The documents, which were intercepted from Russian communications, alleged that Lynch had given Hillary Clinton secret assurances that she would not let the FBI investigate her private email server too deeply.
The Post report said that there were questions about the authenticity of the document, and yet Comey acted on it anyway. Since then, multiple revelations have emerged during the FBI's ongoing investigation into whether Trump associates actively colluded with Russian officials to sway the outcome of the election, including that Trump allegedly asked Comey to end the probe.
The officials cited by CNN said Comey feared if the information was not made public - and Russian Federation released the information - law enforcement would be unable to discredit it without undermining intelligence methods and sources.
In the July 5 hearing, Comey did say that while Clinton was secretary of state, she had been "extremely careless" when she set up a private email server in her home in NY.
However, Mrs. Clinton's illicit email and server practices gave rise to the FBI investigation, to begin with.
The existence of the fake email between then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schlultz and Leonard Benardo, an official at the Open Society Foundations founded by George Soros, was reported on Wednesday.
Comey himself publicly testified that, if the announcement had come from Lynch, it would not have been considered credible after she met with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac past year.
The FBI now believes the email exchange described in the Russian document was bad intelligence and possibly even completely fake in an effort to "confuse the bureau", says the Washington Post.
In this May 23, 2017, photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, left, and his wife Ivanka Trump watch during a visit by President Donald Trump to Yad Vashem to honor the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. And on a final note, the Washington Post emphasizes that Lynch had never (not even once) communicated with Amanda Renteria, the Clinton campaign staffer who supposedly received the tacit agreement.
Comey testified before being fired earlier this month that he did not consult then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch about his decision to publicly declare the investigation into Clinton over. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Comey about the document at a hearing before Comey was sacked from his job. Comey made this statement, of course, during a Senate grilling over why he chose to (very publicly) reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails a few weeks before the big day.
The request from the Senate Intelligence Committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to a person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.