Ex-FBI Director James Comey’s original statement closing out the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server was released in full for the first time on Thursday, offering new details on the FBI’s Clinton investigation and controversial conclusion.
Comey originally concluded that it was “reasonably likely” that Clinton’s insecure private server was accessed or hacked by hostile actors though there was no evidence to prove it.
The memo was reportedly edited by subordinates to remove references to delete mention of evidence supporting violations, according to copies of the full document.
The full draft, with edits shows that Comey originally wrote on May 2, 2016 that there was evidence that Clinton and top aides may have violated misdemeanor statutes, though he did not believe he could prove intent before a jury.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statute proscribing gross negligence in the handling of classified information and of the statute proscribing misdemeanor mishandling, my judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey originally penned.
That passage, however, was edited to remove the references to “gross negligence” and “misdemeanor mishandling,” leaving a much more generic reference to “potential violations of the statutes.”
The FBI has told Congress the edits were made by subordinates to Comey and then accepted by the then-director before he made his final announcement July 5, 2016 that he would not pursue criminal charges against Clinton.
The full memo with edits was released on the website of Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
Read Comey’s draft as released by Johnson below.