It has prompted conservatives to defend her.
The latest remonstration came from right-wing talk-show host and “The Blaze” founder Glenn Beck, who described Comey’s announcement as “one of the most irresponsible things to ever happen.”
On Monday, Beck told listeners to his radio show that the move benefitted Donald Trump so much that it was “the greatest gift given to any candidate of all time in the history of America,” according to a clip posted online by Right Wing Watch.
“For him to go for the subpoena and announce it and open this thing up when he says he doesn’t know if there’s even anything in those emails, that’s not too big of a risk for him. That’s too big of a risk of anyone’s career,” Beck said. “And not his ― hers.”
“Let’s say he believes that, you’re not going to open an investigation and announce it without any real evidence and destroy her career. You change the course of the country. You change the course of this person’s life. This is one of the most irresponsible things to ever happen, if it is indeed true that he doesn’t have any evidence.”
Beck also suggested that the reaction would be a whole lot different if the tables were turned.
“Can you imagine if this were to happen to Donald Trump?” he said. “Can you imagine what we’d be saying? If this would have happened to any Republican ― Mitt Romney ― and they said, ‘We have no evidence?’”
Beck is a longtime member of the “Never Trump” movement. He originally backed Ted Cruz for president, but now supports Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle. Beck has also said that voting against Trump was “a moral, ethical choice,” even if it meant that Clinton became president.
Beck was just the latest voice from the right to blast Comey. Over the weekend, former Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and conservative TV host/former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro blasted the letter. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Donald Ayer, deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, have all publicly spoken out against the move.