Corey Lewandowski: Comey’s Letter Won It For Us

The Telegraph reports:

The FBI’s controversial decision to re-examine Hillary Clinton’s emails enabled Donald Trump to win the election, his former campaign manager has claimed. Corey Lewandowski, who is expected to be offered a key position in the Trump administration, described the move as “amazing” and said it gave the Republican candidate the “spring in his step” he needed to win the race.

The FBI had come under intense criticism for its decision to resurrect the investigation in the eleventh hour, as Democrats said it breached impartiality rules and tipped the odds in Mr Trump’s favour. “With eleven days to go, something amazing happened,” Mr Lewandowski said in a speech at the Oxford Union debating society on Wednesday evening. “The FBI’s director James [Comey] came out on a Friday and he said they may be reopening the investigation into Crooked Hillary’s emails.

“What that did was remind people that there are two different rules in Washington – those of the elites, and the privileged and those for everybody else. When Comey moved forward with that investigation… it allowed the campaign a little spring in their step, and for them to redouble their efforts.”

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    What that did was remind people that the only way the Republicans can win is with fraud and deception. – There, fixed it for you.

    • Steverino

      Exactly. They are a minority party, and have been such for quite some time, but they know how to “work it” to achieve their ends. If the average voter knew their prime directive is simply to look out for the 1% and corporate interests (especially the military-industrial complex), rather than phony smoke-and-mirror distractions and pseudo-religious piety, few would vote for them.

  • bkmn

    First they steal an election, then they steal the country.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      steal the elction. steal the country. then steal us all blind. welcome to pottersville. Its A Wonderful Life!

      • JCF

        Kleptocracy, Kakastocracy, Klusterf#ck.

  • RaygunsGoZap

    Comey should be branded a traitor and called such to his face whenever he dares show it in public.

    When it’s all said and done and Corey, Bannon, Rudy, Trump and all the Deplorables are mired in scandal, failure and indictments it will seem worth it — marginally.

    • Chucktech

      At what cost? I’m not at all convinced it will be “worth it.”

  • mikeinrkfd

    So basically what he is saying, Trump couldn’t win with out help from the FBI, Russia, WikiLeaks etc. Sounds like a fair election.

    • Todd20036

      And then they say we should just accept the results of the election and move on.

      Sure. Not going to happen

      • JCF

        And if we don’t, we’re precious, whining snowflakes.

      • Falconlights

        Damn right.

    • And yet it was Trump who constantly complained that the election was rigged. Meanwhile Hillary’s popular vote lead over Trump has now grown to more than a million votes.

      • SelectFromWhere

        “This election is rigged” is the only thing he said that was true–rigged in his favor.

      • Kay

        He said it might be. It is. Just ask Obama:

        “Well, I tell you what, it helps in Ohio that we got Democrats in charge of the machines. …

        But look, I come from Chicago, so, so I want to be honest. It’s not as if it’s just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have, too,” Obama said. “Whenever people are in power they’re, you know, they have this tendency to try to, you know, tilt things in their direction.”

        Both sides cheated this election. The Dems didn’t cheat enough to win, in part thanks to the electoral college.

        As an example, there are a lot of people this election who went to vote in person, and were told they had registered to vote by mail (when they handn’t). Someone else had registered for them, at a different address (presumably to vote by mail). California was the most common state for that to happen in, and from the reports that have been seen so far, it seemed to be mostly republicans that were targeted.

        It was vote fraud, plain and simple. It wouldn’t do anything for the president (since CA was always going to go for Trump), but there were plenty of props and down ballot people that can be affected.

        One advantage to the electoral college is that the party with the most access to cheat tends to be the one the state was going to go for anyway. If we eliminate it, fraud will be a much worse problem, and close elections will involve 50 state recounts and 50 state lawsuits.

    • bill weber
    • Kay

      By the same token, Hillary (like Obama) had plenty of people voting for her because they wanted to be a part of history (by shattering the glass ceiling). Given how narrow her lead was in the popular vote (even before the FBI reopening), and the disparity in polls throughout the whole election, the only reasons she nearly won in the first place is because of the rampant sexism, and favouritism played because of her genitals.

