BOMBSHELL: Guess Where James Comey Was 24 Hours Before Trump Fired Him
Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Tuesday, becoming the first president since Richard Nixon to fire a top investigative official who was actively investigating him. The official reasoning was that Comey had overstepped his authority and sullied the reputation of the FBI in his misstatements and interventions regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. That may be true up to a point, but it was just as true the day Trump was inaugurated. And it doesn’t even remotely pass the smell test. There is a more immediate context for his firing that the White House is seeking to deflect from.
In his letter to Comey, Trump thanked the FBI Director for assuring him “on three separate occasions” that the president is not under investigation. Given the official reasoning for the firing, this was an odd non sequitur. But it’s also not true. The FBI Director likely is investigating Trump and/or his associates, in connection to the scandal surrounding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to help Trump.
The original sourcing on this story is thin, but I’m going out on a limb because the source has seemingly been corroborated twice.
It was not widely reported, but a former Bill Clinton White House staffer, and veteran of three presidential campaigns, Claude Taylor, has been tweeting information that he has gained from “sources” he apparently has from his political career. On April 28th, he tweeted that a source told him, “two grand juries have convened and I know that one is almost complete.”
This just in from a source with knowledge of Comey's investigation. "two grand juries have convened and I know that one is almost complete."
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) April 29, 2017
A Republican media guru and Daily Beast journalist, Rick Wilson apparently had heard similar things from a source, and retweeted Taylor with the one-word response, “Same.”
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 29, 2017
Taylor was then seemingly corroborated by Comey himself in Senate testimony. On his show “The Resistance with Keith Olbermann,” Olbermann noted that Comey acknowledged that the FBI was “coordinating” with two federal prosecutors’ offices. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asked Comey,
“So, in the investigations that you’re currently doing on the Russians’ interference and the Trump team’s relationship, are you coordinating with any US Attorney’s office?”
“Well, two sets of prosecutors, Main Justice, the National Security Division, and the Eastern District of Virginia US Attorney’s office.”
Olbermann then quoted John Dean, the former White House Counsel under Nixon, who said, relating to the role of the Eastern District of Virginia US Attorney’s Office,
“Comey’s testimony makes it difficult to believe that there is not a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia.”
Olbermann also notes that the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia is Dana Boente, who was briefly the acting US Attorney General after Trump fired Sally Yates.
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On Monday, Taylor tweeted that Comey “was at EDVA, in Alexandria at 8:00am.”
So, according to the original source for this story, which was seemingly partially confirmed by Comey himself, the FBI Director was at the US Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia, which is possibly the location of a grand jury investigating the Trump/Russia connection, about 24 hours before Trump fired him. If this is true, it would be an unprecedented firing of an FBI Director deep into the process of leading an investigation of possible criminal acts by the president.
Again, this is thin sourcing, and it raises as many questions as it answers, but the apparent corroborations lend Taylor’s citizen reporting credence. If his sources are accurate, an investigation may be moving faster behind the scenes than is being widely reported. And Comey’s firing may have been an act of desperation from a White House struggling to keep pace with an investigation into the dark heart of how it came to power.
Watch Olbermann’s Account of Comey’s Testimony:
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