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James Comey FBI Director and the 2016 Election…

The New York Times is out with  a long detailed  piece putting forth how FBI Director James Comey spent his last year dealing with first and foremost the look at Hillary Clinton and her email sever case, then the politics of the probe…..Then the walk into the Trump & Co. Russian connections case which is on going ….

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That Hillary Clinton through her own actions put her campaign at risk….But she was also the recipient of fumbles and miscues by the Obama Admin from Barack Obama, thru Loretta Lynch and even Comey himself….

In these days of few secrets an FBI Director has hand to shepard his agency thru several politically sensitive investigations that involved people at the top of the American political government ….That there would be NO politics involved is naive….

But no department head to be fair could expect to make it thru without being thrown at is also wrong….

The piece shows a James Comey consulting with his people to game out where he should go on all major decisions….

But after he decides ?

He is overideen several times by events (Bill Clinton visiting AG Lynch), and direction from his superiors (White House holding Trump initial probe from the media)…

The result was and is a see-saw of criticism  thrown at Comey in-particular and the FBI by BOTH American political parties and don-off relationship with two President’s who have the power to remove him from his job…

In this day and age organizations cannot afford to tell their story in public ….

This from the NY Times is James Comey’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation …

And agency trying hard to stay OUT of politics…

For Mr. Comey, keeping the F.B.I. out of politics is such a preoccupation that he once said he would never play basketball with President Barack Obama because of the appearance of being chummy with the man who appointed him. But in the final months of the presidential campaign, the leader of the nation’s pre-eminent law enforcement agency shaped the contours, if not the outcome, of the presidential race by his handling of the Clinton and Trump-related investigations.

An examination by The New York Times, based on interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement, congressional and other government officials, found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy. Many of the officials discussed the investigations on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Mr. Comey made those decisions with the supreme self-confidence of a former prosecutor who, in a distinguished career, has cultivated a reputation for what supporters see as fierce independence, and detractors view as media-savvy arrogance.

The Times found that this go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who he and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.

His misgivings were only fueled by the discovery last year of a document written by a Democratic operative that seemed — at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides — to raise questions about her independence. In a bizarre example of how tangled the F.B.I. investigations had become, the document had been stolen by Russian hackers.

The examination also showed that at one point, President Obama himself was reluctant to disclose the suspected Russian influence in the election last summer, for fear his administration would be accused of meddling.

Mr. Comey, the highest-profile F.B.I. director since J. Edgar Hoover, has not squarely addressed his decisions last year. He has touched on them only obliquely, asserting that the F.B.I. is blind to partisan considerations. “We’re not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that action, whose fortune will be helped,” he said at a public event recently. “We just don’t care. We can’t care. We only ask: ‘What are the facts? What is the law?’”

But circumstances and choices landed him in uncharted and perhaps unwanted territory, as he made what he thought were the least damaging choices from even less desirable alternatives.

“This was unique in the history of the F.B.I.,” said Michael B. Steinbach, the former senior national security official at the F.B.I., who worked closely with Mr. Comey, describing the circumstances the agency faced last year while investigating both the Republican and Democratic candidates for president. “People say, ‘This has never been done before.’ Well, there never was a before. Or ‘That’s not normally how you do it.’ There wasn’t anything normal about this.”…

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Comey wanted to out his Trump probe before the election…….

President Obama vetoed it…..

Hillary Clinton should be just as pissed with him as Comey,,..

i have asked myself WTF DIDN’T Obama do SOMETHING since the Clinton probe reportily ended in last July and the Trump pobes where running  and unlike a server investigation?

FBI Director James Comey attempted to go public as early as the summer of 2016 with information on Russia’s campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, but Obama administration officials blocked him from doing so, two sources with knowledge of the matter tell Newsweek.

Well before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) accused the Russian government of tampering with the U.S. election in an October 7 statement, Comey pitched the idea of writing an op-ed about the Russian campaign during a meeting in the White House Situation Room in June or July.

