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Lawfare Journalist Claims to Be NYT Source on Comey

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posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:22 PM
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A journalist who claims to be good friends with James Comey
is doing a mea culpa on the leaks to the NYT.


I did not know this particular fact, but it doesn't surprise me at all. The principal source for the rest of this story is, well, me—specifically a long interview I gave to reporter Michael Schmidt on Friday about my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, and particularly about one such conversation that took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.

I called Schmidt Friday morning after reading his earlier story, which ran the previous evening, about Comey’s dinner with President Trump and the President’s demands at that dinner for a vow of loyalty. Schmidt had reported that Trump requested that Comey commit to personal loyalty to the President, and that Comey declined, telling the President that he would always have Comey’s “honesty.” When I read Schmidt’s account, I immediately understood certain things Comey had said to me over the previous few months in a different, and frankly more menacing, light. While I am not in the habit of discussing with reporters my confidential communications with friends, I decided that the things Comey had told me needed to be made public.
lawfareblog.com...


His Twitter feed:



I kind of love that this guy says "no one named" in a response to me--who was, uh, the named source....


mobile.twitter.com...

Also he writes on his Lawfare site he is friends with Comey.

If he is telling the truth this, his Twitter feed answers a
lot of questions, seemingly broadcasting and indicating
that much of Comey's agenda is very political.

Thoughts?
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posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:23 PM
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When did everyone become so enthralled with the mainstream narrative that it's all they talk about?

is anything going on behind the scenes I mean what is really happening why is this all everyone ever talks about all of a sudden?



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:27 PM
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a reply to: toysforadults

When politics have taken over the non political
Law Enforcement institutions, that's when.


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posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:32 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

Thoughts..... hmmm... off the top of my head....

Comey who???

Oh... that guy that got fired for letting hillary off and spending countless resources "investigating" trump n russia.

That guy? Why is there even a thread about that has-been crook?

First thoughts



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:32 PM
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a reply to: burntheships

what proof of that do you have?



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:39 PM
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a reply to: toysforadults

What do you mean, what proof does he have?

The guy the OP is quoting is outing himself as the inside source for the Comey leaks.



posted on May, 18 2017 @ 11:46 PM
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originally posted by: toysforadults
When did everyone become so enthralled with the mainstream narrative that it's all they talk about?

is anything going on behind the scenes I mean what is really happening why is this all everyone ever talks about all of a sudden?

We have it so good in the US that life has become boring. When life is boring gossip becomes the main source of entertainment.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:07 AM
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great find. going through the tweets and its interesting how he claims to be non partisan but constantly makes partisan claims. if it really was him its interesting to hear how he tells it. comey was "unsettled by interactions with trump". you could spin that a million different ways
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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:07 AM
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posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:14 AM
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originally posted by: TheScale
great find. going through the tweets and its interesting how he claims to be non partisan but constantly makes partisan claims.


Going back to pre Comey firing, shockingly political.
Read back to Feb so far, hope some out there are saving.




posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:29 AM
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a reply to: burntheships

What mea culpa are you referring to exactly? I'm also not following the bit about "broadcasting" that Comey's "agenda is very political" either. Perhaps you could point out examples?

At any rate, this guy is not claiming to be the source of the Comey memo. Start with the NYT article:

Comey, Unsettled by Trump, Is Said to Have Wanted Him Kept at a Distance


“He had to throw some brushback pitches to the administration,” Benjamin Wittes, a friend of Mr. Comey’s, said in interviews.

Mr. Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the editor in chief of the Lawfare blog and a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, recalls a lunch he had with Mr. Comey in March at which Mr. Comey told him he had spent the first two months of Mr. Trump’s administration trying to preserve distance between the F.B.I. and the White House and educating it on the proper way to interact with the bureau.

Mr. Wittes said he never intended to publicly discuss his conversations with Mr. Comey. But after The New York Times reported earlier this month that shortly after his inauguration Mr. Trump asked Mr. Comey for a loyalty pledge, Mr. Wittes said he saw Mr. Trump’s behavior in a “more menacing light” and decided to speak out.


Then go to the Lawfare post:

What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump


As I told Schmidt, I did not act in any sense at Comey’s request. The information I provided, however, dovetails neatly with the Times's subsequent discovery of the personal confrontation described above between Comey and the President over investigative inquiries and inquiries directly to the Bureau from the White House.


Not the source of the memo.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:33 AM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Never said he was the source of the "memo".

He just claims to be a source of leaks to the NYT.

TMT



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:53 AM
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a reply to: burntheships

so Comey is leaking to the NYT through some guy we have never heard of who claims be Comeys buddy who Comey spills all the beans to about everything happening at thw FBI?

YEA RIGHT



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 12:59 AM
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Yeah, this guy claims to be nonpartisan, but take a look at some of his Anti Trump tweets, urging people to protest at ...



May 15 Benjamin Wittes @benjaminwittes #NotesFromUnderTrump, Day 115: Every Trump facility, every casino, every gauche hotel, everywhere in the world. Get on it, people.


Little gems such as ...


May 15 Benjamin Wittes @benjaminwittes #NotesFromUnderTrump, Day 115: Wherein we salute @bellvisuals for the best protest yet of the Trump Era. Really verklempt, man!


and on and on


May 14 Benjamin Wittes @benjaminwittes #NotesFromUnderTrump, Day 114: What did you do the week the President corrupted federal law enforcement? Did you call your Rep & Senators?


Nonpartisan. Right. Your bias is showing.



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:27 AM
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Here's another weird story from Mr. Wittes .......

Comey tried to hide in curtains at White House gathering to avoid Trump: Report




posted on May, 19 2017 @ 09:57 AM
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a reply to: xuenchen

One of those friends...better off without their "help"



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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a reply to: burntheships

Comey acting with political motives is very possible.

Mostly driven by his past and current superiors and possibly by current and past indirect ties to the Clintons.

On a side note, I think it's possible this fella Wittes is part of a "Controlled Confirmation" effort to somehow show that the NYTimes article(s) that cite questionable or non-existent sources are genuine.

Very complicated.




posted on May, 19 2017 @ 10:04 AM
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a reply to: xuenchen

forgot to add an interesting link.......

Report: Comey’s Brother Works for the Law Firm That Handles Clinton Foundation’s Taxes



But remember, Comey is the one and only person that actually confirmed and exposed the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Had he recommended an indictment, he would have had to shut-up from that point on (July 5th, 2016 news conf).



posted on May, 19 2017 @ 10:05 AM
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a reply to: xuenchen

It's possible!

With the NYT, at this point It appears they are taking
accounts over the phone with credit cards.






posted on May, 19 2017 @ 10:09 AM
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Sounds like another Cinderella story from CNN.
a reply to: burntheships



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