James Comey just became the most important participant in the 2016 election.
American voters may never witness again an October like they have just experienced. Illegally hacked emails from Secretary Clinton’s campaign chairman which spew out regularly have finally changed the topic from the moral standing of Donald Trump to the flashback nightmare of what it is like when the Clintons roll into town.
and we learned that her senior staffers worry about her judgment and her associations with rich yet disreputable donors and governments.
Trump supporters have been frustrated by the unfair nature of the press coverage of the race. However for those of us who have been on past presidential campaigns, the coverage is part of the mountain a GOP nominee must climb.It does not matter if a candidate has demonstrated respect for women, as stories were written about Mitt Romney’s “war” on women. It does not matter how much you have worked for racial harmony, as toward the end of 2000 George W. Bush was accused of allowing attacks on blacks due to his position on hate crimes.
Yet when we recently learned that senior staffers for Hillary Clinton called Roman Catholics who are faithful to their church “severely backwards” and made fun of baptizing children and worked with groups who are attempting to “infiltrate” the Catholic Church and topple its leadership and its teachings there was little corresponding outrage from most in the press.
Certainly, there was no outcry about a Clinton “war” on people of faith. Substitute Dick Cheney or a Dick Cheney Foundation into all of these revelations and we all know what the coverage would be like.
I do not know Jim Comey well, but he was selected to serve in the Bush Administration due to his reputation as a prosecutor and not for his political pedigree. As White House political director, I played a role in the due diligence for political appointees. Those of us involved in that process found scant evidence that Comey was ever very Republican or partisan.
In fact, if Jim Comey had any political point of view, it was about advancing his career as a prosecutor, regardless of political parties. The takeaway from my due diligence on Comey indicated that he was confident and ambitious. He probably made both Democrats and Republicans believe he was loyal to each, and that he had great talent.
Now that talent and independent streak is making itself known. I continue to hold the opinion that up until last week Director Comey had been reluctantly following the smoke signals from team Obama which very much wanted Hillary Clinton to avoid prosecution.
However when he either learned of, or realized the whole world now knew of, the sleazy decision by career Clinton ally Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to put $467,500, plus an additional $207,788 from the Democrat Party, into the political campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, I think Comey realized that his personal reputation and very the independence of the FBI were now in jeopardy.
Dr. McCabe, you see, just so happens to be the wife of the then-associate-deputy director for the FBI, Andrew McCabe, a position that oversaw aspects of the Clinton investigation. (He’s since been promoted to deputy director.)
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His testimony to Congress gave me every indication that Comey may not be willing to take the heat on bringing a case against Hillary Clinton to court but he could make the factual case against her on national television, which I believe he did effectively. Comey had done what he could in the political box in which he chose to exist.