Did Comey violated the Hatch Act or is he just easily manipulated?

imageSure. Why not? Since the season had reached new heights of silliness, why shouldn’t the Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid charge the Director of the FBI with contravening the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in political activity?

The Hatch Act prohibits FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Reid said that by releasing this information, which he says is not conclusive or pertinent, Comey may have broken the law… [In a letter to the FBI Director] Reid accused Comey of having intent to aid one political party over the other in the election and called his behavior a “double standard” due to the fact that, as Reid claimed in the letter, Comey has information related to Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia…”By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible.”

Rather than intending to aid Republicans it is more likely Comey was successfully played by GOP claims that the electoral system is rigged, as argued by Paul Krugman. In other words, since Comey didn’t want to appear biased in the eyes of the most vocal critics of the electoral process, he chose to throw those most trusting of the process under the bus, i.e., the Democrats.

I don’t know if that qualifies as partisan dealing, but the idea that the head of America’s domestic intelligence agency could be so easily manipulated by Donald J. Trump is a frightening thought.

That alone should get him fired.

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