The Clinton EMails and The Treachery in the Department of Justice

Attorney General, Loretta Lynch Issued Dire Warning to FBI Director, James Comey Before He Re-Launched The Clinton Email Investigation:

ABC NEWS
BY JASON HOWERTON

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and senior officials at the U.S. Department of Justice reportedly made it “abundantly clear” to FBI Director James Comey that they didn’t want him to inform Congress of the agency’s relaunched investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email use.

Lynch objected to the disclosure and urged him to follow DOJ protocol to avoid actions that could influence the outcome of a presidential election, ABC News reported, citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

Comey didn’t listen.

The Hillary Clinton campaign was blindsided on Friday by the letter Comey sent to Congress, which revealed new emails had been uncovered that appear to be “pertinent” to their investigation. The new evidence was reportedly found during the FBI’s investigation into disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. Officialsseized electronic devices belonging to Weiner and his wife, longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Read the letter Comey sent to lawmakers below:


The FBI director is an employee of the Justice Department, therefore, he surely knew directly defying Lynch would be a bold — and even risky — move.

An unidentified source told ABC News some officials felt the disclosure was uncalled for because “no one knows if ”there is any 'there' there" yet. Comey argued he felt an obligation to inform Congress because he had testified that the investigation had been completed.

FBI Director James Comey –

The Clinton campaign has attempted to put the burden onto the FBI to disclose more information on the materials they are examining.

“It’s extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said in a statement. “The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide full details of what he is now examining. We are confident this will not produce any conclusions different f rom the one the FBI reached in July.”

Clinton echoed Podesta’s statementthe day before, claiming she had no idea what new information the FBI might be reviewing.

“Right now, your guess is as good as mine — and I don’t think that’s good enough,” she told reporters during a late press conference on Friday.

Clinton faces fresh scrutiny over her controversial private email use just 11 days from Election Day.

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One doesn't fully grasp the full and complete gravamen of what exactly is going on in  this story until you get some insight into this question:

Who is James Comey?:

Comey was the United States Deputy Attorney General from December 2003 to August 2005, serving in President George W. Bush's administration. As Deputy Attorney General, Comey was the second-highest-ranking official in theUnited States Department of Justice(DOJ), and ran the day-to-day operations of the Department. He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from January 2002 to December 2003, before becoming the U.S. Deputy Attorney General.

In December 2003, as U.S. Deputy Attorney General, Comey appointed the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Illinois, a close friend and former colleaguePatrick Fitzgerald, as Special Counsel to head the CIA Leak Grand Jury Investigation, after Attorney General John Ashcroft recusedhimself.

In August 2005, Comey left the DOJ and became General Counsel and Senior Vice President ofLockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2010, he became General Counsel atBridgewater Associates, based in Westport, Connecticut. In early 2013, he left Bridgewater to become a Senior Research Scholar and a Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School in New York City. He served on the Board of Directors ofHSBC Holdings until July 2013.

In September 2013, Comey was appointed Director of the FBI by President Barack Obama.

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For his treacherous violation of protocol, insubordination, and defiance, Comey most certainly will be asked for his resignation within a week or two of the election.

However,  the fact is he won't give a shit because he'll be rewarded for the same things that will get him fired.

If he hasn't been paid already, he'll get a hefty sum and a position somewhere worth at least twice the salary that he’s getting now.

That's how it's done...

Presumably he'll fade from the spotlight of the rich and infamous and live comfortably ever after.

I'm certain that there is more to this story than what I've been able to cobble together here.

So many more questions to get asked and answered.

However, you now have a much more detailed and comprehensive look at what party loyalty, money, and, yes, racism can do at the highest levels of our government.

There's a book and a movie in here somewhere.....

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 30, 2016 at 6:16am

It's interesting that you slam Comey for doing his job by trying smear him with his past associations with Bush and Wall St., yet say nothing about Lynch's past associations with the Clintons (i.e.  Being appoint as U.S. Attorney by Bill Clinton and working for the law firm that served the Clintons, etc. - two MAJOR conflicts of interest.).  

That what he did had a negative effect on Hillary doesn't mean it wasn't the right thing to do or that he would have been torn apart by the beltway jackets if he hadn't said anything.

I also have to say that I found it hilarious that a DoJ source said that "this isn't how we do things", especially seeing how the DoJ, under the last two AGs, has a LOOOONG track record of burying and excusing the criminality of those favored by the current administration.

 

P.S.  I hope you certainly aren't saying that Hillary is above being investigated for wrong doing just because she is running for president or that the "timing" is wrong.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 30, 2016 at 7:19am

SBA, great to read your comment!!  We've been wondering where you went.  While I question his timing, I believe that Comey is still doing his job.  That the FBI didn't recommend pursuit of criminal charges after they closed their investigation of HRC's secret server emails, there loomed large questions about what they might have missed. 

