'Rigged System'; Looks Like Comey Exonerated Clinton Before Investigation Was Over

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The FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation that ended past year without charges remains a lingering grievance for President Donald Trump, who for months has held it up as an example of a "rigged" criminal justice system that shielded his Democratic opponent from punishment for her private server.

But FBI and Justice Department insiders and analysts are divided about whether Comey's decision to draft his Clinton statement in advance departed from agency norms. Mr. Comey, who was sacked by President Donald Trump on recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, claimed the decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for mishandling classified information was "unanimous". They are demanding all records of the drafts Mr. Comey prepared and other materials related to the OSC probe be handed over to the committee. Lindsey Graham wrote to FBI Director Chris Wray asking for information related to Mr. Comey's announcement, saying they've reviewed partially redacted interview transcripts that indicate Mr. Comey was drafting a statement on the closure of the case months before the July 5, 2016, announcement.

"Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest", Clevenger wrote in an August 11 letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When President Trump fired Comey in May, he initially pointed to Comey's handling of the Clinton email investigation as the impetus for removing him. But they seem to show Comey's chief of staff, Jim Rybicki, and the principal deputy general counsel of national security and cyberlaw, Trisha Anderson, confirming that Comey first contemplated a statement about closing the Clinton case in April or May of 2016.

Three days later, on the Tuesday after the July 4 holiday, he announced that he would not recommend criminal charges against the former secretary of state.

The FBI investigated Clinton during her presidential campaign regarding her use of a private email setup while she served as secretary of state in the Obama administration.

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"Conclusion first, fact-gathering second-that's no way to run an investigation", the senators added.

It seems like the fix was in from the beginning for Comey to clear Clinton.

In a truly shocking coincidence, the statement from Grassley and Graham was a topic on Fox & Friends this morning.

"It is unclear whether the FBI agents actually investigating the case were aware that Mr. Comey had already decided on the investigation's outcome while their work was ongoing", they continued. The investigation had also been open for about nine months by the time Comey, who had been receiving frequent briefings on it, had begun proposing a statement to wrap it up.

In all, 17 witnesses would be interviewed after Comey drafted memos which pointed to Clinton being exonerated, say Iowa Sen.