Judicial Watch uncovers emails showing FBI officials recommended Comey consult with Mueller prior to June 2017 Senate testimony
More evidence has emerged of a Deep State cabal encompassing senior FBI officials, fired FBI director James Comey and his close friend Robert Mueller collaborating in their efforts to unseat a duly elected president of the United States. Judicial Watch continues in its essential role as enforcer of sunshine laws (please donate here if you can) to uncover government actions that reveal hard truths.
In a post yesterday, J.W. revealed:
Judicial Watch today released new emails from the Department of Justice (DOJ) showing that former FBI Director James Comey was advised by FBI officials in May 2017 to consult with Special Counsel Robert Mueller prior to testifying before any congressional committees regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and his firing as FBI director.
At this point, Comey was a civilian pursuing a political end (impeachment and removal of the man who fired him), having already achieved his first goal the appointment of his close friend Robert Mueller as special counsel. Ostensibly, Mueller was to conduct a counterintelligence investigation of Russian influence on the 2016 election and was not investigating a crime, as the special counsel statute demands), but as events have subsequently shown, in actuality was digging up dirt – any dirt – on associates of President Trump in order to intimidate them into testify against him on crimes yet to be discovered.
Now, as a public-salaried civil servant investigator, Mueller was supposed to be a disinterested sleuth, seeking out truth. He was not supposed to be acting as counsel for a disgruntled former employee. Yet, as J.W. documents:
An email chain dated May 18 and 19, 2017, with the subject line "Future testimony" shows then-FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki, then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Assistant Director Gregory Brower, Comey and others discussing Comey's upcoming testimony:
In this chain, on May 18 at 6:30 pm, Comey wrote to Rybicki to confirm that he had accepted the invitation to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) but declined the invitations from the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee.
Comey also writes: "Last, would you please tell OGC [Office of the General Counsel] that I would like to be able to review any documents authored by me or on which I am copied that will be produced to SSCI in connection with my testimony and would like the opportunity for that review before I testify?"
An email from a redacted sender, apparently Comey, to Rybicki dated May 19 at 11:49 am reads:
I just got off a call with Senators Burr and Warner. They would like to have a hearing next Wednesday at which I testify, first in open session and then in closed, if necessary. I asked them not to announce it until I check with FBI/DOJ to see if you want to discuss anything before they do that. I told them I had asked for guidance on any institutional prerogatives and for the opportunity to review any documents FBI has produced that relate to me. I told them I would communicate with them by the end of the day to either ask them to hold announcing the Wednesday hearing or go ahead.
On May 19 at 2:10 pm, Rybicki writes back:
Director: We just met to discuss the requests outlined in the two emails below. Before responding the General Counsel has asked me to confirm that you have discussed with the attorneys representing you, and that you are comfortable discussing these issues with us rather than communicating through your counsel.
On May 19 at 3:02 pm, a redacted sender, likely Comey, responds to Rybicki: "Yes and yes."
Also in this chain, on May 19 at 4:11 pm, Rybicki writes to McCabe, FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, Brower, Elizabeth Beers and other redacted names:
Please see a DRAFT response to Director Comey (below). I will hold pending further direction….
In response to your emails below we have consulted with executive management here, including the General Counsel, and recommend the following:
1. That your counsel convey any acceptance or declinations to invitations to testify directly to the Committees.
2. That your counsel consult with Special Counsel Mueller to determine the timing of any such testimony and,
3. The Office of General Counsel stands ready to discuss with you in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel, institutional privileges or prerogatives that may be presented by any such testimony.
"These documents show that James Comey, who was fired by the president, nevertheless had easy, friendly access to the FBI as he prepped his infamous anti-Trump testimony to the Senate," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "This collusion led to Comey's attacking President Trump and misusing FBI records as part of a vendetta against the president."
McCabe already has been fired. The other FBI officials implicated in this cabal ought not to be collecting government salaries, either.