FBI Director Comey Takes Stand Again To Answer For "Handing Out Immunity Agreements Like Candy"

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As the credibility of the FBI continues to dwindle away over it's handling of the Hillary email investigation, FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill today to explain why he was "handing out immunity agreements like candy."  Comey has come under consistent attack recently from members of the House Oversight Committee who have alleged political bias in an investigation that granted immunity to 5 of Hillary's top aides and IT professionals while seemingly receiving minimal cooperation in return. A full video of Comey's testimony can be viewed on C-Span.

Allegations of impropriety were exacerbated by the FBI's decision to, not once but twice, dump information on the media late on a Friday afternoon in an obvious attempt to "bury the story."  The latest 189-page, Friday afternoon document dump included, among other things, new revelations that Hillary maintained a gmail account while Secretary of State and that Obama, after previously denying knowledge of Hillary's private server, actually communicated with her on that server using a pseudonym

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI usually only “proffers” immunity deals in return for genuine information and requirements that the recipients cooperate with other investigating bodies, such as Congress.  That said, in this specific case its unclear what the FBI received in return for their immunity deals other than what they could have otherwise taken with a subpoena.  As Jim Jordan (R-OH) said, “if the FBI wanted any other Americans’ laptops, they would just go get them—they wouldn’t get an immunity deal."  But, of course, by offering immunity, the FBI exempted the laptops and their emails as potential evidence in a criminal case.

James Comey

But, Comey says that granting immunity deals was a much faster way to gather evidence as the alternative was to get a grand jury to subpoena the laptop, which he said could have ignited a years long legal fight because Mills was also acting as Hillary’s attorney.  Per the Washington Times:

The FBI judgment was we need to get to that laptop. We need to see what it is,” he said. “This investigation’s been going on for a year. And this was, in the negotiation, a tool that her lawyer asked for, that the Department of Justice granted so we could get the laptop.

 

Others offered immunity included Bryan Pagliano, the Clinton campaign staffer whom she brought over to the State Department to operate the private server; Heather Samuelson, another of Mrs. Clinton’s attorneys and a former State Department employee; John Bentel, a former information technology official at the State Department; and Paul Combetta, an employee at Platte River Networks, the firm Mrs. Clinton hired to handle her server in its final days before wiping it clean.

 

Mr. Comey said the bureau offered immunity to Mr. Combetta to try to find out whether he was ordered to be part of a cover-up and found no evidence to back that up.

 

“The department granted immunity to the one fellow who erased the stuff so that we could figure out, did anybody tell you to do this, did anybody ask you do this, to see if we could make an obstruction case — we couldn’t,” he said.

Apparently, the following email from an "Undisclosed PRN Staff Member" referring to the "the Hillary coverup operation" was not quite enough to convince the FBI of a "coverup."  Per the FBI notes:

Hillary Coverup Operation

 

Beth Wilkinson, the attorney representing Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, said the immunity deals were designed to protect her clients against any related “classification” disputes.  Meanwhile, Comey also allowed Mills and Samuelson to serve as lawyers for Hillary at her FBI interview—despite having been interviewed as witnesses and offered immunity.

Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, ticked off a number of cases he said were similar to Mrs. Clinton’s in which a prosecution was launched.

 

“My concern when all is said and done with what Secretary Clinton did is that by not prosecuting anybody in this case we really do signal that we have a two-tiered justice system here,” he said. “And what is that going do in terms of other people that are charged with responsibility, properly handling classified information?”

What a disaster...but one more Congressional hearing should clear it all up.

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Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Will he taket the 5th?

/sarc

Latina Lover's picture
"FBI Director Comey Takes Stand Again To Answer For "Handing Out Immunity Agreements Like Candy"

The answer is easy. He is a bought and paid for NWO stooge, forced to serve Hillary.

WordSmith2013's picture

http://themillenniumreport.com/2016/09/fbi-in-free-fall-collapse-under-c...

