We made some waves last week when we highlighted remarks made by former US Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova regarding the current mood among career FBI investigators over FBI Director James Comey’s mishandling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an unauthorized email server for government business.
According to diGenova (in an interview with WMAL radio in Washington DC) the agents he spoke to think Comey is “a hack” and is “a dirty cop.”
This is a big development. This means there are some great, traditional, honest people inside the FBI and DOJ who will not let this stand. They know that Comey is a dirty cop and they are disgusted. Inside the bureau I had a meeting today with a senior former FBI agent who told me this exact story. That people are starting to talk. They’re calling their former friends outside the bureau asking for help. We were asked, today, to provide legal representation for people inside the bureau and we agreed to do so. And, to former agents who want to come forward to talk.
Comey thought this was going to go away. It is not. People inside the are furious. They are embarrassed. They feel they are being led by a hack. But, more than that, they think he’s a crook. They think he’s fundamentally dishonest. They have no confidence in him. The bureau, inside, right now… is a mess.
More agents are now coming forward and telling their stories.
Kerry Pickett at the Daily Caller has a couple of sources who detail everything that went wrong with Comey’s investigation:
“This is a textbook case where a grand jury should have been convened, but was not. That is appalling. We talk about it in the office and don’t know how Comey can keep going.
We didn’t search their house. We always search the house. The search should not just have been for private electronics, which contained classified material, but even for printouts of such material.
There should have been a complete search of their residence. That the FBI did not seize devices is unbelievable. The FBI even seizes devices that have been set on fire.”
Pickett also spoke with another special agent who she describes as someone who “worked counter-terrorism and criminal cases.”
“Comey was never an investigator or special agent. The special agents are trained investigators and they are insulted that Comey included them in ‘collective we’ statements in his testimony to imply that the SAs agreed that there was nothing there to prosecute,” the second agent said. “All the trained investigators agree that there is a lot to prosecuted but he stood in the way.”
He added, “The idea that [the Clinton/e-mail case] didn’t go to a grand jury is ridiculous.”
So between these two agents, and the agents who spoke to diGenova, there appears to be a growing lack of confidence within the FBI in the integrity and even competence of the man who occupies the same office of J. Edgar Hoover.
At what point does congress, using their oversight role, issue subpoenas and get these agents under oath and on the record to help save the image and reputation of their historic agency?