Trump blasts Comey's exoneration of Clinton as part of a 'rigged system'
Trump blasts Comey's exoneration of Clinton as part of a 'rigged system'
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02 September, 2017, 00:32
"As most readers will remember, Clinton used private email accounts during her tenure as Secretary of State, embroiling the government in myriad Freedom of Information Act suits".
In July 2016, Comey read a long statement, laying out the case against Clinton and then exonerating her, despite noting "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information".
Comey has said publicly that he was moved to make the public statement in part because, not long before he did, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with former president Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton's husband, aboard her plane at an airport in Phoenix in late June. Lindsey Grahamwrote to FBI Director Chris Wray asking for information related to Mr. Comey's announcement, saying they've reviewed partially redacted interview transcripts that indicate Mr. Comey was drafting a statement on the closure of the case months before the July 5, 2016, announcement. "The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy", Grassley and Graham wrote in a letter sent to senior FBI officials on Thursday (Friday NZT).
"It's completely arbitrary, in my view", says the Judicial Watch president, "and the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are going out of their way to protect Hillary Clinton".
Grassley and Graham also said Comey had circulated a draft of a statement exonerating Clinton in April or early May of previous year; he made his decision public July 5, 2016, three days after interviewing Clinton. The disgruntled senators accuse Comey of adopting a "conclusion first, fact-gathering second" approach, which is "no way to run an investigation". Mr. Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump on recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, claimed the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified information was "unanimous".
Swecker, who had dealings with Comey and points out that he respects the former director, says he finds it odd that Comey drafted the statement before the June 2016 tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, since Comey has said he chose to issue his July 2016 statement because of that meeting.
The letter blasted Comey for the premature drafting of the letter before the investigation concluded. Moreover, the emails themselves make clear Clinton was aware of State Department rules regarding the handling of classified information, and actively meant to violate them.
The American public is being asked to tell the Trump administration it wants the details about Hillary Clinton's email scandal to be made public.
And Comey did effectively reopen the investigation months later, when the FBI discovered an additional batch of emails tied to the case on a laptop belonging to former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has filed for divorce.
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