As the director of the FBI and one of the country’s top law enforcement officials, James Comey owes it to the United States to leave his political leanings at the door. And for several years, he did just that. Despite being on the record as a Republican, Comey didn’t hesitate to speak up when George W. Bush advisors wanted to re-authorize the wiretapping agenda he vehemently opposed. And as Obama’s top cop, he wasn’t afraid to break with the administration on the subject of police reform.
But in his investigation of Hillary Clinton, something changed.
Over the last four months, Comey has misplaced his integrity. Politically, he seems to have learned a bit too much from the modern Republican Party. He ran their favorite playbook. The one where you lead the public to believe one thing with your rhetoric and then do something else when the time comes to put actions to your words. This is the kind of cowardice that enraged conservative voters after the 2014 midterms – the kind of cowardice that led directly to the nomination of Donald Trump.
But we expect our politicians to disappoint us with their endless addiction to over-promising and under-delivering. We should demand a much higher level of integrity from the director of the FBI.
This isn’t really about James Comey, the man. He was caught in a tough spot. One can only imagine the kind of pressure he has been under, trying to do his job under the watchful eye of a biased and corrupt Justice Department. In July, he basically came right out and said, “Well, here’s all the reasons why Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted…I’ll leave it to you guys to figure out why I’m not recommending an indictment.”
And it was so obvious. The fact that he was making a statement at all should have been a clue as to the true story of this investigation. Comey was forced into the spotlight because Attorney General Loretta Lynch disgraced herself with that impromptu meeting with Bill Clinton days earlier. Had that meeting not occurred, Comey would have made his recommendation to Lynch in private and Lynch herself would have been the one to make the statement. That situation would have allowed Comey to retain the trust of the American people. But since the Obama/Clinton cabal isn’t even competent in pulling off a scam, they had to send Comey out to do their dirty work.
Still, while we can sympathize with Comey’s dilemma, the choice was ultimately his to make. He chose to hold onto his position rather than enforce the law.
As the head of the FBI, that was an unacceptable choice.