New Evidence Reveals Comey Exonerated Hillary Before Key Witness Interviews

A new letter from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham reveal testimony from new witnesses suggesting that former FBI Director James Comey had already started drafting documentation exonerating Hillary Clinton long before interviewing key witnesses, including Hillary herself. 

According to the letter, which is based on testimony from James Rybicki, Comey’s Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, the Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw, Comey began drafting a statement to announce the conclusion of the Hillary investigation in April or May 2016, well before he had interviewed up to 17 key witnesses. 

Meanwhile, as if that weren't bad enough, the Comey statement was also drafted before immunity deals were struck with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson who seemingly ran point, along with Platte River Networks, to destroy Hillary's emails after a Congressional subpoena had been issued mandating their preservation.

Here is a summary from the Grassley/Graham letter:

Transcripts reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee reveal that former FBI Director James Comey began drafting an exoneration statement in the Clinton email investigation before the FBI had interviewed key witnesses.  Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, requested all records relating to the drafting of the statement as the committee continues to review the circumstances surrounding Comey’s removal from the Bureau.

 

“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 senators wrote in a letter today to the FBI.

 

Last fall, following allegations from Democrats in Congress, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) began investigating whether Comey’s actions in the Clinton email investigation violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits government employees from using their official position to influence an election.  In the course of that investigation, OSC interviewed two FBI officials close to Comey: James Rybicki, Comey’s Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, the Principal Deputy General Counsel of National Security and Cyberlaw.  OSC provided transcripts of those interviews at Grassley’s request after it closed the investigation due to Comey’s termination.

 

Both transcripts are heavily redacted without explanation. However, they indicate that Comey began drafting a statement to announce the conclusion of the Clinton email investigation in April or May of 2016, before the FBI interviewed up to 17 key witnesses including former Secretary Clinton and several of her closest aides.  The draft statement also came before the Department entered into immunity agreements with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson where the Department agreed to a very limited review of Secretary Clinton’s emails and to destroy their laptops after review.

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And here is a key excerpt from Ms. Anderson's testimony:

Q:  So moving along to the first public statement on the case or Director Comey’s first statement the July 5, 2016 statement.  When did you first learn that Director Comey was planning to make some kind of public statement about the outcome of the Clinton email investigation?

 

A:  The idea, I’m not entirely sure exactly when the idea of the public statement um first emerged.  Um it was, I just, I can’t put a precise timeframe on it um but [redaction].  And then I believe it was in early May of 2016 that the Director himself wrote a draft of that statement …

 

Q:  So when you found out in early May that there was, that the Director had written a draft of what the statement might look like, how did you learn about that?

 

A:  [Redacted] gave me a hard copy of it…

 

Q:  So what happened next with respect to the draft?

 

A:  I don’t know for sure um, I don’t know. There were many iterations, at some point there were many iterations of the draft that circulated…

Meanwhile, as a reminder of the timing, if Comey was already drafting a statement clearing Clinton of any wrongdoing in April then it came before any of the following interviews....keep in mind that many people on this list were also granted immunity deals...apparently after Comey had already made up his mind that nothing happened.

1.      May 3, 2016 – Paul Combetta
2.      May 12, 2016 – Sean Misko
3.      May 17, 2016 – Unnamed CIA employee
4.      May 19, 2016 – Unnamed CIA employee
5.      May 24, 2016 – Heather Samuelson
6.      May 26, 2016 - Marcel Lehel (aka Guccifer)
7.      May 28, 2016 – Cheryl Mills
8.      June 3, 2016 – Charlie Wisecarver
9.      June 10, 2016 – John Bentel
10.  June 15, 2016 – Lewis Lukens
11.  June 21, 2016 – Justin Cooper
12.  June 21, 2016 – Unnamed State Dept. Employee
13.  June 21, 2016 – Bryan Pagliano
14.  June 21, 2016 – Purcell Lee
15.  June 23, 2016 – Monica Hanley
16.  June 29, 2016 – Hannah Richert
17.  July 2, 2016 – Hillary Clinton

And here's some more background from the letter:

Mr. Comey’s final statement acknowledged “there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information” but nonetheless cleared Secretary Clinton because he claimed there was no intent or obstruction of justice. Yet, evidence of destruction of emails known to be under subpoena by the House of Representatives, and subject to congressional preservation requests, was obtained in interviews around the time that Mr. Comey began drafting his exoneration statement.[8]  Moreover, the Justice Department entered into highly unusual immunity agreements with Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson in June 2016—after Mr. Comey began drafting his exoneration statement—to review Clinton email archives on their laptops.[9]

 

