If you watched James Comey’s statement on TV, maybe you came away dazed and confused like I did.
The FBI Director went through his department’s year-long investigation and addressed what they had found. Not being a lawyer, it seemed to me Hillary Clinton was about to be indicted.
Some lawyers thought Clinton should have been indicted too. Andrew C. McCarthey, the former Assistant U.S. Attorney who prosecuted Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, and a personal friend of Comey’s, tore him a new one.
All over social media, people mockingly rejoiced in the “lack of intent” part of Hillary’s seeming exoneration.
“Sorry officer, I didn’t mean to speed. Will that be all?” You get the picture.
But I’m not sure Comey let Hillary off the hook. He may have even signaled his disdain for Clinton when he said:
“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.”
If you read Comey’s speech you can see it’s an attack ad bonanza for Donald Trump.
Comey’s description of how the woman who would be president handled state secrets for self-serving reasons has to make even the deepest blue Democrats question Clinton’s judgement and honesty. Again.
The recent State Department Inspector General’s report showed Clinton’s key assertions about how she handled her e-mails were false. Today, according to the Comey FBI report, her claims have once again proven to be mostly lies.
And surprise, surprise, It also seems Hillary’s representatives lied to the press about the process her lawyers employed to sort through her e-mails.
Even worse, Hillary may have perjured herself when she testified before Congress.
In light of today’s events, it becomes increasingly hard to believe the Clinton-Lynch tale about “running into each other at the airport,” calling into question Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s honesty. Today makes it feel even more like the fix was in. Think about the timing of today’s Obama campaign trip.
Maybe even worse for Clinton, it’s not hard to see how people believe that laws are different for the little people. It’s also not hard to believe if you have enough power and influence you can seemingly skate by anything. The very things Bernie Sanders voters despise.
The candidate that could least afford to look like a privileged insider will have a harder, if not impossible time shaking that mantle. Photo ops in a Mexican fast food place or on a subway car can’t wash away the smug entitlement of someone the voters believe is above the law and not accountable.
Not a good look for a candidate in the year of populism and the outsider.
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