From last year, first up:
The Comey “tell”
“A tell in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player’s behavior or demeanor that gives clues to that player’s assessment of his hand. A player gains an advantage if he observes and understands the meaning of another player’s tell, particularly if the tell is unconscious and reliable. Sometimes a player may fake a tell, hoping to induce his opponents to make poor judgments in response to the false tell.”
I’ve been thinking back over FBI Director, James Comey’s testimony before Congress last Thursday and once again the sequence of events leaves me pondering something he said, that struck me as a “tell”.
First the sequence of events:
In April, President Obama made a statement saying that Hillary’s behavior was not criminal and that national security had not been compromised. He also stated, per the LA Times:
“What I’ve also said is that — and she has acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness, in terms of managing emails, that she … recognizes,” he added. He added that she did an “outstanding job” as America’s top diplomat.” (my emphasis)
The week before Comey announced his “recommendation”, President Obama had arranged to campaign with Hillary Clinton, in fact, they were on Air Force One heading to a campaign event, when Comey gave his public announcement.
That same week, Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, had a clandestine meeting with former President Bill Clinton on her plane at the airport in Phoenix, AZ. Lynch came out and proclaimed it was all just an innocent meeting, where they talked about grandchildren, their travels and BREXIT. She acted contrite and admitted it was a mistake.
Then on July 1, 2016, Loretta Lynch announced she won’t recuse herself, but she will abide by the FBI recommendation.
Saturday, July, 2, 2016, Hillary met with the FBI for 3.5 hours. Judging by subsequent events, they might have discussed the grandchildren and her yoga routines, because the FBI did not videotape or transcribe their chat. “Interview” seems too professional of a term for this charade.
Last week, on July 5, 2016, James Comey made his surprise announcement and did not recommend an indictment.
Republican heads exploded, after Comey laid out the laundry list of conduct that Hillary Clinton and her top aides engaged in, that read like a very damning list of charges in an indictment, but at the last minute he blithely brushed it all aside as “extremely careless“, but despite that, he argued against an indictment. He stated that no reasonable prosecutor would indict. He gave the Clintons what was demanded, I firmly believe.
Last Thursday, July 7, 2016, Comey testified before Congress and without rehashing the legalities, it’s the one incongruent comment he made that struck me, as if he was unintentionally telling us something. He seemed pained and almost embarrassed by some of his tortured explanations to explain how “extremely careless” differs from “grossly negligent”. He went to great lengths about how Hillary’s celebrity requires that she be treated “fairly”. She was NOT a celebrity, she was one of our nation’s highest-level government officials and she grossly violated that trust. Government officials, in whom great trust is placed, should be held to the highest standards – not treated like a “celebrity”. All the Democrats shameless pandering to him and lauding his integrity seemed to make him uncomfortable.
The tell was when Comey testified that he cares most about his family and his reputation. When he said that, I thought it odd, when what he should be most concerned about is protecting and defending The Constitution. His testimony seemed to me a desperate self-preservation effort to salvage his reputation (and protect his family), which he completely compromised with falling in line with the Clinton “talking points”. When you submit to the Clinton intimidation, they own you. With all the Bill Clinton strong-arm tactics employed to clear the path to the White House for Hillary, everyone whom Bill Clinton has pressured, from Obama through Loretta Lynch, Comey was hailed as the exemplar of integrity. I believe Bill Clinton’s enforcers let Comey know they have some very personal dirt on him that would hurt his family and his reputation. The Clinton sewer rats, as I’ve said many times, operate like the old KGB. If there’s any dirt, they will find it. There is no sewer too vile for them to scurry through. The Clintons are not only above the law, but a law unto themselves.
Friday, July, 6 2016, Loretta Lynch came out and followed the talking points to the letter – she announced that she accepted the FBI recommendation.
Time to move on…