Back at the end of August, Katie Pavlich over at Townhall looked at transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee that confirmed what pretty much everyone already suspected: former FBI Director James Comey had decided not to refer Hillary Clinton for prosecution as early as April or May 2016 — before the FBI had interviewed either Bryan Pagliano or Cheryl Mills.

It appears Comey had even circulated, before FBI agents had finished their investigation, an early draft statement to select members of senior FBI leadership exonerating Clinton.

Comey’s premature decision not to refer Clinton for prosecution seems to be doubly confirmed, as Max Kutner reports in Newsweek that the FBI itself has confirmed Comey’s statement was composed months before interviewing Clinton:

FBI and Justice Department analysts are divided on whether Comey violated rules or broke with tradition by drafting the statement prior to interviewing Clinton and other witnesses. “To me, this is so far out of bounds it’s not even in the stadium,” Chris Swecker, who retired from the FBI in 2006 as assistant director for the criminal investigative division and acting executive assistant director for law enforcement services, previously told Newsweek. “That is just not how things operate…. It’s built in our DNA not to prejudge investigations, particularly from the top.”

In an interview with CNN that aired this weekend, Hillary Clinton again blamed Comey and his October 28 letter for costing her the election, and women’s votes specifically.

It wasn’t an investigation, the FBI was just conducting a routine security review, remember?

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