Three weeks ago I wrote a post that had nothing to do with U.S. politics.
It still hasn't seen the light of day, because every time I turn around something new emerges, something more outrageous, something more shocking, something more disgraceful, something more unbelievable and that poor story ends up getting shelved. I keep thinking it's temporary, and that I'll submit it the next time, and then the election that continues to astound us, astounds us yet again.
This time it's the letter James Comey, the director of the FBI, sent to Congress last Friday. But first, to all the Hillary-haters out there, let me say this:
One: Hillary Clinton was wrong to use a private email server. It was a foolish and reckless decision.
Two: If these newly acquired emails prove that Hillary Clinton is guilty, than all Americans (not just Congress) should be informed and she should be charged.
But. And it's a big "but" ...
James Comey's letter was very vague. Essentially all it said was that they (the FBI) had found new emails as part of another investigation, they might be relevant but the FBI didn't yet know for certain and he had no idea how long it might take to look into them.
This, 10 or so days from election day.
Interesting timing for the release of a letter that, when it was written and sent, was nothing more than an unsubstantiated innuendo.
Fact: James Comey was told by the Justice Department that if he sent the letter, he would be breaking with longstanding policy.
Fact: James Comey was told, by the Justice Department that there are policies against talking about current criminal investigations.
Fact: James Comey was told by the Justice Department that there are policies in place against being seen as meddling in elections.
He willfully ignored them and went ahead anyway. And he called Hillary Clinton irresponsible and reckless? Ha!
The Republicans are probably having the worst election year ever. Their candidate for president is dangerous, incompetent and uncontrollable. He has caused huge rifts in the party and immeasurable damage -- not only to Republicans but to the entire country and all it stands for -- not to mention the democratic process.
Before Comey's letter it sure looked like winning the White House would have to wait at least another four years, if not more. The unpopularity of Hillary Clinton pretty much assured them of keeping their majority in the House, but the Senate was definitely within the grasp of the Democrats.
Before Comey's letter.
Interesting timing for the release of a letter that, when it was written and sent, was nothing more than an unsubstantiated innuendo, don't you think?
If you disagree with me -- which is certainly your right -- please explain this to me:
James Comey is head of the FBI. Would you not think a matter this serious, especially so close to a presidential election, would justify getting as many hands on deck as necessary? Would you not think he should be absolutely certain of the facts -- before making any statements -- before casting aspersions -- before potentially affecting the outcome of an election?
What I don't understand is why all Americans are not in an uproar over this. It has nothing to do with whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. It has nothing to do with whether you want Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump to become president.
It appears that James Comey has violated Justice Department rules and that should be deeply troubling to everyone. And, frankly, regardless of the outcome of the investigation and the election, he should be held accountable for it.
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"Donald Trump’s behavior this week, concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy," McCain said in a statement.
Ayotte never formally endorsed Trump, but said she was withdrawing her support."I wanted to be able to support my party's nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly we need a change in direction in our country. However, I'm a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate who brags about degrading and assaulting women. I will not be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and instead will be writing in Governor Pence on election day."
"I'm out. I'm pulling my endorsement," Chaffetz said in an interview on Friday."I can not support in any way, shape or form the comments or approach Donald Trump has taken. This is so over the top, it is not even acceptable in locker rooms. It shouldn't be acceptable anywhere. We are talking about the president of the United States. I want someone of high moral values."
"I'm incredibly disappointed in our party's candidate. And unlike the Democrats who have proven completely unwilling to hold secretary Clinton accountable for her illegal activities that endangered our national security, I am willing to hold Mr. Trump accountable. I am therefore calling for him to step aside and to allow Mike Pence to lead our party.
"Donald Trump's comments regarding women were disgraceful and appalling," Byrne said in a statement. "There are absolutely no circumstances when it would ever be appropriate to speak of women in such a way.""It is now clear Donald Trump is not fit to be President of the United States and cannot defeat Hillary Clinton. I believe he should step aside and allow Governor Pence to lead the Republican ticket."
"I will no longer support the guy at the top of the ticket," Hardy said on Saturday.
"Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately," Thune tweeted.
“I can no longer look past the pattern of behavior and comments that have been made by Donald Trump,” Heck said on Saturday. “Therefore, I cannot in good conscience continue to support Donald Trump.”
"We need national leaders who can lead by example on [sexual assault and domestic violence]. The reprehensible revelations about Donald Trump have shown me that he can't. Therefore I am withdrawing my support for his candidacy," Sullivan said in a statement.
"I have committed my short time in Congress to fighting for the most vulnerable in our society. As a strong and vocal advocate for victims of sex trafficking and assault, I must be true to those survivors and myself and condemn the predatory and reprehensible comments of Donald Trump," Wagner said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. ""I withdraw my endorsement and call for Governor Pence to take the lead so we can defeat Hillary Clinton."
"The abhorrent comments made by Donald Trump are inexcusable and go directly against what I've been doing in Washington to combat assaults on college campuses. Because of this, I am rescinding my support for Donald Trump and asking to have my name removed from his agriculture advisory committee. With the terrible options America has right now, I cannot cast my vote for any of the candidates, so I hope Donald Trump withdraws from the race so the American people can elect Mike Pence as our next president," Davis said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
"As a woman, a mother, and a grandmother to three young girls, I am deeply offended by Trump's remarks, and there is no excuse for the disgusting and demeaning language. Women have worked hard to gain the dignity and respect we deserve. The appropriate next step may be for him to reexamine his candidacy.
Garrett said that Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, would be "the best nominee for the Republican Party to defeat Hillary Clinton," according to the AP.
"I will not vote for Donald Trump,” he said in a statement. “If Donald Trump wishes to defeat Hillary Clinton, he should do the only thing that will allow us to do so — step aside, and allow Mike Pence to be the Republican party’s nominee. If he fails to do so, I will not vote for Hillary Clinton but will instead write-in my vote for Mike Pence.”
"The comments made by Mr. Trump were disgusting and totally unacceptable under any circumstance. It would be wise for him to step aside and allow Mike Pence to serve as our party's nominee," Fischer said in a statement.
"I endorsed Governor John Kasich for President, because I felt like he was the most qualified and the best person to lead our nation. I certainly won't vote for Hillary Clinton, but I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump," Bentley said in a statement.
“As the father of three young sons, I don’t want my boys growing up in a world where the President of the United States is allowed to speak or treat women the way Donald Trump has,” Rooney said in a statement. "“My greatest responsibility in life is to try and be a good husband and father. If I support Donald Trump, I will be telling my boys that I think it is okay to treat women like objects – and I’ll have failed as a dad.”
"I will not be voting for him,” Paulsen said in a statement.
“Saying this election has been incredibly disappointing is an understatement. It never had to be this way. We should be debating the issues that affect our nation’s future. Instead we have two horribly flawed choices. It is clear that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton can unify a deeply divided country.“I have repeatedly and strongly spoken out against Mr. Trump when he degrades and insults women, minority groups and Gold Star military families. I will not vote for a candidate who boasts of sexual assault. It is my conclusion that Mr. Trump is unfit to be President.“Similarly Secretary Clinton’s dishonorable actions – flagrantly ignoring federal laws, repeated failures in judgment on critical foreign policy and national security decisions, and intentionally lying to Congress and the American people – have disqualified her.“I cannot support and will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. I will write in Governor Mike Pence for President,” LoBiondo said in a statement.
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