Comey book says he threatened to call for a special counsel over Clinton emails

FBI Director James Comey threatened to call for a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email server in the spring of 2016, after Clinton’s lawyers refused on the grounds of attorney-client privilege to turn over their laptops for examination by the bureau’s agents.

The hard line taken by Clinton’s legal team made Justice Department lawyers “very nervous” and cast a “chill” in relations between the DOJ and the FBI at a critical moment in the politically charged case, Comey writes in his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” which was released Tuesday.

The new details about the laptop dispute — including Comey’s previously undisclosed threat to request a special counsel over the issue — takes on fresh relevance in light of the current dispute over whether the government seizure of documents from Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, infringes on attorney-client privilege.

As Comey recounts it in his book, he was adamant the bureau get access to the lawyers’ laptops to complete its investigation into Clinton’s email server. The reason: the FBI needed to determine how Clinton’s lawyers determined which of the 60,000 emails on her private server were “personal” before they turned over the remaining  government-related emails to the State Department.

Although Clinton’s lawyers insisted they made the deletions in good faith, “we weren’t just going to take their word for it,” Comey writes. “We needed to know firsthand how the lawyers made those decisions and we wanted to see the devices they used so our experts could look for traces of the deleted emails.”

But, Comey writes, Beth Wilkinson, the veteran Washington defense lawyer who represented Clinton’s lawyers, started “talking tough” to Justice Department officials. She told them there was “no way” she would turn over laptops that contained clients’ privileged communications, some of which were unrelated to Hillary Clinton. (Wilkinson did not immediately respond to an email request for comment by Yahoo News, saying she had not yet seen the book.)

When Justice Department lawyers failed to back up the FBI, the investigation into Clinton’s private email server nearly blew up, according to Comey.

“We were at an impasse,” Comey writes. “The FBI could not, with a straight face, tell the American people we had done a competent investigation if we didn’t move heaven and earth to understand that email review and deletion process. It didn’t matter to us that it involved her lawyers. I would not agree to complete the investigation without seeing those laptops and interviewing those lawyers. Period. If Secretary Clinton wanted to still be under criminal investigation for the next two years, fine.”

In Comey’s account, the laptop dispute nearly derailed the Clinton investigation on the eve of the former secretary of state’s expected nomination as the Democratic candidate for president.

That May, Comey went to then Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and made a threat that would have caused the issue to erupt into public view. He told her, “I was close to the point where I was going to recommend the appointment of a special prosecutor,” Comey writes. “I said that soon it would be too late for this Department of Justice to complete the investigation without grievous damage to public faith in our work. It would require a prosecutor outside the control of the political leadership of the department. I didn’t know the date I would recommend such a thing, I said, but we were getting close, unless we got those laptops.”

Comey’s threat apparently worked: Almost immediately after he raised the issue of a special counsel, “junior lawyers” at the Justice Department were suddenly “hell-bent on getting those laptops” and a deal was worked giving them access to the computers.

What Comey doesn’t mention is that the deal also included limited immunity for Clinton’s lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson — a concession that later drew criticism from Republican members of Congress.

Comey makes clear that, after reviewing the laptops, the FBI “found nothing” that changed its view that the case did not merit criminal prosecution of Clinton. But his lengthy recounting of the episode suggests it weighed heavily on him at two pivotal events during the campaign: his July 5 announcement (made without consulting Justice Department lawyers) that the FBI would not recommend pursuing charges against Clinton but that he viewed her handling of classified emails as “extremely careless,” and his Oct. 28 letter informing Congress that the bureau had found additional Clinton emails on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, husband of Clinton’s personal aide, Huma Abedin.

Clinton has said she believes the October letter probably cost her the election.


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Are Comey, Hillary, McCabe, Lynch, and other Obama-era #NeverTrump renegades about to be indicted on multiple felony charges?

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At present fired FBI Director James Comey is basking in the klieg lights on various American Pravda media sets around the country hawking his “bitchy” new book in which there are no new explosive details about his brief time in President Donald J. Trump’s administration.

Breathless Leftists and Democrats are hoping that Comey, during one of his appearances, will finally utter that bombshell that will spell the end of the Trump “nightmare” that sees The Donald — and the America First, swamp-draining revolution he spawned — run out of D.C. with the lesson being that no one else should ever dare try to take on The Deep State Establishment.

Well, I hate to disappoint Americans who are waiting for that utterance, but it’s not coming. In fact, it’s far more likely that Comey — along with several Obama-era officials — will face legal action for their nefarious attempt to keep Trump out of D.C. (and the White House) in the first place.

