Did Podesta Hint At What Was Coming: “FBI Leakers Should Shut Up”
With just two days left until the election, John Podesta went on one of the Clinton campaign’s “friendly” political talk shows to bash FBI agents leaking harmful info about their various investigations into Hillary’s assorted criminal cases. In an interview that wreaked of a little desperation, Podesta lashed out at FBI agents saying “the leakers should shut up.” With the interview occurring earlier this morning before the recent news that the FBI has balked, yet again, at bringing official charges against Hillary, it certainly seems possible that Podesta had advanced knowlege that a Comey announcement was forthcoming (see “Hillary Cleared As FBI Folds Again: Comey Says “Conclusions Unchanged From July” On Clinton Email Review“).
I think what Mr. Comey did just 9 days ago was a mistake. I think it broke with precedent. I think it was criticized roundly by democrats and republicans. It was a mistake.
There is a reason for that policy. It looked like it was interfering in the election.
I think the men and women of the FBI are doing a tremendous job out here across the country. But the leakers should shut up.
When asked whether Comey should resign for his “mistake,” Podesta said that he’s never questioned Comey’s motivation but that it was a mistake nonetheless.
It’s unclear how this new revelation will impact the “leakers,” though to the extent they continue to disagree with Comey’s assessment it could very well result in accelerated leaks by disgruntled FBI agents.
Ironically, Podesta didn’t offer any criticism of Loretta Lynch or her Justice Department for obviously obstructing the original FBI investigation after having a 30-minute secret conversation with Bill Clinton on a tarmac in Phoenix earlier this year and having other DOJ lawyers explicitly instruct FBI agents to “stand down” on active leads into alleged Clinton Foundation corruption.