Democrats are scrambling after a letter from top Republican Senators came to light, which alleges that former FBI director James Comey never intended to indict Hillary Clinton for her crimes, essentially amounting to a for-show investigation.
“Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over… and so much more. A rigged system!” President Trump wrote, reacting to the news on Twitter.
President Trump announced that James Comey would no longer be the Director of the FBI in May, 2017. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein drafted a memo, offering an explanation for ending Comey’s term early.
In the memo, Rosenstein argued that James Comey’s unusual behavior surrounding his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server undermined the credibility of the FBI. “I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails,” Rosenstein wrote, “and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgement that he was mistaken.”
Rosenstein explained that James Comey usurped the authority of the Attorney General when he announced that the investigation into Hillary Clinton would be closed without charges. “The FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department,” Rosenstein wrote.
Recently, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) submitted a letter to the recently-appointed FBI director, Christopher Wray, alleging that James Comey never intended to press charges against Hillary Clinton.
According to their letter, James Comey was circulating a draft version of his decision not to press charges against Clinton before the close of his investigation. The letter suggests that Comey decided not to press charges, even though he had not met with 17 key witnesses, including Hillary Clinton herself.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation,” the Senators wrote in their letter, according to Breitbart. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also reacted to the breaking news during Thursday’s press briefing. “If it is as accurate as they say it is, that would certainly give cause and reason that Jim Comey was not the right person to lead the FBI,” she said, adding further justification for Comey’s dismissal.
James Comey, for his part, defended his actions while testifying before Congress. Comey explained that he thought the infamous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton undermined Lynch’s ability to decide Hillary Clinton’s case.
Comey also explained he was under intense pressure from the Justice Department to misrepresent the severity of the Clinton email investigation. He was instructed to refer to the investigation as “a matter,” downplaying the significance of mishandling classified information.
However, if the Senators Graham and Lindsey are correct, it would reveal that both the Justice Department and the FBI had sided with Hillary Clinton from the beginning, and never had any intentions to press charges against the former secretary of state, regardless of what the investigation uncovered.