New York Daily News: NOW He Tells us

From the New York Daily News:

FBI Director James Comey on Sunday once again cleared Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server — ending the agency’s surprise second probe as suddenly as it began. After nearly upending an already-raucous presidential election with an eleventh-hour reexamination of Clinton’s emails, Comey sent a letter to congressional lawmakers that left heads spinning once again.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” Comey wrote, referencing his recommendation to not press charges for Clinton’s use of a private email server. “I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”

Comey’s last-minute meddling generated immediate calls for his ouster amid charges that he could have affected the outcome of a close presidential election. Indeed, polls showed Clinton losing support — some surveys showed her falling more than 8 percentage points — over the issue in the crucial final days before Election Day. Millions of people in early-voting states have already made up their minds and cast ballots, with the first Comey letter being their last impression before making their decisions.

Clinton, at a rally in Cleveland, where she was joined by Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James, did not address the latest FBI development. She merely rolled her eyes and shrugged her shoulders when she found out, according to a report.

  • PLAINTOM

    So obviously he could have have investigated this matter before he sent out the letter which was purposefully done to attack Hillary.

  • bkmn

    Comey could have avoided all of this hate from both sides if he had just followed long-standing department policy and said nothing. Of course then he might have had to discipline some rogue agents who were and are hellbent on nailing Clinton.

    • Richard

      After Hillary becomes president she should have her attorney general clean out the the FBI.

  • PLAINTOM

    Memo to Comey : Bye Felicia !

  • walterhpdx

    I fully expect that, once President Clinton takes the oath of office, FBI Director Comey’s resignation will be waiting on her desk. And if it isn’t, I hope she fires him.

    • bkmn

      With a note in his permanent employee file that he is not to be hired by any department of the US Govt.

      • PhallicMetaphor

        I would be comfortable with him as a Janitor at a post office in Arkansas.

        • bkmn

          Only if it is next door to a White Castle.

          • dr tod

            Oh for a White Castle next to every taco truck! A guy can only dream.

      • GayOldLady

        The note in his permanent record will get him a Partnership in Rudy Ghouliani’s NY Law Firm.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Don’t be silly. As you well know, Clinton operatives will terminate him. ;-/

    • Bruno

      I hope they clean house at the NYC office and charges are brought against those agents and Ghouliani for Hatch Act violation and collusion.

    • GayOldLady

      After Comey resigns she has to put some sort of DOJ investigative committee together that takes a look at the politicization of the FBI and cleans house. Getting rid of Comey is only the first step.

    • another_steve

      I don’t think there’s any question he’ll resign. The consensus of all Democrats and some Republicans is that he interfered in an American election contrary to Justice Department rules. Plus, he might have violated the Hatch Act, which would constitute a federal crime.

    • Todd20036

      Frankly, I think Obama will take care of that.
      Comey is an embarrassment to the FBI

      • Kevin-in-Honolulu

        The FBI is an embarrassment to the nation, and always has been. We have never needed it, and don’t need it now.

    • crewman

      He needs to resign. If Clinton or even Obama fires him, it will appear too much like he’s being fired for enforcing the law against Clinton rather than for reckless judgement or shockingly politicizing the FBI and damaging its name in this country.

    • cheakamus

      I’m not sure that I wouldn’t rather see him charged with routing out corruption in the FBI, after which, assuming he did a satisfactory job, he would be “allowed” to retire with some semblance of his dignity and reputation intact. Otherwise, I can’t see who else would be willing and or able to go in and clean out that nest of vipers.

      • IamM

        I recommend many firings, prosecutions, and reprimands. And heavy recruiting of professionals from other investigative & law enforcement services to break up the FBI monoculture.

    • BudClark

      It would be better for President Obama to fire him before President-Elect Clinton takes office.

      The Reich will still scream “retribution!” but I can just GUESS at President Obama’s response as he’s leaving office with absolutely NO fucks left to give (chuckle). Watch for him to start de-balling people in January (big grin).

      • Herald

        I really hope Obama does this!

    • Nic Peterson

      I would prefer that PBO takes the little shite behind the woodshed.

    • Richard

      Hell yes ! That would be sooooo sweet !

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    OT: I keep getting booted off Disqus between postings, having to login each time. Anyone else having this issue? Is this a Trump-Putin thing?

    • sherman

      no problemo

    • Pat

      Happens to me once in a while, and I still can’t figure out why.

