If you watched FBI Director James Comey give evidence before Congress yesterday, you may be wondering about his knowledge of the law. But, if you receive your opinions from the corporate media, maybe not.
James Comey, once again, clearly stated that the FBI knows that the Clinton team mishandled classified documents. He specifically stated the Huma Abedin routinely emailed classified documents to Antony Weiner, who printed them out, handed the hard copies to Huma, who in turn give them to Hillary Clinton. This is prima facie evidence of criminal offences. When pressed on this, Comey stated that the FBI had closed the case because there was no evidence of criminal intent. Yet the law does not require criminal intent or any intent whatsoever. These are crimes regardless of intent.
Comey's performance - that's exactly what it was - before Congress was absurd. It is not just that everyone is supposed to not notice that the FBI and the Department of Justice do not know the law. That's just the tip of an iceberg of absurdity. For example, under questioning from Senator Grassley, Comey was forced into claiming that a private citizen, using freedom of information legislation, was entitled to more information from the Director of the FBI than a Congressional committee. And no one laughed.
Comey's performance made a mockery of US democracy. It made a mockery of Congress. It made of mockery of the notion that the FBI, and the government generally, serves the people. You could not make this stuff up. Yet the corporate media treat it as serious. They repeat his absurd assertions with reverence, babbling on about Russia being the greatest threat to America.
The notion that the Director of the FBI is as incompetent and inane as Comey pretended to be before the Committee is simply incredible. For a Director of the FBI to represent himself as such a buffoon can only mean that he is determined to cover something up, something far more important than his dignity or respect for the FBI and the Department of Justice as competent law enforcement agencies or the authority of Congress.
Comey's performance was absurd - and the absurdity had to be deliberate. No mature adult, let alone a senior law enforcement officer, is as inane as Comey pretended to be.