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30-Year Federal Prosecutor Who Worked With Comey: Letter “makes him and my beloved FBI…look like a bunch of Keystone Cops”

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From Gene Rossi, a 30-year federal prosecutor who worked with Jim Comey. Also note that Rossi is running for the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor of Virginia in 2017 (bolding added by me for emphasis).

Today is sad for me. During my close to 30 years with USDOJ, I had the honor and privilege of working with now-FBI Director Jim Comey from 1997-2001 in the US Attorney’s Office in Virginia. In the Bush II Administration, he had the absolute courage to stare down the White House Mafia over an unconstitutional surveillance program–next to the hospital bed of patient Attorney General John Ashcroft. However, I must reluctantly state that the Director’s vague, nebulous, and unprecedented weird dud of an email letter to Congress makes him and my beloved FBI, with which I worked for decades, look like a bunch of Keystone Cops. The Director was so smart, he did not think.

P.S. More from Gene Rossi in a conversation I just had with them: “I am really mad at Comey’s letter. Violates DOJ policy. I would have been fired.”

  • Robert Reich:

    FBI Director James B. Comey’s bombshell announcement yesterday that he’s directed investigators to begin reviewing new evidence in the Clinton email investigation flew in the face of years of precedent about how to handle sensitive cases as Election Day nears. The Department almost always refrains from announcing investigations close to elections for fear of impugning the integrity and reputation of a candidate when there’s no finding by a court or even an indictment.

    For this reason Janet Reno, the Attorney General under Bill Clinton, stopped the prosecution of a politically sensitive criminal target prior to an election. In another case, the FBI opened an investigation into a high-ranking public official shortly before an election but delayed sending any subpoenas until after the election for fear they might leak and unfairly tarnish the official. (That investigation ultimately concluded with no charges.)

    Comey’s defenders say he would have been criticized had he withheld information about new Clinton email evidence until after the election. But he didn’t actually provide Congress or the public with any substantive information yesterday. He provided just enough detail to allow Republicans to make speculative charges about Clinton, but not enough to allow her to defend herself.

    I think Comey’s judgment was terrible here.