|7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation|
From: September 4, 2013 – May 9, 2017
|Predecessor||Robert S. Mueller|
|Successor||Andrew McCabe (acting)|
James Brien Comey Jr. (December 14, 1960) is a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) appointed by Barack Obama on September 4, 2013, and a lawyer. Comey is suspected of obstruction of justice in whitewashing the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Comey has admitted to leaking information about a confidential discussion he had with President Donald Trump.
Between December 9, 2003, and August 15, 2005, he served as United States Deputy Attorney General under the administration of president George W. Bush.
Comey once was a member of the Republican Party but later became an independent. However, his wife and daughters attended the left-wing, anti-Trump Women's March and supported Hillary Clinton. Comey built his career and reputation among leftists prosecuting the cases of Martha Stewart, Steven Hatfield (the Anthrax case), Scooter Libby, and Dinesh D'Souza.
Comey is considered by many as the most corrupt FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover. The FISA courts were established after Hoover's death to bring judicial oversight to the FBI and limit abuse. Under James Comey, the FBI circumvented the FISA court, and engaged in domestic political spying and election interference.
Hillary Clinton email investigation
- Main article: Hillary Clinton email investigation
During the presidential elections in 2016, Comey investigated the Hillary Clinton email scandal, which has been seen as a main factor of her loss. Despite damning evidence and in violation of departmental rules, Comey publicly stated the FBI could find no cause to recommend prosecution only to be forced to re-open the case days before the election. Clinton blamed Comey for her failed campaign.
President Obama exchanged emails with Secretary Clinton and knew of her use of an illegal server prior to the time he said he learned of it. In early May 2016 Comey emailed his draft statement exonerating Secretary Clinton to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI General Counsel James Baker, and FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki. The reference to communicating with "the President" in the revised draft was changed to “another senior government official". However in Comey’s final public statement, even the reference to “another senior government official” was blotted out as too incriminating, and stricken altogether. Section 793(f) of the Espionage Act prohibits having knowledge, and failing to report, the existence of national defense documents that are mishandled through gross negligence.  Comey never made a truthful and accurate report to Congress about his findings. Gross negligence in handling classified information is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Comey met with President Obama on the morning of May 16, 2016; by afternoon his revised draft was circulating among McCabe, Baker, Rybevki, Peter Strzok, Bill Briestap, Trisha Anderson, Johnathan Moffa, David Bowdich and others. Obama intervened in the investigation when he publicly stated that Hillary Clinton showed “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server. Strzok struck Comey's original finding, "grossly negligent", and inserted Obama's "extremely careless."
Comey never investigated Hillary's willful destruction of documents. Comey later admitted the investigation was driven by politics, and not the law, a desire to clear Hillary Clinton so she could win the Democratic nomination for president.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote in a performance review of Comey's behavior,
"The director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General's authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution.
It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General. On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation's most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.
Compounding the error, the Director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation. Derogatory information sometimes is disclosed in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions, but we never release it gratuitously. The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.In response to skeptical question at a congressional hearing, the Director defended his remarks by saying that his "goal was to say what is true. What did we do, what did we find, what do we think about it." But the goal of a federal criminal investigation is not to announce our thoughts at a press conference. The goal is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a federal criminal prosecution, then allow a federal prosecutor who exercises authority delegated by the Attorney General to make a prosecutorial decision, and then - if prosecution is warranted - let the judge and jury determine the facts. We sometimes release information about closed investigations in appropriate ways, but the FBI does not do it sua sponte."
Lying to Congress
Comey testified his decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton came after her July 2, 2016 interview with FBI investigators Peter Strzok and David Laufman. FBI Documents reveal Comey decided more than six weeks earlier before the investigation was completed.
Mr. RATCLIFFE. ...If there was ever any possibility that something Hillary Clinton might have said on July 2 could have possibly resulted in criminal charges that might possibly have resulted in a trial against her relating to this classified information, well, then, to use your words, Director, I don’t think that there is any reasonable prosecutor out there who would have allowed two immunized witnesses central to the prosecution proving the case against her to sit in the room with the interview, the FBI interview, of the subject of that investigation.
