How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe - 2017-05-24

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F43.png How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe May 24, 2017, Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post

In the midst of the 2016 presidential primary season, the FBI received a purported Russian intelligence document describing a tacit understanding between the campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Justice Department over the inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.

The Russian document mentioned a supposed email describing how then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch had privately assured someone in the Clinton campaign that the email investigation would not push too deeply into the matter — a conversation that if made public would cast doubt on the inquiry's integrity.

Current and former officials have said that document played a significant role in the July decision by then-FBI Director James B. Comey to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over. That public announcement — in which he criticized Clinton and made extensive comments about the evidence — set in motion a chain of other FBI moves that Democrats now say helped Trump win the presidential election.

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{{cite news | first = Karoun | last = Demirjian | author2 = Devlin Barrett | title = How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe | url = https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-a-dubious-russian-document-influenced-the-fbis-handling-of-the-clinton-probe/2017/05/24/f375c07c-3a95-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html | work = Washington Post | date = May 24, 2017 | accessdate = December 13, 2019 }}