Last Friday, October 28, FBI Director James Comey announced a reopening — or resumption — of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

It came as a shock to everyone, but he had to do it.

Ed Klein, author of the recent book on the Clintons — Guilty As Sin — wrote an article for the Daily Mail stating that, after Comey said in July Hillary would not be indicted, he started receiving a slew of resignation letters from FBI agents. Comey’s wife was also angry at him because of this (emphases mine):

‘The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn’t recommend an indictment against Hillary,’ said the source, a close friend who has known Comey for nearly two decades, shares family outings with him, and accompanies him to Catholic mass every week

Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,’ said the source. ‘They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.’

According to the source, Comey fretted over the problem for months and discussed it at great length with his wife, Patrice. 

He told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents. The letters reminded him every day that morale in the FBI had hit rock bottom …

‘The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,’ the source continued. ‘And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state

He also has Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch angry at him:

As I revealed in my latest New York Times bestseller Guilty As Sin Obama said that appointing Comey as FBI direct was ‘my worst mistake as president.’

Lynch and Obama haven’t contacted Jim directly,’ said the source, ‘but they’ve made it crystal clear through third parties that they disapprove of his effort to save face.

Alex Jones has more on the FBI’s fury with Comey and the danger the United States is in, especially if Hillary Clinton wins on November 8. Be warned — this is no ordinary election:

Comey’s statement in July

I wrote about this on October 10, briefly excerpting Klein’s book. That post recounts the events of June 27 when both Lynch and Bill Clinton happened to be on the tarmac at the airport in Phoenix at the same time.

A summary from the post, including the relevant part from Guilty As Sin, follows.

Bill insisted on boarding Lynch’s plane, which was about to take off. That’s a big no-no. Lynch knew it. Bill knew it, too, but, as Klein wrote, he wanted to intimidate Lynch into laying off Hillary. Lynch, on board with her husband, was frightened.

Klein says they probably did talk about grandchildren and golf. He explains that the subject matter was irrelevant. What mattered was Clinton’s presence at length with her on her plane. She understood his purpose, which was — in Klein’s words — to:

send a message to everyone at Justice and the FBI that Hillary had the full weight of the Clinton machine, the Democratic Party, and the White House behind her.

That meant no indictment. Lynch would take that message back to the White House.

As proof that no action would be taken, Obama gave Hillary a lift on Air Force One to a campaign rally in North Carolina.

Klein explains that Obama would never have offered to have her as a passenger on the presidential plane if she were in danger of being indicted.

Then came the day of Comey’s announcement. He spoke at length about the investigation. Lynch watched the broadcast in her office. The longer Comey spoke, the angrier she became, fearing he would recommend an indictment. Then, suddenly, he concluded (Klein’s words):

Hillary, he said, shouldn’t be prosecuted for her handling of classified information — even though it wasn’t his job to make prosecutorial decisions. That was up to the prosecutors in the Justice Department. There was no evidence, he said, that Hillary had intentionally transmitted or willfully mishandled secret documents in order to harm the United States.

“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

Klein wrote:

Hillary was clearly guilty as sin, and the right thing would have been for Comey not only to say so — which he did — but to make her pay for her sins.

But he didn’t.

The back story from 2015

On October 27, Judge Andrew Napolitano wrote an article for Fox News explaining how the FBI agent at the head of the email investigation came to believe it was going nowhere before resigning.

John Giacalone had headed the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., field offices of the FBI before being appointed to head the email investigation. When he retired he was chief of the FBI National Security Branch.

Napolitano tells us how Giacalone became disillusioned. In 2015, after the investigation started, agents and senior managers from the FBI met to discuss how to proceed:

It was obvious to all that a prima-facie case could be made for espionage, theft of government property and obstruction of justice charges. The consensus was to proceed with a formal criminal investigation.

Six months later Giacalone said the investigation was going ‘sideways’ — nowhere by design. Napolitano explains:

The reason for the “sideways” comment must have been Giacalone’s realization that DOJ and FBI senior management had decided that the investigation would not work in tandem with a federal grand jury. That is nearly fatal to any government criminal case. In criminal cases, the FBI and the DOJ cannot issue subpoenas for testimony or for tangible things; only grand juries can.

