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James Comey Played Himself

FBI Director James Comey did far more than announce that he would not recommend charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday, and now he may regret it.

Comey could have simply said there was no evidence to support a case against Clinton and left it at that but, in a breach of protocol and etiquette according to some former Justice Department officials, Comey voiced his personal opinions and said Clinton was "careless," among other things.

After throwing wads of raw red meat into the crowd, Comey puzzled his Republican colleagues by saying there would be no charges filed.

Now, as you might have suspected, Republicans have questions they want Comey to answer and this is a mission only the Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account can handle.

"People have been convicted for far less," Ryan said during an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News's "The Kelly File," saying that he thought FBI Director James Comey "was going to recommend prosecution" based on the FBI director's opening remarks in a press conference Tuesday. [...]

"We're going to have hearings," Ryan said on Fox, mentioning House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Chaffetz indicated hours earlier on Fox that he was considering calling Comey to Capitol Hill to testify about the FBI's probe and conclusion not to recommend charges.

It's my interpretation that Comey attacked Clinton during his press conference in the hopes of placating or appeasing his Republican colleagues, but he should have known they would turn against him regardless of what he said or didn't say.

Comey is now facing backlash from former Justice Department officials who say he shouldn't have shared his personal opinions during the press conference and from his Republican colleagues who want to know why his strong personal opinions did not lead to an indictment.

James Comey played himself into a corner with his over-the-top press conference. He should have known congressional Republicans are incapable of separating opinions from facts.

Even after he appears in front of the Witch Hunter's Committee and answers all of their questions, that won't be the end of it. His alleged complicity in crimes that never actually occurred will be entered into the Republican record of history. Some have already called for his resignation for not supporting a politically-motivated prosecution.

  • Winston

    Hillary did indeed break the law, you are simply in denial and refusing to believe it..the statue law she broke repeatedly does not require or mention intent..intent does exsist of course as she intended to use private email server’s(plural) and knowingly send classified information..part of her pay for play Clinton Foundation scam..gross negligence and careless, reckless storing of National Security information is all that is needed to indict for havng broken the law..I supported Bernie Sanders, and will now work for the Libertarian Party and the Gary Johnson/William Weld ticket..Cheers !

    • Victor the Crab

      • Winston

        Juvenile, but amusing..

        • Victor the Crab

          Perfectly encapsulates your ignorance.

  • Badgerite

    That was my impression also. That Comey was seeking to insulate himself and his decision from exactly what was a given which is …….the Trump Monster breathing fire and spewing the bribery meme everywhere like the Giant Orange Puke that he is. And the GOP following suit. It was a little foolish of him. He should have stuck with the “no reasonable prosecutor” part because that is true and that is the crucial part. Any prosecution brought on this set of facts would be a political prosecution. That is what “no reasonable prosecutor” means. Ulterior motive which is not based on concern for law or justice or concern for the interests of the country.

  • Aynwrong

    So if I understand this, the House is now going to hold hearings into James Comey’s description of an investigation that has now been concluded.

    This is just masturbating. In public no less.

  • Republicans are so predictable. I bet they have salt and pepper shakers ready in their work desks. Better to be prepared when it’s time to eat their own.

  • Nefercat

    I am amazed that no republican yet has formally called for Hillary to be thrown into water as required in the constitution (somewhere!) to see if she floats (witch!) or drowns (oops).

  • muselet

    Once more, the Rs are throwing a tantrum because someone they thought would be politically reliable failed to produce the desired result. John Roberts has already sent James Comey a fruit basket and a note expressing his empathy for Comey’s current plight.

    “We’re going to have hearings.”

    Least surprising announcement of the year so far. And Paul Ryan’s not stopping there, coming one small step short of demanding Hillary Clinton be denied access to classified information during the campaign (no word yet on whether or not he thinks she should have access after the election).

    Will someone please jingle some keys in front of the Rs to distract them for a while?

    –alopecia

  • gescove

    So, will this be the same chicken or a different chicken that the Witch Hunters’ Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate Email Account will be screwing?

    • Next chicken, same as the first

      • fry1laurie

        New chicken, same old shit.