Magazine October 24, 2016, Issue

James Comey’s Dereliction

FBI director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 7, 2016, concerning his recommendation against prosecuting Hillary Clinton. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Of course the Obama administration was not going to prosecute Hillary Clinton

When considering the recommendation of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey against a prosecution of Hillary Clinton over the e-mail scandal, bear two things in mind.

First, for all their pretensions about the insulation of law enforcement from politics, the FBI and the Department of Justice are agents of the executive branch. As a matter of constitutional law, the power they are delegated to exercise is the president’s, and they wield it at his pleasure. The highly ambitious men and women in coveted executive-branch leadership posts always have the option of honorably resigning if they find the president’s bidding

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Tangents to Heinlein Interesting that two huge themes with no apparent connection appeared in the October 10 issue: John Fonte & John Yoo’s “Progressivism Goes Global,” and Charles C. W. Cooke’s ...
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The Week

‐ Gary Johnson may not know where Aleppo is, but he always knows where the Doritos are. ‐ Lester Holt is a registered Republican, but he clearly doesn’t let his partisan ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

DAWN WIND The day comes with a dawn wind brisk enough to ripple the broad waters circling back beneath the waterfall, where the sheet of ice at the edge of those circling waters, the chunks of ...

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