After allowing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to skirt charges last year for sending and receiving classified emails on her private email server, evidence now shows that the FBI was initially prepared to admit she committed a crime.
But then former FBI Director James Comey stepped in, and everything changed.
On Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., released the first full draft of Comey’s memo, which showed that the bureau unequivocally believed there was more than enough evidence to support criminal charges against Clinton.
According to the Independent Journal Review, Comey’s original memo stated that it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” infiltrated and gained access to Clinton’s private email server.
That language was subsequently changed and watered down to say it was “possible” foreign actors hacked her server, which shielded her from criminal charges.
Comey’s full original memo can be seen here, but page 4 shows where he removed language showing Clinton broke the law.
Here’s the most damaging paragraph from the original memo Comey penned above:
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statute proscribing gross negligence in the handling of classified information and of the statute proscribing misdemeanor mishandling, my judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Those sentences clearly show that Clinton violated both felony and misdemeanor statutes, which were later removed by Comey to protect her from being charged during the 2016 presidential election.
The memo changed “gross negligence” and “misdemeanor mishandling” with “potential violations of the statutes.”
In testimony before Congress, the FBI admitted that the changed language was reviewed and approved by Comey prior to his July 5, 2016 press conference, when he explained that Clinton was “extremely careless.”
In response to the new report, Johnson sent a letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray, where he is asking for an explanation for why Comey dramatically changed the memo and if it was meant to protect Clinton.
Johnson said the edits to the memo “had a significant impact on the FBI’s public evaluation of the implications of [Clinton’s] actions,” adding the FBI’s decisions “raise profound questions about the FBI’s role and possible interference in the 2016 presidential election.”
Thankfully, members of Congress are now demanding answers to questions the American people have been waiting more than a year to receive.
Source: Independent Journal Review