January 24, 2017

New Boss, Same as the Old Boss - James Comey

Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman - The New York Times:

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, told his top agents from around the country that he had been asked by President Trump to stay on the job running the federal government’s top law enforcement agency, according to people familiar with the matter.

Quid. Pro. Quo.

I had a high opinion of Comey after his intervention of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card in 2004. They had attempted to coerce a seriously ill Attorney General John Ashcroft into approving a domestic spying program as Ashcroft lay in his hospital bed. Comey’s action stopped cold what was a direct effort by the president of the United States.

Comey’s public comments last year concerning Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, the second coming just days before the 2016 election, left many aghast at his impropriety. They likely swayed the election, already a closer-fought affair than most realized.

Clearly my trust was misplaced.

Today his acts come full circle. I’m not saying there was a de facto agreement between Comey and the Trump campaign. I am saying the result is no different than if there had been.

I see the FBI’s black eye. Do you?

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