George Will may have had some sort of hallucinogenic medication before he appeared on Fox News Sunday to claim that the faux email "scandal" is just like the IRS scandal, at least to the extent that President Obama has commented on it.
When the faux IRS scandal "broke", Obama was quick to condemn the IRS if they did something wrong. After that, he remained more or less quiet about it, but the right wing blew the whole thing out of proportion.
Last week, President Obama sat down with 60 Minutes, where he shrugged off the hullabaloo over the emails. That evidently lit someone at the FBI on fire who isn't a fan of his, and who spoke to a New York Times reporter anonymously to complain about Obama's rush to judgment.
This is what George Will is now trying to mash together into some kind of weird indication of a "pattern." He's also got FBI Director James Comey in the crosshairs. Or the director of the IRS. It's hard to tell.
WALLACE: George, is the FBI being too sensitive about that comment? Or do you think the president was trying to put his thumb on the scales of justice, and basically sending a message lay off of Hillary Clinton?
GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: It's not being too sensitive, because we've seen this minuet before. When the IRS scandal and the IRS immediately said, yes, we did something wrong, but it was some rogue agents in Cincinnati, as the investigation or non-investigation began, the president said this terrible stuff going on.
Then he sat down with Bill O'Reilly, I believe it was on Super Bowl Sunday.
WALLACE: It was indeed.
WILL: And there was not a smidgen of evidence. Whether or not that intimidated the Department of Justice, we don't know. We don't even know if this Department of Justice needs intimidation.
We’ll learn more about this when as I suspect will happen, there are impeachment proceedings against the current director of the FBI who is continuing -- of the IRS, who is continuing the cover-up. A lot of members of the House want this to happen.↓ Story continues below ↓
Fast forward now to what we just saw. The president says against before an investigation, or before he knows about the investigation, and he certainty shouldn't know what the FBI is doing, he prejudges what they are finding or not finding.
Now, of course they should feel if not intimidated -- I don't think they can intimidate this FBI. I guess I should say, in full disclosure, my son is an FBI agent --
WALLACE: Is he on the case?
WILL: No, he's not. But again, this takes place in the context conditioned by the David Petraeus case wherein some similarities are --
WALLACE: Just quickly pointed out David Petraeus the great military general, but he was CIA director.
WILL: Now, if Mr. Obama actually knows there was no security implication of this, then presumably Mr. Biden knows that. On the other hand, if the president was firing a shot across the bow at the FBI, he's worried that perhaps Mr. Biden has information about legal jeopardy that Hillary Clinton is in.
Oh, please. Give me a damn break. I'm sure Joe Biden is sitting in his office, thinking, "Oh. My. God. Hillary is in trouble and heading for an indictment so I MUST RUN."
Give me a break, please.