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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — James B. Comey, the FBI director, is above it all. He’s known and shown it for years. In a town of towering egos, he stands taller. Six feet, 8 inches. Barack Obama looked up to him until a couple days ago.

In our public square, Comey has thrown a hard ball, breaking bad against Hillary Clinton. He says a new trove of emails will be investigated — though he has no idea what’s up.

So much for the presidential election that Comey has compromised. Nobody does what he did, days before an election. It defies Justice Department traditional practice and protocol.

The relationship between the attorney general and the FBI has always been difficult. The FBI is under Justice, but housed apart in a Brutalist building of its own a mile away. Really. Since the iron rule of J. Edgar Hoover, it operates as its own fiefdom.

Comey believes in one-man, one-vote democracy — as long as he’s the man, late in the game. It’s a point of pride he served President Bush and President Obama and proved a pain to both.

In a hospital drama when he was a Justice official, Comey beat Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzalez, George W. Bush’s chief of staff and counsel in a race to Attorney General John Ashcroft’s bedside to keep them from making Ashcroft sign papers to renew a surveillance program. The 2004 sequence is reported in “Days of Fire,” by Peter Baker. A bit of a grand stand.

Here’s the rub: Obama appointed Comey FBI director because he seemed like the best man in the Bush administration — a tragic error that could lose his team the political World Series.

All along, Obama was way too quick to reach out to Republicans. You tell me why when they have shunned him from the start. (Comey says he is no longer registered as a Republican, but supported Mitt Romney for president in 2012.)

Without meaning to, Obama failed Clinton with his “extremely careless” appointment of Comey. (Comey’s words for the Democratic presidential nominee.)

Don’t forget, Clinton herself and Comey’s boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch — they’re just women on the outside of the Brutalist building. If Comey improperly changed the course of the fraught election over an unknown bundle of emails, over Lynch’s express wishes — well, he shrugs. It’s all about him.

Now everybody’s mad at him, right, left and center, and maybe he likes it that way, in the eye of a firestorm.

Or, conjure Comey as the lone rock star with the FBI as the back-up band, the Hooverites.

The freakishly tall Comey is a curious character that has confounded fellow Republicans and Democrats alike for years. He’s no naive stranger to this town.

No Clinton drama could be complete without Bill Clinton. In a chance meeting, he briefly spoke to the Attorney General Lynch and her husband at an airport in Arizona.

So what? What happened to the days when people in politics could have a friendly “visit” with each other without conflicts of interest and disclosures and all that jazz? The meeting was pure Bill being Bill, his gregarious self.

It insults Lynch’s integrity to suggest Justice’s conclusions on Hillary Clinton’s private server emails would be swayed a few short days later.

But this meeting got Washington in a tizzy and gave Comey his opening to usurp Lynch. She felt pressured to give the reins of the Clinton case to Comey.

Bill Clinton let his wife, Hillary, down, too, and that’s the saddest part of this story.

Comey’s grandstanding — in a July press conference and in subsequent testimony before Congress — elevated him to a place where he did not belong. The Justice Department is in charge of these things, and it usually makes legal decisions on whether to bring criminal charges. That’s why it’s there, in a graceful, beautiful building where justice is done by blue-chip government lawyers.

The late Robert Kennedy, Eric Holder and Janet Reno, all attorneys general, played tougher with the FBI. You don’t give power away, because you’ll never get it back.

So what about the election? Comey has compromised it once, twice, thrice now with Marc Rich pardon material from the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

President Obama’s choice is clear. For the common good, Director Comey must be stopped.

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IMAGE: FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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43 responses to “FBI Director Won’t Let Democracy Be”

  1. Democracy won’t be killed from external sources but from within. When the body’s own immune system turns against itself, or when an organ like the pancreas fails to function properly, the effects are more insidious and devastating than an attack from the outside.
    Trump, the FBI, and extremist elements are attacking from within, without the need for Putin, China, or anyone outside to do anything. All they need do is sit back and watch with glee.

  2. bojimbo26 says:

    He`s doing what his Republican/Russian handlers have told him to do .

  3. Jim Samaras says:

    “Chance meeting” at the airport? You people are dreamers. If you believe in THAT many coincidences then you also put a dollar under your pillow awaiting the tooth fairy.

    • browninghipower says:

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.burp..zzzzzzzzzzzzz..fart in your general direction..zzzzzzzzzz

    • Jim, I see you still dwell in the cave of your vain imaginations. Is there any chance of awakening you??? Your childish antics and prattle speak volumes of your laziness with regard to developing your mind and your soul. Trump has a similar cancerous affliction, yet he persists in ignoring it like you.

      • Jim Samaras says:

        How about your laziness Aaron in not looking into the many instances that point to the most corrupt person to ever make, what will be, a failed attempt at the highest office in the land.

        • I Am Helpy says:

          ^ reminder: this guy was posting openly racist crap in another article.

          • Jim Samaras says:

            How about THIS for racist? Your a lazy a$$ negro on the gubbmint dole, have been for years which is why you’re voting for the cankle queen. Yeah, I’m a racist against blacks like you who never add a thing to society let alone a post with a thought on it here. Let’s call you “The Septic Filler” from now on! That will be my pet name for the National Memos pet negro……LOL

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Hahahaha wow. Sorry for hurting you fee-fees, Adolf.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            PS I’m actually a millionaire and have never been on the dole in my life. Sorry you’re an unemployable high-school dropout!

          • Jim Samaras says:

            And my a$$ sucks buttermilk Help the Septic Filler

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Are you having a stroke? I’d call 911 for you, but I doubt they’d be able to hear me over the sound of all my money.