The immunity agreements limited the FBI’s ability to review Clinton email archives from Platte River Networks that were created after June 1, 2014, and before February 1, 2015, and which had been sent or received from Secretary Clinton’s four email addresses during her tenure as Secretary of State.[10]  These limitations prevented the FBI from reviewing records surrounding a March 2015 conference call that Paul Combetta, an employee of Platte River Networks, had with David Kendall and Ms. Mills, the attorneys for Secretary Clinton.[11]  After having been initially untruthful and then receiving his own immunity agreement, Mr. Combetta admitted in his third FBI interview, in May 2016, that after a March 2015 conference call with Secretary Clinton’s attorneys, he used BleachBit to destroy any remaining copies of Clinton’s emails.[12]

 

The limitations in the immunity agreements with Ms. Mills and Ms. Samuelson also kept the FBI from looking at emails after Secretary Clinton left office—the period in which communications regarding destruction or concealment of federal records would have most likely taken place.[13]  And finally, the agreements provided that the Department would destroy any records which it retrieved that were not turned over to the investigative team and would destroy the laptops.[14]  Despite public claims by the FBI that the laptops were not in fact destroyed, the purpose of that promise to destroy them has not been explained.[15]  However, Judiciary Committee staff reviewed the immunity agreements as part of their oversight work, so there is no question that the terms of the agreement called for the Department to destroy evidence that had not been fully and completely reviewed.[16]

But, we're sure this is just another attempt to "criminalize behavior that is normal."

Here is the full letter:

Comments

Croesus vato poco Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:41 Permalink

DEATH TO TRAITORS!

@ No Debt:

In reply to your post (currently below mine):

I was a member of the "Tinfoil Hat Brigade", back when thinking that way could get you blackballed from jobs, branded as a crazie, etc. It's really funny how many of my friends from back then remember the things I was saying...and now tell me that it's almost like I had a crystal ball.

Being vindicated is a good feeling generally, but these are instances where "it sucks to be right".

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Manthong sincerely_yours Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:02 Permalink

 
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It’s kind of hard to drain the swamp when you spend all of your time feeding the alligators.

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WorkingFool doctor10 Fri, 09/01/2017 - 08:31 Permalink

What if millions of honest working people just refused to participate in the faud and theft any longer.  Stop using their currency.  Wht if liberty loving Americans who belive in individual freedom "applied economic sanctions" vs 'the use of military force"?  How long will it take before the corruption system is replaced by a decentralized free one?Crypto offers a path out.  It has to start with employers paying people in crypto.  Just to be clear, use crypto as a currency - buy and sell.  It's not a replacement for money.  Keep your wealth in PM.  How do we take action to stop the globalist collective from turning us into livestock and slaves.  What would Thomas Jefferson do (and the little baby Jesus if that helps to start a serious effort here)? Any ideas?

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doctor10 WorkingFool Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:13 Permalink

and you DON'T think that's already happening?

in a surveillance society. "Anything" worth investing in -that you discuss by phone or email-is immediately glommed onto by the Deep State and their NY cronies. Has been so for the last 15 years.

At the end of the day its why interest rates -at least in 100% traceable accountable taxable regulatable and ultimately takable dollars are basically 0% give or take a few fractions of a percent.

"value" is anonymity and privacy in conduct, thought and action-one of the consequences of which is enhanced ability to keep the fruits of your own labor. This yields the only true increase in productivity society can experience. Electronic currencies actually fulfilling those needs will be the most valuable-there is yet to emerge one that clearly does so.

Ask East Germany and the Soviet Union exactly how well a surveillance society worked out during the 20th century. The 21st is no different in that regard

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Chupacabra-322 The_Central_Sc… Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:19 Permalink

Yet another absolute, complete in your Face example of

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

Comey and Loretta Obama et al saved HRC. In fact, Comey is still preventing a HRC indictment for numerous felonies involving many national security issues, some of those involving Russia. And, then theres election rigging, voter fraud, violence incitement, pay to play with the CF, SUPER PAC violations, arms transfers to ISIS, 6 billion USD missing from the State Department, Benghazi, and God knows what else. And yet, because of Hillary Podesta DNC the MSM and everyone else involved, our country has been wasting countless hours, millions if not billions of dollars, and the minds of ignorant Dems and other Americans via propaganda all while trying to invoke WW3 w Russia. Again all because HRC is a Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous felon at Large. Comey did not screw HRC, he screwed the American people, their children, and his own children. Comey should be in Guantanamo Bay. 

