Watchdog: Ex-FBI director Comey made ‘serious error’ in Clinton probe disclosures
admin • June 15, 2018 • 2034
FILE PHOTO: Former FBI director James Comey speaks about his book during an onstage interview with Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen at George University in Washington, U.S. April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
Former FBI Director James Comey made a “serious error of judgment” when he announced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election that he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said on Thursday (June 14).
The 500-page report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that Comey did not exhibit any political bias or try to influence the election.
However, it criticized him for violating Justice Department policies and accused him of usurping the authority of Attorney General Loretta Lynch when in July 2016 he announced there would be no charges against Clinton for her email use as secretary of state.
In addition, the report was highly critical of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI staff members who exchanged highly charged political messages, finding their texts cast a cloud over the FBI and created the appearance of bias. —Reuters
The suspected gunman in the Dayton, Ohio, weekend shooting that killed nine people was exploring violent ideologies but it was unclear whether that influenced his actions, an FBI agent said on Tuesday (August 6).
“We have uncovered evidence that the shooter was exploring violent ideologies,” FBI agent Todd Wickerham told reporters.
He said authorities were working to determine whether the attacker was influenced by a particular ideology and whether he was helped by anyone.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday proposed a “red flag” law that would take guns away from people who may harm themselves or others, responding to pressure for him to “do something” after the mass shooting in Dayton. (REUTERS)
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) favors a congressional investigation into reported mishaps during elections.
“The unfortunate thing about the multiple mishaps in the May 13 elections is that the problems were preventable. The May 13, 2019 Midterm Elections is the fourth time that the automated elections systems was used. For all these problems, the COMELEC should be held responsible,” according to their statement.
Namfrel National Council Member Lito Averia also said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should face investigation in Congress on June 4.
“Pabor kami diyan kasi nga nakalagay sa batas nitong automated elections system. Dapat tinitingnan nitong joint congressional oversight committee both the Senate and House of Representatives na tingnan kung papaano nagtrabaho ang automated elections at evaluate nila ulit. May assessment iyan (We are in favor of it, because it is stated in the law on automated elections system. The joint congressional oversight committee, both the Senate and the House of Representatives should look into how the automated elections work, including an evaluation. There should be an assessment there),” he said.
Meanwhile, Comelec admitted that the number of vote counting machines (VCM) that malfunctioned tripled during this elections compered to the 2016 elections.
Comelec said that over 1,600 SD cards were needed to be replaced in this year’s elections while only 120 SD cards needed replacement in 2016 elections.
According to Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas they are already investigating the issues.
“Definitely, pinapa-review ko na sa Law Department iyong magiging penalty just in case or may violation ng kontrata but again syempre kailangan din natin marinig iyong side nila, (Definately, I directed the Law Department to review the possible penalties just in case there is a violation of contract. But again, we also have to know their side),” he said.
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