FBI Director Comey Used Personal Gmail Account For Official Business While Investigating Clinton Email Use

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Former FBI Director James Comey and agent Peter Strzok both used personal Gmail accounts to conduct FBI business on numerous occasions, according to an internal released Thursday by the Department of Justice’s inspector general.

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The 568-page report details findings of a DOJ internal investigation into the FBI’s conduct during its probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

 

Page 425 of the report details five known instances in which Comey forwarded things from his unclassified FBI email account to a personal Gmail address between November 2016 and March 2017.

He forwarded items including drafts of mid-year remarks to FBI employees, requests for information from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, and drafts of his opening statement from his March 20, 2017 testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

 

In an October 2016 speech at an FBI conference in San Diego, Comey said,  “I have gotten emails from some employees about this, who said if I did what Hillary Clinton did I’d be in huge trouble. My response is you bet your ass you’d be in huge trouble. If you used a personal email, Gmail or if you [had] the capabilities to set up your own email domain, if you used an unclassified personal email system to do our business… you would be in huge trouble in the FBI.”

 

When asked about his use of a private email for bureau business by the DOJ’s investigators, Comey stated he did not use a personal email account or device for any classified or sensitive information, including grand jury information.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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