“He had a draft of it or an outline. He held up a piece of paper in a meeting and said, ‘I want to go forward. What do people think of this?’” says a source with knowledge of the meeting, which included Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

But many in the room didn’t like the idea, and White House officials thought the announcement should be a coordinated message backed by multiple agencies, the source says. “An op-ed doesn’t have the same stature. It comes from one person.”

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FBI Director appears before House Intel Committee…

FBI Director Comey is certain to be asked for information about Trump’s acusation that President Obama ordered his Trump Tower wiretapped…..

(  The first open public acknowledgement that several of Trump’s people WHERE the subject of intercepts has been made by the House chair  Rep. Nunes , something most people who understand how the NSA works knew all along)

He will also asked about investigation’s into Trump & Co. Russian connections…And the 2016 Elections 

Some questions he answer in public…So only in private sessions and one would quess some questions he won’t answer at all…

Above all one would guess he has had visions of his actions last November right before the Presidential election….

The House Intelligence Committee has begun its first public hearing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, with FBI Director James B. Comey and National Security Agency head Michael S. Rogers set to testify.

The two senior officials will likely face questions about possible collusion between associates of President Trump and the Kremlin.

The hearing comes amid the controversy fired up by Trump two weeks ago when he tweeted, without providing evidence, that President Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped at Trump Tower.

Comey is expected publicly to debunk that allegation, according to the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), following a parade of current and former senior officials who have said there is no evidence of wiretaps on Trump or Trump Tower.

Comey privately told lawmakers last week that there was no basis to the charge.

“The fact that Russia hacked U.S. election-related databases comes as no shock to this committee, which has been closely monitoring Russia’s aggressions for years,” the committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), said in an opening statement.

Nunes said he hoped the hearing would focus on several key question, including what actions did Russia undertake against the U.S. during the 2016 election and did anyone from a political campaign conspire in these activities? He also wants to know if the communications of any campaign officials or associates were subject to any improper surveillance. “Let me be clear,” he said. “We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower. However, it’s still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.”…

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NSA head Michael S. Rogers is also appearing before the House committee  today also….Most of his information will probablem be in closed sessions….

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FBI head meets with Senate Intel Committee on Trump Russian probes…

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also attended the session…

The Senate Intelligence Committee held a closed-door briefing Friday afternoon with FBI Director James Comey, amid an uproar on Capitol Hill over alleged contacts between Trump advisers and Russian officials.

Senators declined to comment on the meeting as they left for a brief break.

It was the committee’s second meeting of the day; the panel met earlier on Friday behind closed doors to discuss its ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in November’s presidential election.

“We’re just discussing how we’re going to organize the investigation,” Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said as he entered the earlier meeting…..

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Justice Dept IG to probe Clinton Email action by FBI and DOJ…

A little late?

How will the Trump Justice Dept handle this?

The Justice Department inspector general will review broad allegations of misconduct involving the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email practices and the bureau’s controversial decision shortly before the election to announce the probe had resumed, the inspector general announced Thursday.

The probe will be wide ranging — encompassing the FBI’s various public statements on the matter, whether its deputy director should have been recused and whether FBI or other Justice Department employees leaked nonpublic information, according to a news release from Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz.

Lawmakers and others had called previously for the inspector general to probe the FBI’s pre-election actions when it came to the Clinton probe, alleging that FBI Director James B. Comey bucked long-standing policies with his communications about the case and that information seemed to have leaked inappropriately — perhaps to former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani…..

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The Email story done Hillary Clinton in?

Matthew Yglesias@ Vox sits down and writes a piece on how a email server set up by the Clinton’s before Hillary Clinton actually became Sec of State and how the contents of that private server became a whipping cane for Republicans and the MEDIA…..

I will add that the Hillary Clinton’s reaction to the situation , by ‘ calming up’ did her NO favors and actually made the email story bigger and more posienous against  her chance to be come the first American Woman President….

