It seems like new political developments regarding the James Comey case never cease–even over the holidays. A new development is brewing regarding Comey’s testimony that is landing the former FBI Director in serious hot water.
It turns out that James Comey has been caught lying under oath regarding why he deciding to reveal his information. He had originally drafted the “exoneration statement” for Hillary Clinton months before he interviewed her and other key witnesses. “James Comey had the nerve to testify under oath that he had to come forward last July to make his statement because the [tarmac meeting] cast doubt on the scope and nature of the investigation,” said one lawyer, according to Fox News. “The fact is, evidently, he already made up his mind three months before the investigation really got underway, so this whole thing was a fraud on the American people.”
In a June hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was asked whether his decision to announce the results of his investigation were influenced by Loretta Lynch’s meeting with President Bill Clinton.
“Yes, in an ultimately conclusive way, that was the thing that capped it for me – that I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation,” said Comey.
However, much to the contrary of what he claimed, a letter has been discovered with interview transcripts showing Comey was drafting what they called an “exoneration letter” for Hillary Clinton months before. In one of his tweets, President Trump suggested the discovery revealed a “rigged” process.
“Wow, looks like James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton long before the investigation was over…and so much more. A rigged system!” he said in a Friday tweet.
As one would imagine, many in the legal community are more than upset over this development. Jay Sekulow, one of Trump’s legal advisors, said that “James Comey had the nerve to testify under oath that he had to come forward last July to make his statement because the [tarmac meeting] cast doubt on the scope and nature of the investigation.”
Sekulow explained that “the fact is, evidently, he already made up his mind three months before the investigation really got underway, so this whole thing was a fraud on the American people.”
The transcripts in question refer to interviews conducted by the Office of Special Counsel, having interviewed James Rybicki, Comey’s Chief of Staff, and Trisha Anderson, General Counsel of National Security and Cyber Law. Comey had seemingly written a draft of his exoneration statement around early May 2016 and had sent it around in an attempt to be “forward-leaning” given the direction of the investigation.