Trump now has Comey to contend with as scandal hits his administration in the form of the recent resignation of Michael Flynn.
There is no lack of questions regarding Flynn’s conversations with Russia. Did he violate a law, did he lie to Vice President Pence, and was he a plant by Democrats from the beginning? With so many unknowns, there is little doubt of an investigation taking place; which raises concerns of its own.
The information regarding the phone call was leaked to the press anonymously. This was most certainly done in order to avoid any prosecution for the whistle-blower. This leak was certainly against the law and if it is discovered that Democrats were behind it, they will find themselves facing prosecution.
Democrats are rampaging, demanding answers to questions like that posed by Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, “The much bigger issue is, what is the connection with Russia and the Trump administration? It’s not only how far up does it go — was the campaign in collusion?”
The left would like nothing more than to fertilize any corruption on Flynn’s part so it will spread and take over the rest of the Trump administration. This is the first real hold they have gained since the election and they have clamped on with everything they have.
Director Comey will have high ranking Democrats looking over his shoulder every step of the way. They still partially blame him for Hillary’s loss. A scandal for Trump that forced Comey’s resignation as well would be the icing on their revenge cake.
On the other shoulder, Comey will need to contend with Republicans. They too have a grudge, believing he did not perform admirably when put under pressure to drop the investigation into the Clinton email scandal.
“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer. The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”
Nunes acknowledges that sometimes surveillance on foreign countries, Russia for instance, might inadvertently pick up discussions with American citizens. He claims there is a process to be followed when that happens;
“If that happens, there’s a whole process in place to where they have to immediately get rid of the information unless it’s like high level national security issue and then someone would have to unmask the name — someone at the highest levels.”
Under that scenario, this information did not go through the proper channels. However, the other option is even more chilling. If this was not information that was stumbled upon, the FBI was tapping an American citizen’s phone.
Nunes commented on that possibility saying, “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn.”
Without a doubt, Flynn needs to answer questions. He has historically shown ties to Russia that are different than many of his peers in the military and intelligence communities. Concerns were raised when Flynn was photographed sitting next to President Putin at a party in Moscow in 2015. The celebration was for the Kremlin-controlled RT television network.
Flynn acknowledged that he had “been paid through his speakers’ bureau to give a speech at the event.” He justified his attendance by saying he saw “no distinction between RT and U.S. news channels, including CNN.”
The next few weeks will be pivotal for the Trump administration and Director Comey. President Trump will be continuing his work, ignoring attempts by Democrats to use Flynn to derail him.
Director Comey has a chance to redeem himself. He will not please either side; this investigation needs to be neutral. If he can discover what actually happened and begin prosecution where it is needed, that alone will elevate him in the eyes of many Republicans.
Democrats are likely to be unhappy no matter what he does. If he doesn’t find fault with Flynn, he will be labeled as inept. If he does then he will encounter pressure to investigate the rest of the administration. He will be caught in a no-win situation, just as he was with Hillary’s scandal.
In addition, if it is revealed that Flynn violated a law and is prosecuted, Republicans will be pressuring Comey as well. The email scandal of Clinton has sat idle for too long and needs to be addressed.
Director Comey will certainly be treading carefully. Despite claims he has made that he is “tone deaf” to the politics around him, the pressure will be reaching new heights as the nation waits to see what he will do this time around.