After meeting with President Trump 3 months ago James Comey wrote a memo to himself to memorialze the conversation. Nothing wrong with that, I’ve done the same thing many times. It’s valuable later to help you remember what was said. If it’s ever offered in evidence in an investigation or a court proceeding it’s not of great value unless the other party to the conversation acknowledges it as correct. Otherwise, it’s a self-serving document. It gains a little weight if you mail it to yourself and have it in a sealed envelope with date stamp by the post office. You still need some way to prove you didn’t steam open the envelope to make changes. So, it’s chief value is still to refresh your memory.
Comey wrote in his memo to himself that President Trump asked him to stop the investigation into Michael Flynn. President Trump denies that he ever said any such thing. Comey and his media accomplices are now claiming the memo shows that President Trump commited the crime of obstruction of justice. Comey did not make this allegation at the time and never reported any such thing to the FBI or the Justice Department.
Under Federal law (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361) Comey should have informed the Department of Justice of any attempt to obstruct justice, even by the President. The statute makes it a crime for anyone in his position to fail to report the crime of attempting to obstruct the course of justice.
Gregg Jarrett of Fox News: Comey’s memo is being treated as a “smoking gun” only because the media and Democrats, likely prompted by Comey himself, are now peddling it that way.
Comey will soon testify before Congress about this and other matters. His memo will likely be produced pursuant to a subpoena. The words and the context will matter.
But by writing a memo, Comey has put himself in a box. If he now accuses the President of obstruction, he places himself in legal jeopardy for failing to promptly and properly report it. If he says it was merely an uncomfortable conversation, he clears the president of wrongdoing and sullies his own image as a guy who attempted to smear the man who fired him.
Either way, James Comey comes out a loser. No matter. The media will hail him a hero.
Comey and his media buddies are losing their battle of revenge. By the way, those newfound media “buddies” of Comey’s hated him just a few weeks ago. After a while when nothing comes of this and Trump is still there Comey’s media homies will go back to hating him again.