Comey’s Action Has Consequences

Posted on November 3, 2016

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FBI director James Comey’s announcement of reopening the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation is either an intentional interference in the election process, or it’s a terrible lapse of judgment.

If intentional, it’s a violation of established protocol and an egregious affront to voters and to our democracy.

It may actually be a violation of the Hatch Act, the law intended to discourage government officials from using their power to influence elections.

Certainly it reflects negatively on the director and the bureau. It is reported that over 100 FBI agents told Comey that they would resign if the Hillary e-mail case was not reopened.

Without evidence of criminality, the disclosure should have been delayed until after Nov. 8.

Since the FBI’s failures of the 1990s, the bureau has put lots of effort in gaining public trust, but Comey’s bad judgment or bad intention could have deleterious, long-term consequences for the country if elections are thrown to undeserving candidates, thereby finalizing the country’s status as a banana republic.

In any event, a Federal Grand Jury investigation should be held for Comey’s violation of the Hatch Act. .

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