Today, I came across this Trump tweet, retweeted by Ben Shapiro, with comment and I want to give my short take of this:
Ben Shapiro Retweeted Donald J. Trump
So he publicly re-opened the investigation into her because he wanted a job? That makes no sense. Taking polling into consideration is bad enough, but this is illogical.
Ben Shapiro added,
The Comey explanation is as contorted as the Trump explanation. I suspect Comey expected Hillary to win, so he wanted the Weiner laptop issue “checked off as investigated” & buried. The speed with which he reopened the investigation & reclosed it made it seem like box-checking
From the reporting on the Comey interview with Stephanopoulos. Comey states:
“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Comey told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview ahead of the April 17 release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”
“I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” he added.
Despite Stephanopoulos trying to spin this reopened investigation as creating a shadow over a Hillary administration, I suspect Comey believed that in a Hillary administration he would still be FBI director and Loretta Lynch & company would still be running the DOJ. He knew how Lynch & company wanted the Clinton investigation(s) deep-sixed.
Comey gets that sanctimonious tone equivocating after Stephanopoulos’ spin, but facts matter. During that quickie Weiner laptop investigation the FBI was leaking like a sieve, like reports of numerous ongoing field office investigations into the Clinton Foundation. By Comey publicly announcing “FBI reopened & investigated, nothing to see here“, he was digging a public fire break for a President Hillary Clinton and for himself as FBI director. He would then have had another convenient public “extremely careless” investigation conclusion to refer to, plus his job as FBI director.
With all that FBI leaking when the email investigation was reopened it seemed like Comey was facing field office PR insurrections and he wanted to placate them that the FBI was doing due diligence to its duties, but he was also looking to his future as FBI director working in a Hillary Clinton administration.
If Hillary had been elected, she could have pointed to the public FBI exoneration on both her email investigation and the emails on Weiner’s laptop.
Heck, the usual “Islamophobia” spin about Huma was ready-made for that scenario. I believe Comey was just trying to pull off another “extremely careless” PR spin to bury another Clinton scandal and keep his FBI director position.
I wrote about the Comey tell after his July 2016 “extremely careless” speech and I suspected the Clinton silencers at work, but after the exposure of all those fine career professionals handling the Clinton email investigation Comey cited, it sure now seems that Comey entrusted the overseeing of the Clinton investigation to some highly unprofessional, politicized hacks. He also suffered from the same malady that infects people who get too close to President Trump. Many people who hang around Trump begin to act like him – rude, disrespectful, engaging in reprehensible name -calling and petty, vicious taunting.
Comey began making politicized judgments and acting like those around him at the highest level of the Lynch DOJ. His tones now, trying to appease the Left about the reopened email investigation, clearly shows he wants to get back in their good graces and he proclaims his intention is to “contain” the Trump forest fire” (stop Trump), which he believes “ethical leaders in the government can’t contain”.
Comey’s on a PR campaign to stop Trump, which can only mean he is out to build public support for impeachment, and he has now sunk to the Trump level of name-calling to try to make his case for ethical leadership.
Lord, help us if Trump and Comey are our American role models on principled leadership…