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Podesta: ‘Forces within the FBI’ Worked Against Clinton During the Presidential Election

John Podesta

John Podesta

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta claimed Monday that “forces within the FBI” worked against the Democratic presidential nominee.

“There are at least forces within the FBI that wanted her to lose,” Podesta said in a taped NewCo. Shift discussion with John Heilemann.

“I’m not sure they really understood the alternative, but they wanted her to lose. I think that’s one possibility.”

Still, Pedesta offered no new evidence to back up his claim. He said FBI Director James Comey used “bad judgment” by notifying Congress just 11 days before the election that the FBI was reviewing emails that may have been related to Clinton’s use a private email server.

Comey “ended up dropping this bombshell in the middle of the election against the advice of the Justice Department, against the long-term practice of Democratic and Republican administrations,” Podesta said.

He added: “If you look at the polling at that period time, that’s when the race began to tighten in that week.”

President Trump to Retain James Comey As FBI Director

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey, who has incensed both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, is expected to retain his position under President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports. 

Comey has served four years of his 10-year term, and many thought Trump would ask for his resignation.

The FBI declined to comment on Comey.

Despite the move, the FBI will continue investigating Russia’s interference with the U.S. presidential election.

McCain Shows Documents to FBI That Indicate Trump’s Team Had Contact with Russia

John McCain

John McCain

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s campaign had secret contacts with Moscow, and Russian intelligence has information that is personally compromising to the president-elect, according to documents obtained by Sen. John McCain.

McCain, a Republican, passed the documents to FBI Director James Comey, the Guardian reports. 

The documents were published by BuzzFeed, which made clear that the information was “unverified and potentially unverifiable.”

In response to the documents, Trump tweeted: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”

The Guardian spoke to an official in the U.S. administration who said the documents appear to be reliable.

Sen. Reid: FBI Director Comey Should Be Investigated Over Russian Hacking Probe

Sen. Harry Reid.

Sen. Harry Reid.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Harry Reid has called on an investigation of FBI Director James Comey on Saturday, alleging he refused to reveal information about Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate Democratic leader alluded to reports that the CIA had concluded people with Russian connections disclosed hacked Democratic emails to WikiLeaks to help Donald Trump win the election, the Washington Post reports.

“The FBI had this material for a long time but … Comey, who’s of course a Republican, refused to divulge this information,” Reid told MSNBC. “… He has let the country down for partisan purposes.”

Reid even compared Comey to J. Edgar Hoover and said he should be investigated by the Senate and  “should be investigated by other agencies of the government including the security agencies because if there ever were a matter of security, it’s this.”

On Sunday, Trump said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Russia helped his campaign, saying the claims are “just another excuse” by Democrats.

USA Today: James Comey Should Remain FBI Director to Hold Trump Accountable

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
USA Today

Perhaps no public official emerged from the presidential campaign more battered than FBI Director James Comey. Republicans savaged him in the summer for declining to seek prosecution of Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information that passed through her private email server. Democrats were apoplectic when he brought the email inquiry back into the limelight just days before the election.

On Thursday, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook blamed her defeat in large part on Comey’s “total breach” of Justice Department protocol. “It’s mind-boggling why he did this.”

Should Comey, who is three years into a 10-year term, resign or be fired?

His critics should be careful what they wish for. Comey’s departure would open the door for President-elect Donald Trump to appoint the next FBI director, one who might not have Comey’s reputation for speaking truth to power. The phrase has become a cliché, but the people who actually have the guts to do it in Washington are rare, especially when the power they’re speaking to is the president of the United States.

Comey has displayed that sort of courage and independence in the past, and the FBI’s leader might well need such strengths during a Trump administration. The Trump family’s far-flung international business interests could present conflicts that come under the FBI’s purview. The director might also have to deal with Trump’s mistaken and dangerous belief that the president decides who gets investigated or prosecuted. Those jobs fall under the authority of the FBI  and the Justice Department — not the White House.

To read more click here. 

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division

FBI's Portland division.

FBI’s Portland division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Portland division of the FBI has a new special agent in charge.

FBI Director James Comey appointed Loren Cannon, who has worked for the bureau since 1998.

Cannon will replace Greg Bretzing, who had been at the helm since March 2014.

Cannon began his FBI careering the San Francisco division, where he investigated international terrorism, drug trafficking and violent crime.

Cannon most recently serve as section chief of the Leadership Development Program in the Human Resources Branch at FBI headquarters.

Trump Spokesman Declines to Show Support for FBI Director Comey

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The fate of FBI Director James Comey hangs in the balance after a spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump declined to back him.

“There hasn’t been any official statement with regard to Director Comey,’’ Trump spokesman Jason Miller said during the transition team’s daily briefing, the Washington Post reports. 

Asked if Trump would ask Comey to resign,  Miller only said: “I would imagine that at some point, the two will meet.”

Comey has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

On “60 Minutes,” Trump said he hasn’t decided if he’ll ask Comey to resign.

“I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot,’’ said Trump, adding that he wanted to meet with Comey before deciding.

Buffalo News: FBI Director James Comey ‘Needs to go, Now’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
The Buffalo News

James B. Comey needs to go, now. With the FBI director’s carelessness regarding the matter of Hillary Clinton’s emails and his pointless late-campaign intrusion into the election, Comey has rendered himself toxic to the cause of justice. He has been undone by his own bad judgment and should step aside in favor of new leadership.

The problem isn’t that the FBI, under Comey’s leadership, investigated Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. It was an appropriate, even necessary, undertaking. But if he wasn’t intending to influence the course of this month’s presidential election, his hamfisted handling of the investigation gave it that appearance. That is an ominous possibility given the authority of the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

With that, Comey is used up. Even if his missteps were honest or inadvertent, he has lost the credibility necessary for administering a law enforcement agency that must, at all costs, be apolitical. It’s not J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI anymore.

Among Comey’s most grievous violations were the way he cleared Clinton of wrongdoing in the email case in July and his decision to go public with a renewed investigation only days before the election. Both violated long-established standards.

Typically, law enforcement agencies never acknowledge the existence of a preliminary investigation, let alone its conclusion. This one was a legitimate exception to that rule and, for that reason, Comey appropriately revealed that it had ended and that Clinton would not be charged with any crime.

But he went beyond that, making inflammatory observations about her that, while welcomed by Clinton’s adversaries, were inappropriate to a law enforcement agency. What was needed was his conclusion, without the personal observations about her use of a private email server. That was political.

To read more click here. http://buffalonews.com/2016/11/15/editorial-fbi-director-exercised-terrible-judgment-intervening-presidential-campaign/

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