We now know James Comey really did apply two different standards to Trump and Clinton


Somehow, #Comeygate just got even worse.CREDIT: AP Photo/Cliff OwenIn James Comey’s FBI, it appears that one set of rules applies to Hillary Clinton, and another applies to Donald Trump.FBI Director James Comey’s decision to send a vague letter to Republican congressional committee chairs suggesting that Hillary Clinton may — or may not — be facing further FBI investigation turned him into the most criticized man in Washington. As former Deputy Attorneys General Jamie Gorelick and Larry Thompson explained, the Justice Department operates “under long-standing and well-established traditions limiting disclosure of ongoing investigations to the public and even to Congress, especially in a way that might be seen as influencing an election.”As it turns out, however, Comey did honor these traditions. Or, at least, he did so when he discovered information that could hurt Donald Trump.Last October, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded that the Russian government was behind recent hacks into the email accounts of Democratic organizations and high-ranking operatives that have embarrassed Clinton and her party. In a statement, the two agencies announced that “the U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” and that “these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”According to CNBC, a former FBI official says that Comey agreed with this assessment, but “was against putting it out before the election.” Ultimately, the statement confirming the Russian government’s role in the hacks was released without the FBI’s name on the statement.So, to summarize, when the FBI uncovered emails that they had not read, had not yet obtained a warrant to read, and had not in any way confirmed would reveal anything at all about Hillary Clinton, Comey rushed to convey this information to Clinton’s political enemies in a letter that was light on facts and easy to misrepresent to the press.Yet, when the FBI learned that a hostile foreign power was literally trying to shape the result of the election, he opposed disclosing this information to the American people.We now know James Comey really did apply two different standards to Trump and Clinton was originally published in ThinkProgress on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


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