Newly unveiled transcripts of the FBI’s interviews with former agency director James Comey ’s aides reveal that he made the decision to not refer former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for prosecution long before the conclusion of the investigation into her illicit activities.
Included in a letter sent this week to FBI Director Christopher Wray by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles E. Grassley and Lindsey Graham, the now-unredacted transcripts paint a disturbing piece of judicial imprudence at its worst.
“(I)t appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton,” the senators wrote. “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 letter went on to accuse the former FBI director of attempting to steer the investigation toward his own preferred result:
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation,” the senators wrote. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
Moreover, Comey began drafting his exoneration statement, which he later read in a news briefing on July 5, before the FBI interviewed 17 key witnesses, including Clinton herself, and prior to the FBI entering into an immunity agreement with Clinton’s top aides, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.
Below is a list of the key witnesses, along with the date they were interviewed by the FBI (H/T Zero Hedge):
It’s as if Comey had already prejudged the outcome of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email account on a personal server to transmit classified intelligence. In other words, it’s as if he was never interested in real justice in the first place.
And judging by the reaction of President Donald Trump, who battled Clinton during the presidential election last year, he’s none too pleased:
Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2017
A rigged system indeed, though with Trump’s officials now at the helm of the Justice Department, justice will, hopefully and finally, be served.
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source: Conservative Tribune