CoaLen wrote:It's not worth much at all unless you explain what those "...dozen mistakes/assumptions/complete misunderstandings" are.
Well, to start, FBI doesnt handle those background investigations. CIA handles its checks in house and they dont accept outside investigations via reciprocity (neither does NSA for that matter). He would have gotten a full lifestyle poly in that position so either he's a very gifted liar or they already knew about the affair at the time and determined it to not be a threat (which does happen fairly often with this type of appointment). Nobody outside of the adjudicator for the case and the polygraph examiner would have had knowledge of those results as they are, themselves, highly classified for obvious reasons. It was a criminal investigation based on the initial complaint from the crazy woman down in Florida thus FBI had cause to get those emails. They probably then went to a classified courtroom for a warrant (they use those mostly for espionage cases but this would fall under that same arena due to the NSI concerns (National Security Information=NSI). They wouldn't have necessarily informed the President until the case was complete as he doesnt have a need to know unless there's a potential compromise and from all indications, there wasn't. Also, if he used his gov't computer to send those emails (a distinct possibility), they wouldnt have needed a warrant regardless of whether it was on Gmail or not...everything and anything sent/viewed/etc on a gov't computer is fair game without a warrant.
That's just a start.
As for silencing him, that's ridiculous as he still has to testify regardless of his current status and he's still under threat of perjury if he decides to be less than honest. The whole FBI/CIA thing is completely overblown and the FBI had every reason to followup on the initial complaint and then pull the string to see where it led after that.