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Top 10 FBI Scandals Under James Comey's Reign as FBI Director

Updated on June 12, 2018

James Comey was fired by President Trump, for failing to do his job. He will definitely be remembered for the role he played in the 2016 presidential election, where he allowed the FBI to conduct surveillance on several key Trump campaign staffers, while also investigating the Clinton campaign for mishandling classified materials.

However, even before the election, the FBI endured several black eyes under the reign of FBI Director James Comey. In the end, the FBI was aware of nearly every terrorist who struck America for the last eight years and failed to stop them from killing innocent lives.

FBI, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons
FBI, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

1. Boston Marathon Bombing

Prior to the horrific Boston Marathon bombing, the FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev but ended up releasing him. Comey even received a warning from Russia, but decided against investigating him.

2. Illegal Data Mining

Prior to the Snowden leak in 2013, the FBI was revealed to have been conducting their own data mining on innocent American citizens. According to Bloomberg, the material is stored for decades by the FBI, even if there is no case.

3. Fort Hood Shooting

James Comey and the FBI had emails written by Nidal Hassan, that said he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers, but the FBI did nothing, causing many to argue that the deaths of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been prevented.

4. Private Business

James Comey and his team at the FBI claimed that two private planes were being used for counter-terrorism operations, however it was later discovered they were mainly used for AG Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller's business and personal needs.


Showdown with Apple

Following the aftermath of the San Bernadino mass shooting, the FBI ended up in a beef with Apple, demanding they create a "backdoor" that would allow them and other agencies to unlock phones belonging to suspects. Apple refused, which created a heated battle between the FBI and Apple. Comey should have waited before fighting with Apple, as they were able to unlock the phone without Apple's assistance. The FBI faced off against Apple, while others in the intelligence community, were defending Apple's decision, including former CIA Director's General Petraeus and James Woolsey, and NSA Director General Hayden.

6. Raid on Republic of Texas Meeting

The FBI launched a questionable, at the least, raid on a Texas secessionist political meeting. Agents ended up finger printing, photographing and confiscating cellphones belonging to those present.

7. Clinton Investigation

The one investigation Comey will be best remembered for is the Hillary Clinton investigation and her handling of classified information. While conducting the investigation, Comey and his agents gave Clinton aides immunity and allowed them to destroy possible evidence in the form of laptops.


8. Backpack Bombing

James Comey and the FBI were warned that Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man responsible for detonating a backpack bomb in New York City, had become radicalized. The FBI brought him in for an interview but ended up clearing him.

9. Pulse Club Shooting

The FBI had spent 10 months investigating Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. During the investigation, Mateen even admitted to lying to federal agents. However, the FBI decided to close the case and move on.

10. Draw Muhammad Contest

In 2015, two terrorists attempted to open fire on those attending a "Draw Muhammad" event in Texas. Besides having advanced warning of a possible attack, James Comey had an undercover agent working with the Islamic terrorists. The FBI has not explained why the undercover agent did not intervene.

Do you trust the FBI?

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In Conclusion

Some in Congress still claim that the timing of Comey's firing is suspicious, because he was scheduled to testify a few days later. However, Democrats like Schumer are making it sound like James Comey has dirt on Trump, so Trump axed him. Not Even Close. James Comey was going to testify in a budget hearing, so they know how much to budget for the FBI.

The real reason for Comey's firing, he was stalling real investigations. Now that Comey is gone, investigations can begin. Comey should count his blessings, that he was only fired and nothing else happened. Others down the road, might not be so lucky, even those in the White House. How will the history books paint James Comey in the future.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 4 months ago from Orange County California

      Lawrence

      I copy the articles that I want to comment on, so that I respond directly to the author's own words.

      But, looking at the comment here, I didn't mean to copy the whole article, just the part that I was commenting on.

      oops.

      I usually comment

      B:

      my comment

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      I also realize looking back at the comment, that you did a good job and I really didn't have to comment.

      another oops.

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      Lawrence Lease 4 months ago from Alaska

      Why did you copy my article in the comments section.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 4 months ago from Orange County California

      Lawrence

      Great article and not just because I agree with it.

      As for the Apple saying no,

      "Our decision to conclude the litigation was based solely on the fact that, with the recent assistance of a third party, we are now able to unlock that iPhone without compromising any information on the phone"

      What is sad that a third party hacker had the skills to unlock the iphone, while we fund hundreds of billions of dollars into our intelligence agencies. This is hardly believable. It is more likely that either the CIA or more likely that NSA was their resource to unlock the phone.

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      The one investigation Comey will be best remembered for is the Hillary Clinton investigation and her handling of classified information. While conducting the investigation, Comey and his agents gave Clinton aides immunity and allowed them to destroy possible evidence in the form of laptops.

      8. Backpack Bombing

      James Comey and the FBI were warned that Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man responsible for detonating a backpack bomb in New York City, had become radicalized. The FBI brought him in for an interview but ended up clearing him.

      9. Pulse Club Shooting

      The FBI had spent 10 months investigating Omar Mateen, the man who killed 49 people at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. During the investigation, Mateen even admitted to lying to federal agents. However, the FBI decided to close the case and move on.

      10. Draw Muhammad Contest

      In 2015, two terrorists attempted to open fire on those attending a "Draw Muhammad" event in Texas. Besides having advanced warning of a possible attack, James Comey had an undercover agent working with the Islamic terrorists. The FBI has not explained why the undercover agent did not intervene.

      Do you trust the FBI?

      Yes

      No

      See results

      In Conclusion

      Some in Congress still claim that the timing of Comey's firing is suspicious, because he was scheduled to testify a few days later. However, Democrats like Schumer are making it sound like James Comey has dirt on Trump, so Trump axed him. Not Even Close. James Comey was going to testify in a budget hearing, so they know how much to budget for the FBI.

      The real reason for Comey's firing, he was stalling real investigations. Now that Comey is gone, investigations can begin. Comey should count his blessings, that he was only fired and nothing else happened. Others down the road, might not be so lucky, even those in the White House. How will the history books paint James Comey in the future.

      B:

      Trump made a mistake by not getting rid of all the Obama holdovers. And the reason that I didn't answer your poll is that the agency is OK once you get below the upper management like Comey, McCabe, Mueller, and the same at the DOJ, Lynch, and others.

      The question of timing for firing Comey is irrelevant as he served at the pleasure of the president.

      It is the politics that flairs up, but remember before Comey was fired, it was the democrats that wanted him out of the FBI for losing the election for Hillary by first closing the her investigation, then opening it a few weeks before the election, and then closing it again. So when something is in favor of the democrats it is OK, but not vice versa.

      Thanks

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