We’ve heard rumors of this for months now, and now a source confirms that mutinous FBI agents played a leading role in Director Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
As The Daily Mail reports:
James Comey’s decision to revive the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server and her handling of classified material came after he could no longer resist mounting pressure by mutinous agents in the FBI, including some of his top deputies, according to a source close to the embattled FBI director.
‘The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn’t recommend an indictment against Hillary,’ said the source, a close friend who has known Comey for nearly two decades, shares family outings with him, and accompanies him to Catholic mass every week.
‘Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,’ said the source. ‘They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.’
According to the source, Comey fretted over the problem for months and discussed it at great length with his wife, Patrice.
He told his wife that he was depressed by the stack of resignation letters piling up on his desk from disaffected agents. The letters reminded him every day that morale in the FBI had hit rock bottom.
‘He’s been ignoring the resignation letters in the hope that he could find a way of remedying the situation,’ said the source.
‘When new emails that appeared to be related to Hillary’s personal email server turned up in a computer used [her close aide] Huma Abedin and [Abedin’s disgraced husband,] Anthony Weiner, Comey jumped at the excuse to reopen the investigation.
‘The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,’ the source continued. ‘And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.
But Comey’s decision to reopen the case was more than an effort to heal the wound he inflicted on the FBI.
He was also worried that after the presidential election, Republicans in Congress would mount a probe of how he had granted Hillary political favoritism.
His announcement about the revived investigation, which came just 11 days before the presidential election, was greeted with shock and dismay by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the prosecutors at the Justice Department.
‘Jim told me that Lynch and Obama are furious with him,’ the source said.
It appears that new information — in the form of 650,000 newly-discovered emails found in the investigation into former representative — and husband of close Hillary Clinton aide and confidante Huma Abedin — Anthony Weiner might have pushed Comey over the edge after months of stewing about it.
So, why do you supposed rank-and-file FBI employees, including department heads, would give up their jobs over this? One would have to think there was something there — something not insignificant. Unlike some of the top men and women at the Department of (In)Justice and the FBI, these middle- and lower-level agents had nothing to gain from a particular outcome.
Now, of course, FBI Director James Comey is under incredible fire for coming forward to acknowledge the new information he found.
As even CNN’s Jake Tapper asked of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta: “You and the Clinton campaign seem to be blaming Comey for being transparent with Congress. What was he supposed to do?”
[This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]