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Proof: FBI Scrambled To Correct James Comey Testimony About Hillary Clinton Aide

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A series of emails released Thursday by Judicial Watch proves FBI officials did everything they possibly could to correct inaccurate testimony by then-Director James Comey.

During a widely publicized Senate hearing in May 2017, Comey shocked the room — and everyone watching on television — when he said that Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, made “a regular practice” of sending “hundreds and thousands” of emails from her boss to her husband so he could print them out.

Her now-estranged husband, who America knows as disgraced former Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner, had to surrender his laptop during the FBI’s criminal investigation into his sexting debacle with a high school student.

The FBI knew Comey wasn’t even close to accurate in his estimate of the number of emails that were sent from Abedin to Weiner.

The FBI believes just a fraction of the 49,000 emails on Weiner’s computer were actually forwarded to him by Abedin.

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And since Comey had so grossly misstated that number during his testimony, the FBI got to work.

The emails released by Judicial Watch showed FBI officials were essentially scrambling to correct the record at the time, according to the Washington Examiner.

They worked on drafting a letter to Congress to explain Comey’s apparent inaccuracy.

A flurry of emails between close to a dozen officials began flying on May 9 at 6:34 a.m.

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The subject of the group email was, “Comey’s Testimony on Huma Abedin Forwarding Emails Was Inaccurate — ProPublica,” as ProPublica had previously reported Comey’s testimony was inaccurate.

Comey’s then-chief of staff, Jim Rybicki, sent an email to the group that day at 8:56 a.m. which read, “Below is a draft that has been reviewed by the Director. Please let me know your thoughts.”

Greg Brower, then the FBI’s assistant director for congressional affairs, asked officials in the email chain later that afternoon to “please review” a version of the drafted letter.

On May 9 — the day President Donald Trump fired Comey — the final letter was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a news release announcing the release of the emails — which was thanks to a court order by Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia — the watchdog group stated that the emails provide proof of the FBI’s attempt to “muddle” Comey’s message.

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The Examiner reported earlier this week that the State Department recently discovered multiple incidents in which classified information was mishandled as it relates to Clinton’s use of a private email server.

A letter from Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, said the department found 23 “violations” and seven “infractions” made by a total of 15 people.

However, the State Department didn’t identify any of the individuals.

Imagine, if you will, that a similar scenario happened under the Trump administration.

Instead of scrambling to “correct” whatever inaccurate statement was made and trying to sweep it under the proverbial rug, it’s more likely that statement would be used against Trump and his aides in order to damage them politically.

Hopefully, justice will someday prevail and Clinton — along with her aides who helped her — will be held responsible for her use of a private email server to conduct official business.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
Birthplace
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St. Louis, Missouri
Languages Spoken
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