It Wasn't Comey's Decision To Exonerate Hillary - It Was Obama's

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Authored by Andrew McCarthy via,

The thing to understand, what has always been the most important thing to understand, is that Jim Comey was out in front, but he was not calling the shots.

On the right, the commentariat is in full-throttle outrage over the revelation that former FBI Director Comey began drafting his statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in April 2016 – more than two months before he delivered the statement at his now famous July 5 press conference.

The news appears in a letter written to new FBI Director Christopher Wray by two senior Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham. Pundits and the Trump administration are shrieking because this indicates the decision to give the Democrats’ nominee a pass was clearly made long before the investigation was over, and even long before key witnesses, including Clinton herself, were interviewed.

It shows, they cry, that the fix was in!

News Flash: This is not news.

Let’s think about what else was going on in April 2016. I’ve written about it a number of times over the last year-plus, such as in a column a few months back:

On April 10, 2016, President Obama publicly stated that Hillary Clinton had shown “carelessness” in using a private e-mail server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the [criminal statutes relevant to her e-mail scandal]). The president acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, its importance had been vastly overstated.

This is precisely the reasoning that Comey relied on in ultimately absolving Clinton, as I recounted in the same column:

On July 5, 2016, FBI director James Comey publicly stated that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in using a private email server to handle classified information, but he insisted that she had not intended to endanger national security (which is not an element of the relevant criminal statute). The director acknowledged that classified information had been transmitted via Secretary Clinton’s server, but he suggested that, in the greater scheme of things, it was just a small percentage of the emails involved.

Obama’s April statements are the significant ones. They told us how this was going to go. The rest is just details. In his April 10 comments, Obama made the obvious explicit: He did not want the certain Democratic nominee, the candidate he was backing to succeed him, to be indicted. Conveniently, his remarks (inevitably echoed by Comey) did not mention that an intent to endanger national security was not an element of the criminal offenses Clinton was suspected of committing – in classic Obama fashion, he was urging her innocence of a strawman crime while dodging any discussion of the crimes she had actually committed.

As we also now know – but as Obama knew at the time – the president himself had communicated with Clinton over her non-secure, private communications system, using an alias. The Obama administration refused to disclose these several e-mail exchanges because they undoubtedly involve classified conversations between the president and his secretary of state. It would not have been possible to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified information without its being clear that President Obama had engaged in the same conduct. The administration was never, ever going to allow that to happen.

What else was going on in May 2016, while Comey was drafting his findings (even though several of the things he would purportedly “base” them on hadn’t actually happened yet)? Well, as I explained in real time (in a column entitled “Clinton E-mails: Is the Fix In?”), the Obama Justice Department was leaking to the Washington Post that Clinton probably would not be charged – and that her top aide, Cheryl Mills, was considered a cooperating witness rather than a coconspirator.

Why? Well, I know you’ll be shocked to hear this, but it turns out the Obama Justice Department had fully adopted the theory of the case announced by President Obama in April. The Post explained that, according to its sources inside the investigation, there was “scant evidence tying Clinton to criminal wrongdoing” because there was “scant evidence that Clinton had malicious intent in [the] handling of e-mails” (emphasis added). Like Obama, the Post and its sources neglected to mention that Mrs. Clinton’s felonies did not require proof of “malicious intent” or any purpose to harm the United States – just that she willfully transmitted classified information, was grossly negligent in handling it, and withheld or destroyed government records.

As I recounted in the same May 2016 column, the Obama Justice Department was simultaneously barring the FBI from asking Mills questions that went to the heart of the e-mails investigation – questions about the process by which Clinton and her underlings decided which of her 60,000 e-mails to surrender to the State Department, and which would be withheld (it ended up being about 33,000) as purportedly “private” (a goodly percentage were not).

This was the start of a series of Justice Department shenanigans we would come to learn about: Cutting off key areas of inquiry; cutting inexplicable immunity deals; declining to use the grand jury to compel evidence; agreeing to limit searches of computers (in order to miss key time-frames when obstruction occurred); agreeing to destroy physical evidence (laptop computers); failing to charge and squeeze witnesses who made patently false statements; allowing subjects of the investigation to act as lawyers for other subjects of the investigation (in order to promote the charade that some evidence was off-limits due to the attorney-client privilege); and so on. There is a way – a notoriously aggressive way – that the Justice Department and FBI go about their business when they are trying to make a case. Here, they were trying to unmake a case.

Knowing all these things, as we now do and have for a year, I’m baffled by complaints that Comey allegedly made “his” decision not to charge Clinton before key witnesses were interviewed. The main issue is not that witnesses hadn’t been questioned; it is that by April 2016, restraints were already in place to ensure that witness interviews would be fruitless, and that any incriminating information they accidentally turned up would be ignored or buried.

