People are asking more questions about former FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
In an appearance on Fox and Friends last Friday, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) claimed that evidence existed which showed that the FBI gave “special status” to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized email server. He said:
“The current deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe sent emails just weeks before the presidential election saying that the Hillary Clinton investigation would be special — that it would be handled by a small team at headquarters, that it would be given special status.”
Rep. Gaetz, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, stated that the investigation progressed in a way that was different than it would have been for any other American. “We now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures.”
Gaetz went on to discuss former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s role in downplaying the probe into Clinton’s email server. Comey testified that Lynch ordered him to refer to the whole ordeal as a “matter,” and not an investigation. Gaetz also brought up the tarmac meeting between Bill Clinton and Lynch as another potential indicator that the investigation was conducted in a way that was designed to protect Hillary.
Rep. Gaetz also brought up the fact that “James Comey himself has admitted in testimony that he drafted the exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her or other key witnesses.” The lawmaker referred to this as a “departure from the normal application of the law.”
The House Judiciary Committee will be reviewing the “processes and procedures” that provided Clinton with a different standard of justice than would be applied to an ordinary American citizen.
This revelation fueled the already prevalent GOP theory that Comey had never intended to see Clinton prosecuted for her conduct while she was Secretary of State.
According to Politico, Comey’s letter — which was drafted two months before the FBI interviewed Clinton — rejected the idea of bringing criminal charges against her for her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. The transcripts showing these were released by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and Senator Lindsey Graham. They received the documents from the Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog agency that investigated Comey’s actions.
Since Comey publicly issued his statements exonerating Clinton, Republicans have been suspicious of his motives. The fact that Comey appears to have decided that Clinton shouldn’t be charged — before completing the investigation — lends credibility to the GOP’s suspicions.
Was Hillary Clinton unfairly protected?
When testifying at a House hearing in September, Comey denied that he had already made his decision before interviewing Clinton. “If colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this,” Comey said. “All I can do is tell you again, the decision was made after that because I didn’t know what was going to happen in that interview.”
James Comey’s behavior during the 2016 election has been criticized by people on both sides of the political spectrum. Several of his actions have been seen as political maneuvering. It is one of the reasons why people on the Right have called for a special investigation into Comey’s probe of Hillary Clinton. We do not know whether or not the Justice Department will take a closer look at the former FBI director, but it is obvious that there is more than meets the eye in this situation.