How the FBI Lost its Credibility

The decision in June by FBI Director James Comey not to recommend an indictment of Hillary Clinton for the use of her private email server was a big blow for conservatives, who know that the former Secretary of State has most assuredly committed crimes involving national security.

Not only is Clinton guilty in this case, but Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch (who was appointed by President Obama) should also share prosecution for colluding with the Democratic presidential candidate.

In recent months, it’s come out that Comey has extensive connections to the Clinton Foundation through his role as a director of the Swiss banking arm of notorious money-laundering bank HSBC. HSBC was fined $1.9 billion by the U.S. government for violating regulatory acts forbidding financial institutions from conducting business with known drug smugglers or terrorist organizations in 2012.

Coincidentally, many of the Clinton Foundation’s shadiest donors also banked with HSBC, and the Foundation has long had deep ties with the firm.

Throughout the investigation, Comey stressed his “non-partisanship,” but now, that sounds like a joke, especially in light of Comey’s open testimony to the House Oversight Committee that Clinton had indeed sent classified messages and had been “extremely careless” with her emails.

The fact that Clinton’s testimony to the FBI director was not recorded and that it conducted was in the presence of two long time Clinton staffers, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, both of whom were under investigation themselves, is outrageous.

It’s now been revealed that Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment was his alone — and was against the recommendations of lower-level attorneys, agents and analysts involved in the probe at the FBI’s Counter Espionage and National Security divisions.

In fact, Comey’s decision was said to have angered the roughly 100 persons working on the case at the Bureau, with one senior official telling Fox News “It is safe to say the vast majority [of personnel] felt she should be prosecuted” and that staff “unanimously” wanted Hillary’s “security clearance yanked” at the very least.

Some said that Comey insisted that agents agree to unusual “ground rules” demanded by Clinton’s lawyers that limited the agency’s investigation.

Retired agent Dennis V. Hughes, the former chief of the agency’s computer crimes unit said, “In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews.”

Another retired agent, Michael M. Biasello, said that Comey’s accommodations of Clinton were “unprecedented …another way of saying [that] the outcome [of this investigation] was by design… Had myself or my colleagues engaged in behavior of the magnitude of Hillary Clinton, as described by Comey, we would be serving time in Leavenworth,” Biasello insisted.

Biasello said that Comey’s “cowardly” actions have “singlehandedly ruined the reputation of the [FBI].”

“The director is giving the bureau a bad rap with all the gaps in the investigation,” one anonymous agent in the Washington field office stated. “There’s a perception that the FBI has been politicized and let down the country.” Many agents agree that morale at the Bureau has sunk to new lows.

Former FBI official I.C. Smith, who worked at the FBI office in Little Rock, Arkansas as well as acting as the section chief of the National Security division, agreed. Smith investigated top Clinton donors and possible Chinese espionage. “FBI agents upset with Comey’s decision have every reason to feel that way,” he said.

“Clearly there was a different standard applied to Clinton. I have no doubt resourceful prosecutors and FBI agents could have come up with some charge that she would have been subject to prosecution. What she did is absolutely abhorrent for anyone who has access to classified information.”

Smith further claimed that “It would be interesting to see what the results would be if those involved with the investigation were questioned under oath.”

For his part, Comey tried to rub the blame off on the agents beneath him, saying that “if I blew it, they blew it, too.” But it was Comey who handed out “get-out-of-jail” immunity passes to Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson and Bryan Pagliano as well as to State Department Office of Information Resources Management Director John Bentel and Platte River Networks IT consultant Paul Combetta.

Comey also mandated that as many as 25 agents who worked on the case sign nondisclosure agreements.

In light of these revelations, Congress should appoint a special prosecutor to look into Comey’s actions regarding this case at the Bureau.

Loretta Lynch also deserves prosecution for her meeting and collusion with former President Bill Clinton on the tarmac at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International airport 10 days before Lynch announced she would not be indicting Hillary Clinton based on the recommendations of Comey.

Many people have said this is an obvious case of either bribery or blackmail, and that it’s a scandal in itself that the husband of a person under major investigation by the Justice Department met personally with Lynch at all.

Is it a coincidence that Lynch is the second Attorney General under Obama to get caught up in a prosecution-worthy scandal, after his first Attorney General, Eric Holder, resigned in disgrace under pressure regarding his role in the Fast and Furious gunrunning affair?

This pattern of criminal conduct amongst the nation’s top justice officials proves that Obama has a clear agenda that is in line with protecting his party’s presidential nominee at all costs.

It should also be clear that the Clintons have virtually dictatorial power over their party and over government officials connected to it. They will go to any lengths to preserve and extend that power, including obtaining a second stay in the White House (and virtual third presidential term) for Bill Clinton.

Had this case been about Republicans, it’s almost a certainty that a special prosecutor would have guaranteed jail time for all of those involved. Cries of jail for Hillary should be joined by those for jail for Comey, Lynch, Obama and Bill Clinton himself.

~American Liberty Report

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