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chunga nonclaim Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:16 Permalink

The next time we hear from that feckless fraud will be when he denounces Assange and Rohrabacher for offering proof the Russian hacking story was all bullshit. The murdered DNC staffer gave everything to Wikileaks. This would expose the 97 -2 senate and everybody in congress as frauds. Trump too, if he goes along with this the maverick outsider is a fraud, plain and simple.Rohrabacher Says White House Setting Up Meeting on Assange Infohttps://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/report-rohrabacher-says-white-ho…

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Blue Boat chunga Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:49 Permalink

 Agreed, Sessions is worthless. No, it's worse, he's actually a problem. Does he understand what his job is?But, the likely bottomline is that the Clinton Crime Syndicate probably informed both Sessions and Comey that if they like their children, they best toe-the-line. Professionals can make most any death look like an accident. But, they would know what really happened.Most people would cave-in to a threat like that. I don't think this avoidance of bringing justice is any more complicated than that.

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Blue Boat chunga Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:11 Permalink

The corruption is systemic......from top to bottom. There is no realistic way to eliminate it but from a horrendous crash, eventual mass realization of the bullshit and a looooong, very painful reset. (I know we've been hearing that for awhile but my view is as much based on the astonishing and increasing amount of hubris and smoke & mirrors in the western world).If anyone knows how widespead illumination can occur without that, please advise.

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Chupacabra-322 Blue Boat Thu, 08/31/2017 - 20:33 Permalink

@ Blue,

Any AG worth his Pride, Integrity, Character & Decency would charge Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton, Podesta, Huma, Wasserman-Shultz & host of other Criminal accessories with the following at best minimum charges.

As a reminder, all the data to date suggests that Hillary broke the following 9 US CODES. I provided the links for your convenience. HRC needs to apprehend & Arrested.

CEO aka "President" TRUMP was indeed correct when he said: "FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" 

18 U.S. Code § 1905 - Disclosure of confidential information generally 
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1905

18 U.S. Code § 1924 - Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1924

18 U.S. Code § 2071 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2071

26 U.S. Code § 7201 - Attempt to evade or defeat tax
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/7201 

26 U.S. Code § 7212 - Attempts to interfere with administration of internal revenue laws
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/26/7212

18 U.S. Code § 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1343

18 U.S. Code § 1349 – Attempt and Conspiracy
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1349

18 U.S. Code § 1505 - Obstruction of  Proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1505

18 U.S. Code § 1621 - Perjury generally (including documents signed under penalty of perjury)
     https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1621

The Preponderance of Evidence suggests that she broke these Laws, Knowingly, Willfully and Repeatedly. This pattern indicates a habitual/career Criminal, who belongs in Prison.

Anything short of the above is absolute, complete, open, in your Face

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

Let Justice Prevail or the Heavens Fall...

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Blue Boat Chupacabra-322 Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:07 Permalink

You get no argument from me.  I believe your list of committed crimes is the tip of the iceberg. You mention how it should be but, the reality is most people would not give up their own lives or of those they love. They just wouldn’t. See, the Syndicate figured out the ultimate threat to get people to bend to their will. Likely was learned from their deeply sick, utterly evil mentor, the megalomaniac G. Soros. His clout is almost beyond comprehension. But, hey, Vlad kicked him out so, there’s that.

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GUS100CORRINA chunga Thu, 08/31/2017 - 17:28 Permalink

New Evidence Reveals Comey Exonerated Hillary Before Key Witness InterviewsMy response: Someone has to be brought to justice for these crimes or the SYSTEM WILL FALL APART and ERUPT in CHAOS!!====In a society where all lies, all deceptions, all corruptions are accepted, that society will lose control of everything. Chaos will begin to take over, and the only way that chaos will be slowed down will be when dictatorial control, or maybe even a police state is formed, where thought and behavior is fixed, and anybody out of bounds is punished. Eventually, the chaos has to be controlled. We’re not headed toward socialism; we could very well be headed toward a dictatorship in our world. Is this hard to grasp?

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garcam123 garcam123 Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

I don't know how you feel, but this has devolved down to 3rd grade level and I am abjectlly ASHAMED of the shit-show this once great country has become!It's devolved down to a hugh group of un-potty-trained 3 yr olds fighting over the fucking cookies!I can't apoligize enough to the millions of decent people who have been murdered by this scum called government and the shit that runs it!Yea, fun times are here, that's why Yellow Napolean is giving automatic weapons to all the hog farms......They need to clear out the old people and make room for the human trash that's never had an idea about "Rights".What the fuck are they, Saheeb? 

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NoDebt Honey-Badger (not verified) Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:34 Permalink

I have often felt sorry for all you "conspiracy theory" types here on ZH.  Always thinking everything is part of a nefarious master plan, created and run by evil people who hide in the shadows.Well guess what?  You were right all along. 

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