FBI Director James Comey, who threw Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign into turmoil by reopening the investigation into her secret email server, closed the case again Sunday.
Comey informed key members of Congress in a letter that the determination he made in July — that the former secretary of state should not face criminal charges — has not changed.
“I would assume that given the director’s cowardice … and the feathering of his political nest, the Clinton Foundation probe is dead. He absolutely no stomach for investigating Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, or the foundation.”
“Since my letter [reopening the case], the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated investigation,” he wrote. “During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State.”
Comey did not go into detail about what agents found. But he indicated it did not rise to the level of a criminal offense. It is unclear how Comey’s announcement affects, if at all, a separate probe into the Clinton Foundation.
There has been no indication that investigation, which recent reports suggested is being aggressively pursued, has slowed or shut down.
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Joseph diGenova, a former U.S. attorney, said he doubts that investigation will go anywhere.
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“I would assume that given the director’s cowardice … and the feathering of his political nest, the Clinton Foundation probe is dead. He has absolutely no stomach for investigating Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, or the foundation.”
DiGenova ripped Comey for an “incompetent” investigation that has made the director a “law enforcement laughingstock” and has caused regular people think the probe was “being run by Inspector Clouseau.” He said Comey had stripped himself of credibility.
“The FBI at this point, under the stewardship of Jim Comey, is now in shambles,” he said.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon praised the decision.
Clinton has been dogged all campaign by her decision to set up a private email server in the basement of her suburban New York home to handle communications as secretary of state. Comey said in July that agents found 110 classified emails containing emails that were classified at the time they were sent or received. That included eight marked “top secret.”
Although Comey labeled Clinton’s behavior “extremely careless,” he added that it did not warrant prosecution.
That seemed to let her off the hook. But then last month, agents in an unrelated investigation of disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner — the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin — found potentially pertinent emails on a laptop computer.
The revelation ignited anguished denunciations by Democrats, who accused Comey of trying to sabotage the election. Some even suggested he was on the same side as Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The news seemed to hurt Clinton, whose lead in the polls over Republican Donald Trump shrank to the margin of error.