When FBI Director James Comey took to national television in July to announce his findings on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, he made a point of saying no one in the Justice Department or other level of government knew what he was going to relate.
Turns out, some of his own FBI agents didn’t either.
And when they heard his conclusion — that Hillary Clinton would not face even an administrative discipline for being “extremely careless” with her email server and flagrantly abusing the national security entrusted to her — they were outraged. Now the truth is starting to come out.
“It is safe to say the vast majority felt she should be prosecuted,” a senior FBI official told Fox News in an exclusive story published Wednesday. “We were floored while listening to the FBI briefing because Comey laid it all out, and then said ‘but we are doing nothing,’ which made no sense to us.”
It didn’t make sense to many Americans who were watching Comey that day. But for the more than 100 special agents, analysts and attorneys who’d spent months working around-the-clock on the case, it was incredibly frustrating, Fox News reported.
And it was purely Comey’s call — one that surprised and disturbed countless people.
“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” the source told Fox.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, the senior judicial analyst for Fox News, said the source’s frustration was matched by agents on the ground.
“It is well known that the FBI agents on the ground, the human beings who did the investigative work, had built an extremely strong case against Hillary Clinton and were furious when the case did not move forward,” he said. “They believe the decision not to prosecute came from The White House.”
Now, why would they think that? Maybe because the White House under Barack Obama has politicized just about every other office in the executive branch, from the IRS to the EPA?
Or maybe because of the still mysterious meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, on an out-of-the-way airport tarmac in Arizona while the Hillary investigation was continuing?
The reasons Comey gave for not recommending a prosecution for the Democrat presidential nominee were transparently thin even when he gave them, and challenged almost immediately by a Congress demanding to know his rationale.
When he did appear before Congress, he was subjected to exactly the kind of grilling Hillary Clinton escaped, as Rep. Trey Gowdy and others probed, and complained about, how Comey could have made the decision he did.
Even once admiring fans, like Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro, were utterly appalled at the decision that could be a milestone in American history.
Now, insiders within Comey’s own bureau are leaking their fury out to the media, with less than a month to go before voters finally choose between Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“Basically, James Comey hijacked the DOJ’s role by saying ‘no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case,’” the senior FBI official told Fox. “The FBI does not decide who to prosecute and when, that is the sole province of a prosecutor — that never happens.
“I know zero prosecutors in the DOJ’s National Security Division who would not have taken the case to a grand jury. One was never even convened.”
The extraordinary complaints echo those of retired FBI agents in a New York Post column last week.
“The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time,” Dennis Hughes, the FBI’s first chief of a computer investigations unit. “I hold Director Comey responsible.”
Apparently, he’s not the only one.
This thing isn’t going away any time soon, no matter how Hillary thought it was fixed.
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