Trump’s Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook

With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out. There’s little chance now in “taking on the intelligence community.”

By Ray McGovern

December 06, 2018 “Information Clearing House” –     Because President Donald Trump has again pulled the rug out from under them, House Republicans face Mission Impossible on Friday when they try to hold ex-FBI Director James Comey accountable for his highly dubious authorization of surveillance on erstwhile Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.


Comey let go his unprecedented legal maneuver to have a court quash a subpoena for him to appear behind closed doors before the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee before the Democrats take over the committee in January. The current committee chair, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), decried Comey’s use of “baseless litigation” in an “attempt to run out the clock on this Congress.”

The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA); so the still secret FISA application “justifying” surveillance of Page is almost sure to come up.

Comey had wanted a public hearing so he could pull the ruse of refusing to respond because his answers would be classified. He has now agreed to a closed-door meeting on Friday, with a transcript, likely to be redacted, to appear soon after.

In an interview with The New York Post last Wednesday, Trump acknowledged that he could declassify Comey’s damning Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant request to show how devastating those pages likely are, but said he would not do so “until they were needed,” namely, if a Democratic House starts going after him. “If they go down the presidential harassment track, if they want go and harass the president and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me. I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that,” Trump told the paper. He added:  “It’s much more powerful if I do it then, because if we had done it already, it would already be yesterday’s news.”

But they are needed before Comey’s hearing on Friday. Barely a week will remain before Congress adjourns. Four weeks later Democrats take over the oversight committees.

Cowardice Deja Vu

This is not the first time Trump has flinched. On September 17 he ordered “immediate declassification” of Russia-gate documents, including FISA-related material. Four days later he backed down, explaining that he would leave it to the Justice Department’s inspector general to review the material, rather than release it publicly.

What exactly is in the FISA application, and why had House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, for example, kept pleading with Trump to declassify it? In July Nunes expressed hedged confidence “that once the American people see these 20 pages, at least for those that will get real reporting on this issue, they will be shocked by what’s in that FISA application” to surveil Page, a U.S. citizen.

Oddly, Trump echoed Nunes, telling The New York Post that, were he to declassify FISA warrant applications and other documents, all would “see how devastating those pages are.” But Trump blamed his reluctance to declassify on one of his lawyers, Emmet Flood, who thought it would be better politically to wait. “He didn’t want me to do it yet, because I can save it. … I think [eventual release] might help my campaign.” So Nunes et al. find themselves thrown under the bus, again.

Worse still, according to Comey’s attorney, the “accommodation” worked out with House Judiciary Committee includes a proviso that a representative of the FBI will be present on Friday to advise on any issues of confidentiality and legal privilege. Do not be surprised to see many Peter-Strzok-type responses: “I would really like to answer that question, but the FBI won’t let me.”


In an insightful posting, David Stockman, budget director for President Ronald Reagan, was puzzled about why Trump doesn’t seem to get what’s going on. I think, rather, that Trump does get it, and that Stockman’s puzzlement may be due mostly to his specific experience as budget director. In that role, Stockman did not have to pay much heed to the Deep State, so long as he did not demur about the obscenely excessive budgets automatically given to the FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA, and the Pentagon.

With Trump it’s a different kettle of fish — and they are piranhas. Trump has ample reason to fear the Deep State is out to get him because it is. And by this point he seems to have internalized quite enough fear that it would be too dangerous to take on the the FBI and intelligence community. Needless to say, the stakes are exceedingly high — for both sides. As president-elect, Trump dismissed the usual warnings as to how things work in Washington. But he could hardly have missed Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s attempt to ensure that Trump knows what he should be afraid of.

Not Afraid? Then ‘Really Dumb’

On Jan. 3, 2017, three weeks before Trump took office, Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, that President-elect Trump was “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and doubting its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities: “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you. So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Schumer’s words came just three days before then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper and the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NSA descended upon the president-elect with the misnomered “Intelligence Community Assessment” — a rump, evidence-free embarrassment to serious practitioners of intelligence analysis, published that same day, alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin had done what he could to get Trump elected.

Adding insult to injury, after the January 6, 2017 briefing of the president-elect by the Gang of Four, Comey asked the others to leave, and proceeded to brief Trump on the dubious findings of the so-called “Steele dossier” — opposition research paid for by the Democrats (and, according to some reports, by the FBI as well) — with unconfirmed but scurrilous stories about Trump cavorting with prostitutes in Moscow, etc., etc. (And according to The Washington Post, that incident with hookers was written by a Clinton operative.) That opposition research was apparently used in the FISA warrant request, without revealing its provenance to the judge.

