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Politics As Clinton Camp Denied Reports of Criminal Inquiry, F.B.I. Was Investigating, Comey Says

02:10  14 april  2018
02:10  14 april  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Comey in new book: 'I’m sorry' I couldn't better explain decision on Clinton probe

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WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B . Comey as F . B . I . director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests

Mrs. Clinton has adamantly denied those claims. In meetings, the Justice Department and senior F . B . I . officials agreed that making the Clinton Foundation Mr. Comey ’s allies say he could not have simply followed this script last week when he learned that agents had discovered new emails on a laptop

a person wearing a striped shirt and smiling at the camera: For Hillary Clinton’s campaign, minimizing the significance of the inquiry was important to prevent it from becoming a bigger political liability as she headed into the Democratic primary season. © Doug Mills/The New York Times For Hillary Clinton’s campaign, minimizing the significance of the inquiry was important to prevent it from becoming a bigger political liability as she headed into the Democratic primary season.

WASHINGTON — James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, confirms in his new book that the bureau had already begun a criminal investigation focused on Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email in 2015 when her campaign and its allies excoriated journalists for reporting that such an inquiry was being contemplated.

The New York Times reported in July 2015 that two inspectors general had made a criminal referral to the Justice Department recommending an investigation into whether Mrs. Clinton had mishandled sensitive information by using a private email server as secretary of state. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign complained vigorously to The Times, resulting in two corrections to the article.

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Comey said that the investigation included the possibility that criminal acts had been committed. He declined several invitations to agree with a The FBI director was also asked about Trump himself. In each case, he said he could neither confirm or deny whether they were under investigation .

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the F . B . I . director, James B . Comey , to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.

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The corrections said that the inspectors general had made a “security referral” rather than a “criminal referral” and that the referral did not request that Mrs. Clinton specifically be investigated. Mrs. Clinton’s campaign called the article an “erroneous story” with “egregious” errors that misled voters into thinking that she was at risk of being investigated by the F.B.I. for possible criminal violations when the referral was a more routine security matter not focused on her in particular. Critics of the news media, including the public editor of The Times, agreed.

But in “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” his memoir that is scheduled for release next week, Mr. Comey said the word-parsing by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and the Justice Department was actually misleading because the F.B.I. was already conducting a criminal investigation focused on Mrs. Clinton by that point.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F . B . I ., James B . Comey , abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The FBI director said agents found no evidence that they had intended to do so, a key In saying charges were not warranted, however, Comey sharply criticized Clinton and her aides as being The FBI was investigating whether Weiner may have violated federal laws while exchanging sexually

“Though The Times may have thought those clarifications were necessary, their original story was much closer to the mark,” Mr. Comey wrote. “It was true that the transmission to the F.B.I. from the inspector general did not use the word ‘criminal,’ but by the time of the news story, we had a full criminal investigation open, focused on the secretary’s conduct.”

Mr. Comey said the F.B.I. did not contradict the Clinton campaign at the time because it was not yet appropriate to publicly confirm an investigation. “Still, the bitterly fought episode, parsing word choices, was only a small taste of what was to come, and many within the F.B.I. knew it,” he wrote.

For the Clinton campaign, minimizing the significance of the inquiry was important to prevent it from becoming a bigger political liability as she headed into the Democratic primary season. Indeed, when Mr. Comey was ready in October 2015 to publicly confirm the investigation, Loretta E. Lynch, President Barack Obama’s attorney general, instructed him to call it a “matter” instead. Ms. Lynch, he wrote, “seemed to be directing me to align with that Clinton campaign strategy.”

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James B . Comey said that the agency is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 Comey ’s revelation raises questions about the Clinton email inquiry . Mr. Comey ’s statement that the F . B . I He also listed a series of news reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post that detailed

An inspector general report gives President Trump new ammunition to criticize the F . B . I ., but it does not fit into his theory that agents conspired to help Hillary Clinton . The 500-page report criticized Mr. Comey for breaking with longstanding policy and publicly discussing — in a news conference and a

Jennifer Palmieri, who was Mrs. Clinton’s communications director and signed the campaign’s nearly 2,000-word criticism of the Times report, said on Friday that she and the other advisers did not know at the time of the July 2015 article that their candidate was under criminal investigation.

Pushing back against the Times report was a politically smart — and, she noted, effective — move by the campaign. She said she was “surprised” when the criminal investigation was later made public that The Times did not make a bigger deal of the fact that the paper had been right.

Asked to comment on Friday, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said, “Mr. Comey’s account speaks for itself.”

Mr. Comey’s handling of the email inquiry has long been controversial. After a year of investigating, Mr. Comey concluded that no criminal charges were warranted against Mrs. Clinton, but he publicly criticized her for being “extremely careless” in handling sensitive information.

Three months later, shortly before the 2016 election, Mr. Comey announced that thousands of messages relevant to the inquiry had been discovered on the laptop of the estranged husband of one of Mrs. Clinton’s closest advisers. A week later, just two days before the election, Mr. Comey announced that a review of the emails had turned up no evidence to change his original conclusion.

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The FBI had already launched a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton 's use of email during the But Clinton 's campaign said that the Times inaccurately implied that the matter might be " criminal " Comey announced in July 2016 that the email investigation had been closed and recommended

FBI Director James Comey says the FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President "If any Americans are part of that effort,'' Comey said of the ongoing inquiry into possible collusion President Trump waves as he departs after addressing the media at Camp David on Jan.

Mrs. Clinton and her allies have long blamed Mr. Comey’s public announcement for shifting the momentum of the campaign in its final days, leading to the election of Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate. In a book of her own last year, Mrs. Clinton said that Mr. Comey had “shivved” her.

Mr. Trump ultimately fired Mr. Comey as F.B.I. director in May 2017 while Mr. Comey was overseeing an investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign and whether there was collaboration with Mr. Trump’s campaign.

Mr. Trump originally cited a memo faulting Mr. Comey’s handling of Mrs. Clinton’s case in terms similar to criticisms lodged by Democrats, but later acknowledged that he was thinking about the Russia inquiry when he made the decision. He has since accused Mr. Comey of going too easy on Mrs. Clinton and has pressed the Justice Department to reopen the investigation into her emails.

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Trump: Comey 'threw McCabe under the bus' in CNN interview .
President Trump on Thursday taunted former FBI Director James Comey and ex-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, saying Comey threw his recently fired former colleague "under the bus" during a recent interview. "James Comey just threw Andrew McCabe 'under the bus.' Inspector General's Report on McCabe is a disaster for both of them! Getting a little (lot) of their own medicine?" Trump tweeted. "James Comey just threw Andrew McCabe 'under the bus.' Inspector General's Report on McCabe is a disaster for both of them! Getting a little (lot) of their own medicine?" Trump tweeted.

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