Obama And Lynch "Jeopardized" Clinton Email Investigation: Comey

With the country's attention focused on James Comey's book publicity gala interview with ABC at 10pm ET, the former FBI Director has thrown former President Obama and his Attorney General Loretta Lynch under the bus, claiming they "jeopardized" the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Comey called out Obama and Lynch in his new book, A Higher Loyalty, set to come out on Tuesday. In it, he defends the FBI's top brass and counterintelligence investigators charged with probing Clinton's use of a private email server and mishandling of classified information, reports the Washington Examiner, which received an advanced copy.

I never heard anyone on our team — not one — take a position that seemed driven by their personal political motivations. And more than that: I never heard an argument or observation I thought came from a political bias. Never ... Instead we debated, argued, listened, reflected, agonized, played devil’s advocate, and even found opportunities to laugh as we hashed out major decisions.

("Guys, LMAO, we totally just exonerated Hillary! My sides! Hey Andy, how's Jill's Senate race going?")

Comey says that multiple public statements made by Obama about the investigation "jeopardized" the credibility of the FBI investigation - seemingly absolving Clinton of any crime before FBI investigators were able to complete their work.

Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President Obama. He had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility in the investigation by saying in a 60 Minutes interview on Oct. 11, 2015, that Clinton’s email use was “a mistake” that had not endangered national security,” Comey writes. “Then on Fox News on April 10, 2016, he said that Clinton may have been careless but did not do anything to intentionally harm national security, suggesting that the case involved overclassification of material in the government.”

President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made. If the president had already decided the matter, an outside observer could reasonably wonder, how on earth could his Department of Justice do anything other than follow his lead.” -Washington Examiner

Of course, Comey had already begun drafting Clinton's exoneration before even interviewing her, something which appears to have been "forgotten" in his book.

The truth was that the president — as far as I knew, anyway — he had only as much information as anyone following it in the media. He had not been briefed on our work at all. And if he was following the media, he knew nothing, because there had been no leaks at all up until that point. But, his comments still set all of us up for corrosive attacks if the case were completed with no charges brought.”

"Matter" not "Investigation"

Comey also describes a September 2015 meeting with AG Lynch in which she asked him to describe the Clinton email investigation as a "matter" instead of an investigation.

“It occurred to me in the moment that this issue of semantics was strikingly similar to the fight the Clinton campaign had waged against The New York Times in July. Ever since then, the Clinton team had been employing a variety of euphemisms to avoid using the word ‘investigation,’” Comey writes.

The attorney general seemed to be directing me to align with the Clinton campaign strategy. Her “just do it” response to my question indicated that she had no legal or procedural justification for her request, at least not one grounded in our practices or traditions. Otherwise, I assume, she would have said so.

Comey said others present in the meeting with Lynch thought her request was odd and political as well - including one of the DOJ's senior leaders.

I know the FBI attendees at our meeting saw her request as overtly political when we talked about it afterward. So did at least one of Lynch’s senior leaders. George Toscas, then the number-three person in the department’s National Security Division and someone I liked, smiled at the FBI team as we filed out, saying sarcastically, ‘Well you are the Federal Bureau of Matters,’” Comey recalled.

That said, Comey "didn't see any instance when Attorney General Lynch interfered with the conduct of the investigation," writing "Though I had been concerned about her direction to me at that point, I saw no indication afterward that she had any contact with the investigators or prosecutors on the case."

In response, Loretta Lynch promptly issued a statement in which she said that if James Comey "had any concerns regarding the email investigation, classified or not, he had ample opportunities to raise them with me both privately and in meetings. He never did."

As we reported earlier, President Trump slammed Comey in several Saturday morning tweets - calling him a "slime ball" and a liar, and the "worst FBI director in history", intent on exacting his revenge for being unceremoniously fired.

To start off his morning tirade, Trump lashed out at Comey for his stunning admission that the he might have behaved differently toward Clinton if her polling numbers weren't as strong, and that Comey may not have reopened the Hillary probe if he thought she could lose.

Trump notes - correctly according to Comey's own statement - that the FBI director's admission shows that he was making decisions during the investigation based on whether he believed Clinton would win.

According to excerpts of his memo leaked to the mainstream media, Comey admitted that he publicly revealed the reopening of the FBI's probe into Clinton's mishandling of classified information partly because he feared that, once she won, her critics would have grounds to question the legitimacy of her presidency, as we pointed out on Friday.

Trump then points out that Comey offered no explanations for the bureau's most questionable behavior, including the DNC's refusal to let the FBI examine its email server after Wikileaks released a trove of hacked emails, as well as the $700,000 campaign contribution received by Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's wife from an ally of the Clintons.

But hey, according to Comey - it was Obama and Lynch who complicated "matters" with the investigation. The "boyscoutish" former FBI Director could do no wrong. Just make sure to buy Comey's book to know for "sure."

