I didn’t take notes so I don’t have the exact words Press Secretary Josh Earnest used in today’s press conference, but basically he said several times, in the same or similar words, that President Obama had the highest confidence in James Comey’s good character and integrity.
There is no way the President of the United States could call for the resignation of the Director of the FBI. It would be unseemly and partisan, in fact, for him to say anything at all about this new wrinkle in the email brouhaha.
But what he has done through his press secretary is send a clear message to Director Comey that he expects him to live up to the words used to describe him.
This is sophisticated psychology. I’d expect nothing less from Barak Obama.
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