On Wednesday morning, former FBI Director James Comey, who was supposed to be non-partisan when he held his old job, suddenly found himself a man without a party.
Comey had decided to weigh in after President Trump’s much-criticized remarks in Helsinki, Finland, calling for Americans to reject the Republican Party and vote for the Democratic Party:
This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must … counteract ambition.” All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 18, 2018
But that remark triggered Brian Fallon, the national press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, to tweet that Comey should simply go away:
Democrats don't want your endorsement, but thanks.https://t.co/1BVei3GbUC
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 18, 2018
All things considered, Comey was lucky he didn’t get put on a list:
Progressives should keep a list of names of the sellouts at Yale and elsewhere who are right now trying to smooth a path for the overturning of Roe and gutting of the New Deal. They should be unwelcome in future Democratic administrations.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 13, 2018
Clinton’s 2016 campaign apparatus has long been furious at Comey for sending a letter to Congress on Oct. 28, 2016, in which he wrote that the FBI had “learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” into her private email server.
Hillary Clinton has said, “I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian Wikileaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.”
As recently as June, when the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report slamming Comey for deviating from departmental procedures when he investigated Clinton’s use of a private server for emails, and noted he had used personal email accounts to conduct bureau business, Clinton mocked him in a tweet that was liked almost 700,000 times:
But my emails. https://t.co/G7TIWDEG0p
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 14, 2018
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