FBI Director Jim Comey should NOT resign

As the author of a Web site calling on FBI Director James Comey to resign, I’ve now changed my mind: Jim Comey should not resign.

I haven’t changed my mind because I’ve changed my mind on Comey himself. I still think Jim Comey, at best, negligently threw the election for Donald Trump. But now that Trump is going to be president in one week, the only thing worse than Jim Comey running the FBI is a Trump stooge running the FBI. And that’s going to happen if Comey steps down.

You see, the FBI director doesn’t step down and get replaced, like nearly every other top administration office when you change presidents. The FBI director is appointed for ten years. Comey was appointed by Obama in 2013. So Comey has another six years, should he choose to stay that long.

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Would you prefer this guy?

Here’s the thing. Even if Jim Comey tried to sway the election for Trump, he got caught. Worse for Comey, there’s now an inspector general investigation of how Comey handled the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server, including any and all leaks from the various departments on the matter.

That makes Comey bruised goods. And it arguably makes Comey want to try more than ever to avoid any future appearance of impropriety. And that’s good news for the FBI and democracy in America. At the very least, it’s better news than we can expect from a Trump appointee who would likely do Trump’s and Jeff Session’s bidding.

I’m not saying this is a guarantee. Comey may still be in the GOP’s pocket. Comey may still abuse his authority in the FBI to skew future political battles, and elections, towards the Republican party. But I honestly think he’s our only chance at avoiding someone far worse.

FBI Director Giuliani comes to mind.

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  • brel1

    It’s going to be horrible no matter who is Director as long as we have Trump and as long as we have Republicans. Face it.

  • I’m starting to agree with the people who claim that Putin, Comey, et al. were trying to weaken Clinton so she wouldn’t have much of a mandate as president. I don’t think it occurred to anyone that Trump might actually win. I mean, who would think the voters would be that stupid?

  • brel1

    No he shouldn’t resign, he should be fired and go to prison. (Along with Trump)

  • iamlegion

    What makes you think Comey _isn’t_ a Trump stooge? He’s certainly given no reason to think he’s loyal to anyone but the GOP, even over his own oath of office.

  • Demosthenes

    Comey is probably more self-deceptive than an outright Trump partisan. I think he hates Hillary Clinton, and his unprofessional behavior is “pay back”. I doubt Comey likes the Donald.

  • barbarajmay

    Director Giuliani? You made my blood run cold.

  • Badgerite

    Couldn’t agree more. At least he has demonstrated in the past some regard for the Constitution.

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