  • Rick

    ASSHOLE

  • Mark

    If I was about 10 years younger – I’d grudge fuck him right thru to the next election….

    • William

      I’d be happy to do it until the mid-terms.

    • Todd20036

      I’m good looking enough to seduce him.
      I’m not interested in the slightest.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Naw, I’d just borrow Negan’s Lucille and have done with it.

  • The_Wretched

    Comey belongs in jail. Where are the calls for investigation? Dems should be pounding this one.

    • William

      Protestors should be screaming his name.

      • JCF

        Trumpians ARE screaming his name…

        …and then they come.

    • Kay

      For running an investigation, and letting Clinton get off Scott-free for things that other people go to jail for?

      He should be fired for incompetence, particularly for that “no reasonable prosecutor” bit. Ask anyone who has gone through the system – prosecutors go after people with very little evidence all the time. They have proof positive she violated rules for handling classified information – the only intent required is that she intended to mishandle the information (which we have), not that she intended to break the law.

      It would be trivial to throw her in jail for a while, and it would be legal, moral, and ethical. She emailed classified information, knowingly, and marked as such, to someone without clearance (to print). She gave classified information to her uncleared attorneys, and control over it to her uncleared IT provider. That’s against the law, and less-connected people go to prison for mistreating classified info. Then there’s the matter of the lies she told federal agents.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    When does a campaign decent into an organized crime ring? Where’s the line between a ‘tough’ campaign and violating RICO statues.

    They have bragged that voter suppression worked. They are bragging about Comey’s illegal interference. Megyn Kelly now admits that Trump both bribes and threatens journalists and they were leaked questions. Russia brags that they helped the Cons and influenced the elections.

    Members of our military have died to help other countries hold fair and democratic elections. Who will help us?

    • Ursa de la courecel

      No one. After it’s too late, & we’ve torn ourselves apart & destroyed the few resources we have, the Chinese will lead some sort of limp mop up efforts to strip the corpse of the former US. Assuming there is still one left that is habitable.

    • Kay

      Voter suppression is not illegal, if it’s done properly.

      People have a right to vote. They do not have a right to early vote, to same-day register, or to vote without ID (particularly given the fraud that occurs), provided there is a free option available for them to get said ID.

      ID manages to get everyone a voter ID to prevent fraud – the US should be able to, too.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        “they do not have a right to early vote, to same-day register, or to vote without ID (particularly given the fraud that occurs)”

        I think your agenda speaks for itself.

        • Kay

          I neither spoke for or against them. The democrats encourage those things precisely because people who have a hard time managing to register in advance and make it to the polls tend to be democrats. The republicans discourage those things for precisely the reverse.

          As for my personal agenda, it’s anti-fraud. I’d love to see a system similar to India where everyone (and I mean everyone) has a voter ID. Go into the schools, work through the post office, work through social services department, and work with REAL ID (so everyone who has a driver license in a compliant state already has one), go door to door – get everyone. Then, in a carefully monitored manner, scrub anyone who can’t legally vote due to not being a citizen (REAL ID requires only proof of lawful status, not lawful voting), or due to criminality.

          Link it to SSN to prevent duplicate registration, ideally capture a fingerprint so that long-term we can have some biometrics, and have very, very stiff fines and sentences for any polling place that refuses to accept a valid voting ID. Heck, while we’re at it, make the Election Day a federal holiday, and require employers to permit employees to leave to vote.

          Eliminate electronic voting, but permit electronic counting and electric ballot printing (you use a touchscreen and it prints out your ballot, which you can check). Eliminate mail-in voting except for military, overseas, and disabled voters. Not to suppress anyone, just to suppress fraud.

          That’s /my/ agenda.

  • Treant

    Did you just admit that election tampering was the only way you could win?

    Hello…Electoral College! I know you’re hopeless, but maybe you could grow a pair?