 

FBI In Free-Fall Collapse Under Comey’s Lack Of Leadership And Apparent Corruption
Latina Lover's picture

Under the Comey FBI,

Justice means "Just Us"

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Comey is a political appointee placed there to do political things. So I am puzzled why so many people are 'surprised' he is being political.

pods's picture

Did they give him immunity to testify?

Seems like the common protocol now.

Or maybe he won't answer questions. Invoking rights he waived to join the government.

pods

f_symbols's picture
f_symbols (not verified) pods Sep 28, 2016 10:51 AM

My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do... http://tiny.cc/4ekafy

pods's picture

Yeah but your sister's friend's snatch whistles when the wind blows.
Tell her to spend some of that $15k per month and tighten that shit up.

pods 

Jim Sampson's picture

So he needed to see what was on the laptop so that he could then not use the information?  This, folks, is what "Full Retard" looks like.

NotApplicable's picture

Just another day at Fedgov Inc.

EscapeKey's picture

jesus christ, james comey might as well have pleaded the fifth when facing the scrutiny of chaffetz.... "i don't remember". fucking bullshit. he's absolutely complicit.

Mr. Universe's picture

I really like how there was such a blow up over at the FBI like we were told if Hillary walks. Turns out they were part of whole deal.

Bastiat's picture

Some good stuff in here about the FBI, the Clintons, the Whitewater files and the Murrah Building.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzKnquVQ2Gg

DuneCreature's picture

+10, pods.

I would love to know what that clown's actual click thru rate is on ZH.

He's got to know he's just here pissing on his own shoes daily.

Live Hard, Sometimes I Just Can't Help Snickering At The Guy Standing Too Close To The Wall In The Alley Trying To Look Like He's Counting Bricks While His Nikes Are Taking A Beating, Die Free

~ DC v2.0

True Blue's picture

Maybe she uses it as a party novelty like 'Pin the tail on the donkey' -only it is something more akin to tossing a hot dog down a hallway.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Maybe he is there to announce that he has been promoted to an alternate higher position in the .Corrupt.

 

Syrin's picture

This fuckhead single handedly destroyed what little vestiges were left of the rule of law.  No hyperbole.

 

http://themillenniumreport.com/2016/09/fbi-in-free-fall-collapse-under-c...

Vatican_cameo's picture

 

When the Clowns in Congress finally pony up and start hanging these Perps "From the Yardarm", then I'll pay attention to all this theater.  In the meantime it's just an academic exercise in "Covering your Ass".

pods's picture

Even Mulder and Scully said fuck it and retired.

:)

pods

Bastiat's picture

That series offered some good insights into how the shadow government operates.

CuttingEdge's picture

Whereas Comey shines a fucking beacon on how it operates - and not in a good way.

J S Bach's picture

Comey will go down in history as the gatekeeper of traitors.

pods's picture

It really did.  Scarier that the offshoot The Lone Gunman had 911 pinned too.  

I always thought that Carter read that tome of Quigley's when seeking those meetings.

pods

SilverSphinx's picture

Fictional characters in a fictional setting taking fictional action in response to fictional happenings in a fictional story are not insight into anythiing except the skill of the TV shows writers.

 

None of it was real.

auricle's picture

The only reason the dog and pony show has resumed is to put to bed the new evidence that shows intent. Watching Comey simply explain away information that his FBI task force should have easily known and took a private citizen a google search to should do wonders for his creative testimony skills. 

NoDebt's picture

To be honest, you know where my information about Comey came from?  Judge Napolitano on Fox.

Yeah, that's right.  I relied on Judge Nap to explain this guy to me.  Last time I'll make that mistake.  Go ahead and down-vote me.  I totally deserve it.

"He's a straight shooter, fair but tough, not afraid to go where the evidence leads, etc, etc."  ALL HORSESHIT.  He's a bought and paid for Clinton/Obama operative.  Or they have compromising pictures of him.  Regardless, we now know this whole investigation was fucking Kabuki Theatre from the start and Comey was right in the middle of it with the rest of them.

 

Winston Churchill's picture

Just another turd in a suit.As Frank Zapa forecast they are just stacking the furniture now.

