Sunday, April 23, 2017

FBI Director James Comey blabbed about Clinton investigation, and remained mum about Trump investigation, because he thought she would definitely win election.

Courtesy of the New York Times: 

Mr. Comey’s plan was to tell Congress that the F.B.I. had received new evidence and was reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton, the presidential front-runner. The move would violate the policies of an agency that does not reveal its investigations or do anything that may influence an election. But Mr. Comey had declared the case closed, and he believed he was obligated to tell Congress that had changed. 

“Should you consider what you’re about to do may help elect Donald Trump president?” an adviser asked him, Mr. Comey recalled recently at a closed meeting with F.B.I. agents. 

He could not let politics affect his decision, he replied. “If we ever start considering who might be affected, and in what way, by what we do, we’re done,” he told the agents.

But with polls showing Mrs. Clinton holding a comfortable lead, Mr. Comey ended up plunging the F.B.I. into the molten center of a bitter election. Fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed after the election that the F.B.I. had been investigating the next president and had kept it a secret, Mr. Comey sent a letter informing Congress that the case was reopened. 

What he did not say was that the F.B.I. was also investigating the campaign of Donald J. Trump. Just weeks before, Mr. Comey had declined to answer a question from Congress about whether there was such an investigation. Only in March, long after the election, did Mr. Comey confirm that there was one.

So why did Comey break a long standing guideline by revealing the reopened investigation into Clinton, while keeping quiet about the investigation concerning Trump's ties to Russia?  

An examination by The New York Times, based on interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement, congressional and other government officials, found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy.

In other words Comey believed, like all of us believed, that Hillary was certain to win the election, and that once she did, and the fact that he remained quiet about the newly discovered emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop was revealed, that he would face criticism for keeping the information to himself.

But why should he care about that?

Because he himself was already deeply suspicious of Hillary Clinton and his own supervisors in the Justice Department.

The Times found that this go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who he and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.

This suggests that though Comey admitted in his statement back in July that there was no evidence Hillary broke the law, that he still felt she was guilty and perhaps undeserving to be the Commander-in-Chief.

Which does little to convince me that Comey was not at least somewhat aware that his letter to the Congress would upend the election, stealing it away from Hillary and allowing Donald Trump to emerge victorious.

There is actually a lot more in this article about the Russian hacking, and the subsequent leaks, and how all of that informed some of Comey, and the Obama Administration, decisions, and it makes for an interesting read.

This can be found toward the end of the article:  

For all the attention on Mrs. Clinton’s emails, history is likely to see Russian influence as the more significant story of the 2016 election. Questions about Russian meddling and possible collusion have marred Mr. Trump’s first 100 days in the White House, cost him his national security adviser and triggered two congressional investigations. Despite Mr. Trump’s assertions that “Russia is fake news,” the White House has been unable to escape its shadow. 

Mr. Comey has told friends that he has no regrets, about either the July news conference or the October letter or his handling of the Russia investigation. Confidants like Mr. Richman say he was constrained by circumstance while “navigating waters in which every move has political consequences.” 

But officials and others close to him also acknowledge that Mr. Comey has been changed by the tumultuous year.

I am simply not going to be able to see James Comey as a sympathetic figure, his decisions had devastating consequences, and I do not see a clear path forward for redemption.

Perhaps however Comey is at least consumed enough by regret, whether he admits it or not, to vigorously investigate those ties between Donald Trump and his Russian benefactors until he has enough proof to end this presidency and perhaps even send several of these traitors to prison.

That may not be redemption, but it would be something at least.


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    2. Anonymous7:17 AM

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  3. When the dickless orange Cheetoman decides to take on Kim Hung Lo and kill 25M South Koreans in the process, I wonder if Comey will have a "what might have been" moment?
    Maybe not until it takes out Seattle....

  4. Anonymous6:57 AM

    Fuck James Comey.

  5. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Consumed by regret? You have to have a soul and conscience first.

  6. Anonymous7:05 AM

    I'm waiting to hear that Trump replaced Comey. Why hasn't he done that already?

  7. Anonymous8:30 AM

    Actually, one good theory that I read is tha chaffetz got a bribe -- or a "campaign donation" -- from trump and that was why he leaked it.

    Comey is a hack, and should have resigned the day the letter leaked, and also made it clear that the agency was investigating trump. But it was chaffetz who leaked it and he did it on purpose.

    I still think that we are going to find out that comey had been blackmailed, too.

  8. Anonymous9:20 AM

    I hate him. He is smug in his self-righteousness.

  9. I read that article, and was composing a furious letter in my head castigating Comey for his general dickishness. What a total dumbass.

  10. Anonymous10:09 AM

    While I hope that you're correct about guilt driving him to conduct a thorough investigation of Trump, the most critical damage has already been done...and cannot be undone.

    No matter how many members of the Trump administration and top members of Congress are taken down in this scandal, the end result will STILL be a Republican president in the White House. We will STILL have GOP control of both houses of Congress that will continue the decimation of our economy and our laws.

    Perhaps most importantly, we will STILL have more conservatives placed on the Supreme Court, which will continue the destruction of our country for decades.

    Hillary Clinton should be our President, and there's no amount of penance or reparation Comey can do now that will change the terrible path he's put us down.

  11. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Nate Silver Nails It: The Media Is Responsible For Costing Clinton The Election

    The media doesn't talk about how Hillary Clinton really lost, because it implicates their judgment. Nate Silver pointed out that Hillary Clinton got a 3 point drop in her polls after the Comey letter about her non-existent email scandal.

    ...The media doesn’t talk about how Hillary Clinton really lost, because it implicates their judgment.

    Nate Silver pointed out that Hillary Clinton got a 3 point drop in her polls after the Comey letter about her non-existent email scandal and then she lost Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan by 1 point. The media has ignored this fact, he wrote, because it implicates their judgment.

    “Clinton experienced a sharp, 3-point drop in her polls after the Comey letter came out. Then on 11/8, she lost FL, WI, PA & MI by <=1 point," Nate Silver wrote on Twitter. Adding, "It's a fairly open-and-shut case. But the media's election post-mortems have mostly ignored it because it implicates the media's judgement."

    1. I said that way before the election was over.

      The media decides who will win by their biased coverage. It doesn't have to be fake news to be biased and damaging.

  12. Anonymous10:39 AM

    Comey is fooling himself. Had he a scintilla of the integrity he himself believes he has ( evidenced by his "no regrets" statement ), he would've handled both of those investigations in exactly the same manner. There is no other way to ensure fairness. Either keep mum about both or make a public statement about both (I have no doubt that had Comey's letter to Congress outlined both investigations, the Republicans would have made only the Clinton investigation public knowledge and hidden the Trump investigation.) Any other action is without integrity.

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    2. Exactly.

      Immediately after the election Comey knew he was screwed and he's been trying to cover his ass ever since.


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