Fox News obtained the original draft of former FBI Director James Comey’s statement recommending no charges against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. There were edits made that all downplayed the way Clinton and her team handled classified information. The most important edit was made by FBI agent Peter Strzok who is at the heart of the texting scandal in which he expressed very negative views against then-candidate Donald Trump while supporting the subject of the FBI investigation, Clinton.
The edit made by Strzok changed the phrase “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.” This is important because being “grossly negligent” is a standard for criminal prosecution. If the conclusions in this report turn out to be true, it’s fair to draw the conclusion that this and other edits were made specifically to give Comey and the FBI justification for ending the investigation and recommending against criminal charges.
Fox News host Bret Baier asked his correspondent what Capitol Hill might do with this information.
“Well, what jumps out at me from this draft, Bret, is that when you look at the changes that are made, every single change really works in the favor of Hillary Clinton,” said Fox News Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge. “It decreases rather than increases her legal jeopardy.”
She continued to state that “people on the Hill want to know who exactly made the edits because there is a footnote in the letter that refers to the FBI Office of General Counsel.”
Former FBI counsel Lisa Page was in this office at the time. She was the person texting back and forth with Strzok expressing sentiment against Trump and in favor of Clinton. She and Strzok were involved in an extramarital affair at the time.
In an early draft, Comey said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely “possible.”
Another edit showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as “extremely careless” as opposed to “grossly negligent.” This is a key legal distinction.
Johnson, writing about his concerns in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the original “could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material.”
This all smells very much like a political action by activist FBI agents. They wanted Clinton to win (or Trump to lose) so badly they were willing to overlook criminal activities by their candidate in hopes she could beat Trump. I didn’t vote for Trump (or Clinton) but he won despite obvious attempts by the Obama administration to tip the scale.
It’s at least a little ironic that the special counsel directed to find Russian hacking and the FBI team who were attempting to cover for Clinton are looking more and more like shills for the Democrats. Every new piece of information about the investigations makes Robert Mueller and James Comey look incompetent at best, corrupt at worst.