Comey’s aggressively independent FBI is creating problems for Obama

FBI Director James Comey’s aggressive independence is creating a political problem for the White House, according to The Hill.

The most recent example is his insistence that Apple Inc. help unlock the iPhone that was used by the San Bernardino husband-wife team of terrorists who killed 14 innocent victims attending a Christmas Party.

That insistence has enraged Silicon Valley’s tech industry, a significant source of funding for Democratic candidates.

Here’s Comey making his pitch before Congress.

Even more significantly, Comey has linked the controversial Black Lives Matter movement to rising violent crime rates and warned the public of “gaps” in the screening of refugees from war-torn areas of Syria and northern Iraq.

Surpassing all of these is the FBI’s dogged and criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to send and receive messages containing classified information.

Any decision by the FBI to recommend charges against either Clinton or her senior staff would strike a blow and more than likely derail Clinton’s presidential bid.

The Hill reported:

In these cases and more, Comey — a Republican who donated in 2012 to Mitt Romney — has proved he is “not attached to the strings of the White House,” said Ron Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division and a critic of Obama’s law enforcement strategies.

Publicly, administration officials have not betrayed any worry about the Clinton probe. They have also downplayed any differences of opinion on Apple.

However, former administration officials say that Comey’s independence is ruffling the feathers of the White House.

“It’s just not clear [Comey] is speaking for the administration,” said Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism and cybersecurity chief said of the iPhone dispute. “We know there have been administration meetings on this for months. The proposal that Comey had made on encryption was rejected by the administration.”

Comey’s reputation for speaking the truth has nothing to do with party politics. In 2004, he hurried to the hospital room of then Attorney General John Ashcroft to stop the warrantless wiretapping program by the Bush administration.

“Part of his role is to not necessarily be in lock step with the White House,” Mitch Silber, a former intelligence official with the New York City Police Department said.

“He takes very seriously the fact that he works for the executive branch,” added Leo Taddeo, a former agent in the FBI’s cyber division. “But he also understands the importance of maintaining his independence as a law enforcement agency that needs to give not just the appearance of independence but the reality of it.”

Comey assumed office on September after being officially nominated in June by Obama.

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8 thoughts on “Comey’s aggressively independent FBI is creating problems for Obama

  1. SusieQ says:

    Boy, oh boy we don’t want the FBI to do what they were put there to do . Right? When they start uncovering items that might either prove wrong doing of a government official and their ties, etc there is a flurry of movement to quiet that agency down.

    Oh yes when the heat gets turned up for the other class ( politicians of which we pay their salary) that don’t follow laws or rules and have been for the most part exempt from prosecution for crimes they might have committed, they get their nose in a snit.

    Do we ever need someone in a position of authority to start cutting through the criminal paper doll chain that are all attached at the hip.This is pitiful and getting worse. These agencies as the FBI,etc. were put there for a reason to protect this country. It’s not happening . All you have to do is look at the White House for an answer of why.

  2. tsigili says:

    Give Comey credit………….anyone who refuses to be influenced by the WH, is probably a decent kinda guy.

    1. Glen Corona says:

      I`ve read Mr Comey is a man of integrity and honor. He doesn`t have to work for the US Government he does well on his own. Even as a Law Professor. Has no problem securing well paying positions with any firm of his choosing.

      1. Beeotchstewie says:

        I am surprised Obama wanted anything to do with him if he is basically the antithesis of what Obama is.

    2. Tiger says:

      He defies and spits in the eye of O all the time.

      Both Trump and Comey on the chopping block and better watch out for the executioners.

  3. DHardy says:

    I seriously doubt this story is real…..I don’t believe Apple has blocked anyone…They never have…I personally think this story is to protect Apple’s reputation….not that it was all that great to begin with…anyone that thinks our smart computers and phones and TV are un tapable…is crazy….they report facts about us all the time and I’m sure our government can get what ever it wants from the info that these devises spew when ever they want…

  4. Glen Corona says:

    FBI Comey also needs to back track and vet O`Bozo and the Weatherman Group.

  5. Tiger says:

    Comey good man. Read many good things about him. He comes into the limelight, as Trump did at a precarious time in the history of America. Our Republic on the precipice of destruction. Honest men/women rare as hens teeth. A time when the Bilderberg, Globalists and all those names attached to the making of the Federal Reserve are making their way towards bringing a tsunami to America, one that will wash away everything our Founding Fathers stood for and issue in a New One World Order.

    Oh how they must be salivating like Pavlov’s dogs over this victory, smelling it so close at hand with champagne bottles ready for that final killing blow that takes us down and out. Millions of us prayed, daily we prayed asking for relief, for heroes, praying for rattling of the underground movement, and here comes Comey and Trump. Comey taking on the WH and Trump taking on everybody.

    Let the White Horse be ridden, let the times be a changing and let the good guys win this one.

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