(NationalSentinel) Political Intrigue:Â Reasoned conservatives and constitutionalists concluded long ago - when he refused to recommend Hillary Clinton be prosecuted for mishandling classified information after laying out the case for why he should have - that FBI Director James Comey should not be permitted to continue serving the new president, Donald J. Trump.
Now,Â The Wall Street Journal has laid out another reason why: A vengeful Comey may have just purposely sabotaged the president. As reported byÂ The Daily Caller:
The Wall Street Journalâ€™s editorial board claimedÂ that FBI director James Comey â€œtook revengeâ€ on President Trump for claiming Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower byÂ publicly discrediting the claimÂ in his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday.
The editors also argued that Trump â€œblunderedâ€ by keeping Comey on as FBI director after the election.
The suggestion as to Comeyâ€™s motives came in aÂ column, which will run in Wednesdayâ€™s paper, that hammered Trump for making the unsupported claim.
â€œHe has offered no evidence for his claim, and a parade of intelligence officials, senior Republicans and Democrats have since said they have seen no such evidence,â€ the editors write.
â€œYet the President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle, rolling out his press spokesman to make more dubious claims. Sean Spicerâ€”who doesnâ€™t deserve this treatmentâ€”was dispatched last week to repeat an assertion by a Fox News commentator that perhaps the Obama Administration had subcontracted the wiretap to British intelligence,â€ they continue.
â€œFBI director James Comey also took revenge on Monday by joining the queue of those saying the bureau has no evidence to back up the wiretap tweet. Mr. Comey even took the unusual step of confirming that the FBI is investigating ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia,â€ the editors go on to say.
â€œMr. Comey said he could make such a public admission only in ‘unusual circumstances,’ but why now? Could the wiretap tweet have made Mr. Comey angry because it implied the FBI was involved in illegal surveillance? Mr. Trump blundered in keeping Mr. Comey in the job after the election, but now the President canâ€™t fire the man leading an investigation into his campaign even if he wants to.â€
As we have pointed out, someone is lying aboutÂ the so-called “wire taps” that Trump accused President Obama of ordering. Comey confirmed during his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week that elements of the Trump campaign were, and still are, under counterintelligence investigation, for alleged ties to Mother Russia. That kind of investigationÂ most often requires electronic surveillance (“wire taps”) and a FISA court warrant (paper trail).
Media reports haveÂ noted that the FBI indeed got FISA court warrants to conduct electronic surveillance (on a server at Trump Tower - just like the president claimed).Â CNNÂ here.Â The Washington Post, reporting that a â€œbroad investigationâ€ into Trump-Russia ties,Â reported hereÂ on â€œintercepted communications and financial data.â€Â The New York TimesÂ hereÂ andÂ hereÂ â€“ the second report even used the word â€œwiretapâ€ in the print version of the paper.
Louise Mensch,Â writing atÂ Heat Street, says a FISA warrant was issuedÂ to the FBI; if true, Rep. Schiff, how can Comey legitimately deny it?
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And oh, by the way,Â reporters Sara Carter and John Solomon,Â writing atÂ Circa News, say theÂ FBI certainlyÂ didÂ obtain a FISA warrantÂ to conduct electronic surveillance (old version:Â wiretap) ofÂ an Internet server at Trump TowerÂ as part of an investigation into illicit Russian activity.
Is it plausible, then, that Comey could have thrown the president under the bus - the same guy who couldn’t find it in his conscience to allow the chips to fall where they may and recommend an obviously guilty Clinton to be prosecuted?
Of course it is.
The WSJ is right; Comey needs to go.