James Comey Declines To Testify Before Senate Panel

CNN reports:

Former FBI Director James Comey will not testify before the Senate intelligence committee next week, according to the panel’s vice chairman, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. “We just heard from the director that he’s not able to make Tuesday,” Warner told CNN’s Manu Raju. “It’s my hope that that we will be able to find a time. I think it’s really important that the Congress, and more broadly the American people, hear Director Comey’s side of the story.”

Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, was invited to speak before the committee in a closed session. The former official was in charge of the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The intelligence committee issued a subpoena this week to former national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents regarding his interactions with Russian officials.

  • Timothy W.

    Unable to make it on Tuesday? What, he couldn’t get the day off work?

    • Lazycrockett

      Gurl gettin her hair did. Rescheduling is a bitch.

      • another_steve

        LMAO.

        Perfect. πŸ˜‰

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    • David Walker

      No, he had an appointment at Super Spy Guy Employment Agency.

    • Chucktech

      Perhaps he’s lawyering up?

      • Timothy W.

        For his sake, I’d hope so. When it comes to these hearings you get the impression that they’ve rehearsed every question ahead of time from every angle. I don’t think he’s in as large a rush to have this resolved as literally anyone else in the room.

    • Guytano Parks

      He is probably in fear for his life! That would not be an improbability in lieu of the many suspicious deaths of those scheduled to testify against Putin and his ilk as of late!

  • Tiger Quinn

    Smart move. Now if he’s subpoena’d they can’t say he’s partisan OR showboating.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      I hope you’re right.

    • j.martindale

      He needs to appear. Time is important. The longer the Thugs can drag this out, the more likely some squirrel will come along to get the attention of the media and the (gag) Mericun peoples.

    • mark99k

      Hadn’t thought of this angle, and it makes sense. Comey’s many things but he isn’t dumb.

    • Chucktech

      The problem I see is that it would be Republicans doing the subpoenaing and they have to know that any juicy stuff he has to say just HAS to be bad news for Republicans.

      • David L. Caster

        They have to roll the dice. They are getting way too much of an ear full while on “district business” recess. I think they are secretly running scared. Secretly because they know they are vulnerable and don’t want the public to know just how much is in the hands of an energized and engaged electorate in 2018.

        Were the precarious hold of the GOP to be exposed, the press would pounce on it like a chicken on a junebug. This to take a measure of revenge for GOP support of a President that consistently cast doubts on media journalistic integrity and threatens their societal and business responsibilities.

        The media flubbed the election and they know it. Now they are looking for a way to redeem themselves which is why they are making a much more candid assessment and are more aggressive in their questioning of the administration and Congress.

        This is a big deal, but the smoking gun that incriminates Trump may never materialize. About the only hope beyond that unfortunate reality is that as many of Trump’s associates as can be implicated in wrongdoing will be pulled down and in the process inflict enough collateral political damage to dislodge the GOP from Congress and end any hope for the reelection prospects for Trump.

        The media wasn’t able to do that to Trump by following their standard process for knocking off primary candidates that tripped over themselves. They need to up their game if they intend to make the critical difference now. They also have a lot more targets if Congress drops the ball on the current investigations.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    So let’s review:

    Comey instigates investigation into 45’s collusion with Russians.

    Comey is then fired by 45

    45 then makes a not-at-all-subtle threat directly to Comey via twitter, for all to see

    Comey declines to testify

    Really, has the lack of self-awareness of both these men fallen so far from reality that they honestly think we can’t connect the ever so present, glaringly obvious dots?

    Update: as both Tiger and JT point out, this could be a ploy of Comey. If so, good for him.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I think Comey is playing chess here. Let’s not forget that the Senate is controlled by the Republicans, and McConnell and Grassley in particular have been doing everything they can to make this go away, while Burr allegedly has some kind of financial ties to Russia.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        That’s my hope. That this is a ploy to force an open hearing and, better still, make the GOP come to terms with what they have wrought. I mean, that tweet to Comey was so over the top that even right wingers were falling over themselves.

        • Stogiebear

          Heard on NPR on the way home that Spicer was saying that Dump wasn’t really threatening Comey. That is just utter bullshit. There is no way to read that tweet as anything other than a threat. The president of the USA does not have the luxury of making jokes about this kind of thing.

        • Chucktech

          Possibly, but remember that he’s bound by the same rules as Sally Yates and James Clapper (and anyone else with such high clearance) about what he can say in open testimony versus closed door hearings.

      • another_steve

        Thank you, TLD.

        This is all more devious than my two-Beefeater Martini brain can deal with at the moment.

  • JT

    Subpoena him.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I think Tiger Quinn is right and Comey is cleverly asking for that.

