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Sun Sep 30, 2018, 03:48 PM

James Comey: The F.B.I. Can Do This

Despite limitations and partisan attacks, the bureau can find out a lot about the Kavanaugh accusations in a week.


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We live in a world where the president routinely attacks the F.B.I. because he fears its work. He calls for his enemies to be prosecuted and his friends freed. We also live in a world where a sitting federal judge channels the president by shouting attacks at the Senate committee considering his nomination and demanding to know if a respected senator has ever passed out from drinking. We live in a world where the president is an accused serial abuser of women, who was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women and now likens the accusations against his nominee to the many “false” accusations against him.

Most disturbingly, we live in a world where millions of Republicans and their representatives think nearly everything in the previous paragraph is O.K.

In that world, the F.B.I. is now being asked to investigate, on a seven-day clock, sexual assaults that the president says never happened, that some senators have decried as a sham cooked up to derail a Supreme Court nominee, and that other senators believe beyond all doubt were committed by the nominee.

If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock...

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F.B.I. agents are experts at interviewing people and quickly dispatching leads to their colleagues around the world to follow with additional interviews. Unless limited in some way by the Trump administration, they can speak to scores of people in a few days, if necessary.

They will confront people with testimony and other accounts, testing them and pushing them in a professional way. Agents have much better nonsense detectors than partisans, because they aren’t starting with a conclusion.

Yes, the alleged incident occurred 36 years ago. But F.B.I. agents know time has very little to do with memory. They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago. Significance drives memory. They also know that little lies point to bigger lies. They know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper. - New York Times

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 03:54 PM

1. Okey dokey

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 04:06 PM

3. I know. I know.

F-Comey!

But in this regard, he has a point...one that we shouldn't even be discussing had he not violated the Hatch Act 10 days before the GE.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 03:56 PM

2. Hmmmmm...

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Sun Sep 30, 2018, 04:08 PM

4. Yeah, we've heard about enough from you.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Sun Sep 30, 2018, 04:20 PM

5. I don't think many people are worried about their capabilities, rather they're worried about

whether or not they will be allowed to fully exercise those capabilities. And from what we've heard so far, they are going to be prevented from doing so.

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