All the illusions are collapsing.

greenskeeper carl's picture

That's exactly right. I also wonder why so many people remain hopeful that the dickless wonders in congress are actuall going to do anything about it, despite years of evidence saying they won't. Every single one of them are gutless and nutless, and care only about scoring cheap political points without disturbing the status quo they depend on.

Nick Jihad's picture

In their defense, they have hit the IRS with a series of severe bugdet cuts, in reprisal for the IRS's overt partisan warfare. It would be nice to see the FBI get a nice 10% cut next year, just for a shot across the bow.  If Trump wins office, who knows? We might see the EPA get a nice budget cut too, in reprisal for the Gibson Guitar raid, the Gold King Mine, and similar shenanigans. Up to now, Obama's veto, and 30 votes in the Senate to sustain, have protected these Fedgov/Democrat agencies. With no veto to sustain, Harry Reid and his co-conspirators can go pound sand.

junction's picture

Yes, the same FBI that helped convict thousands of Americans using bogus bullet lead analysis and "magical" hair analysis.  Comey got his start as a prosecutor getting maximum sentences for people in Virginia caught using guns during the commission of a crime.  Later, he called his method "Operation Exile."  Back then, he was all about filling up federal prisons with black and Hispanic criminals. Can't do that now with the black friends of Obama.  Comey is as phoney as his bottle black hair.

chunga's picture

FBI also ambushed and murdered LaVoy Finicum for standing up and saying NO to this dangerous maniacal govt.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRmbVDS4p4I

sister tika's picture

James Comey isn't a cop. He has no LE background whatsoever. I think his background is banking.

Sanity Bear's picture

enough with the fucking dancing israelis, you monomaniac

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

What happened to Never Forget?

Into the Memory Hole?

Don't you want to know how the Presidential candidates feel about the fact that the FBI released the Five Dancing Israelis?  What about your congressmen and senators?  Don't you want to know how our nation can imprison Afghanis in Guantanamo Bay, without trial, and torture them for information regarding 9-11...for more than a decade...yet the FBI released the Five Dancing Israelis to fly back to Israel and do television interviews.

SoDamnMad's picture

Hey, I just would like to know why Israel killed the 34 on the USS Liberty when in fact, the first pilots reported it as a US vessels.

S Spade's picture

i want to know why thousands of Americans have been murdered by islamo fanactics...it wasn't by accident, was it moron, i mean headless?

S Spade's picture

i expect headless is one of dem useful idiots, err islamo fascists.  his sole purpose is to peddle garbage.  judging from the number of up votes (and thumbs down on your post), he's not alone, zero hedge is frequented by a number of multi-id islamo fascists.

DuneCreature's picture

Oh no. .... This is the place where we turn the heat UP!

Live Hard, Find A Safe Place And Some Bose Racket Canceling Headphones, Die Free

~ DC v2.0

Chupacabra-322's picture

It is beyond the slightest shadow of doubt that Israeli agents had foreknowledge of the
9/11 attacks, and, together with scientific forensic proof of controlled demolitions of WTC 1, 2 and 7.

The very first people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 9/11 attacks turned out to be five Israeli Jews: Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg (Sivan's brother), Oded Ellner, Yaron Shmuel and Omer Marmari. Their white Urban Moving Systems van was stopped and they were arrested within hours of the attacks, on the afternoon of 9/11/01. Sivan Kurzberg, Ellner and Shmuel had been observed by several eyewitnesses at the rear parking lot of the Doric apartment complex in Union City, New Jersey. They were seen atop the van with cameras, high-fiving, smiling, joking with cries of joy and mockery, hugging each other, and taking photographs and video of the Twin Towers within a few minutes of the first plane impact.

Marc Perelman of New York's Jewish weekly The Forward reported on March 15, 2002 that the FBI had concluded that at least two of the Israelis were agents working for the Mossad, and their employer Urban Moving Systems Incorporated was a suspected intelligence front. On September 14, 2001, Urban's owner Dominick Suter fled the U.S. for Israel. Perelman also tells on video of how he was able to confirm that, according to the FBI, two of the five Israelis were "Mossad agents". Christopher Ketcham says the transcripts of the Carl Cameron report were later removed from the Fox News website following pressure from Abe Foxman of the ADL, and replaced with the rather Orwellian message: "This story no longer exists".

