FBI’s Comey May Be A Big Loser Tuesday

Whoever wins Tuesday's election, a big loser could be FBI Director James Comey. Not since J. Edgar Hoover has anyone done as much damage to bureau's reputation as Comey.

His plunge into the presidential campaign with unsubstantiated charges coupled with malicious anti-Clinton leaks from some of his rogue agents just days before the election has the odor of intentional interference.

Former NY Mayor and close Donald Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani confirmed that rogue agents hostile to Hillary Clinton had leaked to the Trump campaign information about the investigation into emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer days before Comey's letter to Congress on the topic surfaced.

Whoever becomes president this week may find it difficult to trust Comey, who not only exercised poor judgment by plunging into the political campaign only 11 days before voting but apparently can't seem to keep his own house in order.

The Guardian quoted a current agent in the New York field office saying, "they're leaking" because "the FBI is Trumpland."

Chemi Shalev of Haaretz put together a report on the "FBI Putsch Against Clinton and Democracy" that is well worth reading.

The rogue agents were also likely the "sources with intimate knowledge" cited by Fox News anchor Bret Baier that Clinton was expected to be indicted after the election in connection with investigation of her private server and separately on charges related to the charitable Clinton Foundation.

Both reports were totally false, Baier reluctantly confessed later; there were no indictments coming.  He apologized, but the damage had been done and Trump was repeating and embellishing the false charges at his rallies as given fact.

Campaign manager Kellyane Conway admitted Trump's statements were false, but, so what, she said, they worked. She told NBC news, “Well, the damage is done to Hillary Clinton.”

And that's what Trump, Comey and the rogue FBI agents were aiming for. 

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.