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Witcover: Comey's colossal blunder

Witcover: Comey's colossal blunder

Sometimes, the best of intentions lead to calamity. That is the case in FBI Director James Comey's unfortunate report to Congress that another trove of discovered emails might -- just might -- have some bearing on Hillary Clinton's use of her private server as secretary of state in the first Obama presidential term.

In alerting not only the congressional investigative committees but also the American public only days before the 2016 presidential election, Mr. Comey has unleashed a political hornet's nest that could affect the outcome.

His action has triggered outrage from Ms. Clinton and her campaign and reinforced rival Donald Trump's allegations of a rigged election process....