Last summer, Hillary Clinton supporters were singing FBI director James Comey’s praises as a “fair-minded paragon of integrity.” Hillary Clinton’s campaign made a point of emphasizing how independent, thorough, respected, and honest Comey was.
Throughout his long career in law enforcement, the independence of FBI chief James Comey has rarely been questioned. Comey is a well-respected Republican who served as George W. Bush’s Deputy Attorney General. And when President Obama tapped him to serve as Director of the FBI, he was confirmed by a 93-1 vote.
Now they insist he is a “crazed partisan trying to throw the election to Trump,” writes Jim Geraghty in NRO.
What, exactly, did these furious critics want Comey to do? He finds out that there’s a new avenue of investigation, a giant trove of e-mails that were not turned over as required, and he’s supposed to just . . . avert his eyes and pretend his agents didn’t find it? He’s supposed to just not tell Congress, even though he pledged to them, under oath, he would keep them updated? Right now, the vast majority of Democrats are furiously angry that Comey did not withhold information from Congress, because it would be politically embarrassing to Hillary Clinton. That’s not supposed to be a priority of the FBI director.