Comments

Creative_Destruct Sun, 04/15/2018 - 18:46 Permalink

Phoney Comey: "We NEVER (let politics interfere)"

But he was "living in a world where Hillary would win"

President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made. "

DO NOT like this holier-than thou mind reader ... but gotta give him ONE point for this.

Still on balance, a sanctimonious, self-righteous POS.

 

J S Bach Looney Sun, 04/15/2018 - 18:50 Permalink

“The attorney general seemed to be directing me to align with the Clinton campaign strategy.”

The only thing that should have been “directing you” was your sworn oath and conscience.  But, since you do not possess the latter, it is understandable why you would betray the former, commit treason and be totally oblivious to it.

I must admit though... Trump's tweets are truly the pot calling the kettle orange.  After all of the oaths and promises HE has broken, he has no moral authority to criticize acts of treachery and cowardice.

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manofthenorth ???ö? Sun, 04/15/2018 - 19:04 Permalink

Obama gave the nod to Killary in return of the favor from 2008.

She should have known that she would never be POTUS after being SOS since this had not occurred since James Buchanan did so in 1857.

"Public virtue is the vital spirit of republics and history proves that when this has decayed and the love of money has usurped its place, although the forms of free government may remain for a season, the substance has departed forever."

James Buchanan

"To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdom no one will attempt to dispute."

James Buchanan

It would appear that the wisdom of the once great republic has been usurped by the love of money and it's associated power.

Virtue has been replaced by hubris.
 

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nmewn overbet Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:06 Permalink

The Left can do no wrong.

They can lie under oath...but Mike Flynn has to bankrupt himself before pleading out because he can't recall a conversation THAT THEY TAPED VIA A WARRANT DERIVED FROM A POLITICAL DOCUMENT AND IS FALSE. They can have business dealings and even represent Russian oligarch interests without registering as a foreign agent..."Oh, my bad." says Podesta, a mere oversight, let me go down and register. They can run an illegal server (with INTENT!) and pass classified documents across it, BleachBit it, take a hammer to any & all devices while its all under subpoena to produce and say "I've given all my yoga class appointments to Congress." but...let some deplorable sailor take a few pictures of his boat and its prison. They can sic the IRS on their political enemies and when caught call it "Oh just some rogue agents" and then "Whoopsie the hard drives of these political hack employees were...recycled...sorry about that!"

Motherfucking cocksuckers.

I-Don't-Want-To-Hear-Another-Fucking-Word-About-The-Law.

Ever.

Until these sonofabitches are convicted and sentenced.

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BigCumulusClouds nmewn Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:26 Permalink

I never heard anyone on our team — not one — take a position that seemed driven by their personal political motivations. And more than that: I never heard an argument or observation I thought came from a political bias. Never ... Instead we debated, argued, listened, reflected, agonized, played devil’s advocate,and even found opportunities to laugh as we hashed out major decisions.”

I guess he never read the Page/Strok text messsges. 

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Twox2 Luc X. Ifer Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President ObamaHe had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibilityin the investigation by saying in a 60 Minutes interview on Oct. 11, 2015, that Clinton’s email use was “a mistake” that had not endangered national security,” Comey writes. “Then on Fox News on April 10, 2016, he said that Clinton may have been careless but did not do anything to intentionally harm national security, suggesting that the case involved overclassification of material in the government.”

President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well. To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made. If the president had already decided the matter, an outside observer could reasonably wonder, how on earth could his Department of Justice do anything other than follow his lead.” -Washington Examiner

In other words, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go..." [Flynn]

With Trump, Comey is outraged. With Obama, not so much. Willfully blind...

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Arctic Frost youshallnotkill Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:41 Permalink

 

Who says ANYONE personally leaned on ANYONE? Oh yeah, a lying piece of shit who has lied to; Congress, the media, Congress, his agents, Congress, the President, Congress, the American people, Congress, his publisher, Congress, Department of Justice . . . 

 

ANYONE who doesn’t see thorough these supposed “we NEVER get political” former FBI agents that have ALL become political commentators as soon as they leave office, is an idiot. Some people’s hatred for Trump is so thick it clogs their brains and spits out their ears.

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Tarzan A Sentinel Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:41 Permalink

Funny Comey has no time to speak with Congress, they've repeatedly asked, and he's repeatedly refused to share what he knows, until a book deal comes along, and he finds time to sit for hours with his MSM buddies, profiteering on gossip.

I wish the "news" people would dig below the surface on this guy.  He has a long a sordid past as a Clinton dog and a swamp kingpin.  He's not the non partisan honorable Boy Scout they spent so much propaganda promoting, before his usefulness ran dry.

