Comey exonerated Clinton before the FBI probe ended

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A letter jointly signed by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray strongly suggests that former FBI Director James Comey cut a few corners during the Hillary Clinton investigation.

The letter dated August 30 explains that the Senate Judiciary Committee contacted the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) to obtain transcripts of interviews with Jim Rybicki, Comey’s then-chief of staff, and Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw Trisha Anderson.

Although large sections of the transcripts had been redacted, the Committee members spotted that Comey took the decision to exonerate Clinton in the spring of 2016 even though a number of key witnesses – and Hillary Clinton herself – had yet to be interviewed by the FBI.

“[…] it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Corney had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton. That was long before FBI agents finished their work. Mr. Corney even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership. The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts,” the letter rightly notes.


The jointly drafted letter also reminds Wray that Comey himself stated that there was “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information” while claiming that there was no clear evidence that they had mishandled such information. As a matter of facts, the FBI obtained evidence that Clinton and her staff had destroyed a large number of emails which had been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives and were subject to congressional preservation requests.

The two Republican senators would also like to understand why the Department of Justice, which signed two immunity agreements with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson to examine their laptops, pledged to “destroy any records which it retrieved that were not turned over to the investigative team.” The Department also pledged to destroy the abovementioned laptops. Grassley and Graham also point out that the agreements had been reviewed by the Judiciary Committee to confirm the existence of such pledges.

“Judiciary Committee staff reviewed the immunity agreements as part of their oversight work, so there is no question that the terms of the agreement called for the Department to destroy evidence that had not been fully and completely reviewed,” they write.

The FBI was given until September 13 to comply with the senators’ request.

The senators’ full letter is available on Scribd.

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