Senate GOP Judiciary Chair Blasts James Comey

The Hill reports:

The FBI’s disclosure of the discovery of additional potential evidence in the case of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was unfair to the Democratic presidential nominee, the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa) wrote in a letter to FBI Director James Comey that his announcement less than two weeks before Election Day “did not go far enough” in providing details about the emails, which were discovered by agents investigating an unrelated case.

“Unfortunately, your letter failed to give Congress and the American people enough context to evaluate the significance or full meaning of this development,” Grassley wrote. “Without additional context, your disclosure is not fair to Congress, the American people, or Secretary Clinton.”

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    That’s nice. SO why don’t you allow a vote on Judge Garland ?

    Also you are ahead of your Dem opponent in Iowa by 18 points.

    Have you considered retirement ? Your family would love to spend more time with you.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      OT Lock him up ! Senator Burr- Dick yaks about the killing of Hill.

      http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/politics/richard-burr-hillary-clinton-gun-owners/index.html

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    • Marides48

      With all the congressional recces time, he has plenty of time to spend with his family.

  • AtticusP

    That’s terrific.

    But, given the history of the last eight years, what’s the catch?

    • Bruno

      The catch is, I guess, they’re sensing that this Comey letter didn’t sit right with people outside of tRumpanzeeland, and he wants Rethuglicans to win Congressional races.

      Still, it’s a move I applaud.

    • BobSF_94117

      The catch is that he doesn’t mean it at all. What he wants is more dribs and drabs for the “deplorables” in his party to talk about for the next week.

  • penpal

    He’s pretending to be bipartisan for Halloween, a week before the election. How cute.

  • Herald

    That is too mild IMHO, but considering the source still surprising. It is real nice to see the Repubs getting on Comey’s case. If nothing else it will make firing him later a bit easier.

  • coram nobis

    Also, new story: Comey didn’t release a statement WRT Russia meddling in the US election because it was too close to Election Day.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/james-comey-clinton-emails_us_5817b25de4b064e1b4b456f4

    Reporter breaking the story seems to be Eamon Javers at CNBC (he’s also a regular on PBS Nightly Business Report).

    • EweTaw

      I keep seeing this slowly showing up on news sites. Nothing on TeeVee media as yet, that I have seen. 🙂

      • Steverino

        They had something on it on MSNBC about an hour and a half ago, but then of course had to have that cretin Hugh Hewitt come on “for the other side” to dismiss it as “something we all knew about already” and just switch his discussion to some blah blah blah about the Clinton Foundation blah blah blah at his website hughhewitt.com.

        I knew I would regret breaking my usual rule about not watching MSNBC during the day, so I switched to listening to Big Band music on one of the music channels, instead.

        • Guest

          Wise move, they’ll drive you to drink WAY before HappyHour.

        • teeveedub

          Has the insufferable Hugh Hewitt flip flopped on his support of Trump again? He changes so quickly, I can’t keep track.

          • Steverino

            I was curious about that too, but he didn’t say boo about that, other than just change the subject to Clinton.

      • coram nobis

        Sen. Reid’s poison-pen letter to Comey regarding the Wiener release included a reference to Comey’s having “explosive information” regarding the Russia matter, which suggests the FBI has something more than speculative stuff.

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/10/30/1588938/-The-brutal-genius-of-Harry-Reid-s-letter

  • bob

    Translation , Anyone but trump !

  • Michael Smith

    It’s quite an accomplishment to get most of Washington to side against you.

  • Ninja0980

    How nice, now how about you let the judges you’ve been blocking get their up or down votes?

  • Ninja0980

    https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/793210442361561094?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet
    Thanks Richard Burr.
    Democrats were worried about down ballot races, you just gave them a gift.

    • Bruno

      People don’t care about threats on Hillary Clinton’s life. If they did, tRump would be down by 50 now.

    • moebym

      Welcome, Senator Deborah Ross. (Hopefully.)

  • ByronK

    I’d rather see Comey still have a career rather than Trump win the election.

    • ByronK

      Ok, I’d like to see them both left as toast but if it was an either or thing.

