Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FBI Director Comey's Unauthorized Exoneration Statement - a Two Edged Sword

FBI Director James Comey, a former  federal prosecutor, violated DOJ policy via his unprecedented announcement  that "no reasonable prosecutor" would indict Hillary Clinton for using a private email system.  But he provided the GOP with a decent video clip by calling the Democratic nominee "extremely careless"    Though he spared Clinton the worst news - indictment, of which the likelihood was always zero, he did intervene in an extraordinary way in a presidential election.

Little noticed is the unprecedented and unauthorized character of his statement - issued he says without consulting or informing his boss  the Attorney General of  the United States.  To my knowledge no such extensive statement has ever been issued by an FBI Director or a federal prosecutor.  It obviously violates Justice Department policy as described below. - gwc

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