WASHINGTON D.C. – The Department of Justice has opened another investigation into FBI’s former director, James Comey, regarding whether he leaked classified information to reporters.
The DOJ could decide to aggressively pursue the case, but DOJ former attorney Brian Fleming told the NY Times that to do so may not be lucrative.
“Leak cases are incredibly difficult to prosecute,” he said. “They are very challenging to present to a jury both as an evidentiary matter and in terms of presenting a compelling, coherent narrative. That is a big reason so few leak cases get charged and even fewer ever go to trial.”
This is the second time Comey has been a target in a leak investigation. The allegations, however, are said to be several years old- from 2016.
Sources say that the investigation will focus on two articles, published in 2017 by the Times and The Washington Post. The articles include information which were only found on the classified Russian government document.
This document allegedly was a big part of the reason that no charges were brought against Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email to send classified documents.
This new investigation reportedly began in the past few months, although reasoning for the initiation as well as how far into the investigation authorities have gotten is unknown.
Mainstream media is questioning the timing of the probe: Vanity Fair Hive said that “as the continued ‘lock her up’ chants at his rallies suggest, Trump’s desire to see his enemies thrown in prison knows no time limit.”
The online publication is referring, of course, to Hillary Clinton and the ending investigation against her.
Vanity Fair Hive also ran another story earlier this week titled:
“Surprise, surprise: The DOJ Hillary Clinton Investigation has Been a Bust.”
Of course it has: She kills everyone who could say anything against her. (Editor note: This is simply the opinion of the author. And about 50% of America. But still – legally it hasn’t been proven. Probably because everyone is afraid of ending up dead.)
The document in question was obtained by Dutch intelligence hackers and subsequently handed over to the FBI.
It allegedly contains email conversations between Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Leonard Bernardo. At the time, Schultz was the Democratic National Committee chairperson. Bernardo was an official with Open Society Foundations, a George Soros run philanthropic organization.
In the document, it’s said that Schultz suggested that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would “make sure” charges would not be brought against Hillary Clinton.
It’s said that Comey announced Clinton was in the clear on his own and without authorization in order to avoid said document being leaked.
In the announcement, Comey said:
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information [with Clinton], our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Comey’s actions were declared insubordinate, inappropriate, and in violation of FBI policy.
In his book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey defended his actions.
He said that “unverified” information “would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence in connection with the Clinton investigation.”
Lynch responded to the claims in a statement released April of 2018, saying she never coordinated with the democrats.
Schultz and Bernardo have both denied ever having been in contact, which brings the validity of the document into question.
Clinton has blamed Comey for her loss of the 2016 election, as he reopened the case of the allegations against her weeks prior to the election, even though he closed the case again citing “no changes to the FBI’s opinion” a couple of days before the vote.
Yeah, that’s why you lost, Hillary.
I can’t believe Comey hasn’t been “suicided” yet.
In the first case against Comey, it was said that he handed memos over to his friend and advisor, Daniel Richman in a way that wasn’t conducive to handling sensitive materials.
An 83-page report in August said that Comey did, in fact, violate FBI policy.
The report said Comey:
“…violated Department or FBI policy, or the terms of Comey’s FBI Employment Agreement. As described in [the] report, we conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.”
However, the report also said that there was “no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the Memos to members of the media.”
The case concluded that Comey:
“…failed to live up to this responsibility. By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees — and the many thousands more former FBI employees — who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information.”
No charges were brought against Comey at that time.
Non-partisan attorney Mark Zaid said on Twitter:
I've handled numerous classified leak cases. Candidly there's many legitimate reasons why investigation could be kicked off years after disclosure.
That said, given this topic & subject alone should raise suspicions (or at least eyebrows) to any reasonable person. https://t.co/FPgd3JZFyu
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) January 16, 2020
“I’ve handled numerous classified leak cases. Candidly there’s many legitimate reasons why investigation could be kicked off years after disclosure. That said, given this topic & subject alone should raise suspicions (or at least eyebrows) to any reasonable person.”
Let’s see what round 2 brings.
In the meantime, another 37 pages of classified Clinton emails just magically surfaced.
A new investigation is being called for regarding Hillary Clinton and her use of unsecured email servers to send sensitive and classified information.
During her political endeavors as the Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, there was severe scrutiny over the use of Clinton’s private email server to transmit over 62,000 email communications.
While slightly over half of them were reportedly produced by Clinton in December of 2014, Judicial Watch has managed to make public an additional 37 pages of Clinton emails never before seen. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, the group has published the emails for everyone to view online.
We’re roughly three years past the humiliating defeat of Clinton by President Trump during the 2016 election cycle, but the public has still never seen what ever happened to the 30,000 other emails from Clinton’s private server.
However, the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch revealed this past Friday that the FBI produced 37 new pages of Clinton emails. This latest revelation once again cements that Clinton grossly mishandled classified information and used text messages for official business as well.
According to the press release by the group on Friday, they stated:
“Judicial Watch today released 37 pages of new Clinton emails recently found by the FBI that show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her unsecure, non-government email to transmit classified information. The new emails also show Clinton used text messages for government business.”
What is curious about the latest discovery is that no one is claiming exactly how these emails were located. Keep in mind that the State Department claimed that all the emails were turned over in late 2014, then found more in 2018 and said that was the last of what remained.
Then in early 2019 they found some more emails and claimed that those were all they could find. Now, these November 2019 discoveries made public last week are of course these are last ones, they promise.
Judicial Watch’s statement speculated on the odd circumstances of the discovery:
“The State Department did not provide information about where the emails were found; why they were not previously produced; or if additional records are anticipated.”
The 37 pages of new emails published online were thanks to litigation against the State Department lead by Judicial Watch. They levied the Freedom of Information Act as a means to compel the data be released, as the group has been working to create more government transparency for years.
In the latest batch of emails, it shows that Clinton had used her private server to communicate with officials like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. There’s also correspondence between Clinton and then-Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, where emails between them showed Feltman trying to arrange a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in 2011.
There were also emails with Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin about “text messages” and arranging travel for her “confidential assistant” Monica Hanley to “the Hamptons” to help her get organized. This is the same Hanley who was detailed to have mishandled or misplaced sensitive government information as well.
Several of the emails that were released did contain then-classified information, including the one to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The president of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, stated that the latest batch of emails demands a new investigation into Clinton. Fitton summarized that these emails provide irrefutable evidence that Clinton regularly exchanged classified information on her private server.
“Magically, after years, the FBI finds more Clinton emails that show Clinton used text messages for government work, not to mention the continuing flow of classified information transmitted over her unsecure email system. These documents further underscore the need for a fresh, unbiased and thorough criminal investigation into Clinton’s blatant malfeasance – and the related DOJ, FBI, and State Department cover-up.”
Quite frankly, no one is “above the law”, and in order to restore confidence from the public regarding the judicial system then we need to hold even the highest echelon accountable. Due to the perception of a two-tiered legal system, public trust has been wavering when acknowledging the courts, and the only way to fix it is with Clinton donning a pair of handcuffs.