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Democrats Spurn Comey’s Endorsement

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James Comey / Getty Images
• July 18, 2018 1:15 pm

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High-profile members of the Democratic Party are spurning the endorsement of James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fired by President Donald Trump.

Comey took to Twitter on Tuesday to denounce congressional Republicans for having "proven incapable" of holding Trump accountable. The former FBI director asserted that anyone believing "in this country's values must vote for Democrats" in the coming midterm elections.

"This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition.' All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall," Comey tweeted. "Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us."

The endorsement, however, was not enough to bridge the animosity Comey encumbered from the left for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state. Democrats have particularly taken ire with his decision to re-open the investigation, as a result of evidence that came to light in the prosecution of former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.), so close to election day.

The narrative, fed in part by Clinton herself, that Comey was to blame for dashing the Democratic Party's hopes, was on display in the response the former FBI director's endorsement spawned.

Brian Fallon, who served as the national press secretary for Hillary Clinton's failed 2016 presidential campaign, summed up the pervading sentiment on the left when he took to social media to declare Democrats "don't want [Comey's] endorsement."

"Democrats don't want your endorsement, but thanks," Fallon tweeted.

Fallon, as the Washington Free Beacon previously reported, is currently the executive director of a special interest group leading the charge against Trump's "takeover" of the federal judiciary.

Others on the left were equally harsh in rebuffing Comey.

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Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser and White House communications director for President Barack Obama, was especially dismissive of the endorsement.

Comey's tweet came one day after Trump's summit in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The summit sparked controversy after Trump appeared to legitimize Russia's insistence that it did not meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections.