So, did everyone enjoy yesterday’s kabuki theatre? Both the Comey testimony in the House and the Gorsuch hearing in the Senate was Congressional Open Mic Night at its best: pols otherwise unknown outside their home districts pontificating their respective talking points. Lately all Congressional hearings seem more like a game of reverse-rule Jeopardy: all contestants are required to ask their question in the form of an answer.
Occasionally a rookie lands a seat on the panel who doesn’t follow the rules and asks real questions:
Representative Elise M. Stefanik is a young, freshman republican congresswoman from the Albany New York area. And using a probative questioning timeline, she single-handily pulled the mask from FBI Director James Comey, yet no-one seemed to notice. - CTH
Given that Congress was first notified about the investigation of the Trump campaign in July, 2016, Rep. Stefanik tries to find out when the sitting President was advised that his FBI had launched an investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia. At what point did President Obama give tacit approval of the FBI investigation of the campaign of his Party’s opposition?
“when did you notify the White House, the DNI and congressional leadership”? - CTH
Or in other words, what did he know, and when did he know it?
Comey’s response is an uncomfortable study in obfuscation; watch the first 3 minutes carefully. He begs the question - in the form of an answer:
“Because of the sensitivity of the matter.”
That covers a wide berth, but a reasonable man might conclude that Comey notified Obama at one of those “quarterly meetings” after July 16th and before the election. Which in my simple mind gives credence to Trump’s claim that the Obama administration was “wire-tapping” him. Fake News of course, disagrees with my conclusion: Comey's testimony humiliates Trump - The Washington Post. That’s why they’re Fake News.
So why, you ask, would a President not fire a troublesome FBI director like Comey who’s working both sides against the middle for his own nefarious purposes? As it often does, history once again provides an answer. Here’s LBJ’s response when asked why he didn’t fire J. Edgar Hoover:
Believe me, there’s nobody spookier than a high-level spook. Never underestimate the number of dossiers they have assembled nor the amount of “intelligence” that might be contained therein. Because you never know when you might need it.
“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much. Such men are dangerous.” – Shakespeare, Julius Caesar