It is becoming apparent that the FBI Director, James Comey, has got game. After he decided that no prosecution was needed against Hillary Clinton, he has lived in a firestorm. Comey has now demonstrated that when it comes to infighting, he has mastered the art. This article examines how the Director has forced the administration to back him AND take the risks. Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General, was forced into a put up or shut up situation. If you don’t understand all this, please read on.
As Written By Thomas Lifson for American Thinker:
James Comey finds himself at the center of the bitterest, most divisive presidential election in memory, a fate he sought to avoid. Having decided not to recommend prosecution of Hillary Clinton in July, his hand was evidently forced when agents brought him news of the existence of a vast trove of emails related to Hillary Clinton’s home-brew server. Voluntarily or not, Comey is now a key player in the highest-stakes political game our Constitution offers, and he is playing his cards like a riverboat gambler.
Two pieces of news yesterday seem to indicate that a complicated game is being played by Comey, now that he understands what he is in the midst of. Reuters reports that Comey, in the expression used by the U.K. Daily Mail, called Loretta Lynch’s bluff when she tried to get him to keep secret the discovery of hundreds of thousands of emails.
An astonishing confrontation between the attorney-general and the FBI director over Hillary Clinton’s emails was revealed Monday.
Sources told Reuters how James Comey, the FBI boss, challenged Loretta Lynch, the nation’s most senior prosecutor, over whether she was directing him to keep the bombshell discovery of new, ‘relevant’ emails secret from Congress. (snip)
The Comey-Lynch confrontation unfolded on Thursday, some time after Comey was fully briefed on the existence of the trove of emails uncovered by agents investigating Anthony Weiner’s sexting of a 15-year-old girl.
Lynch made it known that she thought his decision violated department policy, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.
As Comey and Lynch aides debated last Thursday whether alerting Congress about the emails would comply with longstanding Justice Department policy against announcing overt investigative steps that would influence an upcoming election, Comey asked whether he was being explicitly directed not to do so.
Lynch never gave Comey the order not to send the emails, a senior government official said.
Comey cornered Lynch into having to take responsibility for what she wanted done. That shows that Comey is indeed a skilled bureaucratic infighter and that he is now playing hardball with Lynch, Obama, and Clinton.
Apparently, the hardball message was already received by the ….
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