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Historians will write of a growing trend toward partisan polarization and a brewing sense of political crisis dating back to Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. They’ll note the projected end of America’s white majority, the geopolitical revolution induced by Russia’s reinvention of itself as an international beacon of cultural conservatism, and the corrosive effect of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The “failures of neoliberalism” will come in for scrutiny.

All true and all important. But my message to the future is this. No matter how stupid it sounds, and no matter how much political and journalistic elites on all sides of America’s toxic politics began trying to ignore it as soon as the votes were counted, the dominant issue of the 2016 campaign was email server management….

Bill Clinton found himself in the unusual employment circumstances of being an ex-president in 2001, he hired someone to set up a private server for himself and his wife and her personal email was hosted on that server.

At the time Clinton became secretary of state, she was a heavy user of a once-popular early smartphone line called Blackberry.

The state of federal government information technology infrastructure, at the time, was such that a work-issued email address could only be associated with a work-issued Blackberry and the work-issued Blackberry could not be connected to a personal email address. Many federal workers at the time handled this by carrying around two smartphones, which was an annoying but workable solution. Clinton, as the boss, chose to spare herself the inconvenience involved by simply ignoring State Department guidelines and using her own phone and her personal email address….

FBI Director James Comey told the American people that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against Clinton…

Email fever reached its peak on two separate major occasions. One was when Comey closed the investigation. Instead of simply saying “we looked into it and there was no crime,” Comey sought to immunize himself from Clinton critics by breaking with standard procedure to offer extended negative commentary on Clinton’s behavior. He said she was “extremely careless.”

Comey then brought the email story back to the center of the campaign in late October by writing a letter to Congress indicating that the email case had been reopened due to new discoveries on Anthony Weiner’s laptop. It turned out that the new discoveries were an awfully flimsy basis for a subpoena, and the subpoena turned up nothing.

This all still sounds unimportant, but it was not at the time:

  • The New York Times dedicated 100 percent of its above-the-fold space to coverage of Comey’s letter to Congress.
  • Throughout the campaign season, network newscasts dedicated more time to Clinton’s email server stories than to stories about all policy issues combined.
  • Donald Trump’s campaign rallies featured regular “lock her up” chants, centering the email server as the opposition’s main criticism of Clinton.
  • Across five television networks and six major newspapers, 11 percent of campaign coverage was stories about Clinton’s email server.
  • Critically, one useful function of email-based criticism of Hillary Clinton was to pull together the Trumpian and establishment wings of the Republican Party. That’s why it served as the central theme of the 2016 Republican Convention, allowing the likes of Scott Walker and Rick Perry to deliver on-message speeches rather than clashing with Trump’s message…

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FBI Director Comey in hot water with Democrats….

With his letter release about an investigation of possible Clinton incriminating emails in a staffer, Huma Abedins laptop shared with husband Anthony Weiner…..

Hillary Clinton may have been derailed for becoming President….

Maybe NOT….

But the FBI Director IS under a lot of pressure to explain in more detail why he went public at the time he did ……

Critics hammered Comey’s vague letter for igniting a firestorm of speculation that the new emails contained a “smoking gun” — without providing any substantive information for voters to judge.

“Today’s disclosure might be worst abuse yet. DOJ goes out of its way to avoid publicly discussing investigations close to election,” former Department of Justice spokesman Matthew Miller said in a tweetstorm at the time. “This might be totally benign & not even involve Clinton. But no way for press or voters to know that. Easy for opponent to make hay over.”

Trump did in fact run with Comey’s announcement on the campaign trail, repeatedly telling supporters that the emails must contain something truly damning.

“I have a feeling those emails are going to be — whoa, there are going to be some beauties in there. Can you imagine? She’s been deleting all the time, deleting,” he said at a Florida rally shortly after the announcement.

Clinton herself has since told donors that she believes Comey’s disclosure raised “doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.”….

