A short summation of this election cycle would read more like a spy novel than it would a typical race. There’s been Russian intrigue, neo-Nazi violence, backstabbing, double-dealing, conspiracies, hidden foreign connections, and even a full-on James Bond-like supervillain. The world seems to have flipped upside-down, making former friends enemies and former enemies friends.
And the latest case of that is Fox’s Jeanine Pirro, who early on Sunday, took to the airwaves to side with Hillary Clinton in being critical of FBI director James Comey’s announcement of new emails last week. Yes, a Fox News anchor sided with Clinton.
Maybe the Mayans were right about this whole end of the world stuff, but they forgot to carry a zero and were a couple of years off.
“All that is wrong with Washington”
There are so many non-scandals concerning email swirling around Clinton that it can be difficult to keep them separate, and they tend to blur together in a big ball of nonsense — unless you’re a right-winger, in which case you probably have a detailed ledger of all the scandals and update that ledger daily.
The latest scandal comes from FBI director James Comey, who, last week, revealed that the FBI had found additional emails they were investigating. Comey, in his infinite good sense, announced this publically, less than two weeks before the election, because nobody would assume that was good old-fashioned Nixonian ratfucking.
Except that’s exactly what happened, and that’s not just my read on the situation — it’s also Judge Jeanine Pirro’s read on it, too.
While speaking early Sunday morning, Pirro ripped into Comey, denouncing him as “symptomatic of all that is wrong with Washington.” Pirro continued:
“One of the most revered agencies in our nation’s history–now seen as putting its finger on the scales of justice–should not now be front and center. You know I support Donald Trump and want him to win, but whether it’s Hillary Clinton or anyone else, Comey’s actions violate not only longstanding Justice Department policy…but the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”
Comey, it should be noted, made his announcement without the backing of the Department of Justice. The most generous reading about this is that Comey made a short-sighted mistake and needs to be reprimanded. The most cynical reading is that Comey chose his timing so he could try to torpedo Clinton’s campaign.
Comey’s announcement confused aids and prosecutors, too, with some wondering why he would drop a “bombshell which could be a big dud” and others accusing him of acting “irresponsibly.”
Pirro explained she had something like this happen to her; she ran for New York attorney general about 10 years ago, and when she was in the homestretch, the Justice Department and the FBI broke the policy prohibiting public statements that affect elections and said they were going to open an investigation of Pirro.
Pirro called it “mean-spirited” and noted that it was bootless, with the only direct result being it cost her at the polls.
At any rate, there’s an old saying about stopped clocks on military time that’s relevant here.
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