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Ex-FBI Assistant Director Blasts Bureau Leadership Over Clinton Probe

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom blasted the bureau’s Director James Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, saying the alleged “quid pro quo” deal with the State Department appears on the surface to be illegal.

James Kallstrom responded to an FBI agent’s acknowledgment that he offered to declassify an email in exchange for opening two spots for the bureau at the Baghdad embassy.

“I don’t know enough about the actual deal, but it certainly looks like on paper, you know, something that’s actually a federal crime,” Kallstrom told the FOX Business Network’s Stuart Varney.

Kallstrom then criticized Comey, saying he made the FBI look bad.

“He’s [James Comey] let down the citizens of this country in my view, he’s let down the FBI, he’s thrown all the agents under the bus,” Kallstrom said.

Former FBI Official Says He — Not the State Department — Suggested Quid Pro Quo in Clinton Investigation

fbi-hq-signBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI official said he – not the State Department – suggested a “quid pro quo” over Hillary Clinton’s private emails.

The former official, Brian McCauley, said Tuesday that he offered to not classify a disputed email if the State Department restored two spots that the FBI had lost in the Baghdad embassy, The New York Times reports. 

But McCauley said the deal was off when he realized it involved Clinton and the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“When I found that out, all bets were off; it wasn’t even negotiable,” the former F.B.I. official, Brian McCauley, said in a telephone interview with the Times.

Here’s how it went down, according to McCauley. Patrick F. Kennedy, a senior State Department official, wanted the FBI to agree not to classify the email in dispute. McCauley said he agreed to help but only if the State Department opened two spots in the Baghdad embassy.

“I’m the one that threw that out there,” Mr. McCauley said of the offer, adding that the offer was not an unusual way for federal agencies to “help each other and work with each other.”

McCauley acknowledged, “it was a quid pro quo; I don’t deny it.”

Czech Republic Arrests Russian Accused of Participating in Cyberattacks Against U.S.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

Screenshot of Czech video of suspected hacker under arrest.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Russian man accused of launching cyberattacks on the United States has been arrested by police in the Czech Republic, CBS News reports. 

Cooperating with the FBI, Czech authorities arrested the man on Oct. 5. But the news is just now becoming public.

It’s not yet clear whether the suspect was involved in the hacking of the Democratic Party.

Czech officials are considering extraditing the man to the U.S.

American officials have suspected Russians were involved with the hacking of Democratic Party officials.

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Some FBI Agents Say Bureau’s Reputation Destroyed by Handling of Clinton Probe

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some veteran FBI agents say the bureau’s reputation has been permanently damaged by the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

The New York Post reports that FBI Director James Comey reported to “unheard-of ground rules and other demands by the lawyers for Cinton and her aides that limited their investigation.”

“In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews,” said retired agent Dennis V. Hughes, the first chief of the FBI’s computer-investigations unit.

Among the complaints is that Comey offered immunity to several key witnesses, rather than compelling testimony through a grand jury.

The Post wrote:

The immunity agreements came with outrageous side deals, including preventing agents from searching for any documents on a Dell laptop owned by former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills generated after Jan. 31, 2015, when she communicated with the server administrator who destroyed subpoenaed e-mails.

Comey also agreed to have Mills’ laptop destroyed after the restricted search, denying Congress the chance to look at it and making the FBI an accomplice to the destruction of evidence.

Comey’s immunized witnesses nonetheless suffered chronic lapses in memory, made unsubstantiated claims of attorney-client privilege upon tougher questioning and at least two gave demonstrably false statements. And yet Comey indulged it all.

What’s more, Comey cut a deal to give Clinton a “voluntary” witness interview on a major holiday, and even let her ex-chief of staff sit in on the interview as a lawyer, even though she, too, was under investigation.

Truth about FBI’s Handling of Clinton Probe Is More Complicated Than Rhetoric

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Ronald Kessler
Washington Post

The notion that FBI Director James Comey took a fall to protect Hillary Clinton for political reasons is now gaining as much traction as the claim that President Obama was not born in the United States.

But as with the Obama conspiracy theory, a few simple facts undercut the claim that Mr. Comey acted improperly by not moving to indict Mrs. Clinton.

In the case of the Obama conspiracy theory, the Honolulu Advertiser ran an announcement of his birth in Hawaii at the time. Unless you believe that Obama’s parents knew in advance that he would be president of the United States and conspired to place the announcement in the Hawaii paper to legitimize his election, the announcement should have ended any claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the U.S.

Likewise in the case of the FBI’s decision not to indict Mrs. Clinton, if you believe that Mr. Comey succumbed to pressure from President Obama to let her off, you would have to ignore the fact that Mr. Comey damaged her election chances far more than if he had moved to indict her by taking the unprecedented step of releasing the details uncovered by the FBI investigation.

Calling her actions in handling classified material “extremely careless” and refuting her yearlong litany of excuses and dissembling are hardly the actions of someone who is trying to cover up for her. To the contrary, had Hillary been indicted, a trial would not have taken place for at least a year. The electorate meanwhile would have been in the dark about the damaging details of how shockingly she violated the public trust.

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Donald Trump Insisted Clinton’s Email Scandal Far Worse Than Watergate

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails was far more scandalous than Watergate.

Trump also criticized the Justice Department, saying it was tougher on Richard Nixon that Clinton, the Washington Post reports. 

“This is far bigger and a far bigger scandal than Watergate ever was, but with Watergate we had Justice, we had a Justice Department that went after the people,” Trump said. “Here’s something that just, nobody’s ever seen anything like this.”

Trump insisted the Justice Department’s refusal to charge Clinton is evidence of a “rigged system.”

House Oversight Chairman Subpoenas FBI for Full Case File of Clinton Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Saying he’s not messing around, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz subpoenaed the FBI Monday for the full case file of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

During the contentious meeting in which Democrats accused Republicans of trying to derail Clinton’s presidential campaign, Chaffetz said his committee is entitled to the information, Politico reports. 

“It’s ‘trust, but verify’ is how it works,” Chaffetz told FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring. “You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all.”

When Herring said he was unsure whether he could deliver unedited investigative summaries – known as 302s – Chaffetz delivered the subpoena to the witness table where Herring was sitting.

“I’ve signed this subpoena. We want all the 302s….and you are hereby served,” Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz said the FBI doesn’t get to decide what’s relevant for the committee’s investigation.

“That’s the way a banana republic acts, not the way the United States of America acts,” he said. “I don’t expect to have to issue a subpoena to see unclassified information.”

FBI Director Comey Sick And Tired of Talking about Hillary Clinton Investigation

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey is sick and tired of talking about Hillary Clinton’s email investigation.

So much so that he wrote a defensive two-page memo to FBI employees Wednesday, saying the bureau acted with integrity, Vice News reports.

In the memo, Comey said he expected the lawmakers to question him more about the Clinton investigation while he testifies before a Congressional oversight committee later this month about unrelated bureau work.

“Despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn’t a prosecutable case” against Clinton or her aides, Comey wrote.

“You may be sick of this, but let me leave you with a few words about how I have been describing the email investigation in private to our former employees as I meet them around the country,” he wrote. “I explain to them that there are two aspects to this: (1) our judgment about the facts and prosecutive merit; and (2) how we decided to talk about that judgment. I tell them that the difficult decision was actually the second part, not the first. At the end of the day, the case itself was not a cliff-hanger.”