Did Comey Brief Donald Trump on ‘Peegate’ knowing It Would Be Leaked to the Media?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Why did former DNI James Clapper, who now works at CNN, the network that broke the news on Peegate, ask Comey to do it?

In order to report on Peegate, the media needed a news hook and a prima facie reason for the public to take the story seriously. So what better way than to have the FBI director arrange a meeting with the President of the United States to brief him as if it was a matter of concern?

Mollie Hemmingway points out that the evidence indicated that this was all orchestrated by the Deep State (which practically includes CNN). According to James Comey’s memos, the reason for the initial briefing was that James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, wanted him to do it. Clapper moved on to work for CNN.

Hemingway writes, “Comey’s Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup.”

With Comey claiming that Clapper wanted him to brief POTUS, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence final report on Russia has something of interest. The report, which was downplayed and panned by CNN, included a finding of interest related to discussions of the dossier with the media:

Finding #44: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, provided inconsistent testimony to the Committee about his contacts with the media, including CNN.”

So Comey, at Clapper’s expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was “looking for a news hook” to publish dossier allegations. He said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they sought and needed.

This briefing, and the leaking of it, legitimized the dossier, which touched off the Russia hysteria. That hysteria led to a full-fledged media freakout. During the freakout, Comey deliberately refused to say in public what he acknowledged repeatedly in private — that the President of the United States was not under investigation. He even noted in his memos that he told the president at least three times that he was not under investigation. Comey’s refusal to admit publicly what he kept telling people privately led to his firing.

That led to Comey leaking multiple memos in order to get a special counsel appointed out of revenge. That special counsel has utterly distracted multiple agencies and embroiled all three branches of government at the highest levels. All over a document that was secretly funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, contracted by a Democrat research firm with ties to the Kremlin, and authored by a shady foreign spy whose relationship with the FBI was terminated because he lied to them.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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