appointed a Republican to head the F.B.I.
When reaching across the aisle became a reach-around
When FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Oct. 28 that he was reviewing additional emails pertinent to the case of Hillary Clinton’s email server, Clinton had an 81 percent chance of winning the election according to our polls-only forecast. One week later, her chances were 65 percent according to the same forecast.
President Obama named Republican James Comey director of the F.B.I. in 2013. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Comey’s decision to reveal possible new evidence in the Hillary Clinton email probe likely cost Democrats the election.
“He became the leading Republican political operative in the country, wittingly or unwittingly,” she told reporters during a brief appearance at Democratic National Committee headquarters Tuesday afternoon.
Comey disclosed the new evidence in a letter to congressional leaders 11 days before the election. He told those leaders Sunday that the new materials did not change the FBI’s conclusion that Clinton had committed no crimes.
But Clinton’s lead in published polls dipped after the revelation, and because House results are highly correlated to the presidential results, Pelosi said the news had a “definite impact” on the congressional battle.
“This is like a Molotov cocktail thrown into a very explosive arena,” she said.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement that Comey’s letter “unfairly hurt the campaign of one candidate and changed the tenor of this election,” and many agree with her statement, even calling the timing of Comey’s interference an electioneering coup d’etat designed to overthrow the election in Trump’s favor.click here for link