New revelation about Comey’s refusal to charge Clinton sparks outrage

New revelation about Comey’s refusal to charge Clinton sparks outrage
Republicans senators claimed they had evidence that former FBI Director James Comey made the decision to exonerate Clinton months before the investigation was concluded. (WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

A letter from two Republican senators claims that there is evidence former FBI Director James Comey had made the decision to exonerate Hillary Clinton long before an FBI investigation into her handling of sensitive intelligence was completed.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote to current FBI Director Christopher Wray that Comey’s preparation of the statement to exonerate Clinton in April or May 2016 showed a prejudicial bias in her favor. Comey announced in July 2016 that the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton.

Grassley and Graham requested documents related to Comey’s drafting of his statement about Clinton.

“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,” the letter stated.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the claim gave more support for President Donald Trump’s decision to dismiss Comey.

“If it is as accurate as they say it is, that would certainly give cause and reason that Jim Comey was not the right person to lead the FBI,” she told reporters during the White House press briefing Thursday.

Grassley and Graham said a government watchdog agency, the Office of Special Counsel, provided them with transcripts of interviews showing Comey had began drawing up the exoneration statement at least six weeks before he made it public.

That timeframe would put Comey’s drafting of the statement before certain key witnesses in the case were interviewed — including Clinton.

Longtime Trump ally and friend Roger Stone reacted on Twitter to the news, saying that the president “should order [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions to arrest/indict and perp Wall [sic] Comey for obstruction. Send signal to Mueller he is next.”

Fox News Business host and Trump supporter Lou Dobbs asked his followers in a Twitter poll if they believed “Former FBI Director James Comey was complicit in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal cover-up.” Ninety-four percent voted in the affirmative.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted, “Comey has some explaining to do — otherwise people will conclude his investigation was a sham.”

The FBI released employee survey data earlier this week after employees were questioned about how they felt about former FBI director James Comey's leadership when he was at the bureau. Comey earned high scores across the board and in key areas such as trustworthiness, integrity, leadership, and judgment, according to the results. The data stands in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's claim in May that Comey had lost the confidence of his subordinates at the FBI. After firing Comey, Trump repeatedly painted him as incompetent, calling him a "showboat," a "grandstander," and "a real nut job." He also said the FBI was "in turmoil" under Comey's leadership. Then White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders similarly offered a bleak assessment of the FBI under Comey's leadership. During his tenure at the helm of the agency, Sanders said, Comey had committed "atrocities." She also told reporters the day after Comey was fired that she had heard from "countless" FBI agents who had