Saturday, October 8, 2016

FBI Director Comey should resign -- 26 reasons

Note: Additional text added Sunday October 8, 2016 
to item #26, in green ink (at end of this article)

"The fact an IT staffer (at Platte River Networks) maintaining Clinton's secret server called a new (email) retention policy designed to delete emails after 60 days a 'Hillary coverup operation' suggests there was a concerted effort to systematically destroy potentially incriminating information," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.

 "It's no wonder that at least five individuals tied to the email scandal, including Clinton's top State Department aide and attorney Cheryl Mills, secured immunity deals from the Obama Justice Department to avoid prosecution."

The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has not served the rule of law that is supposed to treat everyone equally.

The FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and her private non-secure server was not a by-the-book investigation. 

FBI Director James Comey allowed the FBI to be influenced by politics.

FBI Director James Comey demonstrated
(once again) that politically powerful Democrat bureaucrats can break laws during the Obama Administration, and their emails can "disappear", with no punishment ... just like Lois "I punish conservatives" Lerner at the IRS.

Director Comey was recently called before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the FBI’s decision not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton, despite lots of evidence of law breaking and intentional obstruction of justice.

Comey lost his temper at one point, and exclaimed: “You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels,” ... “We are honest people and … whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done.”

I will present evidence that 

FBI Director James Comey is a weasel 
who has permanently destroyed
his reputation, and should resign 
from the FBI in shame.

On July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced he was recommending the Department of Justice not seek charges against Hillary Clinton.

But that was the wrong conclusion after presenting overwhelming evidence of repeated lying under oath, about whether Hillary Clinton returned all her work-related emails that she had illegally taken off government property, and her very obvious obstruction of justice.

Obstruction of justice was very obvious because a few weeks after Congressional investigators issued subpoenas to get her emails from her illegal private server, Hillary told an aide to order a private company to destroy all of them, using a special program called BleachBit so they could never be recovered. 

Note that Hillary has admitted EVERY ONE of her email electronic files was permanently erased with a special program that made them unrecoverable.

And that was done AFTER all her emails had been subpoenaed by two committees of the House of Representatives.

What Hillary actually handed over to State Department were ONLY hard copies of less than half of all the email files -- she self-determined which emails were work related -- and we later we found out she did not turn over all of the work-related emails!

We will never know how many emails were not printed and turned over to the State Department.

Hillary admits to handing over hard copies of fewer than 50% of the emails on her private server -- she claimed about 33,000 of about 60,000 emails were destroyed.

I say never trust a Clinton -- I bet more than 33,000 emails "disappeared".

Headers on Clinton emails that might have said CONFIDENTIAL, dates, cc's and bcc's could have been deleted before printing the hard copies, or simply not specified in the area of the email designated for printing -- we'll never know!

Any private computer, laptop, or phone that contains classified federal government information automatically becomes government property, and can be seized by the government, with a judge's signature on a form.

That simple judge's signature method WAS NOT USED to get the personal laptops of Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson ... they were granted immunity to get their laptops, for no good reason.

Then the FBI actually DESTROYED both of their laptops -- destroying key evidence for several ongoing Congressional investigations WITHOUT Congressional permission!

People who worked for Clinton had been instructed to destroy several of her Blackberry phones.

Hillary claimed to have used an amazing 13 different Blackberry phones in just four years as Secretary of State -- all claimed to have been "lost".

The very obvious obstruction of justice by Hillary Clinton was worse than Watergate's 18-minute audio tape gap ... but Obama and about 90% of the mainstream press support Hillary Clinton for President, so the Clintons are allowed to live by different rules than ordinary people.

A pre-determined conclusion was obviously negotiated between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch during a one-on-one meeting, intended to be secret, on her airplane.

President Obama had to be involved in the FBI decision
(to reveal that Hillary Clinton broke even more laws than Republicans had claimed, but to recommend absolutely no punishment, not even a slap on the wrist).

If Hillary Clinton had been charged with espionage, which requires nothing more than removing confidential information from government property, then Obama was involved too.  Here's how:

The "Miscellaneous" section in the Huma Abedin FBI interview report revealed that President Barack Obama used a pseudonym in his communications with Hillary (through her private server).

-- Abedin was presented an email exchange between Clinton and Obama, dated June 28, 2012 with the subject "Re: Congratulations".

-- She did not recognize the name of the sender.

-- "Once informed that the sender's name is believed to be pseudonym used by the President, Abedin exclaimed: 'How is this not classified?'" the report says.

-- "Abedin then expressed her amazement at the President's use of a pseudonym and asked if she could have a copy of the email."

