Accuracy in Media

Before FBI Director James Comey was fired on Tuesday, there weren’t many politicians on either side of the aisle who were pleased with him or would have been sorry to see him go. Hillary Clinton recently blamed him for her defeat in last year’s presidential election by having re-opened the investigation into her mishandling of classified material less than two weeks before the election. Comey had confirmed in March that the FBI was investigating connections between advisors to President Donald Trump and representatives of the Russian government, both prior to the election last year and in the period between the election and the inauguration in January.

But as soon as the bombshell announcement was made late Tuesday afternoon, the Democrats and their allies in the media had found their latest “Watergate” scandal. Trump’s firing of Comey was compared to Watergate’s “Saturday Night Massacre.” Trump was said to be Nixonian because, they argue, he is attempting to shut down Comey’s investigation into his supposed collusion with the Russians.

Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General who was confirmed by a 96 to 4 vote in the Senate on April 25, wrote the letter recommending that Comey should be fired: “The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” wrote Rosenstein.

CNN’s Erin Burnett was obviously confused when discussing Rosenstein’s rationale. She said, laughingly and in disbelief, that candidate Trump had “praised Comey for that decision.” But what Trump actually said about it on July 5, shortly after Comey’s announcement, was that “Today is the best evidence ever that we’ve seen that our system is absolutely, totally rigged. It’s rigged.” Clearly Burnett was thinking about Trump’s praise for Comey after he re-opened the investigation into Hillary’s emails just 11 days before the election.

The fix was clearly in for the investigation into Hillary’s email scandal, which was a genuine national security scandal. Following the revelation that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had met with Bill Clinton in a plane at the Phoenix airport, she refused to recuse herself from the case, instead saying that she would follow the recommendation of Comey. Comey then interviewed Hillary for about three hours, and just a few days later, without comparing her answers to previous statements she had made on the record, such as during her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, he let her off the hook. Comey laid out the case for Hillary’s indictment, but concluded that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute the case.

Calls for an independent counsel or commission to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia are a misguided distraction from two much more relevant investigations: President Barack Obama’s attempts to undermine the Trump candidacy—and now the Trump presidency—as well as actual, well-documented financial and business ties between the Russians and the Clintons, including Hillary’s campaign manager John Podesta.

A recent, lengthy feature by The New York Times attempts a postmortem on the U.S. 2016 presidential election. The Times’ editorializing about the election is based on innuendo and false reporting. The Times reporters write that the alleged Russian influence on the election, tilting it in favor of Donald Trump, was a bigger story than Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. This might be, at best, considered a matter of opinion. But at worst it is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper might have a clear view of what the Russians have, or have not, done. He “admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee…that the Russians did not alter vote counts in the U.S. election,” reported CNS News. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) asked Clapper to confirm that he had seen “no evidence that vote tallies were altered or manipulated in anyway?” to which Clapper replied, “That’s correct.” Clapper also told Senator John McCain (R-AZ) that “We had no way of gauging the impact that—certainly the intelligence community cannot gauge the impact—it [Russian cyber activities] had on the choices the electorate made.”

In other words, it is impossible to parse the effect that Russian activities had on votes, but possible to verify that the Russians did not alter the vote tallies. After nearly a year investigating supposed Russian collusion with Trump to help him win the election, there is no supporting evidence.

Clapper confirmed again this week that he has seen “no evidence” of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials or foreign nationals.

By touting the influence of a foreign nation on our domestic politics, the press, and the Times in particular, are attempting to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, while at the same time keeping a cloud of suspicion over the presidency of Donald Trump. The Times is clear about absolving Hillary. It states, “They knew it would not be enough to prove that Mrs. Clinton was sloppy or careless. To bring charges, they needed evidence that she knowingly received classified information or set up her server for that purpose.”

This is blatantly false. Mrs. Clinton could have been pursued under charges of gross negligence. As former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy notes, “‘malicious intent’ is not required to prove felonious mishandling of classified information.” Comey did say that Clinton was extremely careless. But the Democrats and the media think they finally have their weapon to defeat Trump. Meanwhile, though the Republicans still control all Senate and House committees, they still lack the will, or the vision, to set the agenda and shape the narrative.




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  • mjmaf

    Too bad for Dem-Snowflakes all the Russian claptrap is pure, baseless B.S., yet they mindlessly rant and rave! Meanwhile COMEY WAS RIGHTFULLY FIRED as there is NO EVIDENCE of any Russian involvement in OUR election. It is at best a very poor fishing expedition! Dems are angry that their huge, multiple efforts (including several pointed out during the debates, while Trump had to expertly fend for himself, without on stage aids!) to prop up a very weak, incompetent, very CRIMINAL candidate! There is evidence Hillary, by Comey’s own admission, is GUILTY of many federal crimes with her own illegal server used for leaking Government secrets – all extremely chargeable offenses, worthy of breaking rocks at Leavenworth, a place where many have gone for breaking even one federal law! We can add in they well over a thousand counts of PAY-TO-PLAY money dropped into her fake charity account, for favors to be named later, after she ’won’. Yet, even after Comey’s own findings and multiple claims of Hillary’s criminal guilt, he also said he would not prosecute! WHAT GIVES? If one commits a crime and is punished – ALL who commit crimes should get the SAME punishments. Hillary should be in prison! Comey got only part of what he deserved for his dereliction of duty! Trump did the right thing, despite the constant barrage of false narratives by the Walter-Mitty-esque Left foisting out the same old lies and unwarranted calls for impeachment. We had 8 years of Unpunished Treason by the former Law Breaker-In-Chief, none other than: Barry-Choom-Ganger Soetoro! Dems have a very filthy back porch to be pointing ANY fingers elsewhere! What a bunch of sanctimonious Hypocrites!

