Inspector General accurately documents Comey's missteps, former FBI agent says

Bill Grady
June 15, 2018 - 4:26 am

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On the heels of a government rebuke of former FBI director James Comey, a former agent says the Justice Department Inspector General was right on target.

The IG's findings show Comey went way beyond bureau protocol by stating that Hillary Clinton's investigation was closed, then reopened days before the 2016 election.

"According to the IG there was no political intent," said Michael Tabman, who was once second in command at the FBI Kansas City field office. "I think it's important to make that distinction, it's one thing to use poor discretion, another thing to act with criminal intent or bad intent for your own self purposes."

Had someone ranking lower than Comey made the same blunder, he or she might have been fired, Tabman said.

Tabman also had some advice for federal agents in similar situations. The appropriate response is, "We neither confirm or deny if there is an investigation."
 

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