This is how bullying works. You badger Comey and publicly impugn his motives enough, you get in his head, and he pulls a stunt like this.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2016
Before she became an excellent reporter, Ioffe was a Russian refugee. Thus, her understanding of the malign power of bullying within bureaucracies…
Justice officials warned FBI that Comey’s decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy https://t.co/oPJuBtMdnn
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 29, 2016
Joy Reid, at the Daily Beast, “Republicans Weaponize James Comey’s FBI To Kneecap Hillary Clinton“:
… Something got lost in the sturm und drang over the FBI’s “October surprise” that dropped Friday afternoon, when director James Comey inexplicably dropped the bomblet that his agency had obtained “new” emails (or maybe duplicate ones; apparently no one’s read them yet) from a laptop shared by Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her creeper husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner.
Behind Comey’s defiance of both precedent and the guidance of his boss, the attorney general, was the subtext of intense pressure being put on the FBI and the Justice Department by Republicans, some of whom rushed Comey’s vague letter to members of the press…
Congress, and some of the same committees pursuing email investigations, hold the purse strings over Comey’s agency. And one can only imagine the pressure being placed on the agency by Capitol Hill. The double standard of Comey’s talk about Clinton with his silence regarding whether or not his agency is probing the ties between current and former Trump aides and Russia suggests that whatever pressure the FBI is feeling, it’s coming from just one partisan direction…
Another reminder: Comey put out the letter because he knew he can’t control leaks from the agency he’s supposed to lead
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) October 29, 2016
It must have “something very remarkable” for Comey to send that letter 11 days before the 2016 election. Like Chaffetz pressuring him to. https://t.co/v61Btc0Tqr
— Bob Schooley (@Rschooley) October 30, 2016
“Keep an eye on that Chaffetz kid, he’s a comer… “