Comey Wrote Draft Exoneration Of Clinton Months Before July 2016 Statement

Comey prepared the draft exoneration for Clinton before conducting interviews with top Clinton aides who were offered immunity for their cooperation, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in a joint statement, citing transcripts of interviews with former Comey aides obtained by the Senate judiciary committee.
(CNN) Former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for running her government emails through a private email server before completing the investigation, according to two Republican senators.
Comey would go on to announce in July 2016 that the FBI would not recommend charges against Clinton — although he sharply chastised her decision to conduct State Department business through a private email server.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second — that’s no way to run an investigation.
None of the committee’s Democrats signed onto the request.

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