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Opinion: Obama’s Choice for FBI Director – James Comey – Is a Wrong One

James Comey

By Richard Cohen
Washington Post

It was probably the most famous hospital visit since Bob Woodward snuck into the room of dying CIA Director William Casey in 1987. This time it was James Comey, a deputy attorney general, who in 2004 rushed to the bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft and implored him not to reauthorize the government’s warrantless spying program.

Ashcroft stayed his pen — and Comey, having virtually committed an act of civil disobedience, became something of a Washington legend. He is now President Obama’s choice to head up the FBI. I applaud him with one hand.

Why the hesitation? Why in this moment of warrantless everything, a government scooping up our emails and, it seems, nighttime dreams, would I not cheer the nomination of someone who insisted on constitutional and legal limits on such a program?

Because this is also the era of leak investigations in which the phone calls of reporters have been creepily noted, and one of them, Fox News’ James Rosen, not only had his phone records filched but was cited as co-conspirator in an investigation of a State Department leak. The criminalization of investigative reporting, even when it is done by Fox News, is a bad, bad thing.

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