He lied to Congress, and this is not a "constitutional crisis."
James Comey is out at the FBI, and the sky is not falling.
Last week, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the director of the FBI gave patently false information. So false as to be unavoidably a lie. And he did so to justify his announcement of an investigation that Hillary Clinton had said just days before robbed her of the presidency.
James Comey testified under oath that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had forwarded "hundreds and thousands" of State Department emails to her husband, Anthony Weiner's, laptop computer. Comey called it a "regular practice."
That claim was used to justify the months-long investigation of Clinton, and the supposed need to go public with information about the investigation less than two weeks before last November's election.
Hillary Clinton says -- rightly or wrongly -- that that James Comey announcement cost her the presidency. That it tipped the scales in a free election and cheated democracy.
That it was something of a coup d'etat.
And James Comey lied about it to a committee of Congress.
Lying to Congress is, according to U.S. Code section 1621 of Title 18, a crime. A felony crime. Punishable by up to five years in prison. It is a "high crime" for which a federal officer can be impeached.
Yesterday, at almost the same time he was fired, the FBI sent a clarifying statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying that the "hundreds and thousands" claim had been in error, and that the quantity could more accurately be described as a "small number."