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This kind of behavior is not a prank, and it isn't harmless. It's a federal crime. It scares innocent people, disrupts entire communities and expends limited law enforcement resources.feedback
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Apr 21 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which James Comey is associated, including FBI, Congress, and testimony. Most recently, James Comey has been quoted saying: “We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.” in the article President Trump’s bushel of false claims in his Fox Business interview.
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What the College taught me was to think well and try to understand other points of view. It really lit a fire in me to do something to help other people.feedback

There's a whole lot out there that is false. And I suppose some of it could be people lying to reporters. I think that probably happens. But more often than not, it's people who – who act like they know when they really don't know. Because they're not the people who actually know the secrets; they're one or two hops out, and they're passing along things they think they know.feedback

They'll back in 2020. They may be back in 2018 and one of the lessons they may draw from this is that they were successful, because they introduced chaos and division and discord and sowed doubt about the nature of this amazing country of ours and or democratic process.feedback

With respect to the president's tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets.feedback

We have to build bridges with others and work with others to be more secure. Otherwise, what do you do? You build walls? What do you do?feedback

I'm not going to confirm there was a conversation. How do you know that? I can't comment. I can't answer that.feedback

Because it is an open, ongoing investigation and is classified, I cannot say more about what we are doing and whose conduct we are examining.feedback

Please don't draw any conclusions from the fact that I may not be able to comment on certain topics. I know speculating is part of human nature, but it really isn't fair to draw conclusions simply because I say that I can't comment.feedback

Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that he had a clear preference for the person running against Secretary Clinton. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination.feedback

I know that is extremely frustrating to some folks, but it is the way it has to be for reasons that I hope you and the American people can understand. The FBI is very careful in how we handle information about our cases and about the people we are investigating.feedback

I've read a whole lot of stuff, especially in the last two months, that's just wrong. But I can't say which is wrong. We'll give information to our adversaries that way. We not only have no obligation to correct that; we can't. It's very, very frustrating, but we can't start down that road.feedback

The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts. We just can't do our work well or fairly if we start talking about it while we're doing it.feedback

We just cannot do our work well or fairly if we start talking about it while we're doing it.feedback

I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the F.B.I. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components. The department has no information that supports those tweets. Yes, sir. It's a serious crime. In general, yes, as would any attorney general. To be clear, Mr. Conaway, we all agreed with that judgment. Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much, that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.feedback

Whoever the Red Raiders are playing, you want the Red Raiders to win, by definition, you want their opponent to lose.feedback

He "would never comment on investigations – whether we have one or not – in an open forum like this.feedback

That includes the nature of any links of individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russia. This will also include whether any crimes were committed.feedback

Bob went missing in Iran. Ten years is an inhumane amount of time to ask a family to wait for word of their loved one. Our ability to reunite Bob with his family is dependent on this shared commitment and we continue to call on the Iranian government to provide assistance.feedback

We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders ... related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump campaign, or Trump Tower.feedback

We need to stop bumper-stickering each other. This isn't the 'FBI versus Apple'. We need to build trust between the government and private sector. We are dogged people. We just gave up on D.B. Cooper, and that was after 50 years.feedback

You're stuck with me for another 6½ years. The cyberthreats we face are enormous. I don't know if we can stay ahead of them. And I think to say otherwise would be hubris. We need to ensure that cybersecurity is a priority for every enterprise in the United States at all levels. We need to get better and faster at sharing information in the appropriate ways. We need to make sure we have the right people on board to help fight that threat, and we need to build trust between the government and the private sector.feedback

All of us have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, and in our devices. But it also means with good reason, in court, government through law enforcement can invade our private spaces. Even our memories aren't private. Any of us can be compelled to say what we saw … In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any of us to testify in court on those private communications.feedback

I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter.feedback

We did not develop any evidence that the Trump campaign, or the current RNC, was successfully hacked.feedback

I don't want my, the F.B.I.'s name on that.feedback

We need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crime to fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it.feedback

