The Department of Justice provided Congress today with the contemporaneous memos written by James Comey after each of his conversations with President Trump after House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) demanded that the DOJ release them.
Within hours, redacted copies of the memos were leaked to the Associated Press, and Twitter was ablaze, especially after the AP released a previously undisclosed detail from the meeting when Trump told Comey that Vladimir Putin boasted about Russia having some of the most beautiful hookers in the world.
The Republican Congressional leaders who had advocated for the release of the memos naturally issued a press release in the wake of their publication, claiming that they proved exactly what they had already claimed they would prove.
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Spinning wildly, Representatives Goodlatte, Nunes, and Gowdy stated that what is included and what is omitted from the memos prove that Trump wanted the allegations of collusion with Russia fully investigated and that the “cloud” he wanted to be removed from his presidency was the allegation about the golden showers incident in Moscow included in the Steele dossier.
The Republican masterminds of the partisan effort to shut down the investigation into Trump’s campaign links to Moscow and the potential obstruction of justice also harp on the fact that Comey never says in the memos that “he felt obstructed in his investigation.”
They turn the very fact that Comey was so concerned about Trump’s loose interpretation of the notion of the truth that he felt compelled to immediately memorialize the conversations in memo form into an accusation of bias against the president, since he didn’t feel the need to do the same for “President Obama, Attorney General Lynch, Secretary Clinton, Andrew McCabe, or others.”
That they would expect a registered Republican FBI Director to feel the need to document conversations with Democratic politicians shows the inherent politicization of their own worldview when it’s obvious that Trump’s demonstrated public antipathy to telling the truth is the only reason Comey wrote his accounts as soon as he could after each conversation with the president.
The three Congressional Chairmen attack Comey repeatedly for not pursuing their own favorite Democratic targets despite the fact that Comey’s decision to update the public on a new development in the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election arguably threw the election to Trump, particularly, as we now know, with that news amplified by the help of thousands of Russian bots spreading anti-Clinton propaganda on social media.
Incredibly, Representatives Goodlatte, Nunes, and Gowdy also accuse Comey of hypocrisy because, faced with a president he now considers morally unfit for office, he didn’t resign before he was fired. They conveniently forget that Comey was fired at around the 100-day mark of the Trump administration and had barely had the chance to fully evaluate the president’s actions before he was fired as Trump admitted because of the Russia investigation.
This unholy trinity of Trump defenders conclude their statement on the memos with a claim that they are more of an exhibit for the defense of the president rather than an example of obstruction of justice. Given that they began with the premise that the memos would prove Comey’s bias against the president, their conclusion is not surprising, even if their interpretation of the memos isn’t supported by the content that is contained within them.
You can read the Republican Congressmen’s statement on the newly released Comey memos below.