As the swamp is slowing starting to drain, more of the filth at the bottom has been revealed. Now, some of the people who comprise that filth have been found to reside at the FBI.
According to FOX News, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now confirmed that former FBI Director James Comey drafted a letter about Hillary Clinton’s email before interviewing her about the scandal.
The letter was sent on May 2, 2016, and replied to on May 16, 2016. Yet, Comey announced his decision not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton in July 2016. It now appears that he made this decision without completing the investigation, including 16 key interviews.
These interviews included those with Cheryl Mills, Bryan Pagliano, Heather Samuelson, Justin Cooper, John Bentel, and, of course, Hillary Clinton (whose interview was to be the final, on July 2).
Previously, it had been reported that Comey likely drafted the letter before actually conducting the investigation, but now it has been confirmed.
The FBI released a document entitled, “Drafts of Director Comey’s July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01.”
Despite being labeled unclassified, the FBI had redacted nearly all of the information in the email containing the draft. It only showed a response to the letter from Senior Counselor Rybicki.
“Please send me any comments on this statement so we may roll into a master doc for discussion with the Director at a future date. Thanks, Jim.”
The email was available to Andrew McCabe, James Baker, and several other FBI officials.
Before this FBI confirmation, the letter was revealed through hearings conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and member Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), had found transcripts where Comey’s aides spoke of the email.
After their discovery, the two wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray explaining their findings. The letter said, “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 outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts,” the letter continued.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second–that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” the Senators wrote.
They also wrote that they cannot be certain whether the FBI agents working the case where aware Comey had already made a decision on the case. If they were, it is possible they would not seek information to contradict their director’s judgment.
It has just been alleged that Comey made a decision about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal before finishing key interviews. Did President Trump do the right thing in firing Comey?
Putting federal investigators in such a position, to compromise their investigation, could explain the widely reported low morale in the FBI. The New York Post reported that FBI agents were close to “revolt” over how the email investigation was handled.
Senator Graham has joined others in calling for Comey to be questioned on this matter. “He’s coming [to Capitol Hill] one way or the other,” Graham told Fox News, arguing that he would subpoena the former Director if he had to.