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Exclusive: James Comey talks Trump, Russia probe and FBI legacy

Deutsche Welle-Jun 20, 2018
In an exclusive interview, former FBI director James Comey told DW's Conflict Zone that despite his career in law enforcement, he doesn't draw ...
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House Judiciary set to subpoena FBI agent Peter Strzok 'very soon ...

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Hollis: IG report demands FBI accountability

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Has the FBI Created a Constitutional Crisis?

The National Interest Online-Jun 15, 2018
The idea that agencies like the FBI are above the Constitution is a more serious threat to democracy than anything that has been credibly ...

Terry Wade Named Assistant Director of the Inspection Division

Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)-Jun 19, 2018
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The Real Constitutional Crisis

Wall Street Journal-May 24, 2018
The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department's ... The FBI continues to block a fuller release of the House Intelligence ...
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Comey and the FBI Dealt Major Blow in IG Report

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James Comey came to the FBI five years ago with a reputation almost as towering as his 6-foot-8 frame. He had famously stood up to the White House over an illegal surveillance operation after 9/11, and he promised to lead the FBI into a new era after he was confirmed as director by a resounding 93-1 vote in the Senate.

On his desk in the director’s suite, he kept an old wiretapping order signed by J. Edgar Hoover, his notorious predecessor, to spy on Martin Luther King Jr. — a symbol of the dark days at the FBI that Comey wanted to leave behind.

On Thursday, Comey faced a dark day of his own. An 18-month investigation by Inspector General Michael Horowitz delivered a devastating blow not only to Comey’s own legacy, but to the reputation of the FBI and the Justice Department as a whole in the mishandling of critical events in the 2016 presidential campaign centering on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The missteps were the result of bad judgment, not political bias, the inspector general found. Comey told investigators that he took unorthodox steps on his own, such as announcing the findings of the Clinton investigation in a remarkable press conference in July of 2016, because of what he saw as “the need to preserve the credibility and integrity of the [Justice] Department and the FBI.” But Horowitz found that the public impact of his actions was just the opposite.

“The decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the Department as fair administrators of justice,” the report concluded.

The blistering conclusions in the 500-page report are as notable for the source as for the substance. They came from a watchdog office known for many years for its dogged independence in probing abuses at the FBI and the Justice Department. President Donald Trump had lobbed some of the same accusations at Comey over the Clinton email investigation when he fired him as FBI director 13 months ago. But the president’s attacks were widely seen as a pretext that generated as much sympathy as scorn for Comey. The findings from the Justice Department’s own inspector general will not be dismissed so quickly, and they come at a time when public confidence in the FBI appears to be flagging, hurt in part by Trump’s relentless and often misleading attacks on the agency.

Read More: The FBI Is in Crisis. It’s Worse Than You Think

From his early days as a career prosecutor in the Justice Department, Comey built his reputation around his integrity and his judgment. His hospital-room standoff in 2004 with top aides to President George W. Bush over an NSA surveillance program became the stuff of legend, chiseling his reputation as a man who does what he thinks is right never mind the consequences. But a virtue in one situation can be a vice in another. Those same qualities — independence, high-mindedness, toughness — led him down the wrong path in the Clinton investigation, Horowitz’ investigation suggests.

The report uses words like words like “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s conduct, saying he decided to “conceal” his intentions from top officials at the Justice Department before his July press conference. And his decision-making process at key moments was “inconsistent,” “subjective” and “ad hoc” and even “violated long-standing [Justice] Department practice,” the report said. Indeed, the dominant theme running through the 500 pages is that, in the view of the inspector general’s office, Comey allowed his flawed personal judgments to override traditional legal norms in the Clinton investigation — with far-reaching consequences.

Comey stood by his decisions Thursday. “Even in hindsight I think we chose the course most consistent with institutional values,” he wrote in the New York Times after the report came out. He said he did what he had to do to avoid losing public faith in the investigation. “As painful as the whole experience has been, I still believe that. And nothing in the inspector general’s report makes me think we did the wrong thing.”

