Fired FBI Director James Comey acted on intelligence he knew was fake

Cheryl Sanders
May 29, 2017

FBI Director James Comey makes a dramatic appearance Monday, March 20, 2017 before the House Intelligence Committee and is expected to publicly reject President Donald Trump's claims that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

The purportedly fake document, first disclosed by The New York Times in late April and described in more detail by The Washington Post on Wednesday, described an email sent by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was then the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, to an official at the billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations. "In at least one classified session, Comey cited that intelligence as the primary reason he took the unusual step of publicly announcing the end of the Clinton email probe".

FBI Director James Comey knew information he had about Hillary Clinton's email server was false - but he acted on it anyway, according to a CNN report published Friday.

According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over. By holding a press conference and keeping Lynch out of the process, Comey reasoned, he could preserve the integrity of the investigation and mute any impact from the false Russian intelligence.

The report noted Comey himself brought up those emails months ago in closed-door briefings with Congress and expressed fear that, if made public, they could undermine the public's faith in the outcome of the investigation and the independence of the DOJ. The document indicated Lynch had told Renteria that she would not let the FBI investigation into Clinton go too far, according to people familiar with it.

If it had been, sources close to Comey told CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation could not refute it without compromising intelligence sources and methods.

Chaffetz, who said last week he has his "subpoena pen" ready to force Comey or the FBI to turn over the documents, told McCabe that "Congress and the American public have a right and a duty to examine this issue independently of the special counsel's investigation". There were other factors behind Comey's decision, sources say.

Officials say Russian Federation is still trying to spread false information to confuse the ongoing investigation.

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