President Obama sat down with NowThis News this week to address a controversial letter sent by FBI Director James Comey to Congress last Friday. The letter, which informed lawmakers that FBI agents had discovered emails pertinent to the agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton, has turned the election upside down in the final days.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended Comey from left-wing attacks this week, assuring reporters that the administration did not believe the FBI director was “intentionally” interfering in the election. But while President Obama didn’t make any such allegations himself, he seemed to lob some veiled criticism at Comey in the interview.
“We don’t operate on incomplete information,” Obama said of the investigation. “We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”
Obama didn’t go as far as to mention Comey by name, but his insinuation appears consistent with critics who have blasted Comey for putting his thumb on the scale this close to election day. Instead of directly rebuking the FBI director, Obama circled back to his faith in the Democratic nominee.
“I trust her,” he said. “I know her. And I wouldn’t be supporting her if I didn’t have absolute confidence in her integrity.”
Of course, Obama is well aware that there are many Americans who believe that it is because of pressure emanating from the Oval Office that Hillary escaped prosecution in the first place. His “absolute confidence” in Clinton was present last year, long before the details of the FBI investigation had been made public. This led many critics to believe that Obama had more information about the case then he let on, proving that the FBI was not working independently to resolve the case.
FBI officials are reportedly scrambling to determine the importance of emails they discovered on a laptop belonging to disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Even so, few believe the agency will be able to conclude this stage of the investigation before November 8. As a result, voters will have to make their choice on election day without the benefit of all the facts.
Regardless, many voters may decide that the constant air of scandal surrounding Clinton is enough, even in the absence of a smoking gun. The smelly memories of the first Clinton administration are hanging in the air, promising that Hillary will disgrace the White House if elected. Those memories could be enough to lead Donald Trump to a comeback victory on Tuesday.