By Gary McIntyre
Hillary Clinton had the audacity to suggest that ex-FBI boss James Comey cost her the presidency.
But it’s becoming clear that Comey bent over backwards to keep Clinton out of prison.
And by the time the dust settles, Comey may end up taking her place.
A shocking document just released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is raising serious questions about whether Comey perjured himself before Congress in June.
And if he did, Comey could be facing up to 5 years in federal prison.
Comey and the FBI spearheaded an investigation last year into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to handle classified material during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Last July, just days after interviewing Clinton, Comey called her actions “extremely careless” but said they did not amount to a prosecutable offense.
More importantly, Comey testified before Congress in June that he did not make a decision on Clinton’s case until she had been interviewed.
Now, that’s looking more and more like a lie.
The FBI just released a heavily redacted document that seems to show that Comey began drafting his statement on the Clinton email investigation on May 2, 2016, months before Clinton and several other key witnesses were interviewed.
In fact, the May document seems to have been used to help craft the eventual statement Comey gave to the public in July.
Rumors of the draft statement – and Comey’s allegedly premature decision-making – began surfacing in August, and the document was referenced in communications among FBI personnel.
GOP Senators Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham wrote a letter to current FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding to know if the document exists.
And now we know it does.
The May draft document may directly contradict statements Comey made under oath to Congress.
Former House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz had previously said that if Comey lied about when he decided to not bring charges against Clinton, he could be facing federal perjury charges.
Those charges can carry a sentence of up to 5 years in prison.
The legislative director for government watchdog group Judicial Watch also added that lying about the timeline would put Comey in “grave legal danger.”
Prosecutions for perjury are rare, because it can be difficult to prove that someone knowingly lied. But the draft document from Comey may be a tough piece of evidence to ignore.
Worse, Comey has made enemies for himself all over Capitol Hill. Democrats believe he cost Clinton the presidency… Republicans are angry that he didn’t prosecute her… and President Trump actually fired Comey earlier this year.
Comey may first get a chance to return to Congress and explain himself – whether he wants to come or not.
As South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said, “He’s coming back, one way or another.”
Just don’t be surprised if he pleads the Fifth.