Yesterday was more proof that this election is crazy beyond the pale. The FBI Director, James Comey, wrote a letter to eight Congressional Committees saying that
In connection to an unrelated case had learned of email that appear to be pertinent to the investigation. But the FBI cannot yet assess whether the material may be significant and that I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.
The case he is referring to is the email case he said he closed several months ago. However, the FBI has been investigation Weiner for his “Sexting” of a minor. During that investigation they discovered that his wife, a close Clinton Aide, had also used the same laptop to send emails from a different email account.
As you see, these emails were not from Clinton’s private server. They were from her Aide on her own laptop. Furthermore, Comey has not seen the emails. And, FBI people told the LA Times that they weren’t sent by or even to Clinton.
All of that naturally is speculation since no one really knows what is going on as far as the actual emails are concerned. Yet, that didn’t stop the GOP and various candidates, especially Donald Trump, from using this vague letter as “proof” that Clinton must have done something wrong.
Trump said it proves that a “terrible wrong will be righted”. Only, it probably won’t. Even if these emails were sent to Clinton, the odds are they have already been reviewed by the FBI and are therefore duplicates.
What it really boils down to is the GOP are saying “told you so” without any evidence or proof of their allegations. But then innuendo is all the Republicans have at this point.
For Clinton’s part, she said that the FBI should release all of the information immediately. That really sounds like someone trying to hide things. She is right to make that demand, too. Especially since Comey decided to make this “announcement’ of vagueness just 11 days prior to the election.
Past Directors of the FBI have come out and blasted Comey for the announcement. They all say, both Democratic and Republican, there is a policy of the FBI not to do anything that will have an effect on an election. The usual time frame is they don’t say anything about an investigation within 60 days of an election.
For that matter, the FBI usually doesn’t say anything about investigations until they are completed no matter who is involved and when they start an investigation. That is just normal and proper procedures during any investigation.
Congress asked Comey if the FBI was investigating any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian hacks of emails. Especially after Trump called on the Russians to hack our country’s cyber systems. They refused to say one way or another. That is the proper thing to do.
This email bullshit has gone on long enough. It almost seems like Washington isn’t happy unless they are running some kind of headline grabbing investigation. Congress has been doing it for years, and now the FBI has gotten involved.
Investigations are an important part of our criminal justice system. We need to determine who if anyone has committed a crime. But, that doesn’t mean they have to be handled in such an unprofessional manner.
Comey has exhibited an incompetence I have not seen in a FBI Director. I hated Hoover, but at least he had some modicum of competence. When Comey made the announcement about Clinton’s email server in July, he botched that announcement. Now he botched this announcement too.
If you are going to announce that “something came up” at least say what that “something” is in enough detail so false accusations cannot be made. What Comey did was nothing short of feeding the paranoids with total incompetence.
Comey doesn’t even know how many emails were “discovered” or what basis they may have on the email server thing. Yet, he made it sound like they “discovered” millions of highly classified emails. At least that is what the GOP is telling us today.
Comey is in the hot seat again. And it is his own fault. It is incumbent upon him to put out all information about these emails he has. And, he cannot wait any longer than Monday to lay out what he has.
Anything less would be a great disservice to our country, and allow his incompetence to further feed the paranoia. Comey is more interested in covering his own ass than in conducting a valid investigation.
My guess is that when this new circus is over, you will find the feeding frenzy was all about nothing, again. As I said this is how paranoia is fed by incompetence.