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If you were wondering what is going through fired FBI Director James Comey’s mind this week following revelations that he very likely took part in framing President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, he gave us some insight Thursday evening.
It’s his garden. Flowers. Pretty ones. A rose, perhaps?
Comforting sign of spring in our garden pic.twitter.com/aLMKrRnDjA
— James Comey (@Comey) May 1, 2020
And the messaging in his tweet — “a comforting sign” — likely has some meaning as well.
Maybe the admitted role this disgraced former FBI boss, assistant attorney general, and federal prosecutor played in what appears to have been a concerted effort to unseat a duly elected president is finally dawning on him.
Maybe he understands justice is nigh.
Then again, so far, Comey has been untouched. Like so many other swamp dwellers, so far he’s ‘gotten away with it.’
Let’s recall in August 2019 when Attorney General William Barr seemed to have Comey dead to rights but declined to prosecute him anyway, as Reuters noted at the time:
The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to prosecute former FBI Director James Comey despite an internal investigation that found he improperly leaked information to the news media, the department’s internal watchdog said…
Comey wrote seven memos during the first few months of Trump’s presidency, detailing one-on-one meetings in which Comey says Trump demanded loyalty and tried to influence the actions of the FBI, which is supposed to enforce the law in an impartial manner.
The Inspector General’s report said Comey should not have held on to the memos after he was fired because they were official FBI documents. Comey gave one of them to his friend Dan Richman and told him to share it with a New York Times reporter, according to the report.
The refusal to prosecute gave Comey some confidence to become arrogant.
“To all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president,” he wrote on Twitter.
DOJ IG "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media." I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
The demand that he be compensated for obvious violations of the law with an apology did not sit well with former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
“He’s a two-time offender,” he said of Comey during an appearance on Fox News. “Remember, Horowitz also dinged him for his handling of the Clinton email investigation, so now he gets dinged in the other major case he handled in 2016.
“I’m certainly not going to apologize to anyone who violated FBI and Department of Justice policy, who violated an employment agreement, who shared sensitive information about an ongoing investigation, who sent classified information to an unauthorized person and then had amnesia when the FBI came to his home to try to retrieve government property,” he added.
Barr had him — and Barr let him go. Why?
Maybe it was because Barr had something more on Comey — like handwritten notes from FBI agents Comey sent to entrap a newly installed national security adviser named Michael Flynn.
So now, we’re not getting the cocky, arrogant Comey, that paragon of virtue and righteousness, tweeting about how the world owes him an apology, how Trump is really the evil one, and about how all those predictions about his demise were in vain.
No. We get a flower and some hazy message about ‘comfort’ and ‘spring.’
Bro you posted cringe again bro https://t.co/UgpOikUmw9
— Gulag Inmate 4859 (@JackPosobiec) May 1, 2020
I’m here for the ratio. And bet Saint Comey is regretting, just a bit, his smug bragging to MSNBC about sending agents to sneak up on Flynn in the WH on a pretext in order to frame him. #CrookedCop #Disgusting
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) May 1, 2020
Meanwhile, Barr’s pit bull prosecutor, John Durham, continues his criminal probe. And this new evidence fills in a lot of once-missing puzzle pieces. It’s incriminating stuff, to be sure.
So maybe now isn’t the best time for James Comey to be virtue-signaling since virtue seems to have eluded him.
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