Democrats are angry. Mainstream media are angry. Clinton campaign members are angry. And all because the director of The FBI dared to enforce the law as he saw fit, with awkward timing for the future warmonger-in-chief's followers.
Clinton campaign head John Podesta lashed out that the FBI chief's letter was "long on innuendo and short on facts," adding that there was "no evidence of wrongdoing, no charge of wrongdoing, and no indication that this was even about Hillary."
And so, The Democratic Coalition Against Trump filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday against FBI Director James Comey for interfering in the Presidential election, following the FBI’s decision to open up an investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails this close to Election Day. Federal employees are forbidden from participating in political activities under the Hatch Act.
Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, added...
“It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election.
It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign.
Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.”
Clinton's allies are past the boiling point, as The Hill reports, fuming that they were "dumbfounded"...
“I'm livid, actually,” one Clinton surrogate told The Hill. “This has turned into malpractice. It's an unforced error at this point. I have no idea what Comey is up to but the idea this email issue is popping back up again is outrageous. It never should have occurred in the first place. Someone somewhere should have told her no. And they didn't and now we're all paying the price.”
Another ally called the campaign’s mood something akin to “paralysis,” and blamed Weiner’s behavior for railroading the campaign.
“The F.B.I. has a history of extreme caution near Election Day so as not to influence the results,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, said in a statement. “Today’s break from that tradition is appalling.”
“Was this information Congress needed to know urgently? Of course not,” said Matthew Miller, a Clinton supporter who was the chief spokesman at the Justice Department under former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
And the media is livid, having backed this horse all the way. (via The Washington Examiner)
Ousted Meet the Press host David Gregory, now a media scold on CNN, ripped FBI Director James Comey for reentering the Hillary Clinton email scandal, calling it an "unprecedented" jump into a presidential race.
Gregory said, "What is also striking is the extent to which the FBI director of the United States is allowing himself to be injected into this political campaign. Unprecedented that he would have released the information he released after a decision not to recommend indictment."
In making his case against Comey, however, Gregory did not mention that his lawyer wife has represented former Clinton aides involved in the scandal.
So let's go back in time just a few months... and see what the president, politicians and the media thought on Jim Comey then...
President Obama: "He's got the resume, but more importantly, a strong sense of right and wrong."
Democratic National Committee: "We are pleased that the career officials handling this case have determined that no further action by the Department of Justice is appropriate."
CNN: "If there is a silver lining to this episode from a public perspective, it is that the investigation itself appears to have been conducted without fear or favor. Comey is regarded as a straight shooter by both sides of the aisle. Who can forget that as deputy attorney general for President George W. Bush, it was Comey who raced into a hospital and stopped top administration officials from persuading a sick attorney general to bless their wiretapping schemes? No one should forget that President Barack Obama appointed Comey, a registered Republican, to serve as FBI director. Americans' trust in public officials and public institutions has fallen abysmally, as we all know. So far as we can now tell, the country in this instance has been well served by a leader and an FBI that has been diligent, hard-working and fair. Embittered partisans will disagree, but for my book, the FBI seems to have gotten this one right."
Richard Blumenthal, a former U.S. attorney for four years and former state attorney general for 20 years, said he has complete confidence in the integrity of FBI Director James Comey, a former Connecticut resident who made the announcement Tuesday: "He's a former colleague and a friend, and most important, his record demonstrates that he has both the capacity and the determination to make judgments about criminal matters with the highest degree of integrity and professionalism. So, I trust his judgment, and I believe it will have a great deal of credibility with the American people."
So, having gloated in the past over Comey's exemplary record, trustworthiness, knowing right from wrong, and patriotism, it seems that for Democrats, anyone enforcing the law and investigating allegations of lawlessness are now puppets of Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Saturday, as conservativefiringline.com reports, Howard Dean issued a tweet telling the world that FBI Director James Comey is "on the side of Putin."
Ironically Comey put himself on the same side as Putin.— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) October 29, 2016
For GOP'r James Comey to speculate 11 days before an election, I can only assume he is colluding w/Trump, alt-right racists & Putin. #AMJoy— Bill Madden (@activist360) October 29, 2016
Naturally, it has nothing to do with the fact that Clinton violated the law.