Allman Analysis: New York Times Comey Story Thin On Several Levels
ST. LOUIS —
The New York Times printed a story this week saying that before President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, that he asked Comey to stop the investigation into Russian involvement with General Michael Flynn. Flynn was Trump's original director of the NSA (National Security Administration) before leaving shortly after he took over the job.
The story cites a memo from Comey himself as the source. Times admits that the reporter who wrote the story did not receive or even see the memo, but instead had the memo read over the phone by an anonymous source close to Comey.
On The Allman Report, former Chief of Staff to Missouri Governor Matt Blunt and former head of the Missouri Republican Party Ed Martin says that stories like these effectively amount to a "soft coup". Martin says anonymously sourced stories targeting President Trump are leading to calls of impeachment before anyone can process all of the facts.
Martin also took on a hypothetical: What if the memo is true? Martin says that if Trump did mention to Comey to end the investigation, that is not obstruction because the Attorney General reports to the President who can fire that person at will. Martin also points out that Comey has never reported or apparently made any notes that have been released saying that Trump asked for the investigation to stop.
Comey is scheduled to testify before Congress next Wednesday. That may finally lay to rest the latest media circus surrounding President Trump.