As blogs at this site go, this one will be relatively brief. That is because what appears here now, is an elaboration on “Let us count the ways” that was published here on May 24th. Indeed, it is recommended that you use the archives window at the blog site and re-read that statement.
Apropos that blog from the recent past, today’s testimony by former FBI Director James Comey validated its contents; i.e. there are indeed, FIVE focuses of the investigation now being conducted by Special Prosecutor, Robert Mueller, and he has broad authority to delve into every one of them no matter where they lead and who they might involve.
Additionally, during the same session, Comey made it clear that one of the reasons that he felt compelled to make detailed, contemporaneous notes on his meetings with Trump was that he simply did not trust the president, worrying that 45 might well lie about what transpired during those talks. More on that next.
For the time being at least, we will have to deal with a “he said/he said” state of affairs; i.e. it will be Comey’s word against Trump’s. Based on the histories of the two men, that hardly seems a fair fight: Comey has a long history of honesty and integrity (1); he is widely regarded by his associates in the Bureau as a “Boy Scout” and straight-shooter. In sharp contrast, 45 has a well-documented record of serial lying, adultery and short-changing people with whom he has done business. Detailed notes, indeed !!
What Special Prosecutor Mueller is dealing with is a many-headed legal and political mess. It is going to be a challenge for the media to sort out and explain to us, the significant complexities of all this. Over the months ahead, fatigue from our trying to process events and how they may be interconnected is bound to set in. The recommendation here is that from time to time, you step back, take a breather, don’t over-think this, but always stay connected to the “big picture”, even as you momentarily have it out at arm’s length. What is involved here is far too important to be permanently set aside.
- Comey’s detractors have been and remain hard at work trying to destroy his reputation as described above, citing his handling of the investigation into HRC’s e-mails. In that regard, the former Director may well have made errors in judgment, but he has never failed to try to do the right thing. That said, it is always worth remembering that “judgment” and “honesty” are two different things. To conflate them is deceitful.