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I call bull on Comey's "Speak or Conceal" claim

By Kyle ToddinghamMay 4, 2017

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FBI Director James Comey had plenty of questions to answer for during his Senate judiciary committee hearing today. While he was asked numerous questions in relation to the Russian investigation and possible ties with the Trump campaign, Comey wouldn’t or perhaps couldn’t in some cases answer.

He did, however, speak to his handling of the Clinton emails, especially regarding his decision to release a statement on October 28th that the FBI was still investigating the matter. It has been a widely held opinion that Comey purposely released that letter about the Clinton emails (which then days later was quietly closed again with nothing found) to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. 

The hearing on May 3rd is the first of two this week for the FBI director, there will also be a closed-door hearing on Thursday, May 4th.

Comey stalwartly defended his decision. He adamantly insisted that his choices were either to “speak or conceal.” He went on to say that while he knew speaking could be “really bad,” that “concealing would be catastrophic.” 

Here’s the problem: Director James Comey had no problem opening and discussing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails via private server as it was ongoing, but he never mentioned that the FBI was also currently investigating ties to Russia via the Trump campaign since last summer.

How dare he practice this determination to reveal on one subject but not the other. How dare he take part in manipulating and deceiving the American people. I don’t believe for a second that his decision to reveal this consequential letter on Hillary Clinton a week before the election wasn’t a calculated political move. 

If the FBI’s purpose of disclosing their continued probe into the Clinton emails was for the honesty and information of Congress and the American people, then they absolutely should have also revealed that they were investigating the Trump campaign for ties to Russia. 

Comey’s practice here is inconsistent at best, and quite frankly, I think it’s bull and am not buying it.

And no, this isn’t a matter of anyone whining that their candidate didn’t win. The election is over. Donald Trump is our president and that’s that. The concern here is that the FBI is supposed to be a neutral and separate entity so that it may practice and oversee unbiased investigations in our country. If the integrity of the entire bureau is compromised, who are the American people supposed to look to and entrust for fair, honest, and thorough federal investigatory work?

Director James Comey’s actions very well may have affected the outcome of the American presidential election, but more importantly, his actions have placed doubt in the minds of the American people in regards to the FBI. This comes at a time when law enforcement in its entirety is under heavy scrutiny and mistrust. 

We the people deserve to have a Federal Bureau of Investigation in which we can always trust, and that starts with the head of the department. James Comey denies culpability in swaying the presidential election. Now we the people must continue to hold him, the FBI, and Congress accountable in their current and ongoing investigation into Russia, the election, and the Trump administration.