Comey Let Hillary Off the Hook Before all Evidence Was In
We’ve known for a long time that there was something fishy with the way the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton went down, but only now are we beginning to discover just how biased and outrageous this travesty of justice really was.
According to a letter sent by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, documents reveal that former FBI Director James Comey actually decided not to recommend charges against Clinton long before the Bureau even sat down to interview her. Not, like, a couple of days before…more than TWO months earlier!
“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,” wrote the committee in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray. “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. 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.”
The senators want to FBI to provide them with a more open version of the transcript, by which some of their questions regarding the investigation may be answered.
“It is unclear,” they wrote, “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. However, it appears that the answer to that question may be underneath some of the extensive redactions that the Department made to the transcripts.”
The transcripts in question come from the aborted Office of Special Counsel investigation into Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton case. The OSC investigation was called off after President Trump fired Comey earlier this year, but not before they had made a startling discovery – that Comey actually began drafting a public statement exonerating the former secretary of state in April or May of 2016.
This was not only months prior to the FBI’s interview with Clinton, but prior to the Bureau’s interviews with several of her top aides, including Bryan Pagliano, Cheryl Mills, and Heather Samuelson, all of whom were ultimately given immunity agreements in exchange for their cooperation.
“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,” the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote in their letter.
This is the same FBI, mind you, that is turning over every dusty mattress in every Trump hotel in the world in an attempt to find SOMETHING to charge a campaign official with in the Russian collusion case. If they had taken the Clinton investigation half as seriously, perhaps the former secretary of state would have been penalized for breaking the law.