Giacalone knew that without a grand jury, the FBI would be toothless, as it would have no subpoena power. He also knew that without a grand jury, the FBI would have a hard time persuading any federal judge to issue search warrants. A judge would perceive the need for search warrants to be not acute in such a case because to a judge, the absence of a grand jury can only mean a case is “sideways” and not a serious investigation.

The progress of the investigation in 2016 made it clear to Giacalone’s successors and some of their agents working on the case that the powers that be wanted Clinton exonerated.

In late spring, agents began interviewing aides close to Clinton. In July, she herself was interviewed:

on July 2 — for only four hours, during which the interviewers seemed to some in the bureau to lack aggression, passion and determination — some FBI agents privately came to the same conclusion as their former boss: The case was going sideways.

That was when she could not remember anything and said so in her responses, making an:

oblique reference to a recent head injury she had suffered as the probable cause of that.

Afterwards, agents:

sought to obtain her medical records to verify the gravity of her injury and to determine whether she had been truthful with them. They prepared the paperwork to obtain the records, only to have their request denied by Director Comey himself on July 4.

That same day, some agents contacted the intelligence community — ‘unthinkable’, Napolitano says — for any information they might have had stored digitally on Clinton’s health.

The next day, Comey made his announcement that no further action would be taken in the case.

Now, in October, Napolitano says two things have come to light. First, Obama corresponded with Clinton on her private server about classified matters. Secondly, Andrew McCabe — Giacalone’s successor in the Washington field office and the No. 3 man in the FBI — is married to a woman:

to whom the Clinton money machine in Virginia funneled about $675,000 in lawful campaign funds for a failed 2015 run for the Virginia Senate.

While those funds might be lawful:

Comey apparently saw no conflict or appearance of impropriety in having the person in charge of the Clinton investigation in such an ethically challenged space.

In conclusion, it appears not only to agents but also to the American public that the FBI has become compromised and is being used as a political tool instead of a force for justice.

James Comey

The most important thing to remember about James Comey is that he is not a cop.

He has never been a law enforcement officer. He has never been an FBI agent.

He is a lawyer.

Much of his career has involved work for the government.

Interestingly, he was special deputy counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee in 1996. Whitewater was a Clinton property scandal. Not surprisingly, the investigation found no smoking guns meriting prosecution. That is the way of the Clintons.

During the first Bush II term, Comey served as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. During Bush’s second term, Comey was appointed Deputy Attorney General but left in 2005 to become General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin.

He stayed in the private sector until 2013, when Obama appointed him FBI Director.

More interesting is the fact that Comey knew Loretta Lynch from their days as US Attorneys for New York. WND tells us:

They crossed paths in the investigation of HSBC bank, which avoided criminal charges in a massive money-laundering scandal for which the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine.

In 2004, serving under Bush II, Comey was involved with the investigation of former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, accused of removing classified documents from the National Archives:

The New York Times reported in 2005 that Republican leaders speculated Berger removed the documents from the National Archives because he was trying to conceal material that could be damaging to the Clinton administration.

There is no evidence Comey’s investigation for the Justice Department made any attempt to determine if anyone affiliated with the Clinton White House prompted Berger or coordinated with him in the decision to remove the classified documents.

Various statements Comey made about Berger’s mishandling of classified documents bear comparison to his comments regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server.

In 2004, Fox News noted Comey told reporters he could not comment on the Berger investigation but did address the general issue of mishandling classified documents.

“As a general matter, we take issues of classified information very seriously,” Comey said in response to a reporter’s question.

In 2005, Wikipedia tells us:

Berger was fined $50,000,[23] sentenced to serve two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, and stripped of his security clearance for 3 years.[21][24] The Justice Department initially said Berger stole only copies of classified documents and not originals,[25] but the House Government Reform Committee later revealed that an unsupervised Berger had been given access to classified files of original, uncopied, uninventoried documents on terrorism

This dragged on until 2007. In order to avoid further cross examination, Berger relinquished his licence to practise law. He died in 2015.

Comey had no problems putting away Martha Stewart but couldn’t quite step up to the plate with HSBC, Berger or Clinton. Were they all too big to fail?

Tomorrow: The story continues with Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin

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