On CNN's New Day Tuesday, co-host Chris Cuomo implied his displeasure with FBI Director James Comey over the agnecy's handling of investigations last year, such as the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in addition to looking into whether then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information on a private server while serving as Secretary of State. In front of the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Comey testified and confirmed the FBI is looking into possible ties and collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, though news reports of what Comey confirmed have appeared at least a month beforehand.
Capitol Hill was a hive of activity on Monday. The House Intelligence Committee conducted a hearing with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers about the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In the Senate, the Judiciary Committee conducted the first in a series of hearings in the confirmation process of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Both were major events on the hill but the Comey hearing drew the overwhelming majority of the network news attention, leaving one anchor to say it was “overshadowing” Gorsuch.
On Monday, the liberal broadcast networks and cable outlets tag-teamed to ignore live opening day coverage of Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to become the next Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, instead spending over 11 hours of coverage on the FBI Director James Comey, addressing allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.
The Big Three networks seemed full of glee Thursday evening as they reported that FBI Director James Comey was being investigated by the Justice Department’s inspector general. “Hoping for a measure of vindication,” announced anchor Lester Holt to kick off NBC Nightly News, “The Hillary Clinton campaign is welcoming the surprise news out of Washington today, that the Justice Department's Inspector General will take a deep look into how the FBI handled the investigation…”
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is fighting in the last trench, still fighting the results of the free and fair 2016 presidential election that resulted in for him the unthinkable: A victory by Donald Trump. “The Tainted Election.” "So this was a tainted election. It was not, as far as we can tell, stolen in the sense that votes were counted wrong, and the result won’t be overturned. But the result was nonetheless illegitimate in important ways; the victor was rejected by the public, and won the Electoral College only thanks to foreign intervention and grotesquely inappropriate, partisan behavior on the part of domestic law enforcement."
Hillary Clinton’s failure to win the presidency means that her haters have reaped what they started to sow a quarter-century ago, argued former Times executive editor Jill Abramson in a Tuesday column for the liberal British newspaper The Guardian. “The activists, groups, think tanks and nonprofit ‘charities’ that made hay over the petty controversies that dogged [Clinton] had already succeeded in driving up her negative trust and honesty numbers well before the 2016 campaign,” wrote Abramson. “The garden was already planted; all Donald Trump needed to do is water it with his chants of ‘Crooked Hillary.’”
After more than three weeks, Markos Moulitsas’s fury over the election result remains piping hot, so the Daily Kos founder and publisher served it up on Wednesday. “If I was a Jedi Knight, I’d be a Sith Lord today, because I feel the hatred flowing through me,” acknowledged Kos. “But contrary to Star Wars lore, I’ve decided it’s not a bad thing…One only has to look at the GOP to see how unbridled hatred served them well over the last eight years. The American electorate doesn’t reward temperance, prudence, and ‘going high.’ Quite the opposite, in fact…But, I [don't] feel that I can’t move forward without laying out all the things I’m angry at.” Kos’s targets included Hillary Clinton and her campaign bigwigs (whose “rank incompetence” cost them what should have been an “easy” win) and “the dumbfucks who voted for Trump.”
Almost a week since the 2016 election and ABC’s World News Tonight spent an over three minute segment Monday night seemingly mourning for Hillary Clinton’s defeat at the hands of Donald Trump. “Acknowledging the pain and placing a good deal of the blame, she says, on the FBI director,” reported ABC Anchor David Muir of Clinton’s weekend call to supporters and donors, “[James Comey] brought the e-mails back into sharp focus, just 11 days before the election, then two days before the election, revealing they found nothing.”
For the but-tell-us-how-you-really-feel file, this headline on a Friday post by Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum: “Fuck You, James Comey.” The post, of course, centered on the presumed effect on presidential voting of Comey’s October 28 letter which jump-started the Hillary Clinton e-mail story. “When an election is close…there are dozens of people, events, and movements that can make a difference of 1 percent or so,” wrote Drum. “But if we're going to choose one particular person who managed to hand the White House to a buffoonish game show host, it's FBI director James Comey, the guy who…provided the match that Trump used to light the country on fire.”
On Monday's New Day on CNN, as a panel of regular CNN political analysts fretted that FBI Director James Comey has hurt Hillary Clinton's "momentum" and boosted Donald Trump with the recent resumption of activity in the Clinton email investigation, CNN political analyst David Gregory repeated his recent claim that Trump is speaking like a "tyrant" in calling for his opponent to be jailed and in questioning whether there might be "rigging" in the election. The CNN analyst also lamented the "damage" that has been done to Clinton, proclaiming that "it was so unfortunate that Comey allowed himself into the political process."
Gregory -- the former host of NBC's Meet the Press -- also repeated a previous incorrect claim that Comey had found Clinton did not "commit a crime" in the mishandling of her State Department email. Gregory: "You have Mike Pence ... pronouncing during a rally last night, that she committed a crime, after the FBI said, 'Uh, no she didn't, and we looked at this.' So this is a team of Trump and Pence that has said, 'I will jail our opponent, we may not accept the election results, and we don't accept the rule of law.' This from a group who says they love America. I mean, whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, you should be really concerned about an FBI director impacting the election either way."
On Monday's GMA, ABC's George Stephanopoulos hounded Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on James Conway announcing that the FBI would not change its findings on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. The Clinton Foundation donor wondered, "Do you accept [Comey's] finding now?" Stephanopoulos also played up that Comey "said that no reasonable prosecutor would bring the case, and the investigation is closed now."
On Monday's New Day, during a segment with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo made his latest claim that FBI Director James Comey found that Hillary Clinton did not commit a crime in her handling of her State Department work email, even though the FBI director merely declined to recommend trying to prosecute her without directly stating his view on whether she committed a crime. Cuomo: "There's no question that the email thing was wrong. It was unusual for Comey to say 'extremely careless.' The FBI doesn't usually talk that way, but certainly he echoed the way a lot of people feel. I'm not asking about that. I'm saying, Comey says there's no crime."