In 2004, Comey, then serving as a deputy attorney general in the Justice Department, apparently limited the scope of the criminal investigation of Sandy Berger, which left out former Clinton administration officials who may have coordinated with Berger in his removal and destruction of classified records from the National Archives. The documents were relevant to accusations that the Clinton administration was negligent in the build-up to the 9/11 terrorist attack.....

.... Berger, Lynch and Cheryl Mills all worked as partners in the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson, which prepared tax returns for the Clintons and did patent work for a software firm that played a role in the private email server Hillary Clinton used when she was secretary of state.

Lynch and Comey both served as U.S. attorney in New York, Lynch for the Eastern District of New York, and Comey for the Southern District of New York. They crossed paths in the investigation of HSBC bank, which avoided criminal charges in a massive money-laundering scandal for which the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine.

After Attorney General John Aschroft recused himself in the Valerie Plame affair in 2004, Comey appointed as special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who ended up convicting “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to then Vice President Dick Cheney, of perjury and obstruction of justice. The charge was based on the accusations of Plame and her former ambassador husband, Joe Wilson – both partisan supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton – that Libby outed her as a CIA agent.....

As deputy attorney general, Comey was involved in the investigation of Berger....

The New York Times reported in 2005 that Republican leaders speculated Berger removed the documents from the National Archives because he was trying to conceal material that could be damaging to the Clinton administration.

There is no evidence Comey’s investigation for the Justice Department made any attempt to determine if anyone affiliated with the Clinton White House prompted Berger or coordinated with him in the decision to remove the classified documents.

....Various statements Comey made about Berger’s mishandling of classified documents bear comparison to his comments regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server....

Messages found stored on Clinton’s private email server show that Berger – a convicted thief of classified documents – had been advising Clinton while she served as secretary of state and had access to emails containing classified information.

Comey has been a Clinton stooge for many many years!

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Hulk nmewn Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:29 Permalink

Absafuckinglutely !!! And if the Flynn verdict is thrown out I think he should be doubly reinbursed for their legal expenses. Same for Binney, Frank , Roark, et all who were financially destroyed, lost their jobs, and then the cases thrown out at the last minute because the FBI fabricated evidence.

Unfucking believable that thats the country we are living in today...

Citizens should be fucking terrified that the intelligence agencies and the IRS have been weaponized by the Dems. They come after you and YOU ARE DONE...

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nmewn ???ö? Sun, 04/15/2018 - 19:56 Permalink

Georgie Boi Stephanopoulos: "But didn't he have a right to know that?

Comey: "That it (the Steele dossier) was financed by his political opponents? I don't know the answer to that. It wasn't necessary for my goal to alert him that we had this information."

It was used for a FISA warrant to spy on him and others in his campaign, by his political opponents, you fucking snake. 

This is Stasi-Land.

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HamSolo manofthenorth Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:24 Permalink

I knew she wouldn't be POTUS. Not because of the SOS thing, though, that is a good enough parameter to judge by.

I knew she wouldn't be POTUS because, except for Roosevelt (a fluke, Depression, WW2 etc) The Democrats have not had a POTUS 3 times in a row - after another Democrat was POTUS for 2 terms - since like Andrew Jackson or something.

It just doesn't happen.

That plus Trump was clearly some kind of biblical sign from God coupled with, well, just being Trump when someone like Trump (is there anyone else even nearly "like Trump") was desperately needed in America and the fact that the DNC tried to shove a thing like Killary down our throats, meant, to me at least, Trump would win a historic victory and be POTUS.

Now, if we can just eviscerate those pesky f*cking neocons trying to shoehorn us into war in the mid-east AGAIN.

Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right here I am stuck in the middle with Q

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A Sentinel Hulk Mon, 04/16/2018 - 01:23 Permalink

Poor guy is going to end up droning himself, or shooting himself in the back of the head (with a rifle five times) if he doesn’t take a fall like a good lefty fall-guy. 

Rule #1 - plead the fifth. 

Rule #2 - don’t write a book diverting blame to your own team!!  Make this trump’s fault, or Putin’s. Or Assad’s....

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rosiescenario crazzziecanuck Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:56 Permalink

Great point....you have to love the situation they are now in.

AND just why was Hitlery not put under oath when she was questioned by the FBI? What an utterly corrupt agency, just like the IRS, DOJ, and CIA. I am also sick of hearing all the news pundits saying that the rank and file FBI worker bees are good, hardworking, honest etc. Why did they not broadcast what their leaders were doing? No courage to do the right thing....that tarnishes each and every one of them.

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GreatUncle J S Bach Sun, 04/15/2018 - 19:16 Permalink

It is easy just to consider everything a lie now because even as a lie gets revealed something that you always thought might be truthful is in fact another lie.

The whole western world is just an illusion of smoke and mirrors so we never question their narrative.

Trump seems to have been using this illusion tactic and his action are starting to knock it away.

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