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