This was so under the radar that I almost did not even hear about it.
Courtesy of Politico:
Joe Biden never suggested prosecuting Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn under an antiquated law known as the Logan Act, former FBI Director James Comey testified Wednesday, contradicting a claim made by President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s debate.
Comey’s sworn claim to the Senate Judiciary Committee is significant because Trump and Flynn have in recent months asserted that Biden raised Logan Act prosecution of Flynn during a Jan. 5 2017 Oval Office meeting that included President Barack Obama, Comey and other senior national security officials.
A set of FBI notes produced in June by the Justice Department to Flynn’s defense team indicated that Biden referenced the Logan Act during that meeting but provides no context about how the topic arose or what Biden said.
Under questioning from Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Comey said neither Obama nor Biden ever suggested prosecuting Flynn under the Logan Act.
“I would remember it because it would be highly inappropriate,” Comey said. “It did not happen.”
Comey’s testimony conflicted with Trump’s debate-stage interpretation of the FBI notes during Tuesday’s debate, part of an attack on the FBI’s investigation of his campaign’s contacts with Russia.
“You gave the idea for the Logan Act against General Flynn,” Trump said. “You better take a look at that, because we caught you in a sense, and President Obama was sitting in the office.”
For those who are wondering the Logan Act is a relatively obsolete law that makes it illegal for a private citizen to carry out official US foreign policy.
The Right-Wing media has been making this accusation for years now, but it appears to be a figment of their fertile imaginations.
Comey also defended the Russian investigation as a whole.
Courtesy of CNN:
Former FBI Director James Comey pushed back against Attorney General William Barr’s attacks on the FBI’s Russia investigation, arguing on Wednesday that the Justice Department’s efforts to dismiss charges against Trump’s first national security adviser Michael Flynn were “deeply concerning.”
“I have no idea what on Earth he is talking about,” Comey said when asked to respond Barr’s comments that the FBI’s Russia investigation was “abhorrent.”
“This was an investigation, it was appropriately predicated and opened that had to be opened and it was in the main conducted in the right way, picked up by the special counsel, lead to the indictment of dozens of people, and a finding by your colleagues in the Senate that the head of Trump’s campaign was a grave counterintelligence threat to the United States of America because he was funneling in information to a known Russian intelligence officer,” Comey added. “The notion that the attorney general believes that was an illegitimate endeavor to investigate that mystifies me.”
I did watch a little of this hearing, and it appeared to me to be nothing more than a game of mouse where the Senate Republicans tried to tap Comey into saying something that would invalidate the Russia investigation or damage his reputation and the deftly escaped time and time again.
Once again if you really want to understand the thinking in the lead up to the investigation, and during the Clinton email investigation, urge you to watch “The Comey Rule” on Showtime.