Extreme reaction to Comey letter
By Jay Ambrose
Tribune News Service
Hillary Clinton is trying to trick you about the new email investigation – and, for the record, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is more responsible for its becoming known than the trashed and weary FBI Director James Comey.
It does not follow that there’s no reason to criticize Comey, but the reaction has been extreme, leaves out the context and does not sufficiently look at what his letter to Congress actually said. And while Clinton has every right in the world to defend herself, she really ought to hang up the deceptions and corruption that have gotten her into this trouble in the first place.
Comey, as we all know, surprised the nation in July when he appeared at a news conference and said Clinton had been “extremely careless” with national security secrets but showed no criminal intent and should not be prosecuted. He said the investigation was being dropped but also said during a congressional hearing that he might well reopen it if new information showed up.
While investigating whether Anthony Weiner’s laptop in a case concerning sexual communications allegedly with a 15-year-old girl, the FBI found emails possibly in the hundreds of thousands that could be connected with the initial Clinton probe. Weiner, a former congressman who wrecked his career by sending dirty pictures to young women, is married to Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide, who is now separated from him.
Comey sent Congress a letter about all of this simply saying new material had been found and that the FBI was going to look at it, adding that it might not be significant. Many critics said that never before had a government official made such politically explosive information available this close to an election.
In a letter to FBI colleagues, Comey said he had led people into thinking Clinton was cleared and it would be unfair not to correct the record.
The bigger fact is that he informed Lynch of what he intended to do. She advised against it, but she or her deputy could have ordered him to do no such thing. If she felt strongly, why did she shirk the responsibility?
Did it maybe have something to do with her abominable secret airplane meeting with Bill Clinton during the early part of the investigation and fear that it would look as though she is playing political games?
Now we get back to Clinton, who has been going around demanding that the FBI release the material it has found on the Weiner computer. That makes it sound as if her sure-enough innocence leaves her unafraid, but releasing the material would be against the law, plain and simple, and Clinton has to know that.
This is fraudulent, just as it is fraudulent to say WikiLeaks information does not matter because it may have come from the Russians.
Donald Trump has gotten almost everything wrong about the new emails, just as he has on about everything else this year. It remains close to impossible he will win the election even though his poll numbers are improving.
But this case, the foundation scandal, the Obamacare mess and a host of other issues provide numerous reasons for voters to put Republicans in control of Congress to control the likely President Clinton and her alarming behavior.
Jay Ambrose is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.