Some of the many duties of the FBI are to protect the United States against foreign intelligence operations, protect the United States against high-technology crimes, combat public corruption at all levels, and combat major white-collar crimes.
Some or all of Hillary Clinton’s email crimes fit into these categories. Still, Mr. James Comey, the FBI Director, told us in July his agency had determined that Hillary Clinton should face no criminal charges for her email practices and the unauthorized server she was using; that she was just careless.
Out of the blue Comey then sent a letter to members of Congress stating that the agency had reopened the investigation after finding some 650,000 emails in the computer shared by Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin and her husband.
Last Sunday Comey sent another letter to members of Congress stating that investigators had worked around the clock to review all the emails found in the device and determined that the emails did not change the agency’s conclusions expressed in July.
I wish I could comprehend what he’s trying to do. Who is he trying to fool? It is not humanly possible for his investigators to review 650,000 emails in just eight days — even if he has 200 agents working around the clock, even without a ten-minute break to go to the bathroom — to perform and complete such a task.
There was much more to investigate, such as Hillary Clinton asking her maid to receive and print classified documents, as the media reported.
Marina Santos, a Filipino woman without the security clearance to handle such material, may hold many secrets to the alleged “mailgate.” Clinton’s Filipino maid should also be investigated.
Before being appointed Director of the FBI, James Comey was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 2003 he led the prosecution of Martha Stewart, who was charged with securities fraud, obstruction of justice, and lying to an FBI agent. Isn’t that exactly what Hillary Clinton did? She obstructed justice and lied to the FBI.
The FBI is never supposed to comment on ongoing investigations; it can recommend prosecution to federal prosecutors, but the Director cannot decide whom he wants to prosecute or whom he doesn’t want to prosecute. He is no longer the United States Attorney.
It is understandable that Mr. Comey might be under lots of pressure, considering the fact that President Barack Obama appointed him director of the FBI and that he is under Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States, both who want to protect Hillary Clinton. The Justice Department denied the FBI the authority to convene a Grand Jury, which was necessary for the FBI to conduct a meaningful investigation.
Definitely, Mr. James Comey must be under lots of pressure trying to protect the little reputation he has left and his $14,200 monthly salary.
Not only has Mr. Comey put his own reputation as a law enforcer into question, he has damaged big time the reputation of the FBI, the best government agency of them all.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.