New twist in Clinton scandal; Comey — and Lynch — back in hot seat

James Comey
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If you thought the saga of former FBI Director James Comey was finally over, think again. After more than a year of making waves in a job that typically doesn’t generate headlines, Comey is coming under fire once again — this time after news broke that he may have predetermined the Clinton email investigation before hearing all the evidence.

Until now, Comey has been able to escape most of his self-inflicted wounds without too many consequences. While he did lose his job as FBI director, he has yet to come under investigation himself, or face any potential criminal consequences.

Perhaps even more strange, his dismissal at the hands of Donald Trump may have made him a martyr of the leftist cause, setting him up for future successes.

Of course, not everyone is satisfied that Comey seems to be getting away with only minor bruises. In fact, one activist lawyer has plans to hit Comey where it may end up hurting the most.

From the Washington Times:

A crusading lawyer filed a bar grievance this week accusing former FBI Director James Comey of lying to Congress and destroying potential evidence in the Clinton email scandal, in a process that could end up costing him his law license.

Ty Clevenger filed the grievance in New York, where Mr. Comey was a former U.S. attorney and is licensed to practice law.

Mr. Clevenger said Mr. Comey’s testimony to Congress that he did not predetermine the outcome of the FBI’s probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is belied by revelations this week that he in fact started drafting an exoneration months before even speaking with Mrs. Clinton.

“Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct,” Mr. Clevenger wrote.

In addition to Comey, Clevenger is also taking action against former Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

[Clevenger] also asked to renew grievances in New York against former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying Mr. Comey’s claim that she tried to pressure him to downplay the Clinton probe should subject her to scrutiny.

While Trump’s dismissal of Comey drew sharp criticism, evidence continues to mount that the president made the correct move. As the head of the FBI, Comey was responsible for ensuring our nation’s top investigative agency maintains the trust of the American people. However, after over a year of blunders and lies, America’s trust in the FBI began to wane under Comey’s leadership.

With news continuing to shed a negative light on Comey’s conduct, it should be a relief to many Americans he no longer holds a position of power in the government. Even better, he may not even hold his ability to practice law for much longer, either.

[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]

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