James Comey, Director of the FBI, has apparently succumbed to political pressure – not once, but twice over the last five months. In July, when Comey announced that charges would not be filed against Secretary Clinton, his action, or “non-action” as some would call it, was met with an outcry of unfair treatment; yet another example of “cronyism” that has been alleged of the Clintons throughout their political history.
Now comes the matter of more emails discovered on the computer of Anthony Weiner, habitual “sexter” and estranged husband of Secretary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin. The ramifications for the presidential elections in eight days are arguably unknown, but there certainly is a negative development for Clinton’s final week of campaigning.
In both instances, Comey took the unprecedented step, long considered taboo for the FBI, to publicly comment on investigations. Historically, the FBI does not announce when investigations have commenced or ended, and it never usually closes a case. Removing itself from the political process has been part of the culture since it was founded in 1935, something that appears to have been violated during this year’s unusual elections.
More troubling is Comey’s announcement of the reopening of the email investigations, despite the blatant disapproval of his superior, Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
It is a sad day for the FBI when even its own director struggled to handle the heat emanating from the political process.