- The Washington Times - Monday, October 31, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Republicans — at every turn this election cycle — have been asked by the mainstream media whether they continue to support Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.

“Republicans race to denounce Trump comments; some pull endorsements,” USA Today reported earlier this month after a vulgar tape was leaked of Mr. Trump talking about groping women. Three days later, the paper reported: “More than 3 dozen GOP leaders say no to Trump,” after they conducted their own personal survey.

Yet no paper or news outlet seems to be asking Democrats whether they will continue to support Hillary Clinton after the FBI reopened its criminal investigation into her email server on Friday. Instead, the mainstream media seems to be questioning the integrity of the investigation and the motives of FBI Director James B. Comey.

For the first time in American history, a woman under criminal investigation could become president of the United States. A woman who set up a private email server — with the intention of dodging Freedom of Information requests — who repeatedly lied for more than a year to the American public about it, who took Bleachbit to more than 33,000 emails under federal subpoena, and then smashed her devices so no FBI agent could get to them.

She doesn’t remember taking cybersecurity classes at the State Department, she claims not to know that (c) meant “classified,” and in an FBI interview, she couldn’t recall key facts surrounding her investigation 39 times.

And yet there’s no outrage by Democrats. Instead, they’re rallying around Mrs. Clinton, taking up her talking points that the FBI is politicized and that there’s nothing to see in the 650,000 emails that were recovered from Anthony Weiner’s computer.

The mainstream media is supporting their charge.

On Monday, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing asked a guest whether Mr. Comey — not Mrs. Clinton — broke the law in announcing he was reopening Mrs. Clinton’s case.

Katy Tur, a NBC reporter, tweeted a news report titled: “Newly discovered emails unlikely to change FBI decision not to charge Clinton, experts say.”

We don’t have any idea what’s in these newly discovered emails, so how would these experts know enough to clear Mrs. Clinton? It’s media bias at work.

“In pursuit of civic health: There are R’s who’ve asked hard questions about our nominee,” Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who has come out as #NeverTrump wrote on Twitter. “Who are the D’s asking real Qs about their nominee?”

To be fair, Democratic pollster Doug Schoen said on Sunday he is reassessing his support of Mrs. Clinton after news of the FBI reopening her case.

“Give that this investigation is going to go on for many months after the election, no matter who wins, but if [Clinton] wins, we will have a president under criminal investigation with Huma Abedin under investigation,” Mr. Schoen said on “Fox Report Sunday.”

“[U]nder these circumstances, I am actively reassessing my support. I’m not a Trump person.”

“I’m deeply concerned that we will have a constitutional crisis if she’s elected. I want to learn more this week, see what we see. But as of today, I am not a supporter of the secretary of state for the nation’s highest office,” he continued.

I applaud Mr. Schoen for his honesty. But will anyone else in his party (or the media) follow?

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