    • Blake Jordan

      There is so much evidence that this was not a free and fair election…

      From the in country stuff like voter suppression (voter ID laws, decreasing polling stations in democratic areas, decreasing early voting to its bare minimum and on less convenient days), the FBI (specifically Comey) and his last week email lies, the mainstream media abusing the trust of the people to make it a horse race,…

      Then you have Russia with its hackers stealing information from Sec. Clinton, the DNC,… and Wikileaks (a previously reliable source) disseminating the illegal information with a lot made up stuff threaded in,…

      Donnie being deeply incompetent, seeking to break the rules for his convenience (the job must change for him, instead of him changing for the job), stacking his “transition team” with racists, etcetera.

      Sec. Clinton being the second most voted for candidate in the history of the USA, already a million votes and counting higher than Donnie.

      The Electoral College voters need to be bombarded with the facts until December 19th!!!

      —-
      The backlash over the presidency been given to the massive popular vote winner Sec. Clinton, will be a lot easier to deal with than the damage done by Donnie’s administration!!!
      —–

      • JCF

        “There is so much evidence that this was not a free and fair election…”

        THIS. “Much evidence” = no SINGLE explanation for Hillary’s loss, but an entire galaxy of reasons. If you go w/ a single reason, you’re fighting the last war—and dooming yourself for the future. We need to see the BIG Picture here.

      • Kay

        It wasn’t the Russians. It was only Hillary claiming that, and the intelligence agencies in question have found no evidence.

        The Hillary emails on wikileaks came from FOIA requests. They scanned them and indexed them, but that’s public record. Seriously – go look at wikileaks. The damaging emails (such as her emailing classified info to her maid to print) were released as a response to FOIA. No hacking or leaking at all.

        The Podesta emails (most of the damaging ones) came from him being stupid and emailing his password around. Some neckbeards on 4chan cleaned out his Outlook account and iCloud account and gave the info to Wikileaks. This was the largest volume of mail.

        The DNC emails were potentially hacked, but may have been leaked. They were not particularly damaging to Hillary, except tangentially through DWS and demonstrating how the game was rigged against Sanders.

    • Exatron

      Is there a way to contact the electors so we can try to persuade them?

      • Blake Jordan

        There is a Change.org petition directed to the Electoral College Voters, circulating through the internet that has over 5 million signatures last time a saw it.
        Not sure what else is being done…

        • I had assumed that only Americans could sign the petition, but I was allowed to sign anyway. That’s at least one “rest-of-the-world” voice among the nearly 4,500,000 signatures so far.

        • William

          The list’s alternate name is the Trump enemies list.

          • NancyP

            Proud to be a Trump enemy, race traitor, etc

          • William

            The IRS will be in charge of filling FEMA camps.

      • Treant

        I have absolutely no idea.

      • Dagoril
        • William

          I prefer the military coup option.

          • Steverino

            Led by Colin Powell, coming out of retirement, perhaps?

          • Ursa de la courecel

            Colin Powell? R u high???

            Good lord people have no memory.

          • Blake Jordan

            Isn’t the military packed with right wing nut jobs?

    • There have been so many “but that won’t happen” things that happened in this election that the Electoral College pulling a December surprise may not be surprising. At very least, the margins by which some of those states were called as won were slender enough to warrant the votes there being very carefully counted.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Sigh. If the Electoral College wasn’t primarily made up of political hacks devoted to their party above their country, I’d say there might be a chance, particularly if the difference were, say, five votes instead of 30+. The person above who used the word “feckless” has exactly the right adjective.

        • Kay

          Just remember, the electoral college goes both ways. If they get in the habit of disregarding the political vote, it could just as easily go against someone like Obama, taking the rightful win away and giving it to someone else.

    • Jeffrey

      And keep in mind that he was working for CNN this whole time.

      • Acronym Jim

        Ah yes, one of the members of the cabal of unfair and biased main-stream media.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        And they were working for Trump, so it all worked out for everyone involved.

    • Chucktech

      One of the ostensible reasons for the Electoral College is to help ensure that some horrendous mistake doesn’t result in the election of someone who, among other things, is manifestly unfit or a danger to the Republic. If this isn’t it, then the EC truly is a feckless paper tiger.

