Report: Dubious Russian Document Influenced Comey’s Clinton Announcement

A dubious Russian document influenced former FBI Director James Comey’s July 2016 decision to announce that the agency’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s private email server had ended. According to a Washington Post report, the purported Russian intel document received by U.S. officials “mentioned a supposed email describing how then-Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch had privately assured someone in the Clinton campaign that the email investigation would not push too deeply into the matter—a conversation that if made public would cast doubt on the inquiry’s integrity.” However, according to the FBI, the document was “bad intelligence,” and possibly even fake.