Comey Knew

 

Reading the Weissman Report* can be rewarding if you’re familiar with a lot of the other documents publicly available and know how to interpret the tortured verbiage of the report which is designed to imply all sorts of things that the authors would have liked to be able to prove but were unable to do so.

Remember the Steele Dossier that became a big media splash when it leaked the day after Comey briefed President-elect Trump on selective portions (only the salacious parts involving his personal behavior) in January 2017? The Dossier that was the basis for the four FISA Warrants issued regarding Carter Page? The predicate on which this entire Russia collusion story was based?

There is no mention of the Steele Dossier in Volume 1 of the report, the section dealing with collusion!**

There is a passing mention to the Steele Dossier in Volume 2, the obstruction section, when it refers to it containing unverified allegations. Most of the other references in Volume 2 concern how angry President Trump was about the allegations in the dossier. And who can blame him since they were false!

However, there is one very intriguing reference to the dossier on Page 246 concerning a private dinner Comey had with the President in late January of 2017. Here’s what the report states:

The President brought up the Steele report that Comey had raised in the January 6, 2017 briefing and stated that he was thinking about ordering the FBI to investigate the allegations to prove they were false. Comey responded that the President should think carefully about issuing such an order because it could create a narrative that the FBI was investigating him personally, which was incorrect.

Some thoughts on this:

If you are wondering what the source is for this conversation, it is, according to the report, Comey’s memo of January 28, 2017, written to himself!

Pretty clever 5-D move by Trump in his campaign to obstruct justice! (Just joking.)

Most importantly, it demonstrates it was very likely Comey knew the Steele Dossier allegations were false way back in January 2017. Why else would he be trying to persuade the President of the United States not to pursue an investigation of the allegations about him personally, allegations Trump knew to be false?

Because an investigation would have defused the ongoing campaign of Comey and his associates to find something, anything, to pin on Trump or at least seriously disrupt the new administration.

Because an investigation also ran the risk of bringing into the open that the dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign, done at the direction of Fusion GPS (which at the same time was lobbying on behalf of Russian oligarchs tied to Putin), and compiled by Steele who used his contacts to get information directly from Russian intelligence!

Because an investigation would have also undermined the basis for the continued wiretaps of Carter Page and anyone associated with him.

And if the truth became known about the dossier, the Special Counsel would not have been appointed.


*I refer to it as the Weissman Report because he was running the show on a day to day basis. Robert Mueller was a figurehead. He was safe in that role because of his institutional devotion to protecting DOJ and the FBI and preventing any criticism of those agencies (a trait many who’ve dealt with him have recognized for many years) and he’s also proven, possibly because of that institutional devotion, to be easily duped by those working for him, whether it be the grossly corrupt Boston FBI office in the 80s, or the HQ FBI which relentlessly pursued an innocent man in the anthrax investigation during the 2000s.

Both Mueller and Weissman’s involvement in this investigation has also been unethical. Mueller is a long time colleague of Comey and an ally of his during the Cheney Wars and should have been recused from the investigation, and the same for Weissman, with his record of unethical conduct, his blatant partisanship on behalf of Hillary and the Democratic Party, and his involvement on briefings on the Steele Dossier in the fall of 2016.

** It is simply astonishing and a demonstration of the bad-faith with which the investigation was conducted that in Volume 1, which purports to be about Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, there is no mention of the only documented instance of collusion and coordination between Russia and an American presidential candidate, even though the contents of the document were leaked to the American press and used by the Obama Administration to obtain a FISA warrant to access the communications of a Trump adviser.

A further example of bad-faith is in the report’s treatment of the Trump Tower meeting of June 9, 2016 to which it devotes 12 pages. This was when Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who had promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton but instead lobbied for their support in repealing the Magnitsky Act which sanctioned some Putin supporters in Russia. Trump J and Kushner took no action on the request. This would have been a natural place to bring in the Steele Dossier since Veselnitskaya had retained Fusion GPS, the firm retained by Perkin Coie on behalf of the Clinton campaign, and which, in turn, hired Christopher Steele to assemble the dossier, to lobby for repeal of the Magnitsky Act and Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson right before, and right after the Trump Tower meeting! Instead, the report contains no reference in the text or footnotes to Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, or Steele. 

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There are 18 comments.

  1. Member

    Brilliant. From this point on, I’m referring to it as the Weissman Report*.