And if I heard you earlier today, in your long career, I heard you say that you have never had that circumstance. Is that—did I hear you correctly?
Mr. COMEY. That is correct, but——
Mr. RATCLIFFE. Okay. And I never have either, and I have never met a prosecutor that has ever had that.
So, to me, the only way that an interview takes place with the two central witnesses and the subject of the investigation is if the decision has already been made that all three people in that room are not going to be charged.
Mr. COMEY. Can I respond?
Mr. RATCLIFFE. Yes. Please.
Mr. COMEY. I know in our political lives sometimes people casually accuse each other of being dishonest, but if colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this.All I can do is to tell you again, the decision was made after that, because I didn’t know what was going to happen in that interview...
On October 28, ten days before the 2016 presidential election, Comey was forced to go public with re-opening the Clinton email investigation when the New York Police Department (NYPD) planned a press conference about evidence they seized on Anthony Weiner's laptop computer. 650,000 classified State Department emails and other damning evidence was found.
Re-opening Hillary's email case threw the Clinton campaign and poll numbers into a tailspin.Comey later explained
he felt obligated to take more of a personal role as the public face of the investigation rather than deferring to then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch – in part because of something involving Lynch that he cryptically refers to as a “development still unknown to the American public to this day.”The Weiner/Abedin/Clinton laptop evidence was turned over by NYPD to the DOJ Southern District of New York (SDNY). Previously a grand jury in New York refused to return an indictment against the NY police in the Eric Garner case. Garner was killed in police custody while put in a chokehold. As an outcome of that grand jury finding, and of their own investigation, the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) was not pursuing criminal charges against NYPD officers involved. Federal prosecutors in the Washington D.C. DOJ Civil Rights Division argued there was clear evidence to bring charges, whereas FBI officials and the DOJ EDNY opposed bringing any charges.
Loretta Lynch threatened to take the Garner case away from the Brooklyn Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and give it to Preet Bharara of the Manhattan South District of New York (SDNY) if the NYPD went public with the evidence they found on the Weiner laptop. Lynch used the Justice Department to threaten NYPD into sitting on its evidence in the Weiner case to protect Hillary Clinton.
Trump Russia investigation
- Main article: Trump-Russia investigation
The law requires the FBI Director to notify the Gang of Eight Congressional leaders of any surveillance of American citizens authorised by the FISA court every 90 days. In addition to hoaxing the FISA court into granting a FISA warrant on Trump associates with false evidence manufactured by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, Comey never fulfilled his legal obligation to apprise Congressional leaders of both parties about the FBI's clandestine activities.
In a meeting during Trump's transition, Comey asked others present to leave the room so he could present the Democrat opposition research to Trump as a US "intelligence product" in an effort to blackmail Trump. In sordid Congressional testimony after his firing, Comey claimed he thought it was unusual or improper weeks later when Trump asked him for a one-on-one meeting.
After whitewashing Hillary Clinton's widely known criminality so she could secure the Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, Comey refused to lift the cloud of innuendo over President Trump generated by the collusion between Democrat opposition researchers and the FBI, despite pleas from Congress and Comey's own private admissions that Trump was not under criminal investigation.
Although originally not planning on asking him to resign, President Donald Trump, at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, fired Comey for being unfit to serve in the position. Democrats and liberals were dismayed at the decision, but it showed that Trump was serious about shaking up D.C. and "draining the swamp."
FiringImmediately after being fired, Comey began leaking the substance of private confidential information shared with the president to the New York Times. Five days later more appeared. Jake Novak of CNBC commented the latest Trump-Russia leaks sounded like a coup attempt. Novak noted
"Someone at the highest levels of government has leaked information to the news media about President Trump's discussions with Russian officials...candidate Donald Trump indeed insulted the intelligence community during the election, and many have concluded that this is their plotted revenge...we have some very powerful people in Washington who really don't like how democracy played out this time around and what they do to attack it next isn't going to be any better than what they're doing now."
