- - Thursday, November 17, 2016


In “The Federal Bureau of Political Investigation” (Web, Nov. 16) Andrew P. Napolitano calls FBI Director James Comey’s July 5 press conference, during which Mr. Comey said Hillary Clinton “would not be prosecuted,” and his reopening and subsequent re-closing of that same investigation “unlawful.” Mr. Napolitano writes that this constituted “gross mismanagement of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.”

Well, that’s easy for him to say, but after Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch met with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac for about 30 minutes and then removed herself from the decision chain (deferring to Mr. Comey on whether to prosecute Hillary Clinton), Mr. Comey became the federal official responsible for the conduct and disposition of the investigation. The only other official who would have been able to act at that point was the president of the United States.

Mr. Comey was dealt this hand and he played it as he saw fit. He was made the patsy by the Obama administration, and we should be thankful for his serious efforts to make the best out of a no-win situation. In fact, Mr. Comey should be awarded a medal for his actions under circumstances that would have been fatal to most political careers.


Bowie, Md.

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