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RUSH: Back to the phones, Maria, Jacksonville, Florida. Great to have you on the program. How you doing?

CALLER: Hi, Rush. I want to know, why was it possible for Comey to investigate all of Weiner’s emails in a week’s time and he can’t even commit as to when he can give Congress any updates into any of his current investigations?

RUSH: Well, because this is a never ending investigation.

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: In fact, a Democrat congresswoman asked him to explain the process of an ongoing investigation. He said, “Well, that’s pretty much what it is, it’s an ongoing investigation.” She said, “Well, can you tell us how long it will take?” “Well, no.” “Well, can you give us the average time of an ongoing investigation?” “Well, there is no average time. Each investigation is its own investigation, and we never limit or prejudge. We follow the facts. We follow the evidence.”

Well, they’re following a lot of nothing right now. Because there isn’t any evidence. None whatsoever. Now, I get your point, though. Let’s go back and review something. I don’t know, were you as impressed as I was about how serious James Comey was about how serious a crime it is to release classified information? Trey Gowdy really pumped him on this today. And these guys don’t seem interested in finding who leaks this stuff. They’re not interested. They don’t want to discuss it. They don’t want to go there. They’re not interested in who unmasked, for example, Mike Flynn.

Now, the way Flynn was caught, Flynn was not being surveilled. I knew this was the case. The Russian ambassador is being surveilled and so what happens, the NSA is monitoring whatever the Russian ambassador does, and there’s a phone call with Flynn, Mike Flynn, and they hear it. Now, when something like that happens, and Flynn’s not the target, they’re supposed to ignore it unless what they hear constitutes without question serious criminal offense. It’s part of the protection built in.

If you’re gonna be monitoring foreign actors and they have dealings with Americans who are not targets, not persons of interest, when you hear them, you’re supposed to ignore ’em and nobody’s supposed to tell anybody what was said. Well, we know everything Flynn — well, we don’t know. That’s the point.

They’ve got the transcript of the phone call between Flynn and the Russian ambassador, but they leaked a bunch of it that made it look like he was discussing the lifting of sanctions and all that, when he wasn’t. And so he was being asked, Comey was, “Well, well, well, who would be in charge of unmasking the technique or the term for hiding the identity of an American on a transcript of an intercepted call that is not the target is masking?”

You have to unmask that person if doing so is warranted by evidence and circumstance. And so Trey Gowdy was asking of the unmasking of Flynn, but Comey said, “I can’t comment on individuals. I can’t comment on what’s in the news. I can’t comment on the media reports, I can’t comment.” So Gowdy had to ask generic questions about theoretical circumstances to get Comey to even play ball.

It was clear that Comey didn’t want to say anything about that, except how serious a crime it is to release classified information. He said it over and over again. He stressed it so much that I couldn’t help but think this is a different James Comey from the FBI director who said that no prosecutor would prosecute Hillary Clinton for releasing classified information in her email. That’s what she did, and Comey’s the guy who said (paraphrasing), “I couldn’t find an illicit motive, an absolute illicit motive, there’s no reason to prosecute her.” And yet look what we’re doing here. It’s the exact opposite of the way Comey said he had to deal with Hillary.


RUSH: James Comey said that he couldn’t confirm that there would ever be an investigation of the leakers, while admitting it’s a felony.  He didn’t act interested in pursuing that investigation whatsoever.

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