(National Sentinel)Â Executive Branch: In spite of official Washington’s huffing and puffing and feigned outrage over President Donald J. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a former assistant director said that the top cop had it coming.
What’s more, James Kallstrom toldÂ Breitbart News, Comey’s actions as director had sullied the reputation of the agency he led.
â€œHe was fired for cause in my view,â€ Kallstrom said. â€œWhen the referral came to the bureau close to a year ago, Comey knew at that point, if not soon after, that the Justice Department had no interest in conducting a criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton. They would never approve a grand jury and they would never approve an indictment.â€
He went on to blame Comey for presiding over a “sham” investigation – a believe shared byÂ many Republicans on Capitol Hill and tens of millions of Americans who didÂ not vote for Clinton in November:
From granting unnecessary immunity deals to conducting an interview of Clinton not under oath to too slicklyÂ issuing a document dump the day after the Fourth of July, the FBI deviated from standard-operating procedure during the investigation of the former secretary of stateâ€™s reliance on private servers to send and receive classified material, Kalstrom says.
â€œHe did something the FBI never does,â€Â the former head of theÂ FBIâ€™s New York office saidÂ of Comey. â€œIt never discloses the charges against an unindicted personâ€”ever.â€
â€œHe was so out of left fieldâ€”the things he did.â€
This included citing a lack of intent on Clintonâ€™s part to rationalize not pursuing the case further when the relevant statute does not mention intent. â€œIntent does not matter at all,â€Â Kallstrom explains to Breitbart News. â€œThereâ€™s no â€˜intentâ€™ in the statute. Nevertheless, in my opinion thereâ€™s a busload of intent.â€
â€œThe cause [for firing] is that he took upon himself authority he didnâ€™t have, number one,â€ Kallstrom says of ComeyÂ acting as a de facto prosecutor rather than as anÂ investigator. â€œNumber two, he told the public that he undertook a â€˜thoroughâ€™ investigation. You canâ€™t put â€˜thoroughâ€™ and lack of a grand jury in the same sentence. He threw the reputation of the FBI under the bus.â€
He added:Â â€œHeâ€™s basically a good guy. I donâ€™t think heâ€™s done this with malice aforethought. He just lacks common sense. He just wasnâ€™t up for the job of FBI director.â€