Former FBI Director, James Comey testified that he wrote a memo, then gave it to a friend at Columbia Law School to read portions of it to a reporter. In his notes, Comey indicated that President Trump asked for a private meeting and said to him, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” He also said that President Trump asked for his loyalty.
After Comey’s firing the Democrats and talking heads in the mainstream media exploded with cries of “obstruction of justice.” The word of Comey’s memo threw gasoline on the fire.
Step back from the hysteria for a moment and return to a basic civic lesson. The FBI and the Justice Department are part of the executive branch of our government.
The President is the head of the executive branch and everyone in the executive branch is subordinate to the President. The FBI is not an independent agency.
The President is the Commander in Chief and the Chief law enforcement officer. The President can determine what should and should not be investigated.
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz has been pounding his head on the desk in frustration on multiple news shows explaining that there is no crime. The President could have directed Comey to cease and desist on the Flynn investigation.
As to the matter of asking for loyalty, the President was acting within his authority. He could have ordered the FBI Director to wear a seersucker suit and a Panama Hat with a purple hat band if he wanted to.
Comey demonstrated that he was insubordinate. He acted as if he possessed some independent authority to elevate his judgment and accountability over anyone.
He was a government employee and made notes in the course of carrying out his duties. Those notes were government property for government use. Under no stretch of the imagination could a friend from Columbia Law School be considered as someone who had a need to know.
Comey’s insubordination and backstabbing behavior did not reflect the integrity and tradition of the FBI agents who faithfully serve our country in the most prestigious law enforcement agency in the world. What he reflected was more like childish note passing in grammar school.
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