As we reported earlier, fired FBI Director James Comey’s book is set to be released next week, but some media outlets have obtained advance copies. On Thursday, Twitchy said that an excerpt printed by the New York Times is raising a lot of eyebrows. In one quote from the book, Comey seems to admit, astonishingly, that he was swayed by public opinion polling in the Clinton email investigation.
“It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next president, my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls. But I don’t know,” he wrote.
Comey went on to say that he hopes “very much that what we did — what I did — wasn’t a deciding factor in the election.”
Twitchy correctly noted: “An FBI director writing that he was swayed by polling is certainly quite an admission.”…
Indeed, it is.
Response on Twitter was pretty much what one might expect:
The thing is, he is implicitly admitting that he was weighing factors other than the meaning of the law when he made his decision. This…isn't really as exculpatory for anyone as some people seem to think it is. If anything, it shows that Comey's calculus was political. https://t.co/SEGoMuVHU1
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) April 12, 2018
Unbelievable. Justice by polling? https://t.co/daSIwrQHzz
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) April 13, 2018
And to think, there were — and still are — those who question the decision to fire Comey.
That’s what it looks like.
Clinton campaign adviser Neera Tanden, who once suggested that Hillary could make himself seem more “warm and charming” by “beat[ing] the sh*t out of a punch doll (or maybe a staffer),” commented:
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) April 12, 2018
Not quite. We have Trump as president in part because Hillary Clinton, the most evil person ever nominated to the White House by a major party, was a horrible, Marxist demagogue who repeatedly insulted half the country every chance she got. Worse yet, she carried more baggage than most freight trains could carry.
Comey’s admission, however, would seem to speak volumes about what many now call the “swamp.”