-- In a March 2015 interview,  CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante had asked Mr. Obama when he learned about Hillary's private email system.

-- "The same time everybody else learned it through news reports," Obama told Plante. "

-- "The policy of my administration is to encourage transparency, which is why my emails, the BlackBerry I carry around, all those records are available and archived," Mr. Obama said.

-- Obama's private emails involving Hillary could not use a email account because Hillary did not have such an account.

 -- Obama must have known his emails to Hillary were going to a server outside the government, and that would explain his strange use of a pseudonym.

Numbers (1), (2), (3), etc. that follow 

denote evidence that James Comey 
(and/or his boss Loretta Lynch) 
led a sub-standard FBI investigation, 
with the goal of no prosecution:

Two days ago Fox News reported, and probably not reported elsewhere, that 2 of 14 boxes containing hard copies of Hillary's emails were "missing".

No one knows if the 2 boxes were "lost", or 14 original boxes had been consolidated into 12 boxes.

Had Hillary not destroyed ALL the electronic files on her server, all of the emails would have fit on a tiny flash drive you could hold in your hand ... rather than requiring 14 boxes of paper -- which were hard copies of fewer than 50% of all the emails on the Hillary Clinton private server.

FBI Director James Comey led an "investigation" whose outcome appears to have been determined in advance -- the Obama Justice Department was not going to undermine Hillary Clinton's bid to become President
(especially after Donald Trump was nominated).

I assume Attorney General Loretta Lynch and James Comey were promised they could keep their jobs in a Hillary Clinton Administration. 

Both Lynch and Comey have destroyed previously good reputations through actions that made the Hillary Clinton decision appear to have been fixed.

The  Hillary  Clinton  FBI  Interview:
Items (1) through (6)

FBI Director Comey did not bother asking questions or observing while Hillary was questioned by FBI agents for several hours.

FBI Director Comey did not bother to talk with all the FBI agents who were present.

There was no video of the FBI questioning.

There was no transcript of the FBI questioning.

FBI notes were not shared with anyone.

FBI agents who questioned Clinton were forced to sign a highly unusual confidentiality agreement -- they could be forced to take a random lie FBI detector test to make sure they had kept silent.
( I'm not sure if the signed confidentiality agreement applied to every FBI agent involved in the Hillary Clinton investigation. )

The FBI didn't care that Hillary Clinton got a Congressional subpoena to preserve all her communications in early 2015, and then just a few weeks later she had ALL email electronic files on her server permanently deleted (or so we were told), after making hard copies of less than half of them (or so we were told).

The FBI didn't care that Hillary self-determined which emails she felt like returning to the State Department, in spite of the fact that all of them were government property.

The FBI didn't care that Hillary Clinton failed to return thousands of her work-related emails to the State Department, as she had been ordered to do by a federal judge, and lied about this at least three times to Congress while under oath.

The FBI didn't care about lots of evidence of espionage, obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, perjury, misleading Congress, all followed by a suspiciously large number
(dozens) of "I don't recall" answers to FBI questions from Hillary.

Those "I don't recalls" were deja vu all over again !

Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the 1990s Ken Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know”, a total of 56 times while under oath.

The Department of Justice removed itself from the chain of command because of the HUGE impropriety of Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton meeting in private on the Attorney General’s airplane, at a time when both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were subjects of FBI criminal investigations.

That inappropriate Lynch - Bill Clinton meeting resulted in the unusual procedure of the FBI having the final say about prosecution, rather than a Justice Department prosecutor — or so the FBI and the Department of Justice would have us believe.

No FBI subpoenas were issued.

No FBI search warrants were served.

The Justice Department gave at least five people immunity for no reason.

The normal prerequisite for immunity is the need to get truthful testimony before a grand jury
(or trial jury).

But there was no grand jury
(or trial jury)!

Members of Congress demanded to see all FBI files in the case, but were only given the same redacted (censored) files the FBI had released to the public late on a friday before the Labor Day weekend.

The FBI illegally refused to surrender all its files to Congress.

The FBI agent sent to testify about the "secret" files was served a subpoena by the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee WHILE he was testifying, on live nationally broadcast television.

On the Senate side, in response to a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the FBI sent both classified and unclassified materials to the Senate safe room.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the FBI violated federal law by commingling classified and unclassified materials in the safe room -- any materials seen in that room must be kept private -- the FBI's trick made it unlawful for senators to discuss the unclassified materials publicly.

Sen. Grassley has said if he could reveal what he has seen in those FBI unclassified records in the safe room, it would be of great interest to American voters.

The Chair of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz
(R-Utah), said:

"This is beyond explanation. The FBI was handing out immunity agreements like candy” ...

