Early Memo by James Comey Accuses Clinton of Gross Negligence on Emails

Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. (AP/Photo)

November 7, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The surfacing of an early draft by former FBI Director James Comey shows he accused Hillary Clinton of being grossly negligent in handling classified information.

The latest memo was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee over the weekend, and shows Comey applied a more lenient standard to Clinton.

Gross negligence in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines.

The new language is much harsher than what Comey said about Clinton back in July of 2016 when he announced there would be no charges against the former secretary of state.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the hailing of classified information…there is evidence that they were careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information,” Comey previously stated.

Comey’s’ decision not to seek criminal charges has been widely criticized since it was announced as legal experts question whether intent is necessary in pursuing criminal charges.

  • FreeMediaNOw

    Further proof that Comey, while the head of the FBI, supposedly our leading national law enforcement agency, was bought and paid for by the Clinton camp (Just like the DNC). From this now-uncovered draft, he clearly found that Clinton had committed a criminal act. But then he came out in public and said she was only negligent in order to justify his usurping of a prosecutorial decision on whether she should be prosecuted. This is the worst type of political corruption at the highest levels of our government. Any citizen who supports this, because it lets their political candidate off the hook, wants a government where those with power can get away with anything, while the rest of us have to obey the law or be prosecuted. What a sleezeball Comey turned out to be. Sad that someone so ethically challenged was ever the head of the FBI.

  • limapie

    Obama put Martha Stewart in prison for lying…yet…Hillary? something is wrong in the minds of such people like Comey, Mueller, Holder, and Obama!

  • limapie

    Loretta Lynch and Obama got to Comey. Glad he was fired ASAP by Trump. He deserved it. Injustice to ALL AMERICANS because Hillary compromised our national security for cash! Sick woman. Corrupt woman.
    I thank God every day that she is at home and not in the Oval Office.

  • Bret

    When buddy #1 shoots and kills a victim in the commission of a robbery and buddy #2 stands there watching, buddy #2 is as complicit just as if he pulled the trigger. Clinton, we all know, is grossly negligent by looking away, and yet she remains free. It’s all sick!

  • FoolIggy

    “Gross Negligence” is FBI term for swamp rat politicians “criminal activity!”

  • brad m

    So if I accidentally drive too fast and didn’t intend to speed I can’t be given a speeding ticket? Same for a car accident?

  • Mark Heinzen

    Both are punishable offenses, that is why you sign a document at the time you receive that clearance accepting responsibility to safeguard the classified information. There is no gray area. She compromised classified information and endangered lives within the US and our NATO nations who we exchange that information with.

  • Section Ate

    Comey publicly stated this on 05Ju16, dummies!!

  • Uncle Beal

    Comey has been running cover for the Clintons since Whitewater days. He and Lynch were neck deep the HSBC scandal where the Clinton Foundation and drug cartels were laundering billions. Lynch sent no one to prison and let HSBC off with a few million dollar fine. Obama selected then HSBC board member Comey as director of FBI, with no law enforcement experience, but plenty of experience in getting around the law.

    Of course, Obama ordered Lynch to make sure neither the DoJ nor Comey’s FBI would ever indict Hillary, no matter how much damage she did to national security in her attempt to become a billionaire through her office as Secretary of State selling access, favors, and uranium. Her classified email crimes alone amounted to thousands of individual counts of espionage; no “intent” needed to put her away for forty years.

    Trump, Sessions, and the U.S. Congress will either face this huge responsibility of bringing these criminals and all their supporters to justice and return this country to a land of laws or, through neglect, fear, or apathy, allow us to become a third world, banana republic as soon as the next Democrat is in power.

  • randal varry

    lock them both up

  • michaelparsons

    Before this is all over someone is getting Klintoned.

  • Section Ate

    Well, no s. Hit, folks. This ain’t news. Director Comey stated this on 05Jul16!! In fact, he stated, & I quote, “Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified [info] was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified [info] either intentionally or in a **GROSSLY NEGLIGENT** way, or a [2d] statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified [info] from appropriate systems or storage facilities.”

  • kaiju

    If the DOJ ever wants the American people to take them seriously again, this woman has to be brought to justice. Jeff Sessions may be a good man in a very difficult position, but this has to be done. A lot of big fish are going to be involved and also proven guilty of high treason, including BHusseinO.
    America can handle it. We survived two world wars and sent men to the moon. We must bring this evil into the light and kill it with extreme prejudice, as a deterrent to anyone who may attempt it again.

  • IceColdLogic

    There are numerous cases where people were convicted of mishandling classified material where there was no malicious intent. Clinton didn’t get off because there was a lack of malicious intent. Clinton got off because of who she is.

  • Mark Hom

    Mueller already had enough conflicts of interest: BFF Comey, pro-Dem special counsel staff, ties to the treasonous Uranium One deal (approved under Mueller’s reign), etc. Now that corruption in the FBI has been exposed Mueller has perhaps the biggest conflict of interest yet. As former FBI director, Mueller will be motivated to protect the FBI’s reputation with cover up of their misdeeds and political favoritism. Mueller needs to step down and Comey needs to give up on his vindictive “obstruction of justice” claim against Trump. If not, Mueller and Comey could ruin the entire FBI as an institution. Although the FBI is politically corrupt, the nation still needs the FBI to fight terrorism.

  • No Mas

    Begs the question, what does Clinton have on Comey? Either a promise of a future favor, or some offset corrupt promise… Comey walked a fine line to protect Clinton and at same time make sure the issue was addressed to put it down.. Loretta Lynch is culpable, as is Obama on all this… THE DOJ AND FBI NEED FLUSHED!!!

