Thursday, July 7, 2016
Comey’s past head-to-head encounters with presidential administrations perhaps made him uniquely qualified to oversee the investigation into Clinton’s controversial email practices, and it was not the first time he weighed in on matters relating to the Clinton’s. In 1996, Comey served as deputy special counsel to the Senate special committee on the Whitewater investigation, chaired by Republicans at the time, which linked Hillary Clinton to the mishandling and destruction of documents.
Comey was also involved at both ends of the case of Marc Rich, a billionaire oil trader indicted for tax fraud and trading with Iran during the hostage crisis, who was later pardoned by President during his final day in office in 2001. In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Comey describes working as both the lead prosecutor in New York on the original case against Rich in 1983 and then later, in 2002, overseeing criminal investigations into Clinton’s last-minute pardons.
The investigations concluded there was no wrongdoing on the president’s part, despite public outcry over evidence that Rich’s ex-wife had donated to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign.
FBI Director’s High-Profile Case Load as a Prosecutor
Over the course of his career, Comey, 55, has been involved in a number of blockbuster cases. He prosecuted businesswoman Martha Stewart (who went to jail)
mobster John Gambino, and handled the investigation and indictments of the suspects in the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
He was appointed the special investigator to lead the probe into the leaking of CIA officer ’s name, a politically charged inquiry that resulted in the conviction of Vice President ’s adviser . In October 2005, Libby was indicted by a federal grand jury concerning the investigation of the leak of the covert identity of Central Intelligence Agency officer Valerie Plame Wilson. Libby fined $250,000 and jail time.
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