“The aggressive posture of the FBI under Director James Comey is becoming a political problem for the White House,” Cory Bennett and Julian Hattem report for The Hill.
“The FBI’s demand that Apple help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers has outraged Silicon Valley, a significant source of political support for President Obama and Democrats,” Bennett and Hattem report. “Then there’s the biggest issue of all: the FBI’s investigation into the private email server used by Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former secretary of State and the leading contender to win the Democratic presidential nomination. A decision by the FBI to charge Clinton or her top aides for mishandling classified information would be a shock to the political system.”
“In these cases and more, Comey — a Republican who donated in 2012 to Mitt Romney — has proved he is ‘not attached to the strings of the White House,’ said Ron Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division and a critic of Obama’s law enforcement strategies,” Bennett and Hattem report. “While the White House has repeatedly backed the FBI’s decision [to seek a court order demanding that Apple create new software to bypass security tools on an iPhone], it has not fully endorsed the potential policy ramifications, leaving some to think a gap might develop as similar cases pop up. The White House is poised to soon issue its own policy paper on the subject of data encryption.”
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