10 Comey Mistakes

10 Comey Mistakes

ComeyComey will inevitably be remembered for the controversial role he played in the 2016 presidential election, where his agency conducted surveillance of the Trump campaign as well as investigated the Clinton camp for mishandling classified materials, giving both sides arguments for how the FBI ultimately swayed the vote.  But even before the 2016 campaign, the FBI endured a number of humiliations under Comey’s tenure. Most damning were revelations that the FBI was generally aware of almost every terrorist who successfully struck America over the last eight years.

Here are 10 of Comey’s biggest embarrassments at the FBI:

1. Before he bombed the Boston Marathon, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev but let him go. Russia sent the Obama Administration a second warning, but the FBI opted against investigating him again.

2. Shortly after the NSA scandal exploded in 2013, the FBI was exposed conducting its own data mining on innocent Americans; the agency, Bloomberg reported, retains that material for decades (even if no wrongdoing is found).

3. The FBI had possession of emails sent by Nidal Hasan saying he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers to protect the Taliban — but didn’t intervene, leading many critics to argue the tragedy that resulted in the death of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been prevented.

4. During the Obama Administration, the FBI claimed that two private jets were being used primarily for counterterrorism, when in fact they were mostly being used for Eric Holder and Robert Mueller’s business and personal travel.

5. When the FBI demanded Apple create a “backdoor” that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America’s biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey’s questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun, as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone, and b) Almost every other major national security figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director General Petraeus to former CIA Director James Woolsey to former director of the NSA, General Michael Hayden), warning that such a “crack” would inevitably wind up in the wrong hands.

6. In 2015, the FBI conducted a controversial raid on a Texas political meeting, finger printing, photographing, and seizing phones from attendees (some in the group believe in restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic).

7. During its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, the FBI made an unusual deal in which Clinton aides were both given immunity and allowed to destroy their laptops.

8. The father of the radical Islamist who detonated a backpack bomb in New York City in 2016 alerted the FBI to his son’s radicalization. The FBI, however, cleared Ahmad Khan Rahami after a brief interview.

9. The FBI also investigated the terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Despite a more than 10-month investigation of Omar Mateen — during which Mateen admitting lying to agents — the FBI opted against pressing further and closed its case.

10. CBS recently reported that when two terrorists sought to kill Americans attending the “Draw Muhammad” event in Garland, Texas, the FBI not only had an understanding an attack was coming, but actually had an undercover agent traveling with the Islamists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. The FBI has refused to comment on why the agent on the scene did not intervene during the attack.

  • The Comey extra money request according to Limbaugh today is #FakeNews started by CNN. I don’t think had a clue that his head was on the chopping block unless he just loves to ride airplanes out to the west coast. The 50/50 hindsight media cannot get enough talking about the timing. When is a good time to get fired–anytime the President wants to fire you. Trump has these bureaucrats shaking in their boots. Do your job or get out.

    I think that if the democrats keep screaming for a special prosecutor, the GOP should appoint one TO REOPEN THE HILLARY EMAIL INVESTIGATION. She needs to investigated without the so called ‘no intent’ BS removed as this was Comey faulty logic. Judge Nap has been right on the money concerning this Comey scumbag from day one. And so have we.

    I would love to see either Trey or Sheriff David Clark for new director. My preference is Trey but like Newt said this morning if Trump said the flag was red, white, and blue, Schumer would say it is chartreuse so whomever gets nominated will have a tough confirmation hearing.

  • LM

    I think you are right, he did not have a clue. Trump blind-sided Comey, a sucker punch. Comey could not pretend surprise so well (“you’re joking”). I think it is shitty not to call Comey in to HQ to say you’re fired to his face. But Trump is an asshole. Always has been. Bad-ass needed to do war with the likes of Schumer, Pelosi.

    Hillary……also the CCFF (Clinton Crime Family Foundation) has no immunity. Comey declared in a press conference that “no prosecutor would prosecute” as no criminal intent was found (deep bullshit) but that is not an exoneration. No referral being sent to DOJ recommending indictment is not exoneration so if a current DOJ wants to indict they can focus on some evidence not in Comey’s report and go after them under the Espionage Act (but not grab the ones already granted immunity like Mills). Highly unlikely, though letting the idea hang out there might be fun to watch. The Democrats were even more pissed off at Comey when he did the Clinton emails replay in October. I’m sure it hurt to some extent but look at it this way: In July Comey did his absurd press conference with the “no intent” defense Clinton email perpetrators. Clearly, he was out to absolve Clinton. Then the Huma-Weiner breathe of security in the document downloads appeared to him. He brought it to light saying a review showed no criminality to prosecute and there is not case. To me October is just a part of July……..let Hillary off the hook. Too bad it was so close to the election but Comey had to complete his flimflam after the new issue appeared. He was bought from the beginning and had to stay bought when new shit appeared. Democrats have to know that. But they need someone other than Hillary herself to blame for losing so it is blame Comey’s October and the Trump-Russian collusion excuses.