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FBI Director James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election and ultimately ensured that the FBI’s name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former FBI official tells CNBC.

The official said some government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.

He’ll be here all week, or at least for the next eight days.

BTW, one of DC’s most egregious rituals is when all sorts of insiders vouch up and down for the sterling impartiality of some political hack who doesn’t even have the self-awareness to realize he’s a hack. I realize Obama has to play the game, but lots of smart people who aren’t professionally obliged to keep up pretenses are still waiting patiently for the Great Bipartisan Pumpkin to rise above the mists in Foggy Bottom.

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  • JDM

    Some officials “are perplexed”? More like some officials “say they are perplexed”. I doubt anyone with any brainpower is actually perplexed.

    This is one of those “smoking guns” they’re always talking about. Re Republicans, I’m feeling like James Kirk regarding Klingons in “Search for Spock”: “I …have had …enough of you!”

  • HenryW

    And outsiders too (“cough” Josh Marshall “cough”). Although he has since walked back much of what he said on Friday.

    • Paul Campos

      I was going to link to his Friday stuff but he’s generally so good that I decided to give him a pass, as they say in the mob.

      • Murc

        We can’t all be right 100% of the time.

        • efgoldman

          We can’t all be right 100% of the time

          I am

          • XTPD

            But, objectively speaking, you’re a massive asshole. (Not complaining, by the way; we all need someone to fill the joe from Lowell-sized hole in our hearts).

            • Karen24

              I depend on his willingness to slap me when I get into handwringing paralysis mode.

            • Anna in PDX

              come back joe, all is forgiven

            • Matt McIrvin

              The truth is a massive asshole.

            • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

              So what you’re saying is, “Got to pay the troll toll, to fill that Joe from Lowell-hole”?

              • sapient

                You need to publish that.

                Edited: Oh, you did.

            • ThrottleJockey

              Joe wasn’t an asshole just strongly opinionated. Which is good around here. I always appreciated hearing his views.

              • smott999

                Actually Joe was a complete asshole.

                The term Masshole was invented for him.

                • postmodulator

                  I liked Joe, but he’s a guy who blew up at me once for agreeing with him.

                • Origami Isopod

                  +1

                • rhino

                  Couldn’t stand him when he was here.

                  Miss him now he’s not.

                • Manju

                  Joe’s gone? When did that happen?

            • efgoldman

              But, objectively speaking, you’re a massive asshole.

              Yoooooge. The biggest, the best. You’ll see.

        • I recommend letting other people be the truth makers of that statement.

      • addicted44

        He’s definitely walked back most of his stuff. And I feel Trumps razor itself earned him a pretty wide berth this election.

    • Nick056

      His refusal to go right to “Comey is acting in bad faith” is part of why he’s so good at what he does. In fact, it’s STILL not clear this story is about a deliberate attempt to interfere with the election. Nobody should be shocked that Comey knew about the general rule here and followed it except in this case. Indeed, that’s why it’s a story. But “bad faith hack!” is, to me, less compelling and nuanced than a story about someone who kept slowly increasing his exposure to be seen as impartial before a lunatic GOP until he essentially lost all perspective. “I did PROMISE them the investigative record was complete when I testified, and if I seek a warrant, that will leak, so … “

      • DonnaK

        Yeah, Comey is acting less in bad faith as a partisan hack than in bad faith as a self-serving chickenshit. The reason he didn’t want to release info about Russian hacking is the same reason he sent his letter concerning the emails: fear of incurring the wrath of Republican Congressjerks.

        • efgoldman

          Comey is acting less in bad faith as a partisan hack than in bad faith as a self-serving chickenshit.

          FWIW (and no idea if it’s actually true) CBS reported tonite that the NY FBI office knew for two months about possible HRC emails on Weiner/Abedin’s laptop, and didn’t bother telling the director until a couple of weeks ago. So both the the bad faith arguments and that he’s lost control of his agency enter into it.

