It looks like former F.B.I. Director James Comey might be in trouble.
According to the Gateway Pundit, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley stated that the Congressional Oversight Committee has received statements from two witnesses that confirm that Comey had decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton months before the investigation was completed. Additionally, the Bureau has also refused to comply with demands made by the Oversight Committee.
According to the Senate Judiciary Chairman, the previously-redacted statements given by the two witnesses indicate that the former F.B.I. Director was already planning to let Clinton off the hook. He said,
“We managed to obtain two heavily redacted witness interviews. They show that Mr. Comey had made up his mind and started drafting his controversial announcements months before the investigation was over.”
Hillary Clinton’s email scandal was one of the primary focal points during the 2016 election. Many believe it was one of the reasons she lost — even though Comey had stated that he wouldn’t recommend prosecuting the former presidential candidate.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Comey had drafted his statement exonerating Hillary Clinton months before the investigation was concluded. This caused many to question the testimony he gave before the Senate in July regarding his reasons for publicly exonerating Clinton.
Previously, he stated that he decided to announce the results of the investigation because of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s infamous tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton.
Fox News reported that a letter from Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that transcripts from interviews conducted throughout the course of the investigation show that the former F.B.I. Director was drafting an “exoneration statement” for Clinton.
The letter sent by Grassley and Graham referred to interviews conducted by the Office of Special Counsel. They interviewed James Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the deputy general counsel of national security and cyberlaw. The transcripts indicate that Comey had written the draft of his statement early in the month of May.
According to the letter, Comey sent the draft to multiple people. While it is possible that Comey’s drafting of the statement was simply meant to prepare for the end of the investigation, there is no evidence that he also crafted a statement to be used if he decided Clinton should be prosecuted.
During his Senate testimony, Comey stated that he decided to go public with his decision for a variety of reason. According to the former F.B.I. Director, the tarmac meeting and the appearance of impropriety motivated to his decision.
He also referred to Lynch’s insistence that he use the word “matter” when referring to the email probe, rather than using the word “investigation.”
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Fox News also reports that almost two dozen House Judiciary Committee Republicans have urged the Justice Department to appoint a second special counsel to investigate these issues involving Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. The DOJ has not yet indicated whether or not they will look further into the email scandal and the conduct of former DOJ officials.