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FBI Director Comey says review of Abedin/Weiner computer has found No problem for Clinton ..

The FBI director has sent a second letter to Congress nine days after he sent a first letter saying they where reviewing emails on Huma Abedin’s laptop shared withy her estarnged husband Anthony Weiner….

Today’s letter said that the FBI has reviewed ALL of the emails in the Abedin/Weiner computer that involved Hillary Clinton and there is NO issue with the emails….

This will absolve Abedin and Clinton ….

Republicans will somehow figure out a way to make this something it isn’t….

FBI Director and Atty Gen Loretta Lynch have had a rough nine days…..

The letter said that agents “have been working around the clock to process and review” the emails, which had been found on a computer owned by former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin.

“During that process, we have reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of State,” Comey wrote. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”

In July, Comey sharply criticized Clinton for being “careless” in handling classified materials but said there was no basis for bringing any criminal charge against her.

Clinton’s campaign quickly expressed satisfaction with the announcement.

“We are glad this matter is resolved,” said the campaign’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri….

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President Obama come’s down on the FBI Director’s actions….

Democras have unifrmly come down hard against the FBI Director’s letter to the Congress about the Huma Abedin/Anthony Weiner computer investigation…

President Obama briefly addressed the FBI’s reopened investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices for the first time, saying in an interview posted Wednesday that the agency does not “operate on innuendo” and emphasizing that there is no evidence that the Democratic presidential nominee violated the law.

“I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations, we don’t operate on innuendo, and we don’t operate on incomplete information, and we don’t operate on leaks,” Obama said in the interview with NowThis News, which was filmed Tuesday. “We operate based on concrete decisions that are made. When this was investigated thoroughly last time, the conclusion of the FBI, the conclusion of the Justice Department, the conclusion of repeated congressional investigations, was she had made some mistakes but that there wasn’t anything there that was prosecutable.”….

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FBI Director Comey in the end kept his word to Congress….

And that took him into a Political firestorm….

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The NY Times does an ‘inside’ story giving a view of the Director and tries to lay out how things happened in the Abedin/Weiner computer email case and The Paul Manafort Russian connection case how and why James Comey choose to go ahead and do something he promised US House Republican’s, who grilled him about the Clinton emails,( and would like nothing better than to have her charged in the case to open the Presidency for Donald Trump) that IS causing him and his agency (And the Dept of Justice heartburn) and the wrath of of the Clinton Campaign and  Democrats…..

The F.B.I. and Justice Department faced a hard decision in two investigations this past summer that had the potential to rock the presidential election. The first case involved Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and secretive business dealings in Ukraine. The second focused on Hillary Clinton’s relationships with donors to her family foundation.

At the urging of the Justice Department, the F.B.I. agreed not to issue subpoenas or take other steps that would make the cases public so close to the election, according to federal law enforcement officials.

Against this backdrop, the decision of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to send a letter to Congress last week about a renewed inquiry concerning Mrs. Clinton’s emails is not just a departure from longstanding policy; it has plunged the F.B.I. and the Justice Department directly into the election, precisely what Justice officials were trying to avoid.

Mr. Comey’s letter, which he sent over the objections of the Justice Department, stirred outrage across party lines. It unleashed a torrent of news that laid bare the government’s internal deliberations and exposed the infighting and occasional mistrust between rank-and-file F.B.I. agents and senior department officials.

Since Mr. Comey’s revelation, the F.B.I. has hurried to analyze a cache of emails belonging to one of Mrs. Clinton’s aides, Huma Abedin. It is increasingly unlikely that the review will be complete by Election Day, F.B.I. officials said, although they said there was a chance they could offer updates before Nov. 8…

Daniel C. Richman, an adviser to Mr. Comey and a Columbia University law professor, argued that despite the backlash, Mr. Comey’s decision to inform Congress preserved the F.B.I.’s independence, which will ultimately benefit the next president.

