Why Comey Wanted News of Clinton Investigation Front and Center So Fast

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There’s an old adage from the business world that is poignant: “fire people on Friday.” The same thing holds true for the news cycle; if you want to bury news–but have to get it out nonetheless–drop it late Friday afternoon.

Yet when FBI director Comey broke the news on Friday that his team has ramped up the investigations into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails, and that they had a trove of new evidence, not even the Friday drop could kill it.

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Speculation on why Comey made this decision is running rampant. Even more speculative are the guesses into why he chose to break with tradition and announce that the investigation had been resumed.


So reporters are working hard to uncover any sources they can. The Daily Mail published a piece built on the testimony of a witness rumored to be a close family friend of Comey.

“The atmosphere at the FBI has been toxic ever since Jim announced last July that he wouldn’t recommend an indictment against Hillary,” said the source.


“Some people, including department heads, stopped talking to Jim, and even ignored his greetings when they passed him in the hall,” said the source. “They felt that he betrayed them and brought disgrace on the bureau by letting Hillary off with a slap on the wrist.”

The source claims that Comey talked at length about his decisions with his wife, Pat.


“He’s been ignoring the resignation letters in the hope that he could find a way of remedying the situation,” said the source.

“When new emails that appeared to be related to Hillary’s personal email server turned up in a computer used [her close aide] Huma Abedin and [Abedin’s disgraced husband,] Anthony Weiner, Comey jumped at the excuse to reopen the investigation.”


“The people he trusts the most have been the angriest at him,’ the source added. “And that includes his wife, Pat. She kept urging him to admit that he had been wrong when he refused to press charges against the former secretary of state.”


These revelations, if true, support earlier suggestions that the FBI had been pressured to ignore Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified information. It was this pressure that had supposedly created so much internal turmoil at the Bureau.