Reid plays the role of partisan hack even as he exits stage left, far left

Just the facts ma’am, just the facts, as Joe Friday used to say.

Harry accuses

Harry accuses

But in the case of FBI Director James Comey and revelations about Hillary Clinton’s playing fast and loose with her emails during her time as secretary of State, it is a matter of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Comey did and Harry Reid damned.

In a letter to the FBI director, Reid accused Comey of violating the Hatch Act, which bars officials from interfering with elections, by rushing to reveal “the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton … in the most negative light possible.”

Of course, image what others would say upon discovering Comey had come into possession of information that obviated his previous claims that Clinton was not prosecutable due to a lack of intent — though law has a “gross negligence” standard. There would have been screams of a coverup. Not revealing facts is just as influential on an election as revealing facts, or more so.

The damnation of Watergate was over the coverup.

“Moreover, in tarring Secretary Clinton with thin innuendo, you overruled longstanding tradition and the explicit guidance of your own Department,” Reid berated. “You rushed to take this step eleven days before a presidential election, despite the fact that for all you know, the information you possess could be entirely duplicative of the information you already examined which exonerated Secretary Clinton.”

And then again it might not be.

“Director Comey is updating his previous testimony, and he should do that,” U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said in an interview with the WSJ on Sunday. “Hillary Clinton can only blame herself for this mess. She created this problem, not Director Comey.”

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., called Reid in a Twitter posting a disgrace. “Harry Reid is a disgrace to American politics, among worst men ever in Senate. He can’t go soon enough, & many Democrats privately agree.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said of Reid, “Thank god he’s leaving is my initial reaction,” adding that “anyone capable of sending that press release has to be under the influence of something.”

Here is the entire Reid letter:

Dear Director Comey:

Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another. I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.

The double standard established by your actions is clear.

In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.

By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible.

Moreover, in tarring Secretary Clinton with thin innuendo, you overruled longstanding tradition and the explicit guidance of your own Department. You rushed to take this step eleven days before a presidential election, despite the fact that for all you know, the information you possess could be entirely duplicative of the information you already examined which exonerated Secretary Clinton.

As you know, a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on March 10, 2016, makes clear that all Justice Department employees, including you, are subject to the Hatch Act. The memo defines the political activity prohibited under the Hatch Act as “activity directed towards the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group.”

The clear double-standard established by your actions strongly suggests that your highly selective approach to publicizing information, along with your timing, was intended for the success or failure of a partisan candidate or political group.

Please keep in mind that I have been a supporter of yours in the past. When Republicans filibustered your nomination and delayed your confirmation longer than any previous nominee to your position, I led the fight to get you confirmed because I believed you to be a principled public servant.

With the deepest regret, I now see that I was wrong.

Sincerely,

Senator Harry Reid

What Comey said previously:

 

13 comments on “Reid plays the role of partisan hack even as he exits stage left, far left

  1. Playing fast and loose with classified material is bad, but isn’t selling official State Department favors for cash a criminal act?

    http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/31/hillarys-two-official-favors-to-morocco-resulted-in-28-million-for-clinton-foundation/

    Daily Caller:

    “Hillary Clinton did two huge favors for Morocco during her tenure as secretary of state while the Clinton Foundation accepted up to $28 million in donations from the country’s ruler, King Mohammed VI, according to new information obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.

    “Clinton and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Lisa Jackson tried to shut down the Florida-based Mosaic Company in 2011, operator of America’s largest phosphate mining facility.

    “Jackson’s close ties and loyalty to the Clintons were revealed when she joined the Clinton Foundation’s board of directors in 2013, just months after she left the EPA. Jackson is also close to John Podesta, Clinton’s national campaign chairman.

    “Morocco’s state-owned phosphate company, OCP, would ostensibly have benefited from Jackson’s move to shut down Mosaic. Mohammed donated up to $15 million to the Clinton Foundation through OCP.

    “Clinton also relaxed U.S. foreign aid restrictions on Morocco, thus allowing U.S. funds to be used in the territory of Western Sahara where OCP operates phosphate mining operations. The aid restrictions stemmed from Morocco’s illegal occupation of the territory since 1974.”

  2. Nyp says:

    Do you understand that the Clinton Foundation is a major charity and that donations to its charitable programs are not payments to Bill Clinton’s bank accounts?

    I’m not sure you do.

  3. Steve says:

    On the “Western Edition” of the CBS news, Scott Pelley just said, again, the FBI re opened the investigation into Clinton’s emails.

    So, Nyp, ready to admit you are wrong yet?

  4. Nyp says:

    No, they haven’t

  5. Steve says:

    You are stubborn, that’s for sure.

    Comey’s letters to Congress and his employees also make clear the investigation was re opened.

    You must be one of those meme writers.

  6. Barbara says:

    Even though there is not a single Republican running that I support, I will be voting a straight Republican ticket. The Democratic Party is so corrupt, I fear for the survival our the country should they control any branch of government. If Trump is elected, he should immediately appoint an independent prosecutor (or two) to investigate the Clinton Crime Foundation, the State Department operations under Clinton, the Justice Department under both Lynch and Holder, and the Clintons themselves. This election has never had such a clear mandate as damage control.

  7. Nyp says:

    Putin would be proud of you

  8. 81 days and counting until our Senile Senator from Searchlight…Dingy Harry Reid is put out to pasture. We will be welcoming him back to Anthem with a demonstration to show how much we loath him…the champagne is on ice. I will be wearing my Washington Redskins jersey with the double zero’s and Ho House Harry on the back shoulder name strip. January can’t come soon enough…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Seems that some “conservatives” who previously asserted that their “principles” and “integrity” would not allow them to vote for Trump, have…reassessed that principled stance.

    Shocking. And they will wonder why people question those principles.

  10. The Democrats in July…praising James Comey. How quickly they change their tune…

  11. deleted says:

    Republicans a couple months ago about Comey; how quickly they change their tunes.

  12. deleted says:

    If Donald is elected, would his first act be to follow through on his promise to deport all illegal including his wife?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/report-melania-trump-worked-in-us-without-proper-permit/2016/11/05/3ddc5a8a-a302-11e6-a44d-cc2898cfab06_story.html

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