So there’s some new emails. Thanks, Weiner!
The FBI director, a self-aggrandizing Republican apparatchik who has been horse-whipped by Republicans for not perp walking Hillary Clinton, felt compelled to alert Congress about the emails, despite clear DOJ policy to the contrary.
Tough decision, right? What to do? Oh, gosh, poor James Comey, tragic public servant, on the horns of an ethical quandary.
Somehow you knew that load of bullshit wouldn’t last. Well, get out of the way, because here comes the dump truck.
It turns out that FBI agents knew about the existence of the Weiner emails in early October, but didn’t get around to briefing Comey until this past Thursday, October 27. The Post story from a half hour ago:
The FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server knew early this month that messages recovered in a separate probe might be germane to their case, but they waited weeks before briefing the FBI director, according to people familiar with the case.
FBI Director James B. Comey has written that he was informed of the development Thursday, and he sent a letter to legislators the next day letting them know that he thought the team should take “appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails.”
That missive ignited a political firestorm less than two weeks before the election. Almost instantly, Comey came under intense criticism for his timing and for bucking the Justice Department’s guidance not to tell Congress about the development.
It is unclear why — given the Clinton email team knew for weeks that they might have cause to resume their work — they did not tell Comey sooner. People familiar with the case said they had known about it since soon after New York FBI agents seized a computer related to their investigation into former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who is alleged to have exchanged explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner is the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and federal law enforcement officials said they believe the computer was used by both of them.
A public revelation in early October might have been less politically damaging for Clinton than one coming less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 election. It is also unclear what agents have been doing in the intervening time—for instance, whether they were trying to learn more about the emails before notifying Comey. An FBI spokesman declined to immediately provide a statement.
The fact that an early October surprise would have had less of an electoral impact? Purely coincidental, I’m sure.
Please don’t tell me you believe what I just wrote. That was sarcasm.
If it was so unimportant that it took over three weeks to brief the FBI director on the existence of the emails, what was the need for such unseemly haste on Comey’s part?
Eleven days, dude. Eleven days. Not too soon, not too late, but just right.
Fire James Comey. Fire him now, and prosecute his ass for obstruction of justice. This was an orchestrated attempt to swing an election outcome by a partisan government official, in violation of DOJ policy, and in direct contravention of the views of the Attorney General, other senior DOJ officials, and a whole host of former DOJ officials of both parties. He was told that he was on his own, and now he needs to suffer the consequences. Fire him.