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10/30/2016

Harry Reid’s Letter To James Comey

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:44 pm

[guest post by Dana]

This seems as good of a time as any to remind readers that Harry Reid really is a nasty piece of work.

As recently as last month, Reid gloated about the false accusation he made against Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign. This in spite of evidence showing that Reid was outright lying. But to a corrupt bastard like Harry Reid, proof means nothing. Only winning. And he has certainly shown that there is no line he will not cross in order to do just that.

This was Reid last month when asked about his Romney accusation:

People bring that up, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Why? Because I knew what he had done was not be transparent and forthright about his taxes and to this day he hasn’t released his tax returns. … Did I want to do that? No. I had the information, I tried to get somebody else to do it. I tried to get somebody in the Obama ‘reelect,’ I tried to get one of the senators, I tried to get one of the outside groups, but nobody would do it. So I did it. And with that, like everything, I think in life, here’s something I learned from my father, if you’re going to do something, don’t do it half-assed, don’t play around. With the Mitt Romney stuff, I didn’t play around. …

And when asked about defending an accusation that was proven to be untrue, Liar-Liar-Pants-On-Fire-Reid justified it this way:

“Romney didn’t win, did he?”

Of course there are numerous examples which demonstrate Reid’s dishonesty and seared conscience, so it’s no surprise that in a desperate move, he fired off a letter to James Comey today accusing him of violating the Hatch Act:

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And to think that just a few short months ago, Reid had nothing but praise for Comey:

“He’s been a fair, impartial director of the FBI.”

Oh, what a difference an email or two, or 650,000 makes…

In response to an anti-Trump PAC making a similar accusation against Comey, John Sexton explained a Hatch Act violation:

For this to be a violation of the Hatch Act it would be necessary to prove that Comey was not performing his duties as FBI Director but was raising this to impact the election. Obviously this coalition doesn’t have any proof that’s the case but by making the accusation they help the Clinton campaign controversialize the announcement as a partisan act.

Further, although a former White House ethics lawyer also filed a Hatch Act complaint with regard to Comey, a Georgetown University law professor doesn’t think Comey violated it:

I do not think he has committed a crime,” he told the Post, referring to the latest email investigation. (But) I do think he has abused his office.

Perhaps Sen. Tom Cotton and Rep. Trey Gowdy summed up Reid most accurately.

From Sen. Cotton: “Harry Reid is a disgrace to American politics, among worst men ever in Senate. He can’t go soon enough, and many Democrats privately agree.”

And during an interview with Brett Baier, Gowdy offered this: “Thank God he’s leaving, is my initial reaction. My second reaction is: I did not know Mormons used drugs. And anyone who is capable of sending out that press release has to be under the influence of something.”

–Dana

64 Responses to “Harry Reid’s Letter To James Comey”

  1. A truly awful and dangerous individual.

    Dana (d17a61)

  2. Dingy Harry. Has he ever presented any evidence that he is not a child molester?

    nk (dbc370)

  3. if he lived on the coast he would be senator roark from sin city,

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/prosecutors-james-comey_us_5816a3a4e4b0390e69d0e439

    the slithy toves come out at night,

    narciso (d1f714)

  4. Las Vegas was Sin City before Frank Miller created Basin City.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. No.

    Let’s not grant Reid the courtesy of any billing in this drama. Not even as a supporting cast member. It’s a distraction.

    All this. ALL of it. It is Maudie’s mess.

    She created it.
    She had the secret server.
    She caused this.
    She brought this on herself.

    And as a citizen, regardless of your party affiliation, I’m sick and damned tired of watching worms rush to her rescue, run interference and act as crutches for her.

    Why can’t this old woman stand on her own two feet and take responsibility for this. For 25 years she’s been dumping this crap on the American people and they’re tired of it.

    If this was the Bay of Pigs, she’d send out an aide to a presser and claim it was Ike’s fault, rather than stand there and take responsibility like JFK did. Hell, even after some scotch and weeping, Nixon took the fall like a man.

    Maudie made this mess. It’s all on her. And past time she man up and take sole responsibility.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  6. yes, searchlight looks more like william hickey or the scary preacher from poltergeist,

    narciso (d1f714)

  7. Trey Gowdy tweeted that? Or Tom Cotton? Yikes!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  8. Cruz Supporter,

    Thanks for pointing that out. I corrected the identifications, and included Gowdy’s comments about Reid as well.

