|Previously lionized dude fucked up big time, should resign. Now. Chances? Nil.|
This is getting weird.
FBI Director James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election and ultimately ensured that the FBI's name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former bureau official tells CNBC.
The official said some government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.Huffington Post confirms that Comey took the position he did and why:
FBI Director James Comey privately argued against having his bureau sign onto a statement saying the Russian government was meddling in the U.S. election, CNBC first reported on Monday, citing “a former FBI official.”
A source familiar with the interagency discussions confirms to The Huffington Post that Comey declined to do so because, specifically, he was concerned the statement was coming too close to the election. The source who spoke to HuffPost is not a former FBI official and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.What are the chances the media will report this side of the story the way they did about OMG HILLARY NEW EMAILS!!? Not much of a chance.
Now it turns out Donald may have been in touch with the Russkies for longer than we think.
The researchers [originally looking into the DNC hack] quickly dismissed their initial fear that the logs represented a malware attack. The communication wasn’t the work of bots. The irregular pattern of server lookups actually resembled the pattern of human conversation—conversations that began during office hours in New York and continued during office hours in Moscow. It dawned on the researchers that this wasn’t an attack, but a sustained relationship between a server registered to the Trump Organization and two servers registered to an entity called Alfa Bank. [My boldface.]Outgoing Democratic leader of the Senate Harry Reid puts a bow on it:
If Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is right, FBI Director James Comey is covering up downright treasonous activity from Donald Trump’s campaign so that the Republican can win.
In a public letter written to Comey on Sunday, Reid wrote that “in my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about the close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information.”Wow. This is a hell of a way to run an election.
You have to see this for yourself.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 26, 2016
In 2013, Trump, who now denies any such a relationship, repeatedly says he has a relationship w/ Putin. pic.twitter.com/wwo9XDWYbn