Like all sequels, F.B.I. Director James Comey’s follow-up to his “October surprise” letter was always likely to disappoint many fans of the original.
Even so, there was widespread gnashing of teeth from supporters of Donald Trump when Comey wrote to Congress on Sunday to announce that the bureau had turned up nothing new in its review of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, found last month on the laptop of her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.
FBI Dir just informed us "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Sec Clinton"
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) November 6, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) November 6, 2016
Comey making fool of FBI laughable shows how desperate CORRUPT Clintons are. MASSIVE VOTER NEXT. Trump only chance to save USA.
— Jerome Corsi (@jerome_corsi) November 6, 2016
To many old enough to remember the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” the perfect characterization of Comey’s “November Surprise” was the catchphrase made famous by Gilda Radner’s character, Emily Litella, who was hard of hearing and famous for overreacting to news events.
Comey pulls an Emily Litella: "Never Mind." In 2 days the racist misogynist moron and his hatred will be reduced to one word: LOSER Go HRC!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) November 6, 2016
Jim Comey channels Emily Litella. https://t.co/79BNQzRv1w
— Gwen Moritz (@gwenmoritz) November 6, 2016
All of this underscores how wrong it was for Comey to send his late October letter upsetting the whole election only to say "Never mind" now
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 6, 2016
Comey letter was a Clinton scandal in miniature: Hubris, disaster, leaks, rumors of indictment, then… never mind.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 6, 2016
According to NBC, sources in the Justice Department explained that nearly all of the emails on the laptop were duplicates of messages already reviewed by the F.B.I. before it closed its investigation in July, having decided that Clinton and her staff had not violated the law.
NBC's Pete Williams reports that nearly all of the e-mails found on the Weiner laptop were duplicates of e-mails FBI already reviewed.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) November 6, 2016