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WATCH: James Comey Caught Committing Crime?
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Former FBI director James Comey claimed before a Senate hearing that he was overcome with a “queasy feeling” when Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to refer to the Hillary Clinton email probe as a “matter,” rather than an “investigation.” After Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton on her private jet on a runway in Phoenix, Arizona, Comey decided to bypass normal departmental protocols and independently announce that Clinton was being exonerated.
Although Comey has testified that he usurped Department of Justice authority and issued the press release “to protect the investigation and the FBI,” a recent revelation from top Senate Republicans shows that Comey may have made up his mind about Clinton’s innocence long before he exonerated her in July 2016. Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz appeared on “Fox and Friends” to suggest that Comey has “a lot of explaining to do” after drafting statements which exonerated Clinton months before the FBI investigation was completed.
The news of Comey’s premature assessment originates from a letter drafted by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Grassley and Graham wrote to the FBI this week over concerns that the FBI director cleared Clinton before interviewing some 17 key witnesses, including Clinton herself and some of her top aides. Their letter states:
According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton.
Former House Oversight Commission chairman Jason Chaffetz called the report “a very strong allegation” and claims that Comey “could have perjured himself” during his testimony before House and Senate Judiciary Committees. During the hearings, which Chaffetz took part in before resigning from Congress this summer, Comey was asked how it was possible he came to a decision regarding Clinton’s innocence so soon after interviewing her.
Chaffetz recalled the exchange:
We asked him very directly … ‘how is it that you interviewed Secretary Clinton on — I believe it was a Saturday’ — and then on Tuesday morning they suddenly have the report out there.
Watch as Chaffetz reacts to the news of a “deep state” plot to clear the former Secretary of State of any wrongdoing:
Jason Chaffetz said former FBI Director James Comey has a lot of “explaining to do” in light of new reports that he began drafting a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton even before interviewing key witnesses, including the former secretary of state. “He’s certainly got a lot of explaining to do.
President Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow appeared on Fox’s “Hannity” the day before and went after Comey for his testimony that he needed to independently exonerate the Clinton because Lynch’s tarmac meeting “cast doubt on the scope and nature of the investigation.” Sekulow balked at this, claiming:
Here’s the fact. Evidently he already made up his mind three months before the investigation really got underway. This whole thing was a fraud on the American people.
Trump also received word of Comey’s early exoneration letter. The president tweeted a comment criticizing the “rigged system” that allowed such an injustice to occur.
Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!
The revelation that Comey prematurely exonerated Clinton comes on the heels of the FBI’s refusal to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request asking for the agency’s Clinton investigation records. FBI records management section chief David M. Hardy cited a lack of public interest in the documents as justification for keeping them sealed. Chaffetz offered his thoughts on the FOIA denial in light of this latest development:
This is absolutely disgusting, it’s totally counter to who we are as a nation. We are open, we are transparent, we’re supposed to be self-critical. The American people pay for this government. Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State, what she created were federal records and every individual in this country has the right to see those. They’re protecting themselves, they’re protecting Hillary Clinton and they don’t want the exposure. What is it that they’re hiding?
If there were any doubts that the “deep state” is not a palpable force in command of some of the most powerful instruments of political authority in this country, news of Comey’s preemptive conclusion has extinguished the skepticism. Furthermore, if there was any lingering uncertainty concerning Comey’s political allegiances when he leaked information to the press to force a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of Russian collusion with President Donald Trump, these doubts have dissipated as well.
When regarded as a collective whole — the secretive tarmac meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton just days before Hillary was exonerated, Comey taking notes on all of his meetings with Trump as if he were under investigation, his leaking these memos to the press to prompt a special counsel, the denied FOIA request, and now Comey’s foregone conclusion — there is no doubt that the highest levels of government under Barack Obama were infested with bureaucrats who placed party loyalty over the good of the nation.
One thing is certain: Capitol Hill is worse than a swamp — it’s a cesspool.
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