James Comey

Outsiders vs. Insiders: NeverTrumpers cling to hope Trump will fall on his face ahead of 2020

The president can’t be blamed for Congress’s inability to push through conservative agenda items. Trump is far from perfect but he’s tried every means possible to get things moving. Instead of plotting a possible 2020 challenger, his GOP enemies should be putting more pressure on Capitol Hill.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Why we should intervene and tell Hillary why she’d never be president

Democrats tried the “first woman president” thing with Hillary Clinton in 2016. Being female simply isn’t enough of a basis to stake a candidacy. Americans might not be the most sophisticated political actors in the world, but they aren’t stupid…at least half of them, anyway.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Bullying by bullhorn is no way for leftists to win political arguments

The left’s agenda will not allow radical groups to take a seat in order to make the Democrats they support look more mainstream ahead of this year’s midterm elections. When it comes to making the GOP and Trump look “normal” there’s nothing better than a gathering of leftists with bullhorns.

Comey's Complexes

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Comey is just a garden-variety ambitious and greedy D.C. operator, but because of his various pompous complexes, he has a need to sanctify all of that in the mumbo-jumbo of quasi-religion and “betrayed” ideals. One has to laugh at his announcement that he is no longer a registered Republican, as if that registration had any meaning apart from his ambition to receive appointments in Republican administrations. Did he register as a Republican and vote for Democrats?

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Comey’s insult of the GOP rings like a compliment to conservatives

Not everything is as it appears on the surface. James Comey’s backhanded slap at the GOP was actually a positive thing for Republicans, just as a change in leadership in the House is entirely necessary to ensure good legislation sees the light of day. For conservatives, change couldn’t come fast enough.

Comey's Pocket Stuffers in the Press

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

The "news" media are stuffing Comey's pockets with book profits, just as they're drooling over the possibility of a similar boom in their ad revenues. "Telling all" about Trump is a proven get-rich-quick scheme. The networks act as conveyor belts for "news" that makes Democrats happy or lets Democrats vent about what (and who) they hate. In this age of Trump-bashing opportunism, they have demonstrated they have exactly as much nonpartisan integrity as James Comey.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Comey flareup proves the DC swamp isn’t even close to being drained

Donald Trump came to Washington in order to shake the system to its core and wrest power away from the swamp dwellers who’d polluted the water for decades. As the recent Comey episode proves, the work is just beginning – there’s an awful lot of slime to scrape off the sidewalks.

Comey and Brennan, Leaders of the Coup

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

“This is not a tin-pot dictatorship,” says Comey. But aren’t Brennan and Comey acting like officials of a displaced one? They are trying to claw back to power by spreading unverified charges against a duly elected president. Brennan says without evidence that the Russians have “something” on Trump. Comey says without evidence that it is “possible” Trump paid prostitutes in Moscow to urinate on each other. Here we have the two former guardians of the nation’s secrets showing less restraint than gossip columnists at TMZ.

Colluders on the Loose

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Apparently, a number of government officials must have been in cahoots to get all their stories and agendas straight ahead of time. They certainly agreed on talking points to keep embarrassing facts from FISA judges, and they did so on a number of occasions. Does that behavior fall under the definition of some sort of colluding obstruction? Washington lives by and for collusion. Always has. Until now, it was apparently just a creed, not a crime.

Andrew McCabe Lied: Will FBI Apply Same Rules Against Him That It Applies to All of Us?

Hans von Spakovsky, CNS News

Flynn was charged with lying to FBI agents about conversations with the Russian ambassador. Lying to a federal agent is a felony, even if—like Flynn—you are not under oath at the time. It is clear from the inspector general’s report that McCabe lied to federal agents multiple times, including while under oath. Will he be prosecuted as Flynn was? It seems as if the FBI and the Justice Department have no choice—unless they believe that their colleagues are somehow above the law.

James Comey's book falls as flat as its cover

Editors, Washington Examiner

Comey's name-calling makes for an unpersuasive condemnation of this presidency. His observations about Trump's orange-ness, his hand size, and the length of his tie, aren’t even original, let alone amusing except to that corps of haters who giggle at any show of disrespect to the chief executive. Perhaps the only impact they will have is to engender among disaffected conservatives a certain sympathy for a president whose substantive policies have been a pleasant surprise.

The Supreme Court Already Said Trump Can Fire Mueller

The reasoning in Myers v. United States, decided by the Supreme Court in 1926, applies to the President’s ability to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller if he so chooses. Congressional attempts to “protect” Mueller from the President’s clear constitutional authority are intentional efforts to precipitate a constitutional crisis for the benefit of those who think impeaching President Trump will benefit them politically.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: GOP money worries over Ryan’s exit aren’t just unfounded – they’re dumb

Perhaps the money will flow in this year, perhaps it won’t. The GOP will survive regardless – but will the conservative cause? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that as long as Republicans do what they’re supposed to do that good things will follow, including coffers full of campaign cash.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Ryan’s exit equals big chance for conservatives to break GOP leaders

When Paul Ryan officially leaves Congress people will remember him as the humble Wisconsin boy who always put on a positive face and did his best in the House. Conservatives will remember all the things Ryan didn’t do – and the next speaker had better be prepared to make things right.

Why I Won't Read James Comey's Book

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

I thought high-level government officials like Comey were not supposed to publish kiss-and-tell tomes like this what seems like minutes after leaving their position. It was contractually prohibited. Or was that just the CIA?  Whatever the case, it's more than unseemly. It's repugnant. The publication of this book is just one more indication, as if we needed one, that the FBI is a rancid, corrupt organization that should be disbanded.

‘Slimeball’ versus Stormy Daniels

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

In the end, Jim “Lyin’ Leakin’ Nasty Giraffe” Comey — code-named “Slimeball” — is nothing more than a stripper without a pole. He is a porn star, minus the talent or the looks. I really do hate to denigrate strippers and porn stars by comparing any of them to Jim Comey. But there really is no other way to describe the political peep show going on in America right now.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Collateral political harm from Trump’s Syria strike impossible to measure

The days and weeks ahead will reveal the damage inflicted from Friday night’s strike in Syria. With military satellites, the on-the-ground destruction will be relatively easy to assess; far more uncertain is the fallout from Trump’s failing to keep his promises to stay out of the Middle East.

How Comey Lied About Spying on Trump Tower

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

What Comey calls “higher loyalty” is just adherence to the interests of an unaccountable ruling class and the needs of his own ego. Comey slithered out of the swamp and now plays the great conscience of Washington. He sighs, looks heavenward, quotes Reinhold Niebuhr, tries hard to look very thoughtful — only to relay low hearsay and peddle anti-Trump dreck. Who cares? Comey’s wounded ego is not a constitutional crisis. The scandal is not that he lost his exalted job but that such a pompous creep once held it.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: How Republicans can use the good name of Gorsuch to keep the Senate

Republicans have a number of things to run on this year if they’d only use them. The Supreme Court vacancy (which led to Justice Neil Gorsuch) was a good reason to vote Trump in 2016; confirming more of Trump’s appointments will be strong incentive to vote for GOP senators in 2018, too.

Outsiders vs. Insiders: Will mad voters carry a grudge against the GOP in this year’s elections?

Few would carry a grudge against someone who’s taking a position against the status quo and offers good arguments to back it up. The DC political establishment abhors anything that might upset their power structure – and conservatives have a good chance to do just that in 2018.