      • Treant

        Agreed. Now mind you, they’re a feckless paper tiger. But perhaps once in their existence they can take a small risk and inflict a paper cut…

        Naw.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      We need protests on their doorsteps.

  • Todd

    Sadly, those looking back at the Clinton campaign will admit it wasn’t just one ‘big’ thing, but a bunch of smaller ones that added up to an electoral college failure.

    • GayOldLady

      “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan – John F. Kennedy”. There is plenty of blame to go around, but let’s start with the electoral college. It is outdated and no longer serves the purpose it was intended to serve. Then let’s look at a lot of the things that were said about Hillary during her primary that Trump used in his stump speeches. Then let’s look at Comey and him inserting himself needlessly on 2 occasions into a Presidential Election. Then let’s look at WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. Then let’s look at Putin and Russian Hackers working to elect Donald Trump. Then let’s look at those who voted 3rd party or didn’t vote at all. Then we can look at the mistakes the campaign made. There is plenty of blame to go around, the challenge is the lessons we learn from the defeat and the decisions we make going forward to correct those mistakes.

      • greenmanTN

        Sing it, GOL!

        • Yours too? As a kid the family would pay me not to sing!

          • greenmanTN

            Swear to god, In 6th grade they put me on the stage pretending to skate in a Winter Wonderland in my sock feet instead of singing it with my class.

          • Oh my! Did you like pretending to skate? I was always doing the dancing part of the show, never the singing.

          • greenmanTN

            No, but I did like making the “city-scape” of cardboard boxes behind me!

            No kidding, I had headphones on, quietly humming (I thought) to a song I liked, then I turned around and my entire family was howling with laughter.

            I’ve held it against them ever since. 😉

          • hahahahahaaaa! My 4th grade teacher was dividing us up by nationalities to be dressed up and sing traditional songs for xmas, while other class mates did the dances. I didn’t get to sing, but only danced. That night I was Jewish, Italian, Russian and German…..

          • greenmanTN

            I’m sure you made a very good borscht! 😉

      • bill weber

        Then let’s look at “$675,000? *shrug* That’s what they were paying.”

  • Texndoc

    I’m sure President Trump appreciates the confirmation that he got into office on a fluke. Did you see last night’s “South Park”? They’ve got the President Elect down to a T, a vindictive spoiled brat. It’s hilarious how Garrison speaks with a little a-hole of a mouth now and uses his right arm and hand to wave the “OK” sign when he speaks. Best satire hands down. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7fb82a91f4065442bbd47987ef6ec16ca9cd5ac902c3541ea444b925be738c0c.jpg

    • canoebum

      It was no fluke. It was a criminal conspiracy. I hope U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is busy investigating this. I’d like to see the indictments as soon as possible.

    • Megrim Twist

      Fuck them all to death!

  • Treant

    Also, I have to reset this for the second time today, and it’s only 9:20 on the East Coast.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2910f2fb6b00ee0e89306c367da92ff774b0981fae3735b5195ae9637bb93410.jpg

    • The_Wretched

      You might have to move to “Hours without being a national embarrassment”.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Considering how much fucking interference there was, there should be a redo. And Comey deserves life in jail and Madoff style social exile.

    • William

      There are beds available at Gitmo.

  • IamM

    And in return you throw him under the bus for his crimes on your behalf.

    Don’t say you weren’t warned how things would be Trumpkins.

  • Bared Bear

    I’m sure this is a drop in the bucket to the amount of evil these monsters have perpetrated upon Americans and upon others in our name. I just hope that karma is swift and complete and that history isn’t always written by the “winners.”

  • Dagoril

    And why does Comey still have a jpb?!

    O/T, but here’s a list of Trump affiliated businesses for your boycott consideration. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vu0Y0HvadMgG_LN7dF8W7M66oPCcx_nmSARQWirV7iY/htmlview?sle=true

    • TexasBoy

      By “does business with” does that mean they sell stuff to the Trump Clan? Sorry, that is what a retailer is supposed to do….sell stuff? Unless they are being discriminatory in their sales practices by denying another group the ability to buy items, I have no problem with them selling stuff to the Trumps.

