Friday, September 09, 2016

We’re in trouble when the FBI director is this controversial


As someone who grew up watching that wonderful FBI series on TV, it is shocking to see what people are saying about Mr. Comey, the FBI Director.    I guess that’s what happens when you say that there is no evidence of intent on July 5th and then we spend the next two months learning that everything that Mrs. Clinton did was intended to evade the rules.
Roger Simon is calling for Mr. Comey to resign.   He won’t be the last one.    This is Mr. Simon’s argument:
If were I an FBI agent, I would despise James Comey. He has humiliated the FBI and all its employees. The institution will never be the same, at least not for decades to come. The FBI is no longer an instrument of justice. It is the reverse. It is an obfuscater of justice and an enabler of the rich and powerful. How depressing and disgusting.God help our republic.
Exaggerated? Not in the slightest.
Consider this:
Hillary Clinton, who had told us she had one cellphone, turned out to have had thirteen such phones and five iPads, all of which have mysteriously disappeared, two having been smashed by hammers — this, although the information on all of them was legally government property. Was she arrested for this or even cited? Did the FBI even ask why she did this or why she had so many phones? Some wag on television said she must have been a crack dealer.
More importantly, did the FBI even ask her the most obvious of questions: why in the world did she put ALL her government emails on a private home-brew server (and then have them deleted with the most advanced data eradication software available — five stars on CNET — two days after these emails came under subpoena)? Was that because the equally obvious answer — to avoid any possible public scrutiny of her actions (for a variety of suspicious reasons) — is itself felonious?
Like Mr. Simon, I reluctantly accepted Director Comey’s July 5th conclusion. Sorry but I can’t anymore.   
As someone who is very familiar with corruption in Latin America, let me tell you that we are creeping slowly to the status of a banana republic, i.e. rule for you and not for me!   From Mexico to Argentina, I’ve seen how countries and institutions are torn apart because those making the tough calls do not want to lock up the people in power.
Yes, Director Comey should resign.  Best of all, an honest Democrat, someone who cares more about the country than getting a check from Planned Parenthood, should call for his resignation.
For 25 years, the Clintons have been a menace to the rule of law, from the Senate Democrats who refused to convict President Clinton in 1998 to an FBI Director who is arguing what the meaning of intent is.
We’ve seen this movie in Latin America and the net result is capital flight and a law that nobody respects.
Sorry Director Comey but we are in deep trouble when the FBI is this caught up in politics.
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