Somehow I always knew that the 2016 election would end up with all major players sh*tposting about each other on Twitter. When’s Obama going to come get some of this?
But my emails. https://t.co/G7TIWDEG0p
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 14, 2018
Comey being Comey, if he responds at all it’ll probably be with some mawkish image of Lady Liberty weeping or himself silhouetted against the twilit sky at Arlington, standing by JFK’s grave. (Thanks to redsteeze for that idea.) There can be only one proper response, though: “I should have arrested you when I had the chance.”
Because he did have the chance. And he would have been fully within his rights to do so. It’s right there in the statute in black and white: “Gross negligence.”
Luckily for Trump he didn’t, though, as whoever replaced Hillary as nominee after her indictment undoubtedly would have been more electable. How could they have been less?
If you don’t understand what “but my emails” means (usually it’s “but her emails”), it’s something Democrats post on social media sarcastically whenever a new scandal breaks involving Trump or his administration. The point is that Emailgate is supposedly small potatoes in the big picture, cynically inflated by Republicans during the campaign to change the subject from whatever sordid thing Trump just said or did. (“But her emails!”) It’s this bit from page 425 of the IG report that’s got her attention:
The IG found that Comey’s habit of forwarding emails to his personal account was “inconsistent” with DOJ policy that official business should be conducted via personal email only when “exigent circumstances” require, a perfectly fair wrist slap. But what Comey did and what Clinton did are night and day. Comey used a personal account at Gmail, with all of the security that Google provides. Hillary used a personal homebrew server, which didn’t have the same robust security. Comey’s usage seems to have been for personal convenience with respect to certain messages containing attachments. Hillary’s usage was comprehensive — all messages routed to her personal server, which reeks of an effort to evade automatic archiving by government servers. And of course Comey’s use was confined to unclassified business. Hillary’s wasn’t, which is a big deal. And which, again, is why he would have been perfectly entitled to recommend indicting her. There’s staggering hypocrisy in Comey’s email practices, in other words, only if you overlook literally all of the distinguishing features that made her practices so risky and potentially criminal.
Which is just what she hopes to achieve by her tweet. She means to suggest that she and Comey are guilty of the same sin. If he did nothing wrong, neither did she. That’s her message, never mind the classified material that was mishandled, or the other shipping-container-sized scandal baggage she brought to the campaign, or her “deplorables” shots at working-class voters, or her arrogant neglect of Rust Belt campaigning, or a degree of personal unlikability so enormous that it somehow made Donald Trump viable for the presidency. She’s guilty of what Comey’s guilty of — nothing at all. The system was rigged.
He really should have arrested her when he had the chance. Exit quotation from Dan Foster: