The FBI interviewed almost every terrorist who successfully struck America
Here are some of the FBI's biggest embarrassments both before and after James Comey became the FBI director:
During its investigation into Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material, the FBI made in which Clinton aides were both given immunity and allowed to destroy their laptops.
Before Comey's tenure, the FBI came under attack for not taking seriously enough the threat from terror suspects they interviewed. The but let him go; Russia sent the Obama Administration a second warning, but the FBI opted against investigating him again.
Also before Comey's tenureThe FBI of emails sent by Nidal Hasan saying he wanted to kill his fellow soldiers to protect the Taliban -- but didn't intervene, leading many critics to argue the tragedy that resulted in the death of 31 Americans at Fort Hood could have been prevented. After Comey took over, the sae unfortunate trend continued. The father of the radical Islamist who detonated a backpack bomb in New York City in 2016 alerted the FBI to his son's radicalization. The FBI, however, after a brief interview.
The FBI also investigated the terrorist who killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Despite a more than 10-month investigation of Omar Mateen -- during which Mateen admitting lying to agents -- the FBI opted against pressing further and closed its case.
that when two terrorists sought to kill Americans attending the "Draw Muhammad" event in Garland, Texas, the FBI not only had an understanding an attack was coming, but actually had an undercover agent traveling with the Islamists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi. The FBI has refused to comment on why the agent on the scene did not intervene during the attack.
After Dylann Roof killed nine South Carolina parishioners in cold blood, James Comey admitted that an error in their background check system allowed Roof to legally buy his gun. "We are all sick this happened," of the massive screw-up.
Shortly after the NSA scandal exploded in 2013, the FBI was exposed conducting its own data mining on innocent Americans; the agency, , retains that material for decades (even if no wrongdoing is found). This is particularly ironic since Comey largely his political career by aligning himself with Sen. Schumer during the Bush Administration, making himself known as an opponent of a controversial surveillance program.
From 2013-2014, the FBI authorized informants to break the law more than , a steep increase from the years prior; these allowances, which the FBI calls "otherwise illegal activity," is part of a controversial program that has been accused of resulting in the accidental death of many informants (amongst other unanticipated consequences).
When the FBI demanded Apple create a "backdoor" that would allow law enforcement agencies to unlock the cell phones of various suspects, the company refused, sparking a battle between the feds and America's biggest tech company. What makes this incident indicative of Comey's questionable management of the agency is that a) The FBI jumped the gun, as they were indeed ultimately able to crack the San Bernardino terrorist's phone, and b) Almost every other major national security figure sided with Apple (from former CIA Director to former CIA Director to former director of the NSA, General ), warning that such a "crack" would inevitably wind up in the wrong hands.