“I've lost confidence in this investigation and I question the genuine effort in which it was carried out."

"Immunity deals should not be a requirement for cooperating with the FBI."

I am aware of five unnecessary immunity deals offered to people directly involved in the Hillary email scandal:
- Cheryl Mills - Clinton's top aide

- Heather Samuelson - Clinton aide

- John Bentel - Director of the State Department's Office
                          of Information Resources Management

- Bryan Pagliano - Clinton technology aide

- Paul Combetta - Platte River Networks

Shortly after providing the initial set of Hillary's emails to the State Department, in "December 2014 or January 2015," both Heather Samuelson and Cheryl Mills requested that all emails be removed from their computers using "a program called BleachBit to delete the e-mail-related files so they could not be recovered."

Mills was also the Clinton aide who instructed Paul Combetta, of Platte River Networks, to "modify [Hillary's] e-mail retention policy" to only 60 days ... in other words, to delete everything older than 60 days. 
(Platte River Networks provided Hillary Clinton with server support.)

Despite Hillary ordering the destruction of 2 Blackberry phones with hammers, "losing" 11 other phones, and "losing" at least one computer, Comey told a Congressional Committee there was no evidence that Hillary obstructed justice or hid evidence.

Comey was shown new evidence, including a Reddit post from July 2014 authored by Platte River Networks specialist Paul Combetta, seeking information on how to delete a “VIP” email address.  He did not seem to care.

(that I know of) immunity agreements limited FBI agents' search to documents authored before January 2015.

That prevented finding potential proof of the destruction of evidence that occurred after that date
(we know, for example, that Hillary's email files were deleted in late March 2015).

Comey repeatedly claimed espionage required "intent", but in fact the law clearly DOES NOT REQUIRE INTENT. 

A recently released letter from the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Bob Goodlatte
(R - Virginia), to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, questioned why the FBI struck "side agreements" with both Cheryl Mills an Heather Samuelson to "destroy" their "laptops after concluding its search."

Goodlatte questioned why the destruction of the laptops used to sort Clinton's emails was included in immunity deals that already protected Mills and Samuelson from prosecution based on the records recovered from their computers.

Republican Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said, “This clearly demonstrates an action to destroy evidence by people operating Clinton’s private server and her staff.”

Below are some of the key excerpts 

from the Goodlatte letter:

Please provide a written response to the below questions and make DOJ staff available for a briefing on this matter no later than October 10, 2016.

1.    Why did the FBI agree to destroy both Cheryl Mills' and Heather Samuelson's laptops after concluding its search?

2.    Doesn't the willingness of Ms. Mills and Ms. Samuelson to have their laptops destroyed by the FBI contradict their claim that the laptops could have been withheld because they contained non-relevant, privileged information? If so, doesn't that undermine the claim that the side agreements were necessary?

7.   Please explain why DOJ agreed to limit their search of the Mills and Samuelson laptops to a date no later than January 31, 2015 and therefore give up any opportunity to find evidence related to the destruction of evidence or obstruction of justice related to Secretary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

8.   Why was this time limit necessary when Ms. Mills and Ms. Samuelson were granted immunity for any potential destruction of evidence charges?

9.   Please confirm whether a grand jury was convened to investigate Secretary Clinton's unauthorized use of a private email server. Disclosure is authorized under Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e)(3)(A)(i) and (e)(3)(D).

Jason Chaffetz, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the FBI requesting additional information.

He blasted the FBI for unnecessary agreements to destroy the laptop computers of two Hillary Clinton aides.

The FBI knew the contents of those computers were the subject of Congressional subpoenas and data preservation letters. 

Unnecessary "side agreements" followed unnecessary immunity deals with Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.

The side agreements prevented the FBI from investigating the "intent" of those aides to obstruct justice and/or destroy evidence subject to a Congressional subpoena.  

-- The side agreements allowed the FBI to only review emails between June 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015 ... and only those emails sent/received by one of Clinton's four email addresses used while she was Secretary of State. 

-- The FBI agreed to the side agreements in June 2016.

-- But in June 2016 the FBI already knew Paul Combetta of Platte River Systems had deleted Hillary's emails using Bleachbit on March 31, 2015.

-- The email deletions followed a conference call with Cheryl Mills and Hillary Clinton's attorney, David Kendall.  

-- The side agreements prevented the FBI from reviewing Cheryl Mills' emails from February 1, 2015 through the Clinton email destruction date of March 31, 2015.

That two month period was very important.

The two months before the emails were destroyed was most likely to contain Cheryl Mills' communications proving her intent to destroy Hillary's emails demanded by a Congressional subpeona.