James Comey

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James Comey
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7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
From: September 4, 2013 – May 9, 2017
Predecessor Andrew McCabe (acting)
Successor Robert S. Mueller
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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. He admitted to leaking information about a confidential discussion he had with President Donald Trump.[1]

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. 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.

During the presidential elections in 2016, he investigated the Hillary Clinton email scandal, which has been seen as a main factor of the loss by the Democrats. Clinton blamed Comey for her failed campaign.[2] Comey exonerated Clinton during the campaign, but it was reported afterward that he chose to exonerate her long before he even interviewed her for the investigation.[3]

Comey oversaw the FBI's Trump-Russia scandal investigation. On March 20, 2017, he had a session in the Congress where he reaffirmed to the liberal elite to continue an investigation into the so-called "Trump-Russia connection."[4]

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."[5]

Although originally not planning on asking him to resign,[6] 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.[7] Democrats and liberals were dismayed at the decision,[8] but it showed that Trump was serious about shaking up D.C. and "draining the swamp."[9]

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