FBI Director Comey had no choice
Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the American people left FBI Director James Comey no choice.
In late October, Director Comey informed Congress and the world of the newly-discovered evidence linked to the Hillary Clinton email criminal investigation. The evidence was tens of thousands of emails that were not handed over to the FBI (by subpoena) during the initial investigation by Huma Abedin. These new emails included communication from Clinton to Abedin, with Abedin conceding that she would transfer emails from Clinton to her Yahoo account for ease of printing. In July, Director Comey elected not to prosecute — however, he noted many careless acts by Clinton to include setting up a private server (which is in violation of federal record laws to include bypassing the Freedom of Information Act, etc.) and secretly sharing classified information.
Attorney General Loretta L ynch’s unprecedented recent behavior left Director Comey no choice. She never presented a fair and impartial position in overseeing the initial investigation, with numerous overt actions to the contrary. Just days before her decision not to prosecute, Attorney General Lynch met with Hillary’s husband Bill Clinton on the back of a plane for 40 minutes. Also, this bizarre, compromising and embarrassing move confirmed the pressure that the Obama Administration and the attorney general placed on Director Comey to avoid the prosecution of Clinton.
A special prosecutor, independent of the Democratic bias, as a minimum, should have been assigned as well as a grand jury impaneled — yet neither were done. Getting little exposure by the media now is that Attorney General Lynch recently pled the Fifth Amendment (against self-incrimination) in the Iran “ransom” controversy wherein the U.S. gave Iran $1.7 billion. When you are attorney general of the United States, you simply do not plead the Fifth Amendment.
The Democrats lauded Director Comey for his integrity and bipartisan approach to the investigation and his position; now they are sick to their stomachs. They said how can this happen 11 days prior to the election? Bill and Hillary Clinton have the answer. In 1992, just four days before the presidential election, Casper Wineberger, their Secretary of Defense, was reindicted — ensuring Bill Clinton’s election only to have the indictment dismissed post-election.
Democratic strategy is steering the focus from Clinton to Comey. It is not disputed, however, that Comey didn’t use BleachBit to effectively erase 33,000 emails after a subpoena was served, nor did he smash multiple cellular phones and other devices with a hammer to further obstruct justice.
It is astounding and should be admired, the courage of Comey’s acting in the face of the onslaught of the Obama Administration and the backlash of the Department of Justice who, in fact, politicized the criminal investigation. Why would Director Comey politicize the investigation? He was appointed by Obama, praised by Clinton, and an attack would solidify his downfall should she [have won the election].
The Clinton Foundation remains under investigation, despite the Obama Administration’s attempts to stall. Hillary testified during the debate that 95 percent of the foundation’s funds raised go to charity. In 2014, the foundation raked in $370 million, but only 64 percent went to charity — leaving $133 million to guess. Conflict of interest claims and “pay for play” allegations run rampant. Most glaring is that Director Doug Bland not only accepted $1 billion in contributions, but at the same time, scheduled Bill’s appearance fees. Since 2001, the Clintons have personally amassed over $135 million in related gifts and fees.
Hillary says let’s put all the newly-discovered evidence “right out on the table” — unfortunately, a repeated and reckless practice when dealing with classified information, common to the Clinton household.
William M. Burgess, La Plata