Why did James Comey, who did so much to help Hillary Clinton win the election, release that October 28th statement noting that there were new emails available, so the investigation of how then-Secretary Of State Clinton handled her emails would continue?
From George Stephanopoulos’s interview with James Comey, we have this telling exchange:
Stephanopoulos: “At some level, was the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win and concerned that if she wins, this comes out weeks later, that is taken by her opponents as a sign she’s an illegitimate president?”
Comey: “It must have been. I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been, because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump. And so I’m sure that it was a factor.”
In other words, Comey is admitting that he issued the statement because he “knew” Hillary would be President, so what the hell?
And, given that it was sent “because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump”… presumably, if the election were in doubt, it wouldn’t have been sent (in other words, protect Hillary).
I reject Stephanopoulos’s premise that the issue was whether she would be considered illegitimate. The letter said nothing other than that the FBI would be looking into the new emails, just as they had the previous ones. Nowhere does it say or imply there was any expectation something actionable would come of doing so.
In fact, the letter made a specific point of saying that “the FBI cannot yet assess whether this material may be significant”. Read it and see for yourself.
No, Mr. Stephanopoulos, the letter wasn’t sent to protect Hillary Clinton from being seen as an illegitimate President. It was sent to cover Comey’s ass, so he wouldn’t be accused of withholding this information in an effort to make sure Hillary Clinton won. In other words, it was Comey’s own legitimacy – if he has any – that was being protected.
But, nice try, George. We can see why Hillary and Bill relied on you so heavily all those years.
Some helluvan interview that was. A Clinton suckup interviewing a Clinton suckup. Two brown noses in action.