As reported by The Daily Caller, a group of Republican lawmakers who still care about the rule of law and want to see justice delivered to the American people have written a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking both to open criminal investigations into Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and recently-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for their roles in 1) lying about intelligence in order to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign; and 2) intentionally botching the probe into Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified data via an unsecured private server. (Related: GOP launches “Lyin Comey” website ahead of his book tour: Won’t let disgraced former FBI director “rehabilitate his image.”)

The letter, which was posted online by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., requests that Wray and Sessions use their respective authority to investigate “potential violation(s) of federal statutes.

In addition to DeSantis, Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Claudia Tenney of New York, and several others signed the letter.

“Those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American” and because of that the members want to be sure that any “potential violations of law” be “vetted appropriately,” the group of lawmakers wrote.

“In doing so, we are especially mindful of the dissimilar degree of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” they added.

As The Daily Caller noted further:

The group argues that Comey mishandled the Clinton email investigation, an investigation they believe to be “motivated by a political agenda.”

FBI released documents in October 2017 show that Comey started drafting a letter regarding the email probe months before the former FBI director began conducting key interviews. The letter recommended that charges not be brought against Clinton.

Comey, we have since learned, believed that Clinton was going to wipe the floor with Trump and that she was going to be a shoo-in to be his new boss. His wife and daughters thought so, too, he has said.

Didn’t happen. But what did happen was that he and the others mentioned in the letter were part of a Deep State plot to deny Trump the White House at any cost, and should he win against all odds, to deny him any peace and to ensure that his presidency was undermined daily — with investigations, wild allegations, and doubts.

From Comey’s leaking of a memo to trigger special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, to Lynch’s threat of reprisal against an FBI informant who came forward with damning information about the Uranium One scandal to Clinton’s paying for the “Russia dossier,” Republicans are seeking answers, and they are the only ones who are.

Will Sessions and Wray step up to restore some of their agency’s respect and trust?

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Comey’s Book Tied Trump’s Removal Under the 25th Amendment Disability Clause

Disgraced FBI Director, James Comey, recently wrote a book called “A Higher Loyalty”. Is he talking loyalty to the Deep State? In his book, Comey talks about his actions towards Hillary Clinton. You will not believe the words that came out of Comey’s mouth. The apparent purpose of the book is tied to impugning the President’s mental health which could result in his removal from office under the 25the Amendment.


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Comey blames Obama & Lynch for ‘setting up’ FBI during Clinton investigation

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In his new book, former FBI director James Comey blames President Barack Obama and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for “setting up” his bureau amid the investigation into the Hillary Clinton email affair.

In the book, Comey writes that President Obama “jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility,” by referring to Clinton’s use of a private email server as a “mistake,” according to an advance copy obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Obama appeared on Fox News in 2016, and said that Clinton may have been careless but did not do anything to intentionally harm national security. “President Obama is a very smart man who understands the law very well,” wrote Comey. “To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made.”

Comey also points the finger at Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who he says approached him and asked him to refer to the ongoing investigation as a “matter,” instead of an “investigation.”

The former FBI director saw this request as overtly political. The Clinton campaign had been referring to the criminal investigation as a “matter” to divert attention away from the fact that a presidential candidate was actually being investigated by the FBI.

“The attorney general seemed to be directing me to align with the Clinton campaign strategy,” Comey wrote. “Her ‘just do it’ response to my question indicated that she had no legal or procedural justification for her request.”

Just weeks before meeting Comey, Lynch met former president Bill Clinton at an airport in Arizona. After articles circulatedalleging that the former president met with Lynch to try and sway the investigation, the FBI scrambled to find and silence the source, according to conservative watchdog, Judicial Watch.

In a statement released on Sunday, Lynch denied any attempt to meddle in the investigation. “At no time did I ever discuss any aspect of the investigation with anyone from the Clinton campaign or the DNC,” it read.

“I have known James Comey almost 30 years. Throughout his time as Director we spoke regularly about some of the most sensitive issues in law enforcement and national security. If he had any concerns regarding the email investigation, classified or not, he had ample opportunities to raise them with me both privately and in meetings. He never did.”

Comey has been accused of partisanship in the Clinton email investigation, most notably by President Donald Trump, who fired Comey for his handling of the case last May. In a tweet on Saturday, the president slammed Comey for his admission that he treated Clinton differently because he thought she would win the 2016 election.

