Even after Hillary Clinton endured shame, official inquiry and far more for using a personal email server that she had installed at her mansion up in Chappaqua, New York, it’s now been revealed that fired FBI director Jim Comey — during his tenure as the nation’s top law enforcement officer — used his private email account “hundreds” of times to conduct official government business.
“And at least seven of those messages [from Jim Comey] were deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department” that the department would not release them, as The New York Post reported on Friday night.
Comey repeatedly had said he only used his private email account for “incidental” purposes and that he never used it for any classified matter, and that part of the story may be true, as The Post also noted in an exclusive piece.
(For what it’s worth, Comey also urged as many Americans as possible this year to vote for Democrats in the 2018 midterms.)
But the Justice Department acknowledged — in response to a Freedom of Information request — “that Comey and his chief of staff discussed government business on about 1,200 pages of messages.”
Some 156 of those were obtained by The New York Post.
A conservative watchdog group, the Cause of Action Institute, filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit for Comey’s personal emails while he worked for the FBI.
The Justice Department, in turn, replied that there “were an eye-popping 1,200 pages of messages for Comey and his chief of staff that met the criteria,” noted The Post.
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While the Justice Department released 156 emails, it would not reveal seven emails because it said doing so would “disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions,” as The Post reported.
John Vecchione, CEO of Cause of Action, heavily criticized the former FBI director.
“Using private email to conduct official government business endangers transparency and accountability, and that is why we sued the Department of Justice,” said Vecchione to The Post. “We’re deeply concerned that the FBI withheld numerous emails citing FOIA’s law enforcement exemption. This runs counter to Comey’s statements that his use of email was incidental and never involved any sensitive matters.”
Here, for starters, is something that Comey’s personal emails revealed.
Two days after complaining that his “mobile is not sending emails,” Comey asked an aide that the testimony he was about to deliver to the Senate be sent on his private account — calling it an “embarrassing” situation.
“He [the aide] will need to send to personal email I suppose,” Comey wrote. “Embarrassing for us,” he also said, as The Post noted.
A rep for Comey told The Post he had no comment about these matters.
President Donald Trump fired Comey back in May 2017.
The Cause for Action group said it is “committed” to having the DOJ release the more than 700 remaining pages of Comey emails, as The Washington Examiner reported.
And check out this video (rather ironic, no)?