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FBI Chief Of Staff Who Worked On Clinton Exoneration Leaving After Congressional Testimony

James Rybicki

FBI Director Chris Wray will be replacing his chief of staff over the next few weeks – one week after he testified before House committees in their ongoing probes into the bureau’s conduct while investigating Hillary Clinton’s email case, several sources told CNN on Tuesday.

James Rybicki – who also served as James Comey’s chief of staff, will be replaced by white-collar lawyer, Zachary Harmon, according to the sources.

“Jim Rybicki notified me last month that he will be leaving the FBI to accept an opportunity in the corporate sector,” said Director Wray, adding “While this is an exciting move for the whole Rybicki family, Jim will be dearly missed by the FBI family — and by me personally. His many years of dedication to the Bureau and (Justice Department), his level-headed judgment and earnest professionalism, and his steady good cheer have been an asset to us all and have contributed greatly to the safety and security of our nation.”

Congressional investigators questioned Rybicki over how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation last week, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), however the closed-door questions were likely designed to avoid overlapping with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation.

Congressional Republicans had sought Rybicki’s testimony for months on the hope that he can provide key information supportive of President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, while Democrats have called the GOP investigation an effort to undermine the ongoing Mueller probe.

Last fall, Senate Republicans released a partial transcript of an interview with two FBI officials – one of whom Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Graham (R-SC) believe to be Rybicki. During the interview, investigators were told that Comey decided in early May 2016 to draft his exoneration of Hillary Clinton.

Rybicki, as it turns out, was involved at some level in the crafting of Hillary Clinton’s exoneration – which downgraded Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and use of a private server from the legally consequential phrase “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” – not a legal term of art.

And as ZeroHedge noted in December, the edits to former FBI Director James Comey’s original draft went far beyond what was previously known, as detailed in a letter from Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to FBI Director Christopher Wray, which revealed specific edits made by senior FBI agents to Comey’s draft after Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exchanged drafts of Comey’s statement with senior FBI officials, including Peter Strzok, Strzok’s direct supervisor E.W. “Bill” Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, and an unnamed employee from the Office of General Counsel (identified by Newsweek as DOJ Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson) – in what would ultimately decriminalize Clinton’s conduct, allowing them to recommend against prosecuting then-candidate Hillary Clinton.

FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and was removed from the Mueller probe after an internal investigation found a trove of anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and his mistress, Lisa Page while they were both investigating Hillary Clinton’s email case.

Last year, the Justice Department sought to block Rybicki from appearing before Congress – defying requests from Senate Judiciary heads Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who were willing to keep the testimony to matters outside the scope of Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

The DOJ refused, “consistent with the Department’s long-standing policy regarding the confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters” – pointing to the “confidentiality and sensitivity of information relating to pending matters,” as well as the ongoing Mueller investigation.

Tarmac Meeting

Rybicki was also involved in the aftermath of the infamous June 27, 2016 “tarmac” meeting in Phoenix between Bill Clinton and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch – which happened six days before James Comey’s exoneration statement. After the press was tipped off to the clandestine meetup, the FBI engaged in a furious scramble to figure out who leaked word of their sitdown.

Lynch had previously said the meeting was ‘unscheduled’ – described it as an ‘ambush,’ and said that she ‘wouldn’t do it again.’

And in emails obtained by the ACLJ, we learned that Jim Rybicki was involved in the FBI’s damage control efforts.

Per the ACLJ:

On July 1, 2016 – just days before our FOIA request – a DOJ email chain under the subject line, “FBI just called,” indicates that the “FBI . . . is looking for guidance” in responding to media inquiries about news reports that the FBI had prevented the press from taking pictures of the Clinton Lynch meeting. The discussion then went off email to several phone calls (of which we are not able to obtain records). An hour later, Carolyn Pokomy of the Office of the Attorney General stated, “I will let Rybicki know.” Jim Rybicki was the Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to FBI Director Jim Comey. The information that was to be provided to Rybicki is redacted.

And with that, a swamp creature who would have been central to the FBI’s “secret society” assembled to undermine Donald Trump appears to have been sent down the drain into the salt mines of corporate employment. Poor guy!

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11 comments

  1. traderconfessions
    traderconfessions

    Gomer Pyle Sessions just spilled the beans on Trump and the other commie conspirators. Mueller’s boys helped Gomer unburden his tortured soul. Go long Kleenex. Any doubt the little man didn’t crack? Just wait until Bannon steps up and she-devil Omarosa starts blabbing for big bucks. Have your fun with an irrelevant HRC while I enjoy the main show. Shhh! Its about to begin.

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  2. sarcrilege

    FBI is a criminal organization about as morally corrupt as the russian Checka run by filthy jewish sociopaths.

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  3. ironbird

    Just look at that queer.

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  4. agathon

    Rybicki would look oh so sweet in a Pussy Hat.

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  5. mooby

    So Comey, Eagle Scout, never drank or cussed, woke up in a sweat one night and decided to finger Hillary in the Weiner laptop confidential e-mail scandal. This stuck a stake through Crooked Hillary.

    This was his way of getting back at the swamp, the corrupt, filthy Hillary cabal.

    And then Trump fires him, should have given him a medal.

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  6. ferd

    Puleeez. You don’t get anywhere near the top of the organization by being an Eagle Scout.

    Made men protecting other made men …and protecting the rest of us from the truth.

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  7. WrongView

    You’re the Showtime of political reporting.

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  8. ironbird

    What the fuck kinda a name is that. Why are they all some “Ski” or “Strokt”. It is obviously Trannie. Ugly women little men. Infant death cult faggots.

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  9. insp cluso to you
    insp cluso to you

    MSM gets a lot wrong…left uncorrected it becomes Fox-like. Or even more like the rest of the Shitholee news sources(ZH anyone?) out there which simply have an agenda.

    Big difference in sources and if you cannot tell you are definitely in the “uneducated” part of the spectrum.

    So if you’re not operating in the Fake news realm, you know how stupid and gullible someone is when they post about the deep state in a way agreeable to the typicial dumb-as-a-stump Alt news viewer.

    Now for the rest of America…we’re entertained regularly by these Alt right Trumpists as they fumble our country into another Bubble induced depression type economy. Or worse, un-regulate us until we pave another large body of water or fire all of the health inspectors necessary to check food processors for salmonella or some other flesh eating bacteria which seems to now show up in the news regularly.

    Things may look good now…but after these ReP-tards are gone we’ll be left with (pick your euphemism: a real shithole) to clean up.

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  10. zeropointnow

    Very insightful Frog cluso.

    Great examples. Scary to think that food and water safety is sure to erode under the GOP. Prescient.

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  11. cluso to you

    Well golly-gee-me! Why is today so lucky that I should be spoken to by God himself? Praise the lord! Indeed! Wait…for a second I thought the waters of the Puget were parting before thine eyes…never mind,carry on.

    I guess you live in a cave and are not affected by the outside world. But you do reach out and speak every day and must have the highest opinion of yourself. I don’t.

    1. Not since Jerry Granville’s call to short the market in 8/82 have I seen an investment reporter(?) lose more for their foll-losers than the people who read and comment on ZH. Your site is merely a ruse to sell tripe to the commoners(read: uneducated) who think you have some insight into the inner workings of the economy/government/politics, and now you have hitched yourself to a real website which has a proven track record of actually giving readers actionable advice which makes them money most of the time. Is it true you had to provide some very special service for that opportunity? Or do you have possess some compromising polaroids of Mr Fly himself? One has to wonder.
    2. The next time you frequent your local Jack’s or favorite bistro and you feel that unmistakeable gurgling of too much ecoli in the pudding, I hope you think of me, laughing(chortling?) at the thought of you literally shitting out your brains. I hope you do not have children, nieces nephews, etc. It could kill young sters.
    3. Last, it is the unmistakeable disservice you and others in this country do to profit and promote the reporting of the ALT as if you have verified each and every bit of what you report. Each day that goes by and you ignore the actual news (not MSM or Faux, but actual guilty pleas in Fed courts) you lead the fools who believe your hero DJT is the savior himself.
    But, let me ask one question you should know the answer to. Which Russian do you think Trump blew first during their oval office visit- Kislyak or Lavrov?

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