    Dana (d17a61)

  9. Trump has been running for President since July 2015, yet it wasn’t until a few weeks before the election that 37 sketchy women have all of a sudden come forward and accused Trump of groping or whatever.
    The Democrats were totally ‘cool’ with that.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  10. it’s the cos, modified to ailes strategy, what they trawled from craigslist,

    narciso (d1f714)

  11. narciso,

    If you could say that less cryptically, I would be less annoyed and understand your bottom line. Thanks.

    Dana (d17a61)

  12. What is it with these Mormons?

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  13. which part about the prosecutors all abandoning the rule of law, or the sheer numbers of claims made with little evidence, which has been used first against cosby and to dispatch ailes,

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. they have not covered themselves with glory, I’m adding fideloflake and a few others, did they forget what happened to their faith, in the aftermath of propostions 8 and 4.

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. Yes I can do pure alcohol and grapefruit juice.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  16. reid covers the gamit from the golden age of mob involvment to the abramoff gang, nearly 40 years later,

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. Well, Clinton Campaign’s First Instinct Was to Lie About Comey.

    TO stand out as a leader in that party, or as a politician from Las Vegas….

    papertiger (c8116c)

  18. A Clinton’s first instinct is to lie.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. remember this character, creator of the wall, a high official at fannir mae, a member of the 9/11 commission that should have been at the bench, then a defender of one of the counterparties, involved in financing attacks like this,

    http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2016/10/30/james-comey-is-damaging-our-democracy/

    narciso (d1f714)

  20. Bicurious.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  21. Excuse me, does anyone speak narciso?

    Yes, I do.

    its the cos

    The Daily Kos.

    modified to ailes strategy

    Roger Ailes got run out by all of the harassment accusations.

    what they trawled from craigslist

    The Hillary people put ads on Craigslist seeking women to smear Trump.

    Please enjoy the rest of your flight. Don’t eat the fish.

    Pinandpuller (2036db)

  22. I speak narciso. f

    Also OS2U Kingfisher. And Oz.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT_PClBc8vE

    Vought-Sikorsky OS2U Kingfisher

    Bei mir bist mir du shein

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdjjx2Cl9ao

    USS ASTORIA CL-90 OS2U Kingfisher Operations on 29 March 1945 part 1

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  23. Yeah. That didn’t work out like I wanted it to.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  24. It seems likely that Comey acted because the rebels were going to dump this all on the media anyway if he didn’t. If the Clintons think the current firestorm is a problem, imagine the FBI hiding it and getting found out BEFORE the election.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  25. Did I mention Skynet has become self-aware?

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  26. It’s too late to save Comey.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  27. Why would you want to save Comey?

    Semper Why (61d231)

  28. comey’s a disgusting cowardly corrupt fbi poofterboy

    he put the pig above the law

    now he’s trying to make pretendsies he has integrity

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  29. He might have more integrity than the DoJ sludge who blocked indictments but we’re back to grading excrement in trying to make a determination, leaving us in the same situation as with the candidates. It’s interesting to watch the Chinese fire drill approach taken by the Democrats in this situation. It’s almost as if they suspect there may be information on that computer which they would prefer to remain unseen.

    Rick Ballard (bca473)

  30. @21- not the daily Kos, Bill Cosby.

    LBascom (250e3e)

  31. The best part is all the Clinton creatures saying she had to have her own server because State’s weren’t safe enough. But somehow copies of those emails ended up on Weiner’s laptop. Who else is walking around with a copy of them nobody knows how they go there?

    I’m staying with my hypothesis that Huma used Outlook from Weiner’s machine once. The biggest security flaw is your users. They’re always giving their passwords away and clicking on cat videos that install malware.

    Gabriel Hanna (c791b9)

  32. Gab Ham — i posited that theory two nights ago, and I’m even more sure that’s the case. She used Weiner’s laptop to access Hillary’s email while Hillary was out of the country and could not do so because of security issues.

    When she did so, she unwittingly downloaded onto that laptop all the emails on the Clinton.com server that were sent/received from Hillary’s account from its inception to the time Abedin logged on.

    That would explain why there are so many, and why she had no idea how they got there.

    And the fact that the computer was never wiped clean means they are all intact for the investigators.

    Also, because the computer itself is not part of a classified network, the fact alone that classified information is stored on the computer is “probable cause” to suspect someone has committed a crime, and therefore a search warrant for the computer is easily obtained.

    shipwreckedcrew (56b591)

  33. Oh, pisshhhh… Romney was just another in a long line of a familial political dynasty.

    I’m waiting for the peeps who indicated they’d be proudly casting votes for Hillary! Clinton to apologize for their exceedingly poor judgement.

