For all stories Never-Trump, at least as far as being President of the United States is concerned, one of the best resources in the lead up to the 2016 election was the New York Times. Somehow, their reporters had insiders who would tell them EVERYTHING. And, of course, they would spill the beans to the world.
One of the stories that ended up in print is now being somewhat retracted. Not totally, but there is an acknowledgment that maybe, maybe, the sources were wrong and that the FBI super secret clean up crew was playing political favorites.
In the Clinton case, Mr. Comey has said he erred on the side of transparency. But in the face of questions from Congress about the Trump campaign, the F.B.I. declined to tip its hand. And when The New York Times tried to assess the state of the investigation in October 2016, law enforcement officials cautioned against drawing any conclusions, resulting in a story that significantly played down the case.
Mr. Comey has said it is unfair to compare the Clinton case, which was winding down in the summer of 2016, with the Russia case, which was in its earliest stages. He said he did not make political considerations about who would benefit from each decision.
But underpinning both cases was one political calculation: that Mrs. Clinton would win and Mr. Trump would lose. Agents feared being seen as withholding information or going too easy on her. And they worried that any overt actions against Mr. Trump’s campaign would only reinforce his claims that the election was being rigged against him.
The long and short of it is that the Hillary Clinton email server investigation was handled REALLY badly, and the people at the FBI were banking on the published polls being correct – that Clinton would win in a landslide – to cover up the realities of that fact, as well as several side investigations into Mr. Trump that were most likely aided by illegally obtained FISA warrants.
Initially, after Donald Trump won the presidency, the FBI team that was hell-bent on helping to take him down, started the Russia Russia Russia investigation fiasco hoping to find a smoking gun that they would have planted. Yeah, that hasn’t happened yet, and the New York Times is now forced to admit they were hoodwinked.