I Dunno

 

I was a police officer for 22 years, and by officer I mean that I never was promoted. I was never a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, or Chief. During my career I had several disagreements with other officers, detectives, prosecutors, and higher-ups, including the chief of police. Sometimes I was wrong, and I admitted my error. Sometimes I thought I was right, but I agreed to comply with the decision of someone who was getting paid a lot more than me (for good reasons). I always thought I had a solid basis for my actions, though, again, sometimes I was wrong. I don’t think I ever said anything like this, though:

Sen. Rubio:  “…you perceived it as an order, given his position, the setting, and the like, and the sum of the circumstances.”

James Comey:  “Yes.”

Rubio:  “At the time, did you say anything to the President about that is not an appropriate request or did you tell the White House Counsel ‘That is not an appropriate request, someone needs to go tell the President that he can’t do these things?'”

Comey:  “I did not, no.”

Rubio:  “Okay, why?”

Comey:  “I dunno … (blah blah blah)”

“I dunno!?” You’re the [expletive] head of the FBI, you idiot. You darn well better know how to deal with something as simple as an inappropriate request by the President. What are you going to say when asked how to stop terrorist plots, “Beats me?”

When Comey got fired, I thought Our Dear Leader did it in a particularly incompetent fashion. I now see that Comey got no worse than he deserved.

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  1. Steve C. Member
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    Jager (View Comment):
    The results would not be good at all, but I am sympathetic to this idea and have even flirted with it myself. If I have to choose between a party that wants to “fundamentally change” America and a Party that will let them while claiming to be fighting, then what is the point.

    Hold your nose and vote for the most right wing candidate only works for so long. At some point a significant minority of center and right voters are going to throw up their hands and take their kids to the park. Because they subscribe to Einstein’s definition of insanity.

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  2. Pugshot Inactive
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    @rightangles

    Ironic that the very thing voters love about him, his not being a politician, is also the thing that gets him into the most trouble.

    I think that Comey’s testimony reveals that he is (was) in fact the consummate politician – by which I mean, political player. Asked by Lorretta Lynch to refer to the Hillary investigation as a “matter,” he fails to report this not-so-subtle pressure from his Democratic boss to down-play the nature of the FBI investigation. Then, when not-so-subtle pressure emanates from his new Republican boss to drop an FBI investigation into the boss’s former advisor, he fails to alert anyone about that either, but he does make memoranda to CYA (or perhaps I should say, CHA). Then, despite the fact that these memoranda were made by the FBI Director, while he was FBI Director, summarizing his meeting with his boss, the President, while in his capacity as FBI Director (and concerning an on-going official government investigation), he retains these government documents and leaks them through a third party after he is no longer a government employee. Oh yes, he is a politician – albeit an unelected one!

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  3. profdlp Inactive
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    Steve C. (View Comment):
    We elected a Republican House and nothing changed.

    We elected a Republican Senate and nothing changed.

    We elected a Republican President and nothing changed.

    Maybe this year my vote is NO and I just take the kids to the park instead.

    I’m saving up the money I normally donate to political campaigns and plan to use it to buy more firearms.  I will no longer subsidize these idiots for letting me down.  They cost me enough in taxes as it is.

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  4. RightAngles Member
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    Pugshot (View Comment):

    @rightangles

    Ironic that the very thing voters love about him, his not being a politician, is also the thing that gets him into the most trouble.

    I think that Comey’s testimony reveals that he is (was) in fact the consummate politician – by which I mean, political player. Asked by Lorretta Lynch to refer to the Hillary investigation as a “matter,” he fails to report this not-so-subtle pressure from his Democratic boss to down-play the nature of the FBI investigation. Then, when not-so-subtle pressure emanates from his new Republican boss to drop an FBI investigation into the boss’s former advisor, he fails to alert anyone about that either, but he does make memoranda to CYA (or perhaps I should say, CHA). Then, despite the fact that these memoranda were made by the FBI Director, while he was FBI Director, summarizing his meeting with his boss, the President, while in his capacity as FBI Director (and concerning an on-going official government investigation), he retains these government documents and leaks them through a third party after he is no longer a government employee. Oh yes, he is a politician – albeit an unelected one!

    OH I agree with that for sure. I meant Trump haha. I think I’ll go edit that comment.

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  5. cdor Member
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    Steve C. (View Comment):

    cdor (View Comment):
    One has to wonder if the Republicans aren’t just fine allowing the Democrats to continue with this charade. It takes them off the hook for not getting anything accomplished. But does it really…….?

