Fox News has obtained documents that reveal then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft statement on the Hillary Clinton email investigation was heavily edited before his public announcement, in ways that seemed to significantly water down the bureau's findings.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released copies Thursday of the edits to Comey’s highly scrutinized July 2016 statement.
The document shows line-by-line edits, including "grossly negligent" being downgraded to "extremely careless." It also shows a change from saying it is “reasonably likely” to merely "possible" that “hostile actors” gained access to then-Secretary of State Clinton’s private email account.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said it doesn't matter who made the edits, because Comey is responsible for them.
"He is responsible for it, he was the director of the FBI," Napolitano said on "Special Report." "I also don't think it matters the ideological predilections of the editor. The person who signed it, the person who delivered it is responsible for it."
He added that in a legal sense, "extremely careless" is essentially the same thing as "grossly negligent."
"He attempted to pull the wool over the eyes of the American public, and for a while, he succeeded," Napolitano said.
He said that Comey was wrong on the facts, wrong on the law and "profoundly wrong" to publicly and with such finality recommend no charges in the Clinton email probe.
"The job of the FBI is not to decide whom to prosecute, but to present the evidence to professional prosecutors in the DOJ and let them make the decision. He took that away from them," Napolitano said.
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