What are we to make of FBI director James Comey’s actions? A recent intelligence briefing made Democrats irate. They say their confidence in Comey was shaken. Comey’s actions have drawn unwanted attention from the inspector general. Comey is now the subject of a probe by the inspector general. The probe will focus on Comey’s actions while investigating Hillary Clinton.
Comey sent a letter to members of Congress two weeks before the presidential election. Some think the letter helped swing the election in Trump’s favor. Nate Silver, the famous statistician, said Clinton had an 81 percent chance of winning the election before the release of the letter. Her chances fell to 65 percent after the release of the letter. It is difficult to establish a causal relationship between the two numbers, but the change is at least a little suggestive.
Democrats think Comey is all too eager to disclose information that may be harmful to Democrats. This is due, in part, to the fact that he was willing to reveal information about the Clinton investigation before they reached a conclusion. In contrast, Comey was tight-lipped when asked about connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
It is too early to say what is going on. Stay tuned to this blog as the probe continues.