If you needed any further proof that Joe Scarborough and his buddies over at MSNBC are doing their best to turn the network into another version of Fox "news," well, here you go. On this Wednesday's edition of Morning Joe, or as Charlie Pierce likes to call it, Squint and the Meat Puppet, Scarborough and his producers decided to trot out disgraced former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to weigh in on James Comey's decision not to recommend charges over the handling of Hillary Clinton's email server.
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales laced into FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday after Comey announced that the agency would not recommend that a case be prosecuted against Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
"You know, surprising, I'd have to say. Of course, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt without actually looking at the evidence. But given his public statements and what's in the record, I'm a little bit surprised at the outcome," Gonzales told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
The most surprising aspect, Gonzales added, was Comey's statement that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."
"That is not his job," Gonzales said of Comey, with whom he has a checkered history.
That's one way of putting it. As the Politico article mentioned, this is the same Alberto Gonzales who tried to do an end-around on Comey while John Ashcroft was hospitalized and get him to sign off on their illegal wiretapping program.
This is the guy who did more to politicize the Department of Justice than any Attorney General in recent history.
And as some have noted on Twitter today, Gonzales has had his own problems with handling classified information.
Since Alberto Gonzales saw fit to show his buggy little face, here's TS/SCI CYA files he hid in briefcase for years. pic.twitter.com/csNzqZTGXP
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) July 6, 2016
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More on that here as well: Report Describes Careless Handling of U.S. Secrets
But by all means MSNBC, let's hear what Gonzales has to say about Comey's decision not to recommend an indictment. Our sorry excuse for what's supposed to pass for a "news" organization is a wasteland these days.