Comey shames Republican silence on Trump's attacks against Justice Dept and Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Author: Adam Floyd Jan 05, 2018,
Jan 05, 2018, 12:28
Again allowing his frustration with the country's top law enforcement entity to show, Trump referred to it as the "Deep State Justice Dept", which he wrote "must finally act" against Abedin and "Comey & others". In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee last May, the FBI said, "Although we do not know the exact numbers, based on its investigation, the FBI believes it is reasonable to conclude that most of the emails found on Mr. Weiner's laptop computer related to the Clinton investigation occurred as a result of a backup of personal electronic devices, with a small number a result of manual forwarding by Ms. Abedin to Mr. Weiner".
The latest barb came when Trump suggested that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin should be jailed for reportedly including log-in details for government email accounts in personal emails.
He said Comey's "inner circle" had "predetermined opinions" about Clinton and Trump.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment by officials at the Clinton Foundation.
The explosive charge follows Trump's repeated attacks on the FBI and agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller on the investigation into whether there was collusion between members of his presidential campaign and a Russian election meddling operation in 2016.
It's unclear if the renewed probe into Clinton's email has any connection to Trump's Twitter demands. Saucier, though, tried to destroy evidence - which is critical evidence of bad intent that investigators found lacking in the Clinton case.More news: Website says Noles not eligible for bowl game
Last summer, Comey admitted he orchestrated the leaking of his notes - which were his work product and therefore government property - regarding conversations with Trump to the New York Times. Ethics experts said Comey's actions appeared to be legally protected, provided he did not disclose classified information.
Republicans charge that an anti-Trump bias exists in the bureau's ranks, citing the campaign donations to McCabe's wife and, more recently, the release of hundreds of text messages between FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. On the day that former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for instance, Comey posted a Bible verse about letting "justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream".
Clinton aides are not happy with the news, as Nick Merrill, Clinton's former communications director, told the Beast: "As Trump begins the new year with Steve Bannon calling his campaign treasonous and indictments and guilty pleas piling up, he resorts to diversion and distraction like clockwork, with the help of his Attorney General".
Last week the State Department released all emails from the laptop of Weiner, a former Congressman from NY.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who Trump criticized for recusing himself in the Russia probe given his own contact with Russian officials while serving as a surrogate for Trump during the campaign, has been somewhat sympathetic to GOP legislators who want matters they consider troubling to be investigated, including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia. The Justice Department's inspector general is also investigating the handling of the Clinton email investigation.