Byron York: James Comey, FBI had prepared to hit Trump with Russian hooker allegations from dossier

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We’re learning more and more about what former FBI James Comey was up to thanks to the IG report which was released Thursday and blasted Comey for improperly disclosing FBI documents and information through second-hand leaks to the media: “However, Comey’s own, personal conception of what was necessary was not an appropriate basis for ignoring the policies and agreements governing the use of FBI records.”

Rep. Mark Meadows found the most interesting part of the report Comey’s hiding of information about the bogus Steele dossier:

Byron York of the Washington Examiner has a fascinating piece about the dossier and especially the allegations involving Russian prostitutes (the alleged “pee-pee tapes” that Tom Arnold is apparently still searching for).

York reports:

The IG report says the group “agreed that the briefing needed to be one-on-one, so that Comey could present the ‘salacious’ information in the most discreet and least embarrassing way.” But however it was presented, the FBI leaders worried that Trump might “perceive the one-on-one briefing as an effort to hold information over him like a ‘Hoover-esque type of plot.’” That was a reference to the FBI’s notorious founding director J. Edgar Hoover, who relished keeping (and using) embarrassing secrets on top political leaders.

The group discussed how Trump might react. In particular, they considered whether he would “make statements about or provide information of value to the pending Russia interference investigation” known as “Crossfire Hurricane.”

Perhaps Trump would say something incriminating. The FBI officials made plans for Comey, immediately after leaving the meeting, to write down everything he could remember about whatever Trump said. Comey also wanted to discuss Trump’s reactions with top aides immediately. Comey told the inspector general it was “important for FBI executive managers to be ‘able to share in [Comey’s] recall of the salient details of those conversations.’” Bureau officials also wanted to be able to respond if Trump publicly “misrepresent[ed] what happened in the encounter.”

So, preparations were made. “Comey said he had a secure FBI laptop waiting for him in his FBI vehicle and that when he got into the vehicle, he was handed the laptop and ‘began typing as the vehicle moved,’” the report says. He worked on his account as the FBI car took him to the New York field office, where aides had set up a secure video teleconference with Rybicki, McCabe, Baker, and the “Crossfire Hurricane” supervisors. Comey continued to work on his memo after that and sent the group a final version the next day, Saturday, Jan. 7.

Only a few days later, CNN reported on the briefing, and the clowns at BuzzFeed printed the Steele dossier in full.

And Comey wants an apology.


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