The Comey memos were finally delivered to Congress yesterday, so, of course, they were immediately leaked to the press in record time --- literally within minutes. Nancy Pelosi quickly tweeted this last night regarding the contents of the memos:
“The release of #Comey Memos are further proof of @realDonaldTrump’s contempt for the rule of law. His attempts to intimidate, circumvent the law & undermine the integrity of law enforcement investigations demand immediate action to protect the Mueller investigation. #FollowTheFacts.”
The release of #Comey Memos are further proof of @realDonaldTrump’s contempt for the rule of law. His attempts to intimidate, circumvent the law & undermine integrity of law enforcement investigations demand immediate action to protect the Mueller investigation. #FollowTheFacts— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) April 20, 2018
Maybe Pelosi got her hands on some different memos because there’s nothing in this entire 15-page leak that suggests what’s she’s describing. In fact, it appears exactly the opposite.
Comey’s memos cover conversations with the president from January 7, 2017 to April 11, 2017. Comey has hinted that these conversations would prove that the president was guilty of a crime, but I see proof of neither collusion nor any sign of obstruction. In almost every single memo, there are three topics that routinely pop up.
First, Russian hookers and the infamous golden showers rumor. The president seemed really worried about that, not because it might be true, but because of how embarrassing it looked. Also --- and this is probably his biggest motivation for mentioning it --- Melania was clearly upset over this.
Second, Comey notes that the president was really worried about leaks. Both in the FBI and in the West Wing. Maybe one of the funniest sentences out of all the leaked memos was this line from Comey:
I added that I was reliable in one way but not in the way political people sometimes use the term. I explained that he could count on me to always tell him the truth. I said I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves.
Was Comey setting up the ultimate scenario for literary students in universities all over the world to understand the term, Poetic Justice? Within a few months of telling the president he’s reliable and doesn’t leak, he’s both leaking these conversations to the press AND writing a tell-all book.
To quote Ricky Ricardo: Comey! You got some ‘splainin’ to do!
And lastly, the third most common topic Comey mentioned in his memos were mentions --- ANY MENTION AT ALL --- that might have made reference to his job. The president never appeared ready and willing to fire him, but Comey seemed overly hypersensitive to it.
I WOULD say that Comey’s memos were just as disappointing and uneventful as one of his press conferences, but that wouldn’t be ENTIRELY true. Out of seven total memos, FOUR of them have been redacted and classified.
THREE of them are not. Comey allegedly leaked FOUR of these memos to his friend in order to be given to the press. That means that --- at the very minimum --- ONE of those was classified. Is this the REAL smoking gun to come out of these memos? To quote Ricky Ricardo: Comey! You got some "splainin" to do!