Comey: Hillary’s FBI Testimony Wasn’t Under Oath Or Recorded, But It Would Still Be a Crime To Lie

During testimony before Congress on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey stated that the FBI’s interview with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not under oath or recorded, but it still would be a crime to lie to the FBI.

The fix is in.

  • Jay Currie

    I don’t doubt for a minute that the fix was in but a) it is unusual for an investigator to put a subject under oath (really no mechanism for that – that’s what Grand Juries do), b) FBI practice is generally not to record investigative interviews such as this one, c) it is indeed illegal to lie to a federal officer (see Martha Steward) and Hilly would certainly have known that.

    There is little doubt in my mind that the fix was in and that Comely’s very odd enumeration of Hilly’s misdeeds was designed to damage her as much as possible without recommending indictment. I suspect Comely was told he was not allowed to recommend indictment and, rather than doing the honourable thing and resigning, he let loose on Hillary knowing that his recommendation would make no sense at all after his recitation.

    Now, the interesting question is who told him he was not allowed to recommend indictment.

    • For his efforts (such as they were), he is the one who will get thrown under the bus.

      I hope it was worth it, Comey.

      • V10_Rob

        But then why did he stop short? It’s the halfway that doesn’t add up.

        If he wanted to save his own hide, why did he go so far as to indict her verbally but not legally? He could have just said no charges where being filed and refused to elaborate. Instead he went into detail, which he was not required to do, and tarred Hillary while officially letting her off the hook. That doesn’t seem like a smart move if he needed to keep the Clinton machine happy.

        If he knew he was going to be thrown under the bus regardless, why not announce the criminal indictment and take Hillary down with him?

      • Will Quest


    • I’ll bet you it was in fact recorded — I wouldn’t put it past Hillary or one of her lawyers to have a concealed micro-recorder. They’re always one step ahead of the law.

      • Jay Currie

        Possibly… Or they may have been up front and recorded the whole thing openly. Comely said the FBI didn’t record it.

        • Alain

          If so, it is not normal not to record it. Even a police interview is recorded.

          • Jay Currie

            Interestingly, not the FBI unless (and this is recent) it is a post arrest interview. The FBI prefers to file a report on the interview rather than record it…civil libertarians have been up in arms about this preference for years as it essentially allows the agents (and there are almost always two to back up one another’s stories) to spin testimony at trial.

      • V10_Rob

        If I were one of the agents involved, I’d have a recorder running for my own safety, at all times, procedures and admissibility be damned. Nothing that’s connected to Hillary is ever by the book or above board.

    • WalterBannon

      it is unusual for an investigator to call a short social call to the criminal’s home a proper interrogation…

      it is unusual for an investigator to list all the essential elements of a criminal charge as having been met and then stating they decline to prosecute one of the most egregious cases of that crime ever.

      that is, its unusual if that investigator is honest and not on the take.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Her lawyers probably demanded she wasn’t under oath and no records were kept.

  • Maggat

    NOT RECORDED? Good grief, that woman has a golden horse shoe up her ass.

    • Jay Currie

      It really is SOP for the FBI. Designed to let the agent make a subsequent “record” of the interview without having any pesky “recording” getting in the way. And as agents almost always interview in pairs, there will be a second agent to back up the first’s recollection of the interview. It is a total farce. And, in this instance, ensures that Hilly skates.

  • RevnantDream

    Comey has always been in the Clinton camp as a shill. No wonder she never broke a sweat after the Lynch maneuver by the rapist. That was an extra bonus for cover up.

    I did not write this but it is good…
    Remember Whitewater? 20 years ago James Comey as an attorney on the Senate Whitewater Investigation was looking into the conduct of President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton.The investigation was to determine whether Bill Clinton used his political position as governor of Arkansas (in the 1980s) to push through an illegal loan to benefit Bill and Hillary’s business partner in Whitewater. Several
    people involved in Whitewater went to jail, but no criminal prosecution was in the cards for Bill and Hillary. Remember James Comey was the Deputy Special Counsel for the Whitewater investigation….In Christopher Anderson’s book, American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Rise to Power, Anderson gives details of the New Square offenders pardon by Bill Clinton (who had been convicted of bilking the government of $30 million dollars). Christopher Anderson relates that at Hillary’s urging Bill gave clemency to 16 Puerto Rican terrorists who took the lives of 16 Americans and wounded many others.Anderson tell us that Hillary admired the Marxist Carl Oglesby and Saul Alinsky. It is from her admiration for Saul Alinsky that she formed her belief that “the only way to make a real difference is to acquire power.” The pardon of billionaire Marc Rich (who traded illegally with America’s enemies including Iran) by President Bill Clinton was something that everyone knew reeked of impropriety after learning that Rich’s wife donated $450,000 to the Clinton Library. Again James Comey oversaw investigations of the pardon matters as well. Unbelievably James Comey did not recommend charging the Clinton in any of these matters. Wouldn’t it be fair and balanced to give news coverage to these facts?

  • Blacksmith

    Unbelievable, Not under oath or recorded? why the hell did they even do it. What a crock of shit this has turned into, I can’t say I am actually surprised to hear it though.

  • Spatchcocked

    So….Comey is an old whore from waaay back.
    Who knew?

  • Ron MacDonald

    The Hildabeest instructing their staff to remove classification and send non-secure.

  • mauser 98

    Hill gave access of her State Dept. emails to her lawyers who were not security approved

    espionage for others

  • WalterBannon

    Comey: “I got my payolla, now screw America!!!”