It looks like the fix really was in.
Documents from former FBI Director James Comey’s early exoneration of Hillary Clinton have been released… and doesn’t look good for Comey, or Clinton.
An early draft of Comey’s statement ending the Clinton email case accused her of having been “grossly negligent” in handling classified information, The Hill reported.
That tough terminology was watered down by Comey who called the former Secretary of State’s actions “extremely careless” in his announcement of her exoneration in July 2016.
The original draft was ultimately changed in a series of “red-line edits on or around June 10” and contained the following according to the Hill:
“There is evidence to support a conclusion that Secretary Clinton, and others, used the email server in a manner that was grossly negligent with respect to the handling of classified information,” reads the statement, one of Comey’s earliest drafts from May 2, 2016.
The change in language is substantial since federal law states “gross negligence” in handling classified information is punishable with prison time or fines, the Hill reported.
Clinton had blamed Comey (along with many others) for thwarting her chances to become the next president when he announced he was reopening the investigation into her emails in the later stages of the 2016 campaign.
Comey then shocked Clinton’s critics with the announcement in July 2016 that she would not be charged with any criminal activity. After Donald Trump won the election, it became clear that Comey had cleared Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing long before the investigation was concluded.
The latest documents obtained by Congress could further indicate the manipulation of facts and evidence in order to exonerate then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
At least three top FBI officials were involved in helping Comey construct the statement, including Deputy Director Andrew McGabe, General Counsel James Baker and chief of staff Jim Rybicki, the Hill reported.
“The red-line history clearly shows the original statement was designed to allege Clinton committed gross negligence and then someone changed it to extreme carelessness,” one source told the Hill. “Clearly there was a difference of opinion on the term derived right from the statute.”
Difference of opinion?
Interesting how the “difference of opinion,” along with Comey’s early exoneration managed to get Clinton off scot-free.
It’s not clear who made the edits, but the change suggests there was a divide within the FBI on how to handle Clinton’s email probe, and has certainly raised more questions around Comey’s final decision.
Former FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce Official Steve Rogers was deeply disturbed over the finding.
“We’ve got a whole lot of smoke here,” he told Fox News’ Fox & Friends First.
Rogers said the individuals who were responsible for finding out where the smoke was coming from, were shying away from their duties.
“Well if he [Comey] lied about her, and if they in fact find evidence that was of criminal nature, she should be charged,” he said.
Rogers also added that Congress should launch an investigation into the “acts of James Comey.”
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