Former FBI director James Comey began drafting a statement clearing Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing in the bureau’s probe of her mishandling of classified material months before he met with the former Secretary and other key witnesses in the case.
The Senate Judiciary Committee obtained the former FBI chief’s communications as part of its ongoing investigation over whether President Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey.
According to the documents, the former director began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton as early as April or May of 2016; months before Comey and other investigators had a chance to interview Hillary herself and other key witnesses.
The FBI decided to officially drop its investigation of Clinton’s private email server on July 5th.
“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,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley in a letter to the FBI.
The accusations raise serious concerns over whether Clinton and other Obama officials pressured then-FBI Director Comey to close the bureau’s probe into Hillary, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election.