There has been quite a bit of criticism of FBI Director James Comey since he essentially closed the book on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Comey took no questions after his statement when he said there would be no indictment of Hillary Clinton and has not spoken with the press since.
Comey has however, been selecting releasing tidbits of information that appear to be an attempt at covering his own rear end. Whether or not there there was some pressure brought on him not to indict is not known. If there was, then he should have resigned. That said, the release of these documents and interviews over time doesn’t give a very clear picture of what happened. All it does is raise more questions and Comey should have thought to deal with that some time ago, not three weeks before an election.
Worse yet, The Daily Caller has spoken with FBI agents who say Comey basically got in the way and didn’t handle Hillary’s case the way a real investigator should do so:
FBI agents say the bureau is alarmed over Director James Comey’s decision to not suggest that the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information.
According to an interview transcript given to The Daily Caller, provided by an intermediary who spoke to two federal agents with the bureau last Friday, agents are frustrated by Comey’s leadership.
“This is a textbook case where a grand jury should have been convened, but was not. That is appalling,” an FBI special agent who has worked public corruption and criminal cases said of the decision. “We talk about it in the office and don’t know how Comey can keep going.”
The agent was also surprised that the bureau did not bother to search Clinton’s house during the investigation.
“We didn’t search their house. We always search the house. The search should not just have been for private electronics, which contained classified material, but even for printouts of such material,” he said.
“There should have been a complete search of their residence,” the agent pointed out. “That the FBI did not seize devices is unbelievable. The FBI even seizes devices that have been set on fire.”
Another special agent for the bureau who worked counter-terrorism and criminal cases said he is offended by Comey’s saying: “we” and “I’ve been an investigator.”
The question is whether or not this gets worse. It’s possible:
According to Washington D.C. attorney Joe DiGenova, more FBI agents will be talking about the problems at bureau and specifically the handling of the Clinton case by Comey when Congress comes back into session and decides to force them to testify by subpoena.
There are plenty of people who believe there was immense political pressure brought down on Comey not to submit this to a US Attorney to take to a grand jury. Whether that is true or not, remains to be seen.