As a child I believed in various things that I later learned weren’t true – Santa Claus, for example – and was very disappointed when I found out the truth. As an adult I’ve seen lots of false promises and scams, many of them perpetrated by people or organizations I thought I could trust. But through it all there was one government agency that never let me down: the FBI. Their job was to protect the citizens from the criminal element and more recently, terrorists. I believed they were dedicated men and women who operated above politics and followed leads wherever they led, regardless of whose toes got stepped on in the process. I greatly admired them. While doing research for my true crime books I met and interviewed several retired FBI agents and found them to be the committed professionals I had envisioned. To me, the FBI was beyond reproach. But today, in light of the recently disclosed documents regarding the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices, all that has changed.
I spent several years as an investigator (both private and for a state government agency) and conducted many interviews, so I have a basic understanding of how interviews should go. When I first saw the released documents I was concerned about several things, such as the apparent acceptance of her answers without follow-up questions and the failure to ask questions that seemed to me to be pertinent to the investigation. I also had concerns over how the interview was conducted. Why wasn’t it recorded? Was Hillary asked to submit to a polygraph? Why wasn’t Director Comey present at an interview of this importance? I didn’t like it, but I had to face the obvious: Hillary’s people had dictated the terms of her interview and Comey had caved.
When I coupled these issues with the failure to convene a grand jury, the “chance” meeting between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac, almost immediately followed by Comey’s announcement that charges would not be recommended against anybody, I knew that in this case the one government agency I had so much faith in had sold out. If I needed any further proof it was that the FBI used the standard Washington D. C. practice of dumping bad news on a Friday afternoon, and in this case it was also a long weekend. I would have expected that tactic from the Clinton campaign or the White House, but not from the FBI.
Since then, I’ve heard a retired deputy director of the FBI and several law enforcement and legal professionals confirm my thoughts. Hillary’s hacks and spinners are out there claiming the documents exonerate her, of course. However, that is laughable to anyone who takes an honest look at the facts.
At the present time, it appears that those of us who believe in justice are left to rely on the voters to hold Hillary and her gang accountable, because it’s obvious that Comey and his FBI have joined Hillary’s camp. It is a bitter pill to swallow, but it is what it is.