    • james1200

      That’s happened to me on certain sites in the past but not here.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        It happens now on any sites. Frustrating because I can’t upvote as I skim comments.

        • stuckinthewoods

          Have you cleared cache and cookies, etc. recently?

          • Johnny Wyeknot

            No

    • Blake Mason

      I was having trouble typing the word “fuck” a few minutes ago.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Maybe you should use another appendage. :-0

      • james1200

        The only word JoeMyGod censors is c u n t. It’s odd ’cause I can be fucking foul as shit otherwise. Bitch, asshole, motherfucker. See what I mean?

        • another_steve

          “N i g g e r” is also auto-censored.

          I can call you a spic Jew kike motherfucker shithead on this blog, but I can’t call you the n word.

          • james1200

            Trump will be very disappointed to hear that.

        • GayOldLady

          I’m glad it’s censored….I’ve never met a woman who doesn’t put that word at the top of their DO NOT CALL ME THAT list.

          • Friday

            Though in the UK it isn’t considered such a severe threatening-sexual-assault word as it connotes here. (Sometimes I have to point that out in international Net circles. They don’t always realize. )

        • BudClark

          He also rightly censors “ni**er.”

      • TuuxKabin

        fuck that!

  • Ernest Endevor

    May Thor and his mighty hammer watch over us today and tomorrow and thwart any attempted invasions by the Russians. Because I am terrified and it’s too early to start drinking. Even for me.

    • vorpal

      Today’s early is just yesterday’s late.
      Drink up, I say!

      • Ernest Endevor

        I just fell in love. Among other things.

  • Pat

    He’s not fooling anyone. He never should have testified in July. He never should have editorialized by saying she and her staff were extremely careless, and he shouldn’t have sent out a vague letter 11 days from the election while people were voting early which smacked of innuendo and had no substance. If he has a problem in the NY office with rogue employees, he’s the man in charge and should take care of it, not give in to them by smearing her. I hope she kicks him to the curb in January, if he doesn’t have to good sense to leave before then.

    • Oh’behr

      I hope his totally careless letter didn’t affect early votes. Damn him.

      • Bruno

        It might’ve. But the election was tightening before the letter, so who can say if it had an effect or it was going to continue anyway? I’ve seen some signs of a bounceback in the last few days for Hillary though. It should be enough. But her coattails for downballot may be shorter than we’d have liked.

        • sword

          The polls seem to indicate that Comey’s actions didn’t change the Presidential outcome by very much. But a lot
          of Democrats will NOT be elected down ticket. The Senate which probably would have had a Dem majority now is a toss-up, and the House will stay GOP. Comey assured that a Clinton Administration will be as tied up as Obama’s last six years.
          Anyone read the “Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire”? How did the competent Emperors fare?

      • shrumpi

        I’m equally concerned about the effect on the down-ballot races…

  • sherman

    This is totally disgusting. Still wondering what the Trumpazees consider a great America:
    https://twitter.com/Khanoisseur/status/795466258133106688

    • The behavior of the Deplorables: kicking at a child in a wheelchair. Disgusting.

      • Todd20036

        Yet unsurprising.

    • SoCalGal20

      The full story of how the kid got to meet POTUS and a great photo of them. Awesome ending to go from such a terrible experience at the Trump rally to meeting POTUS.

      https://twitter.com/lollardfish/status/795475237689237504

      • BudClark

        That single incident should prevent any RATIONAL person from voting for Trump. I’m seventy-two years old, and I do not think I have ever seen something so disgusting in all those seventy-two years.

        Hmmm … that may be inaccurate. At least Trump didn’t douse him with kerosene, hang him, and set him on fire.

        But he probably would have LIKED to. The man is a MONSTER straight from the nether anus of the Inferno. See H. Bosch’s paintings for details.

        Or this:

  • PLAINTOM

    Dear Mr. Comey, Did you use the your office as Director of the FBI for a partisan political attack or are you simply incompetent ?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Pretty sure he’s not incompetent.

  • james1200
    • Pat

      LOL!

    • Oh’behr

      That’s excellent. Thank you.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I really like that in the bigliest way.

      • james1200

        It’s one of my favorite gifs, believe me!

  • Sam_Handwich

    will he be gone by Friday? any bets?

    • another_steve

      Quite possibly, Sam.

      He’s probably emptying out his desk as we speak.

