One week after testifying before various Congressional Committees investigating the FBI/DoJ, the agent who served as former Director Comey’s Chief of Staff is resigning from the FBI.
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.
Director Wray goes on to explain that Rybicki announced his intention to resign over a month ago, I don’t find that claim credible.
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.
The FBI/DoJ Inspector General has been investigating the investigation of the Clinton breach of National Security in excruciating detail, as well as how the exoneration signed off on by former Director Comey was arrived at.
This may be the first rat to jump ship, it shan’t be the last.