EDITORIAL: James Comey gets a Clintonesque pass

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

That haunting laugh echoing through the corridors of Washington officialdom is the sound of vindication emanating from one James B. Comey. Free from the threat of prosecution by the legal system for which he once stood, the fired former FBI director has validated the hoary adage that it’s better to be lucky than good.

Make that validated once again: Thanks to his ministrations, Hillary Clinton proved the point as well. In 2016, she dodged the dock when the Department of Justice declined to charge her for the mishandling of classified documents while secretary of State. Both forsook the good by breaking the rules binding the behavior of government officials and, as luck would have it, both escaped punishment.

In an 83-page report released Thursday, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that while leading the FBI in 2017, Mr. Comey violated bureau protocols when he memorialized his conversations


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