Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, warned last week that a number of FBI officials were so incensed over director James Comey’s mishandling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s improper use a private email server that they were considering resigning from their posts.
A new report published Thursday by the New York Post suggested that Reagan may have been right.
“Veteran FBI agents say FBI Director James Comey has permanently damaged the bureau’s reputation for uncompromising investigations with his ‘cowardly’ whitewash of … Clinton’s mishandling of classified information,” the paper reported.
The biggest complaint was that Comey purposefully impeded the investigation by applying certain ground rules that had been requested by Clinton’s team of lawyers.
“In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews,” maintained retired agent Dennis V. Hughes, who served as the first chief of the FBI’s computer investigations unit.
When Comey offered Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills an immunity deal, for instance, he included a stipulation that his agents could not search her laptop for emails that might incriminate her boss.
Comey later agreed to destroy the laptop. He also permitted Mills and other witnesses with immunity to submit “demonstratively false statements” and, even worse, essentially get away with not answering certain questions.
Even when the director interviewed Hillary Clinton herself, he displayed a blatant bias by reportedly limiting it to just 3-1/2 hours and never calling her back for a second session. Then, three days after the interview, he conveniently cleared her of criminal wrongdoing.
“The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time,” Hughes said of Comey’s behavior. “I hold Director Comey responsible.”
In agreement was retired FBI agent Michael M. Biasello, who said, “Comey has single-handedly ruined the reputation of the organization.”