Again with emails!
In an outrageous political stunt, FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau would be investigating emails related to the Anthony Weiner case for possible security breaches on the part of Hillary Clinton. Even though there is no reason to suspect that Weiner’s connection to Hillary, through his unfortunate wife and Clinton staffer Huma Abedin, involves national security issues, Director Comey felt the need to resume the investigation and announce his intentions little more than a week before the general election.
Although Comey claims that the FBI is an apolitical organization, he himself has been a lifelong Republican who has spent a substantial part of his career investigating the Clintons. (cnn.com, Oct. 30, 2016) Notwithstanding his earlier decision declining to prosecute Mrs. Clinton, Comey now claims he is duty-bound to look into yet more emails (albeit ones not from Clinton’s private server) that may incriminate the presidential hopeful. This sounds more like a witch hunt designed primarily to hurt Hillary’s chances of being elected.
The timing is certainly suspicious. After the last debate, as people began to see Donald Trump for the out of control “disaster” that he really is, Trump’s poll numbers took a drastic tumble. Then lo and behold, Director Comey found more emails to hold up as ones that may or may not be incriminating to Hillary. It reminds me quite a bit of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s infamous statement, “I have here in my hand a list of 205 . . . a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.” (“Enemies from Within,” historymatters.gmu.edu)
For those who doubt that Comey’s actions were politically motivated, just look at the reactions from the Trump camp. Trump crowed, “Maybe they’re going to right the ship,” in reference to Comey’s announcement. And Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted, “A great day in our campaign just got even better.”(cnbc.com, Oct. 28, 2016)
When the smoke coming out of Republicans’ ears clears, maybe good sense will prevail. Maybe the American electorate will actually look at the experience and temperament of the two presidential candidates and do the right thing on Nov. 8.