According to a recently posted official document FBI Director James Comey drafted what would become his statement regarding former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email two months before he delivered it just before the DNC rally in 2016.
Monday, a document was shared by the FBI which accounts for when the statement was initially drafted.
The one piece of content that is visible in the document is an unclassified email that came from James Rybicki, an FBI official, saying:
‘Please send me any comments on this statement so we may roll it into a master doc for discussion with the Director at a future date.’
The email forwarded a document from Comey on May 16, 2016. The email that was forwarded was dated May 2, 2016.
Comey’s statement, in which he recommended that the former Democratic presidential nominee not be indicted, wasn’t made public until July 2016 when Comey delivered it. Comey had some strong words for Clinton and her colleagues siting that they were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
This will likely rekindle speculation about why Comey would take months to draft a statement, only to announce it on the tail end of the U.S. presidential election. The FBI Director’s motivation can only be speculated on at this point in time, but the timing seems incredibly strategic, if you’re paying attention.
Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017, citing his incompetence when it came to the Clinton email probe. The president’s dismissal of Comey is now being investigated by special coulee Robert Mueller, who is looking to uncover whether Comey was fired in an attempt to cover up Russia probes.
Below is a clip from Fox News, in which two Republican senators allege that Comey began drafting the statement before completing key parts of the investigation:
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