    • mrapp769

      They all thought she would win. Therein lies the real thought process which dictated there decisions. She wins and all their crimes disappear. We’ve been handed a way to clean up the system once and for all and Sessions is sputtering like a 2 cylinder engine starving for gas.

  • Ed L

    Everyone that is not a lemming knows HCR made money off the information in her emails.

  • Letmesay

    Comey was paid to “shut up”…..plain and simple.

    • Heremeroor

      Yeah, 30 pieces of silver…Is his middle name Judas?

  • landy fincannon

    Silly us, we think this is our government. When in actuality we have been made sureties for the national debt and nothing more.

  • Mark Hom

    Comey claims she had no intent (although intent is not necessary to charge her with “gross negligence”). But there WAS intent! Hillary deleted 33,000 emails while under subpoena, Bleach bit erased her hard drive, and smashed electronic devices with a hammer. That is intent and cover up by anyone’s measure. And add obstruction of justice to the charges she should have had.

  • John Titor

    Obviously James Comey knew that Hillary had violated the law but was pressured by the Obama administration to do nothing. Thereby participating in a criminal conspiracy.

  • grandmother5

    My comment has nothing to do with this story. The name Hillary reminded me of another story. I was watching 20/20 or Dateline about Chandra Levy’s murder. Her mother said Chandra’s favorite saying was “What difference does it make now”. I thought it strange. Please don’t laugh at me.

    • Sure, Not

      Strange indeed. Here’s some imaginations of that phrase used throughout history:

      Cavalry trooper: Should we have brought more troops out here?
      Gen. Custer: What difference does it make now?

      First Mate: Should we have come to a stop after hitting that iceberg?
      Captain of Titanic: What difference does it make now?

      Bombardier: Should we really have dropped that bomb on Hiroshima?
      Paul Tibbets: What difference does it make now?

      • grandmother5

        I’m not saying “What difference does it make now” about the shooting. I said that was Chandra Levy’s favorite saying, just like Hillary said about the Embassy.

    • Swampdrainer

      Agreeing that it makes no difference won’t change the past, but won’t influence future actions either.

    • chatty cathy

      Not laughing at you. Was watching coverage of the Texas shooting, and saw a white van with FBI in large letters and thought that very thing. (What difference does it make now?) …no doubt there are many loyal, decent law men in every dept, every level. But still. Just that the thought was there. Disturbing to say the least. Prayers for all affected by this tragedy.

    • MAGA woman

      It’s exactly that kind of thinking that has protected Hillary for at least 25 years.

      • grandmother5

        Not sure I understand what you mean. Hillary has been protected for over 40 years. Protected in Arkansas as well as DC. I think she should have been in prison years ago.

    • Mark Hom

      It makes a difference since Comey is a star witness in the Mueller investigation. If Comey and others in the FBI and Mueller himself are politically compromised by showing favoritism to the Dems, then the whole special counsel investigation is cast into doubt and should probably be terminated. Otherwise it could drag down the entire FBI with it..

      • grandmother5

        I had reference to Hillary saying “What difference does it make now”. I thought it strange for two people in politics to say the exact same thing. I think, we all know that Mueller is stalling and his investigations are pure donkey dong.

  • C B

    Comey already had a History of covering for Clinton . Thank Heaven People woke up and did not elect Her .

  • taxpayer22

    FBI Agents see Comey as a ‘Dirty Cop,’ says former U.S. Attorney, Joseph diGenova..

    • Heremeroor

      worse, a political cop

      • Visualverbs

        A politically dirty cop.

  • taxpayer22

    FBI Agents: Comey ‘Stood In The Way’ of Clinton Investigation.

    The idea that the Clinton/e-mail case didn’t go to a grand jury is ridiculous..

    This is a textbook case where a grand jury should have been convened but was not. That is appalling.

    -former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova

    • JakeXIII

      The case should have been brought before a grand jury.
      Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills should NOT have received immunity – unless they agreed to turn states witness and provided videotaped testimony against Clinton FIRST.
      The FBI should have VIDEOTAPED Clinton’s interrogation and kept the computers of Mills and Abedin and not offered to DESTROY them -in order to prevent further investigation.
      Whether or not Clinton’s intent was to compromise national security or not is irrelevant.
      The fix was in from the beginning.

  • taxpayer22

    Jay Sekulow said that the FBI did an unprecedented reversal of the FOIA request of the Clinton-Lynch tarmac docs only because they were caught in a lie…

    Because we got documents through a court order from the Department of Justice that there were in fact FBI documents that they denied existed ….the FBI lied to us there’s no question about that.

  • taxpayer22

    James Comey started drafting statement exonerating Hillary Clinton before FBI interviewed her, aides.. just like the phony Hillary interview , no recording , no notes , just what did they talk about , the grand kids , like lynch and bill on the tarmac.

  • Joe

    If Comey really believed that no prosecutor would bring such a case, then why did he need to change the wording? I think we have our answer now.

  • Joe

    This shows that there was corruption going on here. We already know that Loretta Lynch ordered Comey to use the word “matter” so is it a leap to suggest that she also ordered him to use the words extremely careless.?

  • Scott Henke

    I’m just shaking my head right now.

  • Varangian Guard

    Q: What’s the difference between Gross Negligence and Careless Handling?
    A: Twenty years………

    • Letmesay

      Obviously for Hillary zero years…

  • Corky Romano

    so what is to be done?

    • jfbtx

      Since no one ever followed up on it, Congress and the DOJ should follow up since it deal with national security, Clinton and others could be charged and tried for the Crimes. That is what should happen to clear up the issues once and for all.