HART: Comey hearing a nicer version of Salem Witch Trials

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Ron Hart

We have doubled the nation’s debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in the last eight years, growing the police state. ISIS is on the march. North Korea and Iran have nukes. We have a mucked-up health care system, a sluggish economy, and the highest corporate tax and imprisonment rates of any country in the world. But now we are spending our money, time and attention on a “He said, he said” retrospective of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.

It would be nice to get fired like Comey and then be able to go in front of Congress and the nation to vent your anger at your ex-boss. I only got fired once, from the shoe department at Belk's. And for the record, Mr. Underwood, David Turner was the one who would not check the shoe sizes before he put them back in the box. Not me.

This partisan carping in Washington makes the Salem Witch Trials look like a kinder, gentler and more reasoned time in America. The whole thing is a public conviction in search of facts. Putin is just smiling.

Democrats will stop at nothing to bring this president down. If Trump wiped out ISIS right now, Democrats would haul him before Congress and charge him with genocide.

Orchestrated by Democrats and some RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) to make Trump look bad, the Comey show trial failed. It was like following the Kathy Griffin beheading bit with a more boring attempt to get the President, but with similar intended results. Republicans were outraged at her for holding up the bloody severed head of a sitting U.S. president. Democrats were mad because it was not actually Trump.

And for the record, the company Squatty Potty fired Kathy Griffin before CNN did. That tells you all you need to know about how much the media are in the toilet today.

Politicians look transparently petty in this non-fact-based witch hunt before Congress. Conveniently, it plays into why the nation sent Trump to Washington in the first place.

Comey’s testimony revealed him to be a cowardly, self-preserving, government bureaucrat intent on keeping his job. Instead of reporting what he now implies was "obstruction of justice," he kept his notes in his desk in case he needed them later to save himself. After being fired, he leaked his notes through a surrogate (cowardly again) to The New York Times. Perhaps that was a crime too.

Comey’s narrative made him a "brave hero" when confronting the Trump administration, but it revealed a compliant coward when told what to do by the Obama administration. The 6-foot 8-inch Comey is no J. Edgar Hoover, who stood tall (especially when he wore heels) against crime back in his day. J. Edgar Hoover may have been a queen, but he wasn't a drama queen like Comey. Comey seemed to want to insert himself in every situation he could, rather than taking the traditional, non-partisan, low profile, investigative role the FBI historically has played. He famously said he did not pursue Hillary Clinton’s emails charges because there was “no intent.” Apparently, knowingly setting up a private server and bleaching 30,000 emails was not intent.

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