Advisers and Allies to Hillary Clinton are in agreement on one thing with President Donald Trump: James Comey, the previous Federal Bureau of Investigation Director is no hero.
The former supporters on the Hillary Clinton campaign are grinding their teeth after reading extracts from “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” Comey’s new book.
“Of course they’re upset,” stated Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle. “How could you not be if you worked on that campaign?”
“I think he displayed unreliably poor judgment in the Clinton investigation by bucking [Department of Justice] procedures and having a press conference when there were no charges brought, and I think he has displayed incredibly poor judgment in the timing of this book before the end of the [Robert] Mueller investigation,” she further stated.
Clinton’s supporters are particularly enraged by Comey’s response that, when determining how to go with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, Comey considered the polls presenting that she would gain the presidency.
“Nobody is satisfied with anything he’s been saying,” says one of Clinton’s adviser. “We thought that Comey was always a factor in her loss, but now nobody can deny that perceptions were changed because of it.”
“I’ve made peace with it, but it’s still a punch in the gut,” said the adviser.
Nick Merrill, former Clinton spokesperson took to Twitter on Monday morning. Merrill looked into Comey using the word maybe 37 times throughout the duration of his ABC interview.
“For a lawyer and law enforcement professional at the highest levels, it’s a curious tactic, but useful when talking to press, allowing him to avoid having to be too definitive about anything,” wrote Merrill in his tweets about Comey.
“So here we are,” he wrote. “With more questions than we started and fewer answers. Just 37 maybes and reopened wounds and every sign that hubris won the day and put the most self-involved, destructive leader the U.S. has ever known into the Oval Office.”
“At the end of the day, Hillary Clinton used her own email address. No laws were broken, no one was hurt, our national security wasn’t threatened. It was a dumb mistake and a far dumber scandal, as she herself has said many times,” he further added.
However, the book did present one destructive exposure aimed at the Clinton camp. The book revealed that Clinton’s advisers were wrong when it was required by the FBI to conduct a criminal inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email server, but was not done so in 2015, as opposed to what was stated by The New York Times.
“By the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on the secretary’s conduct,” wrote Comey.
Clinton’s supporters have fixated on areas of the book that accounts for Comey handling the email probe.
“It is entirely possible that, because I was making decisions in an environment where Hillary Clinton was sure to be the next President, my concern about making her an illegitimate President by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls,” wrote Comey.
One of Clinton’s adviser surmised:
“One has to wonder if the strong rhetoric he uses about President Trump is fueled in part by a sense that he may have been responsible for helping elect him.”
A substitute for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 bid, Tracy Sefl said that although she can “recognize and rue the role of Comey’s actions” the outcome proved that it wasn’t just the reason Donald Trump was elected the President.
“I have long believed most voters had made their decisions before then,” said Sefl. “The ultimate Electoral College loss cannot be attributed to swaths of voters in, say, Wisconsin, who’d been riveted to that saga’s every cable news and Twitter twist and turn.”
Solis Doyle accredited that nobody will ever get to know the fact if Comey’s judgment to revive the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails was what influenced her defeat.
“But if it convinced one person to stay home, it had an effect on the election,” Doyle said.
Another Clinton’s adviser added: “Sometimes the history of the world turns on the choices of one person.”