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Washington - Democrats Blast FBI Director After Probe Revelation

Published on: March 20, 2017 09:32 PM
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FBI Director James Comey prior to testifying before the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 20 March 2017.  EPA/SHAWN THEWFBI Director James Comey prior to testifying before the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 20 March 2017.  EPA/SHAWN THEW

Washington - FBI Director James Comey’s testimony Monday that the bureau has been quietly investigating possible links between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian officials since the summer enraged Democrats who already blame him for rattling the 2016 campaign’s closing days.

For the first time, Comey confirmed that the FBI had opened a probe into the Trump campaign in July, the same month he called an unusual news conference to announce the agency had finished its investigation into whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information — and three months before he scrambled the White House race a second time by announcing that the Clinton probe was continuing just days before the election.

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The revelation drew the ire of Clinton supporters who called out an apparent double-standard and a breach of bureau norms that caused their nominee’s surprising defeat.

Clinton’s former press secretary, Brian Fallon, bitterly noted that “Comey at least waited until after the election to confirm there was an investigation related to Trump’s campaign.”

“In Hillary Clinton’s case, the FBI confirmed the fact of an investigation into her emails during the heart of the campaign, creating a damaging cloud even though the probe never produced charges of any kind,” Fallon said in an email Monday. “It is fair to ask why Jim Comey confirmed one investigation prior to the election, but not the other.”

The FBI and Justice Department do not ordinarily discuss open investigations. But Comey said Monday that he has been authorized to do so, given the extreme public interest in the Trump-Russia case.

“As you know, our practice is not to confirm the existence of ongoing investigations, especially those investigations that involve classified matters, but in unusual circumstances where it is in the public interest, it may be appropriate to do so as Justice Department policies recognize. This is one of those circumstances,” Comey told the House intelligence committee.

Comey’s televised news conference in July to discuss the results of the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use came only after the FBI was recommending that it be closed without criminal charges. It was a rare display of openness; normally the FBI would privately relay that information to Justice Department prosecutors. Comey said intense public interest in the case warranted the rare candor.

Later, Comey testified about the case before Congress, promising to come forward if investigators uncovered new information that caused them to reopen their probe into Clinton’s emails. Given that testimony under oath, Comey said he felt obligated to tell Congress just weeks before the election that new emails had prompted investigators to take another look at whether classified information had been mishandled.

Comey sent the October 28 letter to Congress over the warnings of Justice Department officials that doing so would be inconsistent with department policy meant to avoid the appearance of prosecutorial interference or meddling in elections.

Investigators found emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. In a second letter dated November 5, Comey said the new material did not change the FBI’s decision to not recommend charges against Clinton — but Democrats believe that re-airing the scandal days before most voters went to the polling booths hurt their candidate.

“Doing some jobs right requires being in the news every day, becoming a household name, enraging everyone,” tweeted longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Monday. “FBI Director isn’t one of them.”

The congressional hearings were the most extensive public accounting of a matter that has dogged the Trump administration for its first two month. The president has repeatedly denied any ties to Russia though several aides have come under scrutiny and his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned after initially lying about his contacts with a Russian ambassador.

Comey said Monday that Russia “hates” Clinton and wanted her to lose the election; he added that officials believe both political parties were hacked in 2016, but only Democratic emails were released.

Stephen Gillers, a professor at New York University School of Law who specializes in legal ethics, said Comey would have been justified in simply announcing that the bureau’s Clinton email probe was closed, rather than going further to criticize her sloppy work habits. But he should not have spoken publicly about either case.

“He should not have talked about Hillary and he should not have talked about the Russia connection. He has no public persona,” Gillers said. “It’s just not a cop’s job to do that. A prosecutor might in very rare circumstances comment about certain aspects of an ongoing investigation, but he’s not a prosecutor.”



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 Mar 20, 2017 at 10:31 PM yonasonw Says:

Lock Him Up...I wonder how it feels to the Fuhrer and all his VIN acolytes now that the shoe is on the other foot. This could be treason.

