Many Americans were stunned when then-FBI Director James Comey came before the nation and said that Former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t mean to break the law when she stored classified information on a private server; an offense that would put most people behind bars.
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.
As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.
— James Comey statement, 7/5/16
She didn’t mean it. But this is not the first time James Comey let a Clinton off the hook.
Comey signed on as deputy special counsel to the Senate Whitewater Committee. In 1996, after months of work, Comey came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement. Taken together, the interference by White House officials, which included destruction of documents, amounted to “far more than just aggressive lawyering or political naiveté,” Comey and his fellow investigators concluded. It constituted “a highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.”
— Time, 3/31/16
While BleachBit didn’t exist as well as the guts of what we now consider the Internet back in the late 90’s, we had destruction of evidence and lying and no conviction. It would appear James Comey adopted what would be a line of consistency when it came to an investigation he was involved in concerning a Clinton.
Comey parlayed the Whitewater job into top posts in Virginia and New York, returning to Manhattan in 2002 to be the top federal prosecutor there. One of his first cases as a line attorney in the same office 15 years earlier had been the successful prosecution of Marc Rich, a wealthy international financier, for tax evasion. But on his last day as President in 2001, Bill Clinton pardoned Rich. “I was stunned,” Comey later told Congress. As top U.S. prosecutor in New York in 2002, appointed by George W. Bush, Comey inherited the criminal probe into the Rich pardon and 175 others Clinton had made at the 11th hour.
Despite evidence that several pardon recipients, including Rich, had connections to donations to Bill Clinton’s presidential library and Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign, Comey found no criminal wrongdoing. He was careful not to let the investigation be used for political purposes by either party. When pressed for details in one case, he said, “I can’t really go into it because it was an investigation that didn’t result in charges. That may be a frustrating answer, but that’s the one I’m compelled to give.”
— Time, 3/31/16
Again, while the American people could clearly smell the rat, there was one person with the trap that didn’t.
And his name was James Comey, but wait: there’s more!
However, in late 2008, amid concern over potential conflicts of interest for Hillary Clinton, who was on course to become President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, the foundation launched a public database of its donors along with a rough estimate of the sums they have given.
It reveals seven foundation benefactors linked to HSBC bank accounts in Geneva, who have donated, in total, as much as $81m.
— The Guardian (UK), 2/10/15
The Clintons were raking in the cash and guess who was at the Swiss HSBC bank in 2015…?
Former US Deputy Attorney General joins HSBC Board
James Brien Comey, Jr. (52), former United States Deputy Attorney General, has been appointed a Director of HSBC Holdings plc with effect from 4 March 2013. He will be an independent non-executive Director and a member of the Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee.
— HSBC Press Release, 1/30/13
James Comey was at HSBC until September of 2013 when he became the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and we all know his story since then.
Career government officials will readily pat themselves on the back and demand WE recognize their integrity but anyone can be corrupted and civil servants in our federal government somehow always seem to end up well fed and not hurting for the rent once they either retire, resign or are forced out.
Back when Obama nominated Comey for the job in 2013, the former prosecutor reported his net worth in Senate documents during the confirmation process. His net worth came in at $11 million, a figure that likely rose almost immediately considering he was due a $3 million profit-sharing payout from his former employer, the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates, should he be confirmed to the post, CNN reported at the time. He worked as the firm’s general counsel from 2010 through early 2013 and earned some $6 million in compensation his final full year with the company, according to Open Secrets.
— Newsweek, 5/9/17
One can only imagine what a President Hillary could have gotten away with having a longtime-friendly FBI director and a Clinton Foundation run by Bill, legally cleared and unfettered.
James Comey doesn’t seem to be the kind of person one would want in honest government because the well-connected shouldn’t have a different standard of allowed behavior compared to the rest of the American people. If your last name was Clinton, James Comey appears to have been the best friend one could have and it’s clear President Trump decided to push Comey off the train and that was long overdue.