In Leaked Memo, James Comey Explains Why FBI Told Congress About Reopened Clinton Probe

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Having been the whipping boy of Republicans everywhere since July, following his announcement the FBI would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton, then shockingly making the "most hated list" of every Democrat with the even more stunning news the FBI had reopened its probe of Hillary Clinton, bureau director James Comey just can't seem to win.

So in an attempt to justify his actions, a "leaked" memo emerged on Friday evening courtesy of Fox News, which explains why Comey took the unusual step of deciding to inform Congress that the FBI had reopened its investigation into Clinton’s private email server. The memo reveals two main arguments: a sense of obligation to lawmakers and a concern that word of the new email discovery would leak to the media and raise questions of a coverup.

These two arguments prompted the FBI director to release his brief letter to Congress on Friday and has sent the presidential race into a tailspin less than two weeks before Election Day. It placed Comey again at the center of a highly partisan argument over whether the nation’s top law enforcement agency was unfairly influencing the campaign.

In a memo explaining his decision to FBI employees soon after he sent his letter to Congress, Comey said he felt “an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed.” He admitted that he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.

He further explained to FBI employees that “Of course we don’t ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record."

What made this case special in Comey's eyes is that Clinton is seeking the White House in an election on Nov. 8. In other words, both internal pressure to preempt leaks (from disgruntled employees?) and a sense of "obligations" is why Hillary's campaign is in full damage control mode right now.

“At the same time, however, given that we do not know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails, I don’t want to create a misleading impression,” Comey’s letter continued. “In trying to strike that balance, in a brief letter, and in the middle of an election season, there is significant risk of being misunderstood, but I wanted you to hear directy from me about it.”

As reported previously, the bombshell revelation that newly discovered emails had prompted a new look into whether Clinton or those around her had broken the law my mishandling sensitive information rocked the race for the White House Friday. Comey informed eight Republican lawmakers that new emails had surfaced that were relevant to the investigation, and warranted a new look.

Comey announced in July that the FBI had wrapped up a year-long investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server for official business and concluded that while she was “extremely careless,” he could not recommend that the Justice Department seek an indictment. The decision was blasted by Republicans, and FoxNews.com reported earlier this month that career DOJ and FBI workers were furious.

Now, it is the democrats turn to rage at Comey and the FBI, although Comey likely did not have much choice: had he kept the information secret, it certainly would have leaked as we predicted; as such his best recourse was to come clean, although many have speculated about the cryptic nature of the disclosure.

Needless to say, all Comey would need to do to regain the Demcorats' trust and favor is to announce in just a few days that nothing material has been found and that the second probe is also over.

Full memo below.

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LibertarianMenace's picture

The Clinton Octopus is going to need gas chambers to off all these people.

yippee kiyay's picture
yippee kiyay (not verified) VonPumperDic Oct 28, 2016 9:50 PM

In COmey's words, there's nothing there really, just wanted to steal the spotlight.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Perhaps he signed off on what they told him was a new Weiner Probe. I dunno...

yippee kiyay's picture
yippee kiyay (not verified) Latina Lover Oct 28, 2016 9:56 PM

The game is simple: show that Hillary is being maligned for nothing, then help her win the presidency. It's all rigged. http://bit.ly/1p1jKnr

NumberNone's picture

Possibly not. She had a subpoena to turn over all emails to the FBI. Even if they are yoga and recipes emails they were not handed over, she's still in deep shit.

strannick's picture

So, Comney reopened the investigation, to COVER UP, his COVER UP?? He does the very least to seem like hes doing his job, instead of actually doing it.

Doing his damndest to make the world a worser place.

He's Shillary's little beatch, like she's the banskers beatch, like they are the goodness knows whats' beatches.

James "Bad Cop" Comney

erkme73's picture

Coming up fast to the end of the two weeks it takes to get your accout banned for spamming, Yippie...  You should probably move over to Lonnng or Letsit soon.  Tick-tock...  BTW, they've been reported too.  Hope you've got more queued up.

tc06rtw's picture

   
 …  Has anyone else the feeling that
Comey has been  “extremely careless in his handling of a very sensitive, highly classified”  investigation?

jeff montanye's picture

almost as if he were trying to undermine the fbi's support by the "american" people.

like their job on 9-11 wasn't sufficient.

or jfk.

cheech_wizard's picture

Perhaps Project Veritas can go after the DailyKos next. Bright lights, disinfectants, and cockroach poison seems to be the order of the day.

Mute Button's picture

That Kos guy is probably CIA.

