Thursday, July 7, 2016

FBI, defense contractors and hedge funds

I've been curious about why FBI director James Comey reached the decision he did based on the evidence he described. For example, it's unbelievable that although Hillary destroyed 30,000 emails that, by statute, should have been public records, in such a way that they could never be recovered, in a scenario when she had violated several national security statutes, and this is not considered obstruction of justice.

I was also curious about why Comey, the #2 Justice Department official under George Bush, would be appointed FBI director by Barack Obama.

So I looked into Comey's background. The Wikipedia entry is pretty straightforward, except it doesn't mention the Clinton Foundation connections to the companies Comey worked for. He left DOJ to become General Counsel for Lockheed Martin, and then left Lockheed to become General Counsel at Bridgewater, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, where he made over $33 million in 2012 alone. In 2013 Obama appointed him head of the FBI.

This stuff is more corrupt than a Robert Ludlum novel.

James Brien Comey, Jr. (born December 14, 1960) is an American lawyer. He is the seventh and current Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He was the United States Deputy Attorney General, serving in President George W. Bush's administration. As Deputy Attorney General, Comey was the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and ran the day-to-day operations of the Department, serving in that office from December 2003 through August 2005. He was U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York prior to becoming Deputy Attorney General.
In December 2003, as Deputy Attorney General, Comey appointed the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, close friend and former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald, as Special Counsel to head the CIA leak grand jury investigation after Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself. In August 2005, Comey left the DOJ and he became General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Lockheed Martin. In 2010, he became General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates. In early 2013, he left Bridgewater to become Senior Research Scholar and Hertog Fellow on National Security Law at Columbia Law School. He also joined the London-based board of directors of HSBC Holdings. In 2013, Comey was appointed as the director of the FBI by President Barack Obama.

One web page summarized the situation as follows:

The FBI and Justice Department have stubbornly refused to prosecute heinous criminal acts of the Obama Administration. They include Benghazi, Fast and Furious gun running, Hillary’s private server, 2008 bank bailout, social networking patent theft, illegal NSA snooping, energy company subsidies, IRS targeting of conservatives, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) confiscations, baby parts trafficking, LIBOR rigging, open borders, overstayed visas of more than one million people, religious persecution and so on.

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