In October of 2016, FBI Director, James Comey, sent a letter to Republican congressional leaders advising them of the reopening of the investigation of the Clinton emails as the result of a wikileaks dump of emails hacked by Russian agents.

The subsequent release of the information regarding the reopening of the Clinton matter, which resulted in nothing of a prosecutorial nature.

The matter was closed and dropped by the FBI days before the voting began.

Comey's actions caused a great deal of speculation as to the effect the release of the material had on the public and the outcome of the election. 

In July of 2016 the FBI obtained FISA Court warrants to investigate possible Trump campaign ties to Russian attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election. That investigation continues and is ongoing.

The upshot of this is that on Election Day 2016, the candidate under investigation by the FBI was Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton.

The question is: Shouldn't Comey have made the information about the investigation into the Trump campaign available to the public in the same manner and at the same time he released the information about the Clinton emails?

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Comment by Ron Powell on April 24, 2017 at 10:49pm

Obama's mistake in retaining the lifelong Republican as Director of the FBI will have repercussions that may well overshadow his legacy as the nation's first African-American President.

I wouldn't have trusted Comey as far as I could see him.

I still don't. 

Comment by alsoknownas on April 25, 2017 at 6:09am

I wouldn't think there is any way any of us could know what Comey is like at his core.

Trusting him would take a leap of faith. Why would one say that they did?

Comment by Ron Powell on April 25, 2017 at 6:50am

Apparently Obama trusted him enough to keep him as Director of the FBI. 

Comment by alsoknownas on April 25, 2017 at 7:01am

That would mean that ex-President Obama was foolish enough to trust that a guard dog he didn't know entirely would not bite his hand.

I don't think trust was a factor of any sort in retaining his appointment.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 25, 2017 at 7:34am

When making high level, high profile, appointments to extremely sensitive administrative positions, competence, qualifications, and experience are not the sole criteria for the choices and decisions made. 

Trust is a key part of the decision even if not the controlling element of the process.

Obama shouldn't have hired someone he shouldn't have trusted.

That's the nature of prime time, high stakes politics. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 25, 2017 at 8:22am

Shoulda, coulda... I doubt that anything Comey did or did not do would have made very much difference in the outcome of the 2016 election.  HRC was the wrong candidate at the wrong time and pretty much doomed no matter which candidate the Republicans put up against her. In their world of "alternate facts" Rural and Rust Belt Americans were outraged and desperate after eight years of Obama and they were voting to reverse the direction of the US government.

Comment by koshersalaami on April 25, 2017 at 9:57am

Obviously, Comey should have released the Trump information, as he should have made clear that the investigatiin in the last week of the campaign was not of Clinton herself but of her staff. 


The election was close and we don't know. 

Comment by Ron Powell on April 25, 2017 at 10:25am

@JMac; As bad as Clinton was as a candidate Trump was worse and most semi-intelligent people knew that,.

The independent fence sitters were looking for a reason or an excuse to vote for Trump or a reason or excuse to vote for Clinton.

I honestly believe that had she chosen Elizabeth Warren, Clinton would have given the outraged white voter the glimmer of hope they needed from the Democratic Party to vote for the one person in the race who was speaking directly to them about their concerns.

Elizabeth Warren would have done the job of vocalizing white working class concerns while making Trump appear to be the unfit and incompetent buffoon that he is. People would have been ashamed to have to admit to voting for him.

Failing that, had Comey released information about the fact that he and his campaign were under investigation for ties to Russian hackers who were trying to influence the outcome of the election,  the independent voters would have had the excuse or reason they needed to hold their noses and vote for Clinton because they would have perceived Trump as trying to  cheat his way into the White House with the help of the perennially hated Russians of all people.

Comey is a Republican, he politicized the FBI. He gambled on the outcome because he figured he had nothing to lose. Had Hillary won he knew he was gone anyway, and if Trump won he'd be rewarded....

The rest is now history.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 25, 2017 at 10:56am

I doubt that Elizabeth Warren could have helped much.  Frustrated after two terms of an African American as POTUS, it's unlikely that any of those who voted Republican or sat on their hands would have been motivated to vote for a Democrat ticket with two women.  For what it's worth, HRC won the popular vote and lost the election. Such is the nature of Presidential politics.

Comment by Maui Surfer on April 25, 2017 at 11:07am

Yeah, those white women, so full of hate and centuries of garbage, would never have voted for two white women when they could have a Molestor prez and a sex-o-phobic closeted freak VP who looked like they might be distant relatives.


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