‘This was always a political stunt’: Internet blasts Comey after he walks back Clinton email investigation
More than a week after he inserted himself into the 2016 presidential election by releasing information about an investigation into Anthony Weiner’s laptop that might implicate Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey sent out another missive on Sunday clearing the Democratic nominee.
In a letter to Congressional leaders, Comey said the FBI found nothing in their investigation that “changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” meaning no recommendation of criminal charges.
The FBI director has been under fire for sharing details about an ongoing investigation, against Department of Justice policy with regard to the timing before an election.
News of Comey’s latest letter set Twitter on fire, with Comey getting it from all sides for either “bowing” to Clinton pressure or for getting involved in the first place and disrupting the election.
A sampling below:
James Comey backs down, Clinton intimidation shook him. The FBI will never be taken seriously again. pic.twitter.com/MljbuRFmxm
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 6, 2016
After dropping a partisan bomb on the election, James Comey issues an "oh never mind" letter. pic.twitter.com/xeFDYiUaqT
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 6, 2016
If there is nothing to hide Comey then release all the emails. Let the American people decide. #FBI
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) November 6, 2016
My prayer Hillary is elected and makes James Comey's life a living hell for the next seven years @FBI
— Robert Ernst (@RobEjr) November 6, 2016
James Comey now appears to be the guy who saw an unlit match on the floor and then screamed “FIRE!” in a crowded theater.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 6, 2016
It's not Comey's fault that ignorant voters take mere presence of an investigation to mean something criminal definitely happened.
— KStreetHipster (@KStreetHipster) November 6, 2016
JESUS CHRIST!!!! Now Comey announces FBI has not changed its assessment based on new emails. He threw the election in2 chaos FOR NOTHING!!!
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) November 6, 2016
At the 11th hour, FBI has officially cleared Clinton in latest email probe! Why Comey stirred this unfounded controversy we may never know. https://t.co/KVz6j8ywKi
— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) November 6, 2016
I don't care what your politics are, Comey has royally screwed the pooch handling this investigation. https://t.co/o66T0dFSrE
— Harlan Hill (@Harlan) November 6, 2016
Now that Comey clears Clinton (again), he can get fired without claims of retaliation.
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) November 6, 2016
New Comey letter doesn't undo all damage of his last one which stopped Clinton momentum & may help Trump avoid landslide defeat he deserves.
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 6, 2016
So I'm guessing when Trump next speaks, the FBI / Comey / System are back to being rigged, yah?
— (((DuneMyThang™))) (@Kris_Sacrebleu) November 6, 2016
Looks like James Comey thinks Hillary Clinton will win and he doesn't want to get fired. Sad. #RiggedSystem
— Deplorable VP (@MikePenceVP) November 6, 2016
FBI Director Comey has ONCE again caved 2 the DoJ! The Dems will now put him back on his shiny pedestal
If we want LAW & Order vote #Trump🇺🇸
— Deplorable Me🇺🇸⚡🏈 (@chrgdup1973) November 6, 2016
Who will be first to write about their strange new respect for Director Comey?
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) November 6, 2016