‘This Russia Thing’

It seems to have taken Trump a few months to appreciate fully that he was being subjected to the classic blackmail-type advisory previously used with presidents-elect by the likes of J. Edgar Hoover. Indeed, this may be what Trump had in mind when he told Lester Holt in May 2017 that he had fired Comey over “this Russia thing.” (Trump can be his worst enemy when he opens his mouth.)

Comey’s closed-door deposition is now scheduled for the 77th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. But don’t look for any surprise attack on Comey this December 7 from Judiciary Committee members, highly vulnerable though he is.

With just a few days left before Congress adjourns, House Republicans, like their President, have pretty much let the clock run out on them. Few will see much percentage at this late date in “taking on the intelligence community.” Trump has already pretty much thrown them under the bus.

The leadership of the three House committees with purview over Russia-gate matters — Judiciary, Intelligence, and Government Operations — changes next month. So while Friday had seemed to be shaping up as a key day for confronting Comey — and for getting answers to questions on Russia-gate — the day will likely land with an anticlimactic thud. Even if the committee is able to expose additional misdeeds not already known, nothing much is likely to happen before Christmas.

After that, the three committees and their aborted work will be history.

The dominant mainstream media narrative about Russia-gate — ignoring FBI-gate — will hop happily into the new year. And no congressional “oversight” committee will dare step up to its constitutional duty, despite a plethora of documentary evidence on FBI-gate. And why? Largely because “they” of the Deep State “have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

Most consequential of all, any significant improvement in relations with Russia will remain stymied. And the MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think Tank) complex, with its Deep-State enforcer, will have won yet another round. Merry Christmas.


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22 thoughts to “Trump’s Timidity is Letting Comey Off the Hook”

  1. McGovern is so right. Trump had a very narrow window of time to go after the Swamp and reverse our deteriorating relations with Russia. He didn’t do it and now, with the democrats poised to take control of the House, that window has closed for good. All he has left is to stop the caravans, but where is his promise to end Birthright Citizenship, and why did he not demand that Congress repeal the Hart-Celler Act of 1965? Trump’s next two years in office will not be pretty as Pelosi, Nadler and company peer into everything he has done since the sixth grade. They smell blood in the water. His constant manic Tweets are getting more sad by the day. Perhaps his only way out is to start yet another war for Israel, in the desperate hope that the easily fooled sheeple will rally ’round the flag once more.

  2. Trump is a puppet of the Zionist Kabal which has controlled the U.S. for over 100 years ie since their privately owned and unconstitutional FED and IRS was passed by a corrupt congress and signed by a corrupt Wilson and since that time the Zionists have ruled America and every POTUS except JFK has been under their control and since they could not control JFK they killed him.

    Until the the FED is nationalized and the IRS is abolished thus cutting off funding for the Zionist kabal and until it is made illegal for dual citizens to hold and government position , federal or state on civil, America will be in the clutches of the satanic Zionist NWO kabal.

    Read the book The Controversy of Zion by Douglas Reed and The Committee of Zion by Dr. John Coleman and The Protocols of Zion.

    1. Trump does what he is told to do.
      just like every one else in the political game does.
      your paid to do what your told to do.
      every thing else is an illusion.
      there is no political solution.
      the name of the game is confusion.

  3. Where is my comment?

    ADMIN: We are doing nothing to stop your comments. This is probably a systemic computer glitch. Post your comment again (if it has not been published already) and maybe it will get through this time.

      1. Where’s my f**king comment?

        *note handed from stage left*

        Right, let me see — the note reads that I did not in fact post any comments on this topic. Oh I see. Please accept my sincerest apologies.

        *Exeunt stage left, dignity slightly scuffed*


  4. Hello all
    I havent been able to post comments lately because of work etc
    but I am still alive and kicking,
    I will be back very soon..
    I am in Medellin in case you need anything..
    … And by the way
    there were a couple of suspicious looking guys following me the other day and they didnt look Colombian to me .. they looked more like Mossad ( i call them Most Sad) assasins and i am thinking that they were chasing me because i post very very very comments here at Darkmoon..
    i cant help it though, we Semitic Cannanites are the real shit if you know what i mean.

