Comey Must Answer for FBI Mishandling of Clinton Case
“What happened?” That is the title of the book Hillary Clinton penned in an attempt to explain a humiliating loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
It is the same question that congressional investigators will be asking to former FBI Director James Comey after new findings show the agency purposefully ignored compelling evidence that Clinton should have been charged with a crime.
Congressional investigators say they now have documented proof that FBI agents believed there was more than enough evidence that the former Secretary of State and her top aides broke the law. This is according to lawmakers and investigators who spoke with political web site The Hill.
The evidence comes in the form of FBI documents obtained by Congressional investigators. One document stated that “the sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s private email accounts and server was proof of criminality, as was the false statements and misleading testimony given by a key witness in the case.
The name of the witness was redacted, but The Hill reports it was an employee of the computer firm that helped maintain Clinton’s personal server. It was the same employee who admitted he permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015, but only after a subpoena from Congress
Lastly, the investigators reconfirmed that the FBI began writing a statement exonerating Clinton while Congress was waiting for subpoenaed evidence and before dozens of interviews with key witnesses, including Hillary Clinton.
The subject is certain to come up when former FBI director James Comey is called to testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committee as part its investigation into the Justice Department and the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation.
Comey will not only have to explain why was circulating a draft of his statement clearing Clinton of charges months before the investigation was completed, but why early versions of the statement described Clinton’s handling of classified emails as “grossly negligent.”
The federal statute states that “gross negligence” in handling classified documents is criminal.
In December, it was revealed that FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok was the person who changed “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” Strzok was removed from the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election after text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page showed a strong anti-Trump bias.
Strzok also wrote in texts that he planned to vote for Hillary Clinton as a lead FBI investigator into her email server. Strzok is the agent who led the interview of Clinton.
The Department of Justice is considering reopening the Hillary email investigation based on new evidence. In the meantime, Congress is investigating why they run a better investigation the first time.
President Trump has complained about an FBI bias against him and for Hillary Clinton. There is certainly enough evidence to support his complaint.