Comey was 'incompetent' to interfere on 'fake information'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that he wants to review a document that then-FBI Director James B. Comey used as the reasoning behind his unusual public closure in July of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified material as secretary of state. On Friday, CNN reported that Comey acted on this document, even though he knew it could be fake.

Comey has already said under oath that Attorney General Lynch's "tarmac meeting" with former President Bill Clinton was one of the reasons he felt the Department of Justice couldn't be trusted.

The intelligence claimed former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz described the exchange in an email to an official from a George Soros organization.

The report that Comey was, in fact, aware of the dubious source of the information comes one day after Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe traveled to Capitol Hill to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee that the FBI had not been duped by dodgy Russian intelligence, according to CNN.

The Department of Justice declined to comply with a congressional request for information on Thursday.

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Comey feared the Russians would release the information and it would be impossible to prove false without burning other intelligence methods, sources told the outlet. It is unclear why Comey was not more forthcoming in a classified setting.

CNN also reported that when Comey testified before Congress in a closed-door session before being fired by President Donald Trump he failed to inform lawmakers that he doubted the veracity of the intel.

Ostensibly, Comey reasoned that if he made the FBI's rationale for ending the investigation public - and did so while keeping Lynch out of the loop - this would mitigate the impact of Russian Federation releasing its fake emails to the public. The sources told the news network that there were other factors that played into Comey's much-criticized decision to make a public announcement.

Multiple US officials has said that to this day Russian Federation is trying to spread false information in the US in order to "cloud and confuse" ongoing investigations.