The FBI released documents on Monday that proved former FBI Director James Comey began writing his letter exonerating Hillary Clinton in the FBI’s criminal investigation into her use of a private email server before he even interviewed her.
The document, titled “Drafts of Director Comey's July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01,” was heavily redacted to the public, but, as Fox News reported, two-Republican Senators said that it raised serious questions about the validity of the investigation:
The existence of the documents, reported by Newsweek, were first brought to light by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also a member of the committee, after they reviewed transcripts of interviews with top Comey aides who alluded to the email’s existence.
The senators penned a letter on Aug. 30 to newly-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray noting their findings, saying that “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,” the letter said. “The outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts.”
The existence of documents that prove that Comey drafted the letter exonerating Clinton before he even questioned her calls into question his Senate testimony in June, at which he said he was told by Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to refer to the criminal investigation into Clinton as an investigation, but as a “matter.”
Graham told Fox News in September that he will subpoena Comey if he has to in order to get him to return to Capitol Hill to answer more questions surrounding the investigation.
“We now know that he had made up his mind to exonerate her before he even interviewed her, which is a bit odd,” Graham said. “I’m very suspicious of the timing. I’m very suspicious of the reason.”