The attorney general could have ordered FBI Director James Comey not to send his bombshell letter on Clinton emails. Here’s why she didn’t.
“Justice officials laid out a number of arguments against releasing the letter. It violated two long-standing policies. Never publicly discuss an ongoing investigation. And never take an action affecting a candidate for office close to Election Day. Besides, they said, the FBI did not know yet what was in the emails or if they had anything to do with the Clinton case. Remarkably, the country’s two top law enforcement officials never spoke. As Comey’s boss, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch could have given the FBI director an order to not send the letter. But Lynch and her advisers feared that Comey would not listen. He seemed to feel strongly about updating Congress on his sworn testimony about the Clinton investigation. Instead, they tried to relay their concerns through the Justice official whom the FBI had called. Their efforts failed. Within 24 hours of the first FBI call, Comey’s letter was out….” [Note – the highest ranking officials at the FBI and DOJ did not speak to one another – what does this say about the state of communications, decision making, transparency, accountability, truth and justice in America today?]
- See also via WaPo – Cybersecurity firm hired by DNC says Russian military unit is behind hack – “The firm linked malware used to hack emails of the Democratic National Committee and interfere with the U.S. presidential election to an infected Android app that helped the Russian military track the Ukrainian army in its battle against pro-Russia separatists from late 2014 through 2016.”