Escrava Isaura's picture

yippee kiyay: there's nothing there really, just wanted to steal the spotlight. 

You're wasting your breath. The good folks here are singularly devoted to spin it at whatever level it takes.

 

Eran Dror: People lie/spin for various reasons. Some that are prominent in my mind:

Most Benign

To enhance a story with details that make it richer / funnier

To enhance supporting evidence for a conclusion that they believe is true

To maintain their privacy in matters they consider their private affairs

To defend themselves against an unjust intrusion or attack

To avoid offending someone's feelings unnecessarily

These lies, while not always just, have at least mitigating circumstances, because they are done for a perceived good cause and are not meant to victimize anyone.

More Insidious

To achieve a concrete goal/value in the world, or avoid losing some value

To project an image of themselves that they would like others to see

These are done without the intent to victimize, but also without regard for the victim, who he is, and whether he deserves the truth. The specific value is at the focus of attention for the liar, not the consequences or the victim.

Totally Corrupt

To feel superior over someone who would believe such lies

To maintain a self-lie that demands other people's cooperation

To further political/social aims that people would not support if they knew the truth about them.

In these, the victimization is the point. People who lie for these motives are so corrupt their goals are literally indistinguishable from the damage they cause. They wish to obliterate the capacity for independent judgment in their victims, because that capacity in itself goes against their goals.

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-we-lie-1

 

shovelhead's picture

To maintain a self-lie that demands other people's cooperation

To further political/social aims that people would not support if they knew the truth about them.

 

Those seem to fit you the best.

CuttingEdge's picture

Maybe Comey has seen the light?

I mean the kinda light attributed to the odd nuclear blast which will more than likely should Hillary get elected.

McCormick No. 9's picture

Once there was a bitch with an email

Whom the FBI tried to derail

But she cursed and she hissed

Man was she pissed!

I hope the judge will deny bail

(with apologies to the limerick king)

de3de8's picture

How ironic that if in fact this about face by Comey sinks her ship because of communications between her and Huma and the pervert husband.

yogibear's picture

Notice that Eric Braverman disaapeared about the same time?

Pairadimes's picture

Why is it that the only people who ever worry about the appearance of a coverup are the ones currently involved in a coverup?

Mr. Lucky's picture

An open letter from Hugh W. Galyean (FBI Agent, Retired), to comey:
 
September 2, 2016
Mr. James Comey, Director Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Sir, I am writing regarding your public statement in July, 2016 informing the American people that the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton was being closed without referring it to a Federal Grand Jury or the Attorney General of the U. S. for a decision whether or not to indict her. Strangely, you eloquently laid out enough of the evidence deduced from the investigation to strongly indicate there was abundant evidence uncovered during the investigation and interview of her to not only indict but to convict her in Federal Court. However, you personally re-worded and soft-pedaled the actions she took as Secretary of State describing her actions as "extremely careless” in using a personal email and un-secured server for her communications while Secretary of State. You rewrote the statute, which is not your job.

As a retired Special Agent of the FBI, I have standing to write this letter. My thirty years in law enforcement, including 22 years as a Special Agent with the FBI have given me the knowledge, expertise and experience to question and confront you for your perplexing actions, which (as you well know) were outside the normal standard operating procedure of the FBI and Federal judicial procedures. Some of the finest people in the world proudly carry the credentials of FBI Agent and you have soiled them and not allowed them to speak. But I will not be silent.

Sorry, but NO SIR, MS Clinton was not merely careless or extremely careless. She was not even negligent or grossly negligent (as the statute requires). Hillary Clinton was knowingly purposeful in her decisions and actions to set up a server under her exclusive control and possession in order to control what information was available to the American public and Congress regarding her actions as Secretary of State. Furthermore, she took those government owned communications into her personal possession after leaving her position and knowingly and willingly attempted to destroy them so her nefarious actions could never be known or used as evidence of her corrupt moral character against her. Sir, what possessed you? Did you cave in to political pressure to unilaterally come to this decision? I fear that is the case, and Rule of Law be damned. I am embarrassed for and ashamed of you. You have set a precedent that can never be rectified and certainly not justified. Shame on you, Sir. You ought to resign right now in disgrace for what you have done to tarnish the reputation of the finest Law Enforcement Agency in the world. for entirely political reasons.

