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Last July, FBI Director James Comey stood before a podium and read a damning 14-page indictment of former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, outlining her repeated failure to comply with federal laws governing the creation, handling, protection and protection of classified documents.

After a year-long investigation that saw Clinton’s story about her private email server set-up in the basement of her home evolve from dismissal –“it was allowed” – through various sound bite moments like, “Wipe it? You mean with a clean cloth?” to “we’re anxious to cooperate,” Comey delivered not only the findings, but his recommendation to his boss, Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

As the minutes ticked on and Comey continued to recite the violations committed by Clinton and her aides at State, it seemed all but certain that he would hand over a recommendation for prosecution on at least some of the glaring violations.

Instead, Comey shocked the nation – although probably not the Clintons – by giving her a pass.

Now, however, the FBI agents, investigators and attorneys who put in the hundreds, possibly thousands of hours diligently combing through documents, examining evidence, sifting through clues, following leads – in short, doing what they do in every case – are not happy about the way the investigation was handled or the decision reached by the man in charge.

Veteran agents are talking – saying Comey has done lasting damage to the reputation of the FBI and calling his decision a “cowardly whitewash.”

An agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Comey’s announcement left the investigative team, “dismayed and disgusted.”

One bone of contention involved the unusual concessions Comey agreed to with attorneys for Clinton’s aides, which essentially hamstrung the agents working on the case.

“In my 25 years with the bureau, I never had any ground rules in my interviews,” said retired agent Dennis V. Hughes.

Retired agent, Michael M. Biasello, said, “… this outcome was by design.”

“It was a top-down decision. No attorney, no agent working the case agreed with it. It was unanimous – we all wanted her security clearance yanked.”

And in a startling statement about a candidate who may well have the nuclear codes at her fingertips in a matter of months, a high-ranking FBI official told FOX News, “We were floored while listening to the FBI briefing. It’s safe to say the majority felt she should be prosecuted.”


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