    Colonel Haiku (8583e2)

  34. “On the thirty-first floor a gold plated door
    Won’t keep out the Lord’s burning rain”

    Colonel Haiku (8583e2)

  35. Weinergate Wags Witch On Teh ‘Ween

    Colonel Haiku (8583e2)

  36. Round about the cauldron go;
    In the poison’d entrails throw.
    Reid, that under cold stone
    Days and nights has thirty-one
    Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first in teh charmed pot.

    Double, Middle East and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

    Fillet of a robby mook
    Just enough to make them puke;
    Eye of newt and toe of toobin,
    Wool of bat and jen rubin
    Adder’s fork and pundit’s sting,
    fineman’s leg and luntz’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Scale of matthews, tooth of kelly
    chelsea’s mummy, maw and belly
    Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
    Root of hemlock digg’d in teh dark,
    Liver of blaspheming Jew,
    Make it streisand’s, she’s no clue
    Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
    Nose of Kurtz and mika’s lips,
    Finger of birth-strangled babe
    In memory of lives not saved
    Make the gruel thick and black
    Add thereto a tiger’s nut sack

    Colonel Haiku (8583e2)

  37. Harry Reid is just plain stupid.
    On the one hand, he argues that Comey is a partisan Republican hack attempting to subvert illary’s election, yet on the other hand he concludes his letter by reminding Comey that those damn Republicans filibustered and delayed his confirmation longer than any nominee to his position in all time history of humanity!

    Wow, so he’s saying the Republicans didn’t want him confirmed even though they know he’s a partisan Republican hack?
    Wut?!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  38. He’s a vicious thug, cs,and his putative replacement, heck, tupolevd himself and is now tied with local democratic hack.

    narciso (d1f714)

  39. Powerline seems to concur with you Rick.

    narciso (d1f714)

  40. I wish Comey would investigate how a career school teacher and US Senator on a salary of less than $200,000 per year (while maintaining two households) can become a millionaire.

    Loren (66de82)

  41. Harry Reid sounds like he’s really angry that FBI agents will be reading 650K emails about yoga class and wedding plans! (LOL)

    Oh noes!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  42. Kevin M (25bbee) — 10/31/2016 @ 12:56 am

    If the Clintons think the current firestorm is a problem, imagine the FBI hiding it and getting found out BEFORE the election.

    That’s why they are threatening anybody who might leak anything with prosection for violating the Hatch Act – and they’ve even gotten George W. Bush’s chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007 to be the frontman.

    Ethical codes, if they are too stringent, can be used in such a way so as to benefit habitual violators of all ethical rules.

    Sammy Finkelman (b4888e)

  43. Make the gruel thick and black
    Add thereto a tiger’s nut sack
    Colonel Haiku

    I was struggling to be diplomatic. We need Nevada.

    The good thing about Los Vegas, there will never be a terrorist bombers backpack left behind on the parade route.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  44. I was away for a few days, and figured I’d come back to see Haiku obsessed with me.

    Oh, pisshhhh… Romney was just another in a long line of a familial political dynasty.

    I’m waiting for the peeps who indicated they’d be proudly casting votes for Hillary! Clinton to apologize for their exceedingly poor judgement.

    Colonel Haiku

    I pointed that (accurate) fact out five years ago. You’ve never pointed out how any factual statement I’ve made is untrue. Why don’t you relax? You’re always spazzing out about politics and it’s got to be bad for you.

    And I’m proud to vote against Trump and I owe you no apologies. It’s my vote, not yours. You and Romney did the GOP enough damage that this happened. This years long campaign of demands for conservative loyalty while hating conservative principles has destroyed the GOP. If the GOP nominates a conservative I’ll vote for him, but if they don’t I will not. Ever.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  45. Add a pawn to that noxious stew…

    Colonel Haiku (8583e2)

  46. In caper movies set in New York (Tower Heist), or Europe (The Italian Job), some portion of the movie is devoted to building a rational as to why it’s acceptable for the thieves to steal the target’s property; that the target came to their property through crooked means themselves.

    In a caper movie set in Las Vegas (Ocean’s Eleven) no such rational is necessary, that the LV resident is a crook deserving to be robbed is an a priori conclusion brought to the theater from the moviegoers real world experience.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  47. Gab Ham — i posited that theory two nights ago, and I’m even more sure that’s the case. She used Weiner’s laptop to access Hillary’s email while Hillary was out of the country and could not do so because of security issues.

