Blasting News reported on a document by Russian Intelligence that reportedly played a part in former FBI Director James Comey's decision to close his investigation on Hillary Clinton last year, and it also played a part in the politicization of the outcome. The document has been cited by lawmakers in order to politicize it despite FBI officials asking that they don't. Comey reportedly told members of Congress that he would be willing to speak about the document in a closed and classified hearing, but so far only a public hearing had been scheduled.

An unreliable source

As another Blasting News document stated, the Russian intel document was unreliable and considered junk. The details surrounding the bureau's action was to try to get the source of the document to present the mentioned email, which claimed that the DOJ was trying to stop the FBI from investigating Hillary Clinton. Already, the source was not reliable, as the bureau had already been sent information before that could not be verified. It's common at this point for a source to become less reliable if they've sent questionable information. It should be mentioned that the document was sent to Open Society Foundations before it was sent to the FBI.

Incriminating Clinton email doesn't exist

At the bureau received the document, the FBI was already going through tons of Clinton emails in their investigation on her as well as probing hacking cases and in the process, they said that they never found any email like the one the document mentioned. The document apparently had a lot to do with Comey's decision to independently close their case on Hillary Clinton before even notifying the Department of Justice (DOJ).

After Comey made the public announcement, he had an informal discussion with Attorney General Loretta Lynch where she denied knowledge of one of the persons mentioned in the document, which claimed that she spoke to them about blocking the FBI's investigation on Clinton.

The validity of invalid reports

Even though the FBI already doubted the validity of the document, they apparently felt it necessary to discuss it with the Attorney General which is referred to as a "defensive briefing" should the issue come up at some point.

This was also the case with a controversial dossier the FBI received last year over which President-elect Trump was briefed in January over the existence of the document for the same reason, even though the dossier's validity had already been questioned. Even still, that dossier is brought up as much as the Russian intelligence document. While the document is no longer relevant -- as Hillary Clinton is no longer the focus -- and was already discredited back in August, there are still questions for those mentioned in the dossier that are currently being sought after in active criminal investigations.