A Monday tweet from conservative journalist and author Paul Sperry claims that former FBI Director James Comey had agents act as “cleaners” to retaliate against other agents who disagreed with his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case.
The tweet also claims that agents who refused to play ball had investigations opened on them with the Office of Professional Responsibility.
Sperry has been one of a handful of Washington reporters who have been tracking some of the goings-on at the FBI under Comey, particularly during the 2016 election cycle. Between his reporting and that of The Hill’s John Solomon, we’ve gotten a clearer picture of a bureau that wasn’t following its own procedures dealing with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that no less than 28 FBI agents with knowledge of the Clinton scandal were being subpoenaed by Congress to give their impression of the investigation into the Democrat standard-bearer’s private email server:
“We have an IG report coming out and I’m told as many as 28 people that have knowledge of the Clinton email server want to be subpoenaed so that they can tell the story of corruption at the highest levels of the bureau,” Fox News’ Sean Hannity reported.
The IG report eventually revealed that there was never any target or a subject in the FBI’s Clinton probe, including her aides. Then came another report from Sperry which claimed that a long-rumored document — one in which then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch promised Hillary Clinton she wouldn’t “go too far” with the probe — was contained in the classified edition of IG Michael Horowitz’s report “and that he will work with Congress to declassify it.”
BREAKING: IG Horowitz testifies material implicating Lynch in possible obstruction of Hillary email case is contained in classified section of his report and that he will work with Congress to declassify it. Here is the possible smoking gun:https://t.co/5hU4rY5i8U
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 18, 2018
Monday’s tweet from Sperry was even worse news for Comey’s legacy:
BREAKING: Comey had SACs retaliate against field agents who spoke out about his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation. Some critical agents had OPR investigations opened on them.
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) June 25, 2018
Sperry claimed a source told him “Comey had SACs (Special Agents in Charge) retaliate against field agents who spoke out about his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation. Some critical agents had OPR (Office of Professional Responsibility) investigations opened on them.”
The tweet came on the same day that John Solomon — the other reporter diligently working the Comey beat — published a story which claimed the former FBI director scuttled an immunity deal with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange which could have limited leaks of key CIA cyber-assets.
It’s been a bad week for Comey — a continuation of a relatively bad few months since the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty.” In the interim, what’s been proved is that Comey’s highest loyalty is to himself. If he punished agents who went against him — and used other agents as “cleaners” — that would hardly be out of character. He wanted no dirt on Clinton to get out during the campaign, and he did a very good job of this. If only he’d have done quite so well on the investigation itself.
Unbelievably, there are still some people who believe this man should still have his job, in spite of a growing body of evidence that this man has no scruples, boundaries or credibility. Trump has done America an enormous service by firing him. Indeed, it should have been done long ago.
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