FBI Chief Comey’s decision recommending not to indict, or even open a grand jury investigation against Hillary Clinton over her use of an unsecured email server for classified information has led to mistrust and backlash by conservatives and Republicans in Congress. Comey’s release of some of the FBI notes led to additional consternation as the public learned Hillary didn’t know that “C” stood for classified, and that the FBI gave out amnesty like candy given out on Halloween, and followed by destroying evidence. All of this is leading to problems within the FBI, as agents are beginning to believe the FBI director is a “dirty cop.”
Joseph diGenova has a storied career as U.S. Attorney, Special prosecutor in the District of Columbia, and Council to various Senate committees and because if his long career, has deep ties within the FBI. DiGenova spoke to the American Spectator informing them that the FBI is in “revolt” over James Comey in the Hillary Clinton email case. The reason more stories haven’t broken through is that Comey “pursues ‘paranoid, delusional, and vindictive,’ measures to prevent negative information leaking out to the public.’
The loss of faith in the bureau chief stems in part from a dishonest rendering of the decision not to indict Mrs. Clinton as unanimous rather than unilateral and in part from the bureau’s decision to destroy evidence in the case and grant blanket immunity to Clinton underlings for no possible prosecutorial purpose.
“There is a consensus among the employees that the director has lost all credibility and that he cannot lead the bureau,” diGenova explains. “They are comparing him to L. Patrick Gray, the disgraced former FBI director who threw Watergate papers into the Potomac River. The resistance to the director has made the agency incapable of action. It has been described to me as a depression within the agency unlike anything that anyone has ever seen within the bureau. The director’s public explanation for the unorthodox investigation are viewed by people in the bureau as sophomoric and embarrassing.”
Comey has maintained all along that there his decision was totally non-political, but his agents who have received the benefit of FBI training, feel that that something stinks.
“When the director said that it was a unanimous decision not to recommend prosecution, that was a lie,” diGenova points out. “In fact, the people involved in the case were outraged at his decision, which he made by himself. When people realized that he was lying publicly about their role and when they knew he had approved of the destruction of laptops that were subject to congressional subpoena, that flipped the switch.”
Last week Fox News released a similar report:
According to a new report by Fox News, the decision at the FBI to not prosecute Hillary Clinton was made at the top levels of the FBI and Department of Justice, overruling the almost unanimous recommendation of the agent’s and attorneys who wanted Hillary Clinton charged.
The source who worked on the investigation and spoke to FoxNews.com on the condition of anonymity, said FBI Director Comey’s announcement that he would not recommend to the Attorney General’s office that Hillary be charged dismayed and disgusted the investigation team of more than 100 FBI agents, analysts, and DOJ attorneys.
Agents are also worried that they will be called to testify, because if they do there will be tremendous pressure from above to back up Comey (in fact the pressure has already started).
“The director’s public explanation for the unorthodox investigation are viewed by people in the bureau as sophomoric and embarrassing,” diGenova notes. “The people in the bureau anticipate that there will be subpoenas for their testimony. Comey in a telephone conference with special agents in charge around the country, within the last few days, warned that if they received a phone inquiry about the investigation, or any inquiry about the investigation, they were ordered to report the call and the caller to the director’s office.”
DiGenova describes such control tactics as something out of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. Yet, it’s Hoover’s successor, L. Patrick Gray, who offers the clearest parallel to Comey. As diGenova puts it, “There is a Deep Throat.”
Agents involved in the case now fear congressional subpoenas thanks to Comey’s head-scratching handling of the case. DiGenova met this week with figures requesting attorneys for FBI officials. The former independent counsel and U.S. attorney affirms his willingness to serve in that capacity and to represent potential whistleblowers.
“These people are trained to be loyal, honest, and forthright,” diGenova points out. “What [Comey] did was force them to corrupt their oath of office. They have had enough.”
Comey may have said the Hillary email case is over, but who knows when (or if) a FBI whistle blower will decide to go public. Based on the anger of the agents, it may happen very soon.