FBI official changed report so Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be charged with a federal crime
Report by Bob Fredericks, New York Post
The FBI expert in the middle of a political uproar for mocking President Trump in e-mail messages changed a key phrase in former agency Director James Comey’s description of how Hillary Clinton handled classified information, it was reported Monday.
Records show Peter Strzok (left in above photo), who led the investigation of Clinton’s private e-mail server as the second-highest-ranking official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey’s draft language describing Clinton’s behavior as “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless,” a source told CNN.
The shift from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless” was key because the federal law that covers how classified material should be handled calls for criminal penalties for “gross negligence.”
Strzok was taken off the Russia probe after e-mails he wrote to another agent apparently mocking Trump came to the attention of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the probe.
Strzok was the FBI official who signed the document that launched the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Editor’s note: Strzok’s change in the wording of Comey’s report potentially saved Hillary Clinton from ending up like this: