Newly uncovered emails containing 22 messages with “Top Secret” information found on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s personal email server indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) “coordinated” efforts to devise a response to a major development in her email probe.
The recent discovery bolsters Republicans’ newly raised allegations that there was a “concerning level of coordination” between the FBI and DOJ during Clinton’s private email investigation.
“Republican Rep. Mark Meadows cited [the accusations] in a letter earlier this week claiming former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress – in which he downplayed FBI-DOJ coordination on the Clinton case – may be at odds with documents suggesting ‘frequent’ coordination,” Fox News announced.
Digging up the Dems’ buried scandal?
The letter written by several House Republicans to Attorney General Jeff Sessions – and to FBI Directory Christopher Wray and U.S. Attorney John Huber – by several House Republicans asks him to open an investigation into Comey, Clinton and other DOJ officials involved in the Russia probe … accusing them of a coordinated bias.
”We write to refer [Comey, Clinton and DOJ members] for investigation of potential violation(s) of federal statutes … [and] are especially mindful of the dissimilar degrees of zealousness that has marked the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, respectively,” the letter signed by 11 GOP lawmakers on Wednesday reads. “Because we believe that those in positions of high authority should be treated the same as every other American, we want to be sure that the potential violations of law outlined below are vetted appropriately.”
Besides seeking to get to the bottom of Clinton’s alleged criminal behavior, the letter is also looking to open the door on the current controversy revolving around Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who many believe Trump is poised to fire.
“The accusations of political bias toward President Donald Trump are related to events that contributed to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 US election,” the Business Insider reported. “Comey, whom Trump fired last May, was accused of mishandling the investigation in Clinton's private email server and for leaking classified information of private discussions he had with Trump.”
The letter first mentions how Comey prematurely walked away from investigating Clinton – with criminal evidence stacked against her.
“Incredibly, [Comey’s] judgment [that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a criminal case against Clinton] appears to have been made prior to interviewing Secretary Clinton and as many as 17 key witnesses – including Clinton’s closest aides,” the letter continues. “Comey’s decision to not seek charges against Clinton’s misconduct suggests improper investigative conduct, potentially motivated by a political agenda.”
The letter requesting the probe comes just a day after Comey’s new Trump-bashing book hit bookstores across the nation.
“Comey specifically said in public testimony that he did not coordinate with the DOJ for his July 2016 public recommendation not to pursue charges against Clinton,” Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported. “Meadows, however, pointed to a series of messages he claims indicate potential coordination at several ‘crucial moments of the investigation’ – including the July statement and the period in February. While the FBI is part of the Justice Department and communication between the two agencies is inevitable, Meadows’ letter also suggests some at the FBI were concerned about the perception it was not acting independently in a politically explosive case.”
Justice put on hold for political purposes?
In one of the recently uncovered messages, former Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr communicated to FBI Head of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap that the State Department was getting ready to punish the people who had misplaced the sensitive messages.
"The Department of State is prepared to take appropriate administrative action for any instances of mishandling of classified information in accordance with our own internal processes," Starr wrote in a message dated Feb. 8, 2016, according to Fox News.
Yet justice would be put on hold … possibly indefinitely.
“However, the official added that the department did not want to hinder the ongoing FBI investigation and – if instructed – would postpone the ‘administrative action’ over the emails until after the bureau's case had concluded,” Herridge noted.
The following revealing note written on Feb. 13 – just five days later – by an unidentified senior DOJ official addressed to FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI criminal division official Jonathan Moffa, the FBI Office of General Counsel and members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia was also discovered.
"Wanted to make sure that DOJ is kept in the loop as response is drafted," the unnamed official in the DOJ's National Security Division impressed in the note, according to Fox. "We have discussed a bit more here at CES [the DOJ’s counterintelligence and export control section] and have some additional thoughts on the best response on the admin action question. Can we make sure we discuss as a group as response is put together?"
It should be noted that the head of CES, David Laufman, left the DOJ earlier this year in February because of “personal reasons,” and essentially nothing has been done to look into the new possibly incriminating evidence.
“The State Department took no immediate administrative action over the 22 ‘Top Secret’ emails on Clinton's email server,” Herridge pointed out. “Many of those involved in the matter had left the department by the time the FBI investigation closed in July 2016.”
After being buried while former President Barack Obama remained in office, efforts are being made under the Trump administration to get to the bottom of things concerning Clinton’s email scandal.
“Meadows has gotten support for his inquiry from House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.,” Herridge informed. “On Wednesday, Gowdy asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to review allegations of coordination between the FBI and the Justice Department in the Clinton investigation.”
Caught in the web?
A number of key Democrats and others serving under the Obama administration could find themselves in serious trouble in the courtroom in the near future.
“Along with Comey and Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, and FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were named in the letter,” the Business Insider’s Pat Ralph and Sonam Sheth pointed out.
From attempted cover-ups to intentionally misleading investigations, many Clinton sympathizers and alleged anti-Trump conspirators could be facing serious consequences in the upcoming months.
“Lynch was accused of threatening reprisal of an FBI informant who attempted to present the Justice Department with information on the Uranium One deal in 2016,” Ralph and Sheth recounted. “Along with Comey, McCabe, Yates, and Boente were all accused of presenting false information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in connection with approving surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).”
And things can get even worse for a number of them.
“McCabe and Yates, both of whom were fired, approved a FISA warrant on Page, [not to mention that] McCabe was also accused of political bias and lack of candor in his handling of the Clinton investigation,” Ralph and Sheth stressed. “Strzok and Page were also accused of interfering in the Clinton investigation.”