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It gets Worst…Trump Asked Comey to End Flynn Probe…

Yes….It IS  gonna get worst FOR SURE…

First the Loyality question…

Now the ask to shit can an investigation ?

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.

The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey. Such documents, Mr. Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the F.B.I.

 Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. It was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.

Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of it to a Times reporter…..

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Politico…Trump stewed over Comey for a week before axing him…

Politico on process piece reports that Trump was mad at Comey being the center of attention probing the Russian connections around him and contrary to the statement given for the dismissal?

Trump was annoyed because with Hillary Clinton finding her voice recently?….Comey was too SOFT on her….In the end?…Comey got involved  WAY above HIS pay grade…

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The piece linked below conforms the Trump operating style of keeping things close inside and just dropping his actions on staff with no warning….

It appears that Comey thought that the 10 year term in office thing gave him cover…In the end?…Comey got involved  WAY above HIS pay grade…

President’s have the right to terminate ANYONE in the executive branch ‘at will’….

Even the FBI Director needs to get along with their President….

Politics comes with the job…Don’t let anybody tell ya different…

By ousting the FBI director investigating his campaign and associates, Trump may have added more fuel to the fire he is furiously trying to contain — and he was quickly criticized by a chorus of Republicans and Democrats. “The timing of this firing was very troubling,” said Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican.

Trump had grown angry with the Russia investigation — particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign — and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

Bipartisan criticism of Comey had mounted since last summer after the director delivered lengthy statement outlining why no charges would be brought against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.

But the fallout seemed to take the White House by surprise. Trump made a round of calls around 5 p.m., asking for support from senators. White House officials believed it would be a “win-win” because Republicans and Democrats alike have problems with the FBI director, one person briefed on their deliberations said.

Instead, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told him he was making a big mistake — and Trump seemed “taken aback,” according to a person familiar with the call.

By Tuesday evening, the president was watching the coverage of his decision and frustrated no one was on TV defending him, a White House official said. He wanted surrogates out there beating the drum…..

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Breaking! Trump has Fired FBI DIR COMEY….

The White  House has announced that Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey….

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The reasoning for the action should be forthcoming

This is developing story that is sure to be YUGE…

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The Democratic view ….

Democrats think now-fired FBI Director James Comey cost them the presidential election. But hardly any Democrats in Congress are celebrating the fact that he’s gone.

Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia to try to help Trump win the election in 2016. For all of Comey’s sins in the eyes of Democrats — re-upping Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the presidential election, not announcing the FBI’s investigation into Trump earlier — he was the best FBI director they were going to get in the Trump administration.

And by “best,” we mean most apolitical. As my colleague Aaron Blake wrote this week, Comey had a reputation as an aggressively apolitical public servant who, yes, sometimes made mistakes that upset the politicians (and potentially had massive political repercussions).

Lawmakers react after President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on May 9.(Victoria Walker/The Washington Post)

That reputation was fraying during the campaign, but it got absolutely shredded Tuesday when we learned that Comey told Congress it found “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton emails on the computer of disgraced sexting congressman (and ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner. Turns out there were just several.

It was the excuse Trump was looking for to fire Comey. And Democrats, as much as they probably would have liked to fire Comey, too, know they just lost one of their best chances for an apolitical investigation into Trump-Russia connections. Whomever Trump nominates only has to clear a majority vote in the Senate (as opposed to a 60-vote filibuster that until 2013 was the norm for these kinds of positions). Republicans have a slim majority and could conceivably approve a Trump nominee over every single Senate Democrat’s objections…..

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….from Chris  Clizza

Citing the Comey July 6 Clinton presser to explain the firing is something no novelist could write

…..from. Jim Sciutto

“This is an investigator investigating the White House and he has just been fired by the White House” @JeffreyToobin just now #COMEY

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Schumer…

Schumer: Only way American people can have faith in investigation is if it’s led by independent special prosecutor

Jim Sciutto

Just in: Comey learned he was fired from TV news as he was addressing workforce at LA FBI field office -@PamelaBrownCNN & @Rene_MarshCNN

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FBI Director got it wrong on Huma Abedin’s laptop….

FBI Director said out loud that Clinton close aide Huma Abedin based on ‘hundreds  and  thousands’ of messages to her husband on his laptop….Some of the message where said to contain ‘classified’  files….

There is now a report that his comment was not true….

The FBI agents who did the probe  did NOT see what Comey said happened…

Now what?

(Republicans have been suggesting Abedin be further investigated…Comey has closed the case out…)

FBI director James Comey generated national headlines last week with his dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, explaining his “incredibly painful” decision to go public about the Hillary Clinton emails found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.

Perhaps Comey’s most surprising revelation was that Huma Abedin — Weiner’s wife and a top Clinton deputy — had made “a regular practice” of forwarding “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton messages to her husband, “some of which contain classified information.” Comey testified that Abedin had done this so that the disgraced former congressman could print them out for her boss. (Weiner’s laptop was seized after he came under criminal investigation for sex crimes, following a media report about his online relationship with a teenager.)

The New York Post plastered its story on the front page with a photo of an underwear-clad Weiner and the headline: “HARD COPY: Huma sent Weiner classified Hillary emails to print out.” The Daily News went with a similar front-page screamer: “HUMA ERROR: Sent classified emails to sext maniac Weiner.”

The problem: Much of what Comey said about this was inaccurate. Now the FBI is trying to figure out what to do about it….

According to two sources familiar with the matter — including one in law enforcement — Abedin forwarded only a handful of Clinton emails to her husband for printing — not the “hundreds and thousands” cited by Comey. It does not appear Abedin made “a regular practice” of doing so. Other officials said it was likely that most of the emails got onto the computer as a result of backups of her Blackberry….

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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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