      • JT

        Sworn testimony will then be required.

        • Steven Jaeger

          which he cannot refuse to answer.

          • another_steve

            He wants to squeal out the truth. Pig that he is.

            He’s a’beggin’ to be given the politically-proper venue in which to do so.

          • Chucktech

            I agree. After the humiliating treatment from Trump I would think he’d like to sing like a bird.

          • UrsusArctos

            I doubt he’s humiliated. Comey thinks he’s Dudley Do-right, from a lot of the reporting I have seen in the last year.
            He is likely enraged that 45* sullied his precious FBI. Never mind the damage Comey did himself, because he sees himself as a white hat. This is gonna be interesting. Comey will lay more traps than Carter has pills and the 45* crew will step into every one and create a few for themselves as well.

          • David L. Caster

            I hope so. If he’s smart (which he may well be) and as well liked by his former subordinates at the FBI, he will have lain mines all over the place to blow up the Trump administration. It would be even better if he takes out a few of the Trump appointees too. I’d really like to see Sessions pulled down along with Pence and a few others. And of course, if the GOP takes a big hit, all the better. That lot clearly needs to be crushed.

          • Chucktech

            God, I hope you’re right. But Comey did learn of his firing while at an FBI recruiting gig and saw it on TV. That’s pretty humiliating.

  • Boreal

    Have to wonder about the motivation behind this.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Hopefully Comey is jockeying for an open session

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Now THAT would be Must See TV.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Better ratings than The Apprentice show that no talent potty mouth used to have. Sad.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      At first, as you can see by my post, I thought they were both nuts playing out the usual BS, but as Tiger & TJ point out, a subpoena changes the game.

  • another_steve

    Spill the beans, gurl.

    You’ve been dissed.

    Spill the beans.

  • Gigi

    Why can’t he make it? It’s not like he has a job to go to.

    • alguien

      hope he hasn’t been threatened.

      • TampaDink

        He has….and on twitter, no less. But I suspect that there have been more direct threats made by some “spokesperson” who has a voice very similar to hair furor.

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          You don’t mean… not John Baron!

          • TampaDink

            Him…or that Miller guy.

        • JWC

          now just a damned minute here are you saying Hair Furor would phone in as the orangeshitgibbon and make an anonymous threat the OO das city

          • TampaDink

            Shocking, isn’t it? ;-p

          • JWC

            is iy Just me or has it been awfully quiet on here today

          • TampaDink

            I think it has….I know that I’m beginning to feel overwhelmed by all of the shit coming out of D.C., perhaps others are as well & taking some time off from J.M.G..

          • JWC

            I hear that to many nights at the circus and WOW

          • TampaDink

            I’m sure that my level of enthusiasm will spike when/if the investigations lead to actions.

          • JWC

            I still prefer a slowwer more thorough nail more approach not the slam bang here are 2 all over that the GOP we be willing to give

          • TampaDink

            The GOP seems quite content to fuck us over slowly, over the course of the next 4-8 yrs. I’m trying to maintain hope that the Dems. will retake both the House & the Senate in 2018 but that in the meantime that they will not back down on demanding a full investigation, the results of which should destroy trump & his inner circle…but will leave such a stink on the rest of the party that they will be loathed by everyone.

          • JWC

            Watergate didn’t happen on a weekend you want a complete cleansing of the GOP so American never allows this to happen again

          • TampaDink

            I think that the GOP needs to be double flushed down into the sewers of history.

          • JWC

            Agreed Ryan Preibus and the Turtle and the Cabal of rich GOP who nest in Atlanta and Savannah

          • TampaDink

            Atlanta & Savannah haven’t always been strongholds of conservatism and seem to be moving away from that poison again. We shall see how well things go for Jon Ossoff next month.

          • JWC

            I hope Orsoff fuckin snows them. I have a friend here on island had a family member marry the son of some hi GOP and the reception was held in an GOP building in downtown Atlanta

          • TampaDink

            An Orsoff win will be a giant step in the right direction for our party.

          • JWC

            The DEMs have to bust their asses in 2018

          • TampaDink

            Absolutely.

          • JWC

            YES. OH YES

          • TampaDink

            please oh please oh please

          • JWC

            also its Friday so we have the weekend off see what Monday is like

          • TampaDink

            Ah yes. Finally the weekend. But…I confess that just like summer once I was done with schooling, weekends post permanent disability are kind of “meh”.

          • JWC

            Retired here , a holiday weekend so the island has filled up with “Citidiots

          • TampaDink

            Citidiots……I LOVE it.

          • JWC

            The city is 40 miles away but they are so lost over here

          • TampaDink

            I gather that you’d prefer that they be lost on another island.

          • JWC

            We don’t like them but they add to our economy we are just va grumpy lot

          • TampaDink

            Understandable.

