I was once a fan of James Comey. I thought he was a man of honor and principle. He is not. He has proven himself to be nothing more than another political hack. I confess that I do not fully understand his motive or objective. I do not know what game he is playing. I can only judge his actions.
Let's review the facts:
Comey went public last July with a litany of allegations regarding Hillary Clinton's decision to use a personal server to send classified emails to herself and her staff. Here are the conclusions that Comey offered up regarding Hillary:
1. "Extremely careless"
2. "Should have known"
3. "Especially concerning"
4. "Still obligated to protect it"
5. "Generally lacking"
6. "Hostile actors"
7. "Sophisticated adversaries"
I vividly recall my thinking as I listened to Comey reel off this litany of misdeeds by Clinton. I fully expected him to announce that these charges would be presented to a Grand Jury and that an indictment would be forthcoming. Wrong. He concluded his presentation by saying that no charges would be filed and no laws were broken. I could not believe it. If he did not believe that charges were warranted then Comey had an obligation to say nothing more then to acknowledge that the investigation was completed, the facts were presented to the prosecutor and the decision had been made to not pursue a prosecution.
I am no Hillary fan. But she has a legitimate beef that she was smeared by Comey. Truth of the matter is that she deserved to be indicted. If not her, at least one of her minions.
Now we have Comey's public testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday of this week. Comey made a stunning admission regarding Huma Abedin:
FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, often forwarded classified information to her husband, Anthony Weiner, to print out for her while she was serving as one of Clinton's closest advisers at the State Department.
Those emails were found on Weiner's laptop last year while he was being investigated by the FBI for allegedly sending explicit messages to an underaged girl. The discovery of those emails is part of the reason why the bureau felt compelled to revisit the investigation — shortly before the presidential election — into whether Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was Secretary of State, Comey said.
"On October 27, the team that had finished its investigation into Clinton's email server asked to meet with me," Comey explained earlier in the hearing. "What they could see from the metadata that they found on Anthony Weiner's laptop is that there were thousands of new emails… including what might be the missing emails from her Verizon Blackberry. So I authorized them to seek a search warrant."
Later, Comey explained that Abedin "had a regular practice of forwarding emails to [Weiner] for him to print out for her, which she would then deliver to the Secretary of State."
At a minimum, Huma should have been indicted and prosecuted. But that did not happen because Comey, or someone who reported to him, agreed to immunize Abedin. Any other American who did such a thing would have faced a trial and most likely a long prison sentence. So much for Justice being blind. The scales of Justice were tipped in favor of the well-connected Huma Abedin, Hillary's gopher extraordinaire.
Once again, Comey's mishandling of this affair exposed his incompetence. When the FBI learned of the emails he should have dealt with the issue by briefing key Congressional leaders in private. By going public he made himself into a partisan. While I understand the anger and the frustration of the Hillary cheerleaders over Comey's inappropriate actions, that does not excuse the fact that she allowed one of her key staffers to mishandle Top Secret and Secret information. Huma Abedin knowingly put those emails on the computer of a sexual pervert. That cannot be excused nor ignored. Yet, James Comey chose to ignore it.
That was not Comey's only sin. He also decided to turn a blind eye to an alleged threat from Russia. Let me make my position clear–Russia did not interfere in our election and Russia certainly did not throw the election to Trump. Russia is nothing more than a Red Herring; a diversion from the facts. Hillary was terrible candidate and ran a terrible campaign. Russia is nothing more than a convenient excuse. But that is not what Comey apparently believed and still believes. Fielding softball questions from the the Little Old Lady from South Carolina, Comey testified as follows:
Sen. Lindsey Graham’s interrogation of FBI Director James Comey in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday revealed that Russia has continuing influence on the United States government beyond the recent presidential election.
“Is it fair to say that the Russian government is still involved in American politics?” Graham asked.
“Yes,” Comey replied.
“So what kind of threat do you believe Russia presents to our democratic process? Given which you know about Russia's behavior of late?” Graham asked.
“Well, certainly, in my view, the greatest threat of any nation on earth, given their intention and their capability,” Comey replied.