The decision not to indict Hillary Clinton was not made by then-FBI Director Comey. It was made by President Obama and his Justice Department – Comey’s superiors. If you want to say Comey went along for the ride rather than bucking the tide (as he concedes doing when Lynch directed him to call the Clinton probe a “matter,” not an “investigation”), that’s fair. But the fact that Comey already knew in April what he would say in July has long been perfectly obvious.

The Obama administration was going to follow its leader. What Comey ultimately stated was just a repeat of what Obama was openly saying in April, and what Obama’s Justice Department was leaking to the press in May.

Bottom line: In April, President Obama and his Justice Department adopted a Hillary Clinton defense strategy of concocting a crime no one was claiming Clinton had committed: to wit, transmitting classified information with an intent to harm the United States. With media-Democrat complex help, they peddled the narrative that she could not be convicted absent this “malicious intent,” in a desperate effort to make the publicly known evidence seem weak. Meanwhile, they quietly hamstrung FBI case investigators in order to frustrate the evidence-gathering process. When damning proof nevertheless mounted, the Obama administration dismissed the whole debacle by rewriting the statute (to impose an imaginary intent standard) and by offering absurd rationalizations for not applying the statute as written.

That plan was in place and already being implemented when Director Comey began drafting the “findings” he would announce months later. But it was not Comey’s plan. It was Obama’s plan.

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holdbuysell's picture

The narcocracy protecting its own.

overbet's picture

If there is no rule of law I should be ok to hunt liberals without repercussions. 

FatTony7915726's picture

Obama, Bill Clinton, Comey and many more on pedophile island relax at Jeffrey Epstein's Lolita Express Island.  Nothing like some child abuse to bring up your spirits,  spirit cooking that is.  Jeffrey Epstein should have gotten life for his disgusting habits.


His name was Seth Rich

El Oregonian's picture

It's the "Game" of the elites. If you have to ask if you are a participant, then you

obviously are not in it.

Swampster's picture

actually it was Obama's bosses...the racist, anti-white, anti-American globalist ashkeNAZI jew world Order Crowd

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Huh?  Now wait a second old Comey was with all his back hairs standing up like a black Halloween cat at the idea of Trump telling him what to do.  But Obama told him just what to do and everything was fine with him?

Could it be the Bankster puppets really give the marching orders here? Oh yes I think it could be.

jcaz's picture

Comey was always the dupe in this deal- even he realized it at the end, which is why he panicked and showed up at the NYT office with his wife-  he finally realized how truly outplayed he was.

wee-weed up's picture



No, no, no, no...

The Libs should NOT be allowed to get away with this attempted diversion...

By shifting the blame to "The One" who could not be impeached & cannot be charged with anything in the future...

This is wrong, wrong, wrong...

Hitlery & Comey need to be prosecuted to the FULL extent of the law.


I hope the congresscritters have the spine to do it!

But I'm not going to hold my breath.

oDumbo's picture

I really hate myself, I really do. Stupid oDumbo stupid!!! I'm such an idiot.

tbone654's picture

Comey simply read the polls... then made his bet... by sucking up to his apparent new boss HRC

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Agreed. no matter how stridently Obama may have petitioned Comey to exonerate, at the end of the day it was Comey's ROLE & FUNCTION to exonerate or not. If he was too corrupt to resist Obamas pressure, that does not shift liability to Obama

naiverealist's picture

I have heard that Hillary still has her Security Clearance.  Can anyone confirm this?

SoDamnMad's picture

No, no, no. Obama claims a presidential pardon for Comey was signed and left in his desk drawer a day before the January inaugurtion. Honest

SWRichmond's picture

Yeah I agree with the above this is the establishment National Review trying to come to the rescue of one of their own and cast just a bit of doubt from Comey in the direction of the Untouchable Obama.  "Just following orders."

Fuck you National Review.

armageddon addahere's picture

Comey has been firmly in the Clinton camp since the early 90s.

Utopia Planitia's picture

Can you at least include a warning when you post like that? Please? (my dog enjoyed the pool of vomit by the couch)

californiagirl's picture

The reason she will never go to jail is that she has the goods on the majority of the swamp. She goes down, so do they.

Kidbuck's picture

Comey swore an oath to the Constitution, not to Obuttfuck. He wiped his ass with the Constitution in public at high noon when he let Hillary slide. The good German defense don't cut it.

whoflungdung's picture

Time to listen to this talk by Stefan Molyneux, darn good.


The Truth About The Awan Family Democrat IT Scandal | Debbie Wasserman Schultz Exposed

GUS100CORRINA's picture

It Wasn't Comey's Decision To Exonerate Hillary - It Was Obama's

My response: Unbelievable!!


This kind of news item that discloses the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth really makes me begin to believe that the REPUBLIC is finished.

Blue Steel 309's picture

The Jews ended the excuse of "I was just following orders" with their kangaroo court at Nuremberg.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Think the Republic is finished?

