Bad, Bad Stuff Out of FBI

Mark Hosenball has another look inside what’s been happening at the FBI. It’s another slice of the story but one that is consistent with Spencer Ackerman’s piece in The Guardian and the best reporting I’ve seen on James Comey’s role in this. I continue to think that one key part of Comey’s role was simply a mix of naivete and indifference about the effect of his letter. Another driving force, though, as Hosenball reports, was fear of leaks and the Republican criticism they would drive.

From Hosenball …

FBI Director James Comey was driven in part by a fear of leaks from within his agency when he decided to tell Congress the FBI was investigating newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton, law enforcement sources said on Thursday.

And this (emphasis added) …

Two law enforcement sources familiar with the FBI’s New York Field Office, which initially discovered the emails, said a faction of investigators based in the office is known to be hostile to Hillary Clinton. A spokeswoman for the FBI’s New York office said she had no knowledge about this.

Democratic Party sources said such a faction was likely responsible for a recent surge in media leaks on alleged details of an ongoing FBI investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

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