The IG report describes James Comey's actions as “extraordinary and insubordinate”
For the last few years former FBI Director Jim Comey has been one of the best-known people in public life.
We have found much to admire in Mr. Comey’s career including his support of law enforcement after the anti-police agitations of 2014.
But the recently-released Inspector General Report on the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s unguarded private e-mail server have shredded Mr. Comey’s reputation.
The FBI that Mr. Comey led allowed a group of anti-Trump FBI agents to conduct the investigation into Mrs. Clinton and then switch seamlessly to the investigation of Mr. Trump. The same agent, Peter Strzok led both, and his lover FBI Attorney Lisa Page joined him.
The IG Report notes that Mr. Strzok had the information that some of Mrs. Clinton’s emails were on Anthony Weimer’s laptop for nearly a month before the FBI began to investigate and notes that anti-Trump “bias” on the part of Mr. Strzok could have been a factor in the delay.
These are at root management deficiencies which go to Mr. Comey.
The IG Report also blisters Mr. Comey on his two most visible actions in the 2016 election.
• His July 5 recommendation that Clinton not be charged:
The Report called Mr. Comey’s decision to go public “extraordinary and insubordinate” because he did not tell Attorney General Loretta Lynch what he was about to do.
• His Oct. 28 announcement he was reopening the investigation of Clinton’s use of the server: The IG concluded that Mr. Comey made a “serious error of judgment” in making the announcement.
Perhaps. But at this time they’re probably tired of Jim Comey.``
Mr. Comey’s response to the IG Report was that he had an emotional reaction to the word “insubordinate,” but that “it’s fair, actually.”
He said that he would not apologize to Mrs. Clinton and that “even at this late date, she doesn’t understand what the investigation in her case was about….
“It was not about her use of a personal email system, and she didn’t get that during the investigation because she used to say, ‘Well, Colin Powell when he was secretary of state used AOL.’ That’s not what it was about. It was communicating about classified topics on that system, when those topics have to be done on a classified system.”
Recently, Mr. Comey expressed hope that President Trump won’t be re-elected in 2020. He said that he felt the American people “will tire of him.”
Perhaps. But at this time they’re probably tired of Jim Comey.