  • another_steve

    My sense is this:

    The few semi-sane Republicans out there who hope for a future for their party come November 9th are seeking ways to separate themselves from the Titanic that is Donald Trump.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a39f4e99b9f7b36e3a27171d2bd1c29fee4ee983a046b7825561967ae300e959.jpg

    • Chucktech

      Tough row to hoe…

      • coram nobis

        Once they’re in the lifeboats then they can put their oar in.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “You didn’t leak ENOUGH!” is a ‘blast’??

    finger-blast, maybe.

  • EweTaw

    Thank you Sen. Chuck Grassley. I like being gob smacked in the good way. 🙂

  • TallBearNC

    Why don’t they just fire that asshole who directs the FBI

    • Dot Beech

      Neither Clinton nor Trump could do that without it looking extremely political. Not after this. Obama could not do it now, either.

      But on November 9th, I’m hoping that is Obama’s first task of the day. Fire James Comey.

      • avidreader

        Yeah, clean the house! Winner takes it all.

      • Stubenville

        Then again, leaving him for Hillary to fire would be delicious.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Stuffing it in my mouth while ignoring my ass is not fair.

    • ByronK

      Wiser words were rarely uttered.

    • another_steve

      Yes.

      Almost prophetic, your comment.

  • moebym

    From Digby:

    “But it wasn’t long until he showed that he wasn’t going to adhere to the normal rules. Indeed, Comey is the first FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover to flout institutional processes, ignore scientific data and independently wield his authority however he chooses.”

    James Comey is no white knight (Link)

    • TallBearNC

      They need to just fire him

      • Mike__in_Houston

        And then try him and throw him into prison.

      • Chucktech

        Fire him on November 9.

        • Stubenville

          And immediately try him for a Hatch act violation.

        • KarenAtFOH

          Tomorrow works for me.

          • Chucktech

            And stoke even more howls from the American Deplorables? Nope. Gotta wait until the day after the election. That’ll be soon enough.

    • bmedle

      Yes, but does Comey look real sharp in a nice summer dress and some heels? Ya got some work to do to earn that corrupt Hoover seal of approval.

  • Blake J Butler

    Those GOP fuckers are in need of an early retirement, though with the special cases with men like Mccain and Grassley who are way long overdue for retirement.

    Bitching and bitching for the past years because Obama got very little done, despite the fact that you deliberately tried to make it impossible for him to govern and obstruct everything left, right, and center. You make your own damn messes, and you put the blame on your opponents so that you can be re-elected and continue to make more.

    • TallBearNC

      That’s why there needs to be a law that anyone over the age of 70 cannot be involved in government or politics..this includes judges Supreme Court judges state and federal

      Retirement age is what 63 1/2 for 64 now?… These people who were 70+ need to be out of government – they’re out of touch for the most part and need to go off and be retired – both Democrat and Republican and whatever

      And that can’t be in ageist thing because there is a minimum age to be president and a minimum age to be in other parts of government

      • another_steve

        Ageism = bad.

        • Guest

          Think about RBG, for example.

          • another_steve

            Yes, of course.

            This discussion is just one more indication that ageism is alive and well in the LGBT community.

          • Mark

            In the gay community, once you clear 38 – you’re pretty much done unless you want to be ‘daddy’. But this idea that we eldergays are mentally lagging is pure D bullshit.

          • another_steve

            Yes, of course. Ageism is just one of the shames (for lack of a better word) that our community embodies and gives voice to. “Looks-ism,” a close runner-up.

            Few on the gay blogosphere dare go there — dare confront those things — for fear of diverging from the blog hive mind, which is young and physically attractive and dismissive of those who are not.

            But kudos to you and the others here on JMG who do dare to go there.

      • Ernest Endevor

        FRA, or Full Retirement Age, for the cohort born before 1954 is 66. After ’54 it rises to 67. By the time you retire it’ll likely be 87. So good luck.

      • another_steve

        Ageism is still a bad thing, TallBear, despite the editing of your original comment.

        When you are 70, you’ll understand.

        • avidreader

          Cognitive abilities are on a declining trend at that age. It’s not ageism, it’s science.

          I’m hitting thirty and I feel myself slowing down already. Sucks, but that’s life.

          • another_steve

            So you’ve never met a 70+ who knew more than any 20+ will ever know? Who was more alert and with-it?

