It’s a tough time to be James Comey. The FBI Director is being assailed by both Democrats and Republicans over his handling of the probe into emails sent via an unauthorized private server set up for Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State.
Democrats were incensed that the FBI would choose to reopen the investigation with less than two weeks to go before the presidential election on November 8. Meanwhile, Republicans expressed their belief that Comey’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Clinton, both at the time of his original announcement on the case in July, and then again Sunday, was largely due to pressure from high places and expediency.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken and California Senator Diane Feinstein both voiced the opinion that Director Comey had wrongly reopened the private server investigation so close to Election Day.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Franken said, “I think that there should be hearings, and I’m certain there will be hearings in the Judiciary Committee on this matter.” Franken also asserted, “I think he should be able to answer questions about this, and he should be able to control the FBI.”
Feinstein expressed her belief that “Today’s letter makes Director Comey’s actions nine days ago even more troubling. There’s no doubt that it created a false impression about the nature of the agency’s inquiry.”
Meanwhile, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, not pleased with Comey’s decision to once again drop the criminal case against Mrs. Clinton, stated, “Regardless of this decision, the undisputed finding of the FBI’s investigation is that Secretary Clinton put our nation’s secrets at risk and in doing so compromised our national security.” Ryan continued, “She simply believes she’s above the law and always plays by her own rules.”
Former Republican House Speaker weighed in, tweeting “Comey must be under enormous political pressure to cave like this and announce something he can’t possibly know,” adding, “The destruction of James Comey by political pressure is painful to watch. He is being twisted into an indefensible pretzel of contradictions.”
James Comey, facing tremendous counter forces from Democrats, Republicans, and, according to reports, from within the FBI itself, is in a most unenviable position. No matter the outcome of November 8, this saga will not end soon enough for Mr. Comey.