Sessions says Comey firing was due to his ‘stunning’ handling of the Clinton email scandal

Sessions: Comey firing due to 'stunning' Clinton case

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said fired FBI director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email scandal was even more ‘egregious’ than he realized when he was advising her opponent, candidate Donald Trump. Sessions wrote a letter to President Trump buttressing the case for Comey’s firing that focused on his handling of the email scandal. He praised Comey’s decisions related to the email investigation at the time they occurred. Hillary Clinton has said Comey’s conduct contributed to her loss to Trump.

  • Attorney Jeff Sessions was questioned about the firing of former FBI director James Comey
  • He wrote a letter to President Trump buttressing the case for Comey’s firing that focused on his handling of the email scandal
  • Comey infuriated Democrats during the campaign with a press conference where he labeled Clinton as extremely careless but declined to recommend prosecution
  • Then, days before the election, he told Congress the investigation was starting up again, only to announce new key discoveries had been found 
  •  Sessions said Tuesday Comey’s conduct was more ‘egregious’ than he realized at the time

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said fired FBI director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton email scandal was even more ‘egregious’ than he realized when he was advising her opponent, candidate Donald Trump.

‘In retrospect in looking at it I think it was more egregious than I may have even understood at the time,’ Sessions said Tuesday.

In saying so, Sessions was joining the legions of Democrats who have complained about how Comey handled the investigation into Clinton’s email server.

Clinton herself has said Comey’s conduct contributed to her loss to Trump, and Trump as a candidate inveighed against Clinton’s handling of her emails repeatedly.

In a turnaround that Democrats don’t find credible or persuasive, the president cited Comey’s handling of the Clinton case as the initial explanation for firing him.

'In retrospect in looking at it I think it was more egregious than I may have even understood at the time,' attorney general Jeff Sessions said of fired FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal

‘In retrospect in looking at it I think it was more egregious than I may have even understood at the time,’ attorney general Jeff Sessions said of fired FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein wrote the president a letter bashing Comey’s conduct, and Sessions called for new leadership at the bureau the day before Trump fired Comey, who was heading up the FBI’s Russia probe.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election during a hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 13, 2017

At a Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Sessions testified that he found Comey’s conduct ‘stunning,’ despite his past statements of respect for Comey – and even as he angered Democrats on the committee for refusing to discuss whether he spoke about the Russia investigation to President Trump.

Under friendly questioning from Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, Sessions agreed that Comey exceeded the role of the FBI director during a July 5th press conference, where he called out Clinton for her carelessness, without consulting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

‘In fact it appears he did it without her approval totally that is a pretty stunning thing,’ he said.

‘It is a stunning thing and it violates fundamental powers,’ Sessions added.

President Donald Trump gives a speech on healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 13, 2017. He railed against Clinton's email scandal during the campaign, then cited James Comey's handling of the affair as the reason for his firing

President Donald Trump gives a speech on healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 13, 2017. He railed against Clinton’s email scandal during the campaign, then cited James Comey’s handling of the affair as the reason for his firing

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. Her campaign was rocked by an FBI investigation into her emails

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York. Her campaign was rocked by an FBI investigation into her emails

Then he partly recounted the story of how Comey essentially reopened a closed investigation after additional Clinton emails were discovered on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is married to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

‘The director’s thinking was not clear,’ Sessions said, saying it would have been better had the investigation ‘never been discussed publicly.’

Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island noted that many Democrats at the time were ‘unhappy’ with how Comey conducted himself.

Reed brought up Sessions’ appearances at the time on Fox News, where he called Comey a ‘skilled prosecutor’ and said ‘essentially that “it’s not his problem. It’s Hillary Clinton’s problem.”‘

‘Then in November, on November 6th, after Mr. Comey again made news in late October by reopening, if you will, the investigation, you said, again, on Fox News, “you know, FBI Director Comey did the right thing when he found new evidence,’ Reed continued.

‘So in July and November, Director Comey was doing exactly the right thing. You had no criticism of him. You felt that in fact, he was a skilled professional prosecutor. You felt that his last statement in October was fully justified so how can you go from those statements to agreeing with Mr. Rosenstein and then asking the president or recommending he be fired?’ Reed asked, referencing letters by Sessions and the deputy attorney general that preceded Comey’s firing by Trump.

Hillary Clinton has cited the email investigation, Comey, and Russia as reasons behind her defeat

Hillary Clinton has cited the email investigation, Comey, and Russia as reasons behind her defeat

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017

Sessions answered that, ‘When he found new evidence that came up I think he probably was required to tell Congress it wasn’t over, that new evidence had been developed.’

‘It probably would have been better and would have been consistent with the rules of the Department of Justice to never have talked about the investigation to begin with,’ he added. ‘Once you get down that road, that’s the kind of thing that you get into,’ he concluded.

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One Response to “Sessions says Comey firing was due to his ‘stunning’ handling of the Clinton email scandal”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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