            Sad, if that’s true.

          • avidreader

            They may have more knowledge and wisdom, but they’re not as sharp, incisive and discerning as people in their twenties and thirties. That’s why older researchers can’t and don’t produce research on the same level as when they were in their prime.

            Of course, the obvious solution to our little quarrel is that those two groups can and do perfectly complement each other.

          • another_steve

            “…but they’re not as sharp, incisive and discerning as people in their twenties and thirties.”

            A ridiculous, broad-brush stereotype.

            On a par with “all gay men are child molesters.”

          • avidreader

            I’m sorry, but your freakout verges on hysteria. I’ve no intention of feeding your victim mentality any further. Yes, the whole gay world is ageist towards you. If that keeps you warm at night, who am I to take away that story/blanket from you.

          • another_steve

            My only wish, avidreader, is that you live to 70+ and recognize the folly of what you’ve said here.

          • LookielouE1707

            Not the whole gay world, just you. And trying to marginalize criticism by referring to it as “hysteria” and “victim mentality” instead of rebutting it only highlights the weakness of your position.

            The reality is that invidious generalizations like yours are useless in a world of near-infinite diversity. There are plenty of old people smarter than anyone you know, whether you’re willing to admit it or not – the question of whether they are smarter than they used to be is moot, avoiding the question. You want to implement an intelligence test, go ahead and try – but you’re not entitled to implement bigotry as a shortcut to the quality you’re trying to test.

          • Chucktech

            Jesus, broad brush much?

            Perhaps older researchers feel they’ve earned their place and can rest a bit on their laurels?

          • avidreader

            Nope, I can see it in my younger colleagues at the university already. They have a fresher perspective on things that I could never have.

          • Chucktech

            While that gives me hope for the future, I’m sorry for you. I do hope you are OK.

          • You might be generalizing from the personal; it just might be you.

          • “. . . they’re not as sharp, incisive and discerning as people in their twenties and thirties.”

            I really want to see some evidence to back that up. Are you trying to tell us that someone like, for example, Richard Posner (age 77) doesn’t have as much on the ball as a clerk right out of law school?

            Taking research in the sciences as the benchmark offers a limited take on the possibilities of human achievement. Take into consideration other areas of human endeavor, such as the arts — Rembrandt’s later self-portraits are universally recognized as among the greatest works of Western art; Bach wrote the “Mass in B Minor” in his sixties; Monet painted the “Water Lilies” installed in the Musee de l’Orangerie in his eighties. (They are an absolute must if you’re in Paris — it’s a breathtaking installation, like being in Monet’s garden.) The list goes on, all the way back to the early days of Western culture — Euripides wrote plays almost up to his death at age 74 — “Trojan Women” was produced when he was about 65.

            And even in the sciences — well, Einstein died at 76 and published papers and gave lectures up to the time of his death. Darwin published “Origin of Species” at age 50, and “The Descent of Man” at about 70. I’m sure a little digging would turn up more examples.

            Let’s not sell the oldsters short.

          • Gianni

            Sure bodily and mental capabilities face a decline as the years pass, however, that does not mean that one automatically becomes a total mental incompetent by 70 years of age. Everyone ages at a different pace. In this day and age, a great many people hold onto their faculties well into their senior years. You talk about pushing people out of their life’s work as if they and their dedication and efforts don’t matter. It’s all sort of ‘Ho Hum, who cares.’

          • Sorry that you are entering early senility but that offers nothing to support your thesis. You seem to be conflating creativity (in a very limited area mostly math) with intelligence; this might be another sign of your early senescence). In some people, cognitive abilities decline with age; hell, in some people, there are no cognitive abilities so what is your point? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a566150f39b0c41fdd6e97e5193c4eacd9a0d8ca4b7c3b880c2cc9a2e402d33.gif

      • Gianni

        The minimum age to be President is Constitutional. Not sure, but I believe the Civil Rights Act protects a person from being removed from a job based solely on that person’s age.

        • Mark

          I’ve been down that road. Everyone knows what the law says – and everyone uses “other” stuff to get around it. When career advisers for the 50+ boomers advise their clients to not use dates in their resumes – there is a problem.

