It’s been over a year since then-FBI Director James Comey gave his infamous news conference recommending that Hillary Clinton not be charged for mishandling classified information on her private server. Since then, he’s borne the brunt of the criticism from the right for how the Hillary investigation got botched — particularly after the emergence last week of transcripts that indicated Comey had decided to exonerate Clinton long before the investigation ended.
“According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton,” stated a letter from Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham to FBI Director Christopher Wray, according to Townhall. “That was long before FBI agents finished their work. Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership. The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts.”
That led to renewed howling from conservatives over Comey’s conduct. However, National Review contributing editor Andrew C. McCarthy thinks that the right is barking up the wrong tree. Instead, he says people should be focusing on who really fixed the Hillary investigation: Former President Barack Obama.
In his column, McCarthy pointed to reasoning used by the then-president during an April 2016 appearance on Fox News as to why Obama thought Clinton should be exonerated.
“She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” Obama said, according to The Washington Times. “What I also know is that there’s classified and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and then there’s stuff that is being presented to the president, the secretary of state, you may not want going out over the wire.”
“There’s a carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned and she recognizes. But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective,” he added.
McCarthy, however, points out two things: a) the relevant statute that Clinton was accused of violating didn’t require intent, which meant “carelessness” wasn’t a defense, and b) Obama’s remarks perfectly presaged statements made by the Justice Department and eventually Comey himself. This defense would eventually be used to protect the Democrat nominee — and, by extension, Obama himself…
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