“Those arguing that the director should have remained silent until the new emails could be reviewed — even if that process lasted, or was delayed, until after the election — give too little thought to the governing that needs to happen after November,” Mr. Richman said. “If the F.B.I. director doesn’t have the credibility to keep Congress from interfering in the bureau’s work and to assure Congress that a matter has been or is being looked into, the new administration will pay a high price.”

Former senior law enforcement officials in both parties, though, say Mr. Comey’s decision to break with Justice Department guidelines caused these problems…

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This NY Times piece is an attempt to give a pushback on the negative’s thrown at Director Comey and to explain from HIS point of view why he did what he did….

The man WAS in a BAD place no matter what.

Comey has has NOT spoken publicly about this…..

Comey and Atty Gen Lynch had a meeting to discuss things today…..

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AG Lynch and Dept. Of Justice work to help Comey and the FBI recover in emails case…

After the FBI Director Comey started a political storm on Friday afternoon and took a BIG hit in the media over the weekend?

His bosses at the Justice Department have moved to provide assistance and speed up the look at the Abedin/Weiner emails that could be doubles and could number up to 650,000….

Both Lynch and Comey will find themselves dealing with a incoming Clinton Admin in less than two weeks….

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Top Justice Department officials have a new strategy for dealing with their high-wattage clash with FBI Director James Comey over disclosures about the Hillary Clinton email probe: Downplay their disagreement and concentrate instead on pushing the FBI to move quickly to analyze the newly found messages.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates are now seeking a kind of detente with the beleaguered FBI chief after the extraordinary rift between Comey and the Justice Department last week over his plans to tell Congress that unexpected new evidence was under review in the Clinton email inquiry, officials familiar with the episode said.

While Justice officials disclaimed any political motivations in their shift in strategy, the effort to put the investigation on a fast track would be a step toward meeting the demands of top Democrats and the Clinton campaign for more answers in advance of the election.
Lynch and Yates “felt they needed to make clear that they disagreed with Comey’s decision,” one top Justice official said. “But no one is dragging their feet here. The Justice Department is committed to working with the FBI to move the case forward.”

Top prosecutors have echoed that view, telling colleagues that it’s time to put their disputes with Comey in the rear-view mirror and get on with an expeditious review of thousands of emails found on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Letters the Justice Department sent to angry Democratic lawmakers Monday underscored that approach. Justice Department legislative liaison Peter Kadzik told the senators and House members that the agency “appreciates the concerns” they expressed about the impact of the disclosure on the election, but he never said explicitly that Comey had defied Lynch’s strong advice to follow the usual DOJ practice of avoiding any disclosures close to elections.

Kadzik did say that Justice is working “closely with the FBI” to pursue the inquiry “as expeditiously as possible….

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Democrats ask Comey to reveal FBI looks at Trump staff possible Russian connections…

After going thru the past weekends Media hysteria about FBI Director Comey’s letter announcing that the FBI would begin searching Hillary Clinton close aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s laptop in connection with a look at Weiner’s sexing across state lines due to State Dept. texts being on the computer?

Democrats are pushing back by demanding that the FBI Director explain why he hasn’t commented publicly about possible Russian influence in hacking Democratic emails exclusively and about ties to Russia by people who worked and supported Trump and could become conduits to Russia if Trump where to become President…

On August 30, several leading House Democrats sent their own letter to Comey citing Stone and Page. That letter also noted Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s past work for a pro-Russian party in Ukraine, as well as Trump advisor and former Defense Intelligence Agency director Gen. Michael Flynn’s attendance at a December 2015 dinner in Moscow where he sat at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

NBC reported Monday that the FBI has begun a preliminary inquiry into Manafort’s foreign business connections. CNN also reported in August the FBI is investigating the role Manafort’s lobbying firm might have played in alleged political corruption in Ukraine, where Manafort advised the ousted president Viktor Yankovych; it is not clear whether those reports describe the same investigation.

