FBI Admits Comey Cleared Clinton Before Interview

Danny Woods
October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely "exonerating" her before the 2016 election. But special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump fired Comey to obstruct justice in the Russian Federation probes, which the then-FBI chief was in charge of.

In a later tweet, Trump said "James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton".

At a House hearing in 2016, Comey vehemently denied any decision had been made not to charge Clinton before the 2 July interview, but he was not asked at that time when he began to prepare his public statement. Clinton herself was not interviewed until July 2, 2016, three days before Comey held a press conference to announce that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not recommend filing charges against the former secretary of state.

The contents of the email were largely unclear as almost all of it was redacted.

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The FBI on Monday released copies of a statement former Director James Comey drafted in July 2016 recommending that Clinton be exonerated in the probe of her emails as secretary of state.

Another document is a May 16, 2016, response from Rybicki to several colleagues, including McCabe and Baker. It reads, "Please send me any comments on this statement so we may roll into a master doc for discussion with the Director at a future date".

The London Economic reported earlier this week how Hillary Clinton abandoned a friendly meet and greet on the Welsh leg of her British tour as a student at Swansea University where she had just been awarded an Honorary Doctorate told her: "Bernie would have won, only you could lose to Trump". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The lawmakers sent a letter on August 30 to newly confirmed FBI Director Christopher Wray in which they said transcripts of interviews with members of Comey's team appeared to indicate that Comey had "exonerated" Clinton prior to the conclusion of the email investigation.

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