Normally, an investigation will be assigned to an agent, or team of agents with one being the Case agent, or the lead investigator. When the investigation is complete, an investigative report will be presented to the U.S. Attorney for the Federal District involved. It would be the U.S. Attorney who decides whether to decline prosecution for that investigation. NOT the FBI agent. But in the Clinton investigation, YOU
(unilaterally) decided not to forward the investigation to the U.S. Attorney or the Attorney General of the U.S. but, instead, personally made the decision not to prosecute her or even provide the information to a Federal Grand Jury. You were wrong to take this upon yourself. Sir, in order to indict a subject, only a preponderance of evidence , or 51% is needed for probable cause to exist. You did not think even that level of probability existed? Who do you think you are fooling? What judicial proceeding did you think you were following?

Throughout my years with the FBI, I (along with my fellow agents) took great pride in conducting each investigation in an unbiased manner regardless of the subject’s position or standing in the community. All were treated equally under the law. But you, Sir, decided to allow this corrupt, evil and nasty human being to go free and unchallenged for her treasonous actions (yes, treasonous, in my opinion) which threatened the security of this nation. Furthermore, you stopped short of investigating the Clinton Foundation as a RICO case (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization. This is a RICO case if there ever was one. Even an untrained person can tell from the communications which were recovered that Hillary Clinton spent more time working for the Clinton Foundation while Secretary of State than on State Business. It may be argued that Hillary did not do any State business UNLESS the Clinton Foundation benefitted. You decided to just let this uncomfortable truth alone without addressing it.

I will conclude with this: Following my retirement from the FBI, I volunteered for a 12 month tour of duty in Afghanistan as a Law Enforcement Professional, embedded with U.S. forces as a subject matter expert in counter-terrorism investigations. For most of that year I operated outside the wire patrolling with the troops, interviewing witnesses to IED incidents and gathering evidence on the bad guys. The results of my work would then be reported through secure channels to the Commanding Officer. All reports and communications were required to be transmitted via secure and encrypted devices. Occasionally my remote location in the mountains of Afghanistan made transmission impossible and I would have to fly back to Bagram Air Base in order to securely report to the Commander of the battle space. It would have been convenient if I could have just called the Commander on my personal cell phone or written him an email on my personal laptop. But, had I done so I would have been reporting classified information via an unsecured device and it could have been compromised. These were, relative to Secretary of State communications, low level classifications of Secret. Had I ever sent even one in such a manner I would have been prosecuted and sent to Federal Prison for 20 years or so. That is how serious this violation is considered.

Now, because of you, Hillary Clinton is allowed to continue her RICO activities and is running for President of the United States, the most powerful position in the world. You have trampled on the Rule of Law and destroyed the trust of the American people in the FBI and in unbiased enforcement of the law. How do you sleep at night? It is time for you to go and work for the Clinton Foundation.

Sincerely,

Hugh W. Galyean
(FBI Agent, Retired)

 

 

SDShack's picture

More like a POLITICAL Nuclear Blast. I said yesterday there has to be something much more behind this. This is a big change from July when Comey punted, versus yesterday. Something has to be terrifying the shit out of the 0zer0 camp to allow this just days before an election. Let's be honest. Comey works for Lynch and 0zer0. Comey could have been stopped from doing this, just like he was stopped from recommending charges against Hitlery in July. Lynch, 0zer0 and Jarrett could have ORDERED Comey to stand down using DOJ protocol, and then Comey would have had a choice... either refuse and be fired for cause for violating DOJ protocol, or resign. Something tells me Comey wouldn't want to lose his pension, so he would have complied. I mean does anyone really believe Comey could stand up against 0zer0, Lynch and Jarrett? Nope, not buying it. But instead, he blows up Hitlery, supposedly in definance of Lynch and 0zer0. No way he did this on his own.

This was an organized hit on Hitlery. There was no warning. no hint that it was coming. You can see that from how the news broke in Iowa, then Podesta's statement, and Hitlery's "News Conference" where they were all scrambling to try to just understand it, let alone spin it. Now we have this planted Lynch story about how she was against this. This is just a mis-direction from 0zer0 & Jarrett to make it seem like they still support Hitlery. But it really seems more like "Keep you friends close and your enemies closer". I still believe that all these "deleted" 33k emails are known and if released will expose the entire corrupt Washington power structure... both dumbrats and repukes... and is a direct threat to 0zer0 as much as Hitlery. They know what is there, and have just been trying to keep the lid on for these last few months. I suspect someone sent a "teaser" about what is going to be dropped via Wikileaks to someone in the 0zer0 regime. Maybe something from an FBI investigator, or NSA or CIA operative. Who knows. But someone has scared the shit out of 0zer0 and Jarrett and this is why the Hit on Hitlery was done because they think its the only way they can contain it. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if 0zer0 has issued a pardon to Assange as an agreement to take out Hitlery if Assange doesn't drop the bomb. It's my theory and I will stick to it until something proves me wrong.

jcaz's picture

Clearly, "Jim" is trying to save his own skin here- he's realized that he's alienated himself from everyone in this farce.