        • ColBatGuano

          bad faith as a self-serving chickenshit.

          X1000 this. He was afraid they would say mean things about him so he shitcanned all the rules to kiss up to the bullies.

      • efgoldman

        Hooray for my (and Loomis’) senator, who knows whereof he speaks.

        As a former attorney general of my state, and a former United States attorney, it is perplexing for me to try to understand FBI Director James Comey’s conduct in the agency’s investigation of emails related to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. We prosecutors lived by principles that he seems to have violated: Don’t discuss investigations, whether or not they are ongoing. Don’t volunteer evidence you haven’t charged. And don’t engage with legislators.

        I had a hard-and-fast rule in both those offices I held: If an investigation the public did not know about turned up nothing chargeable, we didn’t ever talk about it. To this day there are investigations the public doesn’t know about. My standard line, which I could give in my sleep, was: “We don’t discuss investigations whether or not they are ongoing.”

        I wish it were in a more widely circulated publication. Maybe the Village will pick it up. Maybe a unicorn will ring my doorbell for trick or treat.

        Sen. Whitehouse very rarely calls attention to himself, even in his own state; he is anything but a publicity hound. If he speaks, he means it.

        For those casting about for a possible Democratic FBI director (a lot of that in the overnight thread)
        Democrat: check.
        Qualified – former state AG and US Attorney: check
        Democratic governor to appoint the temporary replacement: check
        Deep blue state unlikely to elect a Republiklown: check

  • Gregor Sansa

    According to Reid, Comey is still suppressing something about Trump and Russia. Which if true means that all the Republican senators know it too, but still endorse Trump.

    • medrawt

      I wouldn’t be surprised if this is Reid more or less bluffing – he knows something is there, what he knows about isn’t nearly as bad as what he’s intimating, but any sliver of what he thinks he knows coming out would be worse than nothing.

      As with Romney’s taxes – Reid indicated that he had strong reason to believe something which turned out to not be true, but the eventual limited release of Romney’s taxes (which we can assume were the most favorable returns to release) were still unflattering.

      • Crusty

        Reid, unlike the director of the FBI, is not supposed to be above politics. Rather, its perfectly ok for him to be right there in the thick of it.

        • medrawt

          I hope you didn’t think I was being CRITICAL of Reid here. I think he’s bluffing. I love it.

          • Crusty

            Got it.

          • Origami Isopod

            Me too.

          • SIWOTI

            I don’t think he’s bluffing. And that’s even scarier.

            Happy Halloween!

      • It may also be an LBJ-style “I just wanted to make him deny it” moment.

        • Origami Isopod

          But Comey did fuck that pig chicken.

    • AMK

      Harry Reid is the only Dem who consistently takes the bat to the GOP the way it has to be done–no equivocating, no waffling, no smiling and anonymous bitching to reporters for liberal magazines, no hiding behind twitter gifs made by interns. He will be sorely missed.

      • efgoldman

        Harry Reid is the only Dem who consistently takes the bat to the GOP

        While they won’t have leadership positions, I think the likes of Liz Warren and Tammy Duckworth will take up the cudgel.
        Durbin’s been pretty good about it, too, but naturally has mostly deferred to Reid.

      • Marlowe

        Yep. Whether minority or majority leader, we get frickin’ Chuck Schumer, who goes to the mattresses for no one except himself and Wall Street.

        • Bill Murray

          look, he needs to spend that money on ads for himself in NY. He’s barely winning, only by 40 points

      • vic rattlehead

        Hell yeah, Reid’s a fucking bare knuckle boxer. We need more Dems like him.

      • ThrottleJockey

        He was a boxer. It shows. Two cheers fur Reid!

      • farin

        Although he was taking part in a sting, Reid was unable to control his temper; the videotape shows him getting up from his chair and saying, “You son of a bitch, you tried to bribe me!” and attempting to choke Gordon, before startled agents pulled him off.