    • Treant

      I’d say not quite, but close. 🙂

  • M Jackson

    Somebody make that eye-roll into a gif, now!

  • PhallicMetaphor

    The one thing that both Republicans and Democrats agree on this election is that comey acted inappropriately.

  • Buford

    Again, what we REALLY learned from this ‘follow-up’ is that it would have been quick and easy to confirm that the emails were duplicates before Comey deliberately leveraged them into his election-altering, Hatch Act-violating communication to Congress.

    • DaddyRay

      We also learned that there is a lot of cleanup that needs to occur at the FBI if trust is ever to be restored in the organization

      • PLAINTOM

        Start in the New York office which apparently has Goulianni on speed dial.

        • canoebum

          I think it’s the other way around. I want to see Mr. Mayor indicted for conspiracy to violate the Hatch Act. The FBI agents involved can be fired.

      • Buford

        Agree, but it’s gonna be tough… any clean-up initiated by the Clinton Administration will obviously be painted as corrupt political payback and will feed directly into radical radical right-wing revolution mill.

        • lymis

          True, but let’s be honest. Any ACTION of ANY KIND initiated by the Clinton Administration will be painted as corrupt political action, no matter how innocuous. She can’t let that stop her from doing the right thing.

          • Buford

            Agree. “When the going gets tough…. etc”.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Good point. To me it seems appropriate that Comey be advised to resign, now or in January. The position is a presidential appointment.

      • boatboy_srq

        Neither candidate, once elected, will want him to stay. HRC will dismiss him for being partisan, and tRump will do the same for doing an inadequate job with the investigation. Comey is done – he just doesn’t know it yet.

        • The_Wretched

          He did what they needed him to do. He’ll be well looked after.

          • boatboy_srq

            Heritage Action, or ALEC, will look after him. tRump will want his posterior on a platter.

        • stuckinthewoods

          It’s up to Comey to make his exit gracefully or not. The least dramatic would be to stay to the end of Obama’s term but then “need time to spend with his family.”

          • boatboy_srq

            You don’t actually expect him to be graceful NOW…

  • Rebecca Gardner

    OT – The RWNJ “mind” is a truly scary place full of childish behavior, school yard bully bravado, and a whole shit load of stupid.

    Ted Nugent grabs himself onstage at Trump rally in Michigan: ‘I’ve got your blue state right here’
    http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Ted-Nugent-grabs-himself-onstage-at-Trump-rally-10597368.php

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      So nasty to even come close to his crotch.

    • PLAINTOM

      He grabbed a pussy.

      • james1200

        One of the worst things Trump has done to our society is that he’s made our long tradition of grabbing and kissing pussy unacceptable.

        http://i.imgur.com/4hDLkUs.gif

        • Bruno

          Trumpy le Ew

    • Traxley Launderette

      He moved to Texas, I thought. Dammit.

    • GayOldLady

      He was just checking to make sure he still had his chicken nuggets.

    • Piernudo15

      Trump has Ted Nugent. Tonight Bruce Springsteen will perform for Hillary in Philadelphia.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    Ouster is not enough. Comey should be tarred, feathered, and dunked head first into a vat of boiling oil.

    • Todd20036

      Really? Is it time for his bar mtzvah?

  • JT

    Investigate Comey and charge him under the Hatch Act.

  • Oikos
    • GayOldLady

      I think that top picture was taken in my home town. 🙂 Those people look familiar.

      • Acronym Jim

        Of course they look familiar; one is the statue of Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial and the other one is the famous performing shit-gibbon from the National Zoo.

        • GayOldLady

          LOL!! I stand corrected, middle photo!

          • BudClark

            Yep. I grew up with seriously mentally deficient trailer park trash like that.

          • GayOldLady

            In this part of the country they usually have Confederate flags either tattooed on their body, flying from their front porch or on the window of their truck right under their gun rack. They broadcast their hatred so no one confuses them with decent human beings.

    • BudClark

      Prime example of why the laws against inbreeding and incest should be rigorously enforced.

      And I’m not joking. Both still go on with regularity in Appalachia.

      • shrumpi

        “Just cuz we dun got divorced, duz that mean she ain’t my sister no more???”

      • sword

        Here in Michele Bachmann country, we have a saying “Stearns County Syndrome”…people who have never even traveled the 60 miles to the Twin Cities (Soldom and Gomorah, don’t cha know)…German heritage would make Hitler proud.