Too little too late,  "Jim"-  you're going down in history as a weak, corrupt director of the FBI-

Enjoy your legacy.

booboo's picture

News like this really shakes the body politic and reveals the most stubborn dingle berries stuck the the butt hairs of her royal lowness. We are seeing cult level blindness in her supporters which portends their fanaticism when her orders go out to "round them up"

Escrava Isaura's picture

I beg to differ. Comey is telling us exactly why he’s doing it: Not to give ammunition to the fanatics.

“One must not forget that this country was founded by religious fanatics. Since Jimmy Carter, religious fundamentalists play a major role in elections. He was the first president who made a point of exhibiting himself as a born again Christian. That sparked a little light in the minds of political campaign managers: Pretend to be a religious fanatic and you can pick up a third of the vote right away. Nobody asked whether Lyndon Johnson went to church every day. Bill Clinton is probably about as religious as I am, meaning zero, but his managers made a point of making sure that every Sunday morning he was in the Baptist church singing hymns.” — Noam Chomsky 

 

Long-John-Silver's picture

How much are you being paid to post this LibRat Propaganda?

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Fanatics.

Yes, people who want to see law and order prevail because they know that the maximum amount of freedom that the people can enjoy depends upon the objective application of law and order...yeah, real fanatics.

Well, if we are fanatics, then you socialists/communists fully admit to being nothing but the sheep in the pen, burying your face in the grass.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Socialism, communism, capitalism, religion, and progress contradict integrity. A society of conscious human beings would not need law and order.

 

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

"Socialism, communism, capitalism, religion, and progress contradict integrity."

This statement almost sounds good at first, but it is an empty and hollow statement. It says nothing. You are trying to claim that an entire array of ideologies that contradict one another somehow have at core that they all contradict integrity. What the hell "integrity" are you talking about. Hillary's "integrity?" Her integrity, that of the Machiavellian criminal despot, is what you are trying to defend here by lumping all those ideologies together and throwing them out because they "contradict integrity?"

Aren't you socialists/communists the same Darwinian, survival-of-the-fittest types who claim that humanity is so base and animalistic that it needs a strong, Iron-Fisted Soviet-style government to ensure that we don't go off the rails attacking each other? And then you try to claim that we don't really need law and order? Or are you agreeing that we are so base and animalistic that we need a Hillary type despot to rule over us? Really, who can tell from your incoherent writing?

Well, you can't have it both ways. You cannot support the State and civil liberties. I'll take civil liberties and a well armed citizenry keeping the government on a short leash.

You are a socialist. That is an Iron-Fisted government that so mistrusts its citizenry that it does not trust them with the firearms they could use to overthrow the State.

Hillary is your "god."

Pretty sad.

Not My Real Name's picture

A society of conscious human beings would not need law and order.

More utopian thinking. 

 Humans have something called "free will." As long as free will exists, there will also be a need for law and order. 

 

 

fleur de lis's picture

No, Escrava.

Comey knows that he was double-crossed by Killary even as he threw himself under the bus all that time on TV to protect her and that disgusting, fraudulent, criminal front operation -- referred to by the media as the Clinton Foundation.

Remember that guy who who was tackeled because he was selling onesies on the street.

She is selling the whole country and the FBI covers for her. 

If any other person in America held back a series of emails under subpoena during an investigation, that person would be ruthlessly destroyed.

Even if they were held back by accident or to protect some vulnerable person or someone completly outside the investigation.

Any other person in America doing what she did would have been in stripes by now.

But that idiot smart ass Comey weighed the odds of her worming her way into the White House, and also that his own brother is someway connected to the Foundation. 

She just made a monkey out of him again but this time he needs to really cover himself because the emails will get out after the election anyway.

Comey is only managing damage control.

This way he can always say he tried his best. 

He must have been such a weasel during his school days.

 

 

 

 

 

Escrava Isaura's picture

fleur de lis: She is selling the whole country….

Selling to whom?

One could argue that this country “private debt over $60 trillion dollars” has already been sold.

 

Bay of Pigs's picture

Selling to whom? To the highest bidder numbskull.

You can't be this dumb. I'm starting to think you a Tyler trolling all of us for fun.

