Comey's incredible conflict of interest in the Clinton investigation
This week the world learned of yet another technology bungle by former FBI Director James Comey in what is becoming a substantial catalog of faux paus and struggles when a highly anticipated report from the Department of Justice’s inspector general revealed he sometimes used a private email account to conduct official business while leading the bureau.Could this be why Comey was reluctant to bring charges against Clinton? While I use Gmail, I do not have access to any government secrets at this point in my life. I am not bound by policies for organizations I do not work for. He is. It is not the only instance where his conduct was inconsistent with department policies.
According to the watchdog’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation unveiled Thursday, Comey used his personal Gmail account on “numerous” occasions to conduct his work as head of the FBI, despite the Justice Department implementing a policy in 2016 that forbade such a practice. The report listed five examples between 2016 and 2017 of Comey using the Gmail account for FBI business, including to draft documents and public statements. One of the emails had an attachment with a list of titles, contact information, and duty hours for FBI employees.
Comey defended his use of the personal account, saying he did not use it for classified or sensitive information. When he was asked by Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s team about whether his use of a private email was consistent with FBI regulations, Comey said, “I don’t know. I think so.”
The verdict? The IG report concluded Comey's multiple uses of personal email to conduct bureau business was "inconsistent" with DOJ policy.
This particular revelation was coupled with a twist of irony as it came nearly two years after Comey publicly chided Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign for her use of an unauthorized private email server while she was secretary of state.