FBI Director James Comey's decision to write a letter to Republican committee heads about further investigations of Hillary's e-mails is looking worse by the minute. 

It all starts with a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, which the FBI has because they're investigating allegations that Weiner sexted with a fifteen year old. His now estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, shared use of that computer. Because the FBI is interested in looking at Abedin's emails, Comey wrote a letter to several Republican Senators who chair committees that the FBI is investigating e-mails belonging to the Clinton campaign. This has led a whole lot of people to assume that the investigation into Hillary's e-mails has been reopened. It has not. 

What kind of evidence did the FBI have when Comey wrote his letter? Not enough to get a warrant to look at Abedin's files on Weiner's laptop, which was already in their possession.

According to the LA Times, the FBI does not expect to find any emails from Hillary or even to Hillary.

Is that the impression the American electorate has as a result of Comey's letter?

A lot of FBI field agents are royally pissed about this. They regard it as unprofessional, because standard operating procedure is not to discuss an ongoing investigation. There's another issue involved, one which could really damage the Bureau's ability to do its job:

This could cause the FBI to be viewed by Democrats as partisan. 

Which leads to another issue:

A complaint has been filed with the Department of Justice accusing Comey of violating the Hatch Act. The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from influencing elections. From what I gather, a separate complaint has been filed with the FBI's Office of Special Counsel, by Richard Painter, the Chief White House Ethics Lawyer for the Bush (43) administration. 

The Hatch Act does not specify intent to influence an election, just influencing an election. Comey's action has already affected the polls quite visibly. After all, Comey chose to send the letter eleven days before a Presidential election, when people are already voting. That timing certainly wasn't necessary and it was way inappropriate.

How should I put this in a way Trump supporters can understand? 

Comey tried to pull a Debbie Wasserman-Schultz on the country. 

Only in his case it's not only in a general election and not only damages the reputation of the FBI for political impartiality (I can't begin to say how dangerous that is), 

It's illegal. 

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 30, 2016 at 1:10pm

"Comey's action has already affected the polls quite visibly." 

What have you seen?

All I've seen on that is that it seems to have 'freed some Rs to reconsider their position, suggesting that they may not vote for HRC or vote for Trump. I've seen as yet no evidence of votes that HRC has lost votes.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 30, 2016 at 1:20pm

I'd heard that Hillary's numbers dropped some after the Comey letter.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 30, 2016 at 1:42pm

This announcement may actually help HRC win in the battleground states by getting more people to turn out to vote.  BTW: The first cases of voter fraud in 2016 have nothing to do with HRC but were focused on local election issues and a mayor's race in Virginia and Florida.  While in Iowa, Terri Lynn Rote, a registered Republican, was arrested Thursday in Polk County, Iowa, on first-degree election misconduct charge after attempting to vote twice in the general election - she is a Trump supporter... so much for rigged elections.  R&L

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 30, 2016 at 2:01pm

BTW: Federal Law never stopped J. Edgar Hoover or US Attorney General John Mitchell from influencing American politics.  LBJ understood this and when he assumed the office of POTUS, one of the first things he did was waive the then-mandatory U.S. Government Service Retirement Age of 70, allowing J. Edgar Hoover to remain the FBI Director "for an indefinite period of time."  Why?  In 1964, Hoover's FBI investigated Jack Valenti, a special assistant and confidant of President Johnson's. Despite Valenti's two-year marriage to Johnson's personal secretary, the investigation focused on rumors that he was having a gay relationship with a commercial photographer friend.

LBJ most likely knew that Hoover was a gay cross dresser, but he also knew his limitations.

Mitchell went to jail and Nixon got pardoned for the Watergate coverup.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 30, 2016 at 2:11pm

In a comment on my post re Treachery in the DOJ I wrote:

"This post is about a snake in the grass Republicsn mole whose treachery is intended to wreak havoc on the electoral process.

The letter he wrote was sent only to the Republican members of the  investigative committee. In violation of protocol and professional courtesy not even Elijah Cummings,  the Democratic ranking member on the committee was an addressee, nor was he given a cc."

Comey's behavior wreaks of party loyalty, greed, and racism...

The Hatch Act may not be specific re Intent to influence the outcome of an election, but no criminal  prosecutor would attempt to go forward without a showing of intent...

Intents us ally at the heart of a criminal prosecution of any kind...

Reckless disregard and criminal negligence are generally part of compromise verdicts rendered by juries who cannot agree re intent...

If Comey tries to assert that he was just doing his job, the  counter argument will be that his job entails following established protocol and taking direction from his superiors in the exectutive branch which includes the Attorney General and the President.

You don't get to define your own perameters and  self determine who the boss is....

Is what he did treacherous?

Yes

Is what he did insubordination?

Yes

Is what he did unethical?

Yes

Is what he did Illegal?l

Most likely, Yes

But he will be allowed to resign and take a better paying job in the private sector amongst his Republican patrons. He'll fade out of the spotlight  of the rich, powerful,  and infamous, and proceed to live comfortably ever after. 

As I said at the end of my post:

There's a book and a movie in here somewhere. 

Comment by Ron Powell on October 30, 2016 at 2:14pm

BTW, I hope Amy didn't cause you and Wolfman to shy away from commenting  on my post.....

Comment by koshersalaami on October 30, 2016 at 2:18pm

Naah

been busy today. She back?

Comment by Zanelle on October 30, 2016 at 3:37pm

Ok  He is toast....on to the next thingy...I hear Hillary has some more dirt on the Donald.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 30, 2016 at 3:57pm

I'm not aware of Amy at your post, Ron.

Comment by moki ikom on October 30, 2016 at 4:05pm

— Richard Painter, the Chief White House Ethics Lawyer for the Bush (43) administration. —

Great, typical CheneyBush tactics: “let you and me get our puppets out in front to suit up as “We Are NOT War Criminals” aka “after we’re pardoned by Trump” and demonize progressivism, Hillary and taxes on capital gains in that order.

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