In a New York Times article last month breaking the story that President Donald Trump had allegedly asked James Comey to consider dropping an investigation into Michael Flynn, they make note that “Mr. Comey was known among his closest advisers to document conversations that he believed would later be called into question.” Another Times article described Comey’s memos as a “product of a culture of note-keeping,” claiming that the “F.B.I.’s practice of keeping careful, contemporaneous notes” is commonplace there.
Interesting claims for sure, considering that in his testimony today, Comey said in his prepared statement that he didn’t keep detailed memos on his conversations with Obama like he did with Donald Trump. His excuse was that he took notes in the case of Trump because he didn’t trust Trump to tell the truth.
And that wasn’t all. As the Gateway Pundit couldn’t help but notice:
[F]ormer Director James Comey also did not record his THREE HOUR interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her likely criminal email activity.
As for the origin of the memo, we learned that Comey had given it to a friend with the intention of leaking it.
Comey admits he asked a friend to leak his conversation w/ Trump about Flynn to a reporter. A bombshell the sluggish Senators are ignoring.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) June 8, 2017
And despite that, it wasn’t even true. We’ve reported in the past that Comey had stated, under oath in May, that a member of an administration (Trump or Obama’s) had never asked the FBI to cease an investigation, while his memo claiming Trump asked him to do as much was dated as occurring in February.
As the Daily Caller noted:
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, asked Comey, “Did the president at any time ask you to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections?”
The former FBI director replied, “Not to my understanding, no.”
Burr followed up by asking if any member of the administration made this request, and Comey replied, “no.”
It would appear that a vendetta against Trump did more to prompt Comey to transcribe their conversations (particularly the fictitious part) more than a “culture of note-taking” did. Had Comey not been called to testify today, most of us would be still believing his lies.