Former FBI Director Comey has been at the center of controversy for far too long for this to be just the result of a string of coincidences. The on-again, off-again investigations of Hillary during her presidential campaign turned into a political spectacle, something that should never have happened.
While one might argue that controversy would be inevitable when a candidate for president came under criminal investigation, that’s just too bad. It’s true that the timing was awful, but that should not impact a criminal investigation, because criminal investigations should be utterly divorced from the accused political party or ambitions. That the whole thing came up when it did is not Comey’s fault, and the correct procedure should have been to pursue the investigation impartially and let the chips fall where they may. The trouble is he didn’t, or at least he certainly looked to be trying to balance a criminal investigation with the publicity of a presidential campaign.
That he made errors in judgement is almost a foregone conclusion. However, what is worse is that Comey himself is likely under investigation for perjury as relates to a letter he prepared exonerating Hillary even before the investigation was completed. So now the former FBI director could be in trouble.
“Jason Chaffetz said former FBI Director James Comey has a lot of “explaining to do” in light of new reports that he began drafting a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton even before interviewing key witnesses, including the former secretary of state.
“‘He’s certainly got a lot of explaining to do. He could have perjured himself,’ the former House oversight committee chairman said on ‘Fox & Friends.’
“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and fellow GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote a letter to the FBI this week, expressing concern over whether Comey made up his mind about the email investigation months before his public news conference.
“‘Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation,’ the senators wrote. ‘The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.'”
If Mr. Comey created a document exonerating Hillary before the investigation was even close to conclusion, that’s a serious offense. First, it indicates that his investigation was a show for public consumption with the result predetermined. Second, he must believe that Hillary was guilty of some offense, otherwise why not just let the investigation play itself out and demonstrate that the accusations against her were baseless? Finally, the question must be asked why he would potentially jeopardize his reputation, and potentially his freedom, by taking such an action?
President Trump turned up the heat in one of his signature tweets:
Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2017
If Comey did create documents exonerating Hillary while the investigation was going on, Mr. Chaffetz is certainly correct in stating that Mr. Comey has much for which to offer an explanation. The question is will he do so? Or will he wind up pleading the Fifth Amendment?
Source: Fox News