Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Freaks Out After FBI Confirms Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Letter

Trump Freaks Out After FBI Confirms Comey Wrote Clinton Exoneration Letter

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017.

FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement about the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton investigation months before the former secretary of state was even interviewed, according to documents released Monday.

The president recollected the failure of Comey to interview every concerned party in the scandal including Clinton herself, and therefore wishes the Justice Department revisits the matter with the phrase: "where is Justice Dept".

President Trump tweeted three times early Wednesday in response to the news of the document and referred to statements previously made by Republican senators alleging Comey had drafted his statement exonerating Clinton from wrongdoing months ahead of time.

Clinton was not interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation until July 2, 2016, Newsweek reported. Comey stated under oath that he didn't do this-obviously a fix?

"A number of things had gone on which I can't talk about yet, that made me worry that the department leadership could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system".

About an hour later Trump accused Comey of lying to protect Clinton. Comey announced the closure of the investigation in July, days after Clinton's FBI interview.

In a pair of early-morning Twitter messages, Trump referred to a recently released Justice Department document that indicates a draft of a Comey statement about the investigation was circulating among aides in May past year, two months before Comey announced the end of the investigation and his decision not to seek charges.

The president in May fired Comey who was overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any Trump campaign associates colluded with the Kremlin.

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