FBI: Criminal Investigation Into Clinton ‘Imminent’ Following Comey Departure

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The FBI are to launch a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified data following James Comey’s departure.

The firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday has “cleared the pathway” for the Justice Department, headed by Jeff Sessions, to relaunch an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified data while she served as Secretary of State, according to insiders at the bureau.

This time, we are going to tackle each and every breach as a criminal act, and react accordingly,” an FBI insider claims.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey citing “serious mistakes” and “mishandling” of the Hillary Clinton investigation, the FBI source claims “the Clinton probe was a faux probe.”

We aren’t talking about Congressional hearings that span months and involve political tit for tat. We’re talking about agents on the ground with search warrants and the power to arrest the minute a law has been broken.

Comey was compromised

President Trump and senior advisers became increasingly enraged at Comey’s politically motivated behavior and his reluctance to enforce the law.

Comey’s congressional testimony last week, in which he made false statements later corrected by the FBI, was the final straw for the Trump administration.

The sight of the FBI Director admitting that Hillary Clinton broke the law, and then insisting that she will not be prosecuted because of a lack of intent, was too much to bear.

“I do think Director Comey was compromised,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said to Fox on Wednesday. “And the President made a presidential decision.”

Even the letter to Congress made public by Comey in the final week of the campaign was a politically expedient public relations exercise, rather than an exercise in law enforcement.

Believing that Clinton’s win was a near-certainty, Comey released the letter to avoid potential accusations of favoritism after the election.

After the election, Comey would explain to Clinton the reason for going public with the letter, and explain that it strengthened his position, her position and the reputation of the bureau.

However it didn’t turn out that way, and now senior positions at the White House, Department of Justice and the FBI are filled by people who support the re-opening of the case.

The reports indicate that Comey’s firing represents a renewed focus on information pertaining to the investigation into Hillary Clinton, after the previous probe was criticized by both supporters and detractors of the former secretary of state, with both camps painting the investigation as being either politically motivated or hampered by alleged attempts to cover up evidence of wrongdoing.

“This has the full support of everybody in the White House. We just needed to get all of our ducks in a row before we could act. It has been a really frustrating few months, but necessary.”

Baxter Dmitry

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