  • Oikos
    • BudClark

      Yep. First time I ever saw a horse with three assholes.

  • Oikos
    • Todd20036

      Trump could be shot in the head and never notice it.

      • Reality.Bites

        On fifth avenue and not lose any support.

  • Mike in NC
  • Oikos
    • Todd20036

      If I were him, I’d have already voted by absentee

    • safari

      No. Give my organs to those who need it. I think the liver might need to be tossed, though.

  • Oikos
    • Friday

      It’s always astounding that people say that: Coming forward sooner would just mean Trump uses money to hurt you and you gain nothing. The prospect of your attacker becoming President on the other hand, is understandably something that could be too much to bear.

      • Jerry Kott

        many sitting on the sideline don’t have a perspective of how the wagons circle when speaking Truth to Power. You need to be prepared for a long battle. Very often in these sort of circumstances, you learn who your friends are.

      • lymis

        Besides, up until a year ago, he was a womanizing blowhard C-level reality television celebrity who routinely bragged about his sexual exploits on Howard Stern and sued everyone who blinked sideways at him.

        The reaction by the public to an accusation of sexual impropriety would have been “yeah, so?” Now he’s a Presidential candidate who publicly stated that he’d never done any such thing, and that made him a better prospect for the Presidency than a fully qualified woman.

        Why would they have come forward sooner?

  • Ninja0980

    Simply look at 538 latest’s Senate projections and how many Republicans have come home to Trump (many were already) to see why Comey did what he did.
    There is a good chance we won’t take back the Senate tomorrow and a large part of that can be laid at the feet of Comey, who gave downballot Republicans the hail mary they needed.
    He needs to go after this election when Hillary wins, simple as that.

    • another_steve

      The analysis goes that during the nine days of early voting between Comey’s first letter and yesterday’s followup letter, moderate Republicans who had been considering staying home and not voting got an extra “reason” — a motivational “boost” — to go to the polls and vote. After all, they were led to believe that the FBI was on to some new Clinton email scandal.

      It’s conceivable that motivating those moderate Republicans to vote was Comey’s and the FBI’s strategy from the start.

      • Ninja0980

        It was.
        After all, if they didn’t show up, people like Burr, Ayotte, Johnson were toast and so were the states they represented.
        Now that they are showing up, there is a chance Trump could win those states but more importantly, the Republicans keep the Senate.
        Of course, if our base showed up during the midterms, then winning two or three seats (which is doable) would be enough to win back control.

        • Bruno

          With Hillary as president, our base won’t show up in the midterms. It just doesn’t work that way in this country.

          • Ninja0980

            They wouldn’t show up even if Bernie was president.
            It truly is amazing how our side fails to understand there are elections almost every year, not just every four years.

          • Bruno

            I don’t think it’s just our side. The Rethugs didn’t show up in 2006 either and our side was highly motivated. It didn’t happen in 2002 only because of residual patriotic coalition due to 9/11 and the impending Iraq war.

  • boatboy_srq

    Talk about satisfying nobody. The initial announcement was pure politicking (p!ssing off the Left) and the announcement just two days later that the new material doesn’t change anything won’t be accepted by anyone who still thinks all those messages are being inspected by hand (p!ssing off the Right). For Conservatists, it’s he same old story: Ahmurrrrcan Ingenyewitee© will solve all the nation’s problems – except when the resulting technology means changing what they’ve always done (see: incandescent light bulbs, unleaded petrol, CAFE standards, etc).

  • avidreader

    He looks so ominous at his rallies now. Like he’s not even a person anymore, but some nameless horror.

    https://twitter.com/ikebarinholtz/status/795423620004659200

    • safari

      His mascara is running.

      • Guess?

        No. That’s bile. He’s full and it’s seeping out.

  • safari

    “She merely rolled her eyes and shrugged her shoulders when she found out, according to a report.”

    That’s what I want in a leader when she receives news about someone doing something stupid. I don’t want a 3am tweettantrum

  • Steve Teeter

    Doesn’t the head of the FBI attend cabinet meetings? That’s going to be real comfortable with Hillary in the center seat.

    • safari

      She’s dealt with worse. She’s made of steel, after all.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Since 2004 FBI reports to Director of National Intelligence but it’s part of DOJ and the Atty General attends.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Her reaction was the perfect response. Why dignify such an obvious act of political manipulation on the part of Comey? This entire affair is so transparently partisan, it insults those of us with actual intelligence and critical thinking skills. I get how he believed he could fool ‘Murikans, they’re dumb as, though less functional than, posts, but Americans aren’t stupid. This will not be soon forgotten I think.

