Yes, you’re probably tired of hearing about Russia (see Donald Trump Body Slams BuzzFeed, CNN For Fake Russian ‘Report’ and CA Assemblyman Wants to Teach Students Russia ‘Hand-Picked’ Donald Trump), but this one is interesting. Apparently, FBI Director James Comey wanted to go public with the Russian election tampering evidence BEFORE the election. However, the Obama Administration said Nyet (folks, these are the jokes).
FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election. Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek.
Well before the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence accused the Russian government of tampering with the U.S. election in an October 7 statement. Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House’s situation room in June or July.
That’s summer, folks. Long before any of this “PUTIN ELECTED TRUMP” gobbledegook took over the media like the World War Z virus. But whatever Comey wanted to say about the Kremlin’s dabbling in the US election, the Obama Admin put on the kibosh. A curious conundrum if Team Trump is all about that Rooskie.
“He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward, what do people think of this?’” says a source with knowledge of the meeting. It included Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson and the national security adviser Susan Rice.
The other national security officials didn’t like the idea, and White House officials thought the announcement should be a coordinated message backed by multiple agencies, the source says. “An op-ed doesn’t have the same stature, it comes from one person.”
An OpEd. I see. I guess the FBI penning an OpEd about an ongoing investigation is a bit odd. I’ll give you that.
But let’s theorize for a second. Maybe the Obama Admin didn’t think Russia tampering was a big deal when everyone thought Hillary was going to win? Or maybe the extent of the Russian tampering was the Russians hacking the DNC because John Podesta set his password to the equivalent of “password,” (as mentioned by Julian Assange), but Comey wanted to make mention of it in some capacity? This would’ve, obviously, embarrassed the pantsuits off of Team Hillary who was trying to appear semi-presidential while wiping everything with a cloth or something. Or perhaps it’s something more nefarious than all of this, but we’ll never know because Team Obama didn’t want Comey to break silence or ranks about Russia. Obama did tell Mitt Romney at a debate that “The 1980s called, they want their foreign policy back” when Romney said Russia was a threat. So there’s that.
Regardless, I’d like to know what this Russian conspiracy theory is. If only we had a trustworthy media who would investigate for the sake of investigating. In a search for truth, not narrative. Alas.
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