We all remember how the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s first director, J. Edgar Hoover (1895–1972), interfered with politics during the early (and later) stages of the cold war, such as his fervent campaign against Martin Luther King jr. and the civil rights movement, not to mention the sensitive audio tapes he claimed to possess, of President John F. Kennedy having sex with a woman he described as «an East German Communist».
Present FBI director (and Republican) James Comey’s disclosure of «new» findings in the Hillary Clinton email probe last week, followed by yesterday’s FBI release of 15-year-old documents pertaining to Bill Clinton, only goes to show Comey’s resolve to prevent the eventuality of a Clinton victory – or to secure Donald Trump’s, which ever is the case (albeit one and the same).
Far be it from me to imply consequences for said bureau director, but I think it’s safe to claim his actions highly undemocratic and, therefore, illegal – even if the target of his disclosures themselves were criminals (as there’s every reason to believe they indeed are).
What we do know, however, is that an election, most likely rigged or unlawfully influenced by one, both or any party, probably shouldn’t be held in the first place.
Nevertheless it will, for what ever it’s worth. Let’s just not call it democracy (because if it is, I will have no part in it).