Former Meet the Press anchor David Gregory appeared on CNN, Friday, to deride the FBI Director for his “unprecedented” move to reexamine Hillary Clinton’s e-mail controversy. According to Gregory, James Comey is “allowing himself to be interjected” into the presidential campaign. During the segment, host Wolf Blitzer also did not reveal to viewers that David Gregory’s wife, Beth Wilkinson, represented four of Clinton’s ex-State Department staffers in the FBI probe against the Democratic candidate.
Gregory complained, “What is also striking is the extent to which the FBI director of the United States is allowing himself to be injected into this political campaign. Unprecedented that he would have released the information he released after a decision not to recommend indictment.”
The journalist continued, lamenting, “And also striking is the silence of the Attorney General of the United States who has rendered a judgment not to pursue anything criminally here, to allow this to remain such a political issue.”
In April, the Daily Caller explained of Gregory:
The wife of CNN political analyst David Gregory is the attorney representing Hillary Clinton’s ex-aides in the FBI’s investigation into her private server usage, raising concerns of a possible conflict of interest.
It was reported by Politico on Friday that Gregory’s wife, Beth Wilkinson, is representing four of Hillary Clinton’s former state department staffers in the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s use of private email. Wilkinson is a former federal attorney who prosecuted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
A transcript of the exchange is below:
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WOLF BLITZER: [Comey] also said at the end of his letter, David, he says, “Although the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work, I believe it is important to update your committees about our efforts in light of my previous testimony.” That sort of sounds a bit ominous.
DAVID GREGORY: Well, we'll see what it is. I mean, what I think is striking is there's no question that there's political fallout from this, because it's still a political football. What is also striking is the extent to which the FBI director of the United States is allowing himself to be interjected into this political campaign. Unprecedented that he would have released the information he released after a decision not to recommend indictment. You just don't see that done ever, and now he is very publicly exchanging information with committees that are bent on keeping these investigations alive. And also striking is the silence of the Attorney General of the United States, who has rendered a judgment not to pursue anything criminally here, to allow this to remain such a political issue. I think this story of the politicization of these two roles is something that’s going to last far past the election.
COMEY: He's come under enormous criticism from Republicans.
GREGORY: He has, who felt the Clinton were essentially a criminal enterprise and he has FBI agents who do leak this information to look incriminating, who want Hillary Clinton charged with a crime. Has said that nobody would have brought such a case. It’s not even a close call and he was trying to release that information to quiet down critics within the FBI and then he gets the right saying, “The fix was in. You're in the tank for Hillary Clinton.” So he's not looking good any way you strike it, but he continues to put more information out, close to the election.