The revelation that a doctored memo planted by the Russians may have impacted Comey's treatment of the investigation will likely raise more questions about his decision to revisit the email probe 11 days before the election.
Both the House Oversight Committee and the Intelligence Committee requested the memos in early May after The New York Times reported that Comey noted in one of them that Trump had asked him to end the investigation into the links his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, had had with Russian Federation.
The fear among Federal Bureau of Investigation officials was that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an appointee of the Obama administration, who had recently had a private meeting with Bill Clinton, would be caught in a compromised situation if she were the one closing the case and then the allegedly fake document was made public.
Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., serves on the House Intelligence Committee, and said it was important for the investigations to continue in Congress because they had a "slightly different" mission than the FBI.
The Department of Justice declined to comply with a congressional request for information on Thursday. "In at least one classified session, Comey cited that intelligence as the primary reason he took the unusual step of publicly announcing the end of the Clinton email probe".
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"It was a very powerful factor in the decision to go forward in July with the statement that there shouldn't be a prosecution", a source told the Washington Post.
It was reported Friday that Mr. Comey, fired earlier this month by President Donald Trump, was afraid an alleged falsified e-Mail that claimed then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had colluded to get Hillary Clinton off the hook would become public if he did not shut down the investigation.
But that's insane. Marginalizing Lynch, and publicly calling Clinton "extremely careless", did not buy Comey the trust of Fox News or the Republican nominee. If the fake emails had been released last August, there still would have been no way for Comey to convincingly discredit them without revealing "sources and methods" - or, honestly, even with revealing sources and methods.
It's possible that CNN's story is simply false - itself a fabrication of administration officials looking to tarnish Comey's reputation.