In testimony before Congress last week, it appears FBI Director James Comey feels Attorney General (AG) Loretta Lynch may have been protecting Hillary Clinton from prosecution after all.
Comey, appointed by former President Obama, was considered an excellent bipartisan choice for FBI director. Comey has a reputation of fairness and keeping politics out of the FBI.
“Jim sees his role as apolitical and independent,” said Daniel C. Richman, a longtime confidant and friend of Mr. Comey’s. “The F.B.I. director, even as he reports to the attorney general, often has to stand apart from his boss.”
Loretta Lynch, the then-AG, was his boss and by some appearances, loyal to her party, the Democrats.
In July 2015, an investigation into Mrs. Clinton was initiated regarding a possible illegal server with classified emails being located in her home. A criminal referral, the first step towards a criminal investigation, was initiated at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Given the sensationalism surrounding this announcement, the DOJ immediately released a new statement insisting the case was not a referral for a criminal investigation.”
“The department has received a referral related to the potential compromise of classified information,” the new statement read. “It is not a criminal referral.”
The FBI considered the statement word games.
“The Justice Department knew a criminal investigation was underway, but officials said they were being technically accurate about the nature of the referral. Some at the F.B.I. suspected that Democratic appointees were playing semantic games to help Mrs. Clinton, who immediately seized on the statement to play down the issue. “It is not a criminal investigation,” (Clinton) said, incorrectly. “It is a security review.”
Given the DOJ’s reaction to the investigation, it appears Comey felt the partisan AG was minimizing the situation.
The New York Times writes:
“The Times found that this go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who he and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.
His misgivings were only fueled by the discovery last year of a document written by a Democratic operative that seemed — at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides — to raise questions about her independence. In a bizarre example of how tangled the F.B.I. investigations had become, the document had been stolen by Russian hackers.”
Comey met with Loretta Lynch to discuss the Clinton investigation further.
“At the meeting, everyone agreed that Mr. Comey should not reveal details about the Clinton investigation. But Ms. Lynch told him to be even more circumspect: Do not even call it an investigation, she said, according to three people who attended the meeting. Call it a “matter.”
Ms. Lynch reasoned that the word “investigation” would raise other questions: What charges were being investigated? Who was the target? But most important, she believed that the department should stick by its policy of not confirming investigations.
It was a by-the-book decision. But Mr. Comey and other F.B.I. officials regarded it as disingenuous in an investigation that was so widely known. And Mr. Comey was concerned that a Democratic attorney general was asking him to be misleading and line up his talking points with Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, according to people who spoke with him afterward.”
In the recent Senate hearings, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) questioned Comey regarding the Clinton investigation.
“The New York Times recently reported that the FBI had found a troubling email among the ones the Russians hacked from Democrat operatives. The email reportedly provided assurances that Attorney General Lynch would protect Secretary Clinton by making sure the FBI investigation, quote-un-quote: ‘didn’t go too far’. How and when did you first learn of this document, also who sent it and who received it?”
“That’s not a question I can answer in this forum, Mr. Chairman, ‘cause it would call for a classified response. I have briefed leadership of the intelligence committees on that particular issue, but I can’t talk about it here.”
“You can expect me to follow up on that point . . . What steps did the FBI take to determine whether Attorney General Lynch had actually given assurances that the political fix was in, no matter what? Did the FBI interview the person who wrote the email? If not, why not?”
“I have to give you the same answer . . . I can’t talk about that in an unclassified setting.”
Basically, the investigation is ongoing and classified.
The liberal media would have you think Mrs. Clinton lost due to sexism, or deliberate acts by the FBI to thwart her election. Comey has a longstanding history of not allowing politics to dictate his policy. Loretta Lynch, on the other hand, does not.
The DOJ, headed by the Democrat AG Lynch appear to have used “policy” to assist Mrs. Clinton in her still failed presidential bid in 2016. This is a level of corruption and amoral behavior that must be addressed. Whether Trump is liked by the general public or not, many see him as trying to address corruption like AG Lynch during the Clinton investigation.
Politics as usual says the American people are stupid and can be manipulated with semantics. In 2016, we showed politicians we knew better. Any other citizen being “investigated” by the FBI for the same issue as Clinton would be in prison by now. Clinton was protected by Loretta Lynch, by the Democratic party, and continues to be protected by the liberal media.
Stay vigilant, we are the real “Resistance” here. Resist the indoctrination and persistent liberal message. The public is urged to investigate stories and seek out alternative sourced of opinions. Resist or become one of the liberal media “Borg.”
It is your choice now.