In documents it released on Monday, the FBI confirmed that former FBI Director James Comey drafted a statement about the conclusion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation months before interviewing Clinton.
The records show that on May 2, 2016, Comey emailed Deputy Director
Andrew McCabe, general counsel James Baker and chief of staff and senior
counselor James Rybicki. The subject of the email was "midyear exam,"
and though the email says its contents are unclassified, the body of the
email is redacted in the release.
FBI and Justice Department analysts are divided on whether Comey
violated rules or broke with tradition by drafting the statement prior
to interviewing Clinton and other witnesses. "To me, this is so far out
of bounds it’s not even in the stadium," Chris Swecker, who retired from
the FBI in 2006 as assistant director for the criminal investigative
division and acting executive assistant director for law enforcement
services, previously told Newsweek. "That is just not how things
operate.... It's built in our DNA not to prejudge investigations,
particularly from the top."