Eleven days before the election, FBI Director James Comey released a letter in which he implied he was opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton over her emails. The media quickly unearthed the fact that the investigation had nothing to do with Clinton and was instead focused on Anthony Weiner. Comey later quietly admitted in a followup letter that Clinton was not being investigated, but his antics still likely helped cost her the election. Now a federal judge has ruled that the warrant Comey used in all of this must be made public.
The warrant is believed to be aimed solely at former Congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin. But Comey used that warrant and investigation as an excuse to publicly drag Hillary Clinton into suspicion. Now that this warrant is about to be made public, if it does indeed have nothing to do with Clinton, it will confirm that Comey was indeed dishonestly playing politics when he released his original late-October letter. As Palmer Report has previously reported, Abedin herself had petitioned the judge to make the warrant public, under the grounds that she was a target of the warrant but was never allowed to see it.
It’s not yet clear what, if any, legal blowback James Comey could face if this warrant – which is set to be made public tomorrow according to Reuters – does demonstrate that he was basically lying when he released his original letter implying that Hillary Clinton was somehow involved in the investigation. But it would certainly destroy what little is left of Comey’s reputation. And it would hand more ammunition to the Democrats in Congress who have been looking to force his ouster from the FBI since his political antics first began.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report