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The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General?s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution. It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement. At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its ?ndings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting that he believed Attorney General Loretta had a con?ict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department. There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a con?ict requires the recusal of the Attorney General.
On July 5, however, the Director announced his own conclusions about the nation?s most sensitive criminal investigation, without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders. Compounding the error, the Director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation. Derogatory information sometimes is disclosed in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions, but we never release it gratuitously. The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.[b/]
originally posted by: nerbot
Perhaps many of you have been fooled and while you're so concerned about this sacking, something is sneaking under the radar.
Who's the next director?