Rep. Ratcliffe’s Comey questioning reinforces concerns about predetermination in Clinton email investigation
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) exchange with former FBI Director James Comey is amplifying concerns that Comey's decision not to recommend criminal charges in the Hillary Clinton email investigation was potentially predetermined.
Comey’s September 2016 response to Ratcliffe before the House Judiciary Committee was brought into question when top Senate Republicans announced last week that Comey began drafting an exoneration statement in the Clinton email investigation prior to the FBI’s interview with key witnesses, including Clinton herself.
However, in his exchange with Ratcliffe, Comey said, under oath, that he made the decision on his recommendation not to pursue criminal charges after the FBI’s interview with Clinton and other key witnesses:
Mr. RATCLIFFE. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Director, did you make the decision not to recommend criminal charges relating to classified information before or after Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI on July the 2nd?
Mr. COMEY. After.
Mr. RATCLIFFE. Okay. Then I am going to need your help in trying to understand how that is possible. I think there are a lot of prosecutors or former prosecutors that are shaking our heads at how that could be the case.
His full exchange with Comey is available here.
The exchange as it relates to the potential predetermination in the Clinton email investigation has been discussed on a number of national news shows, including a Fox News Specialists segment with Ratcliffe’s former House colleague, Jason Chaffetz.
Ratcliffe said that these recent revelations are rightfully concerning.
“We owe it to the American people to get to the bottom of this, and I'm glad Congress is taking further action to get them the answers they deserve,” Ratcliffe said.
Ratcliffe is a former U.S. Attorney who served in the Justice Department under the George W. Bush administration. He’s served on the House Judiciary Committee since January 2015.