Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Twisted Knickers: It’s Back To The Drawing Board For Democrats

The Senate Intelligence Committee's hearing on Wednesday morning furnished one undeniable fact:  Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers resolutely maintained they had never felt or received pressure to act inappropriately.

"In the three-plus years that I have been the director of the National Security Agency, to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate," Rogers stated.

Coates declared, "I've never been pressured, never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to ongoing investigations."

Apart from the antagonistic and shameful inquisition by Democrats and perpetual RINO idiot John McCain nothing new emerged from these two intelligence officials.  Shortly after the hearing concluded ex-FBI Director Comey’s written opening statement for his Senate Intelligence Committee appearance was released.

In it Comey confirms that yes, he told Trump three times—just as Trump said, and just as "sources close to Comey" denied—that Trump was not the subject of any FBI investigation.

Unless Comey goes beyond his written statement on Thursday, his testimony is not likely to settle the question of obstruction with a definitive answer.  One man whose opinion I highly regard, George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, weighed in on the issue.

From the Associated Press:
Nothing he read in Comey’s statement persuades him that Trump violated the law by interfering with a federal investigation. 
Turley was referring to the entirety of Comey’s written statement, including his account of an Oval Office meeting in which Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. Comey says Trump told him, “I hope you can let this go.” 
Turley says in an email that “the comments are grossly inappropriate,” but that “we do not indict people for being boorish or clueless.”

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