 

yogibear's picture

LOL, Hillary's corruptive actions are worse than Nixon's watergate.

We all hope Trump goes after Hillary and sends her and her treasonous assistants off to federal prison. 

dr kill's picture

The word you're searching for is  - Weasel.

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

BOMBSHELL - Carl Bernstein

 

Paging Bob Woodword....please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

He's only effective if an insider tips him off. He is not a true investigative journalist.

Since this involves the Dims, no one will tip him off and all he can do is offer opinion.

nmewn's picture

So I guess what you're really saying is, Hillary is not a corrupt evil bitch who's "charitable foundation" only dispenses 6% (tops, per its own tax filings) of what it takes in to "the poor", that she and Bill did not use their public titles and offices as a means increase their personal wealth by accepting MONEY from foreign and domestic entities for favorable regulatory oversight & rulings, that no classified/confidential or top secret information was transmitted across her personal email server and finally, that groups affiliated with the Clintons and the DNC did not hire the mentally ill and homeless to incite riots.

That about right slave Escrava? 

Escrava Isaura's picture

nmewn: So I guess what you're really saying is, Hillary is not a corrupt

First, I am not saying that.

Second, too simplistic view on your part.

Your fallacy is that you’re putting your focus on the symptom (Hillary) and some in Trump, the other symptom.

"Yep, son. We have met the enemy and he is us." Pogo 

 

nmewn's picture

No one ever REALLY knows what you're trying to say because you are purposefully evasive, so let me just ask you point blank...

DO YOU PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT HILLARY CLINTON IS ETHICALLY CORRUPT AND A MORALLY FLAWED INDIVIDUAL?

Its a simple yes or no question...

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Most of your comments on this issue and your three possible scenarios are based on the fallacious and communist "the end justifies the means."

In a constitutional republic, the end does not justify the means. All, especially our government representatives, take an oath to be beholden to the law.

So your three scenarios are fallacious and mean nothing.

Hillary broke the law.

Period.

Hillary and Bill are a part of a crime syndicate that has been breaking the law since their Arkansas days.

Period.

Their "intention" or the "level of their duplicity" is irrelevant.

Hillary belongs in jail.

Period.

All you are doing here is demonstrating to the world that socialism/communism should be allowed to get away with anything, that the policies and issues of the candidates is irrelevant, that all that matters is whether or not they can lie and trick their way out of criminal indictment.

This is still only the campaign period and look at the slime the Clintons have dragged all of us through again. And that slime, as it was before, was not policy-based, it was the result of their criminal behavior and trying like "criminal" lawyers to lie, extort, threaten, and slime their way out of.

She is only a candidate.

Who in their right minds would want to put this country and all Americans through four years of these scandals and their smug smiles as they slime their way out of indictment?

I'll tell you who.

Socialists and communists who care only about one goal: shoving socialism and communism down the throat of every American, which proves they are not in their right mind, that they are lying, cheating tyrants.

Venezuela is coming to Brazil. I hope when that happens, you can still say with a straight face, "Socialism is the best system of government and economics and we are right to cram it down the throats of the people."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escrava Isaura's picture

Jeffersonian Liberal: constitutional republic

Constitutional Republic and American conservatives contradict each other. For the conservatives Constitutional Republic can only work in a small scale, because once minorities become majorities, conservatives won’t like the way they vote……….the way they look, the color of their skin, the way they think, and I could go on.

 

nmewn's picture

You associate a conservative & a constitutional republic with a persons skin color? I'm sure Thomas Sowell, Mia Love & Clarence Thomas would disagree vehemently along with all the others you just Alinsky-ed.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

No, socialism and freedom contradit one another.

But, as others have said, your writing is fluffy and evasive and it is your point to try to hide somewhere in the gray with bland generalizations.

 

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

You post there? If so urge some of them to sign up here. i'd like to debate them, but I can't stomach that site. liberals are one thing, but those self righteous, smug twats are just Bolsheviks.

And we know how they treated dissent and democracy

Billy the Poet's picture

I used to do some mild trolling (inconvenient truths) there but got bounced this spring. They brook no dissent! The unintended consequences of  providing open access to a closed echo chamber still makes it a fun visit. If Trump wins DKos will be the first site I visit afterwards.

BabaLooey's picture

FUCK those bigoted bitches over at the DailyCooooze

A bunch of ugly bitches anyway.

Know any woman that reads it?

AUTOMATIC lezzy cuntasauruses - trust me. I've met two of them.

The only thing missing on them was a dick- and since I didn't see them nude (thank God), I'm not too sure they didn't have one.