What they demanded — until they got it.
Democrats were adamant. They wanted FBI Director James Comey out. Period.
Let’s name some names — and with doubtless thanks to Mr. Google more can be found. Bold print supplied for the names below.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, September 2016.
Headline in the Daily Beast:
Harry Reid: Comey Should Resign
In the wake of a “soul-crushing” report on Russia’s meddling in the presidential election, Sen. Harry Reid has called for FBI Director James Comey to resign for allegedly withholding information on President-elect Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Reid, who was a fierce opponent of Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, which many believe cost her the election, told MSNBC on Saturday that he believes the FBI knew all along that Russia was helping Trump and deliberately did nothing about it. “This is not fake news. Intelligence officials are hiding connections to the Russian government. There is no question,” Reid said. “Comey knew and deliberately kept this info a secret,” he said. Asked whether he believes Comey should step down over the matter, Reid replied, “Of course, yes.”
Senate Democratic Whip Charles Schumer, November, 2016.
Headline in the Hill:
“I’ve lost confidence in FBI director”
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is joining a growing chorus of criticism over FBI Director James Comey’s decision to alert lawmakers to new emails potentially linked to the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s private server.
“I do not have confidence in him any longer,” Schumer — who is poised to be the Senate’s top Democrat in 2017 — told Bloomberg on Wednesday.
CBS News, January 2017:
Democrats stormed out of a briefing on Russian hacking — furious with one of the briefers, Comey.
“The FBI director has no credibility,” said Rep. Maxine Waters of California.
“My confidence in the FBI director’s ability to lead this agency has been shaken,” said Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia.
Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), November 2016, writing in the Hill:
For the sake of the FBI, Comey should resign
As a nearly ten-year veteran of the House Judiciary Committee — the committee responsible for oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice — and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, earlier this week I called on FBI Director James Comey to resign his position after his recent communication with members of Congress regarding the bureau’s review of emails potentially related to Hillary Clinton‘s personal email server.
Let’s stop here on this busy night — but before we do let’s go back to the ever dependable Maxine Waters. Here is the link to her official congressional website. And here is the headline from a little over a month and a half ago on March 21, 2017:
Rep. Waters: FBI Director Comey Advanced Russia’s Misinformation Campaign
And don’t forget this from the Wall Street Journal.
Headline in January of 2017:
James Comey’s Best Service: The new AG should ask the director to resign for the good of the FBI.
Mr. Comey has a long history of apparently political decisions, a point we underscored when President Obama nominated him for the FBI job in 2013. That includes his prosecution of Frank Quattrone, a post-Enron exercise for which the investment banker was ultimately vindicated, as well as Mr. Comey’s appointment of his close friend Patrick Fitzgerald to pursue the unpopular political targets of Scooter Libby, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney even after he knew that none of them had leaked the name of a CIA analyst to the media.
Liberals didn’t mind these prosecutorial excesses because they didn’t like Mr. Comey’s targets. Only when he turned on one of their own did they figure out, too late, the way the FBI director operates. Because both parties dislike him does not make Mr. Comey an honest arbiter who is above politics. His actions reveal that he is willing to violate Justice Department procedure and standards for his own political purposes.…
The best service Mr. Comey can render his country now is to resign. Failing that, Jeff Sessions should invite him for a meeting after he is confirmed as Attorney General and ask him to resign. If Mr. Comey declines, Donald Trump can and should fire him in the best interests of the nation’s most important law enforcement agency.”
To sum up: Democrats from Harry Reid to Chuck Schumer and all through the rest wanted Comey out. Gone. Resigned if not tarred and feathered. Tonight they got their wish from a president who rightly concluded the FBI director had lost the confidence of both Republicans and Democrats and the media.
The Democratic response? It’s Watergate!
And you want to know why Americans are cynical about politics?