FBI Director Says Clinton Could Still Be Charged With Gross Negligence In Email Server Probe

FBI Director Chris Wray testified last Thursday that is still possible that Hillary Clinton could be charged with mishandling classified material despite the decision of former FBI Director James Comey.

Wray explained to a congressional committee that the FBI Inspector General was still investigating whether “improper political considerations” were involved in the decision to not prosecute Clinton (the decision was made by James Comey, who was eventually fired by Trump).

“If he [Inspector General] were to conclude that that’s what happened, then I think at that point we’re in a situation where we have to assess what else might need to be done to un-ring that bell if you will," Wray remarked in his testimony.

Legal experts say reopening the Clinton probe would be a huge development, and could only come about with strong evidence of malfeasance on the part of James Comey and/or those close to him.

Earlier last week, news was released that a senior counter-intelligence agent involved in the Clinton probe (Peter Strzok) had sent anti-Trump and pro-Clinton texts to his girlfriend Lisa Page, an attorney who is employed by the FBI.

Strzok was also responsible for editing a memo from Comey to replace the term “grossly negligent” from the description of how Clinton handled intelligence with the term ”extremely careless”.

Note that “grossly negligent” is a stronger legal term potentially allowing charges to be made.

In his testimony, Wray also pushed back against attacks on his agency from the president and many others in the administration, and said: “There is no finer institution, and no finer people, than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart.”

Wray publicly defended the nation’s top law enforcement agency after days of attacks by Trump via Twitter. Trump claimed the FBI is a biased institution with a reputation that is is “in Tatters - worst in History!", and said Wray should “clean house” at the FBI.

Note the Twitter storm by the commander in chief comes after a guilty plea from his ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI.

Wray, who was a Senior Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, and was nominated for FBI director by Trump, has been criticized by many Republicans who claim there is political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia and its handling of an FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that resulted in no criminal charges.

Although he avoided mentioning the president by name, Wray flatly denied the wildly inaccurate claims by Trump about the FBI: “My experience has been that our reputation is quite good.”

Wray also remarked he was extremely proud of the agents, analysts and others who were working 24/7 356 days a year to protect Americans. The director did admit FBI agents do sometimes make mistakes, but also highlighted there are official processes in place to assure that all employees are accountable for their actions.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: CNN Screenshot, MailOnline

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