I have no difficulty imaging that Hillary Clinton is capable of bad decisions from time to time, as are we all. I suspect that she and Bill can be quite full of themselves, having been part of America’s political royal class for a long time. I have no need to excuse her behaviour when it needs criticizing.
But, let us admit that a great right-wing conspiracy has been after her for a very long time and very little evidence has been produced that should cause concern. In light of that, I think she has earned the right to be suspicious of FBI Director James Comey’s motivation, though I have no reason to believe it involves anything nefarious.
“It’s pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election,” Clinton told supporters in Daytona Beach, Florida, where the crowd booed at the mention of Comey’s letter. “In fact, it’s not just strange, it’s unprecedented and it’s deeply troubling because voters deserve to get full and complete facts.”
Clinton called on Comey to swiftly release more information, saying he must “explain everything right away, put it all right on the table.”
Clinton also swiped at Republican rival Donald Trump, saying he’s “doing his best to confuse, mislead and discourage the American people” over the issue.
“Of course, Donald Trump is already making up lies about this,” Clinton said.
The Clinton campaign had Comey a target in the last ten days of the campaign, for which he has only himself to blame.
Here is my bit of wishful thinking: Despite what Trump and his friends have to say, a new investigation has not been opened up because the FBI has found new problems. Their actions appear to be due diligence as part of an on-going investigation. But, whatever Comey’s motivation, the timing does stink and I think a lot of fair-minded people will wonder what is happening, especially in light of past attacks on Mrs. Clinton that had no merit.
And Trump will, of course, overplay his hand.
Perhaps many voters will assume Hillary Clinton has done something wrong based on nothing other than the fact the FBI is looking into something that involves a key aide. But I think, perhaps wishfully, that many others will recognize that this appears to be a piece of political manipulation in the waning days of the campaign.
No one likes to be manipulated.
It looks bad on the FBI. It looks bad for our democracy, and unless Comey gives us some details about what he thinks he’s doing, his integrity and the integrity of the organization he leads should be called into question. It’s only fair.