Comey Memos Missing: Ex FBI Chief Never Produced Documents on Why He Promoted McCabe After Flagrant Violations of Hatch Act
Where are James Comey’s hand-written memos and notes on why and how he allowed his then-deputy FBI director to thumb his nose at federal laws and solicit almost $700,000 from a target of a FBI probe into public corruption who was likely trying to influence the investigation of another corruption target, Hillary Clinton.
Where are those memos and documents? And why were they never turned over to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary chairman, as demanded?
Sen. Chuck Grassley and FBI personnel are wondering how Andrew McCabe was promoted to deputy director of the FBI — and now its acting director — after helping solicit almost $700,000 in campaign contributions for his wife, a definitive violation of the Hatch Act. McCabe was sworn in last week as acting FBI chief after Comey was sacked by President Donald Trump.
And now Grassley alleges that McCabe actively participated in talks to obtain the campaign funds, a blatant violation of the Hatch Act.
There is no debate among rank-and-file FBI agents that McCabe violated the Hatch Act which prohibits ALL agents in US intelligence agencies from soliciting campaign contributions and getting involved with any partisan election. That especially includes high-ranking agents.
Such violations of the Hatch Act, according to a handbook distributed to FBI employees, call for termination of employment or suspension with no pay. Yet weeks after campaigning and soliciting funds for his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, Comey promoted the career public servant to deputy director. He was never disciplined. His salary wasn’t docked, it actually increased.
Grassley for months has sought written answers from Comey about McCabe’s clandestine political activities, which included soliciting money from at least one target of a current FBI probe: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe who supplied McCabe’s spouse with the funds to run for state senate in Virginia.
But in a letter that was apparently overlooked by the entire establishment media in Washington D.C., Grassley alleges that McCabe actively participated in talks to obtain the campaign funds from McAuliffe, who again, in under investigation from the FBI for alleged campaign donation crimes. (You simply can’t make this stuff up).
From one of three recent Gassley letters seeking written documentation from Comey about McCcabe’s illegal activities, McCabe for the first time is fingered for actually meeting with the target of an FBI investigation and then accepting, on behalf of his wife, funds from that target:
The Key text here, pulled from the letter, is:
On March 7, 2015, just five days after the New York Times broke the story about Secretary Clinton’s use of private email for official business, Mr. McCabe met with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime, close associate of the Clintons—along with his wife, Dr. McCabe. Mr. McAuliffe recruited Dr. McCabe, who had not previously run for any political office, to be the Democratic candidate for a Virginia state senate seat. Dr. McCabe agreed, and Director Comey March 28, 2017 Page 2 of 4 Governor McAuliffe’s political action committee subsequently gave nearly $500,000 to her campaign while the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton was ongoing. The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, also donated over $200,000 to Dr. McCabe’s campaign.
All of Grassley’s scathing letters to Comey seeking detailed answers about McCabe can be seen here.
There are also more than a handful of FBI agents who have been scratching their heads during McCabe’s meteoric rise, knowing that he did not play by the rules. Wearing a campaign T-shirt with your wife’s name on it is one thing and somewhat acceptable, but seeking money linked to two criminal FBI targets? That also shatters the FBI’s ethics code which is also punishable by termination and suspension. Yet McCabe suffered neither. In a functioning criminal justice system, this also likely violated criminal laws. But hey … why nitpick? It’s just the federal criminal code.
Stipulations of the Hatch Act are clearly spelled out in a handbook for Intel agency members, portions of which are attached below. Based on what we know now, there is no doubt McCabe trounced the law.
But perhaps access to Comey’s personal notes on the matter may also implicate him as well. If those notes haven’t been lost like Hillary’s emails.