29 May, 2017
Former FBI director James Comey was aware that a secret document related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was fabricated, but believed that it could cause serious damage to the Justice Department if it leaked - and therefore made a decision to publicly announce the investigation was closed, according to CNN.
As a result, Comey acted unilaterally in 2016 to publicly declare the investigation over without consulting the then-attorney general Loretta Lynch, while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information, the sources said on Friday.
According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over. If true, the revelation of such an understanding would have undermined the integrity of the FBI's investigation.
The Washington Post reported this week that Comey's controversial decision to detail the FBI's findings in the Clinton email case last July was influenced by a dubious Russian document now considered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be bad intelligence. That information was false and created by Russians to dupe American investigators. The bureau did not take her up on the offer, but did warn her that some of the intelligence contained in the document was dubious, the reports said.
The then-FBI director, who Trump recently fired, was reportedly anxious Russians would leak the document if he did not end the probe into the server. It referred to an email supposedly written by the then-chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep.
In the supposed email, Wasserman Schultz claimed Lynch had been in private communication with a senior Clinton campaign staffer named Amanda Renteria during the campaign.
The documents, which were intercepted from Russian communications, alleged that Lynch had given Hillary Clinton secret assurances that she would not let the FBI investigate her private email server too deeply.
Comey had little choice, these people said, because he feared if Lynch announced no charges against Clinton, and then the secret document leaked, the legitimacy of the entire case would be questioned.