Former FBI Director James Comey has not appeared in the news lately after becoming a minor celebrity earlier this summer. This is about to change if the White House has its way.
Yesterday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Washington press corps that the Justice Department should look into the possibility of prosecuting Mr. Comey, Fox News reported. Comey’s actions “were improper and likely could have been illegal,” Sanders said.
Sanders further added that Comey “politicized an investigation by signaling he would exonerate Hillary Clinton before he ever interviewed her or other key witnesses.”
Even more tellingly, Comey admitted himself during a Senate investigation that he was one of the principle leakers of the Trump White House.
While admitting that President Trump was never under investigation during the early days of the FBI’s Russian probe, Comey told his audience that he sent his memos to a friend at the Columbia Law School in the hopes that the memos would wind up in the mainstream press.
“My judgment was that I needed to get that out into the public square…because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Comey testified.
It was later revealed that more than half of Comey’s memos contained classified information, thus meaning that potentially sensitive government information was published in New York Times.
So far, it seems that the Trump White House’s biggest problem with Comey is that they believe he ran a flawed and politically compromised federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. For many conservatives, Comey’s assessment that Clinton broke the law but did not do it intentionally reeks of corruption.
Funny enough, Comey is equally loathed by Clintonian Democrats. Even Clinton herself blames Comey for her defeat in November, writing in her new book What Happened? “Now, I believe, absent Comey, I might have picked up 1 or 2 points among white women.”
Somehow, Clinton sees Comey as the ringleader of a national male plot to discredit a powerful American woman.
Huckabee Sanders said Comey’s actions “were improper and likely could have been illegal.” Should the DOJ open an investigation?
“You know, all of a sudden, the husband turns to the wife, ‘Pshh, I told you she’s going to be in jail. You don’t want to waste your vote.’ You know, the boyfriend turns to the girlfriend and says, ‘She’s going to get locked up. Don’t you hear? She’s going to get locked up.’ I mean, all of a sudden, it becomes a very fraught, kind of conflictual experience. And so, instead of saying, ‘I’m taking a chance. I’m going to vote,’ it didn’t work,” Clinton wrote.
Like Clinton, Comey has shown a strong tendency to blame everyone else but himself. His testimony before the Senate was a great example of playing the victim. However, a cornered Comey could be a real benefit to the Trump administration.
After all, if he is prosecuted by the Justice Department, Comey could have to answer questions about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Both of these individuals have been accused of suppressing the Clinton investigation and spying on then President-elect Donald Trump.