Friday, May 12, 2017

Acting FBI Director Disputes Claims Comey Sought More Resources for Russia Probe

What the Hell!!   Hot on the heels of the news that Comey had been fired and none too soon at that considering his astonishing performance in 2016, we had this story in the New York times that has Comey recently asking for more resources to pursue the 'Russian' investigation.

Now we have the one man who would have actually made that request stand up and tell us it is a lie.
Without question there are powerful forces working  to destroy the Trump Presidency.  The whole Russian narrative has been a complete fabrication top to bottom that at best tripped up Flynn who was obviously on the make anyway.

I wish to add one thing.  Comey has long since lost the trust of most observers.  His actions were political in 2016 and clearly so when his real challenge was to control political entanglement of any kind.  That he totally failed to do  Trump then simply gave him enough rope to let him make the case rather than step up to defend him so that he could cause vastly greater problems and that is were this was heading.  

In the end we are not going to like the next guy either but he will be a professional and that will be good enough. .
Acting FBI Director Disputes Claims Comey Sought More Resources for Russia Probe 

May 11, 2017 AT 2:42 PM 

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11, 2017.

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe dismissed claims made in media reports that former FBI Director James Comey had requested additional staff to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election days before he was fired by President Donald Trump.

An article published by The New York Times on May 10, and on the front page of its May 11 edition, claimed Comey made the request to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. 

Appearing before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on May 11, McCabe said when the FBI needs more resources for an investigation, the requests are made to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee—not to the deputy attorney general. He said the claim was “not consistent with my understanding of how we request additional resources.”

He added, “we don’t typically request resources for an individual case. And as I mentioned, I strongly believe that the Russian investigation is adequately resourced.”

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) pressed McCabe further on whether he felt the FBI had adequate resources for the investigation, and McCabe replied, “Sir if you are referring to the Russia investigation, I do. I believe we have the adequate resources to do it. And I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately.”

“In terms of that investigation, Sir I can assure you we are covered,” he said.
The New York Times story attributed Democrat members of congress for its claim, including Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL). As of midday on May 11, it had not yet updated the story with McCabe’s contradiction.

It did, however, cite a Justice Department spokesman saying the claim was “totally false.” The Los Angeles Times also cited a Justice Department spokesman who added that Comey “never made the request for more resources and money for the Russia investigations.”

President Donald Trump fired Comey on May 9, using recommendations from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make the case for the dismissal. Trump stated in the dismissal letter, “It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”

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