FBI Director James Comey Schooled by Former DOJ Spokesman for Abusing His Power

By Sarah Jones/politicususa

Former DOJ spokesman for Eric Holder Matthew Miller, a self described “recovering flack from DOJ, DSCC”, schooled Republican FBI Director James Comey for violating his power and lambasted him for commenting on a case within 60 days of an election.

“The department and the FBI have very strict rules about when they can comment on ongoing cases and Director Comey has violated those rules going back to his original press conference when he closed the case,” Miller said on CNN. “But this latest example violates a long standing practice which is that the department goes out of its way not to do anything that can be seen as trying to influence an election in the closing days of an election, and usually they interpret the closing days to be seen as the last 60 days let alone the last 11 days.”

Watch here:

http://www.cnn.com/video/api/embed.html#/video/tv/2016/10/28/fmr-doj-spokesman-reacts-to-fbi-news-lead-matthew-miller-live.cnn

Miller also held school on Twitter about Comey’s abuse of power, which has led to Hillary Clinton having to defend against a negative:

I wrote a piece in July on why Comey’s public comments about Clinton were such an inappropriate abuse of power. 1/https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/james-comeys-abuse-of-power/2016/07/06/7799d39e-4392-11e6-8856-f26de2537a9d_story.html?utm_term=.e52be523a140 

Photo published for James Comey’s abuse of power

James Comey’s abuse of power

The FBI director violated time-honored Justice Dept. practices with his remarks about Clinton’s emails.

washingtonpost.com

He flagrantly violated DOJ rules with his press conference. Then went on to break new ground discussing details of the case to Congress…2/

Followed by quickly releasing FBI 302’s, something they rarely do, and which I doubt they will do for future high-profile cases. 3/

Each time, he either violated or seriously stretched DOJ rule & precedent. Press conference was the original sin, & it begat the rest. 4/

But today’s disclosure might be worst abuse yet. DOJ goes out of its way to avoid publicly discussing investigations close to election. 5/

Not just public discussion either. Often won’t send subpoenas or take other steps that might leak until after an election is over…6/

Why? Because voters have no way to interpret FBI/DOJ activity in a neutral way. Who is the target of an investigation? What conduct? 7/

This might be totally benign & not even involve Clinton. But no way for press or voters to know that. Easy for opponent to make hay over. 8/

Which takes us back to the original rule: you don’t comment on ongoing investigations. Then multiply that times ten close to an election. 9/

For whatever reason (& there are many theories), Comey continues to ignore that. But only for Clinton. 10/

FBI is undoubtedly investigating links between the Russian hack, Manafort, & the Trump campaign. But aren’t commenting on it. Good! 11/

Miller points out, “This just smells worse and worse the more we learn”, linking to this:

Emails “were not to or from Clinton” and appeared like info FBI already had. WTF??? http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-fbi-clinton-email-probe-20161028-story.html 

Photo published for FBI says that emails found in Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal may have links to Clinton probe

FBI says that emails found in Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal may have links to Clinton probe

Just as Hillary Clinton appeared to be cruising to election day with the wind at her back, the FBI rattled the presidential race Friday by announcing it is again probing emails that might be related…

latimes.com

The problem with Comey’s actions isn’t that he is investigating Hillary Clinton; the problem is he is violating long standing rules that prohibit federal employees from doing anything that could be seen as political near an election. It is an established rule that ongoing investigations aren’t commented on for obvious reasons.

This is quite simply not done. Comey’s reasons for doing this are unclear, and perhaps when he provides more information his decision will make more sense. But it’s troubling that we are seeing such a consistent breakdown of tradition and rules/agreements of law surrounding the Trump campaign, which seems to have lowered the bar all around.

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