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James Comey References Mariah Carey in Response to Trump

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By Michael Howard

Former FBI Director James Comey had a waggish response to President Donald Trump’s accusation that he lied to Congress and leaked classified information: a Mariah Carey GIF.

The GIF showed a brief clip from one of the pop star's music videos and included the caption: “Why are you so obsessed with me?”

Comey’s tweet was a direct response to a tweet from Trump, in which the president went to bat for his former confidant Roger Stone and suggested that Comey should be criminally prosecuted.

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Trump’s tweet

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Here is what the president tweeted out:

“‘They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.’” @CNN OH, I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?”

Roger Stone, who served as a personal adviser to Trump, was sentenced on Thursday to 40 months in prison. Last November he was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering, among other charges.

It only took a few hours for Comey to punch back with his facetious Mariah Carey GIF.

Trump’s “obsession” with Comey

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As Newsweek reports, the president has mentioned Comey on Twitter 189 times since firing him as FBI director in May 2017. Prior to that, Trump had tweeted about Comey a total of six times.

The charges against Stone stemmed from his behavior during the Mueller investigation, which in turn stemmed from a probe into alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. That probe was initiated by the FBI and was led by Comey until he was fired by Trump.

Since then, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he was the target of a “witch hunt” and “hoax” put together by Comey and his associates. The Mueller investigation did not find any evidence that Trump conspired with the Russians to win the election.

Trump pardons disgraced former governor

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Trump also falsely stated that Comey had a hand in the prosecution of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who in 2011 was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of 17 charges related to corruption. Trump pardoned Blagojevich this week.

“Rod Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat,” the president tweeted on February 19. “He served 8 years in prison, with many remaining. He paid a big price. Another Comey and gang deal! Thank you to @LisaMarieBoothe who really “gets” what’s going on!”

The reference to Comey is baseless: Comey had nothing to do with the case against Blagojevich and did not work for the FBI or the Justice Department at the time.

Will Trump pardon Stone?

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Trump has stood by Stone throughout the latter’s legal battle and has hinted that he might grant Stone a presidential pardon. On Thursday he said he intends to let “the process play out.”

"I'm not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States, I want the process play out, I think that's the best thing to do," was how he put it. "Because I'd love to see Roger exonerated and I'd love to see it happen because I personally think he was treated very unfairly."

But he also left the door open to an eventual pardon, saying:

"At some point I'll make a determination, but Roger Stone and everybody has to be treated fairly. And this has not been a fair process.”

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