FBI director James Comey is defending his decision to recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton, in an unusual memo to co-workers after the Labor Day weekend.
Comey insisted that the bureau’s decisions on the case were “honest, competent, and independent.”
“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),” Comey wrote in the memo that was first obtained by CNN.
Comey defended his decision to release the heavily redacted documents on the investigation of Clinton on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, asserting that the date was merely a coincidence.
“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,” he wrote.” We don’t play games.”
He again defended his decision not to prosecute Clinton, assuring them that the “case was not a cliff-hanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn’t a prosecutable case.”
Here is an excerpt from Comey’s memo (emphasis mine):
You may be sick of this, but let me leave you with a few words about how I have been describing the email investigation in private to our former employees as I meet them around the country. I explain to them that there are two aspects to this: (1) our judgment about the facts and prosecutive merit; and (2) how we decided to talk about that judgment. I tell them that the difficult decision is actually the second part, not the first. 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. The hard part was whether to offer unprecedented transparency about our thinking. I explain to our alumni that I struggled with that part, but decided the way to protect the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the American people’s sense of justice was to announce it in the way we did – with extraordinary transparency and without any kind of coordination.
I explain to our alums that I’m okay if folks have a different view of the investigation (although I struggle to see how they actually could, especially when they didn’t do the investigation), or about the wisdom of announcing it as we did (although even with hindsight I think that was the best course), but I have no patience for suggestions that we conducted ourselves as anything but what we are – honest, competent, and independent. 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).
I will try not to bother you with this any longer.
There are so many things wrong with that memo, it’s hard to know where to start. First of all, Comey’s choices were to either let her go or take a chance on himself or a family member ‘having a fatal accident.’ Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of evidence to know that’s just how things work in Hillary’s world.
But to say that the case wasn’t prosecutable is a lie to himself and to every other American. Regardless of the frequency or the quantity of Hillary’s emails, the fact that she did it at all is against the law. She knew it, Comey knows and so does the rest of the world. She should have been charged after the very first email they found with classified information in it.
There’s no doubt in my mind that he was threatened in some way, otherwise there wouldn’t be a need to tell his employees how he’s explaining it. He doesn’t say he’s telling the truth – instead he’s letting them in on what the story is and the implication is for them to also stick to this story.
The truth comes naturally to people who are ‘honest, competent, and independent’ so they don’t need a story, and dumping material on a Friday afternoon before a 3-day weekend is not ‘unprecedented transparency.’
Midway in his memo he says ‘you may be sick of this’ and he signed off by practically apologizing to his employees for bothering them with this. What kind of boss cares if his employees are sick of their job and apologizes to those under him for doing his job?? My guess is it’s because he knows those agents worked their tails off going through those emails for months only to have him shrug it off and let Hillary go with not so much as a warning.
That’s got to be a slap in the face to the agents that worked on this, just as it is to us who have the good sense to know she ought to be in jail, not running for president. Comey’s the one full of baloney (or something) here.