When it comes to FBI investigations of top government officials and politicians, James Comey has been a model of inconsistency. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Comey held a number of press conferences discussing at length the FBI’s inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s email practices – all while refusing to discuss or even acknowledge FBI investigations into alleged wrongdoing by Donald Trump.
Since Trump has been in office, Comey – in direct contrast to his public pronouncements regarding Hillary Clinton – has stayed in the shadows, remaining publicly silent on any investigations that may be underway regarding the relationship between Trump, the Trump campaign, and Russia. This, despite the fact that Trump’s national security adviser was forced to resign because of his communications with Russia, despite the fact that Trump’s attorney general may have perjured himself regarding his own ties to Russia, and despite numerous reports showing that Trump’s campaign chief, advisers, and son-in-law met with top Russian dignitaries during the 2016 campaign.
With the many serious questions swirling about the ties between Trump and Russia, one would expect that the FBI would make investigating these issues a top priority. However, a recent report by CNN shows that Comey has assigned fewer FBI agents to investigate Trump’s Russia ties than he did to investigate Clinton’s email issues. Reports CNN:
“One source familiar with the Russia investigation resorted to a mathematical equation to divulge — sort of — the number of agents assigned to the matter.”
“It’s five to 10 fewer than were assigned to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, said the source, who is not authorized to speak publicly and did so on the condition of anonymity. There were about two dozen dedicated to that case, so that makes 15 to 20 on the Russia investigation.”
That Comey has assigned fewer resources to investigate Trump’s Russia connections than he did for the investigation into Clinton’s email practices is stunning. It only exacerbates the public’s skepticism that the FBI can serve as a neutral, apolitical investigatory body under James Comey’s leadership.