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The Morning Briefing: Comey, ABC News Join Forces for Infomercial and Much, Much More

Good Monday morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • The president hosts the Tax Cuts for Florida Small Businesses Roundtable in Hialeah, Florida

Lordy: Comey appears on ABC News infomercial shilling new book

The Home Shopping Network ABC News hosted an hour-long infomercial on Sunday night as part of a larger marketing strategy for the hyper-emotional former director of the FBI. James Comey, who regularly dispenses his wisdom and bon mots on Twitter, was "interviewed" by Clinton foundation donor George Stephanopoulos. (Here's the transcript if you are interested.)

I watched this horrible interview and walked away with a few questions.

If Comey was so uncomfortable with Trump's alleged behavior and requests, why didn't he just quit? This man is billing himself as a very thoughtful, moral and introspective "leader" but was perfectly willing to stick around and work under Trump?

Why didn't the donor of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation ask Mr. Comey why he leaked memos, at least one of which contained classified material, to the media? Why would a man with Comey's fine-tuned moral compass illegally leak classified information?

Other things we learned: the Comey family ladies marched in the pink-hat, #resistance march following Trump's election; Comey drank red wine from a paper cup after learning he was fired. Comey seems like he would drink rosé or possibly wine coolers. Comey will appear on other media outlets this week selling his salvation show book. On Wednesday, he participates in a drum circle with the ladies of The View.


James Comey: 'It's possible' Russians have dirt on Trump

Loretta Lynch defends handling of Clinton investigation ahead of Comey interview

James Comey’s ABC interview sidesteps his shocking decision to break every rule and leak to the press

Comey says he believes the source of the Steele ‘dossier’ to be 'credible' and yet he claimed, under oath, that the contents were "salacious and unverified"

Trump lashes out again at 'slimeball' Comey, suggests he should go to jail

Comey Throws Obama And Lynch Under The Bus In New Book

Obama DOJ tried to end Clinton investigation

On Friday, we got a surprise from the Department of Justice's inspector general: a report on "Andy's office" McCabe. The report includes details of Andy's "lack of candor" when questioned about his professional behavior by the IG. We also learned of the Obama administration's efforts to shut down the investigation into Hillary Clinton's "foundation." We haven't heard much about this revelation from the media which is unusual, as they have been obsessively reporting their hallucinations that President Trump is moments away from interfering with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Strange.

The inspector general (IG) confirmed in its long-awaited report released Friday that in 2016 the FBI had ongoing field investigations of the Clinton Foundation in New York, Los Angeles, Little Rock, Arkansas and Washington, D.C. The multi-city investigation was launched when agents found “suspicious activity” between a foreign donor and Clinton Foundation activity in the Los Angeles area, as TheDCNF reported in August 2016.

The report, authored by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, an Obama appointee, chronicles the Justice Department’s effort to to shut down the FBI’s investigation on Aug. 12, 2016. The pressure allegedly came in the form of a phone call to McCabe from a Justice Department principal associate deputy attorney general (PADAG) who pressed McCabe on the continuing investigation. The IG did not identify which PADAG made the call.

It was important the pressure for ending the investigation was issued in a phone call and not in a written document, former FBI assistant Director Ronald Hosko told TheDCNF.

“They did it in a phone call, which is maybe a little more difficult to serve up as evidence,” he told TheDCNF in an interview. Hosko said that by giving a verbal order, the Justice Department “chose not to document it by design”

“It makes it harder to reconstruct. But that might be part of the goal, right?” he noted.