In the wake of revelations that the FBI knew about the CIA’s assessment that Russia was actively interfering in the US election on Donald Trump’s behalf and yet did nothing about it, has caused outgoing Senate leader Harry Reid to call for Comey’s resignation:
Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid came out guns blazing against FBI chief James Comey on Sunday, saying he should be ousted for covering up information regarding Russia’s efforts to meddle with the U.S. elections. Reid went as far as to call Comey the “new J. Edgar Hoover,” saying he had the information of Russian involvement in the election and kept it from the American public.
In an interview with MSNBC, Reid said the FBI knew that the CIA had concluded with a high level of certainty that the Russian government was trying to get Donald Trump elected, as reported in an explosive story in the Washington Post. “This is not fake news. Intelligence officials are hiding connections to the Russian government. There is no question,” Reid said. “Comey knew and deliberately kept this info a secret.”
In the final days leading up to the election, the FBI was fully aware of Russia’s involvement with the Trump campaign. The CIA and several other intelligence agencies had come to a consensus that Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC in a deliberate attempt to smear Clinton heading into the convention. But rather than investigate Russia and publicize the intelligence community’s assessment, FBI Director James Comey chose to cover up the details of foreign interference in the election. That decision alone is an abdication of his constitutional responsibility to protect the nation from enemies foreign and domestic. Seeing that the Russian interference was helping his preferred candidate, Comey chose to put party before country and in the process, threatened the very integrity of our democracy.
But to make matters worse, not only did Comey choose to bury the story of Russia’s collusion with Trump, but he also then chose to re-open the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, effectively smearing Clinton in the final days of the election. Analysts have determined that Comey’s October Surprise was the death knell for the Clinton campaign, and a dishonest one at that: the re-opened investigation was subsequently closed on election day when nothing substantial was found. Comey not only colluded with a foreign government to support his preferred candidate, but he also actively smeared the frontrunner in an effort to tilt the election.
The FBI is supposed to be a non-partisan institution that serves under the president regardless of their party. But Comey has effectively politicized the FBI into an arm of the Republican Party, weaponizing their investigations to influence the electoral process. This subversion of power undermines the rule of law and the integrity of the FBI and democracy itself. It would be bad enough if Comey had smeared Clinton, but now that we know that he chose to do that while simultaneously covering up a scandal of historic proportions is unforgivable. Comey has violated his oath to protect the Constitution and the American people from foreign enemies. He purposely ignored the nefarious involvement of foreign actors on our most cherished democratic process. In short, James Comey committed high treason against his country and should be publicly branded as a traitor to the United States.