  5. Madame 🦋,
    I still think of you. I would love to………….until you fall asleep from exhaustion………..

  6. it’s almost as if trump tries to do things but is constantly being squashed by whoever it is who has control over him… i guess we know who that is…
    actually the irs was never properly ratified by the us congress and it has never been ‘lawful’..
    it could not be determined to be constitutional, not ‘lawful’ for government business, the use of fiat currency not redeemable in the precious metal.. article 1, section 10 i believe…
    it is however ‘legal’.. and it says so on the bills – “this note is legal tender for all debts public and private’…
    if you ever see a silver certificate, like the ones jfk had printed up, it will say it is “the lawful money of the united states”…
    in fact you can not be lawfully ordered by any court to pay any tax or fine in legal tender, which is why “tax court” isn’t really a “court of law” and you will not be heard by a judge, only an irs employee, and there will be no jury present…
    “lawful is what the constitution says. “legal” is whatever can be gotten away with otherwise…
    rp – “just like every one else in the political game does.”
    not just everyone in the political game dood…
    if you saw last year’s superbowl – there’s no way tom brady didn’t drop that easy td pass on purpose…
    pro football is falling apart fast, now that everyone is catching on…
    the whole kneeling controversy might have been contrived…
    the fact is, in the corporate world everybody is an owner or an employee…
    if the usa is really just a corporation, then there you have it…
    i don’t get the impression that the management here are zionist conspirators; fundamentalist christians, yes…
    i just hope some day they all get it – that fundamentalism is the the mental glitch behind the social inertia/political paralysis… it doesn’t matter which religion it manifests in… it’s keeping out the light…
    it makes no real difference whether this is a jew troll site, darkmoon is sarah steiney from brighton beach, or not… anybody who wants to can tune it in and see what people who post here think… and i’m sure there are pr specialist trolls in dc, tel aviv and nyc reading it right now… so what… it is your opportunity to wise them up…

    1. Whereas YOU, Barkingdeer, are ALL wised up, eh?

      A word to the wise: We’re ALL hoisted on our own petards in various degrees. In ways we’re not aware of. For example, consider that by saying Jesus is only a “literary astrotheological personification” this is something that a Kabbalistic Jew believes.

      It’s called being “Jewified”, brutha 😒

  7. Reading thru the comments above, it appears that only mine (the first one) attempted to discuss McGovern’s essay. Did anyone else even bother to read it? The quality of the comments has gone way down hill since I first discovered this site. Even Admin has apparently caught the scatological virus. Perhaps I should take my leave before I become infected. I know, don’t let the door hit me in the ass on the way out. Sad!

    1. Folly –

      I did read it.
      The article was nonsense. The jews put Comey up to it and told Trump to let him off the hook.

  8. i guess my last post didn’t go… wonder what happened to it?

    [ADMIN. This is mysterious. A computer glitch.
    If this happens again, try reposting comment.]

    anyway, the article was too much fungus for me…
    i couldn’t get past the second paragraph, from an ex-cia analyst…
    i’ve seen rm a few times on rt, which is gradually losing credibility…
    after a while that’s what it starts to seem like… fungus on fungus…
    all these involved details about what supposedly happened, still you don’t get the half of it…..
    we know by now the whole swamp thing is way out of touch with real america…
    comey goes all the way back to the clintons and the bank of crooks and criminals drug money laundering operation…. trump will never “lock her up”… if the jews ever thought that he’d be gone…
    he talks a good game, and he may even mean well, but let’s see it…
    thanks for the compliment hawk… that’s what the blacks used to call me…
    religion is all false; all about politics really… saying so doesn’t make anybody an atheist…
    read this…

    1. Bark

      I seriously have to question your take on certain things after what you wrote saying Tom Brady threw the Super Bowl*. There’s never been a fiercer competitor on the arenas of professional sports than him. It’s called having the heart of a champion, brutha.

      *That’s gotta be the funniest thing you’ve. said yet! 😂

  9. Jared Kushner WILL BE White House chief of staff!!

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS News) – Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is under consideration to become the next White House chief of staff, CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett has confirmed.

    Kushner met with Mr. Trump on Wednesday to discuss the job. Kushner’s candidacy for chief of staff was first reported by HuffPost.

    Current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is set to leave at the end of the year. Mr. Trump told reporters on Thursday that there are five “well-known” and “terrific” people on his short list of candidates to replace Kelly.

    1. 4D Chess! Friggin’ brilliant move — Trump has (((them))) on the run now. 4D frickin’ Chess I tell ya! Now all we need is a declaration of the Third Temple, the final removal of the remaining Palestinians, and all goy to be assigned a Jew Master. Only then will Trump finally have the Zionists were he wants ’em, i.e. on top. 4D Chess my arse. F**k you, Drumpf 😉

      1. He is REALLY draining the swamp NOW….. right into the oral orifice!! Billy’s cigar room and play pen!!! 🙂

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