    And the ever smug, weird and deceitful Comey as convict. #SoManyAnswers

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    • April 19, 2019, at 5:03 PM PDT
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  2. Member

    You sound like Sundance.

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    • April 19, 2019, at 5:32 PM PDT
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  3. Thatcher

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    You sound like Sundance.

    Who is that?

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    • April 19, 2019, at 5:37 PM PDT
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  4. Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    You sound like Sundance.

    Who is that?

    http://www.conservativetreehouse.com

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    • April 19, 2019, at 6:12 PM PDT
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  5. Coolidge

    Team Obama weaponized the 5-Eyes program to spy and depose Trump. All those characters need the Rosenberg treatment. Hillary paid for Russian disinformation and the FBI/CIA used that in a soft coup. Tyranny is the ultimate crime in American and it deserves the ultimate punishment.

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    • April 19, 2019, at 7:37 PM PDT
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  6. Member

    Anyone who has read Licensed to Lie by Sydney Powell will know the name Weissman.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/15/powell-weissmann-mueller/

    https://thefederalist.com/2018/11/08/robert-muellers-lead-prosecutor-history-ethics-violations/

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    • April 20, 2019, at 12:27 AM PDT
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  7. Member

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Anyone who has read Licensed to Lie by Sydney Powell will know the name Weissman.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/03/15/powell-weissmann-mueller/

    https://thefederalist.com/2018/11/08/robert-muellers-lead-prosecutor-history-ethics-violations/

    I read the book but never made the connection. I certainly remember him, but had forgotten the name. That connection should have been front page news every day he was on ithe Mueller death squad. 

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    • April 20, 2019, at 4:31 AM PDT
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  8. Thatcher

    Columbo (View Comment):

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    You sound like Sundance.

    Who is that?

    http://www.conservativetreehouse.com

    Ah, I know it under the url name. Occasionally look at it. One of the tricky things navigating through the maze of information, opinions, and theories is figuring out what is fact v what is likely v what is possible. That’s why I’ve tried to read as many source documents as possible and that’s why there are still so many real questions, rather than the Weissman nonsense, to be answered. For instance, Joseph Mifsud. Some seem convinced he worked for Western intelligence. Weissman says its was the Russians. I simply don’t know based on what I’ve seen so far but sure would like to get a definitive answer.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 8:28 AM PDT
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  9. Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo…

    If you coined “The Weissman Report” copy right it today.

    Beautiful my friend.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 1:52 PM PDT
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  10. Member

    Could it be The Weissmann Report barely mentions the Steele Dossier in an effort to pretend the document which is basis for the FBI’s multiple FISA warrants does not exist as far as the Mueller investigation is concerned.

    The Carter Page FISA warrants are a fraud perpetrated by the FBI in their Crossfire hurricane investigation, and the Mueller Special Counsel is essentially the continuation of the FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation, with an obstruction of justice investigation thrown in just for fun.(… or thrown in because McCabe/Rosenstein/Mueller knew full well “there was no there, there” so the needed an actual snipe crime to hunt.

    Any competent Federal Prosecutor/FBI investigator would have analyzed the underlying documents used to initiate and conduct any part of the Trump/Russia collusion investigation and determined there was no probable cause to engage in either the full blown counter-intelligence or criminal investigations which ensued ….. and given this fact, where in God’s name does McCabe/Rosenstein/Mueller get the cajones to begin a obstruction of justice investigation when these well respected perfectly competent Federal attorney’s knew full well there is no predicate crime to obstruct.

    Because while everyone dissects and psycho-analyzes the Weissmann Report for Trump’s acts of ostensible obstruction of justice, we never dissect and psycho-analyze the Mueller Special Counsel taking 674 days \ to come up with this Weissmann 448 page piece of CORRUPTION.

    The Weissmann Report never mentioning the Obama DOJ/FBI/IC malfeasance is the CORRUPTION.

    How can everyone else including the IG of both the DOJ and FBI unravel what a Special Counsel 674 day, 19 attorney, 40 FBI agent, investigation makes no mention of when they have all the the information being withheld from the rest of the world in order to determine the Trump/Russia collusion crime never happened.

    If one accurately reads between the lines what the Weissmann Report should impart is: All this Trump/Russian-ee related crap we just went through for the past two years was a result of the obscene shenanigans of the most politicized, corrupted DOJ/FBI/IC in United States history.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 3:34 PM PDT
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  11. Member

    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Demo… (View Comment):

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    You sound like Sundance.

