RUSH: Look. Remember, folks, James Comey is such a Republican, he was urging everybody to vote Democrat in the midterms. Trump wasn't even on the ballot. But Comey has been a Republican. I don't want to waste a lot of time on James Comey, but he was the deputy when John Ashcroft was the attorney general back in the early 2000s for George W. Bush. Ashcroft ended up in the hospital and nearly died from pancreatitis. And the deputy attorney general was Comey.
I forget what the specific was, but he took advantage of Ashcroft's illness and walked into Ashcroft's sickbed and had Ashcroft sign something, either power over to Comey or something. Look, he's always been a power seeker. He has promoted this image of himself as Mr. Boy Scout, Mr. Integrity, Mr. Honorable, and he's nothing but a partisan hack.
The fact that he was a Republican, the fact that Rosenstein's a Republican, I mean, that kind of thing -- this is because a caller heard some Democrats in the committee today saying, "Well, you Republicans, I guess you ought to investigate your own 'cause all these people are Republican." It doesn't matter they're Republicans or Democrats in this case. That's not what this is about.
There's so many Never Trumpers on the Republican side here that it's just irrelevant what party they're from, other than if you want get into them for being traitorous involving party loyalty and that kind of thing. I mean, Comey has even acknowledged that he was hoping Hillary Clinton won. He has detested Donald Trump from the moment Donald Trump got into the Republican primaries.
And it's all about class and it's all about manners and proper behavior and sophistication and this kind of stuff. It's the classic way that the elites keep their groups small, the way that they come up with various ways of keeping people out of their club. They're not sophisticated enough. They don't have the right educational background. They don't have the proper manners. They don't know where the fork goes, left or right, salad fork, dessert fork, that kind of crap.
I'm using that as an illustration, but it's that petty. I mean, you talk about James Comey. James Comey says the FBI doesn't spy. The FBI investigates. James Comey also says: I don't eat. I nourish myself. I wasn't drunk. I was overserved. I didn't make a mistake. I was misperceived. I didn't hit him. His jaw struck my fist. That's James Comey.
And I'm telling you the reason why the Democrats want to see what's redacted in this report is because they know damn well that Barr is in fact underway with his investigation right now, and they want to find out as much as they can about what Barr is gonna learn. And whether some of that is in the redacted portions of the Mueller report or not, that's why they want to see it.
They're not laboring under some belief or hope that there's something in there that will prove Trump-Russia collusion. They want their base voters to think that, but that's not why they really want this. FBI Director Wray, Christopher Wray during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday said that he's working with the attorney general to get to the bottom of the origin of the 2016 Trump investigation.
“The special counsel's report goes through a fair amount of detail about the predication for its investigation. Beyond that, as I mentioned to the chairman, I have had a number of conversations and am working to help the attorney general get to the bottom of an understanding of what the circumstances surrounding the initiation of that investigation were at the department and the FBI back in 2016."
Which raises a question. How can Wray get to the bottom of how the FBI's probe of the Trump campaign started if he doesn't believe the FBI spied on the Trump campaign? Since it seems to have begun with spying.
And Senator Kennedy, Louisiana, asked an interesting follow-up. He said, "The president could declassify, with proper redaction, all of the documents at the FBI pertaining to the 2016 investigations of Secretary Clinton and President Trump, and then let the American people see them and draw their own conclusions. Why don't we do that?"
And the FBI director said, “To do so would compromise sources and methods, but that the FBI has tried to learn lessons from the Clinton email investigation and would learn from the DOJ inspector general's report about the pending Trump investigation.”
So it doesn't sound to me like Wray is gonna support declassifying the documents in question, but we'll see. I don't think it's gonna matter. I think Barr is hell-bent here. And I think the more Democrats pile on with this kind of stuff, I think Barr is gonna be even more committed to this than he is or than he was when he started.
And maybe he was committed to the max from the get-go, but I think all of this that's happening is simply a continuation of the original travesty here, which in truth, it was to rig the election for Mrs. Clinton. Don't forget the real beginning of all of this is to exonerate Hillary Clinton for her illegal server and her trafficking in classified data, clear felonies, clear violations of the law, people are in jail in this country for having done what she did. They had to exonerate her. And Comey did that in that July 5th, 2016, press conference.
Now, to cover up the exoneration of Hillary Clinton -- and it was actually a twofer -- to cover up the exoneration of Hillary and the attempt to make sure she won, they began this investigation into the Trump campaign which continued after he won the election through his transition and through his presidency.
And that is what Barr is going to investigate and find out, and that's what all these Democrats do not want anybody knowing, they don't want any such report, they don't want any of this revealed. And that's what these fights are all about.
So with all of this partisan bickering going on back and forth over executive privilege or whether the Mueller report will be released in full or not, keep in mind that what is happening here is that everybody involved in this bogus coup is trying to make sure nobody finds out where it actually started, who started it and why, who's involved, how high it went, they don't want anybody to know any or all of what happened. And the effort to cover that up and to make sure that it is not discovered is in full swing now.
RUSH: By the way, to refresh your memory and to close the loop on something I said earlier: When Ashcroft was in the hospital, he had pancreatitis. One of the treatments for pancreatitis is gallbladder removal. Pancreatitis is a deadly disease for which there's no cure. There's no treatment. You know how you treat pancreatitis? You don't eat. It's scary, and he had it, and he almost passed away from it. After he had had gallbladder surgery -- get this -- James Comey and Robert Mueller went to Ashcroft's hospital room and threatened to resign if Ashcroft re-upped the domestic-surveillance aspect of the Patriot Act that was invented after 9/11, 2001.
The Patriot Act, domestic spying -- which Comey claims the FBI doesn't do. Comey and Mueller went up to Ashcroft's hospital room, and both threatened to resign, and they were the deputies. The department was in deep doo-doo if they had actually quit while the attorney general is in the hospital. They threatened to resign if he re-upped it, if he re-upped the program. So the idea that party loyalty has any kind of a role to play here is irrelevant.