Former FBI Director James Comey is in deep trouble — and he could have just hours left to breath. Thursday, the hammer of justice may finally come down on him and the alleged anti-Trump (and pro-Hillary Clinton) agents in the FBI.
In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the release of a secret memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.
The FBI's panicked public statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict that had previously played out mostly behind closed doors in meetings between top Justice Department and White House officials.
"As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy," the FBI said.
In other words, the memo's release will make the FBI's investigation into the 2016 presidential election look very, very bad. If it shows the bureau under Comey acted illegally against Trump — and in favor of Hillary — it could even lead to calls for the former FBI director's arrest.
Further complicating the memo's release, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee said late Wednesday that his committee's vote to release the memo was now invalid because there were minor grammatical changes by the Republicans who wrote it. California Rep. Adam Schiff said in a letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes that committee Democrats had discovered minor edits that were made after the panel voted Monday to send it to Trump for review.
"The White House has therefore been reviewing a document since Monday night that the committee never approved for public release," Schiff said in the letter.
A spokesman for Nunes said the changes were "minor edits to the memo, including grammatical fixes and two edits requested by the FBI and by [Democrats] themselves."
Jack Langer said the committee vote was "procedurally sound," and "to suggest otherwise is a bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo, which the public will hopefully soon be able to read for themselves."
Trump himself already has urged the release, and it is widely expected to be made public early Thursday.