    When she did so, she unwittingly downloaded onto that laptop all the emails on the Clinton.com server that were sent/received from Hillary’s account from its inception to the time Abedin logged on.

    That would explain why there are so many, and why she had no idea how they got there.

    And the fact that the computer was never wiped clean means they are all intact for the investigators.

    Also, because the computer itself is not part of a classified network, the fact alone that classified information is stored on the computer is “probable cause” to suspect someone has committed a crime, and therefore a search warrant for the computer is easily obtained.

    shipwreckedcrew

    My theory is a little different than that. Weiner or one of his pals (he had some pretty bad ones) backed up these emails to use as leverage against Hillary and Huma. Weiner is not a cool and collected rational actor, but even a dumbass knows that October is the best time to attack a presidential candidate.

    I agree with the rest of what you’re saying. Classified material on the open network laptop proves the case.

    There’s more to it than that, though. I imagine there’s something on this laptop that would be revealed to the press if the FBI covered it up, and Comey is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  48. Why would you want to save Comey?

    Semper Why (61d231) — 10/31/2016 @ 4:06 am

    When did I say I’d want to? I was responding to Kevin @24.

    I’ve been saying for months that once you turn your first $5 trick in a dumpster behind a liquor store you are a prostitute for life. I hear Comey once had a reputation for being a stand up guy. I hope he enjoys his new reputation. Because he’s stuck with it.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  49. Shill is the term used for a paid operative

    papertiger (c8116c)

  50. In a caper movie set in Las Vegas (Ocean’s Eleven) no such rationale is necessary, that the LV resident is a crook deserving to be robbed is an a priori conclusion brought to the theater from the moviegoers real world experience.

    papertiger

    Well sure. Casino owners feast on misery and vice. It’s no wonder Trump donated so much money to Harry Reid. Honor among thieves.

    Dustin (ba94b2)

  51. The original with cesar Romero (marti’s grandson btw) playing the Andy Garcia role holds up better.

    narciso (d1f714)

  52. Dan moldea slimed laxalt and Reagan by proxy, in order to get Reid in.

    narciso (d1f714)

  53. Well sure. Casino owners feast on misery and vice. It’s no wonder Trump donated so much money to Harry Reid. Honor among thieves.
    Dustin (ba94b2) — 10/31/2016 @ 10:28 am

    The misery and vice gives an honest man indigestion, and failed casinos.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  54. I agree with the rest of what you’re saying. Classified material on the open network laptop proves the case.

    Dustin (ba94b2) — 10/31/2016 @ 10:27 am

    When asked about the classified material on Mills’ computer (and the question extends to Abedin) Comey gave an answer that must disgust everyone who has been entrusted with a security clearance. I know I’m recalling it correctly, but I’m having a hard time paraphrasing him as this sort of thinking is alien to me.

    He basically said it didn’t matter because they were only copies.

    Since no one has gone to prison for multiple violations of the Espionage Act including removing classified material from it’s proper place of storage, retaining said materials unlawfully, unlawfully destroying said materials, and when aware of the improper removal and retention of classified materials failing to report the violation AS REQUIRED BY LAW, I think it’s fair to say I’m relaying the essence of what Comey said accurately.

    To work for Obama means being willing to say the stupidest s**t ever uttered by a human being, with no shred of concern for one’s own dignity. This was on display in full force in the days following Benghazi. I won’t relive it all, but I wanted to b***h slap Panetta said the rule was you didn’t send anyone into harm’s way unless you knew what was going on.

    This makes sense to a complete moron for about two seconds. But, hello! Hello!

    How do you figure out what’s going on? You send someone into harm’s way to eyeball the situation. You hear a rumor of someone firing weapons in Iraq or the A-stan and you send the nearest Army or Marine infantry unit to go check it out.

    But we had something a bit better (good as they are) than a standard issue infantry unit. We had at least two SEALs. SEALs are trained in Special Reconnaissance. It’s what they do. If you need to send someone in to enemy held territory, or you need to leave someone behind when withdrawing, if it’s the Navy it’s the SEALs.

    It used to be even more clear when it came to the Marines. What were USMC special forces called? Before they went back to the WWII name Marine Raiders, they were for decades Marine Recon. Anyone noticing a pattern here, boys and girls?

