James Comey Says Obama Jeopardized DOJ Credibility

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

According to him the FBI was unbiased but President Obama jeopardized the credibility of the Clinton email investigation.

Why does Comey claim that Barack Obama jeopardized the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton? It is simple: Obama did it in public. Everyone saw and heard him. So it would hurt Comey’s credibility to deny that Obama damaged the Justice Department’s credibility. He might as well admit it.

So notice how this works. Comey denies that the FBI investigators were biased or in any way politically motivated. Since they weren’t making statements on television, we can’t disprove his claim. And then he complains about the bias displayed by Obama as if he disapproves it.

He tells us what we all already know (Obama was biased) to gain credibility to tell us what we don’t know. But why should we believe him?

The Washington Examiner reports, “James Comey book: President Obama and Loretta Lynch ‘jeopardized’ the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Comey said Obama’s public statements about the investigation “jeopardized” the investigation’s credibility in multiple interviews […].

“[…] He had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility in the investigation by saying in a 60 Minutes interview on Oct. 11, 2015, that Clinton’s email use was “a mistake” that had not endangered national security,” Comey writes. “Then on Fox News on April 10, 2016, he said that Clinton may have been careless but did not do anything to intentionally harm national security, suggesting that the case involved overclassification of material in the government.”

“President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made. If the president had already decided the matter, an outside observer could reasonably wonder, how on earth could his Department of Justice do anything other than follow his lead.”

“The truth was that the president — as far as I knew, anyway — he had only as much information as anyone following it in the media. He had not been briefed on our work at all. And if he was following the media, he knew nothing, because there had been no leaks at all up until that point. But, his comments still set all of us up for corrosive attacks if the case were completed with no charges brought.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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