Have pity on FBI Director James Comey. Attacked from every side for every possible sin, from horrendous judgement to outrageous bias, his previously unimpeachable reputation will never recover.
But here’s what people don’t get. In today’s world it can be easy for followers to force leaders to do something they would not do otherwise. In this case it seems clear that Comey was caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, his hand forced by some of his underlings to do things he neither wanted nor intended.
Did Comey handle the over-heated politics of this election season with maximum legal and political savvy? He did not. But, was he obliged to act in unaccustomed ways by those who had less formal authority than did he? He was.