Comey acted on fake intelligence

As a result, Comey acted unilaterally past year to publicly declare the investigation over without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information, the sources said late Friday.

According to the intelligence, Ms Wasserman Schultz recounted conversations to Ms Renteria in which Ms Lynch promised not to push too hard on the Clinton investigation.

James Comey quickly discerned that the document was a forgery composed by Russian agents. The sources told CNN that Comey had not revealed his knowledge because "his big fear was that if the Russians released the information publicly, there would be no way for law enforcement and intelligence officials to discredit it without burning intelligence sources and methods". But the then-FBI director chose to act as though it were real, anyway - presenting the emails to Congress as authentic intelligence, and freezing Lynch out of major decisions on the Clinton investigation, as though she were, in fact, compromised.

Three White House officials said the president's chief of staff has privately expressed concerns about a possible memo compiled by ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey about one of their reported conversations, reported The Daily Beast.

Still, Comey did not let on to lawmakers that there were doubts about the veracity of the intelligence, according to sources familiar with the briefings.

According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over.

The fake intel did not sway the actual investigation, but it did affect Comey's public handling of the email probe.

Comey's rationale for taking these actions, as represented by CNN, make little sense. In the July 5 hearing, Comey did say that while Clinton was secretary of state, she had been "extremely careless" when she set up a private email server in her home in NY.

Comey was sacked earlier this month by President Trump amid the bureau's separate investigation into ties been the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the election.

Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level USA officials during the 2016 campaign.

It "has not been (fully) coordinated yet", an individual close to Comey says.

  • Leroy Wright