U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation – message to U.S. Government Leaders
Stop telling us how to investigate crime
Did Director James Comey damage the bureau’s reputation…permanently?
According to a release last week by the New York Post “Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau’s reputation for uncompromising investigations with his “cowardly” whitewash of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information using an unauthorized private email server.”
Guessing veteran agents seem to feel that James failed, while James seems to feel that since he had career agents handle the investigation, if he failed it was because the agents failed somehow in the investigation.
The agents claim James tied the hands of investigators by agreeing to ground rules that agents have never heard of not to mention other “rules” that Hillary Clinton’s lawyers demanded?!?!?
Since when do lawyers get to call the shots with law enforcement in terms of investigations? Law enforcement may not get to ask all of the questions they’d like when someone has a lawyer but it has never truly stopped them from continuing on with investigating a possible crime.
As the tale is told, rather than insist upon the use of a grand jury so as to compel testimony and seize evidence, like what’s normally done in certain investigations, James Comey allowed immunity for several key witnesses which also more or less happened to include potential targets.
More disturbing yet, those immunity agreements? Well they came with what veteran agents are calling “outrageous” side deals, some of which included preventing agents from searching for specific documents on a laptop that was in question.
That laptop was owned by Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s chief of staff. Furthermore James agreed to have Cheryl’s laptop destroyed after the FBI conducted its rather restricted search of it.
That ended up making the FBI an accomplice, yes an accomplice to the destruction of evidence technically speaking and it also prevented anyone else including congress the ability to look at it.
Let’s not forget multiple witnesses were immunized, they suffered from frequent and sudden lapses in memory, made claims that were both unsubstantiated and false. James even cut a deal to give Hillary a “voluntary” witness interview on a major holiday and allowed to let her ex-chief of staff sit in on the interview as a lawyer, even though she was also under investigation.
We all know how this tale ends.
The truth at the end of the day like it or not is that James Comey doesn’t take his marching orders from the general public nor does he take them from his own agents.
His direction comes from farther up the food chain. Sad but true.
Like many police officers that I know, often times they are pushed by DA’s to prosecute a case that officers may not be ready to turn over to the DA yet. They are urged to look for specific evidence and only that, often times missing key pieces of evidence that might prove someone’s innocence rather than guilt.
I debate whether or not James is the true responsible party for tainting the FBI’s precious reputation. The whole deal has the distinct stench of U.S. Government meddling from a way higher level than the Director of the FBI.
Additionally, without seeing the evidence we do not truly know if Hillary Clinton could have been prosecuted and if so for what exactly.
We know both she and her staff lied many times to the FBI during the investigation, she should have been charged at the very least with providing false information to the investigators just like any other law enforcement officer would do to any one of us citizens if we had we done the same.
If Hillary could not have been charged with more I’d like to know exactly why that is, what evidence led the investigators to that decision…but we’ll never know what that was because the investigation was actually led by someone other than a law enforcement officer and the evidence that pertained to the investigation was destroyed.
So what James Comey did, was play the political side of the coin, he led the team not as an investigator but a politician, a player, a cheat and that is what his agents are upset about.
James Comey would have served his post, his agents and the United States of America better had he stood his ground and investigated Hillary Clinton like the Director of the FBI, rather than give in to political pressure.
He let us all down.
That is what the public is upset out in terms of just how much our justice system is skewed and broken.
Not only is the public telling our Government we are sick of this but now, so are the very law enforcement officers tasked with investigating some of the most serious and major crimes in this country.
So while Trump promised should he become president that he would have Hillary prosecuted and she’d be in jail…sadly he can’t do that because the evidence has been destroyed that might have gotten him to that point.
It’s time that the U.S. Government, DA’s, politicians and the like butt the hell out of law enforcement’s job of investigating crimes.
Quite frankly the public is tired of it and well now so are veteran FBI agents.
Cristal M Clark
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