    • canoebum

      It certainly won’t be forgotten by the Senate Judiciary Committee after the Democrats retake control.

  • The Milkman

    When HRC wins the presidency, the greatest testament to her respect for the office and her temperament will be to refrain from conducting a department-wide purge of the people whose unprofessional behavior have wreaked unnecessary havoc in the election.

    • Bruno

      Which would be absolutely the wrong move. If they go unpunished, they will keep doing it. They are violating the Hatch Act and NEED to be terminated and prosecuted.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      NO! This shit needs to stop and it needs to stop now! It’s like having a bunch of people intent on “burning a witch” and keeping them in control of the village. You need to get rid of them because they’ll keep trying to “burn the witch!”

      Crap, man! These people do NOT understand being given mercy! They tried to fuck an election and you want to give them velvet glove treatment? That is the most foolish thing I ever heard.

    • Ben in Oakland

      I disagree. Comedy need to go, if not be prosecuted, and the “rogue” agents should be looking for new jobs.

    • lymis

      If they did this now, with this level of public scrutiny, what are they going to do in a midterm election when far fewer people care?

    • The Milkman

      Lots of comments… agreed that it’s infuriating and they deserve to be rooted out, but in the real world, one must undertake these things delicately. It can’t be a case of political retribution.

  • Jerry Kott

    That was the game all along. Bait and Switch.

    • BudClark

      And in the process, he DESTROYED what little credibility the agency had managed to rebuild after J. Edgar Hoover’s long reign of terror.

      Where indeed does one turn when the nation’s premier law enforcement agency can no longer be trusted?

      • lymis

        To the NRA, presumably. But I’m sure, that’s just a coincidence.

      • Jerry Kott

        I wish I knew. We believe the FBI gave our adversaries a wink and a nod by not taking any action in our circumstance. We actually though the Calvary arrived when an agent showed up but now believe it was just smoke. I really don’t get how the Pulse attack is not considered an act of HATE.

        The Fox is guarding the Hen House.

  • BudClark

    “The FBI’s Mad Bomber”

    I like it!

    • Friday

      As much as I say, ‘Yaknow, Mr. President, this is what you get when you bend over backwards to be ‘bipartisan’ with the Republicans, ..it’s possible he’s less the malicious actor here and more desperately trying to cover his ass while keeping the *real* bad actors for Trump in the bureau in line. Either way, it’s not just him that needs a shit ton of scrutiny right now.

  • greenmanTN

    Someone must have roasted his ass because I dont think he would back down otherwise.

    • Friday

      Whatever his intentions, his professed panic to have been desperately trying to CYA probably is a big part of his decision curve. Whether that involves trying to play both sides or not.

    • lymis

      It’s bad enough now. If he’d waited until after the election and then said, “By the way, we got nothing and never had reason to think we did” it would have been even worse for him. Federal prison at the least.

  • sword

    Comey is going to instruct his service people to replace the name of the FBI Headquarters (Edgar J Hoover) with “James Comey”. He has also pledged that he will wear his going-to-church frock only on Sundays.

  • Mike__in_Houston

    Comey is still a traitor. I still hope that he gets either (1) fired, (2) tried and thrown in prison, or (3) tried and executed, in reverse order of preference.

  • david fairfield

    “rolled her eyes and sgrugged her shoulders”….what else could she do, act like Donald Trump and have a temper tantrum? She knew there was nothing, she’s been kicked to the curb by the repub assholes so many times and she just forges ahead. And this is why I love Hillary.

    • Tor

      She’s a tough old bird. I mean that in a good way.

  • Grumpy Old Man

    The theory going around is that the New York branch of the FBI was going to leak the news of the new find to the media (Giuliani?) to make it look like a conspiracy to hide the ‘new’ emails. The letter was the Director’s attempt to head it off. There appears to be a lot of political in-fighting in the feebee. Every FBI director has been a Republican and there are many ‘old guard’ who worked under J. Edgar’s hand-picked agents. The in-fighting is thought to be between J. Edgar’s direct interventionists (blackmail and so on) vs the more subtle puppet-master types. Neither seem to be intent on letting Democrats mess with their country.