Election 2016

Obama’s Fault

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today where he blamed the Obama administration for not forcefully calling out Russian interference in the 2016 election sooner rather than later.

“I thought it was very important to call out what the Russians were trying to do with our election,” Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “And I offered in August myself to be a voice for that in a public piece calling it out. The Obama administration didn’t take advantage of that in August. They did it in October. But I thought that was very important to call out.”

There are probably some people reading this who agree with Comey. I don't, but I'm not going to argue about that.

The problem with Comey's finger-pointing is that he, in violation of Justice Department guidance, chose to unilaterally announce that the FBI discovered a cache of emails on Anthony Weiner's laptop. Those emails turned out to be duplicates that were already reviewed by the bureau. It was a nothingburger, but Comey's letter to the House Oversight Committee gave the public the wrong impression and may have even delivered the White House to Trump.

Comey saw fit to take unilateral action and delivered a critical blow to the Clinton campaign just a week before the election, but he never informed the public that virtually everyone in Trump's orbit was under active investigation.

His effort to place the blame exclusively with President Obama doesn't hold up. Comey is not innocent.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Comey is not innocent

    Comey is an ass who made a deliberate decision to influence the election. And now he’s lying and crying “Look, over there”.

    It’s all very Republican of him.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    I cannot wait for some responsible journalist to do a comprehensive expose on Comey. What the hell compelled him to insert himself into the election? It just makes no sense. Was he really that worried about keeping his job? I want to know.

    • Christopher Foxx

      If i’d been in Obama’s place, Comey would have been out of a job last November 10.

  • muselet

    The Obama administration could have called out Russian meddling whenever it pleased, eh?

    Last September, the administration wanted to publicize Russian interference in the election, and called a meeting with the Gang of 12 at the White House. The Washington Post, 9 December 2016:

    According to several officials, [Mitch] McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.

    James Comey is as full of shit as a goose.


  • Aynwrong

    Listening to Comey was sickening. He turned the FBI into a Trump super PAC and he damned well knows it.

    • Badgerite

      Yes he does. He knows the law and how utterly impossible it was to find any kind of violation on the part of Hilary Clinton of any of the relevant laws. The legal standards are very high and quite clear. The whole ‘investigation’ was a fishing expedition and a smear job.