Although the media is in a lather over the latest news about the FBI director James Comey’s letter that there have been new emails regarding Hillary Clinton, to be quite honest, I cannot see that there is anything there. After all, the emails are not to or from her. I do not expect this news to create a major shift in people’s decisions on how they will vote because the news is vague and the whole email story so old. It does seem that Comey seems to be too anxious to hold press conferences and put out statements on issues, contradictory to the usual protocols. I commented on this tendency back in July.
Some suggest that Comey is ruining the reputation for the impartiality of the FBI but that is laughable. Yes, the FBI is supposed to be nonpartisan but the FBI’s reputation for political skullduggery is awful. Remember its infiltration and subversion of civil rights and peace groups? COINTELPRO?
The one person who has my sympathy at this moment is Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s key aide. She seems to be a perfectly competent and loyal assistant who seeks to maintain a low profile but whose main misfortune is that she married Anthony Weiner, a total disaster of a human being and a magnet for bad publicity. It is to Clinton’s credit that she has stuck with Abedin when it would have been easy to cut her loose a long time ago, even though there is no hint that Abedin has done anything wrong.
John Oliver comments on the latest story.