It’s about time.
President Trump made the right call firing FBI Director James Comey.
Comey lost the trust and confidence of the American people long ago. I was calling for his resignation in my Boston Herald column last September.
The nation’s top law enforcement investigator — the director of the FBI — must be fair and impartial. He cannot dispense justice arbitrarily based on political winds and alliances. Comey lost the public’s trust during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. In a press conference last July, he laid out what could have been the basis of a serious indictment against the former secretary of state, saying she was reckless with classified and top secret information. Then he let the Democratic candidate for president off the hook because he said there was no nefarious “intent.”
It was beyond ridiculous.
Rogue, unauthorized servers didn’t just appear magically in Clinton’s Chappaqua home. Clearly there was intent to set up a private email system to avoid transparency. Yet, despite Clinton’s devices subsequently being destroyed with a hammer, a server wiped clean with Bleach Bit by her associates and a “lost” laptop — on top of Clinton’s IT guy, Brian Pagliano, pleading the Fifth Amendment over 125 times — Comey let still let Clinton skate.
What’s egregious is that if an average American or member of the U.S. military lied, destroyed evidence pertinent to an FBI investigation and was reckless with classified information they’d be in serious trouble — and probably fined and imprisoned.
For that dual justice system I called for Comey’s ouster last fall.
But that’s not all. Comey moved on to lose the trust of Democrats — and even Hillary Clinton herself — for dropping the bombshell letter to Congress just days before the November election that the FBI had found more “lost” Clinton emails it was investigating. Clinton and countless high-ranking Democrats — and the mainstream media — blamed Comey for her presidential loss, saying he acted inappropriately.
But instead of Democrats being glad Trump fired Comey, Sen. Chuck Schumer and others are spinning the “fake news” that Trump fired Comey to spike the investigation into unsubstantiated claims of collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Which is bogus and 100 percent politically motivated.
Trump must replace Comey with a competent, impartial director who will restore confidence in our justice system. An accomplished, respected U.S. attorney, federal judge or law enforcement executive that we can all rely on to oversee our top investigative agency in a fair, non-partisan manner.
Adriana Cohen is host of the “Adriana Cohen Show” airing Wednesdays at noon on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.
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