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Flashback Friday: When Team Clinton Praised FBI Director Comey

- October 28, 2016

Not Long Ago, The Clinton Camp Attacked All Who Questioned Comey’s Conduct In The FBI’s Probe Into Her Mishandling Of Classified Information


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta attempted to discredit the FBI letter to Congress citing newly discovered emails pertaining to the Clinton email investigation.
  • But in July, the Clinton campaign repeatedly leaned on Director Comey’s decision not to recommend charges, attacking all who questioned his decision.
  • Clinton’s Campaign Put Out A Statement Touting James Comey As “Well-Respected” And Touting The Fact That Was “Confirmed By A 93-1 Vote.”
  • And current DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile tweeted that Republicans are “damaging rule of law by attacking FBI Director Comey.”

TODAY, IN WAKE OF THE FBI DIRECTOR’S LETTER TO CONGRESS, THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN QUESTIONED HIS ACTIONS

Today, The FBI Informed Congressional Leaders That It Found New Evidence And Was Reopening Its Investigation In Clinton’s Mishandling Of Classified Information. “FBI Director Comey, in letter to members of Congress, says FBI is investigating additional emails in Clinton private server case.” (Bradd Jaffy, Twitter Feed, 10/28/16)

Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta Reacted By Attempting To Discredit The FBI Announcement Calling It “Extraordinary” And Demanding The FBI “Immediately Provide The Full Details Of What He Is Now Examining.” “Podesta: ‘It is extraordinary that we would see something like this just 11 days out from a presidential election. The Director owes it to the American people to immediately provide the full details of what he is now examining.’” (Zeke Miller, Twitter Feed, 10/28/16)

PREVIOUSLY TEAM CLINTON HAS LEANED ON THE FBI AND PRAISED HIS ACTIONS

In July 2016, Clinton’s Campaign Put Out A Statement Touting James Comey As “Well-Respected” And Touting The Fact That Was “Confirmed By A 93-1 Vote.” “Throughout his long career in law enforcement, the independence of FBI chief James Comey has rarely been questioned. Comey is a well-respected Republican who served as George W. Bush’s Deputy Attorney General. And when President Obama tapped him to serve as Director of the FBI, he was confirmed by a 93-1 vote.” (“GOP Follows Conspiracy-Theorist-in-Chief Donald Trump Into Another Taxpayer-Funded Sham Inquiry,” Hillary For America, 7/7/16)

In July 2016, Brian Fallon Touted Comey’s Neutrality In His FBI Investigation, Citing His Previous Role As “Deputy Counsel On Senate Whitewater Committee That Investigated The Clintons In 90s” “Comey was not just Deputy AG under Bush 43. He was also deputy counsel on Senate Whitewater Committee that investigated the Clintons in 90s” (Brian Fallon, Twitter, 7/7/16)

In June 2016, Brian Fallon Called Trump’s Accusation That A Former FBI Official Was Lying “Pathetic.” “So now @realDonaldTrump is calling the former head of the FBI cyber division a liar? Pathetic.” (Brian Fallon, Twitter, 6/15/16)

On July, 12 2016, Clinton’s Campaign Released A Statement Slamming Republicans For Their Decisions To “Second-Guess” FBI Director Comey In The House Government Reform Committee. “Last Thursday, Republicans hauled FBI Director James Comey before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to second-guess his decision that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would pursue a case over Clinton’s emails. But the hearing backfired on Republicans, who ended up eliciting fresh comments from Comey that were helpful to Clinton.” (“Here We Go Again: After Comey Hearing Backfires, GOP Launches Another Partisan Witch-hunt Against Justice Department’s Email Inquiry,” Hillary For America, 7/12/16)

In July 2016, The Clinton Campaign Put Out A Statement On The FBI Director Appearing In Front Of The House Committee Saying He “Shut The Door On Any Remaining Conspiracy Theories Once And For All.” “The Director’s explanations shut the door on any remaining conspiracy theories once and for all. While Republicans may try to keep this issue alive, this hearing proved those efforts will only backfire.” (Hillary for America Statement on FBI Director Comey’s Testimony Before House Committee,” Hillary For America, 7/7/16)

In July 2016 Donna Brazile Tweeted That Republicans Are “Damaging Rule Of Law By Attacking FBI Director Comey.” “Wash. Post Editorial Board: Republicans Are Damaging Rule Of Law By Attacking FBI Director Comey” (Donna Brazile, Twitter Feed, 7/7/16)

In July 2016 Donna Brazile Tweeted That It Is Simply Pathetic To Watch Members Of Congress Grill Director Comey Because He’s Not Playing Their Game Of Gotcha.” “Pathetic. Simply pathetic to watch members of Congress grill Director Comey because he's not playing their game of gotcha. #Overreach” (Donna Brazile, Twitter Feed, 7/7/16)

In September 2015, Brian Fallon Said It Is “Shameless” To Try “To Bully The FBI Into Serving… Partisan Interests.” “Grassley now resorting to trying to bully the FBI into serving his partisan interests. Shameless.” (Brian Fallon, Twitter, 9/15/15)

In July 2013 The DNC Congratulated James Comey On His Confirmation As FBI Director. “Congratulations to James Comey on his confirmation as FBI Director.” (Democratic Party, Twitter Feed, 7/30/13)

 


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