Who is James Comey? Unelected Obama appointee investigated both candidates in tense 2016 showdown

by WorldTribune Staff, March 22, 2017

FBI Director James Comey, a man who “is answerable to not a single voter in the land,” launched investigations into both candidates in “the most contentious presidential campaign in recent American history,” a columnist noted on March 21.

“For a guy who claims to be above or beneath or beside grubby politics in America … Comey sure does manage to insert himself into the seamiest corners of politics and seize the spotlight at the most fraught moments possible,” Charles Hurt wrote for The Washington Times.

FBI Director James Comey. / AFP / Getty Images

Comey “is answerable ultimately only to the president and the president’s attorney general — a position President Obama politicized like we have never seen before.”

Hurt continued: “First he condemns Lady Dragon Hillary with the most damning exoneration in the history of public prosecutions. Then he slays her in public with just weeks to go before the election — only to ride up on his armor-suited horse in a failed effort to resuscitate her in the final days.”

The FBI director “was even busier behind the scenes secretly tampering with the election in ways unknown,” Hurt wrote.

Comey testified before Congress on March 20 that his FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation “all the way back in July” into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to the Russian government.

“Stop and think about that,” Hurt wrote.

“While Mr. Comey’s investigation into Hillary Clinton — publicly pursuing her, condemning her and ultimately stamping his approval on her — was enough to make even the most anti-Clinton partisan cringe. It is his Ahab-like pursuit of Donald Trump that is a thousand times more sinister.

“Here you have a man — one of the most powerful operatives in President Obama’s administration — pursuing a global and boundless investigation into Mr. Obama’s greatest political enemy at the height of a political campaign.”

The FBI director’s pursuit of Trump during the presidential election “is one of two things,” Hurt wrote. “Either it is a politically charged investigation launched by one sitting president into his greatest political enemy as that enemy tries winning the White House. Or it is Watergate — ten thousandfold.”

Hurt concluded: “The real threat to our republic today is that one sitting president’s administration used it’s darkest and most potent powers to spy on a political opponent during a presidential campaign. And even more disturbing: We have a political press that doesn’t seem to care.”

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