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FBI Director James Comey Has Questions To Answer

October 31, 2016

There is a most troubling aspect to the last several days in this country which places the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the middle of a political campaign and thereby undermines the faith our nation needs to have with this most valued institution.  Regardless of the political party we call home the importance of having an objective FBI is essential.

Therefore I was heartened last evening after coming home from a Halloween Party (James and I went as the theme to PBS’ much-loved Indian Summers) to learn former federal prosecutors and high-ranking Department of Justice officials, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, penned an open letter criticizing FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the latest development in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

The letter pointed out that the move by Comey was an unprecedented decision to publicly comment on evidence in what may be an ongoing inquiry–and to do so just eleven days before a presidential election.  This matter not only left the ones who penned their name to the letter, but the rest of the nation too, both astonished and perplexed.

The authors of the letter said they were “moved” to speak out publicly because Comey’s action violated “settled” DOJ tenets. Justice Department officials are instructed to refrain from commenting publicly on pending investigations except in “exceptional circumstances,” as well as to “exercise heightened restraint near the time of a primary or general election,” said the letter.

I think any objective and fair citizen would say what transpired on Friday did not meet those tests.

It is most important for Comey to address the larger questions being asked by law-enforcement professionals and the average citizen alike.  We have seen many strange and odd twists and turns over the past 18 months.   The voters are use to political shenanigans and take them in stride.  But to have FBI Director Comey remove the faith and credibility of his agency for some motive that is a mystery to the nation is something voters should not be forced to accept.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2016 2:24 PM

    Having been critical of the email server matter and the deletion of emails let me ask your final question in a different manner.

    Would it not have been better for the political process–given it was 11 days to the election–to not publically address the matter until there was evidence from the reading of the actual emails to make a determination as to what was found on the computer?

    It seems to me what happened was akin to finding a used rubber in a Catholic church and jumping to the conclusion the priest must used on an underage boy.

    I repeat I am troubled about the server and the emails and my posts over time shows that–but I am also troubled by how the last 96 hours have played out, too.

  2. A pox on both their houses Solly permalink
    October 31, 2016 2:12 PM

    Former Attorney General Eric Holder showed “ heightened restraint” for eight years in not prosecuting the people who knowingly sold defective and fraudulent financial products, resulting in the tanking of the world economy, the loss of peoples’ retirements and homes and HOPE (resulting in untold numbers of deaths due to deteriorating physical and mental health and suicides). None of the Wall Street bankers, traders, CEOs, insurance brokers or negligent regulators did the perp walk. A few low level mortgage bank employes in peripherally related cases did. So talk to me when you ‘splain that, Eric.
    Now, with regard to too little or too much information before an election. Picture it, Ronald Reagan November 13th, 1986 explaining how he woke up (probably from a nap in a cabinet meeting) and discovered the Iran-Contra Scandal. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/reagan-explains-secret-sale-of-arms-to-iran-nov-13-1986-099742 Was everything known before the election? Probably not. It came out after Senate Repugnants Steve Symms (ID) won with 51.4%, Kit Bond (MO) won with 52.6% and the Senate giant Bob Kasten, (WI) won with 51.8%. Undoubtedly that would have made a different in those and many other races.
    What I think the American People are sick of, is how the Dumbs call Comey professional and competent in July when he recommends against charging Hillary but now he’s a bum and Trump and the Repugnants rail against a rigged investigation then, and now think Comey is the best thing since sliced bread now. What would happen if it came out later that the FBI had this lead and sat on it?

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