The August 19 issue of The Wall Street Journal has an interesting editorial by Kimberley A. Strassel entitled ‘James Comey’s Double Standard,’ in which Ms. Strassel rants (albeit in a relatively restrained manner) about the procedures the FBI has put in place for House lawmakers and staffers to have access to its investigation file on Hillary Clinton. She bemoans the fact that the files are kept in a locked and guarded room, can only be seen by one person at a time by appointment, and any notes taken must be left in the room. Furthermore, she complains, lawmakers are warned not to publicly disclose information from the documents. She calls this a ‘double standard,’ in that the FBI is demanding that members of the House do something they didn’t demand that Clinton do.

There are a lot of things wrong with her reasoning, so many in fact, I hardly know where to start. In the first place, these are now FBI investigative files containing not only possibly classified information, but sensitive investigative information and possibly even information about individuals that is protected under the Privacy Act. For the FBI to open them up for scrutiny by anyone without any conditions would not only be foolish, but might even violate federal law. Ms. Strassel, and others on the right, foam at the mouth, shouting to all who will listen that Clinton violated the law, and should be prosecuted for disclosing classified information to people not authorized to receive it. Now, they’re foaming again because they aren’t allowed to do the same.

My question to her is—which I’m sure she would decline to answer—just whose double standard are we talking about here?

Published by Charles Ray