FBI Director Comey helped elect Trump

As you might have heard, there are some unsubstantiated claims about relations between Trump and Russia:

The chiefs of US intelligence agencies last week presented President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump with a summary of unsubstantiated reports that Russia had collected compromising and salacious personal information about Trump, two officials with knowledge of the briefing said.

The summary is based on memos generated by political operatives seeking to derail Trump’s candidacy. Details of the reports began circulating in the fall and were widely known among journalists and politicians in Washington.

FBI Director Comey was asked about this:

Appearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hearing outlining the intelligence agencies’ findings on Russian election interference, Comey was asked whether the FBI had found any evidence that the Trump campaign was in touch with Russian officials before Election Day — and whether it is an issue the FBI is actively investigating.

Comey declined to give an answer, saying he couldn’t comment publicly.

“I would never comment on investigations, whether we have one or not, in an open forum like this,” Comey said. “So I really can’t answer it one way or another.”

This would be the same Comey who released information about possible revelations in Clinton emails 12 days before the election, where it turned out there was absolutely nothing to any of it–nil/nada/zilch/bupkis. And it probably handed the election to Trump (via here):

Instead, the evidence is clear, and consistent, regarding the Comey effect. The timing of the shift both at the state and national levels lines up very neatly with the publication of the letter, as does the predominance of the story in the media coverage from the final week of the campaign. With an unusually large number of undecided voters late in the campaign, the letter hugely increased the salience of what was the defining critique of Clinton during the campaign at its most critical moment.

But no, it would have been unprofessional to talk about an investigation about Trump. Fuck you Comey.

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