Democrats have pursued the “double standard” complaint aired by the Clinton officials today for weeks. When Comey testified at a September 28 House Judiciary Committee hearing, Democrats pressed him on his public discussion of the Clinton email case—Comey announced in July that he would recommend no charges in that inquiry, though he also criticized Clinton and her aides—while refusing to comment on whether the FBI has pursued questions about Trump’s ties with Russia.

“Has the FBI interviewed Roger Stone about his communications with Julian Assange or his knowledge of how WikiLeaks got these illegally obtained documents?” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY.) asked Comey.

“I can’t comment on that,” Comey replied.

“Mr. Stone stated that he has knowledge about upcoming leaks of additional illegally hacked documents,” Nadler stated. “Has the FBI asked him about those communications?”

“I also can’t comment on that,” Comey said. “I don’t want to confirm whether there is or is not an investigation.”

“Is there a different standard for Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump—and if not, what is the consistent standard?” Nadler asked.

“Our standard is we do not confirm or deny the existence of investigations. There is an exception for that when there is a need for the public to be reassured,” Comey said. “Our overwhelming rule is we do not comment except in certain exceptional circumstances.”

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FBI Dir Comey is the subject of an Ethic’s Complaint…

 By Dartagnan   @ Daily Kos…..

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In a terse Op-Ed published in today’s New York Times, Richard Painter, the chief White House Ethics Lawyer in the Bush Administration from 2005-2007, explains why he filed a Complaint yesterday against FBI Director James Comey with the Office Of Special Counsel, an independent Federal investigative agency which investigates possible violations of the Hatch Act (among others), and the Office of Government Ethics. In particular, Painter explains why Comey’s inexplicable actions this week may warrant prosecution for abuse of power under the Hatch Act.

I have spent much of my career working on government ethics and lawyers’ ethics, including two and a half years as the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, and I never thought that the F.B.I. could be dragged into a political circus surrounding one of its investigations. Until this week.

Painter, a former George W. Bush, Marco Rubio and John Kasich supporter, explains that had the Bureau made a similar public disclosure in connection with an investigation of ties between a certain presidential candidate and hacking of Americans’ emails by the Russian government, it would have equally constituted a breach of longstanding policy and an abuse of power. Specifically, the Hatch Act bars the use by a government official of his position to influence an election. Notably, whether one has a specific “intent” to do so is irrelevant:

The rules are violated if it is obvious that the official’s actions could influence the election, there is no other good reason for taking those actions, and the official is acting under pressure from persons who obviously do want to influence the election.

Painter recounts the known history in establishing the basis for his Complaint:

On Friday, the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, sent to members of Congress a letter updating them on developments in the agency’s investigation of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, an investigation which supposedly was closed months ago. This letter, which was quickly posted on the internet, made highly unusual public statements about an F.B.I. investigation concerning a candidate in the election. The letter was sent in violation of a longstanding Justice Department policy of not discussing specifics about pending investigations with others, including members of Congress. According to some news reports on Saturday, the letter was sent before the F.B.I. had even obtained the search warrant that it needed to look at the newly discovered emails. And it was sent days before the election, at a time when many Americans are already voting.

Violations of the Hatch Act and of government ethics rules on misuse of official positions are not permissible in any circumstances, including in the case of an executive branch official acting under pressure from politically motivated members of Congress. Such violations are of even greater concern when the agency is the F.B.I.

Painter takes pains to explain that this is not a joke…..

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FBI Director was warned his action was NOT according to regular DOJ policy…

…from the Washington Post….

Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey’s decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server was not consistent with long-standing practices of the department, according to officials familiar with the discussions.

Comey told Justice officials that he intended to inform lawmakers of newly discovered emails. These officials told him the department’s position “that we don’t comment on an ongoing investigation. And we don’t take steps that will be viewed as influencing an election,” said one Justice official who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the high-level conversations.

