FBI Director James Comey has lost support not only from conservatives, but from former and current high-ranking agency members, and resignations are likely coming, political commentator Michael Reagan told Newsmax TV.
Comey, until recently highly regarded as a nonpartisan, has come under fire from Republicans for his failure to recommend an indictment against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite saying July 5 Clinton had sent and received classified information on her private server and she had not turned over all of her work-related emails.
He testified Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee his investigation was not partisan and his agents are not "weasels" bowing to political pressure.
Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, on Thursday told "The Steve Malzberg Show" he knows many current and former FBI officials, and "he's lost a lot of support within the FBI both from those who are retired and those inside, and I would not be surprised if you're going to see some retirements at the highest level of the FBI going forward to show their disgust with Comey."
Many have lost faith in Comey, he said, "and his career, for all intents and purposes, he's put the bad or black mark on it."
Immunity given to Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills and others has been another blow to people in the agency, Reagan said.
On other subjects, Reagan said:
- The current election has seen a new level of hatred against both major party candidates that should spur extra Secret Service protection for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. "I am very concerned about both of the candidates, in fact, going forward . . . There was no hatred of Barack Obama. A dislike maybe, a don't-agree-with maybe and what have you, but there wasn't hatred towards him, and this election is really filled with hate."
- Obama should "quit sniveling and whining" about having his veto on the 9/11 lawsuit bill overridden by Congress. "I realize it's an election year, and this is a touchy issue, 9/11, helping the families or what have you, but the fact of the matter is, 'Hey Barack, we won this one for the people who were killed on 9/11.'"
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