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This notion that Comey was motivated by scrupulousness is pure bullshit. Comey was motivated by cowardice. He was afraid that Republicans would say mean things about him and his beloved FBI.

He first violated his duty when he went on his rant about Clinton when he closed the file in July. Having investigators commenting on an investigation is contrary to department rules. Justice department ethics officials warned him about this violation but he defied them -- because he was afraid that if he failed to find a crime and said nothing, he would be criticized by Republicans. But that is no excuse. His job is to stand there silent and take criticism with courage.

There is long standing precedent for not having the investigative cops comment on the evidence. That is because the investigators have extraordinary power to ruin people's lives even if they don't find evidence of a crime. And that was exactly what happened in this case. Commenting on the investigation is supposed to be left to the prosecutors who can weigh the evidence, not the rabid bloodhounds. (Cue your Law and Order opening).

Comey's excuse for defying protocol and not allowing Justice Department prosecutors to make a statement was that he didn't trust his boss, Loretta Lynch. What was this based on? The fact that Lynch had a 15-minute meeting with Bill Clinton at which aides were present and say the conversation consisted of talking about golf, their grandchildren and the Brexit vote of the previous day. Comey took this 15 minute meeting to indicate corruption.

But Comey himself had two meetings with Trump, including a two-hour dinner, in which Trump specifically discussed the investigation. Comey failed to tell the public about these meetings until after he was fired. Protocol for Comey would be to refuse these private meetings to avoid the appearance of corruption. Protocol is to refer the the President to Justice Department officials for this sort of discussion, not the investigators. Again Comey defied protocol.

So Lynch is corrupt for discussing golf and Saint Comey is above reproach for discussing the investigation with a possible target? What hubris!

His second excuse for defying protocol was that there was a phony Russian memo claiming that Lynch had put the fix in. He knew this was phony but he was afraid that if the Republicans got a hold of it, they would say mean things about Comey. Again, this wasn't scrupulousness. This was cowardice - covering his ass for Republicans when he should have been defending Lynch against a Russian propaganda attack.

And then in the week before the election he again defied protocol. Again Justice Department ethics lawyers warned him that it was improper to comment on an investigation in the final days before an election. This is simply never done. It defies all the Justice Department rules. His excuse is that he made a "promise to Republicans" to let them know of any change in status. But there is no rule requiring this notification. There is no "obligation" to do so. And in fact such notification is explicitly forbidden by Justice Department rules immediately preceding an election. He cowardly made up this "promise" just to appease Republicans.

And as it turned out, there was no new evidence of a crime, but there was not enough time to correct the insinuation, which is precisely why there is that rule about not interfering immediately before an election.

He again did this out of cowardice. Republicans might say mean things about him.

And some people say he acted because the NY FBI was going to leak. In that case he should have been investigating the illegal corruption of his own department instead of trying to cover it up by leaking himself. He was acting to protect himself and his reputation, not a constitutional election.

He also says that he did not act out of political considerations, yet contradicts himself when he says that he believed Clinton would win so it wouldn't make any difference. That's as political a decision as it gets.

There's a good reason for the Justice Department rules against commenting on investigations immediately before an election. It's to prevent people like Comey from making mistaken political calculations.

No, Comey was not being scrupulous. He was unscrupulously defying department protocol repeatedly because of cowardice -- and unimaginable hubris that he was above all the rules.

Whether or not he intended to harm Clinton is beside the point. To use his phrase he was "extremely careless" in his defiance of department guidelines, resulting in a terrible outcome. If he had simply followed the rules, none of this would have happened. He allowed his political considerations at every turn to warp his judgement. Chalk this up to hubris and cowardice.
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