“Mr. Chairman, I’m Not Made of Steel”

With this plea, FBI Director Comey asked for a bathroom recess a few hours into a lengthy open hearing on Capitol Hill held on March 20, 2017.

 

Jessica Meyers

The House Intelligence Committee held an open hearing on March 20th on the active measures being taken to investigate potential Russian influences in the election.

Two hours into the hearing, it was nearly impossible to ignore the number of times FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers both explained their inability to answer certain questions was due to the fact that they couldn’t divulge classified information a public setting. Continue reading ““Mr. Chairman, I’m Not Made of Steel””

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Vox Writer Omits Key Facts to Downplay Clinton’s Email Scandal

Vox writer, Matthew Yglesias, wrote a piece which is currently the site’s most popular with over six-thousand shares on Facebook alone—not to mention the number of times it has crossed my inbox. In it, he claims Clinton’s email scandal is nothing more than a fabrication of the media. In the process, Yglesias brushes over the entire pay-for-play aspect and other facts surrounding the investigation.

His most consequential omissions, however, have to do with Comey’s decision in July not to recommend an indictment. Below are some things he didn’t mention. Continue reading “Vox Writer Omits Key Facts to Downplay Clinton’s Email Scandal”

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James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment

Guilt is a powerful emotion. It destroyed Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Arthur Dimmesdale, in The Scarlet Letter. In the same way, guilt left FBI director James Comey, a man known for his moral rectitude, grappling for redemption last week. His letter to Congress, which divulged the reopening of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation, was his attempt to make up for his failure to recommend her indictment this summer.

Speculative? Sure. But it makes sense. Comey, the head of the FBI, did something bizarre. His letter this close to an election stepped out of the bounds of tradition and procedure. Even critics of Clinton, like Rep. Jim Jordan and Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, have noted Comey’s letter was out of bounds. Continue reading “James Comey’s Scarlet-Letter Moment”

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