‘Dangerous’ standard to reveal ongoing investigations because the public is interested
As the rest of the Morning Joe panel remained in three-alarm, apocalyptic mode this morning, there was one lonely voice bringing some balance to the discussion.
MSNBC analyst Mark Halperin said it was “completely improper” of FBI Director James Comey to have revealed the existence of an ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Rejecting Mika Brzezinski’s suggestion that Comey was “compelled” to make the revelation, Halperin added that Comey “says the standard is, if the public is interested in something, I’ll reveal an ongoing probe. I’ve never heard of this standard. I think it’s a dangerous one to set.”
Joe Scarborough, in melodramatic fashion, held up the front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post, and claimed “Americans have a right to know that the sitting President of the United States is being investigated for colluding with the Russians!”
Two points here: contrary to Scarborough’s allegation and that of others in the MSM, neither Comey nor NSA Director Mike Rogers confirmed or denied that Trump himself was under investigation.
Second, what is the relevance of the front pages of the Times and WaPo? Does Joe think they set the rules for disclosure of FBI investigations?
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