WashPost: Comey Views on Clinton May Have Been Swayed by Fake Russian Document

HeadlineMay 25, 2017
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Meanwhile, The Washington Post is reporting former FBI Director James Comey may have been influenced by a fake Russian intelligence document when he decided to publicly denounce Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails as “extremely careless” in July. Officials say the secret Russian intelligence document claimed then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had assured the Clinton campaign the FBI would not probe too deeply into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The Post reports Comey relied heavily on that document when he took the extraordinary step of announcing—without Justice Department involvement—that, although the FBI investigation was over, he found Clinton’s conduct to be “extremely careless.” Officials now say the FBI itself had suspected the document was bad intelligence, or even fake.

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