HRC and her state department aide Huma Abedin screwed up.  Deleted emails from Hillary's server didn't delete on slime ball Anthony Weiner's computer. They shot themselves in the foot and FBI Director James Comey is just doing his job and covering his butt in congress.  The 2016 October surprise is just another Weinerfest.  Bad luck all around.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 30, 2016 at 8:13am

Ah, there you are Amy. Some of us have been wondering about your whereabouts and well-being:

 http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/one-sentence-question-for-a...

To answer your question:

No, not at all.

This post is about a snake in the grass Republicsn mole whose treachery is intended to wreak havoc on the electoral process.

The letter he wrote was sent only to the Republican members of the  investigative committee. In violation of protocol and professional courtesy not even Elijah Cummings,  the Democratic ranking member on the committee was an addressee, nor was he given a cc.

Glad your back and presumably in good health...

The nature of your comment suggests that you're in good spirits

Comment by Ron Powell on October 30, 2016 at 8:19am

@JMac; Doing one's job entails taking direction from superiors and following established protocol...

Comey did neither. 

His job description requires that he report to the Attorney General and states that he serves at the pleasure of the Prrsident.

Comment by nerd cred on October 30, 2016 at 9:55am

Remember when Comey first came to wide public attention, after the dramatic showdown with Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card at the bedside of the very sick John Ashcroft over authorization of Bush's domestic surveillance with Comey, Ashcroft and others threatening  resignation before it was all over.

Reality or mythology, it gained Comey the reputation of an honorable man who followed the rules even at risk of negative political effects. That reputation was a factor in his Senate approval hearings as AG.

It's  possible to extend that idea, assuming it's true, and there's no reason not to believe it is, to his rule following in general. Some people are so devoted to following the rules that they invent rules when there is none to guide them. I've known enough people who do that consistently to think of it as a class.

Could it be that Comey is sufficiently sanctimonious in this aspect of his personality that he could conclude that he would select to follow the "rule" of updating the congressional committees rather than Lynch's rule not to discuss the subject publicly, assuming that she was acting politically?

I can't believe Comey is a Trump supporter.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 30, 2016 at 11:49am

@NC; Comey may not be a Trump supporter as many Republicans aren't. 

But,  he's still a Republican and certainly a Comey supporter.

His actions amount to insubordination pure and simple....

He'll be gone before Hillary Clinton is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Comment by marilyn sands on October 30, 2016 at 12:54pm

Just like the Mob; the Republican Party hires "Paper Pusher Hit Men". R&L

Comment by koshersalaami on October 30, 2016 at 2:28pm

The timing is a violation of the Hatch Act. FBI field agents are justifiably angry because the Agency now looks partisan, given the unnecessary timing of the letter. The emails they want to look at are not suspected of being from or to Hillary. The letter was issued without the FBI even having a warrant to look at the relevant emails on Weiner's laptop at the time. SOP is to refuse to comment on ongoing investigations. This is dirty in too many directions.

Comment by Zanelle on October 30, 2016 at 3:36pm

So nice to see Amy comment.  Throw the Bum Out!  Drain the Swamp!  Put Trump in charge and stir up the waters so nothing makes any sense.  We might be in for a rocky ride and it is not going to be over with the election.

Comment by Ron Powell on October 31, 2016 at 5:23pm

Letter from Senate Minority Leader,  Harry Reid to  FBI Director , James Comey:

Las Vegas, NV – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey today:

Dear Director Comey:

Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another. I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.

The double standard established by your actions is clear.

In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.

By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible.

Moreover, in tarring Secretary Clinton with thin innuendo, you overruled longstanding tradition and the explicit guidance of your own Department. You rushed to take this step eleven days before a presidential election, despite the fact that for all you know, the information you possess could be entirely duplicative of the information you already examined which exonerated Secretary Clinton.

As you know, a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on March 10, 2016, makes clear that all Justice Department employees, including you, are subject to the Hatch Act. The memo defines the political activity prohibited under the Hatch Act as “activity directed towards the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group.”

The clear double-standard established by your actions strongly suggests that your highly selective approach to publicizing information, along with your timing, was intended for the success or failure of a partisan candidate or political group.

Please keep in mind that I have been a supporter of yours in the past. When Republicans filibustered your nomination and delayed your confirmation longer than any previous nominee to your position, I led the fight to get you confirmed because I believed you to be a principled public servant.

With the deepest regret, I now see that I was wrong.

Sincerely,

Senator Harry Reid

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It may well be that release of the information re any connection or liason between Trump and Putin  would also have been a violation. Of the Hatch Act. 

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