Andrew Napolitano: J. Edgar Comey

Judge Andrew Napolitano at reason.com:

I had intended to use this final column before the presidential election to explain at length why I cannot vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump and plan to vote for Gary Johnson for president. In a nutshell, big government is our biggest problem. It thrives on more debt, more taxes, more regulations, more war, a secretive deep state and less personal freedom. Both Clinton and Trump would grow the government. Only Johnson would shrink it.

One of the most dangerous tendencies of big government is the generation of a police state—wherein laws, rules and procedures are primarily written and can often be bent to aid law enforcement when it is encroaching on our personal freedoms. We saw a terrifying example of that last week when FBI Director James Comey behaved as if he were his most infamous predecessor, J. Edgar Hoover.

Here is the back story.

Late last week, in an effort to redeem himself from the consequences of having ignored a mountain of evidence of guilt against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last summer, Comey told Congress in a cryptic letter that the FBI would resume investigating her emails based upon the belief that more of them may be located in the laptop of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). Weiner is the alleged sexual predator who remains the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest aides. Abedin backed up all her emails onto the laptop that she and her husband shared.

At the time he sent his Friday letter, Comey had not yet seen the contents of the Weiner laptop because the search warrant authorizing FBI agents to access its contents was not signed until Sunday. If he saw something incriminating before he wrote his letter, he saw it unlawfully; yet his duty was to bring what he saw to the Department of Justice (DOJ), for which he works, not to hint about it publicly to Congress.

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18 thoughts on “Andrew Napolitano: J. Edgar Comey

  1. Anthony Dlugos

    In other words, Weld was right?

    Bitter pill for the paleolibertarians to swallow, considering who it comes from.

  2. Thomas L. Knapp

    Comey told Congress what was going on before the election, so the Democrats are mad at him and accusing him of doing it to get Trump elected.

    If he had waited until after the election to tell Congress, the Republicans would have been mad at him and accused him of covering up to get Clinton elected.

    Rock. Hard place.

    Maybe he has a guilty conscience over his “we’d prosecute anyone else for this shit, but she’s Hillary Clinton so she gets a pass” performance in July.

    Or maybe he’s just pissed off that after covering her ass in July and taking all kinds of shit for it, even having to beg Congress not to call him a weasel, more crap turned up for him to deal with. He already has a full-time job and “do whatever it takes to keep Hillary Clinton out of jail and get her into the White House” isn’t in the job description.

  3. paulie Post author

    Am I missing something?

    Things like this:

    I have argued that Comey’s July 5 decision was dead wrong; there is a mountain of evidence with which to indict and convict Clinton on espionage charges.

    Doesn’t sound like Weld and his vouching for Clinton, nor his belief that she is not guilty of anything.

  4. Anthony Dlugos

    Fair point.

    I was referring to his argument that Comey made a mistake with this “reopening the investigation” announcement.

  5. Shawn Levasseur

    Judge Nap was opposing the lack of due process. The arbitrary reasoning for going public at this time.

    He did not vouch for Hillary, just her (and our) rights to due process.

  6. Anthony Dlugos

    I was referring to Weld’s comment that Comey’s announcement was against the internal regulations of the FBI and DOJ.

  7. Thomas L. Knapp

    “I was referring to Weld’s comment that Comey’s announcement was against the internal regulations of the FBI and DOJ.”

    Those internal regs seem to have something to do with not rocking the boat with big legal moves within 60 days of a presidential election.

    Hillary Clinton doesn’t ever seem to have had a problem with Lawrence Walsh announcing the indictment of former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger FOUR days before the 1992 election. I wonder why she doesn’t bring that up as a classic case of playing politics with legal moves. I really wonder …

  8. Don Wills

    “I was referring to Weld’s comment that Comey’s announcement was against the internal regulations of the FBI and DOJ.”

    Those internal regs were invented 4 years ago by the Holder Dept. of Justice, likely foreseeing exactly the situation we’re in today. TPTB (HRC et al) don’t take kindly to having their criminal enterprises outed in a time frame that the voters might actually remember on election day. IMO, the real reason Comey caved was because the FBI was in the process of self-destruction, and could have been destroyed by leaks, insubordination and outright mutiny of many agents and managers.

  9. Richard Winger

    If Hillary Clinton were a brilliant politician, she would arrange for a 30 minute speech, to be televised on as many TV networks as possible (maybe all of them), like Richard Nixon did in 1952, and totally explain the e-mail situation with utter frankness, not holding anything back, giving her motivations, and every significant detail. The whole issue is confusing for most people, I suspect, and if it were a really clear explanation, tension would be eased. I think the e-mail matter, by itself, did not and is not doing much harm, if any. I am not aware of any setback to U.S. interests, just because some e-mails were mishandled. The e-mail story is a big deal because the way she has handled it reinforces the impression that she can’t be frank and forthright. And indeed, she seems to have an internal brain program that absolutely won’t let her be frank and forthright.

  10. Don Wills

    “she seems to have an internal brain program that absolutely won’t let her be frank and forthright.”

    Now there’s some fancy words for “she’s a fucking liar” !

  11. George Phillies

    That depends what the explanation is, especially for e.g. the Podesta datadump.
    Nixon, of course, tried this, but he had the difficulty that the truth was unfavorable to his situation.
    Watergate Brand Whiskey…The Proof Increases Every Minute.

  12. langa

    If Napolitano still votes for the “TeamGov” ticket, even after hearing Weld’s latest ramblings, I (and I suspect a lot of other actual libertarians) would lose a lot of respect for him.

  13. Tony From Long Island

    Interesting. The only thing I saw as inaccurate here was ” . . . .in an effort to redeem himself from the consequences of having ignored a mountain of evidence of guilt against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last summer, Comey . . . ”

    First off, there no evidence at all, no less a mountain . . . Second, I don’t think Comey could care about “redeeming” himself since he had done nothing to warrant such a redemption.

    Rather, he knew that there is a vocal strain of virulently anti-Hillary employees in the FBI, who have been unethically leaking information along with their opinions of it. Comey knew that the Weiner information would be leaked (IT IN FACT WAS – Giuliani knew about it prior to “the letter” and boasted about it on FOX).

    So, despite the fact that there was nothing to report, he wrote the infamous letter

    One of the more dangerous things going on right now is the FBI becoming a propaganda wing of the alt-right instead of a crime fighting agency.

  14. Anthony Dlugos

    “One of the more dangerous things going on right now is the FBI becoming a propaganda wing of the alt-right instead of a crime fighting agency.”

    True

  15. Matt

    Comey is a Giuliani protege. Clearly a partisan move. Giuliani was on Fox news cackling about how they have cards up their sleeve which they would play to upend the polls in a couple of days…two days before Comey’s letter.

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