With every new development that sheds light on Donald Trump’s horrendous attacks on the FBI, the more guilty Trump looks. As if his ridiculous Devin Nunes memo hadn’t been pathetic enough, the latest uncovered data is going to destroy him.
It turns out that there is now new evidence that the White House lied about the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey. When Trump made the decision to fire Comey, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was sent out to try to convince American that FBI officers had “lost confidence in their director.” But according to a trove of emails that have been uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, that was bullsh*t. The White House and its disgusting president had lied to the American people — again.
After Comey was fired, Huckabee Sanders said that she’d “heard from countless members of the FBI that are grateful and thankful for the president’s decision.” She also stated that Trump thought “Director Comey was not up to the task” or “the right person in the job.” Huckabee Sanders claimed that Trump fired Comey because he “wanted somebody that could bring credibility back to the FBI.”
Huckabee Sanders’ statements made it seem as though current and former FBI employees were in full agreement that Comey had to go. It seemed fishy and was widely disputed by other officials within the FBI, but Trump and the White House stood by their story. Now, new documents obtained by editor in chief of Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes, has uncovered proof that it was all a lie to protect Trump.
Wittes was able to get these emails through several FOIA requests that were seeking communications from the FBI surrounding Comey’s firing. Over a hundred pages of records were uncovered, and none of them supports the White House’s version of the “truth.” Lawfare noted:
[The documents] contain not a word that supports the notion that the FBI was in turmoil. They contain not a word that reflects gratitude to the president for removing a nut job. There is literally not a single sentence in any of these communications that reflects criticism of Comey’s leadership of the FBI. Not one special agent in charge describes Comey’s removal as some kind of opportunity for new leadership. And if any FBI official really got on the phone with Sanders to express gratitude or thanks ‘for the president’s decision,’ nobody reported that to his or her staff.”
On the very same day that Huckabee Sanders had told America that the FBI no longer believed in Comey, FBI staff members received words from the special agent in charge of the bureau’s Knoxville field office, announcing the horrific news. The email said:
Unexpected news such as this is hard to understand but I know you all know our Director stood for what is right and what is true!!! … He truly made us better when we needed it the most.”
The following day, that agent sent another email urging FBI staff to “Follow up with your squads” and “make sure our/your folks are doing OK. Check with them today, tomorrow ….you get the idea.” Clearly, the FBI was torn apart over Comey’s firing.
Another special agent, Amy Hess, wrote an email trashing the White House. She wrote, “On a personal note, I vehemently disagree with any negative assertions about the credibility of this institution or the people herein.” Special agent Michael DeLeon wrote to his staff:
Everyone is surprised and we are certainly disappointed with the events surrounding this matter. We all felt the pain associated with the loss of a leader who was fully engaged and took great pride in the FBI organization and our employees. Simply stated, Director Comey will be missed.”
Lawfare reported that the emails only showed how much the FBI DISAGREED with the Trump administration:
The first reaction the documents reflect is simple shock, confusion and disbelief. The words ‘unprecedented,’ ‘tumultuous,’ ‘shock’ and ‘surprise’ appear in a great many of the emails. Two days after the firing, the assistant director of the International Operations Division, almost certainly Carlos Cases (the author is identified in the documents only as ‘Carlos’ but is identifiable from the division affiliated with the email address), described the period as ‘a whirlwind of shock at the suddenness of the departure of Director Comey and concern with what the future will hold.’”
The pain of losing Comey was so great that several field offices even spoke of putting together books with personal notes to Comey by FBI agents from all over the country. Lawfare wrote:
The bottom line is that the documents tell a remarkably consistent story about the reaction inside the FBI to Comey’s firing, and it is not the story the White House has told about an agency in turmoil. It’s very much the story, rather, that McCabe told the Senate a few days after Comey’s dismissal.
“Someone, the documents show, stood before the American people the week of the firing and told the truth about the FBI. It just wasn’t Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Donald Trump.”
This confirms many Americans’ beliefs that the White House was lying about Comey from the start. Now that we have proof, we can only hope that Trump gets what’s coming to him.