          • Jim Samaras says:

            LOL….Lil Helpy the Septic Filler must have won the lottery cause your posts sound like you’re about a half hour ahead of the discovery of the wheel with not enough sense to get out of the rain let alone EARN a million…..You a lil soft Septy?

          • AgLander says:

            Helpy will eventually give up when mon calls him upstairs for his favorite evening meal of an egg salad sandwich with pickles on the side….then it’s off to bed with him per mom’s orders!

          • Jim Samaras says:

            Sounds like mommy is a partner in lil Helpys Septic Filling business…Mmmmm, egg salad will do a good job

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Your stirring defence of a guy posting outright racial abuse has been noted. I’d just like to thank you, again, for all you and your slack-jawed ilk have done for the cause of liberalism; you’ve given us a generation of Hispanic Dem voters. Thanks! Also, you gonna lose!

          • I Am Helpy says:

            OK sorry your impotence enrages you like this. You gonna lose.

        • AgLander says:

          Sharia means you never have to say your sorry… just dictate to the infidels and evil apostates who question your 5th century barbarism..

          • Box says:

            Actually you are correct. In Shariah, asking forgiveness is usually enough. Seldom there is jail even for serious crimes. (TOO complicated to sort out in a post). But this is why Muslims want Shariah to govern, never a constitution which they resist to recognize because it was written by christians, If you want to see this post in action, google Malaysia and start searching around for articles about the push by Muslims to denounce the Constitution in favor of Shariah. Its already a Muslim-governed country but it was a UK colony and the British left a Constitution when independence was gained in 1957. There are multi-races in Malaysia to consider and razor thin tolerance of each other, hence the ongoing battle. Thats going to be USA soon because as the muslims pour in via refugee status, they will (and are) demand their own laws govern. The fellow that Trump insulted went back on TV to popularize the case that Shariah is all USA needs and not the Constitution. Those are seditious fighting words and thats what Hillary will wrought.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            “Hmmmm yes let’s make generalizations about 23% of the world’s population and proceed as though there was some sort of validity to the dumb things I just made up”

    • I Am Helpy says:

      “I got nothing but insinuation and lies”

  4. browninghipower says:

    When HRC is elected, fire Comey the Traitor and instruct her new AG to clean house at the FBI. And that means get rid of all the old Bush 43 hold-overs. Also, make sure she never ever appoints any goddamned republicans to any goddamned office anywhere in her administration!!! Oh, and unlike Obama, promptly accept the resignations of ALL the goddamned Federal Prosecutors/DAs around the country!!!! Enough of trying to placate the seditious/treasonous GOP. If she and the Dems haven’t yet learned this lesson, then she deserves all the BS that will reign down upon her.

  5. Mama Bear says:

    The FBI should be shut down and the agents locked out until after the election. Why in God’s name doesn’t that happen? And the day after they should all be fired. Period.

  6. AgLander says:


    • Poor Agatha—stuck in a feed-back loop. Such a miserable vindictive little man with no friends with an Old testament mentality.
      What will you have as organs to use in the next world, Agatha?? A mean attitude, bigotry, a truculent attitude, and all your other negative qualities can’t be taken into the next world. Since you haven’t developed any spiritual “eyes”, and other virtues, quite likely your status will be akin to a blind mole rat and you’ll be as naked, if you persist at the rate you’re going now.

      “O Son of the Being! Bring thyself to account each day, ere thou aren’t summoned to a reckoning. For death unheralded shall come upon thee, and thou shalt be called to give account for thy deeds.”

      It’s your free will, Agatha, to ignore this admonition if you desire. You’ll have no excuse though that no one informed you.

    • I Am Helpy says:


      • Box says:

        You know, if Trump wins, imagine your homework deleting all the “you gonna lose” posts. Is there that much time left on earth?

  7. darlene.bernier says:

    It’s been 1 yr since I decided to resign from my previous job and it was a best decision i made in my life… I started to work over internet, for this company I stumbled upon over internet, for a few hrs each day, and I make much more than i did on my last job… Paycheck i got for last month was for 9000 dollars… Superb thing about this job is the more free time i got with my kids…

  8. Box says:

    “You don’t give power away, because you’ll never get it back.” Thank you. Exactly the words of millions of Trump supporters who rightly believe that Hillary will relieve americans of the little remaining power they have left in favor of a progressive-socialist agenda which will further attempt to centralize government and concentrate decision-making.

    There is no country in history where this has worked and its also failing in newer countries like Venezuela, France, Canada. Venezuelans were eating dogs, now they are eating each other. One might say in China its working but look at who is benefitting–the extreme few of the most loyal Party members and everyone else is in poverty. Go to China and see for yourself the extreme lack of prosperity among common folks who dont even have enough money to pay their water bill. Those who get any money at all are exporting it as fast as possible despite government laws and crackdowns.

    Anyway, this is the only important difference between the candidates that people need to consider. Moderates and right-wing wont tolerate the extension of the Obama agenda. Civil war didnt materialize under Obama but with Hillary the rubber band just gets stretched tighter. We’ll see.

  9. Box says:

    Im enjoying watching this thread. My my how things change. Comey was a saint in just July when he cleared Hillary. I mean, if a person is a saint, than he IS, right? This thread is a laugh a minute!

    • I Am Helpy says:

      You keep making that claim, and it STILL isn’t factual. Why are Trump supporters so delusional they think they can make things true just by saying them? Bigotry must rot the brain.

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