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 10:37 PM ubgeriser Says:

You Libs have to decide once and for all do you like Comey or hate him. Don't change your minds hourly

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 10:44 PM No dems Says:

Loser dems can all go light your hair on fire.
Hillary lost fair and square, after 8 years of radical leftist Americans didn't want another one. And Hillary a liar you should be locked up!
Now let's bring jobs back, cut back all liberal wacky stuff, cut the EPA global warming is a hoax.
Let's destroy ISIS.
And obama and Hillary the ones letting Russia have everything they wanted.

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 Mar 20, 2017 at 11:21 PM Teddybear Says:

All u DemocRATS u could all go fly a kite and stop your BS , she lost cuz she is a crook and no policies just continue Obama disaster
Stop crying and whining

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 08:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
yonasonw Says:

Lock Him Up...I wonder how it feels to the Fuhrer and all his VIN acolytes now that the shoe is on the other foot. This could be treason.

The shoe is in your mouth, If talking to Russian diplomats amounts to treason than all previous presidents should have been charged with treason, But for leftists like you who suffer from brain corrosion damaged by global warming garbage this is too much to understand.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 09:18 AM Teddybear Says:

All u DemocRATS u could all go fly a kite and stop your BS , she lost cuz she is a crook and no policies just continue Obama disaster
Stop crying and whining

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 09:46 AM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

The shoe is in your mouth, If talking to Russian diplomats amounts to treason than all previous presidents should have been charged with treason, But for leftists like you who suffer from brain corrosion damaged by global warming garbage this is too much to understand.

I'm saving your comment as an MSWord document...and will present it next week in a legal writing class I teach to law enforcement attorneys, as a prototypical example of ad hominem name calling that lacks substantive content. I'd debate you any time.

Truth is, after 60 days your hero has got himself into a situation where more and more people and institutions which matter, Republicans among them, are outing him as an evil, lying buffoon.

But like Socialist Workers, Communists, Sandinistas and Nazis, fools like you mindlessly slobber up your Leader's Kool-Aid. You're all alike, and a just society needs none of you.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 10:29 AM qazxc Says:

Sad to see how many yiddin self identify as followers of any particular political movement as if any of them is based on torah.

Sadder yet how many seem unable to get passed insults and labels instead of discussing or debating the merits of each side's position on individual issues.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
yonasonw Says:

I'm saving your comment as an MSWord document...and will present it next week in a legal writing class I teach to law enforcement attorneys, as a prototypical example of ad hominem name calling that lacks substantive content. I'd debate you any time.

Truth is, after 60 days your hero has got himself into a situation where more and more people and institutions which matter, Republicans among them, are outing him as an evil, lying buffoon.

But like Socialist Workers, Communists, Sandinistas and Nazis, fools like you mindlessly slobber up your Leader's Kool-Aid. You're all alike, and a just society needs none of you.

No wonder with phoney lefties like you our society has eroded so much. And you teach law enforcement? Shame on you.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 01:52 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #8  
qazxc Says:

Sad to see how many yiddin self identify as followers of any particular political movement as if any of them is based on torah.

Sadder yet how many seem unable to get passed insults and labels instead of discussing or debating the merits of each side's position on individual issues.

I heard a Rav say once, asserting of the need for mental health professionals in addition to one having a Rebbe, that "...if you take a neurotic and socially violent kid off the street and give him a yarmulke, Shabbos and Tefillin...what you get is a neurotic and socially violent kid with a yarmulke, Shabbos and Tefillin..."

Ideological populism is a demonstrative evil, be it Communist left or fascistic right...and I argue that an ideological right wing populist who wears a yarmulke and identifies as frum is no better than a frei Jew who identifies as a Communist leftist. Both need to be opposed...with vigor.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 01:55 PM yonasonw Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

No wonder with phoney lefties like you our society has eroded so much. And you teach law enforcement? Shame on you.

I AM real law enforcement...neither right nor left...and trained well enough to identify people with probable anger management issues. We screen them out of our academies.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 03:29 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

No wonder with phoney lefties like you our society has eroded so much. And you teach law enforcement? Shame on you.

