The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Hey, we’ll get an update in a few moments from our friend Marina Hofman, who is Canadian by birth, lives in Florida now, has family still up in Canada. Her dad is a trucker as well as a pastor. And Marina’s been giving us updates on the trucker convoy up there, the Freedom Convoy. And we also have a segment of Noah Says today. So we look forward to that. I hope you had a great weekend, everybody.
So let’s open today with a conversation about James B. Comey, the former director of the FBI and a former deputy attorney general. And the guy famous for being, I don’t know, he was the guy that did Hillary Clinton’s emails and did that in a back and forth way. And then he was involved. And he’s a never Trumper. He has an op-ed that ran in the morning, Monday morning, about 10:00 in the morning, on the Washington Post website and I think in their paper.
And basically in his column, James Comey complains that he’s heard that there are some FBI agents who don’t understand why it’s important that everyone, everyone, in be held accountable who committed a crime at the US Capitol on January 6, even if the crime was only trespassing.
Now, first of all, can we say that the men and women who rushed out of their position at the top levels of the intelligence community in America in the last, let’s say, ten years have generally been lacking in credibility. Clapper, Brennan, so many others. They have been partisans who trade on their insider knowledge and their insider status, which gives them a reputation, at least in the past, for being somewhat credible. And they’re just not credible anymore. But it still works for a lot of people.
So here’s Comey, former FBI director, and he’s complaining that some FBI agents just don’t get it. They just don’t get it. Everyone, even just simple trespassers, must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And he goes on and on and on and on and on. But here’s the phrase that I want to tell you, a sentence, a paragraph, this is James Comey. “But the January 6 investigation,” he writes, “is mostly about something you might not think about much in your normal caseload:” (he’s addressing this to the FBI agents) general deterrence.
James Comey then writes, quote, “It’s about sending a message – a shock wave of deterrence. So future Americans, whether misled by a lying demagogue or rightly concerned about the loss of their rights, never again assault the institutions of government.” A shock wave of deterrence for trespass. A shock wave of deterrence. Do you hear how someone who’s at the senior levels of government is talking about his fellow citizens and the power of government?
Anyone tempted to, quote, “merely trespass” in the future must understand that the FBI will find them no matter how long it takes this guy who, by the way, is teaching at the William and Mary School of Law, an ethics course. Ethics course. A man who was paid, I think it was $7 million to write his book, which as far as I can tell, I don’t know if anybody I haven’t heard anybody talk about it. It came out already. In other words, he got paid to be on the right side of the politics. That’s how this works.
Who’s more popular than General Mike Flynn? Did he get a $7 million book deal? No, because he’s not on the right side of the politics of this stuff. So this is James Comey addressing FBI agents and telling them you have no right to have any thoughts except what I tell you. Now let’s pause and maybe say something like this. If you’re no longer the FBI director, no longer in the service of the FBI, you might not know all the facts. You might not know all of the aspects of the case.
So the FBI agents to which he’s referring that may have misgivings about the idea that everyone should be prosecuted in every aspect, they may have… wait for it… more information. They may have more knowledge than Comey. Does that stop him? No. Comey will lecture Americans what he knows. He is the holiest of the holier than thou crowd. He is the one who will tell everyone exactly what their ethics are, what they should believe, and then what they should think. He will be the judge, the jury. He will be the executioner. He’ll be everything. He’s the guy in charge.
It’s an extraordinary thing for him to emerge from his $7 million advance, $7 million fee for his book. $7 million. You talk about a loss leader. There’s no way he sold $7 million in books, but he emerges from a $7 million… I assume he’s got a home at the beach now. I’m sure he’s got one on the Eastern Shore of Maryland somewhere or something like that. And he emerges to lecture the FBI agents about what they should think, what they should do and how, again, think about this.
It’s actually wonderful that he admits it and puts it in writing. But the idea that he puts in writing, that there’s going to be almost like shock and awe, right? It’s almost like the shock and awe phrase that he wants everyone to understand. That’s what you have to do in order to be a shock wave of deterrence. A shock wave of deterrence. Is that what our law is supposed to be? Is that what our justice system is supposed to be? Is our justice system supposed to be holding people accountable for their conduct or is it for Comey and people like him to decide it’s about sending a message, a shock wave of deterrence.
In other words, forget about who did what. Forget about the severity of what they did. You just have to be concerned about producing a shock wave of deterrence. What a fascist admission to see in print. “Zero tolerance is an overused phrase, but it fits here.” That’s James Comey’s words. If a lasting message of general deterrence is to be sent.
Imagine if, I don’t know, pick somebody, pick a Trump official, Ken Cuccinelli. If Ken Cuccinelli wrote, we need to enforce the border laws, the laws on the border, and we need to hold everyone accountable, not just people that do a crime after they get here, but anyone who breaks any law. We don’t care if it’s just trespassing in America, across our borders. No, we don’t care because why? Because it’s our job to send a message. A shockwave of deterrence. I kind of like that idea, to be honest, regarding the border.
But imagine if Ken Cuccinelli said that. Imagine. Imagine if Ken Cuccinelli said that or President Trump said that. Can you imagine the screaming and yelling from far and wide? We are in a serious, serious moment in history when a senior level Justice Department official like James Comey can go into the Washington Post’s pages and write a column like this.
Do you have no shame, sir? I’m reminded of the 55 retired senior intelligence community officials who signed the letter a week and a half before the general election in 2020. And they said “everything we see makes us believe that there is a very good chance that the Hunter Biden laptop story Is Russian disinformation.” Completely discredited letter six months later, no coverage. You should be embarrassed to show your face in public if you do that.
But what we’ve seen: weaponized use of our intelligence community and especially shameless public displays by these retired leaders deciding what’s true, what’s false, what’s morally right, what’s justice. And right now, James Comey is lecturing the current FBI on what they should do, what they should think, and how they should enact this incredible shock wave of deterrence. Incredible. And by the way, was the shock wave of deterrence used against Antifa? Black Lives Matter? Any of those organizations, when they burn buildings, burned cars? The shockwave is only used one way. And it’s against We the People by the government right now.
Right now. I guess in the 60s or 70s, maybe there were some left wing groups that were like, man, this is unfair. They’re being unfair to us back then. I don’t know. But right now, the targets of James Comey In the Washington Post are conservatives, center right, normal Americans. I don’t know if they’re conservatives only, but normal Americans. That’s who’s at the focus of his merely trespassing should be part of the shock wave of deterrence. Stunning.
All right, we got to take a break. We’ll come back with Noah Says as well as more. It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.