More importantly, the letter says nothing about actual additional findings about Clinton. It simply appears to be a "CYA" for Comey because he promised to keep the Congressional GOP Leadership aware if anything related to Clinton comes up. So he wrote his letter. How many of you have heard the same thing I have? "He (Comey) wouldn't have written the letter unless something damaging was found!" But now it is revealed that he was advised not to send such a letter so close to the election, as it could mislead the electorate and feed into the narrative that Trump has been correct all along about Clinton being a criminal and should be immediately "locked up" and the system in which Comey plays a part in is "Rigged!" Now Comey has further explained in a memo to his staff that there might not be anything to be found that they have not already reviewed earlier. The emails allegedly captured are not from Clinton or her server, but are from Huma Abedin and still may not involve Clinton at all. What? Comey threw the entire election into hysteria focused on destroying Clinton based upon alleged evidence he ADMITS he has not seen? In fact, it has been revealed, that not only has Comey not seen any such evidence, but the FBI may not have seen any either. So why publish such a letter 11 days before the election? So Comey can prove he is "independent" and should no longer be blamed for concluding Clinton was innocent of criminal wrongdoing in July? Without any evidence, Comey allows the media and political partisans to convict her in the public square instead?
According to Comey's own letter to the FBI explaining his action, he wrote:
"I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record. At the same time, however, given that we don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression. In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directly from me about it." Emphasis added. (See: ijr.com/2016/10/723805-read-the-letter-james-comey-sent-to-fbi-employees-explaining-clinton-email-decision). But Mr. Comey, we are NOT in the middle of an election season. We are in the days! Folks are VOTING already. And an effort to avoid being misunderstood is laughable in the context of this election. What the hell were you thinking?
But the best responses seem to be coming from Trump supporters. 1. Lock Her Up! But there is still no evidence warranting a criminal prosecution. 2. You liked Comey in July but now you hate him (sort of a childish "nah, nah, got you back!"). Except it was the Republicans that HATED Comey in July and now they love him. Hypocrisy? 3. Perhaps the worst yet? I sat with some Trump supporters yesterday and one of them actually told me the following; "Clinton has caused so much damage with her emails, she exposed our national secrets - just look at WikiLeaks. I bet there is even more to destroy her!" Whoa now, let's think about this a bit. Comey didn't want anyone to speculate and interject innuendo into his letter to Congress, but that is exactly what the Trump campaign and the susceptible media have done, and their followers have jumped all over it. Many GOP surrogates for Trump have been trying for weeks to conflate the WikiLieak hack of the DNC and Clinton's campaign manager's (Podesta) emails as somehow tied to Clinton's private server. Somehow they've convinced the American public that the emails hacked by WikiLeaks originated in Clinton's server. The answer I received when I asked one of those agreeing with this fallacy where they got the idea they are interrelated with WikiLeaks? "I saw it on Fox News!" But the WikiLeak emails are UNRELATED to Clinton. In fact, NONE of the hacked emails disclosed were ever written by her, sent by her or even received by her. But you can't tell that to a Trump supporter because Fox News told them so! OY!
Perhaps the most scary part of this fiasco is the fact that it adds fuel to the hot cinders Trump has been heating up about "lock her up, lock her up!" As I was watching CNN, Jeffrey Lord, a Trump surrogate came right out and admitted the GOP plan is to impeach Clinton "the second her hand comes off the bible at the Inauguration." (See: mediamatters.org/research/2016/10/29/conservative-media-raise-special-prosecutor-and-impeachment-following-fbi-letter/214197). What?
Jason Chaffetz, the GOP Chairman of the Congressional Oversight Committee has already pledged to hold investigative hearings on Clinton for four years if she is elected! (See: thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/302910-chaffetz-years-of-clinton-investigations-to-come). I thought the GOP said they needed to wait to see who "The People" wanted to be president before they would review Supreme Court Nominees. Except John McCain admitted in public that the GOP would block any appointments by Clinton, no matter how long she is in office and no matter how many Justices on the High Court may retire or die. (See: www.npr.org/2016/10/17/498328520/sen-mccain-says-republicans-will-block-all-court-nominations-if-clinton-wins). Does anyone ever wonder why our country is stuck and can not get its act together when politicians and partisans refuse to accept failure at the ballot box and instead choose to "take their ball and go home" if they can't win "fair and square?" I mean, seriously. I have been very clear that no matter who wins the White House - no matter ANYTHING - they are still MY President, whether I supported them or not. Why is it seemingly now acceptable to claim "Not MY President" without tying it into the counter-argument if you believe this, "then it's not YOUR country!?" Partisanship has become a contact sport and the spectators, unfamiliar with the rules, fall prey to the manipulative and deceptive. How can I say this? Easily.
