We are once again reminded that the President of the United States knows things we don’t know. Most people ignored a public comment by Donald Trump recently:
“oh, well, did he fight back? You fight back, Oh it’s obstruction.”
I watched a panel on CNN, accidently, for about five minutes while working out at the club. I learned about this comment by Trump from Jeffrey Tobin. Tobin has been one of the fiercest critics of Trump. In May 2017, Tobin exploded with outrage because Trump fired James Comey:
“a grotesque abuse of power by the president of the United States. This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies.”
Last night Tobin was clearly shocked when he reflected on this comment by Trump. It was like he understood, for the first time, that Trump has a legitimate point. The liberal left is quick to believe anything that fits within their narrative. In May 2017, James Comey was the shining knight trying to deal with an irresponsible president. Tobin probably believed there had been collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Today, even Jeffrey Tobin would not attempt to defend that narrative. Instead Tobin is confronted with mounting evidence that James Comey was Director of an FBI that was trying to overthrow a U.S. President. The only real question is whether Comey was complicit or was merely incompetent. All the things being documented by the numerous investigations took place while Comey was in charge. Trump not only had a right to fire Comey, he may have had a duty to fire Comey.
We do not know what information Trump had available when he fired Comey. He only mentioned the letters from Rosenstein and Sessions supporting his decision. There is a lot we don’t know and a lot we will never. We do know this. Trump said he was justified because he was fighting back. He said he was looking forward to talking, under oath, with Robert Mueller. In most cases, this type of interview is a perjury trap because the Special Counsel knows things you don’t know. But this time the opposite may be true. Trump may know things that Mueller doesn’t know. He may have documentation Mueller has never seen.
We know that the FBI is desperately pleading to see the memo from Nunes. This means the FBI does NOT know what information is in those House Intelligence Committee files. Assistant Attorney General Stephan Boyd said: “Indeed, we do not understand why the committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the intelligence community.”
The response from the House Intelligence committee was that they cannot trust the FBI. The FBI has been stonewalling congress on numerous requests for documents for months and just recently said they had accidentally failed to preserve thousands of critical text messages. If news reports are accurate, someone found those messages almost instantly when Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered an investigation.
The are always three sides to every political story. The Republican version of events, the Democratic version of events, and the truth. This time we know who is trying to release information and who is trying to block the release of information. That should be a gigantic hint over who has facts supporting their case and who does not.