Davis is popping up on talk shows all over Washington, D.C. to tell anyone who will listen that Comey, along with his deputy, Andrew McCabe, are destined to become political speed bumps. He threw Comey under the bus himself.
Davis sat down with former Fox newscaster Bill O’Reilly this week, who now broadcasts from his own web page. In the interview, he covered the same ground he has been tromping since word broke of James Comey’s impending book.
When Michael Horowitz releases his awaited report, the Inspector General will “come down very hard” on Director Comey, Davis declares.
Lanny Davis isn’t just any attorney. He handles very touchy cases. Penn State University retained him for the Joe Paterno scandal.
According to Justin Elliot, a columnist for Salon magazine, Davis specializes in “lobbying for controversial corporate and foreign clients,” especially those with Democratic-leaning needs in Washington.
Among those clients are Honduran coup supporters, Equatorial Guinea’s dictator, “for-profit colleges accused of exploiting students,” and a company that practically cornered the market on infant formula additives.
He also represented an “Ivory Coast strongman whose claims to that country’s presidency have been condemned by the international community and may even set off a civil war.”
While researching a book of his own, Davis made a phone call. The IG’s office found out about it and contacted him to discuss it further. He was more than happy to talk their ear off.
When Davis was interviewed by the inspector general, he told them that James Comey “acted unethically.”
Barack Obama or Loretta Lynch should have fired him immediately after the election “because he violated Justice Department policies.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of the DOJ.
Specifically, when Director Comey held a press conference in July of 2016, he should have told the world there would be no charges against Hillary Clinton, closed his notepad, and walked off stage, Davis feels.
Instead, Comey spent ten minutes going into specific details explaining exactly how Hillary Clinton “carelessly” handled secret emails before announcing she would be cleared of any wrongdoing.
Holding the conference wasn’t what Comey did wrong, Davis notes. It was publicly expressing his opinion about the evidence. To the public, it sounded like she was being let off the hook in a whitewashed investigation. Which she probably was.
What really took the cake, Davis adds, was the letter Director Comey wrote to Congress, eleven short days before the election, informing them that newly discovered emails from Anthony Weiner’s laptop required the investigation to be reopened.
Weiner got caught sending naughty text messages to an underage girl. His wife, Huma Abedin has long been one of Hillary Clinton’s closest advisers. Somehow, Clinton messages got copied to Weiner’s laptop.
They turned out to be duplicates of what the FBI already had but nobody knew it at the time.
Davis ignores the fact that Comey had the law on his side to justify the decision. He also ran it by his superiors, telling them if they didn’t want him to do it, say the word. They didn’t.
Davis told a separate interviewer that he feels former Justice Department Attorney General Lynch “did a pretty stellar job” but this time “she blinked.”
Davis will never forgive either Lynch or Sally Yates, who both had the power to stop him.
“I know this from talking to people in the room,” he says, that they had the authority to order James Comey not to do it. “Comey told somebody the night before he sent the letter, ‘If they don’t want me to send the letter, tell them to pick up the phone and order me not to.’ Neither Sally Yates or Loretta Lynch picked up that telephone and they will regret that, they should regret that and really be ashamed of that in looking back with the wisdom of hindsight forever.”
When he did that, he should have been fired, Davis insists.
“That’s a firing offense. His decision to write a letter 11 days before the election, whether it hurt Clinton or hurt Trump, was not consistent with 50 years of Justice Department policy to do nothing that might impact presidential elections.”
The spin here is obvious. Comey wasn’t out to “hurt” Clinton or Trump. He had evidence that needed to be looked at and ruled on, in one way or the other.
He didn’t tell the public, which would have “impacted” the election, he told Congress, who was legally supposed to keep the secret information secret.
On Laura Ingraham’s show, Davis elaborated, saying that Comey considers himself a one-man army. “He thinks he can do whatever he wants as long as he thinks it’s the right thing to do.”
Davis thinks Comey deserved to be fired simply because he is centered on himself and got to make the rules, not because of the Russia investigation. “He should have been fired for insubordination” because he didn’t keep his mouth shut about Clinton’s wrongdoing.
Davis claims there is more, but we don’t yet know what it is, other than “documents that were never seen before, but posted two months after the election that showed the whole email investigation was botched.”
That is what Davis is expecting the IG to steamroll Comey and McCabe with. “I think that’s where the inspector general will come down on Comey very hard as well as on [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe.”
Just because all of Hillary Clinton’s friends say that she would have won the election if that letter wasn’t written by Comey to Congress, it isn’t necessarily true.
According to pollsters, the letter had no influence on the election at all. The overwhelming majority of voters say they knew who they were going to vote for weeks before they got to the ballot box, Some even a year before.