    One has to wonder, as I have, if the average center right voter, who as the estimable Jay Cost always reminds us has only a one word answer YES or NO, won’t run the following calculation in 2018:

    We elected a Republican House and nothing changed.

    We elected a Republican Senate and nothing changed.

    We elected a Republican President and nothing changed.

    Maybe this year my vote is NO and I just take the kids to the park instead.

    And that my friends is how you get Pelosi and Schumer back in power.

    And that friend is when the Republicans are likely to say “What can we do, we don’t have the power?”

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  6. profdlp Inactive
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    Edit turned into a double post…

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  7. profdlp Inactive
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    profdlp (View Comment):

    cdor (View Comment):
    And that friend is when the Republicans are likely to say “What can we do, we don’t have the power?”

    My full answer to that question would be unprintable as it would involve suggesting they engage in various physically improbable unnatural acts.

     

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  8. JosePluma Coolidge
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    Did Comey really say “I dunno” or is that just short hand?

    I transcribed it from Andrew Klavan’s podcast.  It sure sounded like “I dunno” to me.

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  9. Chuckles Thatcher
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    I dunno.  You do realize there are two James Comeys?  Because I became a captive audience yesterday to NPR (your tax dollars at work) and listened to a solid hour of review and analysis:  And it’s clear they heard a totally different James Comey in a totally different hearing.

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  10. profdlp Inactive
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    Chuckles (View Comment):
    I dunno. You do realize there are two James Comeys? Because I became a captive audience yesterday to NPR (your tax dollars at work) and listened to a solid hour of review and analysis: And it’s clear they heard a totally different James Comey in a totally different hearing.

    They hear two Comey’s too:  The brave hero who stood up to the Evil Trump, and the reprehensible jerk who sabotaged the Noble Hillary.  This Comey guy appears to have taken the words of the apostle Paul to heart and become all things to all men.

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  11. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    profdlp (View Comment):

    Chuckles (View Comment):
    I dunno. You do realize there are two James Comeys? Because I became a captive audience yesterday to NPR (your tax dollars at work) and listened to a solid hour of review and analysis: And it’s clear they heard a totally different James Comey in a totally different hearing.

    They hear two Comey’s too: The brave hero who stood up to the Evil Trump, and the reprehensible jerk who sabotaged the Noble Hillary. This Comey guy appears to have taken the words of the apostle Paul to heart and become all thing to all men.

    Comey for President in 2020, he is all things to all people.

    Vote for him or be investigated.

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  12. Chuckles Thatcher
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    profdlp (View Comment):
    This Comey guy appears to have taken the words of the apostle Paul to heart and become all thing to all men.

    Very good observation!!

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  13. GFHandle Member
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):
    If 2016 couldn’t get it done, what will?

    All or nothing?

    Jeff Sessions just stopped the practice of giving big bucks to lefty groups in lieu of fines when settling law cases. To me, that is the change we sought. We pulled out of the Paris accord. We used the word “Islamic” in the same sentence with “terrorism.”  Etc.

    How can we expect all the change we want when we live in a huge, democratic nation? Or even, maybe, most of it.

    “Money lost, little lost. Honor lost, much lost. Heart lost, all lost.”–inscription on an old Scottish cup.

     

     

     

     

     

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  14. MJBubba Inactive
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    Lets give the remedy time to work.

    I am getting impatient.  Trump still has over a thousand administration positions without anyone nominated yet.   That is on President Trump.  I know; his staff that is supposed to be vetting candidates has been covered up with other stuff, but I bet they could borrow a couple of staff members from the RNC or even some Republican governors.   The swamp can’t get drained until the team is assembled to start the work.

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  15. Hypatia Inactive
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    Jules PA (View Comment):
    Did Comey really say “I dunno” or is that just short hand?

    No, he did! In a really upbeat way, too, like someone saying he wasn’t sure what time the movie starts or sump’n.  It was one of the few moments I heard.  That and the moment where he admitted being the leaker.

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  16. Michael C. Lukehart Inactive
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    Just a little aside – I’ve practiced some high-stakes criminal defense for 37 years, more or less.  I always found the officers easier to deal with, more honest, direct to the point of bluntness, and more informative than the ones with finer titles.  Friendlier, too.  It seems the higher the title, the less clear the answers I could get.

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