The lesson of James Comey Dont nominate presidential candidates who are investigation magnets
My broad view on James Comey is that he was dealt a very bad hand, which he proceeded to play poorly.
Comey has an explanation for his choices at each step of his handling of investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But at some of the steps, he made mistakes because he was excessively focused on protecting the political reputation of the FBI and the Department of Justice.
There were several situations' most notably, the July 2016 press conference where he made lengthy, editorial comments about Clinton's choices, for which his agency had decided not to indict her ' where he ought to have taken his lumps and kept his mouth shut, despite the political blowback he expected would befall the FBI.
However. It is the nature of bureaucracies and their leaders to engage in self-protection ' and to think of their choice to do so as a matter of high-minded ethics, not self-interest.....
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