    • kped

      http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/31/fbis-comey-opposed-naming-russians-citing-election-timing-source.html

      …first hint that maybe Reid isn’t lying…although no link to Trump campaign there yet.

      • Hob

        That’s the same story that Paul linked to right at the top of this post.

    • ThrottleJockey

      I thought the other Intel agencies had already released the Russia information.

      • lunaticllama

        That was over Comey’s objections and he “ultimately ensured that the FBI’s name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out” regarding the Russia disclosure.

      • Anna in PDX

        Yes, per the OP that is the point. FBI didn’t want to be associated with THAT election era news. Just the anti-Hillary innuendo.

        • vic rattlehead

          Well, it sure seems like strikes are never called on shenanigans in the service of the Republican Party. So no downside. It’s the Republicans who light millions of taxpayer dollars on fire in the name of go nowhere partisan witch hunts. It’s Republicans who get their Big Daddy shafts stroked and balls tickled by Tweety et al.

    • FirstDano

      It might be the Trump server communicating with Russia.

      Best,

      D

  • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

    I’m not clear about what Obama gets from praising Comey at this point. The WH has already said they’re going to stay neutral and not going to defend or attack his actions. So why not extend that neutrality to his opinion on Comey. It makes no sense unless Comey has promised to clean up the mess and resign soon if they’ll say nice things about him in return.

    • Randy

      It’s to avoid even the appearance of giving a shit. Anything other than fulsome praise would let Der Furor shriek about political interference, and give his minions another reason to go to the polls.

      • so-in-so

        It wouldn’t make much sense to issue a harsh criticism and then not firehim. Better to call him in on the 9th and ask for his resignation then.

        • LosGatosCA

          This is the winning ticket.

          Obama is playing the ‘beyond the election game’

          I’d put the over/under on hours after the polls close in Hawaii at 5 for Comey to be fired.

          Hillary won’t have to fire him.

    • ThrottleJockey

      Maybe Obama simply trusts Comey to do the right thing. I don’t see any reason for Obama to lie. They made a point of distancing themselves from Comeys racist BLM comments. If they substantially differed from his actions they would distance themselves. The HNIC has agency.

      I gotta believe that at least a little bit of Obama blames Hill for this mess. You didn’t see Obama insisting on using his own personal server…

      • Chetsky

        TJ, Reagan’s corpse called, and wants its anus back. You’re needed there.

        • Origami Isopod

          This is a beautiful comment.

        • vic rattlehead

          He’s busy tossing Comey’s salad.

          • ThrottleJockey

            A little homophobic eh?

            • postmodulator

              That’s a totally gender-neutral sex act.

              Uh, I heard.

              • Origami Isopod

                It is. Ask Derek Jeter.

        • ThrottleJockey

          Yes agreeing with Obama is the same a being Zombie Reagan.

          • ColBatGuano

            You mean the mythical Obama voice in your head?

            • ThrottleJockey

              Lol I mean the words coming out of the White House. Hell Obama was my state senator years before he was my US Senator. I think I understand the man’s political point of view. If he wanted to go after Comey he would. He ain’t scared of the FBI.

              • addicted44

                He isn’t scared of the FBI.

                He’s also not a political novice. He knows there is no political benefit for Hillary or the rest of the Dems for the President to get into a confrontation with his FBI director a week before the election.

                I assure you his tune is gonna change significantly the day after the elections. Obamacare was already mad at Comey because of the BLM stuff. But even if you want to continue believing, against all evidence, that Obama is laying fault at Hillary, he’s still gonna be mad at Comey for undermining and acting in contradiction to his boss, Lynch, as well as all guidelines that the agency he works for follows.

                And if nothing else, he’s gonna be mad at Comey for helping the asshole Republicans in Congress who have made Obama’s life a hell the past 8 years.

