FBI's Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/31...n-timing-source.html

FBI's Comey opposed naming Russians, citing election timing:Source

 

FBI Director James Comey argued privately that it was too close to Election Day for the United States government to name Russia as meddling in the U.S. election and ultimately ensured that the FBI's name was not on the document that the U.S. government put out, a former bureau official tells CNBC.

 

The official said some government insiders are perplexed as to why Comey would have election timing concerns with the Russian disclosure but not with the Huma Abedin email discovery disclosure he made Friday.

In the end, the Department of Homeland Security and The Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued the statement on Oct. 7, saying: "The U.S. intelligence community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of emails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations. ... These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process."

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on Comey's role in the decision-making surrounding the Oct. 7 statement.

According to the former official, Comey agreed with the conclusion the intelligence community came to: "A foreign power was trying to undermine the election. He believed it to be true, but was against putting it out before the election." Comey's position, this official said, was "if it is said, it shouldn't come from the FBI, which as you'll recall it did not."

Comey took a different approach toward releasing information about the discovery of emails on a laptop that was used by former congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, the official said.

"By doing a press conference, and personally testifying and giving his opinion about the conduct, he made this about James Comey and his credibility," the official said. "You can see why he did it, from his perspective, once he had had that press conference."

The official said FBI investigators can get a "preliminary read" of the newly discovered emails within a couple of days and come to an initial conclusion about whether there is classified material in the files. "The questions is whether they will decide to share that read or not," the official said. "Normally in the FBI we would not, but we're not in normal land anymore."

Comey's decision to announce the new investigative steps has come under severe criticism from Democrats, including Hillary Clinton who addressed the issue at a rally Monday.

"I'm sure a lot of you may be asking what this new email story is about and why in the world the FBI would decide to jump into an election with no evidence of any wrongdoing with just days to go. That's a good question," Clinton said. "I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year. There is no case here."

The Donald Trump campaign, meanwhile, has praised Comey for continuing to investigate Clinton. "The right thing to do is whatever the FBI thinks," said Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on CNBC Monday morning. "It's not for us to say speed it up because of the election or slow it down because of the election."

 

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Mars posted:

Comey has been exposed as being a bloody crook.

Is he the only person in the FBI?  Does everything begin and end with Comey?  Comey poured cold water on Lynch's corruption.  Just look at this official, meeting with Crooked Hillary's husband just before her ruling on Hillary's scandal.

These people are so arrogant that they do things in front of everyone's eyes and expect to get away!  This is like Burnhamism!

ba$eman posted:
Mars posted:

Comey has been exposed as being a bloody crook.

Is he the only person in the FBI?  Does everything begin and end with Comey?  Comey poured cold water on Lynch's corruption.  Just look at this official, meeting with Crooked Hillary's husband just before her ruling on Hillary's scandal.

These people are so arrogant that they do things in front of everyone's eyes and expect to get away!  This is like Burnhamism!

Comey is the FBI boss and a lifelong Republican. He had the final authority to make the decision that he did and he did so against the advice of his boss. He kept the Russian investigation under wraps because of the policy to not disclose it within sixty days of the elections. He did the opposite in the email investigation when he does not even know what he has, coming out and making a vague statement to give Trump a crutch to stabilize his faltering campaign. Even the last two attorney generals who served in Republican administrations are coming out blasting Comey for that crookish move that he made.

skeldon_man posted:

If Hillary becomes president, she will fire Comey. The Attorney General has no power to do so; the president does. Comey will not take orders from Loretta Lynch.

She will not fire him. It is not politically in her interest to do so since she will not be indicted under the terms we already know that would accrue to such.  Comey may resign or continue since he has seven years more on his term. It would be in her interest to keep him

Mars posted:

Comey has been exposed as being a bloody crook.

How is Comey a crook?  The man is doing his job.  Hillary is the one who is the crook.  If he had kept quiet and not say a word then he would have to take the heat for not exposing her crookedness.  And people would be crying a different set of tears.

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Mars posted:

Comey has been exposed as being a bloody crook.

How is Comey a crook?  The man is doing his job.  Hillary is the one who is the crook.  If he had kept quiet and not say a word then he would have to take the heat for not exposing her crookedness.  And people would be crying a different set of tears.

Why is she a crook nitwit? Is it because you are only able to parrot tat congenital liar and definitely a crook, trump?

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Mars posted:

Comey has been exposed as being a bloody crook.

How is Comey a crook?  The man is doing his job.  Hillary is the one who is the crook.  If he had kept quiet and not say a word then he would have to take the heat for not exposing her crookedness.  And people would be crying a different set of tears.

He is using two different standards to address the issues facing the two nominees for president. On the one hand, he claimed that he could not disclose anything about the investigation into Russian links to the Trump campaign because it was within the sixty days before the elections policy. He then broke the same policy guidelines against the advice of his boss and disclosed the new investigation into Abidin's emails when he did not even know what he possessed. Being a lifelong Republican, he's obviously trying to tip the elections in favor of Donald Trump. That is the definition of a crook in anybody's books and he's even been lambasted by the attorney generals in the last two Republican Administrations (among many others) for his scampishness.

Bibi Haniffa posted:

I am not a Trump supporter.  Neither am I a Hillary supporter.  I met her in person when she was First Lady and one word came to my mind - despicable.

I met her on numerous occasions as my wife worked  her husband campaign.  She even remembered my name years later and that is the sign of a focused person. That you met her once and think she is despicable is telling. If you are not for one or the other you are a nut case. The situation demands a choice.

Bibi Haniffa posted:

I am not a Trump supporter.  Neither am I a Hillary supporter.  I met her in person when she was First Lady and one word came to my mind - despicable.

I really think she means well. She has been in the trenches for the disadvantaged which is conflicts with the republican philosophy. All the smears and character assassinations he has gone through were because she was fighting for the unfortunate. I hope if she is elected, we see a more transparent Hillary.  

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