Fox News has obtained an original draft of Comey’s “exoneration” statement, and says there were other changes made to soften it.
Here’s more from Fox News:
The original statement said it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account. That was changed later to say the scenario was merely “possible.”
Another edit showed language was changed to describe the actions of Clinton and her colleagues as “extremely careless” as opposed to “grossly negligent.” This is a key legal distinction.
Johnson, writing about his concerns in a letter Thursday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the original “could be read as a finding of criminality in Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified material.”
The final statement also removed a reference to the “sheer volume” of classified information discussed on email.
“While the precise dates of the edits and identities of the editors are not apparent from the documents, the edits appear to change the tone and substance of Director Comey’s statement in at least three respects,” Johnson wrote Thursday.
Very interesting. In the video above the lovely and brilliant Dana Perino very reasonably addresses what we can conclude from these drafts, and it’s not as extreme as some would have you think. But James Comey definitely needs to answer questions about these edits sometime soon…