It is. It has been for a while.

But under the right conditions it could reappear / get reborn.

Chupacabra-322's picture


Hey man, you're stealing my Thunder.

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

Yep, that's what I've been preaching.

FoggyWorld's picture

Listen to George Webb on Youtube who has been pursuing the Awan case for well over 300 days.   You will see a maze of crime that only co-conspirators could have enabled the Awan's "success."

FoggyWorld's picture

Listen to George Webb on Youtube who has been pursuing the Awan case for well over 300 days.   You will see a maze of crime that only co-conspirators could have enabled the Awan's "success."

Black Helicopterz's picture

Trump is pretty tight with Epstein too. Don't think he isn't part of the gang.

FoggyWorld's picture

Not in the way you are implying.  

ThePhantom's picture

thats odd i had hedgeless horseman call me a shill the other day regarding the pizzagate scandal.... i guess all that pizzagate stuff was all fake then? like shit what am i an idiot? the russians planted this guys istagram photos and lined up the bands...who all talk about pedophilia???? and tony podesta doesn't have a bunch of rather odd art either including a golden replica of a Jeff Dahmer victim and many other odd paintings... with young girls both alive and dead in some very odd situations and the podestas were never friends with Denny hastert.... oh i see where i went wrong... and Alifantis never like to say what would donald judd do? wwdjd. so i guess im a fucking piece of shit shill. awesome!
ill just start listening to the New york times, cnn ,npr and msnbc.... form now on out. , Ok Hedgeless?

docloxvio's picture

I read somewhere that the Podesta brothers were connected to the kidnapping of the little British girl in Portugal a number of years ago. Is there any good information about that anywhere?

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

File this article under "No Shit, Sherlock". Comey has been a go-to Clinton fixer for two decades, but that doesn't mean he's stupid. Securing air cover is the first step in planning any successful operation.


StarGate's picture

Might be clear to you that Obama had the big umbrella protecting Hillary, Lynch, Comey, McCabe and Podesta but not to those who have been hypnotized by the Obama facade.

Comey and Lynch were directly responsible regardless of Obama orders. They could resign if honor or Law was an issue. Obviously it was not.

The recent reveal by Sen Grassley that Comey's chief of staff testified that Comey had drafted the Hillary get-out-of-jail-free pass 2 to 3 months before the "official" investigation ended is very big evidence against the FBI in general and Comey specifically.
Looks like Comey gets to fall on Obama's sword,

Unless Comey kept "MEMOS" of his Obama meets.
Not likely though.
Only do that for DJTs.

Besides in the Global world Hillary out ranks Obama, so Comey's orders more likely came from Hillary. Obama just happened to be sitting on the legal "King's pardon" chess square. The plan was for Hillary to occupy it next, which is why they had to pull out the "it's Mueller time" game card.

TeamDepends's picture

Obongodinga, America's first homo POTUS.  With Michael and the rent-a-children,  a chapter we want to forget.  But we must not, we can never ever let this happen again.  Communists, you need to leave our shores.  Maybe China or Venezuela would have you.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Not just homo, friend. A gay negro Muslim married to a transsexual. Talk about ticking ALL the boxes!

TeamDepends's picture

Peak "Progress".  Got some bad news for you "progresives":  Your power/influence/sway peaked a year ago.  We see/hear you:  "Oh, we just need the right candidate" or "We are more educated, they will come around" or "Non-white males will band together yada yada...".  Nope, IT IS OVER!!!! All the Soros horses, and all Soros' men, could not put the movement back together again....

Richard Whitney's picture

In the 'hood, the locals call anyone with mixed parentage 'half-breed'. So the 'negro' part is not the case. More like a mullato Jimmy Carter.

political_proxy's picture

“My legacy will be an America brought down to the level of the rest of the world.”

-Barack Obama

He certainly lived up to it - heard it was from one of his books,

max2205's picture

Barry and hillary need to do time..Fucking criminals 

boattrash's picture

Barry and hillary need to do time, 6 ft under..Fucking criminals.


Gen. Ripper's picture

Lawyers are buried at 12' - because down deep theyre good

nmewn's picture

Apparently its now ok to leave a briefcase full of secret documents at Starbucks. Or email.

Just have your lawyer scream "NO INTENT!" 

Words completely irrelevant to the crime by statute. 

SoDamnMad's picture

I didn't have any intent your honor to arrest that ER nurse in the Salt Lake City hospital. I just wanted to intimidate and scare the living shit out of her so that she might draw blood and get some type of dirt on the innocent truck driver in order to throw off the heat from the reckless pursuit of the drunk driver which crashed into him.

Dragon HAwk's picture

If that Jerk gets in we will all be hanging from Nooses.

Kidbuck's picture

Sessions, either run with this stat, or you are admitting you are a commie faggot, and there is plenty wrong with that.