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Unrest at the FBI? Comey Pens a Staff Memo Defending His Clinton Decision

It would appear some employees at the FBI are not pleased with director James Comey’s decision to give Hillary Clinton a slap on the wrist for mishandling classified information.

While Clinton struggled to explain herself in last night’s national security forum, Comey is apparently doing some damage control of his own.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

FBI Director James Comey released a staff-wide memo Wednesday seeking to justify his decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton after his investigation into her private email server, CNN reported:

In a memo to employees Wednesday, Comey said the decision to not recommend charges against the now-Democratic nominee wasn’t a close call.

“At the end of the day, the case itself was not a cliff-hanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn’t a prosecutable case,” he said in the memo.

Comey said in the beginning of his memo that he was prompted to write this due to the amount of attention his decision has caused:

Because it is generating a lot of interest, I thought I should update you on where we are with our commitment to transparency in the wake of the Clinton email investigation.

In the memo, Comey explained that he wrestled with the idea of waiting until after Labor Day Weekend to release the documents, but in the spirit of transparency, he released them as soon as they were ready.

Even progressive journalists on MSNBC are stunned by the FBI’s mishandling of the Clinton email scandal. Mark Halperin sounded off on Morning Joe: 

“Those who are skeptical about how he’s done this, look at the Friday release…. the guy’s not had a press conference. He talks about transparency, I’m becoming increasingly critical of him. I know he’s got a sterling reputation, but… to release this on a Friday, as if he’s an arm of the Clinton campaign. I’m just stunned. Because there’s a lot of information in here that is of great public interest. And if you really cared about transparency, you would say to yourself, ‘Is the best time to release this to get a full public hearing on Friday before Labor Day? No.’… I really believe he’s called his own partiality into question, by what he’s done.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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