Another argument posed by Trump supporters is that (despite managing to destroy Trump in three straight debates), Clinton should step down because of all her wrongdoings or because the country deserves better. Why? Because what if she is elected and then has to resign if convicted! Except - She has not been indicted except by the Right Wing who chant repeatedly like a frenzied mob "Lock her up!" Some have also been suggesting on social media that she be "hung in the public square because she is guilty, guilty, guilty!" Shouldn't that be enough to give any reasonable American pause? The people who are giving the argument that she should step aside this late in the election because it would be a disservice to the public if she wins and then is convicted aren't really paying attention. The ONLY candidate already subject to pending federal litigation is DONALD TRUMP. Not only is the fraud case against Trump and his Trump University slated for after the election (See: www.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/us/politics/trump-university-case.html), but so is his rape case (See: www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lawsuit-accusing-trump-raping-girl-13-december-hearing-article-1.2828413). So if Clinton must step aside because Comey sent a letter without any substance in it and admittedly says he has not seen a single email allegedly discovered, why do Trump supporters readily dismiss the ACTUAL legal trouble Trump IS facing after the election? Why wouldn't they demand HE step down if they insisted upon such a standard?
More troubling is the white-hot rhetoric pouring out of the Trump hate machine. A black Trump supporter was recently spotted in the crowd by Trump himself and immediately assumed he was a paid protester from the Clinton Camp and he demanded the "Thug" be removed! Except he was a Trump supporter! His only vice? Being black at a Trump rally!
(See: www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/29/trump-booted-a-black-man-from-his-rally-and-called-him-a-thug-turns-out-he-is-a-supporter/). And the hate continues with the Trump folks. Just last night, when Trump's audience broke out in a chant of U.S.A., a guy prominently displaying a White Supremacy gesture chanted JEW.S.A. and the crowd paid him no mind (See: www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/30/man-shouts-jew-s-a-at-journalists-covering-trump-rally-in-phoenix/). And when the story of the "JEW S.A." chant broke on Twitter? Immediate defenses were raised - "Just another made-up MSM story to slam Trump." "Wow, how low can the MSM go with this?" Except it is TRUE! So much hate, so much denial, so much misinformation. And this is what some of his supporters believe will "Make America Great Again?" Sure, it's only one example, but if you were paying attention, this has been happening throughout the Trump campaign (and I have been writing about it for quite some time now). So let's just get this straight. IF you elect Trump president, you also accept the fact that the racist, Anti-Semitic Alt-Right comes along with him. And some are okay with this? Even my Jewish friends that support and have already voted for Trump? The best yet? Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager admitted the guy chanting JEW.S.A. is a "Deplorable!" After months of attacking Clinton for pointing out how many Trump supporters are "deplorable" and attacking her for saying it, they now use that term to describe their supporter(s) they want to distance themselves from? Why only now? (See: www.yahoo.com/news/trump-campaign-manager-supporter-who-shouted-jew-s-a-at-media-is-deplorable-160243745.html). Go figure!
So to those demanding Clinton go to jail without passing go - we don't convict people without actual evidence. ACTUAL evidence. And we shouldn't be writing letters about possible investigations based upon speculation so that it feeds the election machinery of one party over another - as we are NOT "in the middle of an election" but in its last hours. We also don't demand one candidate "step down" when their own candidate has ACTUAL legal issues pending. And we should not have a candidate for the highest office in the land give any audience credence, or a platform to anyone who tolerates racists, misogynists, and Anti-Semites. Wake up America, our future is before us.
As President Harry S. Truman once said; "If you can't convince them, confuse them." Looks like Comey did just that! Am I biased? You bet. I have already voted. All I ask now is that Americans seriously THINK before they vote on Nov. 8. Yet, unlike virtually ALL of Trump supporters, if Trump wins, HE will be MY president. Will we ever hear that from the GOP and its supporters if Clinton wins or will they continue to be sore losers and "take their ball and go home." From experiencing the last eight years, sadly, they won't. And if they think there are reasons America is no longer great, they can look in the mirror first. The "ball" in this election, is in OUR court and "Earth to the GOP" - that's OUR ball, thank you, not yours to be taking anywhere! Have a great week!