In his book, Comey writes that he announced the re-opening of the FBI’s investigation days before the election, because he feared keeping quiet would make Clinton look like an “illegitimate president.”

In his interview on Sunday, Comey told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he “was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump.”

Last year, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) published evidence that Comey had already drafted an exoneration letter for Clinton, while the FBI had yet to interview 17 key witnesses. “Conclusion first, fact-gathering second,” wrote Grassley. “That’s no way to run an investigation.”

Comey’s book, ‘A Higher Loyalty,’ is already number one on the Amazon bestsellers list ahead of its release on Tuesday. While the disgruntled FBI director may go down as a bestselling author, President Trump believes, according to his Sunday tweet, that “Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!”

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Comey Questions Colbert About ‘Pee Tape’ Hotel Room in Moscow

CBS’s The Late Show
April 17, 2018
11:52:18 PM Eastern

STEPHEN COLBERT: Sir, thanks for being here.

JAMES COMEY: It’s great to be here. Thanks for having me.

COLBERT: Before we get started, you’ve done a lot of interviews. I do a lot of interviews. I just want you to know, I need loyalty. ( Laughter ) I expect loyalty. Can you give me that?

COMEY: Eat your shrimp scampi.

COLBERT: Was that over dinner?

COMEY: Yes, it was over dinner.

COLBERT: All right. Well, all I ask from you is honesty tonight. I know that when you were fired, you say in the book, when it was over, you flew back on a plane to the east coast, drinking pinot noir out of a paper cup, so I thought maybe we could recreate that happy moment for you right now. ( Cheers and applause ) There you go. To the truth.

COMEY: Yes, to the truth.


COLBERT: You can see– you’re a prosecutor. You’re not just telling a story. You’re laying out a case for your actions regarding Hillary Clinton and her investigation, and your run-ins with Donald Trump. It’s a– it’s an indictment of Donald Trump in describing what an ethical leader is. Do you think that he has – I know you don’t like the man, but do you think he has an opportunity still to be an ethical leader? Can he turn his presidency around if your eyes?

COMEY: I think it would be very hard given the way he is as a person. He doesn’t seem to be somebody who has external reference points his life. Ethical leaders make hardest decisions by looking to some reference points.


COLBERT: Describe him as being– or the people around him, as having a mob, or a Cosa Nostra quality. What is it about him and the people around him that feels like the mob, which you prosecuted, to you?


COLBERT: If you felt like you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised that you got whacked? ( Laughter ) Because that’s what they do.

COMEY: I actually was quite surprised because I thought I’m leading the Russia investigation. Even though our relationship was becoming strained, there’s no way I’m going to get fired or whacked.


COLBERT: The president has said some kind of fun things about you. He has called you in the last few days, he has called you “Slippery Jim.” And he has called you a “Slimeball.” Anything to say back?

COMEY: No. He’s tweeted at me probably 50 times. I’ve been gone for a year. I’m like a breakup he can’t get over. He wakes up in the morning– ( cheers and applause ) I’m out there– I’m out there living my best life. He wakes up in the morning and tweets at me.


COLBERT: Well, you– he’s not the only one who has called you names. Chris Wallace, talking about your book, called you “Bitchy” because he was surprised about the– you were talking about President Trump’s hair and his hand size and the fact that he looks so, sort of Orange, when you see him. Why did you include that?

COMEY: Because I’m trying to be an author. ( Laughter ) And I’m sitting there typing, and I can hear my editor saying, “Bring the reader with you. Show the reader that room.”


COLBERT: Are you surprised how much attention just that part of it has gotten? Because I want to point out to everybody out there– People I know and respect or are interested in book have said, “I don’t know, it seems a little tawdry, the hair and the hands.” It is one paragraph on page 217 into 218. It’s probably six sentences. Okay. [Rips pages out] Now it’s out of the book. There’s another 160 pages in here that are pretty good and pretty gripping. Why do you think people are focusing just on that?

COMEY: Because they haven’t read the book, and they’re looking to criticize the book and me, and so they’re looking for a handhold. And that was an easy handhold. To my mind it’s a silly handhold, but it’s something people grab on to and they can on of go on TV and talk about and haven’t done what you have done, which is actually reading it.


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COLBERT: Let’s keep on going. Because, look, I want to be delicate here, but he looks like a microwave circus peanut that someone rubbed on a golden retriever. By the way, I went to that room– just so you know, the people out there know– I went to that room. I stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow. We rented that room. Which is really all you need to do. Now, you’re an investigator, did anyone from your office ever go to that hotel and look at that room?

