Sep 1, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump hits on report Comey prematurely cleared Clinton

News broke yesterday that former FBI Director James Comey had been preparing a statement that cleared Hillary Clinton of her email investigation months before she was interviewed by the Bureau, leading Senate Judiciary Republicans to call on the FBI to release additional information. President Trump responded to this news with a tweet:

That led Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Brookings' Lawfare, to provide an explanation for Comey's actions in a Twitter thread of his own. His argument: Comey was simply "[thinking] ahead and preparing," which he argues is a common practice at DOJ.

Of course, a caveat: Wittes is a noted anti-Trump voice and a personal friend of Comey.

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