        • UrsusArctos

          “Barron” Shitgibbon?

          • TampaDink

            I’ve forgotten how many different “spokespersons” he’s had calling into news shows over the years. But I do recall that one of named Barron….kind of like his kid.

    • boy, did we have the same thought.

      what a world it must be like, to live in. “should i honor a call from a major branch of the government, to go in front of some of those who could save american democracy, and speak the truth under oath? nah. it’s almost planting day, and my wife wants a bigger garden this year, so i’ve got to help her out.”

      or something. no, this is a world i do not live in, nor ever have.

  • Canadian Observer

    Check the bed sheets, he may have woken up with a horse’s head keeping him company.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Or, even more telling, they may reek of Russian Whore Piss

    • pch1013

      heh, you beat me to it.

      • Duchess Gummybuns

        Gotta be quick with the Russian hooker pee jokes!

        • Andrew Stevens

          Speaking of that, do you know the difference between a garbonzo bean and a chick pea? I don’t think President Trump has ever had a garbonzo bean on him… πŸ˜‰

  • Lazycrockett

    Comey’s not a fool, he’s playing the long game.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      As well he should. He’s not out for popularity.

      One thing I continue to hear from both sides is that, Comey, whether you like his actions or not, he’s been solidly patriotic. Conservative or not, he truly believes in the strength and purity of the U.S. Constitution. And, he has always upheld the laws of the United States.

      • Cuberly

        There was a former FBI operative on NPR the other day that chimed in on Comey, most of it flattering, except for his decision re; the Hillz letter.

        He said Comey, as odd as it may sound, did not like the political arena and wanted more than anything to stay out of it and maintain the agencies neutrality. I take that for what it is. FBI employees looking out for each other, but it was an interesting defense.

      • Adam King

        After what he did to the election I’d hardly call him patriotic.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          What happened during the election alone is not what defines him. President Obama chose him to be FBI director, and while that speaks volumes even it alone doesn’t define him.

          See the forest too. πŸ˜‰

      • Todd20036

        He leaked Hillary’s emails in dribs and drabs just before the election and implied there was something there, only to eventually reveal there was nothing.

        Lets not lionize this traitor too much

        • JWC

          Todd Is it just me or has it been very quiet on here today

  • Travis Morrow

    He’s just waiting for the subpoena so he can’t be accused of partisanship or trying to attack POTUS. Comey has met with so many lawyers in the past day he won’t wipe his ass without two on the phone.

    • ultragreen

      I agree. He’s waiting for the subpoena so he will be less likely to be attacked by the Trump administration.

      • Steven Jaeger

        oh, he’ll still be attacked. He knows it. He’s hoping for it. More evidence of the Occupier of the WH and his instability.

  • bkmn

    I have a feeling it may be because this was to be a CLOSED hearing and what he has to say needs to be heard by all.

    • Chucktech

      Except there are things he cannot say in open testimony.

      • NowAnAgnostic

        So then, we the people, may never know what Comey has to say.

        • David L. Caster

          Don’t know, might. Congress can redact as necessary and still present the main thrust of the testimony. Furthermore, Comey can testify around the classified or confidential information related to the investigation. My guess is that a substantial portion of the facts can and must come out at some point, just not immediately.

      • UrsusArctos

        And saying he can’t talk about “X” lets everyone know what’s going on without breaching security with all the facts. Clapper did that earlier this week. 45* and crew are playing against the folks who wrote the rules for dealing with this stuff. They will lose.

  • Jacob

    Is he dirty? Ain’t he dirty? Yes, he’s dirty.

    • coram nobis

      He is dirty, oh, so dirty,
      He’s so dirty it’s purty to see
      A committee
      Should be organized to subpoena he —

      • Ben in Oakland

        Lenny would be spinning in his grave.

  • pch1013

    After he woke up with that horse’s head in his bed, who can blame him?

    • Todd20036

      Better than waking up next to Kellyanne

      • netman extraordinaire

        Same difference.

        • david fairfield

          No. The horse has better hair.

        • coram nobis

          No, wrong end of the horse.

  • LovesIrony
  • boatboy_srq

    Isn’t it a little late for Comey to play coy?

    • Adam King

      It’s amazing the wide variety of assholes in the Republican Party. Trump’s one kind, Ryan’s another, the Mock Turtle’s in a class of his own, and Comey’s something else altogether. We must learn to discern the nuances of assholery; we must make of ourselves Connoisseurs of the Asshole.

      • Ben in Oakland

        I already am, but not that way. There is no way I would want those assholes to be anywhere near the assholes I like.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        And butt plugs, apparently.

