Yes, even through the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. Yes, even through the moment he decided to re-open such investigation just a week before the election. Yes, and even now, as 45 proceeds to experience his share of the Comey-induced anuerysm, I have always found a certain respect for James Comey. Why? He does his job.
For all who are somehow still unaware (hard to imagine at this point), James Brien Comey is our nation's former FBI director having originally been appointed in 2013 under President Obama, despite being formerly a registered Republican and having made campaign donations to both John McCain and Mitt Romney (1). As had President Obama who cared to nominate an individual who had been politically against him, to me, James Comey has demonstrated the all-coveted value of political neutrality, able to discipline who he needs, regardless of political affiliation, working in the interest of the integrity of his job and the integrity of this country.
The fact that 'showboat' James Comey likely ranks among America's least popular public officials, having received equal scorn from both the right and left, to me indicates both A, he is doing his job right, and B, how irrationally divided among partisan lines the American public truly is. While it is incredibly inconvenient he decided to reopen the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation days before the election, despite coming to an equal conclusion in the end, and potentially having costed her the election, I truly find it hard to argue that the FBI argue should cease to do his job simply in the face of a national election, if such potential criminality was prompt to walk into the White House. As much as I loathe Cheetolini-in-Chief, who permeates a new national embarrassment through his orange complexion every single day, and despite as much as I wonder what degree of damage the reopening of e-mail gate truly did, James Comey still proves to uphold an essential quality we as Americans are now in desperate need of: political neutrality. It is not his concern who is about to be President, or who is to be President now. By maintaining his to-the-book rigidity, between Hillary e-mail investigation, and his diligence through the potential Trump-Russia collusion, James Comey, to me, has demonstrated his priority- keeping America first.
"...Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case." Even through the on-screen text you are reading right now, you can probably hear the shrills of millions of angry Trump-cultists, so infuriated that their beloved 'Lock Her Up' chant could not quite come to fruition. I even remember my conservative father so frustrated with the original Comey verdict that he even cited it in a family argument that day relating to having a lack of personal responsibility for wrongdoings. Equally you can imagine the shrill of us, left-of-center, when the same Comey's actions put the Hillary Clinton effort in serious jeopardy back on last October 28th. You may even remember 45's very different opinion of his former FBI director upon such event, "I have great respect for the fact that the FBI and the DOJ are now willing to have the courage to right the horrible mistake they made (2)."
He's certainly no foreigner to controversy, be it in the 2016 election cycle or its aftermath, like the time when he accidentally accredited Poland and Hungary for having been responsible for the holocaust, or when he had made some confusing comments about the relationship between the Police and African-American communities, or endorsed waterboarding as an interrogation technique (3, 4, 5). Yet, America's favorite 6-foot-8 'showboat' has certainly demonstrated that he has what it takes to hold people accountable. He's demonstrated that he has what it takes to challenge, if not derail, an entire U.S. Presidential Campaign, simply by doing his job, and he's demonstrated that he has what it takes to challenge, if not derail, and entire U.S. Presidency.
Penn State College