      • Aside from the general badness of ageism, speaking as someone who’s less than a month away from his seventieth birthday and still very much on the ball, maybe you want to think about that a little more carefully.

        Besides, would you want to kick the notorious RBG off the bench?

  • chris james

    Can’t you tell…these folks are really, really afraid Trump might win and destroy the whole GOP at once. LMAO

    • another_steve

      Exactly.

      The few of them with any insight understand what a Trump win would mean: effectively, the end of the Republican Party.

      Kudos to you for that insight, chris.

      • Steverino

        And that would be the best-case scenario from a Trump presidency. I don’t even want to contemplate the worst case scenario.

  • Sounds more to me like Grassley is coaching Comey on how to do real damage the next time instead of “blasting” Comey.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    When even your fellow republicans are giving you hell, you know you’ve fucked up.

  • bkmn

    Grassley is still a major assley.

    • Chucktech

      His “Pulling the plug on gramma” Obamacare scare bullshit still galls me.

  • Tiger Quinn
  • PLAINTOM

    OT : Slate Magazine article (10/31/16) by Franklin Foer, ” Was a Trump Server Communicating With Russia ? ” I found it interesting. I am certain some of you computer expert monkeys can explain this better than I but my general take is a smoking gun.

  • Hank

    Reading what Grassley wrote to Comey caused my jaw to drop wide open!!!

    • 2patricius2

      Yes. I think Comey’s days as head of the FBI are coming to a swift close. I suspect Obama will ask for his resignation the day after Clinton is elected.

      • TrollopeReader

        I’m not sure if he can do that — lot’s of presidents would have liked Hoover’s resignation, but the position is (supposedly) an independent 10 year term, so as to overlap presidents. Comey hopefully will see that he is in an untenable position, with both sides, and do the honorable thing.

        • ultragreen

          Not true — the FBI Director can be fired by the president at any time for any reason. Bill Clinton fired FBI Director Sessions in 1993 without a problem.

          • TrollopeReader

            that’s good … I don’t think it was that way prior to 1976 … and Sessions is the father of Rep. Pete Session (Asshole-TX) … who refused to resign….thanks for the info …

        • Gianni

          They sure would have liked Hoover’s resignation. However, J. Edgar had dossiers on all of them with a great deal of information that none of them would have wanted revealed and J. Edgar let them know it.

  • BobSF_94117

    Oh, yeah, I’m sure he’s real broken up about the lack of detail…

  • BobSF_94117

    To anyone taking this as good news or evidence of sanity on the part of a leading GOP senator, pffffffffffffffff!!!!

    He’s not saying it shouldn’t have happened, he’s saying there should have been — and still should be — MORE.

    As a side benefit, chaos and disharmony in the Obama administration, win-win….

  • I had no idea that Republicans had ethics… or balls.

    • TrollopeReader

      Sen. Ernst castrated them ….

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      They don’t. They’re turning on Comey to save their own butts. Comey’s little Hatch Act violation made the Republicans look bad, not Hillary.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Well, you really need to read the full letter.
    He gpes right into inquisition by Congress mode asking 10 questions, from memory they are basically, “Did you want to convene a Grand Jury against Clinton for her e-mails and did Justice Dept refuse your request for them to convene a Grand Jury? If Justice Department turned you down, name names, who was it? And he says he is worried because Justice Dept has Political Appointees.

    He is more more less fishing to see if the Justice Department refused his requests for subpoenas, etc.
    Then he moves on to the Clinton Foundation, “We hear you are investigating the Clinton Foundation, well how is that going? Did anyone at Justice Department tell you to shut it down? refuse to request subpoenas, etc. etc.

    I’m going out of my mind, I really really am. I am not seeing a co equal branch of government here, I am seeing that republicans in Congress can cause any kind of shit they want by simply starting with no good reason a, “Senate or a House investigation”
    It is an abuse of power, it is simply an abuse of power.

  • Mark

    If all is fair in love and war – then imagine the worried look on every rethugs face come next election – with a democrat at the helm of the FBI. Turn about can be fair play,

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  • JCF

    You know GRASSLEY’s tracking poll says Hillary Will Win!!!

  • Excuse me — did anyone think that Comey intended to be fair to Clinton? Ever?