The last we heard from disgraced former FBI Director Jim Comey, he was wracking his memory for the Senate Judiciary Committee and coming up empty. The famous note taker couldn't remember anything that would have interested anyone, even regarding matters that are now pretty much public knowledge. For example, the referral the CIA sent to the FBI in which the FBI was informed that "the Russians" might be aware of Hillary's Russia Hoax caper--even before it went into full swing.
Fortunately, Comey's 'Huh?' responses are unlikely to be the last word on some of those matters.
Jay Sekulow's American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has been doing some digging with the help of FOIA and just got back some very interesting results. What they show, among other things, is James Comey in direct communication with Neil Eggleston, Obama's White House Counsel (and long time Clintonista). Those direct communications began in September, 2016, and continued up until the afternoon of January 19, 2017. Yes, January 19 was the day before Donald J. Trump was inaugurated. That's a pretty admirable example of the good old American work ethic, and one assumes that the only reason Eggleston didn't send more emails to Comey on the very day of Trump's inauguration was because ... he was busy coaching (or writing?) Susan Rice's email-to-self that morning--Susan Rice: The WH Counsel Told Me To Write It.
Sekulow wants you to know something else about the results of his FOIA work--which isn't complete yet. These results came as a result of a FOIA request for documents regarding FBI spies in the Trump White House. Uh, that makes those results even more suggestive than they already are.
What did Comey do with Eggleston's January 19, 2017, email (which included Andy McCabe and two redacted names on the address list)? Comey thought this email--and the attached, totally redacted, TOP SECRET letter from Eggleston--was the kind of thing that his (Comey's) General Counsel, James Baker, should also see--so Comey forwarded it to Baker. I point this out in particular because Shipwreckedcrew has claimed that the FBI's Office of General Counsel is mostly concerned with very boring stuff like Bureau car accidents. On the contrary, James Baker--long reported to be cooperating with John Durham--was very much Comey's right hand guy.
Who else knows about all this, has seen the redacted letter and any other relevant documents? I'm betting AG Bill Barr has. Uh oh!
Now I'm going to do the lazy thing. First, here's a video of Jordan Sekulow discussing all this. The first 16 minutes are what you want to watch, and there's no beating around the bush--it's pretty much all substantive:
Next, here's the link for the email from Eggleston to Comey.
And now here's the ACLJ discussion of not only the January 19, 2017, email but also of some of the emails going back to September, 2016.
First, the discussion of the January 19, 2017, email. You'll see that the discussion tracks the video very closely:
We sent a FOIA request regarding former FBI Director Comey’s spies inside the White House: Anthony Ferrante, Jordan Rae Kelly, and Tashina Gauhar. It’s important to remember that one of those was the liaison to the FBI. One held a tech job and somehow got to stay in the White House. And one was at the National Security Council.
We filed our FOIA request and a lawsuit on these spies and we received an interesting reply. Our FOIA wound up uncovering an email that was sent from President Obama’s White House Counsel to multiple names. Some of the recipients’ names were redacted but some were not. The unredacted ones were former FBI Director Jim Comey and former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.
This email was sent on Thursday, January 19th at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. What’s interesting about that date? It was the day before President Trump was sworn in as the next President of the United States.
The classification of the email is TOP SECRET. The White House Counsel said in the email: “Director and Deputy Director – Please see the attached letter. Thanks, Neil.” The attached letter is then sent from former FBI Director Jim Comey at 9:52 PM to his general counsel at the FBI, James Baker to review.
Now they’re refusing to give us the attachment, so guess what – we’re taking the FBI to court. What TOP SECRET information did they have to send from the Obama White House Counsel to the FBI Director and Deputy FBI Director the night before President Trump was inaugurated? The American people have the right to know.
Interestingly, this is also coming to light just as former FBI Director Jim Comey is giving testimony before the Senate, where he said he doesn’t remember anything about the CIA asking the FBI to investigate whether or not it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign that was actually colluding with the Russians, in an action reportedly approved by Secretary Clinton. Even President Obama was briefed about it by then CIA Director John Brennan, and yet somehow former FBI Director Jim Comey can’t recall any of that.
So many questions--as Comey likes to say--and wouldn't we all like to know the answers! One guess might run along these lines.
Since the "full content review" concerned the disclosure of a confidential source, is it possible that the FBI was proposing to DoJ (Tashina Gauhar, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates) and the White House that a confidential source be disclosed--deployed against Trump? Would that source have been ... Christopher Steele? Just speculating.
Will Bill Barr be sharing the answers any time soon? We can hope. Coming on the heels of the revelation that Brennan briefed Obama personally regarding Hillary's Russia Hoax plans--an possible Russian knowledge of those plans--this is all fraught with great interest.,
UPDATE 1: To clarify ...
The redaction code "B7D" means that the paragraph was redacted so as NOT to disclose a confidential source. My speculation that the FBI and DoJ may have been contemplating actually disclosing a source derives in part from the White House reaction--that they had "concerns" but were open to work on a "way forward." Remember, these FOIA productions were relevant to and in response to very specific inquiries. It's still speculation, but ...
UPDATE 2: As with the Barnett 302--in which the names of some Team Mueller lawyers were provided while others were redacted--we're left to wonder whether the redacted email addressees may be cooperating with Durham. Any of the DoJ people might find it well worth their while to pin the lion's share of the blame on Comey and McCabe.
I say Durham because this appears to fall within his investigative purview--before the inauguration and well before Mueller. Further, at first glance this doesn't appear to have anything directly to do with Flynn.