Obama AG Eric Holder: FBI’s Comey ‘Broke’ Fundamental Principles, Hurt ‘Public Trust ‘In FBI

 

Taking back his statement, fast and furiously.

Via CNS:

In the May 9 Department of Justice (DOJ) memo detailing the major reasons for recommending the removal of FBI Director James Comey, Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder is quoted as saying that Comey’s actions concerning the Hillary Clinton email investigation “violated long-standing Justice Department policies and traditions,” broke “fundamental principles” at DOJ, and undercut the “public trust” in the DOJ and the FBI.

Holder served as attorney general under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2015. He was deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001. Holder is a long-time Democrat and known to be politically liberal.

In the May 9 memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizes Comey’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails in July 2016, when Clinton was then running for president.

Comey had held a press conference on July 5, where he explained the many national security failures made by Clinton and her team but also announced that he would not recommend a legal prosecution of Clinton. Comey’s public statements, the presss conference, and related actions, said Rosenstein, “I cannot defend.”

Rosenstein also wrote, “I do not understand his [Comey’s] refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”

In the letter, Rosenstein quotes several former deputy attorneys general and attorneys general critical of Comey’s behavior. In addition to citing people who worked for Presidents Ford, Clinton, and Bush, Rosenstein quotes Holder.

 

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Greg Gutfeld on Comey Firing Fallout

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In his monologue on “The Five” tonight, Greg Gutfeld reacted to the fallout after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

He said that Trump has again “flipped the script,” pointing to Democrat lawmakers who have totally changed their tunes on Comey.

Instead of criticizing Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and calling for his resignation, Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. Tim Kaine are now calling Trump un-American and authoritarian for firing the FBI director.

“So, Trump does what they asked for and now they hate it,” Gutfeld said. “They damned Comey. And out of bipartisan benevolence, Trump grants them their wish, which is why their stuttering outrage over his firing makes them look two-faced.”

As for the firing itself, Gutfeld said the act was defensible, but Trump’s execution was flawed.

“He could have let him go in August, when half the media are drunk, picking sand from their navel. No one would have noticed. He could have done it professionally, instead of shooting him in the public square,” Gutfeld said. “But expecting Donald Trump to stick to formalities is like expecting a dog to meow or a cat to bark or Chris Matthews to make sense.”

He said the fact of the matter is that there’s no downtime in the Trump administration.

“Imagine if the movie ‘Jaws’ only had shark attacks. No character development, just characters being eaten. That’s this White House. There’s no off switch,” Gutfeld said. “He’s our ‘Spinal Tap’ president, where everything is always set to 11.”

“But maybe one day he might realize you can’t be on DEFCON 5 all the time. Of course, that’ll be when he invents DEFCON 6.”

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I don’t believe I’ve EVER watched a YouTube Video, or for that matter any VIDEO and wished it would never stop like this! SATISFYING is not the word that I would use! Simply BREATHTAKING!!!……Papa Mike


Have you ever seen something that makes your skin tingle and for some unknown reason provides you with a sense of unbridled peace and happiness? Gears working in perfect synchronization, a cake frosted with absolute precision, marbles rolling so smoothly it hurts. Something that is just…satisfying?

 

Democrats Talk Of An ‘Impeachment Clock’ For Trump

 

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Democratic leaders aren’t calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

But they’re getting closer.

To one Democratic congressman, the president’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey reminded him of the “doomsday clock,” a symbol that warns about the likelihood of nuclear war.

We should maybe have an impeachment clock,” Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said on Wednesday. “And if we did, I think yesterday moved us about an hour closer to having that need.”

Pocan said he had thought Democrats in the House of Representatives needed to use the threat of impeachment as a “tool” to make the administration follow the law.

“I would argue this has got to still be on the table as an option, especially if, indeed, there was obstruction of justice by the firing of the FBI director,” said Pocan, first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 

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DEMOCRATS ONCE BLAMED COMEY; NOW THEY’R E DEFENDING HIM!

President Trump’s seemingly abrupt decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey was made at the recommendation of top Justice Department officials who claimed that his controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email case last year rendered him unfit for the position.

President Trump’s seemingly abrupt decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey was made at the recommendation of top Justice Department officials who claimed that his controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email case last year rendered him unfit for the position.


A senior White House official told Fox News it was purely “coincidental” that the firing occurred on the same day Comey faced scrutiny for giving faulty testimony about emails sent from Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Anthony Weiner.

Rather, Comey had been the subject of a review by the very top of the Trump Justice Department. Newly confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein penned an extensive memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlining concerns with Comey’s conduct during and after the Clinton email probe.

The memo said “almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes.” Rosenstein wrote that he could not defend Comey’s handling of the end of the investigation, and could not understand “his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”

The first count against Comey, according to Rosenstein, was his July 5, 2016 announcement during which he alleged Clinton and her colleagues were “extremely careless” in handling classified material on her personal email and server but also said the FBI would not recommend charges.

