(Don’t) Rush to JudgmentBrian O'Hara
Recently FBI Director James Comey, not only announced on national TV that he would not be recommending charges be filed in the Hilary Clinton email investigation, but then went on to testify in congress to further clarify his position and answer their questions.
Under normal circumstances, the Director of the FBI and the agents who work for that person, simply collect evidence in cases and present their findings to the US Attorney General, who in this case is USAG Loretta Lynch. The AG then determines if sufficient evidence has been found to warrant prosecution and the case either proceeds or dies based on that decision.
So it was rather odd and seemed out of character for Director Comey, normally a man of high principles and ethics, to engage in a hotly debated political conversation by recommending prosecution not be sought in the case. In addition, he continued by rebuking Secretary Clinton extensively on her poor choices regarding her actions, all on national television. He was then called to congress to answer their questions and to discuss again, his conclusions and recommendations.
Director Comey has in the past, on several occasions, held to his principles and not allowed himself to be carried by political winds as he is a public servant, not a politician. However, in this particular situation, it appears on the surface that he has either changed his longstanding stance on these issues or something else that we are unaware of, is in play.
Hence my title, (Don’t) Rush to Judgment. Remember that as Director, Comey has to keep numerous secrets from the public as part of his overarching responsibilities and that because this seems our of character, that perhaps we should hold off on judging his actions until we know the entire story, which may never occur. This is a hotly contested election year and people are grabbing for sound bytes everywhere to further their positions. Please remember his service and loyalty in the past, and that we are all subject to power plays, manipulation, and sometimes having to do things that we are not at liberty to discuss with others.
In my opinion, Director Comey has up until this incident, served his country and the FBI with outstanding loyalty and dignity and I would caution everyone to hold their judgments on this activity and first put yourself in his shoes and consider why you might have done what he has. Although in today’s environment it can be easy to rush to judgment, let’s not in this case and show that we can rise above the political foray until we know all the facts. Even if we never know them all, I would urge everyone to measure a person in the long run and not by a single incident.
Brian T. O’Hara CISA, CISM, CRISC, CCSP, CISSP
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