Come: A Theory
"I would suggest that Comey’s thinking, whether conscious or not, was similar: He did not want the FBI director to end up as the arbiter of the 2016 presidential election. If Clinton were not a presumptive presidential nominee but simply a retired secretary of state, he might well have made a different recommendation.
Prosecuting under current circumstances would have upended and redirected an already year-long presidential-selection process. In my view, Comey didn’t want to be remembered as the man who irreversibly altered the course of American political history.
And with no guarantee that the prosecution would succeed, moreover. Imagine that scenario: You knock out of the race the most likely next president — and she ultimately gets acquitted! Imagine how Comey goes down in history under those circumstances."
The desire to protect oneself is perhaps understandable, but unacceptable. This is not a minor misdemeanor, this is a National Security Felony, which very well could have damaged National Security. If the powerful will not stand up to the powerful, the republic is lost. As one wag once said, Bill Clinton lying publicly is understandable, if only to keep peace at home. But once he lied under oath, that was beyond the pale, and he was disbarred.
This is similar, only Comey does not have the intestinal fortitude to act ethically, and appropriately. The fix is in indeed.
Whatever happens with an indictement, it is not Comey's fault, it is Hillary Clinton's fault. She acted illegally, out of nothing but the selfish desire to keep her records out of the public purview. The consequences are hers, and hers alone. That Comey must be the messenger is unfortunate, but only the weak, the unethical, would be swayed to ignore a National Security Felony to keep himself out of the spotlight.
No Atticus Finch he.