US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused former FBI director James Comey of intervening in favor of Hillary Clinton last year in the FBI’s thorny e-mail investigation of the former Democratic candidate at the White House .
The Republican president bases his charges on an e-mail from the former chief law enforcement officer dated July 5, 2016, which was released Monday by the federal police. The email is presented as a draft of the statement made by Mr. Comey announcing the termination of the investigation of Ms. Clinton and exonerating her from any prosecution.
“Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete,” Trump said in a tweet. “Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?”on which the FBI depends, he asked.
For the US president, who dismissed the former FBI boss on May 9, in the midst of a possible connection between his campaign team and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, James Comey lied, leaked information to the press and protected Hillary Clinton. “As it has turned out, James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton. He was the best thing that ever happened to her!” the President tweeted.
The documents to which the real estate tycoon referred had been almost entirely redacted by the FBI with the exception of the headers of an email sent by James Comey to advisors on May 16th. In a second e-mail, he also asked for returns “on this statement” before he could submit it to the hierarchy.
For his part, Comey has denied having influenced the results of the investigation which poisoned the campaign of the former First Lady against Donald Trump. She was accused of using a private messaging service for state correspondence while she was conducting US diplomacy (2009-2013).