              • Arouet

                It’s going to be really funny watching you try to walk this all back when his ass is fired before COB on November 9th.

                • Nick056

                  Comey has a ten year term.

  • efgoldman

    Has he responded either directly to Reid’s letter, to HRC’s demands for immediate release of whatever information he purports to have, or to the Democrats on the senate judiciary committee?

    • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

      The last time I checked, Comey hasn’t said anything to anyone publicly. Which is what he should have done on Friday, also, but didn’t.

  • piratedan

    this is awesome… so a candidate, previously exonerated by the very same agency of any wrongdoing… yet castigated by the Director of the FBI for her administrative failings…. by his own admissions, can’t prevent his own staff from not following their own agency’s directives when it comes to handling election sensitive investigations and then proceeds to violate those very same set of protocols and laws in order to “inform” us all about additional e-mails found, through another unrelated investigation. Alludes to the fact that they know the e-mails are there, despite not having said warrant to even examine said device… which most likely carries nothing but copies of the previously examined e-mails indicating essentially nothing except a propaganda boondoggle for her opponent…

    yet.. on the other hand, we have evidence of a foreign power, at the behest of said candidate himself, hacking a political organization in the middle of an election, for the express purpose of harassment, if not illegally attempting to gaining some means by which to cripple his opponent. Somehow, THIS is too sensitive an item to comment upon on the issue of fairness.

    Hope that he is gainfully unemployed on November 9th.

    • Wapiti

      Meh. I’d prefer that his case is being looked at by a Special Prosecutor.

      • efgoldman

        I’d prefer that his case is being looked at by a Special Prosecutor.

        No you wouldn’t. A special prosecutor can go rogue, and has (Ken Starr).
        Unless you mean to investigate Comey for a Hatch act violation.

        • Wapiti

          Exactly, for Hatch Act violation. I was guessing that a Democratic Party appointee like the AG would want to get involved and make it a partisan affair.

          • Arouet

            This is really OSC’s job – it’s not a criminal issue. They are hopefully doing this already.

            • NeonTrotsky

              I’m pretty sure the White House Counsel has actually already submitted whatever is necessary to get the ball rolling on an investigation on the grounds that his actions were illegal

          • efgoldman

            I was guessing that a Democratic Party appointee like the AG would want to get involved and make it a partisan affair.

            For better or worse, Democratic AGs/administrations don’t politically interfere in investigations at this level. Tricksie Dicksie Nixie and W were the ones who tried that.

    • Hope that he is gainfully unemployed on November 9th.

      I’m sure he can get a job working (more directly) for Putin.

      • ThrottleJockey

        This is really going too far. Take a page from Obama here.

        Or is he a Neo Liberal sell out?

        President Obama “doesn’t believe Director Comey is trying to influence the outcome of an election,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during his daily press briefing when asked for the commander-in-chief’s view on Comey’s decision to notify top congressional committees by letter last Friday that the agency had uncovered a trove of new emails in a separate probe into Anthony Weiner’s sexting, and would, in effect, be reopening the investigation into Clinton’s private email server.

        “He’s a man of integrity and character and principle,” Earnest said of Comey, adding that he would not “defend or criticize” Comey’s actions.

        • Colin Day

          Secretary Earnest? Would you really want an earnest press secretary?

          • NoraLenderbee

            Secretary Earnest? Would you really want an earnest press secretary?

            It’s Josh Earnest. Get it?

            • Vance Maverick

              Kind of like kidding on the square?

              • sapient

                I’m laughing right into the apocalypse! Thanks so much, LGM!

        • random

          “He’s a man of integrity and character and principle,”

          is President-speak for “this guy is totally fucked”.

          • addicted44

            Yup. It’s a way of saying, “show some integrity and principle and resign on November 9th”.

            I’m amazed TJ thinks that Obama is gonna defend the guy who, if nothing else, sold out his AG and helped the Republicans in Congress.

