Former Florida Congressman Allen West. (Getty Images).
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"I can’t thank Director Comey enough for coming to this decision."
Conservative commentator and former U.S. Congressman Allen West's response to the FBI's decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton was markedly different from that of his Republican peers.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned the integrity of FBI Director James Comey, saying Tuesday that the way the Bureau handled the Clinton email probe “threatens the rule of law.”
In a nation where the rule of law is supposed to matter, today’s decision is troubling. https://t.co/vvu73JpKTy— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 5, 2016
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) asserted that Comey’s recommendation against criminal charges defies explanation and leaves many questions unanswered.
The findings of this FBI investigation make clear → Secretary Clinton misled the American people. https://t.co/rGagVt8hZ8— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 5, 2016
But West rejoiced at Tuesday's news.
"I can’t thank Director Comey enough for coming to this decision," he wrote on his blog.
He explained why:
My concern has always been that Barack Obama would release the hounds on Mrs. Clinton and then push for his vice president, Joe Biden, to be the Democrat nominee. And then, to placate the far lefty socialists, who own the Democrat party, Obama would position Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Biden’s VP. That would be a really tough ticket to beat, since Joe Biden’s favorables, regardless of gaffes and such, are extremely high.
However, James Comey just delivered a gift wrapped with a bow.
West argued the FBI's recommendation not to prosecute Clinton, even after noting that the former secretary of state was "extremely careless" in her handling of national secrets, speaks to the Democratic presidential candidate's culpability while allowing her to remain in the race. In West's view, the FBI just dealt a major blow to the Democratic Party.
Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally with U.S. president Barack Obama on July 5, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
In his post, the conservative pundit provided a short but detailed wrap sheet of Clinton's transgressions, as noted by Comey himself:
Comey has said Hillary Clinton is not reasonable — is that who you want as president and commander in chief? And Mrs. Clinton’s actions were not appropriate or acceptable. That follows with Mrs. Clinton’s blatant lie about not having any classified material on her private server — her unclassified, private, personal server. Hillary Clinton stated there was no classified correspondence she emailed — wrong, a lie. Lastly, Comey confirmed Hillary Clinton inappropriately deleted the property of the American people — State Department, work-related emails. We know from the deposition of her closest aide, the daughter of Muslim Brotherhood associates Huma Abedin, that she admitted to burning emails.
West cited a piece written by National Review contributor and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy, who claimed the FBI effectively rewrote Federal law by not recommending that Clinton be indicted.
"This, Ladies and Gents, is the 'policy of political corruption' on full display," West wrote. "And it’s offensive to me, and should be to you, that these chuckleheads think so little of the American people."
Nonetheless, West is "rejoicing" because in his mind, the Clinton email investigation revealed "who these progressive socialists truly are and how they’ll use any means in order to achieve their ends."
He confidently asserted that "the final vote will be cast by the American people," in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
"If you looked upon Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on that stage yesterday and cheered, the day after our 240th American Independence Day — you are no Patriot and citizen of this Republic," West wrote, referring to President Obama's decision to campaign with Clinton Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the FBI's announcement. "You are nothing more than, as Vladimir Lenin stated, a 'useful idiot' — and a supporter of liars."
West concluded his post by thanking Comey.
"Thanks, Director Comey, you may have just become the one person who will end the corrupt reign of the Clinton Family, and terminate any chance for an honorable legacy for Barack Obama."
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