  • Richard

    So the threat worked ? So exactly what is on those “tapes”, if there really are “tapes”. Does Burr have the balls to issue a subpoena to Comey? or will 45 threaten some others, while he continues to slam his wrecking ball into Democracy. Stay tuned.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    It’s almost like he’s doing it on purpose to see how far the Republicans can shove their heads up their own asses to avoid dealing with reality.

    https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/863064487808708608

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      With a butt plug also, right?

  • RavennaBonet

    People I think we are being PRANKED/PUNK’D

    • m_lp_ql_m

      This is all actually a new reality show, set to premiere in about 4 years.

    • another_steve

      The deplorables want their “being-pranked-with.”

      It sexually stimulates them.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Because “pranks” rhymes with “Spanx”?

        • Snarkaholic

          And “Skanks”.

  • SoCalGal20

    I read some of the comments further down speculating that Comey is playing a bit of chess here, angling for a subpoena and maybe an open hearing. I would love if that were the case. Maybe there are some negotiations going on behind the scenes.

  • No More GOP.

    Saving it for the court room?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Mm-hmm.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Nothing good would have come to him for this.

  • Adam King

    Comey’s as steady and dependable as a fallen leaf in a stiff breeze.

    • another_steve

      “…as steady and dependable as a fallen leaf in a stiff breeze.”

      Lol.

      Ten up-votes.

      • coram nobis

        Quaking aspen? Or maybe something pungent like bay laurel?

  • houstonray

    New post up!

  • Folks, I think you and everyone else are over-reading this. Comey says he can’t make next Tuesday, not that he wouldn’t ever testify absent a subpoena.

    If I had to make a purely wild-assed guess, it’s possibly:
    1. He really did just make alternate plans, or
    2. He has already scheduled an important meeting with someone else like, say, his attorneys?
    3. He wants to let this whole mess percolate a little longer before speaking up, so unlike the WH, he’s not in reaction-mode.

    • Hue-Man

      I understand your point but short of scheduled open-heart surgery, what commitment couldn’t be canceled to testify? Also, he will be responding to their questions in secret – he knows what facts he has.

      • coram nobis

        Maybe Comey needs to lawyer up first.

        • David L. Caster

          Maybe. Or just take some time to think things through before going before a Congress that may in fact be hostile to the truth.

      • If you find #1 unconvincing, then consider #’s 2 and 3.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Even if Mr. Comey responds to the committee’s questions in secret, we all know his answers won’t be secret for long – around 20 minutes, if that.

      • David L. Caster

        Another scenario has Comey being concerned that Congress is in some way part of the wrongdoing, hostile to the truth, or at least so politicized they are in danger of failing in their duty to the constitution and may try to cover up or at least spin his testimony. He may be looking out for himself and his integrity as a sworn public servant, albeit a recently terminated one.

    • BobSF_94117

      Back-to-back meetings with publishers on a book/movie deal…

  • TKW

    Invited? Can’t make it? What is this, a canasta party?

    • JWC

      Maybe he wants to make impatient Trump nervous

  • DaddyRay
  • Ben in Oakland

    Can he really just say to a senate subpoena “no thanks. I don’t feel like it today?”

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Well, it was probably just an invitation, and in this case to a private citizen.

      • The committee does not have subpoena power? And I got a hundred bucks says Burr is dirty.

  • sword

    If I were Comey, I wouldn’t walk at night near the Capitol or the White House. Also stay away from any fourth floor windows and watch out for anyone walking with an umbrella on a sunny day.

  • Guytano Parks

    …the words of Dan Rather:

    I have lived through nearly 4,500 weeks in my life, and I have never seen a week like the one we just had.

    I have seen weeks of far greater darkness, of war, and death, and economic despair. I have seen weeks of more confusion and uncertainty. But I have never seen a week where a president of our nation has behaved with such a cavalier disregard for the norms and institutions of our democracy. And it now seems like the investigation is expanding into Trump’s business dealings. The comparisons with Richard Nixon are plentiful these days, but even he did not seem so untethered from our basic governance. And I have never seen so many members of a political party rally around incompetence, intemperance, and inanity.

    The threats, the lies, the willful disregard for the rule of law should be limited to the world of Hollywood caricature. To see this played out each night on the news, to read about ramblings and inconsistencies in justifications for actions that should never have been taken, is to see a moment of great peril for our nation.

    I remain, however, an optimist. I see the swellings of civic engagement and action. I hear the voices of those who demand that this subversion of our national ideals shall not stand. I have covered social movement of the past, and never have seen one where so much power and numbers lie on the side of the opposition. This is a clash for the values of our nation. Our destiny is in our hands.

  • bkmn
  • cleos_mom

    Subpoena the walking dick cheese and lock him up if he doesn’t comply.