Election 2016

James Comey Shit the Bed, Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This isn't quite as bad as tipping the scales toward Trump in the 2016 election by unilaterally hyping a nothingburger, but it's related to that.

FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week and, when he was asked about his decision to spoil the election, Comey stated that FBI agents discovered thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton that Huma Abedin forwarded to Anthony Weiner so he could print them for her.

According to Pro Publica, that didn't happen.

According to two sources familiar with the matter — including one in law enforcement — Abedin forwarded only a handful of Clinton emails to her husband for printing — not the “hundreds and thousands” cited by Comey. It does not appear Abedin made “a regular practice” of doing so. Other officials said it was likely that most of the emails got onto the computer as a result of backups of her Blackberry.

The FBI is reportedly struggling to figure out how to properly correct the record. Unfortunately they can't correct the election.

I would say James Comey needs to resign but, frankly, I'm afraid someone much worse would be chosen by Trump to replace him. Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

  • mnpollio

    Well now comes the news that Comey was fired yesterday by Trump. They are using the excuse that it was because of how he handled the Clinton e-mail matters, but the timing seems far more to indicate that it is because Trump wants a halt on the Russia investigation. While there is a part of me glad to see Comey shown the door after how he handled the pre-election issues, there is another biggers part that is concerned with how the Russia investigations into Trump will be compromised now and what partisan shill will be taking over to quickly end everything to Trump’s benefit. Will everything now be swept under the rug to the cheers of Das Trump and his cheerleaders?

  • muselet

    It would be nice if everyone in government and our glorious news media stopped describing James Comey as a decent, honorable man. He’s proven himself to be anything but.

    –alopecia

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  • Badgerite

    He certainly did. And his explanations as to why are not really believable.

  • I’m betting Comey relied on verbal reports from the “biased” NYC FBI agents who told him there were thousands so that’s what he breathlessly reported to the press. Then when he saw the printed report and it was only a handful it was too late. Yes, he should resign but he won’t and his bosses won’t ask him to do so.

  • ninjaf

    I don’t think Comey has done anything deliberately to hurt Clinton. But I do think his hubris and belief that he ALWAYS does the right thing NO MATTER WHAT have led to his mistakes. And they were doozies.

    • You do have to admit he “conveniently” thought it was more right to publicly discuss the potential of Clinton wrongdoing rather than the actual wrongdoing of Trump campaign members. Strange that. At best he was far too susceptible to the biased views of his own agents. At worst he has an internal bias he isn’t admitting. Either way, he was wrong.

      • ninjaf

        Agreed. I think he did it because he couldn’t control his agents within the FBI who have a seething hatred of the Clintons. And he was trying (and failing) to preserve the integrity of the FBI and curtail a mutiny.

        • If you can’t control an employee you discipline them. If they continue, you fire them. What you don’t do is appease them. Especially when you’re a national security agency.

          • ninjaf

            Oh, most definitely. I am not saying that it was the right thing to do. I am saying it was his rationale.

      • Aynwrong

        Regardless of Comey’s intentions or motivation he tainted the reputation of the FBI, possibly for decades. The FBI will now be seen by many Democratic voters as a conservative leaning partisan agency that can’t be trusted. It may not be fair but whenever the FBI speaks about anything in the political arena I’ll always take it with a MOUNTAIN of salt if it’s in anyway critical of a Democrat.

        • Completely agree. Comey shit the bed and the mattress will stink for decades.

          • gescove

            Yes, but ewww. Brain bleach please for that image.