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Report: Comey Decided to Clear Clinton Before Full Investigation

Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham uncovered evidence that suggests former FBI Director James Comey reached a conclusion first, then investigated.

Comey IG Investigation

A letter from Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reveals that former FBI Director James Comey decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton in the FBI’s e-mail investigation before the investigation came to a conclusion, according to a report from Politico.

Comey decided not to file charges in early July but gave a scathing rebuke of the Democratic presidential candidate. Interviews with FBI employees close to Comey reveal that the former FBI director had already written the statement clearing Clinton before the investigation ran its course.

Grassley and Graham wrote to new FBI Director Christopher Wray, asking him to not repeat the mistakes of the past:

According to 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.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 revelation came from an investigation into whether Comey’s public rebuke of Clinton was an inappropriate use of his directorship. However, the investigation may ultimately reveal that Comey protected the former secretary of state from prosecution.

Eventually, Comey reopened the investigation into Clinton’s e-mail server in October, showing that even his July statement had come before all investigative avenues had been exhausted.