The Republican Party, in conjunction with the White House, has launched a full-throated attack against former FBI Director James Comey as he begins a tour for his new tell-all book. The commentary and allegations against Comey might draw skepticism against his book, however, it might also take down President Donald Trump along with it.
Senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway flubbed Monday morning, saying, “this guy swung an election,” referring to Comey. She later claimed it was “sarcasm.” Yet, it seems the GOP does agree that Comey was critical in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss. Why else would they be running a national campaign citing Democrats attacking Comey for doing exactly that?
In example after example, the RNC’s microsite quotes Democrats hitting Comey for announcing he was “reopening” the investigation into Clinton. The investigation was never closed, and unbeknownst to Americans, Trump was already under his own investigation, which was not revealed until after the election.
“Maybe’s he’s not in the right job,” the RNC quotes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saying, Nov. 2016.
“I do not have confidence in him any longer,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), also that November.
Clinton called out Comey for “badly overstepped his bounds,” in Sept. 2017.
The president himself even praised the former FBI director.
“It took a lot of guts,” Trump said in October 2017 of Comey’s decision to hold a press conference about the so-called reopening. “I have to give the FBI credit. That was so bad what happened originally.”
“It took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition he had where they’re trying to protect her from criminal prosecution,” Trump later repeated the sentiment.
“I was not his fan, but I’ll tell you what — what he did, he brought back his reputation,” Trump continued, later telling him to “hang tough.”
By heralding these anti-Comey comments, the Republican Party is aligning itself with those who believe Comey should not have made the announcement ant that it impacted the 2016 election.
Whether Conway was being sarcastic or not, the RNC is standing with those Democrats.The move thus calls into question the legitimacy of Trump’s 2016 win on his own merits.