    Who is that?

    Oh I’m sorry. I read the Conservative Treehouse blog everyday and it’s putout by a mysterious guy named Sundance. He has been way out front of all things regarding the Mueller inquisition just as your post makes a lot of sense.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 4:07 PM PDT
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  12. Thatcher

    On Dec. 7th, 2018, James Comey testified before Congress. He answered some variation of “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” 245 times.

    Comey didn’t get fired in order to block an investigation. Comey got fired because he’s a forgetful dope.

    He ought to rename his memoirs To the Best of My Recollection.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 5:18 PM PDT
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  13. Coolidge

    According to John Solomon of the Hill, according to the Bruce Ohr testimony around August of 2016, Ohr briefed Andrew Weissman regarding the Steele Dossier . From Solomon:

    “When asked if he knew of any connection between the Steele dossier and the DNC, Ohr responded that he believed the project was really connected to the Clinton campaign.

    “I didn’t know they were employed by the DNC but I certainly said yes that they were working for, you know, they were somehow working, associated with the Clinton campaign,” he answered.”

    Andrew Weissman knew full well that the Steele Dossier was a fraud before the FISA Applications against the Trump Campaign in fall of 16. Weissman failed to mention the Steele Dossier in the Mueller report because he himself would have been implicated and would have had to explain away why this fraudulent document was the primary basis for the FISA warrant application.

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    • April 20, 2019, at 5:44 PM PDT
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  14. Thatcher

    unsk2 (View Comment):

    According to John Solomon of the Hill, according to the Bruce Ohr testimony around August of 2016, Ohr briefed Andrew Weissman regarding the Steele Dossier . From Solomon:

    “When asked if he knew of any connection between the Steele dossier and the DNC, Ohr responded that he believed the project was really connected to the Clinton campaign.

    “I didn’t know they were employed by the DNC but I certainly said yes that they were working for, you know, they were somehow working, associated with the Clinton campaign,” he answered.”

    And that is one of several reasons why on ethical grounds Weissman should never have been part of Mueller’s team. But then again, Mueller’s mission was to protect DOJ and the FBI.

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  15. Thatcher

    unsk2 (View Comment):
    Andrew Weissman knew full well that the Steele Dossier was a fraud before the FISA Applications against the Trump Campaign in fall of 16. Weissman failed to mention the Steele Dossier in the Mueller report because he himself would have been implicated and would have had to explain away why this fraudulent document was the primary basis for the FISA warrant application.

    Devin Nunes has submitted a criminal referral notification to the Justice Department regarding individuals associated with the initial investigation. There are apparently two referrals involving the FISA warrant applications. I would be surprised if Weissman’s name isn’t on one.

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  16. Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    unsk2 (View Comment):
    Andrew Weissman knew full well that the Steele Dossier was a fraud before the FISA Applications against the Trump Campaign in fall of 16. Weissman failed to mention the Steele Dossier in the Mueller report because he himself would have been implicated and would have had to explain away why this fraudulent document was the primary basis for the FISA warrant application.

    Devin Nunes has submitted a criminal referral notification to the Justice Department regarding individuals associated with the initial investigation. There are apparently two referrals involving the FISA warrant applications. I would be surprised if Weissman’s name isn’t on one.

    From your lips …

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  17. Thatcher

    Percival (View Comment):

    unsk2 (View Comment):
    Andrew Weissman knew full well that the Steele Dossier was a fraud before the FISA Applications against the Trump Campaign in fall of 16. Weissman failed to mention the Steele Dossier in the Mueller report because he himself would have been implicated and would have had to explain away why this fraudulent document was the primary basis for the FISA warrant application.

    Devin Nunes has submitted a criminal referral notification to the Justice Department regarding individuals associated with the initial investigation. There are apparently two referrals involving the FISA warrant applications. I would be surprised if Weissman’s name isn’t on one.

    My guess he is not. As far as I know he was involved in a briefing on the dossier in the fall of 2016 but don’t think he was in the chain on the initial approval. One of many questions still to be answered though.

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  18. Coolidge

    EDISONPARKS (View Comment):
    Weissmann Report should impart is: All this Trump/Russian-ee related crap we just went through for the past two years

    It is at least 3 years. PapaD met with British Intelligence in March 2016. It could 3.5 years. There is some talk that there are FISA warrants on Flynn from time of his first consultations with Trump in August 2015. 

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    • April 20, 2019, at 7:40 PM PDT
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