      • Chucktech

        I agree. As odious as we may find the Trumps, their tax-free, ill-gotten money is still green.

      • GeoffreyPS

        Next column over says “What line do they carry” and is filled with Ivanka, Donald, -or- Invanka and Donald. So, while the phrasing isn’t the best, it’s pretty clear that they are describing companies that SELL products with Trump names.

  • Jeffrey

    CNN worked as hard to elect Trump as Fox did. Maybe harder.

    • Chucktech

      Their thumb was undeniably on the scale.

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith

        …and alternatively up their ass.

    • Librarykid

      so did MSNBC who just could not resist stirring shit and airing filthy rumors daily. Hillary was always treated like a criminal, just like Trump wanted.

      • Jeffrey

        I don’t watch MSNBC for the same reason I don’t watch Fox, and now for the same reason I don’t watch CNN.

    • SelectFromWhere

      Fox said more than once that he was not a Republican. I think CNN gets the prize here. CNN is now banned in our house, Anderson Cooper or no.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Congratulations Comey, you are literally personally responsible for the next four years. Let’s just put your name right next to George Wallace, you piece of shit.

    • IamM

      Let’s put his name next to a prisoner ID number.

    • Chucktech

      And, look! He still has a job. How nice for him…

  • pch1013

    This is your country after a fascist coup d’état.

    • Jerry Kott

      spooky. The next thing we will hear is “shut up and keep marching”.

    • bill weber

      No, that was 2000. This election was stolen by the rules, ie tough shit.

    • Kay

      Popularist, authoritarian, nationalist.

      Trump’s not a fascist – there’s a reason that Wall Street loves the Clintons, and was willing to give them so much money – both before, and during, the election.

      • pch1013

        Yes he is – and you’re so desperate to rationalize your decision to help him become President that you’re willing to lie on his behalf.

  • He’s essentially right, but there’s more.

    538 showed before the election that Comey’s letter swung the polls 2-3%. Clinton lost by less than 2% in four states totaling 75 EVs: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida.

    One can argue, why we’re those states close enough to allow such a swing to make a difference? Because the GOP systematically purged hundreds of thousands of minority voters from voter rolls leading up to the election:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890

  • stuckinthewoods

    So, the only thing Trump didn’t lie about was that the election was fixed.

    • Megrim Twist

      Correct!

  • I think he’s right that without the Comey letter Clinton probably would have won. It would have been closer than pundits were predicting, but she’d have won. What he’s not admitting is that it was coordinated with the campaign. How else did Giuliani (who knows Comey well) know about it days in advance?

    • MBear

      And Clinton can’t say anything about that without looking like a ‘sore loser’ to the unwashed ignorant masses of Trumpflakes

      • Amanda B. Rekendwith
        • MBear

          Sorry. I wasn’t fully caffeinated.
          She said it, but she can’t speak out to encourage an investigation without looking….etc.

          • Amanda B. Rekendwith

            I hear you on the coffee…I need 3 cups now to try and make sense of out anything.
            I think it’s strange though that the Trump NewCons are in agreement with Clinton on this, given that they automatically are against anything she says.
            Something is up.

          • SelectFromWhere

            Luckily, she has plenty of supporters in high places who will be the “bad cop” for her. Not that she really has anything to lose now…

    • Acronym Jim

      Giuliani know about it days in advance because his NYC FBI contacts investigating Wiener leaked it to him.

    • JCF

      I’m not certain Clinton would have won w/o it, but I am certain it made it IMPOSSIBLE for her to win.

  • chris james

    We know this about Comey…the question is why is that man still with the FBI?

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Because he helped the Republicans sweep the election.

  • bill weber

    Comey, Assange, Jill Stein… does HRC have a spot on the blame wheel? You know, the pol who tried to push Nancy Reagan as an AIDS activist?

    • Goodboy

      We all say nice things at someone’s funeral unless your just an asshole.

      • bill weber

        And by nice things you mean offensive lies.

