FBI director James Comey's decision not to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information has enraged insiders at the FBI and Department of Justice.
Sources within the departments and close to the investigation told FoxNews that agents and attorneys assigned to the case unanimously believe Clinton should have been charged:
The source, who spoke to FoxNews.com on the condition of anonymity, said FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic July 5 announcement that he would not recommend to the Attorney General’s office that the former secretary of state be charged left members of the investigative team dismayed and disgusted. More than 100 FBI agents and analysts worked around the clock with six attorneys from the DOJ’s National Security Division, Counter Espionage Section, to investigate the case.
“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute -- it was a top-down decision,” said the source, whose identity and role in the case has been verified by FoxNews.com.
A high-ranking FBI official told Fox News that while it might not have been a unanimous decision, “It was unanimous that we all wanted her [Clinton’s] security clearance yanked.”
“It is safe to say the vast majority felt she should be prosecuted,” the senior FBI official told Fox News. “We were floored while listening to the FBI briefing because Comey laid it all out, and then said ‘but we are doing nothing,’ which made no sense to us.”
The FBI has, not surprisingly, declined to comment.
Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano corroborates the sources' claims, stating that it is "well known" that FBI agents were "furious when the case did not move forward."
“It is well known that the FBI agents on the ground, the human beings who did the investigative work, had built an extremely strong case against Hillary Clinton and were furious when the case did not move forward,” said Napolitano. “They believe the decision not to prosecute came from The White House.”
"The FBI has politicized itself, and its reputation will suffer for a long time -- I hold Director Comey responsible," Dennis V. Hughes, the first chief of the FBI’s computer investigations unit, told the New York Post recently. Other retired FBI agents believe Comey's decision has damaged the agency's reputation irreparably.