The 8 day saga of Trump and Director of the FBI Comey has ended. Saturday, Comey was wonderful, because he was investigating Clinton. Since details were sparse, Trump could improvise. When the investigation ended on Sunday, Trump says the system is rigged, all the FBI investigators are liars, and there is this gigantic conspiracy going all the way to the top. Ridiculous!
Sunday, Trump was blasting Comey as a horrible liar. How could anyone in 8 days sift through 650,000 emails? First, who says there were 650,000 emails. The number sounded absolutely ridiculous. Comparisons were done by computer, and in all likelihood, there was tons of duplication or email backups. Plus personal emails, drafts, and other documents that could be related to emails.
It isn’t hard to find duplicates. The emails have exact dates, to/from and other quickly identifiable information. Director Comey does not have to provide any information on this probe, and normally there would be no need for disclosure given there are no accusations of wrong doing. But the urgency is obviously the elections.
I really expected this was a whole lot about nothing. The emails were on the aide’s laptop, only for the purpose of facilitating printing.
I can take a document with a million words and compare it to another similar document, and in minutes, the computer can identify the words that are different. If I had a faster computer, this would be done in seconds. It’s done every day, in fact when people are modifying documents.
So, Trump should man up and admit he lost. When the investigation looked like it was going to help Trump, Comey could do no wrong. Now Comey is the enemy and gets the full Trump barrage.
Dear Messrs. Chairmen:
I write to supplement my October 28, 2016 letter that notified you the FBI would be taking additional investigative steps with respect to former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation. During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.
Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.
I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.
James B. Comey