On Nov 8 There Was a Candidate Under Investigation and it Wasn’t Hillary Clinton
Who said this? Would you believe Morning Joe this morning? As Joe Scarborough says, this will be something that historians will ask for generations: why did the Comey do something so damaging-and contrary to the rules and precedent of his own agency-to the candidate who was not under investigation?
That indefensible letter just keeps looking more and more indefensible and, indeed, unforgivable.
Observation by Russell Berman:
So far Dems have not asked a key question Clinton camp would like to know: Why did Comey confirm Clinton probe but not Trump probe pre-Nov?
— Russell Berman (@russellberman) March 20, 2017
It's not just that Comey pushed bogus Clinton email pre-election while mum on Trump-Russia—it's that email story was Russian propaganda op.
— Philip Gourevitch (@PGourevitch) March 20, 2017
Dems yesterday were just relieved Comey had confirmed there was an investigation. Still, at some point-probably only if Dems win in 2018-there needs to be a full investigation of the email investigation and why Comey wrote the Comey letter.
The Hillary Clinton campaign reaction is not surprising-they’re pretty riled:
“Former top officials for Hillary Clinton’s campaign vented their frustration with both FBI Director James Comey and congressional Republicans on Monday as he testified on Capitol Hill.”
“Five months after Comey stepped into the 2016 election fray in the campaign’s closing days to talk about investigations into Clinton’s email use — which Clinton herself has said was a cause for her loss to Donald Trump — many Democrats are still seething about his role.”
I will always seethe personally as it was unforgivable and swung the election. It’s ironic that as Comey was investigating whether Trump was coordinating with Russia subversion, he himself put his finger on the scale.
“Noting that Comey acknowledged receiving Department of Justice approval to publicly reveal his agency’s investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, Clinton’s former press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted, “An approval he did not care to obtain in Clinton’s case.”
“Fallon — who was a former senior official in the Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder — joined other former Clinton aides in also grumbling about the revelation that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign as of late July, but that Comey didn’t disclose it until now.”
“Russia probe that Comey confirmed was, as best we can tell, in effect before Nov. 8,” he wrote, referring to Election Day. “Fair to ask why he didn’t think voters deserved to know.”
“Doing some jobs right requires being in the news everyday, becoming a household name, enraging everyone,” wrote longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines, who played Trump during her debate prep, tapping into Democrats’ pool of anger with Comey. “FBI Director isn’t one of them.”
“But the operatives’ frustration also extended to the talk of Russia’s meddling in the election more generally — and Comey’s acknowledgment of the country’s intent, now that Trump is president.”
“Noting that Comey said it is “correct” to say that Russia preferred Trump to Clinton in the election, former Clinton communications staffer Tyrone Gayle, now the press secretary for California Sen. Kamala Harris, wrote, “That sound you just heard was every ex-Clinton staffer banging their heads on the wall from California to DC.”
“Nearly a year-and-a-half after Clinton herself testified before Congress over the 2012 attack in Benghazi, they also had little patience for House Republicans.”
“Focus on leaks meant to serve same purpose as Trump allegation about wiretapping: distract from possible collusion,” Fallon wrote in response to GOP lawmakers’ lines of questioning about leaks to the media.
Of course, during Benghazi and Emailgate, GOP leaked like a sieve. And Trump had no problem quoting from Wikileaks that is an organization that has engaged in espionage and collaborated with Russia.
While Marco Rubio to his credit refused to ever use Wikileaks, Trump and his friends didn’t heed him.
And speaking of Guccifer 2.0, while it’s true that Stone coordinated with him-‘he’ actually be a front for the FSB-the NY Times recently divulged that Stone was not the only GOP operative communicating with Guccifer 2.0.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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