Comey knew Russian intel was bogus when he acted on it

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey's decision to break protocol during the 2016 elections and publicly chastise Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server was informed in part by a suspicious Russian intelligence document of dubious accuracy, according to a Washington Post report on Wednesday.

CNN reports that Comey knew that Russian documents that made shocking allegations about former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch were false - but that he treated them as though they were real because he feared them leaking out. But Comey went ahead with his public announcement anyway, cutting Lynch, his own boss, out of the process. The Americans mentioned in the document insisted they did not know each other and had never spoken, and there was no evidence to back up its veracity.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received a Russian intelligence document saying the Clinton campaign had an understanding with the Justice Department that Clinton would not be prosecuted over the email inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.

As a result, Comey acted unilaterally a year ago to publicly declare the investigation over without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information, the sources said late Friday. The person who had supplied the document, officials told the Post, had provided intelligence in the past that the Bureau could not corroborate.

Many FBI officials believed the document was baseless - either bad intelligence obtained by the Russians or deliberate misinformation.

In fact, the intelligence garnered so much interest that Senator Charles Grassley asked about it during Mr Comey's final public appearance before Congress as FBI Director.

Comey's decision to hold his July 5 press conference, without Lynch's green light, going into detail about the FBI's findings in the Clinton email case - and his subsequent testimony to Congress explaining those findings further - led directly to the controversial "Comey letter" of October 28, a mere 11 days before the presidential election. But Benardo says he does not know Wasserman-Schulz and has never received an email, or any type of communication, from her.

According to the intelligence, Ms Wasserman Schultz recounted conversations to Ms Renteria in which Ms Lynch promised not to push too hard on the Clinton investigation. "I haven't spoken to her". Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Comey about the document at a hearing before Comey was sacked from his job.

Comey is expected to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.

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