posted at 7:21 pm on October 28, 2016 by John Sexton
That was quick! A PAC called the Democratic Coalition Against Trump has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice against FBI Director Comey. The complaint accuses Comey of interfering in the election. Here’s the press release:
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility on Friday against FBI Director James Comey for interfering in the Presidential election, following the FBI’s decision to open up an investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails this close to Election Day. Federal employees are forbidden from participating in political activities under the Hatch Act.
“It is absolutely absurd that FBI Director Comey would support Donald Trump like this with only 11 days to go before the election,” said Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump. “It is an obvious attack from a lifelong Republican who used to serve in the Bush White House, just to undermine her campaign. Comey needs to focus on stopping terrorists and protecting America, not investigating our soon to be President-Elect Hillary Clinton.”
For this to be a violation of the Hatch Act it would be necessary to prove that Comey was not performing his duties as FBI Director but was raising this to impact the election. Obviously this coalition doesn’t have any proof that’s the case but by making the accusation they help the Clinton campaign controversialize the announcement as a partisan act.
Coincidentally, this PR move dovetail with the official response from the Clinton campaign which opened with an accusation that Comey was bowing to political pressure from Republicans:
Upon completing this investigation more than three months ago, FBI Director Comey declared no reasonable prosecutor would move forward with a case like this and added that it was not even a close call. In the months since, Donald Trump and his Republican allies have been baselessly second-guessing the FBI and, in both public and private, browbeating the career officials there to revisit their conclusion in a desperate attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
But all of this seems like the panic of a campaign that was startled and didn’t know how to respond except to cry partisan. Since then, people seem to have calmed themselves a bit, especially as the left increasingly becomes convinced the FBI doesn’t have anything that can harm Clinton. So, for instance, here’s Trump critic Mark Cuban trying to stem the tide of panicking progressives:
Everyone relax pic.twitter.com/2eBsP1kDCz
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 28, 2016
Relax. That’s good advice for the folks at the Democratic Coalition Against Trump.