Senators Grassley and Graham as chairmen of The Senate Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter Wednesday that FBI Director James Comey began to exonerate Hillary Clinton in the illicit use of her private email server before the FBI interviewed her or 17 key witnesses. This was according to redacted transcripts given to the committee.
Comey even knew there was evidence according to the committee.
No bias at all there!
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in the letter to the FBI, Politico reported.
Transcripts of interviews with Comey aides exposing the information were noted in the letter sent to current FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“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. 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 outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts,” the letter, signed by Chairman Chuck Grassley and Committee member Lindsey Graham states.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
“It is unclear whether the FBI agents actually investigating the case were aware that Mr. Comey had already decided on the investigation’s outcome while their work was ongoing. However, it appears that the answer to that question may be underneath some of the extensive redactions that the Department made to the transcripts,” the letter continues.
The Judiciary Committee reviewed transcripts which showed Comey drafted an exoneration statement in April or May 2016 before 17 key witnesses were interviewed, including Hillary Clinton. Comey wrote the statement before the DoJ immunity agreements with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.