            • The Dark God of Time

              "I'm a Twelfth-Level Intelligence. I don't make mistakes.

    • Caepan

      I hope that the only job Comey has in 2017 is making license plates.

      While standing next to Trump & Pals.

  • XTPD

    Actual quote from Jack Shafer, in a response to Jody Rosen: “Journalists need to dig holes when something like [the e-mail nontroversy] happens, even if they don’t uncover anything.”

    Shafer has the intellectual modesty and dermal integrity of a man who clearly hadn’t had his ass handed to him enough as a teenager (which, in fairness, is how glibertarians are made & substained).

    • Roger Ailes

      Journalists also need to shit, but they don’t have to call the contents of their crapper news and publicize it 24/7.

      • so-in-so

        Been doing that pretty much of 30 years or more.

        Be more effective if someone could tell Jack Shafer that, on the air.

    • Murc

      … I kind of agree with that quote?

      The problem, of course, is that you want to stop digging a hole before it caves in on top of you, and that James Comey is not, indeed, a journalist.

      • CP

        Yeah. Part of journalistic integrity is that you dig holes even if you’re going after someone powerful, and even if you’re going after someone you might agree with politically. But part of that is also that when you don’t find anything, you report that too. You don’t spend years and years talking about how your own research which turned up nothing constitutes a “cloud” over the head of the person you’re talking about.

      • XTPD

        …or, that there’s no there there.

        Sparkling Glibturd has also argued that disproportionate coverage cannot possibly be a thing, and actually used the Galileo Wegener gambit “in defense of ‘he said/she said’ journalism.” At that point Occam’s razor dictates that Shafer’s just a spoiled fucking hack who hates Democrats because they won’t let him & his cronies do whatever the fuck they want.

        (Also supporting the “skinless douchebag” characterization, his Twitter timeline currently shows him throwing a shitfit over criticism of the e-mail coverage).

    • Barry_D

      “Actual quote from Jack Shafer, in a response to Jody Rosen: “Journalists need to dig holes when something like [the e-mail nontroversy] happens, even if they don’t uncover anything.””

      Dubya walked into the White House with several ‘financial irregularities’ in his past, not to mention Cheney.

      Was Shater every digging in that neighborhood?

      • XTPD

        He was busy carrying weed for the Koch Brothers/destroying Slate.

  • NewishLawyer

    From what I read, everyone is angry at Comey for the latest announcement. Even Joe “Bring Your Musket” Walsh called it unfair to HRC.

    • JDM

      I suspect at least part, and perhaps much, of the GOP responses criticizing Comey for this is A) being worried about backlash as it becomes more obvious how bogus this is, and B) figuring that Comey handled the “it’s out there now” part so they can cover their asses. That hunch is based in large part from seeing how often any of those players ever do anything principled.

      They could also be worried about the Putin-Trump ties investigation being revealed to the same extent as these “new” emails.

    • Bloix

      Everyone but Obama! Obama thinks Comey is a wonderful guy! Everyone else, from Harry Reid on down, is just blowing smoke!

      “The president doesn’t believe that Director Comey is intentionally trying to influence the outcome of an election,” [WH spox Earnest] said. “The president doesn’t believe that he’s secretly strategizing to benefit one candidate or one political party.” … “Director Comey is a man of integrity, he’s a man of principle, and he’s a man of good character,” Earnest said.

      http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-defend-criticize-fbi-director-james-comey/story?id=43197456

      Has he forgotten how to play this game, or is he campaigning for Trump now?

      • He’s avoiding even the slightest hint of looking like he’s using his official position to influence the election.

        • efgoldman

          He’s avoiding even the slightest hint of looking like he’s using his official position to influence the election.

          Well, except for the actively and joyously campaigning for HRC.
          But it’s the right thing to do about Comey this week. Next week, fire his ass.

      • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

        “Director Comey is a man of integrity, he’s a man of principle, and he’s a man of good character,” Earnest said.

