FBI Di­rec­tor Comey had no choice

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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

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