Comey knew Clinton email info was fake, created by Russia
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:38
The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials.
The existence of the fake email between then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schlultz and Leonard Benardo, an official at the Open Society Foundations founded by George Soros, was reported on Wednesday.
And it contributed to Comey's decision in July to hold a rare press conference in which he announced, without notifying Lynch beforehand, that he was closing the probe into Clinton and not recommending charges but took the unusual step of criticizing Clinton as "extremely careless".
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that former FBI director James Comey partially based his freaky decision to unilaterally close the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server on a dubious document that turned out to be a fake created by Russian officials.
He did not, however, tell lawmakers about the doubts he had regarding the intelligence itself before he ended the investigation.
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. Trump fired Comey May 9 amid questions about the FBI's investigation. "And that would have pulled the rug out of any authoritative announcement". She said that she had "never communicated" with the Clinton campaign staffer in question and offered to be formally interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the matter, according to the Post. Lynch said the two talked about personal matters, but there is suspicion about whether a deal was struck regarding the email probe.
Sources told the Washington Post that the FBI determined the intelligence to be fake, but only after it persuaded Comey that the Department of Justice could not be trusted, and forced his hand to speak publicly about the investigation.
The FBI official added, though, that the bureau will update the committee "as soon as possible". Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Comey about the document at a hearing before Comey was sacked from his job.
Those documents include all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communication between Comey and any White House employee, including the president and the vice president, ranging back to Comey's first day in September 2013, as well as between Comey and the attorney general or deputy attorney general.
Should the administration assert privilege, such a claim could set off a separate fight, possibly threatening Comey's expected appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.