Given that we knew from the start that President Trump was going to be breaking a lot of molds and shaking up Washington, we should not be surprised by the acrimonious, dumbfounded, and sometimes peculiar reactions of those who engage in our nation’s political affairs. This would include not only the politicians themselves and their staffs, but also the media and other participants.
We all have a pretty good idea from which side of the political spectrum CNN hails. It might be unfortunate that we have to make these observations, but with unbiased reporting of the news being something of a scarcity, and the well-known political makeup of most major newsrooms, it’s something that must be taken into consideration. In other words, consider the source.
Much has been made of conversations between President Trump and former FBI Director Comey whom he later fired. CNN has chosen to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI to force the agency to turn over the memos Comey claims to have written. This is a peculiar story with some unanswered questions.
“In federal court Thursday, CNN filed a lawsuit seeking to force the FBI to turn over former director James Comey’s memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump.
“Comey described the meetings and his note-taking in detail last week while testifying before the Senate intelligence committee.
“Despite high public interest in the content of the memos, Comey’s testimony that the records are not classified and a ruling from the Justice Department that the FBI should expedite CNN’s FOIA request for the memos, the FBI has not provided either the documents or a reason to withhold them, according to the lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.”
This is all very strange. If the memos exist, are not classified, and are in the possession of the FBI, all of which Comey claims, then what’s the problem? As CNN points out, there are not very many of them so locating them and making copies should be a minimal task.
Is there something in these memos that would incriminate Comey or other FBI staff? Do they even exist, or has Mr. Comey fabricated the story of his having written all of them? Why did he choose to leak one memo?
To put it even more bluntly, surely Comey kept copies of any memos he created, his protestations to the contrary not withstanding. So if they are not classified, why didn’t he just hand them to the committee or release the whole batch instead of just one? If he has nothing to fear, again, what’s the problem?
Then there is this twist: “He [Comey] said his copies are now in the possession of the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, and his friend said he returned his copy to the FBI.” The obvious question is why doesn’t Special Counsel Mueller release the things, again, assuming that they truly contain no classified material as Comey alleges?
If nothing else, this illustrates the difficulty in accomplishing even the most simple of tasks in Washington. And these are the people in whom we are going to put our trust to configure our health care insurance programs. Sleep well tonight.