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It’s ironic how Hillary Clinton praised FBI Director James Comey in July after he got her off the hook from her email scandal. Yet now, in the wake of the decision to re-open the investigation, Clinton and her Democratic surrogates have deemed Comey the real criminal.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., claimed that Comey “may have broken the law” in a possible violation of the Hatch Act, since Comey’s letter to Congress was issued so close to Election Day.

The new Democratic attacks against Comey are certainly expected, as the Clinton campaign flails in response and tries to regain its footing in the race.

It is notable that all of this is taking place under the current arrangement, with Comey serving in the Obama administration and Clinton running for president. Starting Nov. 9 though, in the event that Clinton is elected to become Comey’s boss, things will start to get very awkward for the two most important players in this still-unfolding scandal.

Who, for instance, will Clinton select as her attorney general and serve as Comey’s new boss? Would she re-appoint current Attorney General Loretta Lynch? That’s been the conventional wisdom for months. Interestingly, news accounts say Comey rebuffed Lynch when senior Department of Justice officials persuaded the FBI to hold off until after Election Day to announce the investigation’s news. A Lynch appointment would certainly make for an awkward situation in the new administration.

What if the attorney general pick came from outside the sphere of the email scandal? That will make little difference. There are any number of other Democratic establishment Clinton loyalists who, if appointed as Clinton’s attorney general, would also enter into a very frosty relationship with Comey.

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez? Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano? How about bringing former Attorney General Janet Reno back from retirement? It won’t matter. Anyone selected by Clinton to be attorney general will find it nearly impossible to work with Comey the saboteur, who will be leading the ongoing investigations into the Clinton’s private email server and the Clinton Foundation.

Comey reportedly may be facing an internal revolt of rank-and-file agents. Perhaps, after criticism from the right for his decision in July and attacks from the left following Friday’s news, Comey may be ready to throw in the towel and end his term early.

Fat chance.

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First, Comey would be acknowledging some wrongdoing on his part if he suddenly decided to end his 10-year term after only three years at the helm. Second, history shows us it’s not easy to get rid of an FBI director in the middle of their term.

Since the death of legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1972, only one director has resigned under duress: Louis Freeh. Only one director has been fired: William Sessions, because he wouldn’t resign under duress.

Could a President Hillary Clinton fire James Comey? She might wish she could, as her husband did with Sessions, but the political fallout would be way too intense and distracting for a new president who starts her term already under federal investigation.

Obviously, talk of awkwardness will be moot if Donald Trump, who seems to have new momentum on his side heading into Election Day, becomes president. He already said, “It took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition he had where they’re trying to protect her from criminal prosecution.” Bringing Clinton to justice and sending her off into retirement is just one of the many reasons voters should elect Trump president next Tuesday.

As for the various scenarios in the event of a Clinton win, Comey will stay put and have a chance to prove he is the most impartial player in this scandal after all.

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He will just have to suffer through all of that awkwardness.

Mark Serrano is a political strategist and the president and founder of ProActive Communications. He has worked for numerous Republican presidential campaigns since 1988. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.

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