Judicial Watch, which has become one of the most important groups in this country when it comes to exposing what the federal government is really up to, made a major revelation on Thursday when they published emails they obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The emails show that former FBI Director James Comey colluded with special counsel Robert Mueller and other senior FBI officials before testifying in front of Congress last year. The Department of Justice also advised Comey to talk to Mueller about the circumstances of his firing before he spoke to any congressional committee about the situation. Though long suspected, this is the first confirmation the American people have gotten that Mueller and Comey conspired to get on the same page before the latter went public with his story.
“These documents show that James Comey, who was fired by the president, nevertheless had easy, friendly access to the FBI as he prepped his infamous anti-Trump testimony to the Senate,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This collusion led to Comey’s attacking President Trump and misusing FBI records as part of a vendetta against the president.”
After Comey first learned that he would be testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey received this email from the senior leadership in the FBI:
“In response to your emails below we have consulted with executive management here, including the General Counsel, and recommend the following,” the email states. “That your counsel convey any acceptance or declinations to invitations to testify directly to the Committees. That your counsel consult with Special Counsel Mueller to determine the timing of any such testimony. The Office of General Counsel stands ready to discuss with you in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel, institutional privileges or prerogatives that may be presented by any such testimony.”
Further emails reveal that Comey and Mueller sat down prior to the former’s testimony before the Senate committee, during which Comey confirmed that he was responsible for leaking his memos to The New York Times via his friend (and paid FBI consultant) Daniel Richman. This revelation was apparently approved and encouraged by the special counsel. We also learned in that testimony that a motivating factor for Comey was that he hoped his memos would trigger the appointment of a special counsel.
Thus it becomes more important than ever that Attorney General Jeff Sessions expedite a complete review of how his Justice Department has handled this investigation. As ghastly as it sounds to conclude that the FBI and the DOJ conspired to take down a president, the facts are too overwhelming to ignore. We certainly don’t believe this was any sort of agency-wide conspiracy, but rather the work of a select few individuals who happened to have just enough pull to make things very bad for the incoming (and, for a while, the new) president.