        There are reports that he followed up this statement by pointing out that Brutus is an honorable man.

        • Bloix

          Way too subtle for the Nightly News.

      • farin

        Integrity, principle and good character are all consistent with disastrously poor judgment and a fundamental inability to continue doing one’s job. There’s very carefully no defense of his actions or even his abilities, just his basic character; asserting that he’s not literally working for Trump is the very faintest of praise.

  • CP

    God, fuck that guy. Fuck that lying, backsliding, gutless, two-faced, weaseling, ass-covering, cowardly, opportunistic snake in the grass.

    And as far as Democratic presidents hiring Republicans for positions like this in a show of bipartisanship goes, never, never, never again. This has gone more than far enough.

    • SamInMpls

      Has a Democrat ever served as FBI Director?

      Webster and Freeh were both appointed to serve in other roles in GOP administrations before being appointed.

      • lunaticllama

        Not yet.

        • Nick056

          Another excellent point really. Lots of folks are saying “never appoint a Republican to this job!”

          Well, okay.

          It’ll be fun to try to watch a Democratic director get a GOP Congress to appropriate money for toilet paper. Comey probably perceived himself as attempting to prevent the GOP from taking full aim at the FBI. For better or worse, a Democratic director wouldn’t have the same incentive because it would be total war from day 1.

          • LosGatosCA

            Weak kneed Democrats don’t want to assert their obligations to govern the country.

            News at 11pm. Interviews with Greenspan, Bernanke, Gates, Cohen, Hagel, Freeh, Woolsley, Comey, etc.

        • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

          When it happens it will be interesting if the reports about Comey facing a rebellion from some of his agents are true. It would be a case of a chunk of the FBI actively working against a conservative Director because he’s not completely a partisan hack. I’m not sure what they’d do with a Democrat in charge.

          • farin

            Lose their jobs?

            • Philip

              Just like all the people at CIA who even lied to the Bush administration! Wait a second…

    • Slothrop2

      Snakes have asses?

      She did it to herself. The whole McCabe thing is really bad. And in any case, the e-mails weren’t discovered until a few weeks ago. How many of the supposedly deleted e-mails wound up on Anthony Wiener’s laptop (or “hard drive” – Computerese it is actually double entendre).

      • What is “the whole McCabe thing” and how is it really bad? Is this that huge stunning WSJ bombshell “Virginia Democratic leader contributes to Virginia Democratic candidate”?

        • Bill Murray

          well it was more like candidates. The funds were used to support Dem candidates across Virginia. I think McCabe got the third most money. I do not know how much went to Mrs. Miller

      • ColBatGuano

        Keep f**king that chicken, Bernie will grab the nomination eventually.

  • Baron Von McArgleBargle

    I totally agree that Comey is a partisan hack, but there’s a deeper problem at play here. It seems likely that Comey felt pressure not just from his fellow Republicans but from a conservative faction in the FBI itself, who either explicitly or implicitly threatened to leak the details if he didn’t. If he was a true leader of principle, he would have told them to get bent, but instead, he chose hackery. But he’s just one man. What to do about the conservative cohort in the FBI that is using its power to affect the outcomes of elections? Who are these people? Maybe someone should shed a light on them as well.

    • CP

      I’m not sure if the proper term is “a conservative faction in the FBI” or if it’s just “the FBI, doing what it’s done since the days of J. Edgar Hoover.”

      • LosGatosCA

        Comey fired on Nov 9.

        Acting director a Democrat. Starts transferring rogue agents to Montana like Hoover did to punish agents before Hillary assumes office.

        The bureaucracy across the board has been under a republican control for 20 of 28 years before Obama- they have ratfuckers burrowed in everywhere. That’s one of the reasons they stonewalled Obama on everything, keep the Democrats from turning the bureaucracy.

        Hopefully we get the Senate and change the dynamic for at least 2 years.

