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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