When arrested, the Israelis - dubbed the "High-Fivers" by the FBI - were found to have airline tickets with immediate travel dates for destinations world-wide, and tie-ins to 9/11. Dual US-Israeli citizen Michael Chertoff, who co-authored the USA Patriot Act" and headed the Justice Department's Criminal Division in the aftermath of 9/11, is a prime suspect for pulling strings to get the Israelis released and sent home.

Not only is Obama a Scum Fuck Pure Evil Psychopath, he's now officially become, although he's always been, an accessory to War Crimes, Treason & Conspriacy to Muder Amercian's.

Its safe to say now, any Criminal Fraud CEO "President" of the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. from here on out would have to defacto continue the Crime, swear an Oath to Treason & continue the PsyOp / False Narrative Flag of 911.

neversink's picture

you are insane... Did you not see the planes fillwed with jet fuel hit the WTC. You are living in a fantasy world. Israelis have no reason to blow up the WTC, but jihadists do. And they use the same Quoran to justify enslaving and raping your infidel wife and daughter.

SoDamnMad's picture

Den splain the bombing  of the USS Liberty

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

You are living in a fantasy world.

You affirm my point.

Again, I have never had anyone say that they knew anything about what I was talking about.  Not once, not in any city, nor in any state of the USA.  If the conversation does continue, what I do hear, almost exclusively, is utter disbelief that what I am saying is true. 

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-08/do-you-remember-five-men-being-...

S Spade's picture

headless is one of them,  islamo fascists have contaminated all the popular message boards

DuneCreature's picture

Let me help you flesh out everyone's understanding of the FULL function of our boys and girls in those snazzy blue jackets, HH.

Understanding Feral Balaclavas of Intimidation (FBIs)

Let us all understand what (if anything) the US - FBI has to do with law enforcement or investigating bad guys.

The answer is, well, let's take a look and listen:

The OKC Bombing - FBI Clusterfuck Part 1 and FBI OKC Clusterfuck Evidence Cover-Up Part 2

The Boston Bombing --- The FBI either DID IT or really fucked up the investigation. (Shooting and killing at least two suspects AFTER they had them in custody and attempting to murder a third.)

Sandy Hook (Hoax) Shooting --- Sloppy Snoopy Sniper FBI 'Bill' or David Wheeler, take your pick.

The Vince Foster Murder - If the FBI doesn't like your testimony you can expect a BOATLOAD of trouble even if you have nothing to gain or lose by telling the truth.

The Orlando Nightclub Shooting - Patsies-R-Us (The FBI is becoming MKUltra Inc. is seems.)

These are but a small sampling of FBI Cover-Up Ops. This Shit goes ON and ON and ON and On .. and on .. and on ..and on .. and on .. and on... and on............forever.

We could look into the FBI roll in 911, but that would take a large book and two dozen videos or so and it is more fun to turn over a few stones yourself looking for worms and creepy crawlies. There are plenty out there.

Mr. Comey = Mr. Scummy (former bankster board member of HSBC)

Now lets consider the legal ramifications of all this evidence fabrication, lying, falsifying lab results, witness tampering (and killing) and documents altering FBI behavior.

The FBI aren't criminal investigators....The FBI agents ARE criminals.

Once an organization of the establishment enforcement arm are proven to be serial liars and cover-up experts their creditability is SHOT. ... It is over for them. .. They are no better than mafia hitmen with badges.

All a defense attorney has to do is site a half a dozen clear instances of FBI false testimony in past cases and any evidence presented by the FBI in a real case of criminal prosecution is IN THE TRASH HAMPER on it's way to the dumpster. ..

Any jury worth a damn won't buy word one of an FBI built case.

Nor should they.

FBI = ZERO CREDIBILITY

Live Hard, Face It, The FBI Is NOT Going To Jail Any REAL Crooks In Your Life Time, Die Free

~ DC v2.0