Authorized by whom?

I watched the entire Intelligence Committee hearing today and, though I’m not ordinarily one for Kremlinologist-style parsing, there was a remark made by James Comey that has bugged me all day long.

I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed.

To whom could Comey have been referring if not the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions? And why would Sessions not protect his patron by invoking the ordinary, will-never-need-to-explain-himself convention that the FBI never acknowledges the existence of an investigation?

  • Sessions doesn’t want Trump’s stink to get on him, and …

  • He expects worse revelations in the future and wants to put pressure on Trump.

As Bette Davis so famously said, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

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