I'm honestly not sure what to make of this. The most common line taken appears to be that, yes, he violated FBI policies and (probably) laws, but he was very clever about it and it would be very difficult to successfully convict him in DC where a jury would be composed of mostly Democrats who probably think Comey is a hero. But, they say, wait for the FISA abuse report and surely Comey will be charged for that.
That's pretty much the same line of argument they used after the Clinton IG report. Gosh, this all looks bad and it's obviously a cover up, but we'll get them in the next report..
And again, and again, and again, each time getting no prosecutions, and being told to wait for the next one where surely there would finally be consequences.
I'm getting tired of that and it's starting to sound like a Deep State delaying tactic designed to draw it out until after 2020 when it can be made to disappear, as well as inducing "scandal fatigue" so the public get tired of the whole thing and start to tune out.
On the flip side, there are credible reports that suggest McCabe may actually get charged on something, and if those are accurate, AND Comey gets charged on the FISA angle, it would go a long way towards demonstrating progress.
Part of the problem is that we are being asked to view independent decisions as linked, with the later decisions (implied as being harsher) justifying/excusing the relative leniency of the initial decisions. But they aren't linked. Each decision is independent and doesn't influence the others. This is the only chance the IG and DOJ have to go after Comey for his memos.
So as far as I am concerned, I'm evaluating each decision to prosecute or not independently, too. Comey's memos case is hard to win, but he needs to face charges for what he did to undermine and betray the elected official he supposedly served.
This entry was published Thu Sep 05 00:00:57 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2019-09-05 00:00:57.0.