COMEY: Not while I was director.

COLBERT: I don’t know if anyone from the press—You’re an investigator, would you like to ask me anything of the room? Ask me anything about that room.

COMEY: Is it big enough for the– a germophobe to be at a safe distance from the activity?

COLBERT: The bedroom is very long, very long. You could definitely be out of at what we call at Sea World, “the splash zone.” Okay?


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Bozell & Graham Column: Comey’s Pocket-Stuffers in the Press

The definition of “news” is very elastic these days. Another word we could use is “publicity.” When James Comey’s publisher MacMillan boasts that they will kill enough trees to print 850,000 copies – when a decent fraction of sales is in E-books and audiobooks – publicity is clearly booming.

The “news” media are stuffing Comey’s pockets with book profits, just as they’re drooling over the possibility of a similar boom in their ad revenues. “Telling all” about Trump is a proven get-rich-quick scheme.

Macmillan already made one mint this year with all the publicity granted to Michael Wolff’s tabloidish Trump-bashing mess Fire & Fury. How much better will they do with the former head of the FBI? The national media lined up to provide Comey with publicity, a queue stretching endlessly. It started with ABC, which provided an hour-long primetime special hosted by George Stephanopoulos.

The funniest line in the ABC promos was “Nothing’s off limits!” They used to boast the same thing when promoting primetime Hillary Clinton book specials, which was silly. Everyone knew Barbara Walters wasn’t going to ask Hillary about her strange luck in cattle futures; or illegal donations from the Chinese in the 1996 campaign; or her husband’s sexual assaults; or – well, you get the picture. Nothing’s off limits except for that which ABC doesn’t want discussed.

Anyone who expected Stephanopoulos would display an ounce of objectivity in this interview doesn’t know Stephanopoulos. He did more facilitating than questioning. There’s more worn-out Trump memes than news.  Trump looked orange! He has small hands! He acted like a mob boss! He might be subject to blackmail by the Russians! It’s entirely possible that he hired Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed in Moscow! He’s morally unfit for office!

Where is the “news” in this? Where is the evidence? Where is the substance? This former FBI leader is a disgrace, and ABC was his enabler.

The only time Stephanopoulos showed any aggression was when he forwarded the Clinton anger at Comey for ruining Hillary’s chances. George channeled the anger over Comey’s original on-camera announcement in July that though there was no reason to prosecute Hillary, she was extremely careless with classified documents. “Your critics say this is where your ego got the best of you. This was your original sin.”

“Original sin?” Who is the theologian that penned this question?

Stephanopoulos scolded Comey for deciding he had an obligation to inform Congress he was reopening the Clinton probe ten days before the election. “Boy, you seem to be alone in that judgment. You look at previous attorney generals for President Bush, for President Ford, for President Obama, Justice Department officials for President Clinton; they all disagree with you. They say this crossed a line.”

Stephanopoulos even claimed “there’s no precedent for putting out information like this at the end of a campaign.” How quickly he forgot that on the last Friday of the 1992 campaign, “independent counsel” Lawrence Walsh indicted former defense secretary Caspar Weinberger in the Iran-Contra scandal and released a pile of Reagan administration memos.

Stephanopoulos worked for Bill Clinton that year. CNN’s Larry King interviewed President George H.W. Bush live in Wisconsin on that fateful Friday night, and they let communications director George Stephanopoulos call in and accuse President Bush of lying when he denied he knew of an arms-for-hostages swap.

The networks, then and now, act as conveyor belts for “news” that makes Democrats happy, or lets Democrats vent about what (and who) they hate. In this age of Trump-bashing opportunism, they have demonstrated they have exactly as much nonpartisan integrity as James Comey.

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Comey’s Stunning Admission

Disgraced FBI Director, James Comey, recently wrote a book called “A Higher Loyalty”. Is he talking loyalty to the Deep State? In his book, Comey talks about his actions towards Hillary Clinton. You will not believe the words that came out of Comey’s mouth.


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Two Hours and Counting…Nets Can’t Get Enough of Comey Book Tour

Today marks the official release of fired FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty and the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks already have done their part to boost its sales, packing a total of two hours, 24 minutes in five days of coverage on their evening and morning news programs. 

This exorbitant total doesn’t even include ABC’s Sunday night interview special with George Stephanopoulos – which took up an hour of primetime. 

