This will be an unusual statement in at least a couple ways. First, I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest. Second, I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.
On July 2, CNN picked up the leak from DOJ that no charges would be recommended.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in private and then announced that she would follow the FBI’s recommendations. She knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that no charges would be recommended. President Obama knew a year ago how big of a problem this was and made sure that every rock was turned over before he let Clinton off the hook.
For Director Comey to stand up and lie in front of the press and the American people, take no questions and walk off the stage taints the entire American system of justice. It turns us into no better than the Kremlin, inventing or ignoring any law that serves a political purpose.
What consequence other than facing criminal charges could hurt Clinton, who very likely will be the next occupant of the White House? Nothing. She, and the men who will occupy the triumvirate presidency with her (Obama is staying in Washington, and Bill will always be handy) will remain above the law and rule as kings.
The top law enforcement official in the government–the chief of the national police, if I may–has totally abdicated his responsibility and corrupted the integrity of American justice. He should resign today.
Here is part of Comey’s statement on video.