On June 8 in sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Dir. Comey admitted to leaking information relevant to an FBI investigation to the media. Comey claimed he was motivated by Trump tweets, although the first leak was published on May 11, 2017 before Trump tweeted, raising the possibility Comey may have misled Congress in his testimony.
- Samuels, Brett (April 15, 2018). Comey's wife and daughters took part in Women's March, supported Clinton. The Hill. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
- The Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 793-798, prohibits various types of mishandling of “national defense information.” Section 793(f) prohibits the mishandling of classified material through one’s gross negligence. This subsection does not require a specific intent to harm national security, and even without intent, it is considered a serious crime.
- "in April, 2016, President Obama gave an interview in which he seemed to have foreknowledge that Hillary Clinton would be exonerated for her “carelessness” and did not “intentionally” mishandle classified emails, words that Comey would use just a few months later...In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Obama seemed to prejudge the outcome of the ongoing inquiry into Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal, and he disputed the notion that any of the emails contained classified information of true importance. "She would never intentionally put America in any kind of jeopardy,” he said. “What I also know is that there’s classified and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top secret top secret, and then there’s stuff that is being presented to the president, the secretary of state, you may not want going out over the wire.”…
...we now see how Obama’s pledge that politics would not taint the investigation was a bald-faced lie. This confidence in her exoneration was shared by Mrs. Clinton, who also seemed to have foreknowledge that the fix was in: The FBI is investigating the matter, and while Mrs. Clinton has virtually promised she will not be indicted, the scandal still hangs over her presidential ambitions...“That is not going to happen,” she told NBC News when asked if she would be indicted. “There is not even the remotest chance that it’s going to happen.”
National Review Contributing Editor Andrew McCarthy has long argued that Obama was the ringleader in obstructing justice in the Hillary email investigation: "From the first, these columns have argued that the whitewash of the Hillary Clinton-emails caper was President Barack Obama’s call -- not the FBI’s, and not the Justice Department’s… The decision was inevitable. Obama, using a pseudonymous email account, had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account....If Clinton had been charged, Obama’s culpable involvement would have been patent. In any prosecution of Clinton, the Clinton -- Obama emails would have been in the spotlight. For the prosecution, they would be more proof of willful (or, if you prefer, grossly negligent) mishandling of intelligence. More significantly, for Clinton’s defense, they would show that Obama was complicit in Clinton’s conduct yet faced no criminal charges."
...a draft dated June 30, 2016 (i.e., five days before Comey delivered the final version), contained a passage expressly referring to a troublesome email exchange between Clinton and Obama. (I note that the FBI’s report of its eventual interview of Clinton contains a cryptic reference to a July 1, 2012, email that Clinton sent from Russia to Obama’s email address. See report, page 2.) The passage in the June 30 draft stated: We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including from the territory of sophisticated adversaries. That use included an email exchange with the President while Secretary Clinton was on the territory of such an adversary. [Emphasis added.] Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.
On the same day, according to a Strzok–Page text, a revised draft of Comey’s remarks was circulated by his chief of staff, Jim Rybicki. It replaced “the President” with “another senior government official.” So not only were edits made to Comey’s draft memo to hide Hillary’s guilt but also Obama’s involvement.
From the Strzok-Page text messages we know that Loretta Lynch knew Hillary would not be prosecuted. That meeting on the tarmac was to tell Bill Clinton the fix was in, a fix whose impetus came from the White House and an occupant concerned with both his legacy being erased by a President Trump but also by his involvement in covering up Hillary’s crimes....
This is Watergate on steroids. Not only do we have one party colluding with government agencies to keep its candidate from being prosecuted for her crimes and preventing the election of the other party’s candidate, but we also have a sitting and corrupt President using the powers of his office to subvert an election and hand-pick his successor.
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