  • ItsJo

    Comey goes back Years with his ‘Clinton Connections, and to date, he sits on a Bank Board, that has given Large Donations to the “Clinton Crime Family’s FAKE Charity”…..This article is spot on, except I would add to Mr. Arnoff’s article, that “I understand that Comey DID NOT GO TO THE 3 HR. INTERVIEW OF HILLARY CLINTON”…..Perhaps I am mistaken, but I recall thinking, “Comey IS IN THE TANK FOR CLINTON, ALONG WITH HIS PAST, GETTING THEM OUT OF SOME HOT WATER ISSUE.”

    Perhaps the Crooked Democrats who at the time, “Wanted Hillary in the Whitehouse, and along with HER, they condemned Comey and wanted him Fired.” These are the same ones who NOW are drumming up the “Russian Issues, they DIVERTED the media to, to besmirch PRESIDENT TRUMP’S WINNING THE WHITEHOUSE, AND TRYING TO UNDERMINE HIM AS A SITTING PRESIDENT.”

    We KNOW, that Obama wanted Hillary in the Whitehouse for “HIS third term”, and he did ALL he could to campaign FOR Hillary, and INSULTING the Trump Campaign, then AFTER Trump won, Obama LIED and claimed he’d do all he could to have a smooth transition….He did Little to that effect, and Deranged Democrats like Schumer, Watters, etal. are STILL trying to sideline President Trump AND his administration, with “OBSTRUCTION TACTICS, OF BULLIES, LIARS, AND SORE LOSERS(which they ARE) They even took MORE time to
    DELAY Mr. Trump, putting together his choices for his administration, AND attacking members of HIS family.

    Lastly, I PRAY that A.G. Sessions and his dept. look into “THE SHADOW GOV’T THAT OBAMA IS PUTTING TOGETHER TO UNDERMINE THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY.”
    Obama, Jarret(who NOW, is living in Obama’s home) along with the “Puppet Master, Evil, George Soros-who is hiring/paying for protesters’ attacking/rioting-along with the Leftist, Liberal Media who is STILL on the attack of PRESIDENT TRUMP, as they continue to be
    “Another Arm of the Corrupt/Liberal/Leftist Democrat Party.” One could ask WHY? Well, that answer is because Obama/Soros/Hillary, etal. WANT their Agenda, of a “One World Order”
    in their lust for GLOBALISM for Power/Control/Money….which is ALWAYS THEIR QUEST.

    All this, as Obama tried to make America WEAK, and ANSWERABLE TO THE CROOKED U.N. AND INTERNATIONAL LAW-Which he had Already enacted with his “Pen and Phone” along with his “Clearing the way for Iran to achieve their quest for Nuclear Weapons as HE had secret letters/calls WITH THESE WORLD TERRORISTS, WHO CHANTED:
    “DEATH TO AMERICA”………..

    Obama, clearly should be brought up on charges of “BETRAYING THE OFFICE OF POTUS, AND PUTTING AMERICANS IN DANGER, AS HE LOOKED OUT MORE FOR IRAN, THAN HE DID AMERICA. NOW, we see “THE BLACK SHADOW-OBAMA, setting up a SHADOW GOV’T TO COMPLETE ‘HIS/SOROS/JARRET(born in Iran, and living in his home) OF THE “TAKING DOWN OF AMERICA”

    I WILL AWAIT A.G. SESSIONS REACTIONS TO THIS “TRAITOR OF AMERICA AND IT’S CITIZENS, as OBAMA USED ALL INTEL AGENCIES TO ‘RULE LIKE A DICTATOR’ AND IN HIS WORDS:

    “WE WILL REWARD OUR FRIENDS, AND PUNISH OUR ENEMIES”…this, as he USED Intel Agencies TO PUNISH American Citizens, like the IRS(with Corrupt Lois Lerner and the Director Koskinen), the DOJ(along with his co-conspirator-A.G. Holder)and Brennan of the CIA, to do HIS DIRTY WORK! THIS IS WHY, THE CHARGES NEED TO BE FORTHCOMING, AS D.C. WAS A CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION, AND THAT SWAMP DEFINITELY NEEDS DRAINING.”

    The American Voters, KNEW this, and they voted in overwhelming numbers to NOT elect, ANOTHER CAREER POLITICO, IN D.C. FOR SELF ENRICHMENT. The Republicans were given a “TOTAL TAKEOVER OF THE HOUSE/SENATE AND POTUS….AND THEY NEED TO GET BEHIND OUR CHOICE….PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP!

  • mioahu

    Comey as well as Yates are a bunch of lefty hacks, who overstepped their duties. Comey thinks he’s the Attorney General, and Yates things she’s the supreme court. Both of them, Yates more so, suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome. These positions should be apolitical. yet their were clearly politicized. They both were fired on good grounds, for dereliction of duty and clear partisanship.