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Conscious of how sneaky he sounded in his pompous, self-serving book, “A Higher Loyalty,” James Comey felt the need to declare, “I don’t do sneaky things.” In fact, he is a master of sneakiness. Comey has now trapped yet another victim — a 30-year veteran of our armed services, a true hero — Gen. Michael Flynn.
Comey is a weaving spider with years of fly-catching experience. His first notable victim was Martha Stewart, followed famously by Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney. presidential advisor Karl Rove narrowly escaped the trap.
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In each of these cases, Comey employed the same web-spinning he later used to trap Flynn. Comey would have his target questioned, not to gain information that he already knew, but to trap him into a lie. To push the target to lie, Comey would trick him into incorrectly believing that a true answer would be admission to a crime.
As a young federal prosecutor, Comey’s agents questioned Martha Stewart after she unloaded stock right before it tanked on the advice of a broker with inside information. Comey knew Stewart had not committed a crime but also knew she would likely not know the law and would deny learning the information.
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But rather than cause Stewart to be assured that she had done nothing wrong and could tell the truth with impunity, Comey trapped her into a lie. He had snared his prey.
When, in 2003, Valerie Plame complained that her status as a CIA agent had been wrongly published, Deputy Attorney General Comey persuaded his boss, John Ashcroft, to recuse himself from that investigation, even though Comey himself was more recusal-worthy because of his contempt for Cheney.
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Comey knew that, like Stewart, Libby would think outing Plame was criminal, even though it was not. Comey correctly assumed that Libby would...
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