[This is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 6 July 2016.]
Today millions of Americans believe that yesterday morning we saw justice publicly executed at the hand of a corrupt federal government. And the executioner was none other than FBI Director James Comey, who was not supposed to wield the ax, yet he did it anyway.
Even he must have known that history would be made by his unprecedented public statement (transcript here), one not called for by his job description nor delivered by any of his predecessors. Comey spent the first 14 minutes detailing the federal penal codes Ms Clinton had violated, and then summarily stated there was not enough evidence to indict her, after which he peremptorily walked out of the room. Americans were both astounded and distressed. (more here)
The many remarkable events over the past eighteen months, along with coincidences during the last two weeks, have given rise to a number of conspiracy theories on what really happened behind the scenes that led to yesterday. So now allow me to entertain you by spinning one more such conspiracy theory that you might not have heard yet.
But here the whole affair to exonerate Hillary and assure her election was choreographed over a year in advance. In the intervening months, Comey’s rap sheet as a straight-shooting Republican was paraded multiple times in the media, to reassure us that the director, already in the tank with Lynch, was conducting a diligent investigation letting the evidence lead where it would. To insulate Obama, his West Wing gang, and Hillary, the AG had to finalize the deal and get the details and timing of Comey’s ‘findings’ to them without piercing the vail of plausible deniability. So a coincidental meeting with Bill Clinton as go-between was arranged aboard Lynch’s just arrived executive jet in Phoenix in order to exchange pleasantries about grandchildren and golf.
The meeting was duly ‘discovered’ by a tipped-off reporter, causing the expected dust up. Lynch then went on the air and said, ‘Shucks, we didn’t talk about the investigation, and we promise never to do it again. And just to keep things on the up and up, I’m going to go along with whatever Director Comey recommends.’ With such a noble pseudo-recusal she defused the meeting on the tarmac and, more importantly, gave Comey the needed invite to make his unprecedented announcement. With even some raised-eyebrow Democrats demurring, Hillary’s constituency then predictably would swallow the FBI’s finding hook, line, and sinker.
Few noticed that Hillary’s bags were already packed to fly to North Carolina aboard AF One to launch the next round of her campaign with the President. There neither spoke a word of Comey’s anticipated and perfectly timed announcement. All’s well that ends well.
So much for the conspiracy theory, but the real bomb dropped by the FBI director was his announcement that our justice system is indeed rigged and tiered. With unabashed candor Director Comey told the country that people, less important but equally guilty of the exact same crimes committed by Hillary, should not expect a pass. Such people have been prosecuted in the past, and they should expect the same in the future. Or in Comey’s words, “This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.”
My name is Rebane, and I also expand on this and related themes on Rebane’s Ruminations where the addended transcript of this commentary is posted with relevant links, and where such issues are debated extensively. However my views are not necessarily shared by KVMR. Thank you for listening.
Addendum – The Comey Vote has handed Donald Trump and the Republicans a political plum if they are wise enough to use it between now and November. Only the most naïve believe that the fix has not been in to let Hillary slide on her Benghazi and email scandals, let alone gloss over her general ineptitude and lack of accomplishments in political office. Her history of pervasive lying is now officially documented by the federal government, and revealed for all to see in several side-by-side videos (here and here) with Director Comey.
Another area of lying not mentioned but open for future investigation and potential prosecution is the tranche of Benghazi emails that for some mysterious reason are nowhere to be found in the collection that she was forced to turn over to State and the FBI. It would stagger the imagination that the entire Benghazi episode starting with pre-attack security issues, through the attack, to the after action cover-up resulted in no work related emails sent or received by Hillary. The obvious answer is that she included them with the ‘personal emails’ about wedding plans and yoga that were deleted so thoroughly (servers were scrubbed) that even advanced forensics could not recover them. This gap in her otherwise complete State Dept work repository reminds people of the 17 minute gap that Dick Nixon had in his archive of audio tapes recorded in the Oval Office.
(Famed Hollywood audio engineer and sound director Loren L. Ryder – winner of multiple industry awards and five Oscars - owned several audio related businesses after his stint with Paramount. The most prominent of them was Ryder Sound Services which for decades was Hollywood’s leading facility for doing the post-production sound for films and TV shows. Loren also owned the distribution and sales company for the Kudelski Swiss made Nagra tape recorders which were the premier audio recorders of their day in the 1970s. It was Loren who sold the Nixon administration the tape recorders that were surreptitiously used to record the goings on in the White House.
Loren Ryder was my uncle-in-law (Jo Ann’s uncle), and as a young engineer I had the opportunity to sit at his knee and learn about the technology, history, and business of audio. After Nixon's missing audio became public, Loren assured me personally that ‘his Nagras’ did not introduce the 17 minute gap in the tape. The renowned reliability of the Nagras gave lie to the claim that the missing audio was due to equipment failure. I am equally sure that Hillary’s servers faithfully recorded and stored every one of the damning Benghazi emails that she decided should never see the light of day.)
The Crooked Hillary story is not over, but just beginning if only The Donald will work with his assembled brain trust, and control his mouth so as not to shift focus from defeating arguably the most corrupt and incompetent candidate for President we have experienced in modern times. To be continued.
[8jul16 update] Apparently the Capitulating Comey's story is also not over. A deeper look into the lead up to Comey’s notorious duck-and-cover performances reveal a man nowhere near the carefully structured stature that has been presented to us over the past year. First, I draw your attention to WSJ’s ‘The Legend of Jim Comey’ which begins –
Three days after James Comey’s soliloquy absolving Hillary Clinton of criminal misuse of classified information, the big winner is—James Comey. Washington’s elite are hailing the FBI director as a modern King Solomon for avoiding a political crisis while telling the truth.
Forgive us if we don’t join the beatification. Now that we’ve had more time to digest Mr. Comey’s legal reasoning, and after his appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday, his actions are all the more troubling and set a dangerous precedent. He often poses as the deliverer of “hard truths,” and the hard truth is that he has helped himself politically but not the cause of equal treatment under the law.
And then for some extended research into Director Comey’s not so pristine past as a selfless, tough, and courageous purveyor of truth, we read Kimberely Strassel’s revealing piece ‘Comey Ran True to Form’ that introduces us to a new side of James Comey as the consummate politician. After supplying us with considerable history, Ms Strassel concludes with –
Mr. Comey wasn’t ready to go it alone and impose accountability on Mrs. Clinton. That would have been tough. That would have been brave. He instead listed her transgressions in detail and left it to the public to pass judgment at the ballot box in November.