At first, James Comey was nothing more than an incompetent stooge, working within a hyper-partisan Department of Justice, who botched the Hillary email investigation by missing simple, publicly available signs of intent like Paul Combetta's now infamous Reddit thread. Then, after reopening the email investigation just days before the election based on new evidence discovered on Anthony Weiner's computer, Comey immediately became a "Republican Operative" and most likely a "Russian Puppet" as well.
As we predicted yesterday (see "FBI Warrant For Clinton Emails Released As Democrats Slam Decision: 'I Am Appalled'"), angry democrats, after first pursuing a failed recount effort and then a failed effort to flip the Electoral College, are now setting their sites on James Comey in a renewed effort to, at best, delegitimize a Trump presidency and, at worst, nullify an election.
Yesterday, we noted commentary from lawyer Randol Schoenberg who sued for the Hillary warrant to be released and has since expressed that he is "appalled" by its contents which failed to present "probable cause." Now long-time Clinton lawyer, David Kendall, is weighing on the warrant which he says showed "extraordinary impropriety." Of course, most of you will recognize Kendall as the lawyer that has defended the Clintons on everything from Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky in the early days until now. Per Reuters:
The FBI acted inappropriately when it announced the revival of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email setup days before the Nov. 8 presidential election, Clinton's lawyer said, citing search warrant documents made public on Tuesday.
The pointed criticism from Clinton attorney David Kendall followed the release in federal court in Manhattan of documents related to an October search warrant targeting emails involving the Democratic presidential nominee.
Kendall said the documents showed the "extraordinary impropriety" of Comey's letter, which "produced devastating but predictable damage politically and which was both legally unauthorized and factually unnecessary."
Of course Harry Reid has used his Senate position to constantly bash Comey in recent days referring to him as "Republican Operative" while Bill Clinton recently told the press definitively that "James Comey cost her the election." Per The Hill, there is no shortage of leftists eager to throw the blame on anyone other than their failed candidate.
Democrats, appalled by the fallout from his letter to Congress, have argued that Comey’s unprecedented disclosure in the final days leading up to the election was a massive break from bureau policy that blunted Clinton’s path to the White House. They say that although the FBI announced two days before the election that the new emails would not change its conclusions in Clinton’s case, the damage was done.
Critics hammered Comey’s vague letter for igniting a firestorm of speculation that the new emails contained a “smoking gun” — without providing any substantive information for voters to judge.
“Today's disclosure might be worst abuse yet. DOJ goes out of its way to avoid publicly discussing investigations close to election," former Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a Twitter storm at the time. “This might be totally benign & not even involve Clinton. But no way for press or voters to know that. Easy for opponent to make hay over.”
Of course, Comey himself highlighted the risk of being "misunderstood" but went forward based on the thought that it "would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record."
Comey himself was aware of the risks associated with the late October missive. In an internal memo to FBI employees, he acknowledged that “there is significant risk of being misunderstood.”
"We don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed," Comey wrote. "I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.”
But throughout, Comey has been strident in his defense of probe.
“You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels,” Comey declared during a House Judiciary Committee hearing during which Republicans suggested he had caved to political pressure from above.
“We are honest people and … whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done.”
We wonder where all these angry democrats were when this happened?
We think it's time to let this one go Hillary...perhaps a dose of your own advice would help: "Look, some people are sore losers you know. And we just gotta keep goin..."