The Jury Talks Back

9/1/2017

Comey Decided to Exonerate Clinton Long Before Investigation Was Actually Over

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 6:45 am

Is anyone surprised? #FAKENEWSCNN! reports:

Former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for running her government emails through a private email server before completing the investigation, according to two Republican senators.

Comey prepared the draft exoneration for Clinton before conducting interviews with top Clinton aides who were offered immunity for their cooperation, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in a joint statement, citing transcripts of interviews with former Comey aides obtained by the Senate judiciary committee.

Comey would go on to announce in July 2016 that the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton — although he sharply chastised her decision to conduct State Department business through a private email server.

“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,” Grassley and Graham wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray seeking more information — including all drafts of Comey’s final statement on Clinton’s emails by September 13.

I do not believe the story because it is #FAKENEWSCNN!!1!

It was always obvious that an exoneration was in the works before Hillary was interviewed, and that Comey had not even reviewed the interview before making his statement.

President Donald J. Trump responded:

In November, after a campaign replete with regular rally chants of “Lock her up!”, Trump said: “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”

2 Comments »

  1. Regarding #fakenews, I don’t accept that most people using that word not taking the position that you should categorically disbelieve what you read there.

    In my own case, I think most of the time the media is getting a fact right. But what they are getting wrong is context, they are leaving out facts, and they are creating a narrative, and if you had access to more facts their narrative would be untenable.

    In this case, CNN is reporting that “Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in a joint statement, citing transcripts of interviews with former Comey aides obtained by the Senate judiciary committee.” That is a verifiable event, and I trust that they have that right. Perhaps more facts, not cited by the Senators, would prove that Comey did no such thing, but I can provisionally accept that did happen.

    In contrast, when they report that “administration officials” who won’t speak publicly are summarizing documents, but not showing them, and that these officials’ paraphrased sentiments support the narrative du jour, I accept that they spoke with officials who told them those things, but I don’t necessarily accept the narrative spun from that.

    You can always find people who will tell you whatever, and the media has their Rolodex of experts, officials, and activists for whatever sort of quote or narrative they want.

    Comment by Frederick — 9/1/2017 @ 7:52 am

  2. I predict absolutely nothing will happen to either Comey or Clinton in the wake of this “revelation.”

    Comment by Sean — 9/1/2017 @ 6:29 pm

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