The calls for the appointment of a new Special Counsel by Attorney General Jeff Sessions continue to grow louder and louder as new revelations about the FBI’s 2016 criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton come to light. GOP Congressmen Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) say there are far too many new questions about how former FBI Director James Comey handled the investigation which led to no charges against Mrs. Clinton.
Comey should have recused himself from the Clinton email server investigation because of a glaring conflict of interest, which we’ll get to in a moment. Meanwhile, Reps. Jordan and Gaetz are calling on Jeff Sessions to step down as Attorney General if he does not appoint a new Special Counsel.
The questions that Jordan and Gaetz are asking are related to timing in the investigation, namely that Comey wrote his “no reasonable prosecutor” speech exonerating Hillary Clinton months before Clinton — and 17 other key witnesses — were even interviewed by the FBI. It appears that Comey had made up his mind (or it was made up for him by higher-ups) that Hillary Clinton would not be charged for a crime that would have landed any other federal employee with a minimum 10-year prison sentence.
That’s a great question and Congress is correct to ask it. It’s too bad they didn’t ask it in July of 2016. But two even more important questions are this:
1) Why was James Comey allowed to oversee the Clinton investigation given the fact that he is personally wealthy due to his association with the Clinton Foundation and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
2) Is it possible that the millions of dollars in James Comey’s personal bank account, due to his private sector work that intersected directly with the Clinton Foundation and former Secretary Clinton, tainted the outcome of the investigation in any way?
First off, Comey is not a hard-charging “Republican lawman” as many Members of Congress have referred to him. Comey became an Assistant US Attorney for the Clinton administration in 1996. And get this: At the time, Comey became good friends with Robert Mueller, the current Special Counsel conducting the Russiagate witch hunt against President Trump.
Comey and Mueller were described as “rising stars” in the Clinton Justice Department when they were both mentored by (drumroll please…) Eric Holder. Yes, that Eric Holder.
Here’s where things start to look really fishy. Comey took a break from working in the Justice Department from 2005 until 2013. So what did he do in that time? Well, he’s a lawyer, so one of the jobs he took during his sabbatical from the DOJ was to serve as the lead counsel for weapons contractor Lockheed Martin. As the main attorney for Lockheed Martin, Comey was no doubt intimately involved in all of the weapons contracts that the company procured through the State Department and the Pentagon.
In 2010 — while Comey was working at Lockheed Martin — the company donated $250,000 to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton was paid $250,000 to deliver a speech in Egypt that year by the American Chamber of Commerce (Lockheed Martin is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce).
Just a few days before that speech, Lockheed received approval for two new weapons contracts from the Clinton-run State Department. In fact, over the course of that entire year, Lockheed Martin won approval for 17 separate weapons contracts that needed approval from the State Department.
Lockheed Martin paid James Comey $6 million for his services in 2010. But Comey’s private sector work that rubbed up against the Clinton Foundation didn’t stop there.
After leaving Lockheed Martin, Comey accepted a job at HSBC Holdings. The London-based bank was a frequent partner with the Clinton Foundation. The extent of Comey’s work with HSBC is unknown, but HSBC did partner through Deutsche Bank with the Clinton Foundation on a project in New York City to retrofit up to 2,500 low-income housing units with “green energy” efficient appliances. So Comey worked in two private sector jobs, both of which intersected with the Clinton Foundation at the time when he was working for those companies.
Did James Comey really run an above-board investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server? Isn’t it curious that a former Justice Department lawyer like Comey made so much money in the years when he came into contact with the Clinton Foundation?
Isn’t it curious that Barack Obama appointed James Comey to lead the FBI the same year that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of Benghazi was just getting started? Wouldn’t you like to see a new Special Counsel asking all of these questions?