        • CP

          Like I said, though: if we’re trying to clean out the FBI of agents who allow their political tribalism to affect their work and abuse their power in the service of their biases, I’m not sure we’re not going to have to fire the entire service. Or close enough to make no difference.

          I’d like to believe that it’s just a certain number of agents and political appointees in an otherwise professional bureau, but I suspect it’s just as likely that, as with many police departments, the problem is an institutional culture that permeates the entire service.

          J. Edgar Hoover made the rules for forty years. The fact that, forty more years after his death, we’re seeing a director and a number of agents who are behaving basically the same way he would have, seems to make a pretty compelling argument that the FBI has been running on Hoover rules the entire time.

    • FlipYrWhig

      What to do about the conservative cohort in the FBI that is using its power to affect the outcomes of elections? Who are these people? Maybe someone should shed a light on them as well.

      Sounds like a job for a federal law enforcement agency.

      • (((Hogan)))

        Or maybe the House Committee on Oversight and . . . oh shit.

      • Wapiti

        Heck, if they do leak, have the FBI equivalent of internal affairs pull out the “what to do when a leak comes out of the building” checklist and put it to a test. Let someone serve as an example to tighten up the internal problems.

    • rewenzo

      Off the top of my head, if I were the director of the FBI, I might consider:

      1. Firing these people.
      2. Prosecuting them.
      3. Not doing the thing they wanted to do.

      But I’ve never worked in the Bush Administration so I don’t think I’m qualified to be the director of the FBI in a Democratic Administration, so so we’ll never know if any of these remedies are possible.

      • (((Hogan)))

        And then you might spend the rest of your term dealing with daily subpoenas from congressional committees.

        • rewenzo

          I’m a lawyer at the head of an army of lawyers. Responding to subpoenas where I have done nothing wrong is…not something that should frighten me.

          • (((Hogan)))

            This isn’t a legal process we’re talking about.

        • LosGatosCA

          And this is a problem in exactly what way?

          Oh, I see, better to give in to blackmail by lunatics in the Tea Party.

          Christ, no wonder Democrats can never find any pceople with spine to do these jobs.

          ETA – make Harry Reid acting director during the lame duck

      • ColBatGuano

        How about:

        4) Transferring a bunch of Manhattan based agents to Sioux Falls, SD.

        • so-in-so

          Alaska – let them see Russia from their back yards…

    • Anna in PDX

      Heck, it is not so far fetched of a theory to say that he himself is feeling pressure from the Russians. Exhibit A: Stupid letter on Friday. Exhibit B: Today’s statement about how the Russia issue is just too sensitive. I don’t think this is really beyond the realm of possibility. After all, Aldritch Ames was turned.

      • Paul Campos

        tinker tailor soldier trump

        • DAS

          I find your ideas intriguing and would like to subscribe to your newsletter … oh, wait a minute …

      • (((Hogan)))

        I went home with the director
        The way I always do
        How was I to know
        He was with the Russians too?

      • rea

        Aldritch Ames was turned.

        And more to the point, Robert Hanssen

    • Nick056

      This is a good point. Comey should not have sent the letter. However, Comey was facing internal and external pressure to do so.

      When we say “partisanship is strong” and “norms are being violated,” well, this fiasco is part of that problem. As with everything else here, there’s not really an easy fix.

    • Sly

      If he was a true leader of principle, he would have told them to get bent, but instead, he chose hackery.

      Is “get bent” FBI shorthand for “I’ll expect your letter of resignation on my desk in the morning”?

      • Michael Cain

        There’s a bunch of speculation going around that the serious problem people have enough service years that what they’ll turn in is their retirement paperwork, and start collecting their pension.

        • ColBatGuano

          This is a problem?

          • LosGatosCA

            Exactly – so you mean you can’t be fired and you’re quitting to prove your point?

