The FBI acquits Hillary Clinton again
Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 novembre 2016
FBI directors do not need to be popular, but they do need to have the confidence of their staff and, ideally, America. It is hard to think James Comey, who made a second belated intrusion into the general election on November 6th, has much of either currently. In a letter to Congress, Mr Comey said that a second FBI probe into Mrs Clinton’s e-mail arrangements as secretary of state, which he had announced nine days earlier, had reached the same conclusion as the first. Mrs Clinton’s use of a private internet server instead of an official e-mail was “careless” but did not warrant an indictment.Mr Comey had thrown his first bomb, nine days earlier, in announcing the second probe. The FBI had concluded its initial year-long investigation into Mrs Clinton’s e-mails three months previously. Yet Mr Comey announced, also in a letter to Congress, that additional e-mails had come to light which appeared “to be pertinent to the investigation”. It transpired that these belonged to a close aide of Mrs Clinton’s, Huma Abedin, and had been discovered in an unrelated investigation into her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, concerning lewd text messages he had sent to a 15-year-old girl.
Mr Comey’s latest intervention looks like an effort to make good some of that damage. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton”, he said in his letter to Congress. But he will not clean up the mess so easily. First, because 42m people had already voted by then, many of them labouring under a false impression that Mrs Clinton faced an imminent FBI indictment. Second, because—of course—Mr Trump does not accept Mr Comey’s latest conclusion.In Virginia on November 7th he assured his supporters that “rank-and-file” FBI agents would continue to investigate Mrs Clinton’s e-mails despite Mr Comey’s instructions. And, third, Mrs Clinton does not want to advertise Mr Comey’s climbdown at all, because any mention of her e-mails supports the logical fallacy that she did something seriously, even criminally, wrong—even though the FBI has concluded she did not. It has been a truly wretched affair. (abstract from The Economist) (photo: comey)