Roll the clock back a few weeks and the Left could not have been more supportive of FBI Director James Comey as he stood before a bank of microphones and delivered the news that although Ms. Clinton’s handling of highly classified materials on a private server was “extremely careless,” he found no grounds to pursue indictment. If you will remember, Mr. Comey essentially cut the noose from around Clinton’s neck by stating he could not determine that she had acted intentionally. The average American would not be given the same deference and Mr. Comey was careful to make that clear. Still, Mrs. Clinton got a pass and Mr. Comey basked in a love fest from the Liberals and the media.
In truth Comey was no hero—no, he was the “guy under the bus.” Whenever the Obama Administration is facing some adversity, they have a tendency to toss someone under the bus. You’ve probably heard that Attorney General Loretta Lynch is doing her level best to stop the re-opening of the Clinton email case—after all, if Clinton ends up in the pokey, who will keep her on? Now, according to Ms. Lynch, Comey is way out of line and possibly violating Justice Department protocol by opening up an investigation so close to the election.
In case you were out of the loop over the last weekend, FBI Director Comey announced that he had sent a memo to congressional committee members alerting them that new developments warranted a re-opening of the case. The memo contained few details because re-opening the case meant that FBI commentary concerning the case would be prohibited. We have now learned through leaks that the new developments center on a laptop which had been used at home by former New York State Representative, Anthony Weiner, and his wife, Huma Abedin, who is Hillary Clinton’s closest assistant. Contents on Mr. Weiner’s laptop were being investigated in connection with Weiner’s alleged “sexting” with a female minor. As staffers began reviewing that device last week, it became apparent that it held a wealth of emails—some 650,000—and it is believed the bulk of them may have been between Mrs. Clinton and Ms. Abedin. Although Ms. Abedin claims not to know how they ended up on that laptop, it appears the laptop had been used by Mrs. Abedin to back up her Smartphone over several years.
Now understand this: Comey was already under the bus. Conservatives in Congress felt that he had already shirked his responsibility as FBI Director by doing Loretta Lynch’s bidding, i.e., declining to prosecute Mrs. Clinton. Comey had taken all the heat from the congressional oversight committees and, in particular, intense heat from Representative Trey Gowdy. When Gowdy accused Comey of basically destroying the reputation of objectivity and tenacity that he (Gowdy) considered synonymous with the FBI, it was apparent that Comey was deeply bothered. At the same time, Comey had stated under oath that he would advise Congress on any new developments that warranted taking another look at Clinton’s email case. By issuing his memo last Friday, Comey stayed true to that oath.
The Clinton campaign and Hillary have reacted angrily, with Mrs. Clinton calling for Comey to share all the information he has publicly and, basically, admitting what the FBI has on her. Six hundred and fifty thousand emails is a lot of emails to cull—perhaps she is hoping to short circuit the process by demanding an answer now. Meanwhile, Loretta Lynch is accusing Director Comey of ignoring Justice Department protocol by issuing his memo so close to an election and, in so doing, influencing the race. We also have former Attorney General Eric Holder citing Comey’s violation of protocol, which is laughable. This man was held in criminal contempt of Congress for stonewalling efforts to get to the bottom of the illegal gun-running operation Fast and Furious and he wants to point a finger at Comey?
So, at this point, I assume that you might believe that I see James Comey as a “hero of the Right” and take back any previous criticism of him. Well, that is not the case. My opinion of James Comey and his actions regarding the initial email investigation still stands. I think he was a “water-boy” for the Obama Administration and allowed Hillary Clinton to walk on criminal issues. Another part of me believes that James Comey does have some integrity left and he may have had trouble looking himself in the eye while shaving in the morning. However, although things like that can eat a man’s insides out, it is doubtful that any action on Comey’s part today is going to change the initial impression he made with far too many Americans.
Whether Comey can restore the integrity of the FBI or his own remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Americans are entitled to know if a person who keeps turning up in scandal after scandal over thirty-years in public life is fit to occupy the Oval Office. This was and is not for James Comey to decide, and the unfavorable timing for Hillary Clinton isn’t either. Karma’s funny that way.
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