Despite everyone in the media (including even Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro) accusing James Comey of trying to influence the election by reopening the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s emails this close to the election, I see quite the opposite as the case. The FBI investigation isn’t interfering with the election, the election is interfering with the FBI’s investigation.
Think about it: if Comey really wanted to influence the election, why wouldn’t he have just recommended charges at the conclusion of the first investigation into Hillary? The same media that defended Comey as simply “doing his job” after letting Hillary off the hook is now blasting the man for allegedly playing politics. CNN won’t stop referring to Comey as a Republican, despite the fact that he’s currently registered as an Independent.
If the FBI was just “doing their job” the first time around, they did a pretty bad job at it. As Politico reported: The FBI never asked Hillary Clinton’s top aides to turn over all the computers and smartphones they used while Clinton was secretary of state, an omission that is now triggering questions from Republican lawmakers.
While the FBI made a concerted effort to obtain all the computers that were used as Clinton’s private server and ultimately asked two of Clinton’s lawyers for laptops used to review her email messages, investigators never requested or demanded all equipment her top staffers used for work purposes during her four years at State, a source familiar with the investigation told POLITICO.
“No one was asked for devices by the FBI,” said the source, who requested anonymity.
The decision left the FBI at least partially dependent on the aides’ attorneys’ decisions about which messages were work-related and therefore might have contained classified information the agents were looking for. Those messages were turned over to State in response to its request last year. GOP lawmakers say the decision not to demand the aides’ electronics, or even to ask for them, raises doubts about how the FBI and prosecutors handled the probe.
“The more we learn about the FBI’s initial investigation into Secretary Clinton’s unauthorized use of a private email server, the more questions we have about the thoroughness of the investigation and the administration’s conclusion to not prosecute her for mishandling classified information,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told POLITICO on Tuesday.
Republicans have argued for months that the FBI, federal prosecutors or both, treated witnesses in the Clinton probe with unusual deference. The GOP appears to have stepped up that argument in recent days.
Personally, I can’t help but wonder if this will be used as an excuse to get Huma Abedin off the hook. She claimed to have turned over all her relevant emails to the investigation (which we know she didn’t), but now could possibly blame the FBI for not turning everything over.
If there was any rigging, it was in favor of Hillary Clinton’s case. Heck – the FBI even caught her sending and receiving classified information hundreds of times in their original investigation, and were able to rewrite the law and let her off the hook by claiming it didn’t matter because she didn’t intend to break the law. That was just one of the many lies and crimes of Hillary Clinton that was exposed by their initial investigation.
Will the FBI do their job the second time around? Ironically, if they do their job this time, it’ll be the first time the media doesn’t congratulate them for doing it.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]