Remember FBI Director James Comey’s stunning, protocol-breaching public letter hyping up a development in the Clinton email investigation just days before Election Day?
Well, it’s back.
The Washington Post reported Thursday afternoon that the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz is launching an investigation into “pre-election actions by [the] department and [the] FBI.” These “pre-election actions” are noted to include “the bureau’s controversial decision shortly before the election to announce that the [Clinton email] probe had resumed.”
This decision was widely taken as a major factor in what ultimately became the sinking of the Clinton presidential campaign. The email scandal, involving allegations that the former first lady had mishandled classified information while serving as secretary of state, sending it over an unsecured, private email server, had haunted Clinton for months ahead of Election Day.
The weight of the scandal on Clinton’s head painted her as a hopelessly corrupt, “establishment” political figure in the minds of millions of American voters. That claim is proved by the simple fact that Clinton didn’t have the support of the millions of Americans in the so-called Rust Belt states necessary for her to win the presidency.
Mind you, Clinton was never proved to have ever sent any classified information over the private email server that she used while serving as secretary of state. That, however, didn’t matter. The very suggestion that the allegations were true was enough to shoot through any chance at supporting Clinton on the part of millions of Americans.
And, on that note, one figure emerged as one of the chief purveyors, if not the chief purveyor, of the suggestion that Clinton had, in fact, mishandled classified information as Obama’s first secretary of state.
That figure was FBI director James Comey. At one point, with just days to go before the election, emails that seemed to possibly be related to the FBI’s long concluded investigation into whether or not Clinton mishandled classified info were discovered on the private laptops of the disgraced Anthony Weiner and his former wife, Huma Abedin.
It was a relatively mundane development in the FBI’s Clinton email probe, something that would never ordinarily be publicly revealed.
So what did Comey do? He publicly revealed it, thus firmly planting the Clinton email scandal in the front of the minds of millions of Americans ahead of election day.
And, now, he may in fact finally be held accountable for his election meddling.
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