Former FBI Director James Comey has come under scrutiny from both sides of the political aisle for his handling of prominent political scandals. Now his role in the investigations of Hillary Clinton’s private email server is again being called into question.
According to The Washington Times, a lawyer filed a bar grievance this week accusing Comey of both lying to Congress and destroying potential evidence in the Clinton scandal. This process could eventually result in Comey being disbarred.
The grievance was filed by Ty Clevenger in New York, where Comey is licensed to practice law. According to Clevenger, the former FBI Director’s claims to not have pre-determined the outcome of the Clinton investigations are not backed by evidence.
Clevenger points to recent revelations that Comey began drafting an exoneration for former-Secretary of State Clinton months before he even spoke with her. He says Comey is guilty of giving Congress “false testimony.”
“Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct,” Clevenger wrote. And it isn’t only Comey on whom he has set his sights.
Clevenger also asked for a renewal of his grievances against Barack Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch over Comey’s claims that she tried to pressure him into minimizing the Clinton probe.
As reported by Christian News Alerts, Lynch asked Comey to call the Clinton probe a “matter” rather than an “investigation,” in what many believe was an attempt by the former Attorney General to protect Secretary Clinton’s reputation in the middle of an election.
The State of New York deferred the grievances filed by Clevenger in January, citing the ongoing investigation. Clevenger was told to await the outcome of the probes being carried out by Congress. The attorney says the time for waiting has passed.
Because the probes appear to be over, Clevenger asserts now is the right moment to continue with the grievance processes. He also warned the commission not to let partisanship cloud their judgment, reminding them that former President Richard Nixon was disbarred from practicing law because of his involvement in the infamous Watergate scandal.
Clevenger’s other targets include Clinton’s lawyers. In Maryland, he won a court order demanding an investigation by the grievance committee into Clinton attorneys David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelson of their alleged role in helping Clinton destroy evidence in the email probe. The three lawyers may find themselves disbarred as well.
President Trump has spoken out about Comey’s alleged protection of the former Secretary of State. Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to write: “Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete.”
Comey could be disbarred. Is his career over?
“Many people not interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this –obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?” the President continued in tweets. As Fox News reported, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said he wants Comey to testify before Congress again in light of the exoneration letter draft release.
“Congress should look at this decision not to charge and whether or not it was made before you interviewed two dozen witnesses, including the target of the investigation, yeah we need to talk to him again,” Gowdy said.
Hopefully, some justice will come from the grievance process, since it doesn’t appear to be becoming from the Justice Department.