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Hillary: the FBI Versus the DOJ

There is an institutional battle going on in Washington on the very eve of the elections. The FBI, under Director Comey, is pushing back against the Department of Justice, under Attorney General Lynch. And using the media - especially Fox News - to also push back against a public lynching in the media of Director Comey. All because of his letter to Congress Committee heads, which basically re-opened the email investigation.

In fact, as Fox News and Jim Geraghty are pointing out, the FBI is now leaking that there have been multiple investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation underway for some time now at the FBI.

Attorney General Lynch has herself to blame for this dramatic power struggle and for it being litigated through the media. Or perhaps we have a reporter, Christopher Sign, to thank for this messy but increasingly transparent fight going public. When Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix earlier this year, the FBI itself ordered that reporters to put away their phones, and that there be no photos, or no pictures taken. National Security with capital letters required FBI agents to curtail the first amendment rights of the press at Phoenix? When Lynch and Bill Clinton supposedly talked about grandkids and golf??

But of course the story leaked, and the troubling undercurrents of corruption were once again shifted clearly into the view of voters. Director Comey did not want this to happen. One suspects he would have been happy proceeding with FBI investigations of the Clintons and their foundations, away from the glare of the media. But his hand was forced by Lynch's blatant disregard for ethics, an unforgivable display of partisan coziness by the nation's chief lawyer. So the drama was set in motion, like a Greek tragedy. Inexorably moving towards conflict and downfall.

Or the final act of a long-running drama was set in motion. The Clinton's and their history need not be repeated here. The list of scandals is well-known and it now includes a few more recent entries. And what the FBI seems to be suggesting is that there was plenty of reasons - Judge Napolitano's hissy fits aside - for them to finally do what they should have done last summer. Or, in fact, to publicly announce that they will continue what they have already been doing for some time. So that Weiner's laptop is just the latest piece of evidence in a series of investigations that reach beyond Hillary's private server. And involves multiple witnesses who are being interviewed multiple times.

The FBI, in other words, has let the DOJ and the rest of America know that these investigations are not going anywhere, and angry self-interested editorials in the WSJ by those on Wall Street terrified of a Trump presidency are not going to make Comey resign, or turn from his obligations as the Director of the FBI. Hillary and her circle of close aides will have to possibly face serious legal consequences. Whether she wins on November 8th or not.

Posted by AllardK at November 3, 2016 2:56 PM
Comment #409436

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke everywhere. Perhaps my Liberal Buddies feel the heat.

“The Journal reports that despite views from Department of Justice prosecutors who say the recordings as hearsay, the FBI moved forward believing these recorded conversations gave enough evidence to continue the probe.”

Posted by: Royal Flush at November 3, 2016 4:17 PM
Comment #409439

Remember when you published that link during the first primaries, saying two FBI sources told FOX an indictment was coming “any day”?

Didn’t happen.

But given the ongoing leaks and attempts by elements in the lower echelons of the FBI to influence the election in Trump’s favor, I would say Director Comey has a much bigger problem than unwise declarations. His people are out of control. They are leaking true AND false stories, and they are turning the FBI into a partisan organization.

Posted by: phx8 at November 3, 2016 5:07 PM
Comment #409442

OK phx8…you and all my Leftie Pals can relax. Sorry to disturb your Karma.

Posted by: Royal Flush at November 3, 2016 5:33 PM
Comment #409460

“they are turning the FBI into a partisan organization”

Seeing how the DOJ is used as a partisan organization, this would get quite interesting if it was true.

Posted by: kctim at November 4, 2016 9:04 AM
Comment #409528

phx 8

The message got lost or shuffled when it left WDC and landed in OR.

I would appreciate those true and false stories from Comey being documented. This will show your wisdom or lack therof.

Posted by: tom humes at November 4, 2016 10:25 PM
Comment #409530

This story has already been retracted by Bret Baier and FOX.

I’m not sure what category this falls under. The Russians have been continuing a sustained attack against the Democrats and Hillary Clinton through Wikileaks, among others.

This story, reported in the NYT based on the usual anonymous sources, claims the Russian cyber attacks published on Wikileaks are not aimed at Hillary Clinton and not intended to help Trump, but merely an attempt to disrupt the election. That is absurd. The cyber attacks were launched against the DNC and Hillary Clinton. None were aimed at Trump or the RNC. It is not merely an attempt to disrupt the election, but an obvious effort to elect Trump.

This is not without precedent. The Russians have already tried to help white nationalist movements in France (Le Pen), to influence the recent elections in Germany as well as the Brexit vote.

Posted by: phx8 at November 4, 2016 11:40 PM
Comment #409531

Here is an additional link:

WB limits links to two per comment.

Posted by: phx8 at November 4, 2016 11:41 PM
Comment #409541

Here is one that summarizes the various FBI leaks:

Clearly, the FBI has a big problem.

Posted by: phx8 at November 5, 2016 10:25 AM
Comment #409619

No charges or changes in FBI recommendations upon review of new email investigation. Just poison the well eleven days before the election and then less than two days before the election declare the well safe to drink.

This woman has had to endure an endless barrage of phony and slanderous allegations her entire career. A victory by her would be a testament to her fortitude and strength in the face of adversity.

Posted by: Rich at November 6, 2016 8:22 PM
Comment #409687

‘This woman has had to endure an endless barrage of phony and slanderous allegations her entire career’

Such as ?

Posted by: dbs at November 8, 2016 5:19 AM
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