            Well, looks like you’ve got me checkmated. Nothing I can do I guess. You ‘re in complete control and this letter of resignation certainly proves that. Sorry I overplayed my hand here. We’ll just have to make do somehow. It’s gonna be tough. You say not even if I came crawling? On my hands and knees? Just have to skip that humiliation then. It’s been a pleasure working with you, even if you can’t say the same. Nothing I can do to talk you out of it you say? Looks like this is it then. Badge, gun, security fob, computer, phone. We’re all set. Hope to see you at the Birch Society reunion. No, no, we just do the surveillance.

            Door slams.

            That Richie Phillips negotiating strategy kills me every time.

            ETA – a Saturday Night Seppuku would be great

    • Philip

      The same thing we did to all the people who openly defied civilian oversight at Langley: jack fucking shit, because our leaders are cowards

      Torturing people and then lying about it to Congress wasn’t enough to even lose them their jobs. The US IC is essentially immune to consequences.

  • vic rattlehead

    This is gonna be a long week, isn’t it?

    So when do you guys think new Trump oppo is gonna drop? I’ve heard Thursday.

    • Wapiti

      Yeah, a long week ahead. Flying out for 4 days with the in-laws.

      I’ve voted though, and feeling pretty good there.

  • vic rattlehead

    Should Trump win, and the worst happen, Comey should be tried at whatever post- World War III Nuremberg-esque trials what’s left of human civilization comes up with.

    • sapient

      If Trump wins, he’ll be “trying” us.

  • LWA
    • Bit of a risk there. Fabrizio could fabricate a poll finding that 73% of Trump supporters believe in the Jewish world conspiracy and 67% support the genocide of Mexican immigrants. He would never work again but it might be worth it.

      • LWA

        Poe’s Law sez:

        The day after that poll comes out, David Duke announces his candidacy for 2020, and zooms to a 70% approval rating among Republicans.

        Campaign slogan: “In your heart, you knew he was right all along.”

      • BartletForGallifrey

        Fabrizio could fabricate a poll finding that 73% of Trump supporters believe in the Jewish world conspiracy and 67% support the genocide of Mexican immigrants.

        I don’t think he would need to fabricate it.

  • Karen24

    So why is no one covering this?

    • mds

      Because if they covered this, it would require headlines like “Trump campaign supported by Russian government interference,” and “Clinton’s own e-mails not relevant to current investigation,” rather than “Trump hammers Clinton over e-mails” and “Specter of mail server clouds Clinton chances.” And then the MSM wouldn’t know what to do with itself … though I confess I have a few ideas right now.

      Anyway, let me take this opportunity to tell myself and you, Don’t panic. Sure, my parents think this means Hillary’s going to jail, but they’re fucking stupid fake Christians who wouldn’t recognize a fact if punched them repeatedly in their obese faces. Which is to say, Franklin Graham told them to vote for Trump, and it’s not like they were going to change their (what we can only charitably refer to as) minds. This is pretty much preaching to the choir, except possibly downticket, where “Okay, fine, I’ll vote for Hillary or leave the top line blank, but she’s gonna need watching” could have an effect. Oh, god, even if she wins, she’s not going to be able to govern, is she?

      Ahem. What I mean is, we’re going to be pleasantly surprised by the Senate results next Tuesday. Why, in key states Democratic early voting has finally surged to levels only somewhat below 2012!

      … Look, maybe someone else needs to talk you down.

      • sapient

        That absolutely worked for me! Maybe my bed isn’t as wet as I thought …

    • jpgray

      Karen, you have bravely represented the paranoiac despair of my own heart on this board without a fault. You hold up the mirror and snap the perfect Polaroid of my personal obsessive fears. In the throes of our mutual “ohmygodohmygod no,” I will tell you what has provided some solace to my overheated brain:

      My wife* told me: “Why are you obsessing about this? Hillary’s going to win and everyone knows it.”

      *My wife is about a million times smarter, and a million times more normal, than I am.

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