Don't worry about lefties because antisemits hate "lefty" ansd "true conservative "Jews alike. No difference and Donald ducky's alter ego is an admirer of antisemities

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 03:45 PM Tsfat-Breslover-Kotzker Says:

Reply to #11  
yonasonw Says:

I AM real law enforcement...neither right nor left...and trained well enough to identify people with probable anger management issues. We screen them out of our academies.

You claim to be teaching "law enforcement attorneys". Could you define the term "law enforcement attorney"? The term didn't bring any search results. So I am curious about this profession.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 03:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
yonasonw Says:

I AM real law enforcement...neither right nor left...and trained well enough to identify people with probable anger management issues. We screen them out of our academies.

No wonder you agree with every single word the raging maniac Hasnowflake (Hashomer) screams about. Where is law enforcement skills? Though so. None. And I have a bridge to sell you.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 06:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
yonasonw Says:

I'm saving your comment as an MSWord document...and will present it next week in a legal writing class I teach to law enforcement attorneys, as a prototypical example of ad hominem name calling that lacks substantive content. I'd debate you any time.

Truth is, after 60 days your hero has got himself into a situation where more and more people and institutions which matter, Republicans among them, are outing him as an evil, lying buffoon.

But like Socialist Workers, Communists, Sandinistas and Nazis, fools like you mindlessly slobber up your Leader's Kool-Aid. You're all alike, and a just society needs none of you.

What a super hypocrite you are, In the first paragraph you attack me for ad hominem name calling and then you turn around in the third paragraph you call all those who didn't vote for your Messiah the worst names in the book, I guess all the liberals are the same.
You teach Law enforcement attorneys? My foot !! from your postings here you seem like you teach kindergarten.

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 Mar 21, 2017 at 06:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
yonasonw Says:

I heard a Rav say once, asserting of the need for mental health professionals in addition to one having a Rebbe, that "...if you take a neurotic and socially violent kid off the street and give him a yarmulke, Shabbos and Tefillin...what you get is a neurotic and socially violent kid with a yarmulke, Shabbos and Tefillin..."

Ideological populism is a demonstrative evil, be it Communist left or fascistic right...and I argue that an ideological right wing populist who wears a yarmulke and identifies as frum is no better than a frei Jew who identifies as a Communist leftist. Both need to be opposed...with vigor.

In your second paragraph you describe the Obama administration and today's Democrat party which has become the fascist left.

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 Mar 22, 2017 at 10:49 AM TrumpiSprez Says:

Reply to #7  
yonasonw Says:

I'm saving your comment as an MSWord document...and will present it next week in a legal writing class I teach to law enforcement attorneys, as a prototypical example of ad hominem name calling that lacks substantive content. I'd debate you any time.

Truth is, after 60 days your hero has got himself into a situation where more and more people and institutions which matter, Republicans among them, are outing him as an evil, lying buffoon.

But like Socialist Workers, Communists, Sandinistas and Nazis, fools like you mindlessly slobber up your Leader's Kool-Aid. You're all alike, and a just society needs none of you.

Socialist workers ? You mean like Bernie?

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 Mar 22, 2017 at 10:52 AM TrumpISprez Says:

Reply to #10  
yonasonw Says:

I heard a Rav say once, asserting of the need for mental health professionals in addition to one having a Rebbe, that "...if you take a neurotic and socially violent kid off the street and give him a yarmulke, Shabbos and Tefillin...what you get is a neurotic and socially violent kid with a yarmulke, Shabbos and Tefillin..."

Ideological populism is a demonstrative evil, be it Communist left or fascistic right...and I argue that an ideological right wing populist who wears a yarmulke and identifies as frum is no better than a frei Jew who identifies as a Communist leftist. Both need to be opposed...with vigor.

"Ideological populism is a demonstrative evil". Is that so? I respectfully disagree. As long as populsim is considerate of all that follow the law and don't try to hurt us its a great path.

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 Mar 22, 2017 at 10:54 AM TrumpISprez Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

Don't worry about lefties because antisemits hate "lefty" ansd "true conservative "Jews alike. No difference and Donald ducky's alter ego is an admirer of antisemities

Right wing anti semites hate lefties and conservative jews. But right wing white supremicists are not anti semties.

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