Comey furor just elec­tion pay­back

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

It’s high time we sought some grounded per­spec­tive on the James Comey sit­u­a­tion. Per the om­nibus clause of 18 U.S.C. § 1503, “who­ever … cor­ruptly or by threats or force, or by any threat­en­ing let­ter or com­mu­ni­ca­tion, in­flu­ences, ob­structs, or im­pedes, or en­deav­ors to in­flu­ence, ob­struct, or im­pede, the due ad­min­is­tra­tion of jus­tice, shall be (guilty of an of­fense).” It has been crys­tal-clear and inar­guable that Hil­lary Clin­ton and many mem­bers of her team com­mit­ted mul­ti­ple crimes of ob­struc­tion of jus­tice re­lat­ing to her email server and other mat­ters. And what about the air­plane meet­ing of Bill Clin­ton and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta Lynch just one week be­fore Mr. Comey’s July 5 press con­fer­ence?

Few, if any, of our vaunted main­stream-me­dia mem­bers seemed to care about any of this. Yet now this same me­dia is un­con­trol­lably sali­vat­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity that Pres­i­dent Trump might have said some­thing to Mr. Comey that could be in­ter­preted by a very lib­eral def­i­ni­tion of the statute to be ob­struc­tion of jus­tice.

I am sick­ened by this in­cred­i­ble change in our news re­port­ing, where fake news and bias to the ex­treme over­whelm real news, all with the com­bined in­tent of de­stroy­ing our pres­i­dent and driv­ing him from of­fice. Why? Be­cause he com­mit­ted the un­for­giv­able crime of de­feat­ing Hil­lary last Novem­ber.

BOB SE­GAL Burke, Va.

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