The cat is out of the bag and Comey is all scratched up. On Monday the FBI released documents proving former director James Comey started drafting his letter of exoneration for Hillary Clinton in the bureau’s criminal investigation of her using private email servers — while serving as Secretary of State — before he interviewed her on the allegations.
The FBI released the document “Drafts of Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01,” but for the public it was heavily redacted. Two Republican Senators have come out saying that this redaction raised key questions as to the validity of the investigation.
Fox News reported: The existence of the documents, reported by Newsweek, were first brought to light by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also a member of the committee, after they reviewed transcripts of interviews with top Comey aides who alluded to the email’s existence.
The senators penned a letter on Aug. 30 to newly-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray noting their findings, saying that “it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton. That was long before FBI agents finished their work,” the letter said. “The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts.”
The very existence of the documents proving Comey drafted the letter dismissing Clinton before interviewing her makes one wonder about his testimony in June he gave to the Senate. During the hearing he said to senators that Attorney General Loretta Lynch told him to reference Clinton’s criminal investigation as a “matter”; not an investigation.
“We now know that he had made up his mind to exonerate her before he even interviewed her, which is a bit odd,” Graham said. “I’m very suspicious of the timing. I’m very suspicious of the reason.”
The senator even stated he would subpoena Comey if he has to, to get the former FBI director to answer more questions surrounding this “matter” at Capitol Hill.