“Director Comey understood our position. He heard it from Justice leadership,” said the official. “It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill. He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.”

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It appears that Republican lead House hearings weighted heavily on the directors mind…..Comey DID admit that the newly found material is unkown in content…But Republicans and the Media have cast this in terms of Hillary Clinton instead of Comey’s worry about how the FBI would look if he followed regular procedure and examined the material first….

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The Media, Trump and GOPer’s are Happy with the FBI Director…It won’t save Trump…

There are MILLION’s of votes ALREADY cast in the election for President….

Democratic and Woman voters are voting against Trump in good size numbers…

Depending on whole you listen to?

There aren’t many undecided voters left…

Hillary Clinton has a 5% to 7% lead in the General Election polling…..

The new email’revalation isn’t about Hillary Clinton….

It’s about Clinton’s close assistant Huma Abedin and her estaranged husband Anthony Weiner….

If you don’t trust the Democrats, President Obama or the Clinton’s?

You are not gonna vote for Hillary Clinton…

If you DO trust Hillary or are scred shitless of Trump actually being President?

Todays story is NOT gonna stop you from voting for Hillary….

The Media is LOVING this a dn goimg bat-shit carzy because the Election story quite frankly, was getting boring…

Hillary Clinton is used to this stuff….

It just keeps coming at her…..

Over and OVER….

No wonder she is hesitant to be OPEN all the time….

Anything that even smell like her is throw out to the public as a negative…

Hillary Clinton IS gonna be President….

This stuff may casue her a 1% or 2% decline in the polling numbers..That’s All….

This story dropping now isn’t gonna change a LOT of people’s mind’s…

It is way more important to make sure Trump is sent back to his real estate business…..

Comey wrote in a letter to Congress that the newly discovered messages could be relevant to questions of whether Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was secretary of State.

The emails were not to or from Clinton, and contained information that appeared to be more of what agents had already uncovered, the official said, but in an abundance of caution, they felt they needed to further scrutinize them.

Because Comey had told Congress that the FBI had finished investigating Clinton’s server, he felt he needed to let lawmakers know that agents were looking into the case again in light of the recent discovery, the official said….

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There is NO DOUBT that James Comey , the FBI Director, and a Republican is in a bad place on this…But his action’s could be a lifeline for some Republican’s in tight races….

There also seems to be a repeated instance of ANYTHING tounched by Anthony Weiner turning to shit….

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Open Thread for July 12, 2016…Props to Loretta Lynch….

US Atty Gen Loretta Lynch went befoe the House Judiciary Committee this morning…..

She and everyone in the room KNEW she was there for one reason….

THAT WAS to extend the  Republican Committe memebers attempts to discredit Hillary Clinton….

Lynch had a rough one on this….

The ball had been held by James Comey, The FBI Director, who was trying to do as inclusive an investigation as his and Justice Dept people could….

From the start most lawyer knew there was no crimianl case involved ….But as in Benghazi…Republican’s , aided by the media HAD picked apart the case , hinting that contrary to opinions there MIGHT be a case against the former Sec of State….

Bill Chliton made thinbgs worst for Lynch by making a unannouced social visit to the AG and her husband aboard her plane in Phoenix …

That cause Lynch to first say she’s let Comey make the final call, but then later reverse that and say she’s STILL have the last word….

Comey made his call quickly after Hillary Clinton got the last interview in the case…

His presser advised that there was no recopmndation by his agents and the DOJ lawyer’s handling the case….

Comey was then calle dbefore the House committee and grilled ….

He held his own….

Today Lynch made her appearance befoe the commmittee and declined to go into the Clinton case….

It’s over…..

Good for her…..

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For those who thought Comey and Lynch where NOT aware of HOW the case was going?

….At one point, the attorney general suggested she simply didn’t have the same detailed knowledge of the probe as did Comey, who said repeatedly in recent months that he was closely monitoring the inquiry….

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