James Comey the FBI director met with FBI agents in Buffalo, New York, and a “host of other law enforcement agents” and told them things like “I hope people have realized how screwed up ISIL is..” Maybe it is me but I’d expect a better choice of language from a person in his position but perhaps that’s the way they talk in the high counsels of our government now.
Then it is reported he said about the Clinton emails that he is staying “close to this one to make sure we have the resources to do it competently.” He went on after saying there was no pressure to wrap-up the probe before the political conventions this summer that “The urgency is to do it well and promptly. And ‘well’ comes first.”
Vennochi writes: “IF FBI Director James Comey feels no deadline pressure to wrap up the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, he should.” She adds: “Well” is important. But so is “promptly,” and the FBI’s definition of that is unclear.”
Comey was a strange pick for FBI director. He had worked for the Justice department in New York and again in Washington. He then went to Lockheed Martin the largest U.S. defense contractor for five years. In June 2010 left to work for Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut based investment management firm.
He left Bridgewater after two and a half years in January 2013. He was appointed FBI director on September 4, 2013. It was announced that he would be paid over three million dollars by Bridgewater if he was confirmed as FBI director by the Senate. “Bridgewater manages approximately $154 billion in global investments for a wide array of institutional clients, including foreign governments and central banks, corporate and public pension funds, university endowments and charitable foundations.” I suppose three million is a small price to pay for having friends in high places.
Here’s what Vennochi seems not to get. It is probably because of the Globe’s diktat that none of its columnist or reporters speak or write anything evil about the Boston FBI or the Boston U.S. Attorney’s office. The paper wants to keep their sources happy and feeding them information. She apparently thinks the Department of Justice and the FBI are on the level and not motivated by political considerations. She seems not to understand that things in politics on the big stage in Washington are not like in Boston.
A clear demonstration of her ignorance is that she thinks Comey is somehow controlling this investigation. She is so bad that she talks to Attorney Harvey Silverglate who tries to aim her in the right direction by telling her: ‘Yes, there surely is a professional, ethical, and moral obligation of the Feds to finish the investigation ASAP rather than leave a cloud hanging over the electoral process.” Then he all but says you’re looking at the wrong person when you’re looking at Comey.
According to Vennochi Silverglate said: “[W]e don’t even know who is ignoring his/her ethical obligations, since we have not been informed, to my knowledge at least, who is in charge of the investigation.” She continues to write: “Is it Attorney General Loretta Lynch, he asks, or — given the highly charged political nature of the investigation — a designee?”
The fault, dear Joan, lies not in your stars but yourself, you lack understanding. Silverglate led you to the fount of knowledge but he could not force you to think. You were hell-bent on blaming the FBI so you failed to look you higher.
Comey is a but a cog in the Obama/Clinton machinery. All FBI directors, even the vaunted J. Edgar Hoover, dance to the president’s tune. Obama or his Attorney General could bring the FBI investigation to a close yesterday if that is what they wanted. They don’t. They want Comey standing out there talking about “under investigation” as the clock ticks and newspaper columnists wonder.
Vennochi’s penultimate sentence is: “An endless investigation leaves a perpetual cloud over her head.” To which Hillary would respond: “An endless investigator is better than an indictment.” If charged she no longer could say as Vennochi noted in her article: “There’s nothing to it.” Which seems queer considering how long it is taking the FBI to work on it
Hillary said on Meet the Press that last August (have they been investigating that long?) she was “was happy to answer any questions” but the FBI has not reached out to her for an interview. Too bad she wasn’t asked if it reached out to her lawyers. I’d have to guess if it did or when and if it does, we get into the lawyer negotiation stage over when, where, permissible questions, time limits, etc. She only has to stall 6 or so months. For her lawyers that will be easy. Why if it true the DOJ or FBI hasn’t had her in for questioning suggests it is part of the big stall?.
But truly it escapes me how Vennochi after talking to Silverglate could kick the wrong can. Was it really her naïveté? Or was it her intent to send everyone off after the wrong culprits?