The House Judiciary Committee has released the transcript of the second day of its recent interview with James Comey. It’s available here. I found the following exchange which begins on p. 160 interesting. (Mr. [ ] is a representative of the FBI whose name has been redacted by the Committee.)
Chairman Goodlatte. Mr. Comey did any country other than Russia attempt to influence the 2016 election?
[Discussion off the record.]
Mr. Comey. I don’t think I can answer that, Mr. Chairman.
Chairman Goodlatte. And what’s the reason?
Mr. Comey. I believe that’s across the line the FBI told me to steer — stay on one side of.
Chairman Goodlatte. We need a reason why the FBI told you to steer clear of that.
Mr. [ ]. First, I think it is impacting the Special Counsel’s Office purview; and, second of all, if you’re going so far as to ask who were those investigations may be on, we —
Chairman Goodlatte. I haven’t asked that yet.
Mr. [ ]. I understand that. I just don’t want the witness to blurt something out either.
Chairman Goodlatte. He doesn’t seem disposed to blurt things out. He can answer a straightforward question of, did any country other than Russia attempt to influence the 2016 election?
Mr. Comey. So I can give you this answer. One of the things I don’t want to do is give adversaries — we’re in an unclassified setting — an idea of what we didn’t know as well as know, so the answer would be I believe so — nations other than Russia.
Chairman Goodlatte. Did the FBI have any evidence that another country was attempting to influence Hillary Clinton or hermPresidential campaign?
Mr. Comey. Mr. Chairman, I want to be careful answering that question because, again, I don’t want to give — a negative answer or a positive answer will give information to an adversary that I don’t want to give them, and so I’m sure the FBI maybe could arrange for a briefing of you on that, sir, but I don’t think I can responsibly answer that in an open setting.
So the Democrats say that they’ll be using their new control of House committees to do some investigating. We’ll see how that works out. Meanwhile, Conrad Black makes this observation over at the National Post—
Now that the president has fired the attorney general and can confirm a replacement who is not emasculated on Russian matters, the administration can proceed to the indictment of all leading members of the Clinton campaign and the Obama justice department who appear to have incriminated themselves by lying to Congress or the FISA Court, including Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, and agency heads John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey. This may happen anyway, but it certainly will if the Waters-Nadler-Schiff faction is unleashed. Trump has been put to extreme inconvenience by these spurious investigations and he can, if he wishes, exact a terrible vengeance. His moderation should not be presumed.
I’d better buy some more popcorn futures.
Velvet Revolution dot US (now renamed Protect Our Elections/EMPR Inc) was Brett Kimberlin’s vehicle for promoting his “election integrity” campaigning. The TKPOTD from five years ago today took a look at one of his efforts.
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Brett Kimberlin achieved his third wave of fame by being publicly upset about election integrity. Episode 1 was the Speedway Bombings, and episode 2 was the story about selling dope to Dan Quayle. Episode 4 has been his anti-First-Amendment lawfare.
During the 2008, Kimberlin and his Velvet Revolution US co-founder Brad Friedman set up an 800 number for tips about voter fraud. The number is still advertised on the Velvet Revolution US home page (No, I won’t link to it.)
I called the number yesterday and got a recorded message from the 800 number reseller who owns the line offering it for lease. Velvet Revolution hasn’t been using it for a while.
I wonder why their are still promoting an tip line that doesn’t exist?
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Kimberlin has finally realized that there’s an election coming up, and he’s got a new post up at the revamped Protect Our Elections site titled Russia’s Plan to Interfere with the 2018 Election. (No, I won’t link to it.) The post claims that the Russians are going to engage in online hacking to try to throw the Florida governor’s race to the Republican candidate in order to prevent a criminal investigation of President Trump’s real estate holdings in that state. It claims that the Russians will also work online to help defeat a long list of Democrat senators who are up for reelection while supporting a list of Republicans seeking reelection to the House of Representatives. This work is supposedly being coordinated with an Israeli firm. Oh, and the Russian plan involves disinformation pushed out via Fox News and Breitbart and such alt-right outlets as Wikileaks.
And it has a Donate button.
One more thing … If the Gentle Reader does visit the Protect Our Elections site, due caution should be observed.