Hmmm, does the word “criminal” come to mind?
Fired FBI Director James Comey has real regrets about using the phrase “extremely careless” to describe Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information as secretary of state.
In his shady memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” Comey writes about things he wished he would have done differently when he made the unusual announcement that the bureau was not recommending charges against Clinton, according to Axios.
“[I]f I had it to do over again, I would do some things differently. I would avoid the ‘Seacresting’ mistake by saying at the beginning of my statement that we weren’t recommending charges,” he reportedly said. “More important, I would have tried to find a better way to describe Secretary Clinton’s conduct than ‘extremely careless.'”
There was no indication of whether Comey wished his language would have been softer or more forceful.
When Comey made the announcement about Clinton, he said: “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
As CNN would later report, the agent leading the Clinton probe inserted the phrase “extremely careless” in Comey’s draft, in a move that may have had “significant legal implications.”
“Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey’s earlier draft language describing Clinton’s actions as “grossly negligent” to ‘extremely careless,’ the sources said.”
Strzok being the agent involved in an illicit affair with a fellow bureau official, with both being booted from special counsel Rober Mueller’s probe of Trump because of their bias against the president.
Critics say there were legal ramifications involved in using “grossly negligent,” and the change served to protect Clinton.
Citing a “development still unknown to the American public to this day,” the former FBI director seemingly tries to justify his decision to announce that charges weren’t being recommended against Clinton.
A “development” that could raise questions about the independence of then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who would be expected to make that announcement.
“Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence in connection with the Clinton investigation,” Comey writes, according to ABC News.
Along with his regret, Comey expressed remorse in his book about how Clinton felt about him reopening the probe of her use of a private email server 11 days before the election, saying he wished he could have done a “better job” making her understand.
Saying he was certain Clinton would win, he apologized for the act many, to include the Democratic presidential nominee, believe helped tip the election to Trump.
“I have read she has felt anger toward me personally, and I’m sorry for that,” Comey writes, according to ABC News. “I’m sorry that I couldn’t do a better job explaining to her and her supporters why I made the decisions I made.”
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