The memo said Comey was “wrong to usurp” then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s authority.

“It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” Rosenstein wrote, adding that Comey “at most” should have said the FBI had finished its investigation and presented findings to prosecutors.

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Dem Rep. Maxine Waters Smears AG Sessions As A Racist, “A Throwback To The Days Of Jim Crow”…

 

Hey Maxine, below is a link to an article YOU and others in your own party really needs to read! Here’s just a snippet of this GREAT article that each and every person of color ( I was just going to say Black person, but WHITE people dont know whats the right way to describe you without being called RACIST! )…….Papa Mike

Hatred of America and contempt for its guardians among the police and the military is the social gospel of the left. For nearly half a century this hatred has been the unwavering theme of the “progressive” movement in our universities and our streets and in the Democratic Party; its practical agendas are the destruction of the culture of individual liberty and accountability at home, and America’s retreat abroad. This is what Republicans and all Americans, black and white, should be concerned about and what they should be joining forces to defeat”.

 

Another Day, Another New Low For Maxine.

Via NTK:

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) tossed baseless accusastions at the Trump administration Monday in an appearance on The Washington Post podcast “Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart.”

Here are the lowlights:

* Waters described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a “throwback to the days of Jim Crow,” equating Sessions with the era of segregation. “I think [Sessions] is a racist and I think he absolutely believes it’s his job to keep minorities in their place.” She added that Sessions would like to go back to the days of segregation. (9:30 – 12:00)

* As evidence of Sessions’ racism, Waters cited an instance where girls in traditional southern dresses greeted Trump and Sessions during the transition period. Waters’ implication was that Sessions and Trump enjoyed the clothing because it reminded them of slavery. The group, “The Azalea Trail Maids,” wears colorful traditional dresses to events. (13:50)

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Why Comey Was Fired: DOJ Tips Handling of Clinton Case in Ouster

 

President Trump’s seemingly abrupt decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey was made at the recommendation of top Justice Department officials who claimed that his controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email case last year rendered him unfit for the position.

President Trump’s seemingly abrupt decision Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey was made at the recommendation of top Justice Department officials who claimed that his controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email case last year rendered him unfit for the position.


A senior White House official told Fox News it was purely “coincidental” that the firing occurred on the same day Comey faced scrutiny for giving faulty testimony about emails sent from Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Anthony Weiner.

Rather, Comey had been the subject of a review by the very top of the Trump Justice Department. Newly confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein penned an extensive memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlining concerns with Comey’s conduct during and after the Clinton email probe.

The memo said “almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes.” Rosenstein wrote that he could not defend Comey’s handling of the end of the investigation, and could not understand “his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”

The first count against Comey, according to Rosenstein, was his July 5, 2016 announcement during which he alleged Clinton and her colleagues were “extremely careless” in handling classified material on her personal email and server but also said the FBI would not recommend charges.

The memo said Comey was “wrong to usurp” then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s authority.

“It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement,” Rosenstein wrote, adding that Comey “at most” should have said the FBI had finished its investigation and presented findings to prosecutors.

The memo said Comey compounded “the error” by holding a press conference to “release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation,” suggesting he did so “gratuitously.”

The memo said: “The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial.” Rosenstein called it a “textbook example” of what prosecutors and agents are “taught not to do.”

The second count against Comey concerned his Oct. 28, 2016 notification to Congress that the bureau was taking another look at the Clinton case in light of newly discovered emails. While Comey has said he did not want to conceal information, Rosenstein said simply refraining from publicizing “non-public information” would not have been concealment.

He countered Comey’s position by citing numerous former Justice officials who called the move inappropriate.

Comey adamantly defended his handling of the case, and that October letter, at a Senate hearing last week.

As referenced by Rosenstein, he said, “Concealment in my view would have been catastrophic.”

Clinton herself has continued to criticize Comey, suggesting his announcement helped tilt the election toward President Trump.

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact” on the election, Comey said at the hearing, standing by his actions.

Rosenstein referenced Comey’s statements since the election in his memo’s conclusion: “The way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions.”

The memo set off a quick chain reaction all the way up to the White House.

Sessions told Trump that a “fresh start” is needed, attaching the Rosenstein memo and recommending Comey’s removal.

Trump cited that recommendation in his letter to Comey, informing him he is “hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.”

Former FBI spokesperson John Iannarelli told Fox News he thinks Comey got “bad counsel from those close to him,” and that in the end, Comey was perceived as “too political.”

Iannarelli told Fox News the firing was virtually “unprecedented,” aside from William Sessions being dismissed by then-President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s.

Fox News’ Serafin Gomez, Brooke Singman and John Roberts contributed to this report.