Trump launches attack against Comey, Clinton

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Wednesday, on Twitter, President Trump launched an attack against former FBI director James Comey, saying he “totally protected Hillary Clinton” after the FBI confirmed their former head drafted a statement on the private email case against Clinton two months before it was over.

In a string of directed tweets, Trump also took swipes at the Justice Department, even suggesting they review what he called an evident “fix.”

“Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete,” Trump tweeted.

He then wrote: “Many people not interviewed, including Hillary Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this –obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?”

And he continued: “As it has turned out, James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton. He was the best thing that ever happened to her!” 

The tweet storm was in reference to the FBI’s release of documents this week that prove Comey began penning a statement regarding the Clinton email investigation months before he interviewed the failed presidential candidate and other key witnesses. The document release was titled “Drafts of Director Comeys July 5, 2016 Statement Regarding Email Server Investigation Part 01 of 01.”

The release may have confirmed critics’ claims that Comey was drafting an “exoneration statement” well before finalizing the case and recommending against criminal charges. The contents of the newly-released emails, however, were largely vague as the majority of the document was redacted. The records, now public, show the email, titled “Midyear Exam—UNCLASSIFIED,” was sent by Comey on May 2, 2016, to FBI’s Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker, and chief of staff and senior counselor James Rybicki.

Trump’s tweets pose another challenge to the Justice Department regarding the matter.

Earlier this summer, Trump directed criticism toward the nation’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. While Trump has been at odds with one of his earliest supporters over the decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe, Trump in recent weeks has toned down that criticism.

The existence of the Comey documents was first brought to light by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., after they reviewed transcripts with top Comey aides who hinted at the email’s existence.

The Judiciary Committee penned a letter on Aug. 30 to newly-appointed FBI Director Christopher Wray, noting their findings and saying, “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 outcome of an investigation should not be prejudged while FBI agents are still hard at work trying to gather the facts.”

The documents raise questions about Comey’s June 2017 Senate testimony regarding his decision to go public with findings in the Clinton email investigation.

Comey noted former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s involvement in the probe, including her controversial meeting with former President Bill Clinton days before his wife was interviewed. Last week, the FBI said it discovered 30 pages of documents related to that controversial 2016 tarmac meeting.

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