During the 2016 election cycle, miniature-former-mayoral dictator Rudolph Giuliani, like failed person Chris Christie, decided to attach his old-corrupt New York wagon to Donald Trump. It made sense to anyone who grew up in the Tri-State area in the 1970s-2000 that all of these villains would be in league with one another. Giuliani, whose only national exposure was as the mayor of New York City during the World Trade Center attacks of September 11th, had run his course. But with Trump, Giuliani was given a second and third terrible act, maligning Hillary Clinton on shows like Fox News. Giuliani held himself up as someone with real important insider information, offering insight into how ‘corrupt’ Clinton was and how her private email server was the single most important national security issue facing the country.
Former FBI director James Comey was doing a talk at the 92nd Street Y radio show in New York City on Sunday night. He talked about Trump’s legal problems but he also discussed Rudolph Giuliani.
Sunday also marked Comey’s first public comments since he testified Friday for more than six hours before two House committees on both the Clinton email investigation and the Russia probe. In that testimony he revealed that he ordered an internal investigation into leaks he believed were coming from the FBI’s New York field office about developments in the Clinton email case, based on public comments made by then-Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani who now is the president’s top attorney.
“Knowing the bureau, I’m highly confident that it’s either ongoing or it reached conclusion. Because that’s not something our internal affairs people let go of,” he said.
In 2016, Giuliani could offer Trump’s campaign a few things. One, he knew Trump for decades and is suspected—as a former New York state attorney who went after the New York mafia—to know where some of Donald’s early dirty dealings are hidden. Two, after September 11, 2001, Giuliani—as New York City mayor—began relationships with New York FBI agents working with Patriot-Act powers in the security of the Big Apple.
Many have speculated that former FBI Director James Comey’s ill-advised release of the non-issue Weiner/Abedine emails—the ones that implicated a secondary investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal emails right before election day—were the result of rogue FBI factions who were leaking information to the public, subverting Comey’s authority. Since then, it has become clear that Rudolph Giuliani, who seemed to know all kinds of things about what the FBI was and was not doing in regards to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was getting confidential information—real or fake—from someone or someones in the FBI. As the Daily Beast reported in the fall of 2016, there was no shortage of former FBI heads of New York suspects.
Back in August, during a contentious CNN interview about Comey’s July announcement clearing Hillary Clinton of criminal charges, Giuliani advertised his illicit FBI sources, who circumvented bureau guidelines to discuss a case with a public partisan. “The decision perplexes me. It perplexes Jim Kallstrom, who worked for him. It perplexes numerous FBI agents who talk to me all the time. And it embarrasses some FBI agents.”
Kallstrom is the former head of the New York FBI office, installed in that post in the ’90s by then-FBI director Louis Freeh, one of Giuliani’s longtime friends. Kallstrom has, like Giuliani, been on an anti-Comey romp for months, most often on Fox, where he’s called the Clintons as a “crime family.” He has been invoking unnamed FBI agents who contact him to complain about Comey’s exoneration of Clinton in one interview after another, positioning himself as an apolitical champion of FBI values.
Rep. Devin Nunes, a man who has left this plane of reality, admitted as much on television.
In light of IG's failure to look at leaking/anti-Clinton bias among agents in NYC field office, this seems quite relevant. Nunes says "good FBI agents" told him about Weiner laptop in late September 2016. pic.twitter.com/BU6ysY7Xwn
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 15, 2018
When you consider that one of the most decorated FBI agents in history, Peter Strzok was fired this summer over “anti-Trump texts,” it is hard to see how an investigation into who and what rogue elements are trying to influence presidential elections does not result in at least one firing, and possible charges. The non-profit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a lawsuit demanding the FBI release any pertinent investigatory materials it has on the Giuliani-leak matter.
Trump’s victory and the subsequent ascension of vile east coast misanthropes like Giuliani to national power was almost analogous to finding out that Santa Claus, Hanukah Harry, the baby Jesus, and Micky Mantle were all the same person and that person’s name was the devil. Giuliani ending up with a prison term, or at the very least a conviction, for one of his many heinous crimes would save the Christmas right wingers are so fond of evoking.
BREAKING: We just sued the FBI for documents of the investigation into the leaking to Rudy Giuliani of Comey's plans to reopen the Clinton investigation https://t.co/UyRsXZGod0
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) December 10, 2018
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