Read More: The Inspector General’s Report Criticizes James Comey. Here’s What You Need to Know

Comey did weeks of high-profile media interviews this spring for the publication of his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” as he took Trump to task for his ethics and truthfulness. His publisher moved up the publication of the book to April, a move that put Comey’s story out well ahead of the looming inspector general’s report. Comey tried mightily, with mixed reviews, to justify his decisions in the Clinton case as the best way out of a bad set of choices representing what he called a “500-year flood” of political events. But Horowitz’ findings provide an alternate ending to the story.

The bruising conclusions provide grist both to Trump, who has been engaged in a running feud with Comey over the Russia investigation, and to Democrats, who accuse Comey of effectively throwing the election to Trump. Many Clinton supporters remain incensed by Comey’s decision eleven days before the election to notify Congress that the FBI was examining a new batch of Clinton emails found on the computer of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin. That decision became even more jarring, Clinton supporters complain, in light of his decision to keep secret the FBI’s investigation during the fall campaign into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.

As critical of the report was of Comey’s decisions, some of his former agents came in for even sharper criticism. The report found that five FBI employees involved in the Clinton email investigation sent messages on bureau devices or systems in support of Clinton and against Trump during the campaign. (The names of two employees who were having an affair, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, came out publicly months ago; the other three were not named in the report).

While the investigation found there was no evidence that the messages and the personal opinions ultimately affected any decisions made in the Clinton case, it said that that they did “cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation. … The damage caused by these employees’ actions extends far beyond the scope of the [Clinton email] investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral fact-finding and political independence.”

For an FBI director who prided himself not just on his own reputation but on maintaining that of the agency, that criticism may cut just as deep.

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James Comey: 'You stare at children crying – what kind of people are ...

The Guardian-Jun 21, 2018
James Comey: 'You stare at children crying – what kind of people are we?' ... It has been 13 months since Trump fired Comey from the job he ...
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James Comey: 'I'd rate Donald Trump a one out of ten as president'

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Comey: I support Justice watchdog report that 'ripped me'

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Washington (CNN) Former FBI Director James Comey reiterated on Tuesday his support of the Justice Department inspector general's report ...
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Here's Why the Inspector General's Report Was Such a Blow to James ...

TIME-Jun 14, 2018
James Comey came to the FBI five years ago with a reputation almost as towering as his 6-foot-8 frame. He had famously stood up to the White ...
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Comey responds to Hillary Clinton's tweet: She still 'doesn't ...

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Former FBI Director James Comey recently defended his use of a private email server while at the bureau and said he will not be apologizing to ...
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James Comey: President Trump 'threatens the core of our country'

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Former FBI director James Comey has voiced his concerns about Donald Trump's leadership and his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy along ...
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James Comey echo of J. Edgar Hoover — amassing power, declaring ...

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In the current testimony, we have been informed that further reports on the investigation of the previous director of the FBI, James Comey, has yet to be published ...
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James Comey's 'Higher Loyalty' and His Response to the Inspector ...

Lawfare (blog)-Jun 19, 2018
Almost as soon as the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued its sharp criticism of James Comey's actions in the 2016 ...
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James Comey: 'You stare at children crying – what kind of people are ...

The Guardian-Jun 21, 2018
In the hotel room set aside for interviews, surrounded by multiple editions of his book waiting to be signed, he looks relaxed in loose jacket and ...
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James Comey: 'I'd rate Donald Trump a one out of ten as president'

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In a scathing interview on LBC, former FBI Director James Comey tells Nick Ferrari Donald Trump isn't quite the worst president in US history, ...
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James Comey Says Donald Trump Is Not the Worst US President Ever

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The former head of the FBI, James Comey, says that Donald Trump is ... In an interview with the London, U.K., radio station LBC, Comey was ...
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If I'd kept quiet I would have been criticized: Comey on DOJ inspector ...

ABC News-Jun 19, 2018
... former FBI Director Jim Comey said Tuesday he doesn't regret the way ... sees it differently," Comey said while during an interview in Berlin ...
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The Inspector General's Report Criticizes James Comey. Here's What ...

TIME-Jun 14, 2018
A Department of Justice report found that former FBI Director James Comey .... The report then states that, in an interview, Comey said “I did not ...
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Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report

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Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report ... During an interview for C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" show set to be aired ...
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