Democrats pile pressure on FBI’s Comey regarding new FBI e-mail inquiry

Democrats pile pressure on FBI’s Comey over eleventh-hour Clinton email letter

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Photo: FBI director James Comey testifies during a House judiciary committee hearing in March. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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  • Yvonne  On October 30, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Something fishy is going on here as the timing of this so called investigation is very suspect.

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 30, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Richard Wolffe wrote it up dey …

    – Hitting the nail on the head and driving home the point:

    Questionable behaviour is not the same as criminal or even impeachable conduct.

    Perhaps the pseudo-scandals say more about the Clinton haters than they do about the Clintons themselves.

    President Barack Obama has not exactly luxuriated in eight years of hate-free politics. The haters have thrown their best at him: questioning his citizenship and more ….

    The integrity and self-discipline of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, over the last eight years, has almost driven the scandal-mongers out of business.

    But then, there is the Poor Clinton’s …. Want to go dumpster diving, anybody???

  • Clyde Duncan  On October 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    IN LETTER, REID SAYS COMEY “MAY HAVE BROKEN THE LAW”

    October 30, 2016 | Press Releases

    Reid says Comey’s clear “double standard” on publicizing sensitive information violates Hatch Act prohibition against using official authority to influence elections.

    Las Vegas, NV – Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey today:

    Dear Director Comey:

    Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another. I am writing to inform you that my office has determined that these actions may violate the Hatch Act, which bars FBI officials from using their official authority to influence an election. Through your partisan actions, you may have broken the law.

    The double standard established by your actions is clear.

    In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information.

    I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.

    By contrast, as soon as you came into possession of the slightest innuendo related to Secretary Clinton, you rushed to publicize it in the most negative light possible.

    Moreover, in tarring Secretary Clinton with thin innuendo, you overruled longstanding tradition and the explicit guidance of your own Department. You rushed to take this step eleven days before a presidential election, despite the fact that for all you know, the information you possess could be entirely duplicative of the information you already examined which exonerated Secretary Clinton.

    As you know, a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on March 10, 2016, makes clear that all Justice Department employees, including you, are subject to the Hatch Act. The memo defines the political activity prohibited under the Hatch Act as “activity directed towards the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group.”

    The clear double-standard established by your actions strongly suggests that your highly selective approach to publicizing information, along with your timing, was intended for the success or failure of a partisan candidate or political group.

    Please keep in mind that I have been a supporter of yours in the past. When Republicans filibustered your nomination and delayed your confirmation longer than any previous nominee to your position, I led the fight to get you confirmed because I believed you to be a principled public servant.

    With the deepest regret, I now see that I was wrong.

    Sincerely,

    Senator Harry Reid

    rufe in the Daily Kos wrote:

    Of course the term “explosive information” means nothing at all, but we do know that there is evidence of ties between Trump and Russia because, if nothing else, Trump has sold property to Russian buyers.

    This means that James Comey now has only two possible responses to this accusation if pressed about it by the press. He can either:

    •Confirm that the Senator is right that he is aware of connections between Mr. Trump and Russia

    or

    •Say that as a federal agent, commenting on a presidential candidate’s affairs at this time would be a violation of the Hatch Act

    I suppose the Avenger at work!

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 3, 2016 at 12:39 am

    James Comey bit the hand that fed him – President Obama and the Democrats appointed him to this position ….

    Comey had no tangible or verifiable evidence to suggest that the recent discovery of emails was of any value to his investigation – they were not examined and will not be examined until after the elections are concluded.

    Tossing this innuendo out there to an intentionally misinformed electorate serves to meddle and interfere in the election process, contrary to the Hatch Act.

    Comey should be punished to make him an example and deter others of like mind.

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