James Comey’s original draft of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails accused her and her close aides of being grossly negligent in the handling of the emails, but in July he called them extremely careless. It may sound the same to most people with an ounce of common sense, but in reality they are worlds apart.
By watering down the language, he could make the case not to prosecute the person everyone thought would be his next boss. Gross negligence is a direct violation of the Espionage Act and carries a penalty of up to ten years in a federal prisoner.
In reality, extreme negligence is the same thing but like all liberals, Comey used the playbook’s rule on rebranding something that is unpopular. Abortion has become women’s health care as if pregnancy is a disease. Illegal aliens became undocumented workers. How about we rebrand unborn babies as undocumented children.
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“There is evidence to support a conclusion that Secretary Clinton, and others, used the email server in a manner that was grossly negligent with respect to the handling of classified information,” reads a May 2, 2016 statement prepared by Comey.
Comey also wrote in the draft that “the sheer volume of information that was properly classified as Secret at the time it was discussed on email…supports an inference that the participants were grossly negligent in their handling of that information.”
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, referenced the memos in a letter sent Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray. The committee has been looking into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email probe.
According to The Hill, Comey sent the rough drafts of his statement to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff James Rybicki. Edits were made on June 10, Grassley says in his letter to Wray.
It is unclear who made edits on Comey’s statement, but Grassley is asking Wray to provide that information to the committee.
In August, the Judiciary Committee was informed that Comey had written the draft of a statement clearing Clinton of crimes related to the emails, which was before 17 witnesses were questioned, including Clinton and her top aides. Obviously, Comey was bound and determined to win favor with the career criminal who would soon be his boss because he wanted to keep his job. Then Donald Trump won the election and spoiled Comey’s whitewash job.
Finding out who edited Comey’s original draft is important. If Comey did the editing himself, that would make him complicit in a cover up. If it was someone else, for example Robby Mook, it would then be criminal. It could very well have been Loretta Lynch. That would be problematic to Comey since right after the tarmac meeting, Hillary said she would like to keep Lynch at the head of the DOJ.
According to the U.S. Code, government officials entrusted with control of documents and information relating to the national defense have committed a crime if “through gross negligence” they permit the information “to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed.”
The maximum penalty for the crime is 10 years in prison.
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