Tag Archives: James Comey

Early Comey draft admits Clinton violated 18 USC § 793

Source: The Hill

“An early draft of former FBI Director James Comey’s statement closing out the Hillary Clinton email case accused the former secretary of State of having been ‘grossly negligent’ in handling classified information, newly reported memos to Congress show. The tough language was changed to the much softer accusation that Clinton had been ‘extremely careless’ in her handling of classified information when Comey announced in July 2016 there would be no charges against her. The change is significant, since federal law states that gross negligence in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines. Spokesmen for the FBI and Clinton did not immediately return phone calls or emails seeking comment.” (11/06/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/358982-early-comey-memo-accused-clinton-of-gross-negligence-on-emails

Trump calls Comey’s treatment of Clinton email probe “obviously a fix,” calls for Justice Department to investigate

Source: Business Insider

“President Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning saying the 2016 probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for her work as Secretary of State was ‘obviously a fix.’ … In a second post, Trump claimed that many people were not interviewed before Comey’s draft. He said the investigation was ‘obviously a fix’ and called on the Justice Department to investigate. On Monday, the FBI released a heavily redacted version of the letter Comey drafted before interviewing Clinton and other key witnesses in the 2016 probe, confirming earlier reports.” (10/18/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-comeys-clinton-email-probe-a-fix-justice-department-to-investigate-2017-10

FBI releases early draft of Comey’s Clinton statement

Source: CNN

“The FBI posted a document Monday that suggests former FBI Director James Comey began drafting what became his infamous July 2016 statement about Hillary Clinton’s private server months ahead of time, releasing a heavily redacted copy of the exchange. The bureau posted the document to its ‘Vault’ Freedom of Information Act reading room, titled ‘Drafts of Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01.’ The five-page document included a list of nearly 50 deleted pages and a mostly redacted email chain titled ‘Midyear Exam.'” (10/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/16/politics/comey-draft-clinton-statement/index.html

US Justice Department won’t let FBI officials speak to Senate panel

Source: Bloomberg

“The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available. But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to ‘protect the integrity’ of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller.” (09/13/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-13/justice-won-t-allow-fbi-officials-to-speak-to-senate-panel

White House spokeswoman: Justice Department “should certainly look at” prosecuting Comey

Source: Washington Post

“The Justice Department should consider prosecuting former FBI director James B. Comey for actions that ‘were improper and likely could have been illegal,’ White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. ‘I think if there’s ever a moment where we feel someone’s broken the law, particularly if they’re the head of the FBI, I think that’s something that certainly should be looked at,’ Sanders said. … Sanders ticked through a list of actions or alleged actions by Comey that she said justified his firing by Trump, in May, and some of which, she said, may be illegal.” (09/12/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/12/white-house-spokeswoman-justice-department-should-certainly-look-at-prosecuting-comey/

GOP senators: Comey drafted statement clearing Clinton before her interview

Source: Politico

“Former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement rejecting the idea of criminal charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her private email account about two months or more before Clinton was interviewed in the FBI probe, according to partial transcripts of interviews released Thursday by two Republican senators. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham said they obtained the transcripts from the Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog agency that launched an investigation into whether Comey’s actions violated a federal law against government employees engaging in political activity while on duty. … ‘Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,’ Grassley and Graham wrote as they demanded all FBI records of the drafts Comey prepared as well as other materials related to the OSC probe.” (08/31/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/31/fbi-comey-clinton-email-242213

Report: Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material

Source: The Hill

“More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents. This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.” (07/09/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/341225-comeys-private-memos-on-trump-conversations-contained-classified

Trump says he doesn’t have tapes of Comey conversations

Source: Los Angeles Times

“President Trump chose the day that secretive Senate Republicans released their much-anticipated healthcare bill to finally end some suspense of his own making: No, he hasn’t been surreptitiously recording conversations in the White House. In Twitter messages posted just before a scheduled White House news briefing Thursday, the president did not entirely rule out the possibility that recordings of his private conversations — with fired FBI Director James B. Comey or anyone else — exist. But, he wrote, ‘”I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.'” (06/22/17)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-after-building-suspense-trump-says-he-1498151087-htmlstory.html

Full text: James Comey testimony transcript on Trump and Russia

Source: Politico

[editor’s note: Instead of trying to pick a story on the topic that’s either unbiased — ha! — or matches my own biases, I’m just going to dump the actual transcript on you. I’m sure there will be plenty of commentary over the next few days. If it’s opinion you want, find it there instead of getting spoon-fed it as “news” – TLK] (06/08/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/full-text-james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239295

James Comey’s “shock and awe” testimony

Source: The Atlantic
by Amy Zegart

“Imagine that two years ago, you sequestered a jury of 12 Americans, kept them in a news-free zone, and brought them today to hear former FBI Director James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Chances are that all of them — no matter what their political beliefs — would be stunned and outraged. From the perspective of one of these Americans, Comey dropped bombshell after bombshell: The Russians are mucking around in American democratic elections, trying to change how we think, how we act, how we vote—and they will be back. The attorney general cannot be trusted to ensure impartial enforcement of the law. The president fired the FBI director and then lied about why he did it. Yet by the time Comey said these things in an open hearing, all of it was old news. It should have been more shocking than it was, but on some level, Americans were used to it.” (06/08/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/comey-testimony-fbi/529746/