Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins says James Comey is the Maxwell Smart of the 2016 election. If you’re as old as I am you will recall that Maxwell Smart was the bumbling secret agent in the 1965-1970 TV comedy Get Smart starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart (agent 86) and actress Barabra Sheldon as agent 99, his competent partner.
Jenkins’ theme in his July 25th column is that Comey’s botched mission to safeguard a Hillary presidency elected Trump. The heart of Comey’s bungling that probably helped Trump was his October 28 letter to Congress re-opening the examination of Hillary’s emails, following up a few days later with an announcement that there was nothing to see after all. Jenkins quotes Nate Silver, the polling authority at FiveThirtyEight.com, as having reached the same conclusion using public surveys: “Hillary Clinton would probably be president if [Mr. Comey] had not sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28.”
Comey claimed it was the Phoenix airport tarmac meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton that prompted his intervention. At first the suck-up media agreed and reported that Bill Clinton cost his wife the presidency. Later the media switched to a new story of planted Russian intelligence about Lynch that prompted Comey. That may be, but Russia’s meddling was not for the purpose of defeating Hillary. We know this because everyone at the time fervently believed Hillary was going to win in a landslide.
It makes no sense that Russia would have spent its resources on trying to elect Trump. That would have seemed to them as a bad investment. A destabilized and chaotic Clinton presidency was more likely to be the goal. Why the Russians felt any need to insure something that would have been inevitable anyway is an open question.
Democrats are stonewalling all of this information. Jenkins says we need to “recall that what the FBI handed over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller was a “counterintelligence investigation”—an inquiry into the facts of Russia’s meddling, not a criminal investigation seeking something, anything to pin on Donald Trump.
“If Mr. Mueller does not see the importance of coming clean on the Comey intervention (whether or not he wants to acknowledge that the Comey intervention may have elected Mr. Trump), then Mr. Mueller is part of the stonewall.”