Then-FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her private email use before interviewing key witnesses, including Clinton herself, two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday. “Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation,” Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote in a letter this week to the FBI. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.” Grassley and Graham said they learned about Comey’s draft “exoneration statement” after reviewing transcripts of interviews with top Comey aides. “According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton,” the senators said. They added, “That was long before FBI agents finished their work. Mr. Comey even circulated an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership. The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts.” Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, was investigated by the FBI for using a private email address and server to handle classified information while serving as secretary of state. In July 2016, Comey famously called Clinton’s email arrangement “extremely careless” though he decided against recommending criminal charges. In a news release Thursday, the senators said Comey began drafting a statement in April or May 2016, which was before the FBI interviewed 17 key witnesses, including Clinton herself and other top aides. The statement preceded the FBI entering into an immunity agreement with top Clinton aides with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson. The transcripts are from interviews conducted by the Office of Special Counsel, which interviewed James Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff, and Trisha Anderson, the principal deputy general counsel of national security and cyberlaw, the senators said. “It is unclear whether the FBI agents actually investigating the case were aware that Mr. Comey had already decided on the investigation’s outcome while their work was ongoing,” the senators wrote. In the Wednesday letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, the two senators said they have requested all records relating to the drafting of the statement. Comey was fired as FBI director by President Trump in May..
And he had not only the legal authority to do so, but the moral imperative to fire James Comey. And despite the hypocritical hand wringing by the dominantly liberal mainstream media, and so many Democrat politicians, Trump’s firing of Comey was NOT a “constitutional crisis.” Clinton fired his FBI director and nobody said boo about it. So, when MSNBC and other media organs were trumping up (pun intended) that story, it fell flat. James Comey was a self-serving, narcissistic, corrupt tool who should be investigated for corruption, perjury, and on and on.. This story is just getting started.. So, stay tuned..
When it comes to the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, I thought I was beyond surprise. I thought I’d heard it all. But then came James Comey’s revelation that Huma Abedin e-mailed classified information to Anthony Weiner — allegedly so he could print it out for her. This is stunning. Just stunning. As I’ve written before, I served in the military, handled classified information, and helped investigate possible violations of laws and regulations governing classified documents. Here’s what I know beyond a shadow of a doubt — if a soldier had sent classified documents to his wife “to print out,” his best legal outcome would be a one-way ticket to a dishonorable discharge. His worst outcome would be jail. Let’s not forget, Hillary and her entire team (including Abedin) were bound by law to protect both marked and unmarked classified information. Moreover, Hillary and her entire team were hardly neophytes. They’d been exposed to classified information for years. They knew exactly the types and categories of information that were typically classified, and they knew how they should handle that information. But Abedin forwarded e-mails for printing anyway. But Hillary stored messages on her homebrew server anyway. No wonder Hillary lied so loudly and frequently about her e-mails. The truth was too devastating (and incriminating) to tell. I still don’t understand why the FBI declined to prosecute anyone on Clinton’s team, and I still don’t understand why the FBI clings to the notion that the prosecution had to prove criminal intent (the standard is gross negligence), but this much I do know — Democratic complaints about Comey’s conduct are absurd. He did her (and her team) an immense favor. “Regular” folks would have faced prison. Instead, Hillary and her confidants face the speaking circuit. Justice has not been done.
Agreed!! Attorney, and Army Reserve officer (Major), David French is responsible for that piece. David was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Iraq as a JAG officer. And, his analysis here is pretty accurate. But, as someone who served for over a quarter century in the Intelligence Community (IC), and as a fellow “field grade” Army officer, I can tell you that had I or anyone else with whom I served in the IC done what Hillary or Huma had done, we’d get BOTH the dishonorable discharge AND VERY lengthy prison sentence in a federal penitentiary. But, because it was a Clinton, she and her fav minion got away with it. President Trump should direct his AG Jeff Sessions to thoroughly investigate this, and (as appropriate) prosecute Hillary, Huma, and whoever else was party to this brazen felonious activity. When Comey said the other day that he couldn’t determine Huma’s “intent,” that set all sorts of red flags up. Nowhere in the federal statutes governing the handling of classified information is “intent” a reason NOT to prosecute. All that has to be determined is if there was “gross negligence.” And, boy howdy has that been determined! It’s time to put Hillary, Huma, and others on trial once and for all. It’s time for justice to be done.