After the FBI released its first batch of documents from the Hillary Clinton email investigation last Friday, many of us were only further convinced that not only was there evidence of criminal wrongdoing, but also of her intent not only to commit it but to cover it up.It was only too perfect that the FBI happened to release the damning notes at one of the most obscure news times of the year — the Friday entering the long Labor Day weekend. Way to minimize the damage to the Democrat anointed one.
Well, today FBI Director James Comey surprised many of us with a statement he put out defending not only the decision not to recommend charges, but also the timing of the document dump.
What’s most stunning, perhaps, is that Director Comey claims the decision not to recommend charges against Hillary wasn’t even a close call.
I suppose what he really means is there was no way in h*ll he was going to buck the heavy boot of the Obama administration or dare to cross the Clinton machine. Perhaps considering that, it really wasn’t a close call — despite the evidence.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 7, 2016
Comey went even further, declaring anyone suggesting the FBI’s decision was “‘political’ or part of some ‘fix’ either don’t know us, or they are full of baloney (and maybe some of both).'”
Guess he’s stalking about us!As CNN reports:
FBI Director James Comey is defending the bureau’s Friday afternoon release of documents from the Hillary Clinton email investigation, saying “we don’t play games” and that the documents were put out when ready.In a memo to employees Wednesday, Comey said the decision to not recommend charges against the now-Democratic nominee wasn’t a close call.
“At the end of the day, the case itself was not a cliff-hanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn’t a prosecutable case,” he said in the memo.
In recent weeks, Comey has met with groups of former FBI agents as part of his routine visits to field offices around the country. In at least one recent such meeting, according to people familiar with the meeting, former agents were sharply critical of the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe and particularly the decision to not recommend charges against Clinton. Comey gave the meeting participants a similar answer about the case not being a cliff-hanger.
Comey said he briefly considered holding the documents until after the Labor Day holiday, knowing that the Friday afternoon release would likely prompt criticism. He also said more document releases are coming.
“I almost ordered the material held until Tuesday because I knew we would take all kinds of grief for releasing it before a holiday weekend, but my judgment was that we had promised transparency and it would be game-playing to withhold it from the public just to avoid folks saying stuff about us,” Comey said.
“We don’t play games. So we released it Friday. We are continuing to process more material and will release batches of documents as they are ready, no matter the day of the week,” Comey said.
He concluded the memo by writing, “Those suggesting that we are ‘political’ or part of some ‘fix’ either don’t know us, or they are full of baloney (and maybe some of both).”
The fact that this memo was ostensibly targeted to FBI employees suggests a level of pushback and criticism from within the ranks that was not quieting down. We all remember the word, prior to Comey’s announcement he would not recommend charges against Hillary, that there would be a mass exodus from the FBI if that were to happen. One has to wonder how much internal damage control Comey has been doing since his July 5th announcement; this memo suggests a fair amount.
Sadly, while Hillary may be walking free from this scandal, the damage to many Americans’ belief in our justice system — that the rule of law applies equally to all Americans, regardless of position or state — will linger on well after the last documents are dumped.
Sorry to say, Director Comey, many of us once had a great deal of faith in your integrity and your ability to stay out of the political fray. However, after what’s transpired, many Americans can’t help but think you’re the one who’s full of baloney.
One Twitter user put it more bluntly:
— n8qxb (@n8qxb) September 7, 2016
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]