by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2018
Newly released documents show anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok circulated the initial draft of the October 2016 letter sent by then-FBI director James Comey to Congress on the discovery of nearly 700,000 Hillary Clinton emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner.
The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, also include an email suggesting the FBI had not yet completed its review of Clinton’s emails by the time Comey sent a second letter to Congress on Nov. 6, 2016, reconfirming his contention that Clinton shouldn’t be charged with a crime.
Judicial Watch noted the documents reveal that on Oct. 27, 2016, “Peter Strzok emailed other senior FBI officials a draft notice letter from Comey to Congress about the Weiner laptop discovery and the reopening of the Clinton investigation. The emails indicated that Strzok and another official Jon (Last Name Unknown) authored the notification to Congress. The notification, according the DOJ IG, came a full month after the emails were discovered by the FBI on the Weiner laptop.”
The FBI examined just 3,077 of the 694,000 emails found on Weiner’s laptop even though Comey had insisted the agency had “reviewed all of the communications,” according to a report last month by RealClear Investigations.
According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch, on Nov. 5, 2016, FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki sent Comey an email containing a redacted draft document which he referred to as a “New Proposal” saying: “Folks, Per our 1000pm conversation, below is a revised straw man for discussion. Again, we could use this if the review when completed supports our conclusions.”
Judicial Watch noted that “Despite Rybicki’s email suggesting late on Nov. 5 that the review of the new emails had not been completed, Comey’s Nov. 6 letter to Congress stated, “[W]e reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”
Comey’s “conclusions” in July were that no charges should be filed against Clinton, “despite her repeatedly having sent classified information over her unsecured, non-state-department server,” Judicial Watch said. Comey later admitted that he had drafted his July exoneration more than a month earlier.
“These new documents provide more details of the corrupt and dishonest FBI investigation of the incredible revelations that Clinton’s classified and other emails were present on Anthony Weiner’s laptop,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “When will the Sessions DOJ and Wray FBI finally begin an honest investigation of Hillary Clinton’s national security crimes?”