Comey Hearing Liveblog — Hot Mic Thursday

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Looks bad for the Tories. My take:


The always sharp and on point Catherine Herridge reacted to former FBI director James Comey's testimony on Fox News shortly after the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded on Thursday. She made some interesting points.

"I can't remember a time ever where a former FBI director has deliberately leaked the contents of a government document so it would get to a reporter in the hopes that it would prompt a special counsel investigation," she began.

One of the problems for James Comey right now is that in his last public testimony here on Capitol Hill before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right out of the gate in that hearing, he took a series of questions from the Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley, and Chuck Grassley asked him if he had ever been an anonymous source for reporters about the Hillary Clinton email investigation or the Russia case and James Comey testified no. Then he asked him whether he had ever authorized someone else to be an anonymous source on his behalf, on the Clinton email case and the Russian case, and James Comey said no.

So at the very least, what you can draw here from that testimony is that once he left the office of FBI director, he was not necessarily a person of principle. He made a decision to leak information on an anonymous basis in the hope of really changing the entire focus of the Russia investigation going forward.

You can watch the video at RealClearPolitics.

Always ignore the exit polls...

Except this one, which is too big to ignore.

Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz, today accused former FBI director James Comey of directing unauthorized news leaks designed to damage the president and suggested he should be investigated.

Mr. Comey has now admitted that he is one of these leakers.

Today, Mr. Comey, admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president.

The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017 when friends of Mr. Comey have stated that he disclosed to them the conversations that he had with the president during their January 27th, 2017 dinner and February 14th, 2017 White House meeting.

Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he leaked to friends of his purported memos of those privileged communications. One of which, he testified, was classified. Mr. Comey also testified that immediately after he was terminated he authorized his friends to leak the contents of those memos to the press in order to, in Mr. Comey's words, quote, "prompt the appointment of a special counsel", closed quote.

Although Mr. Comey testified that he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet, the public record reveals that "The New York Times" was quoting from those memos the day before the referenced tweet, which belies Mr. Comey's excuse for this unauthorized disclosure of privileged information and appears to be entirely retaliatory.

We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all the others that are being investigated.

They always promise us that these stadiums and giant infrastructure projects are going to bring in tourists and revitalize our downtowns—yet they never seem to deliver.


Recapping: I am apparently supposed to be living on the street AND paying for all the drinks. ON IT.

I can never get enough of stories like this. Marriage is challenging even under normal circumstances. Add in wealth, power, fame, the loss of a child, and the glare of the spotlight and the challenges increase exponentially. President George and Barbara Bush have been wonderful role models, not only to their own family, but to families across the nation and around the world. Their enduring love and commitment inspire us all.

Mrs. Bush is 92 today and looks fabulous, doesn't she?

While we're on the subject of marriage, Brianna Sharbaugh has some encouragement and advice in the Faith section today for couples who may be struggling: Dear Christian Wife: Keep Fighting for Your Marriage

The article is written to wives, but the advice applies to the guys as well.

If Stephen wants to prove himself worthy of being accepted back into the PJ Media family, he needs to reopen the Kruiser Cabana and get kicked out of a hotel. Anything short of that is a pale imitation of the Kruiser I know.

Wait, there's an island?!?

Michael, I'm fairly sure there was something about picking up bar tabs in his contract (subsection B, "The Walsh Clause"), so I'd encourage you to welcome him back with open arms. I'm officially declaring the shunning of Stephen Kruiser to be over.