    I’m not SEAL. I was intel. When I say I “worked” with the SEALs I don’t mean teaching them something about an MP-5 or how to kill silently with their bare hands that they didn’t know. I mean, respectfully handing them felt markers so they could do their mission planning, and later listening to what they had seen.

    A SEAL’s word is gold. There were at least two of them ON THE OBJECTIVE. But Panetta says that wasn’t good enough. I was intel. I am not giving anything away when I say as an intel officer you’re going to have to give me the beating of my life before I stop taking a SEAL’s word at face value. And it will have to be a beating most of you couldn’t deliver.

    Enough about Panetta’s stupidity. Let’s return to Comey’s. I won’t return to his words as I can not faithfully recount them. But his actions speak for themselves. No one went to prison for obvious violations of the Espionage Act. It just didn’t f’n matter to the director of the FBI. The bureau in charge of internal counter-terrorism and counter-intelligene. It just didn’t matter.

    I just threw up a little in my mouth. Excuse me while I spit.

    They were only copies. Umm, the whole point of not letting classified escape into the wild is, admittedly among other things, that NO ONE CAN MAKE COPIES. How did this escape the director of the FBI’s attention. Making copies of classified material is the very definition of compromise.

    There’s a term for how people can completely discount what’s in a newspaper article that purports to cover something in their area of expertise. But they turn the page and the same reporter writes about a different subject. And they believe it!

    I used to think something like that was going on. It was just too inside-baseball. No, that’s not it. It isn’t like I’m the only one who knows. Clinton and Obama fans know they and their minions are lying. They just want her to get away with it.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  55. Shill is the term used for a paid operative

    papertiger (c8116c) — 10/31/2016 @ 10:28 am

    I have a different term for it, which would put my comment in moderation.

    Also, if ever you had a bad thought about me, for being what you call an #NeverTrumper, hold on to it. I couldn’t do what Comey is doing. Suicide is a sin, but resigning isn’t. I’ve done lots of things I’m not proud of, but never this. That still doesn’t make me different from the man I was in June.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  56. I don’t know how the Max Boots, Kori Schakes, and John Negropontes of the world will be able to live with themself after they vote for illary.
    Those people in particular are animated by foreign policy, which they believe to be Trump’s achilles heel.

    But as Secretary of Mistakes, illary enabled all sorts of national security documents to travel the world via the internet.
    So, she’s really not the ‘safe’ choice vis a vis national security.

    Nonetheless, some of our pro-illary conservative friends have been so far dug in that their ego won’t allow them to rescind their endorsement of illary, as Doug Schoen just did over the weekend.

    Sad.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  57. so tired of hillary she’s a stupid criminal pig let’s move on

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  58. But as Secretary of Mistakes, illary enabled all sorts of national security documents to travel the world via the internet.
    So, she’s really not the ‘safe’ choice vis a vis national security.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 10/31/2016 @ 11:55 am

    Then there are all her official acts. Does her handling of the sinking of the Cheonan ring a bell? Russian reset? Arab Spring? Asia pivot? I could go on, the list is long and disgusting, but what’s the point. You either know or you don’t want to know.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  59. negroponte forgets how the dems practically blacklisted him after honduras, kissinger had as well, sending to guayaquil, anyways it took september 11th for them to lift the hold on him as un envoy,

    narciso (d1f714)

  60. so tired of hillary she’s a stupid criminal pig let’s move on
    happyfeet (a037ad) — 10/31/2016 @ 11:58 am

    Imagine how tired of Hillary! you’ll be six years into her presidency.

    Which appears inevitable as the GOP was stooooopid enough to nominate Trump.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  61. I think the novelty is worn off, like when patton told rommel he had read his book,

    narciso (d1f714)

  62. Cruz Supporter (102c9a) — 10/31/2016 @ 7:05 am

    Wow, so he’s saying the Republicans didn’t want him confirmed even though they know he’s a partisan Republican hack?

    This is really intended for people other than Comey.

    He is saying, he got him confirmed, against the wishes of the Republicans, and yet, he became a partisan Republican. So Comey is not only a partisan Republican hack, but is one for no reason, and should change his loyalty back.

    Sammy Finkelman (b4888e)

  63. It’s fun watching the left’s downward spiral into blubbering, shrieking hysterics. Even more fun would be if the vile Reid were replaced in Nevada by a republican after this election. Talk about cosmic justice.

    Harry Flashman (14076b)


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