Comey exonerated Clinton before probe was completed: Senators

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Two US Republican senators have claimed that former FBI Director James Comey had exonerated Hillary Clinton from criminal charges regarding her personal emails long before the investigations were completed.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs a key Judiciary subcommittee, said on Thursday that Comey had drafted a statement clearing the former secretary of state of charges against her private email account two months or more before his agency interviewed the then-Democratic presidential candidate last year.

The senators said they had obtained the information through the transcripts of interviews with Comey’s former aides and the Office of Special Counsel, a government watchdog agency that probes into cases of violating federal laws against government employees engaging in political activity while on duty.

In a letter sent to new FBI Director Christopher Wray, the lawmakers argued that…

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