Former FBI Director James Comey allegedly knew that a significant piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails was fabricated by Russian intelligence, but feared that if it was released to the public it would subvert the investigation and the Justice Department.
According to multiple officials, the knowledge caused Comey to unilaterally call for a press conference during which he declared the investigation over, closing it by stating that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified information. Comey’s actions and conclusions raised a huge controversy and was criticized by Republicans and Democrats.
CNN reported that “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 US officials during the 2016 campaign.”
U.S. officials have confirmed with CNN that FBI officials knew that the Russian intelligence was false.
On Thursday, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe met with members of the Senate intelligence committee and denied that the FBI was duped, according to a source familiar with the meeting.
The Russian intelligence at issue documented emails between then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a political operative suggesting that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been compromised in the Clinton investigation, and would intervene to bring it to an end.
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