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Monday, May 15, 2017

Comey Testimony on Clinton’s ‘Intent’ in Email Case Triggered Firing

The surprise firing of James Comey was triggered by the ousted FBI director's recent comments on why he chose not to seek the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for using an unsecure email server, according to White House and Trump administration officials.

President Trump was angered by Comey's assertion that Clinton had no criminal intent when she mishandled highly classified information on her private server, said officials familiar with the president's thinking.

The Comey firing took center stage at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday where the acting FBI director fielded questions from Democrats who suggested the dismissal was aimed at hampering an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe into whether Russian intelligence secretly cooperated with the Trump presidential campaign last year.

During May 3 Senate testimony, Comey said one reason he recommended against a Justice Department prosecution of Clinton was that she lacked criminal "intent" when setting up the private email server that was used to transmit some classified information.

"Federal law is clear regarding classified materials: intent is not relevant [to mishandling classified information]," the White House official said.

The probe into Clinton's emails revealed that "top secret" information, including some of the nation's most closely guarded information held in what are called Special Access Programs, was transmitted on her private email server. The information included secrets on North Korea's nuclear programs and how the U.S. government targets terrorists for drone strikes.

The president was said to be upset that Comey had granted concessions to witnesses in the email probe that undermined its integrity, the officials said.

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4 comments:

Thornton Crowe said...

James Comey was like a perfectly disastrous storm. He was the culmination of everything wrong in DC today and his firing was a combination of all the above. He has been political since the day of his appointment and his Clinton relationship history demonstrates his politicization has deep roots that go all the way back to Whitewater in the 90s. If people dared to enlighten themselves on the cast of DC characters they would quickly see the sinew that ties them all together in a beautifully corrupt tapestry that is being destroyed by our brand new Department of Justice.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled... it's about to get a whole lot more interesting, kids.

Anonymous said...

Call the US Marshals out and have them arrest the lying criminal bitch, and taser her for resisting arrest!

Hillary for Prison!

Anonymous said...

1:59 Right on ! Keep up the good fight!

Anonymous said...

I think the intentions are clear when you hide emails , destroying electronic devices, while constantly denying you did no wrong, lock that two bit flee bag up ! Let her pull her last breath wile in a cell! I Pray they really investigate the Clinton foundation , then maybe they can catch 3 rats with one investigation.