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Monday, May 28, 2018
Your Father’s FBI is now the OBAMA FBI
Hat Tip: Wendy
The following article appeared in the N.J. Herald in October of 2016
When FBI Director
James Comey announced on July 5 that the Department of Justice would
not seek the indictment of Hillary Clinton for failure to safeguard state
secrets related to her email use while she was secretary of state, he both
jumped the gun and set in motion a series of events that surely he did not
intend. Was his hand forced by the behavior of FBI agents who wouldn't take no
for an answer? Did he let the FBI become a political tool?
Obama and Comey
Here is the back
The FBI began
investigating the Clinton email scandal in the spring of 2015, when The New
York Times revealed Clinton's use of a private email address for her official
governmental work and the fact that she did not preserve the emails on State
Department servers, contrary to federal law.
After an initial
collection of evidence and a round of interviews, agents and senior managers
gathered in the summer of 2015 to discuss how to proceed. It was obvious to all
that a prima-facie case could be made for espionage, theft of government
property and obstruction of justice charges. The consensus was to proceed with
a formal criminal investigation.
Six months later, the
senior FBI agent in charge of that investigation resigned from the case and
retired from the FBI because he felt the case was going "sideways";
that's law enforcement jargon for "nowhere by design." John Giacalone
had been the chief of the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.,
field offices of the FBI and, at the time of his "sideways" comment,
was the chief of the FBI National Security Branch.
The reason for the
"sideways" comment must have been Giacalone's realization that DOJ
and FBI senior management had decided that the investigation would not work in
tandem with a federal grand jury. That is nearly fatal to any government
criminal case. In criminal cases, the FBI and the DOJ cannot issue subpoenas
for testimony or for tangible things; only grand juries can.
Giacalone knew that
without a grand jury, the FBI would be toothless, as it would have no subpoena
power. He also knew that without a grand jury, the FBI would have a hard time
persuading any federal judge to issue search warrants. A judge would perceive
the need for search warrants to be not acute in such a case because to a judge,
the absence of a grand jury can only mean a case is "sideways" and not
a serious investigation.
As the investigation
dragged on in secret and Donald Trump simultaneously began to rise in the
Republican presidential primaries, it became more apparent to Giacalone's
successors that the goal of the FBI was to exonerate Clinton, not determine
whether there was enough evidence to indict her. In late spring of this year,
agents began interviewing the Clinton inner circle.
Hillary and Comey
When Clinton herself
was interviewed on July 2 -- for only four hours, during which the
interviewers seemed to some in the bureau to lack aggression, passion and
determination -- some FBI agents privately came to the same conclusion as their
former boss: The case was going sideways.
A few determined
agents were frustrated by Clinton's professed lack of memory during her
interview and her oblique reference to a recent head injury she had suffered as
the probable cause of that. They sought to obtain her medical records to verify
the gravity of her injury and to determine whether she had been truthful with
them. They prepared the paperwork to obtain the records, only to have their
request denied by Director Comey himself on July 4.
Then some agents did
the unthinkable; they reached out to colleagues in the intelligence community
and asked them to obtain Clinton's medical records so they could show them to
Comey. We know that the National Security Agency can access anything that is
stored digitally, including medical records. These communications took place
late on July 4.
When Comey learned of
these efforts, he headed them off the next morning with his now infamous news
conference, in which he announced that Clinton would not be indicted because
the FBI had determined that her behavior, though extremely careless, was not
reckless, which is the legal standard in espionage cases. He then proceeded to
recount the evidence against her. He did this, no doubt, to head off the agents
who had sought the Clinton medical records, whom he suspected would leak
evidence against her.
Three months later --
and just weeks before Clinton will probably be elected president -- we have
learned that President Barack Obama regularly communicated with Clinton via her
personal email servers about matters that the White House considered
classified. That means that he lied when he told CBS News that he learned of
the Clinton servers when the rest of us did.
We also learned this
week that Andrew McCabe, Giacalone's successor as head of the FBI Washington
field office and presently the No. 3 person in the FBI, is married to a woman
to whom the Clinton money machine in Virginia funneled about $675,000 in lawful
campaign funds for a failed 2015 run for the Virginia Senate. Comey apparently
saw no conflict or appearance of impropriety in having the person in charge of
the Clinton investigation in such an ethically challenged space.
Why did this case go
Did President Obama
fear being a defense witness at Hillary Clinton's criminal trial? Did he so
fear being succeeded in office by Donald Trump that he ordered the FBI to
exonerate Clinton, the rule of law be damned? Did the FBI lose its reputation
for fidelity to law, bravery under stress and integrity at all times?
This is not your
grandfather's FBI -- or your father's. It is the Obama FBI.