We would like to think that our law enforcement agencies, especially the FBI, are led and staffed by those of impeccable integrity. And we believe that, in spite of the inevitable bad apples, that this is generally true. Given the power they wield, we best hope that it’s true.
It’s especially important that those at the top set an example for the rest of the agency. There’s some merit to the saying that, “a fish rots from the head down.” Hence, when the head of an agency such as the FBI comes under suspicion of engaging in unethical or illegal activities, it’s a very serious matter.
As the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and other alleged irregularities progressed, former FBI Director Comey became involved, and not without political overtones. We are now at the point were senators have suggested that Mr. Comey perjured himself while giving testimony, and that he should now be indicted for such a crime.
Here’s the crux of the issue: “The former FBI Director testified to Congress that he decided not to recommended charges in relation to handling of classified information, after the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton on July 2, 2016. However, a new report reveals Comey penned a memo exonerating Clinton in the Spring.”
And here’s where Comey might have gotten himself in trouble: “On September 28th, 2016, Texas GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe asked Comey the following (simple) question:
“‘Director, did you make the decision not to recommend criminal charges relating to classified information before or after Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI on July 2nd?’
“Comey’s answer under oath? ‘after.’”
With Hillary as a candidate as the center of this investigation, did Comey make decisions based not on the law, but on the highly-charged political nature of this case? As a byproduct of this, did he lie under oath?
“Over the summer, Trump Attorney Mark Kasowitz told reporters at the Washington Press Club that James Comey lied during testimony while under oath!
“Comey FALSELY claimed he leaked private conversations because of Trump’s tweet — which wasn’t published until the following day after the leak!
“Kasowitz: Comey testified that he only leaked the memos in response to a tweet. The public record reveals that The New York Times was quoting from those memos the day before the referenced tweet.
So Mr. Comey might find himself indicted for perjury.
Looking at this from a larger perspective, it appears several people involved in this email scandal and related events might get indicted.
Except for Hillary, so far. Let’s hope she doesn’t miss out on having her day in court.