In previous congressional testimony, I referred to the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had completed its investigation of former Secretary Clinton's personal email server. Due to recent developments, I am writing to supplement my previous testimony.feedback

That night was probably the most difficult night of my professional life.feedback

I'm not against videotaping police, I'm not against scrutiny. We get better that way. What I'm asking is, is there something unintentional affecting our communities that is contributing to the spike in violent crime?feedback

Creating "a misleading impression. We don't ordinarily tell Congress about ongoing investigations, but here I feel an obligation to do so given that I testified repeatedly in recent months that our investigation was completed. I also think it would be misleading to the American people were we not to supplement the record.feedback

I haven't seen anything that would come near to that kind of situation.feedback

I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest.feedback

The FBI could not yet assess "whether or not this material may be significant," or how long it might take to run down the new investigative leads.feedback

I want the American people to know we really did this the right way. You can disagree with us, but you cannot fairly say we did it in any kind of political way. We don't carry water for anybody. We were trying to do what the right thing is.feedback

Our officers see the videos. They desperately do not want to be in one. They think about that all the time.feedback

And so into the chasm, into that gap of distrust, fall more dead young black men. In places like Chicago, we know what the chasm looks like and how much pain it causes.feedback

It is a narrative driven by video images of real and gut-wrenching misconduct, by images of possible misconduct, by images of perceived misconduct. It's a narrative given force by the awesome power of human empathy.feedback

That isn't dispositive for us because they'll claim responsibility for any savagery they can get their name on.feedback

You can call us wrong, but don't call us weasels. We are not weasels.feedback

The FBI's collective judgment was that "we need to get to that laptop.feedback

Information that is accurate, reliable, complete and timely will help all of us learn where we have problems and how to get better.feedback

Just because you can't see something doesn't mean your government's not doing something.feedback

We will pay the bill. They go outside. They get a doctor. They get a prescription.feedback

I was for something, but I wasn't for what we have right now.feedback

The FBI did find that hostile foreign actors successfully gained access to the personal email accounts of individuals with whom Clinton was in regular contact and in doing so obtained emails sent to or received by Clinton on her personal account.feedback

He "would not comment on existence or non-existence of any other investigations.feedback

Should've known, must've known, has to know does not get you there. You have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. No Justice Department, whether under Democrats or Republicans, would prosecute that case.feedback

There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. In looking back at our investigations, into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.feedback

However the information was "marked," participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified "are still obligated to protect it.feedback

As for whether there was anything the FBI should have done differently, so far, the honest answer is, I don't think so.feedback

So far at least we have no claim of responsibility or evidence that this was an intentional act.feedback

We think the payoff from the publicity has diminished over time. That's our criteria: Can we make a difference in this case with the publicity?feedback

A lot, more than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months, for sure. But it was in my view worth it.feedback

If we decide not to disclose it to Apple, it's still quite perishable and it will disappear if Apple changes its software in some way. It will also disappear if we use it in a criminal case and then it has to be disclosed.feedback

Someone outside the government, in response to that attention, came up with a solution, one that I am confident will be closely protected and used lawfully and appropriately. the government "purchased" the tool.feedback

What if law enforcement had a phone owned by somebody that abducted your sister? Or a phone used by a suicide bomber who blew up the train station in your home town?feedback

If I didn't do that, I ought to be fired, honestly. I don't know the number. A lot. And they're all different which is what makes it hard to talk about any one case.feedback

And then, I step back and say, you know, law enforcement, which I am part of, really does save people's lives, rescue kids, rescue neighbourhoods from terrorists, and we do that a whole lot through court orders that are search warrants, and we do it a whole lot through search warrants of mobile devices.feedback

I love privacy and, when I hear corporations saying 'We are going to take you to a world where no one can look at your stuff', part of me thinks, that's great, I do not want anyone looking at my stuff.feedback

There are no clues except for the phone there, and they still can't open it.feedback

They were radicalized before they started courting or dating each other online. And online as early as the end of 2013 they were talking about jihad and martyrdom before they became engaged, and married and lived together in the United States.feedback

This may be the way things are, but this is not the way things have to be.feedback

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