        • Goodboy

          What difference does it make? Hillary would no doubt have been good for funding the research and help to those that needed it. The Clinton Foundation and the fact that she’s worked to help others her entire life. Now we have a bunch of racist selfish shitheads coming in that will most likely do away with most of that. Go back to Breitbart or whatever conservative site that agrees with you.

  • olandp

    It reminded people there are two sets of rules, one for Republicans and one for Hillary Clinton.

  • Is there any hope that the Justice department will do anything to Comey? Or are they not allowed to?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Wow, another “surprise” by the Trump camp. He’s right of course, Comey’s perfectly and no doubt deliberately timed release of the letter was just what Trump needed to win. I wonder how much he was paid and yes, I sincerely believed he was compensated. As for Lewandowski, CNN gave him a platform knowing he was still a Trump stooge and they should be made to never forget it. Sadly, watching Don Lemon et al already licking the boots of Trump’s talking heads, I think it’s safe to say that they’ll probably double down now.

  • Ninja0980

    Not only did that letter hurt Hillary’s chances, it also put the nail in the coffin of many down ballot Democrats, especially in places like MO,PA and elsewhere.
    Comey is a POS, simple as that.

  • Kyle Deetz

    It’s a marvel that Trump was able to smear Hilary as being a part of the establishment without making himself look like a member of the 1%.

  • Gwen Hardy

    I wish i could be around in 50-60 years to see what the historians will have to say about this election. Im sure the future generations will be saying WTF

    • TampaDink

      I admire your optimistic curiosity.

    • They will say the Democratic Party lost touch with its working class roots and paid for it at the ballot box.

      • LookielouE1707

        What exactly is that code for? Was the Democratic Party “out of touch with its working class roots” in 2012? No, the people you’re dog-whistling to were never progressives and will never be part of the movement – or needed in it. If we’d just turned out our own base in Milwaukee, Detroit and Philly, those other people would have been impotent losers on november 8.

      • Goodboy

        Yep and Trumanzee told them exactly what they wanted to hear. The only difference is that the Democrats would actually care enough to do something about it.

      • JCF

        Dafuq? Who are you, and what have you done w/ “Eddi Haskell”?!

  • TampaDink

    Maybe it is just me, but it seems like no one from the “winning” team should ever want to emphasis that they did not win because of anything but their candidate’s popularity & platform. Admitting that your guy won, due in part to outside forces only diminishes the legitimacy of the win.

  • Queequeg

    God, I hate this guy! He was overbearing and belligerent on CNN all during the campaign and election coverage. My news will now come exclusively from The NY Times, the PBS Newshour, nd, of course, JMG., with some Apple News thrown in.

  • The interesting thing is the Trump inner circle can say whatever they want, and no one in the MSM, or in his own party, cares. As long as it is not clearly against any law.
    1. Comey won it for us.
    2. Sure, we were in touch in Putin’s inner circle. (they will hold off admitting they received cash or other hard help since that is illegal).
    3. Ivanka can hawk $10,000 bracelets she wore at dad’s interviews on tv (honestly, how tacky),.
    4. Trump can take 7 contrary positions the same day and no one in the media screams bloody murder.
    5. Trump can hire whomever the hell he wants, including the mastermind of the alt right (Bannon), and all that he gets are some questionable comments
    — Let’s face it. Trump is President, and unless something happens to destroy the financial value of the nation’s wealth — so all income groups decide to dump the Republican Party, like they did in 2008 when we almost went into depression, which has not happened yet, we are screwed. It’s all about money. It is coming. But the bottom line is economic—-

    • Richard, another Canuck

      They’d love to crash the economy and society to turn us all into serfs, cheap labour, to serve the 1%. Just an opinion, but man, seems we may be headed there with another Repub reign of power.

  • Gene Perry

    Hey, Corey … what do you mean “won it for us”? You’re not part of their “us” … you ass got fired from their “us” … you’re just a lonely “me” wanting to get back to ‘us.”

    • Yann

      Nah, he finished playing with CNN, he was last seen returning home to the TToD… (Trump Tower of Deplorable)