The nets began teasing the book Thursday night, as they highlighted the most salacious allegations against President Donald Trump. On that evening’s ABC’s World News Tonight, chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas zeroed in on Comey’s smear of Trump acting like an infamous mafia underboss: “Comey claims at that dinner, President Trump told him, ‘I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.’ In his book, Comey writes, he thought to himself, ‘The demand was like Sammy ‘The Bull’s’ Cosa Nostra induction ceremony.’”



On NBC’s Today show, on Friday, co-host Savannah Guthrie excitedly proclaimed: “Taking his shots. Fired FBI Director James Comey’s book leaks overnight, and it’s a bombshell. Calling the President a liar, comparing him to a mob boss, and saying his administration is a ‘forest fire.’ This morning, we have a first look inside the pages.”

ABC, which hyped its exclusive Stephanopoulos interview with Comey, was the most obsessed network, as it loaded its programs with 77 minutes, 52 seconds of book coverage. NBC came in second, spending a total of 35 minutes, 43 seconds. CBS offered 30 minutes, 35 seconds to the Comey book. 



For this study MRC analysts reviewed the network morning shows (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and Sunday Morning, NBC’s Today) and evening programs (ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News).

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CNN Panel Swoons for Comey’s ‘Extraordinary’ Smears of the President

CNN Special Report: Comey Speaks Out
April 16, 2018
11:00:18 PM Eastern

JIM SCIUTTO: This a CNN Special Report Comey Speaks Out. Just moments ago, we heard fire FBI Director James Comey unleash on President Trump, calling him “morally unfit to be president,” “a stain on the people who work for him” and a “liar” who treats women like pieces of meat. Really, just a jarring critique of a sitting president. Welcome to our viewers from the United States and around the world. I’m Jim Sciutto.

PAMELA BROWN: I’m Pamela Brown. And in Comey’s first TV interview since he was fired, he says there is, quote, “some evidence of obstruction of justice” by the president when Mr. Trump asked him to let go of his investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. And he suggestions it’s possible that Mr. Trump has been compromised by the Russians.

Needless to say, there is a lot to discuss this evening following the interview with James Comey on ABC. Let’s get to our correspondents, analysts and political commentators. And Dana, I’m going to go to you first on this because, look, we’ve been waiting for this interview to happen. Finally James Comey is speaking out. This is the man who used to be the head of the FBI, one of the highest offices in the government calling the President of the United States morally unfit. Your reaction?

DANA BASH: Look, I mean, this is something that in any other time would be seismic. And I think, even in this time, where it’s easy to kind of lose sight of things that are enormously out of bounds and enormously unusual. For an FBI director, even though he was fired and he has, you know, he certainly feels a sense he says of higher loyalty but retribution, let’s face it.

To say the things he did about a sitting president of the United States is absolutely extraordinary. Especially, as you mentioned, things like he believes that it’s possible that the President did obstruct justice. Because remember, this isn’t — this is the kind of thing that a former FBI director or former official does usually many years down the road. This is an active investigation that he started.

BROWN: And he’s a central witness in the obstruction of justice probe.

SCIUTTO: Gloria Borger, you listened to James Comey there. He is a polarizing figure. In fact, he reiterates this in the interview saying the Democrats hated him during the election and Republicans – many do who are Trump supporters.

GLORIA BORGER: He said his life sucked, if you recall.

SCIUTTO: There was colorful language, a lot of colorful language at this time. But as you heard him there, is he a credible critic of the president?

BORGER: It’s in the eye of the beholder, obviously. I think my — Jason Miller over there is not going to believe that he is. But I do believe that he is somebody, as a witness in this investigation, somebody who was involved directly, one on one with the president, who is saying the President is lying. Is lying about a bunch of things.

Is lying about a conversation they had about loyalty, for example. And when he says when he says the President is obstructing justice and there is evidence of it, possibly, we know he’s telling that to the investigators. And the most stunning thing to me was that a question is asked about the president of the United States: do you believe that he could be compromised by the Russians. And Comey’s answer is, “I never thought I would say this”—“I never thought I would say this but it’s possible.”

And I mean, I think his word was, “you know, what always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely but I would have been able to say that with high confidence about any other president I dealt with but I can’t, not with this president.” So when you want to look at his credibility, he’s got ego, his book is full of criticism so the President perhaps shouldn’t have made the size of his hands, the color of his hair, his tan, et cetera, et cetera, put that ego aside and I think the arguments he makes here about the man he is dealing with are quite persuasive.


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