FBI Director James Comey Has Questions To Answer
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.