Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Ed Klein: 'High Noon in the Oval' Over Hillary Email Probe

Chapter 16: "High Noon in the Oval"

You could always tell from the look in his eye when James Comey had his Irish up.

And the FBI director had that killer look right now.

It was January 29, 2016, and an aide had just handed Comey a printout of today's White House press conference by Josh Earnest, the president's spokesman. There, marked for Comey's attention, was Earnest's response to a reporter who had asked whether Hillary Clinton was likely to be indicted as a result of the FBI's investigation into her personal emails.

"Based on what we know from the Department of Justice," Earnest said, "it does not seem to be headed in that direction."

Based on what we know!

"How does Earnest know anything?" Comey asked.

It was a rhetorical question.

Uniformed FBI agents on Attorney General Loretta Lynch's protective detail had informed Comey that Lynch had locked an armful of documents on the FBI investigation into her briefcase and delivered them to the White House. More than once, Lynch had brought along a Justice Department prosecutor who was working on the Hillary case to brief the president's staff...

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