Once again, James Comey is persona non grata in ‘Hillary Land.’
After the FBI director on Monday acknowledged a months-long probe into possible links between Russian operatives and Trump campaign associates, veterans of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid sharply questioned why Comey waited until now — after their boss lost — to confirm it.
Comey had famously aired details of the investigation into Clinton’s private email use as secretary of state, including an announcement 11 days before the election that the FBI was revisiting the case, only to close it again.
By contrast, he did not confirm the nature of the investigation into Russian meddling in the campaign until his testimony Monday. While Comey shared few details of the bureau’s inquiry during a lengthy public session before the House Intelligence Committee, he said the investigation — which includes looking at possible Trump team links — dated back to July.
“Russia probe that Comey confirmed was, as best we can tell, in effect before Nov 8. Fair to ask why he didn’t think voters deserved to know,” tweeted Brian Fallon, who formerly served as press secretary for Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
Russia probe that Comey confirmed was, as best we can tell, in effect before Nov 8. Fair to ask why he didnt think voters deserved to know
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon)
Much of the Clinton staffers’ irritation stemmed from what they viewed as a double standard: Comey was particularly forthcoming about the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server to send and receive classified material and yet appeared overly cautious about discussing the Trump probe.