A government watchdog group secured an additional 186 pages of documents from the United States Justice Department (DOJ) Friday revealing more details about twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton – information divulging evidence of the cover-up of an Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) chart that lists numerous probable violations she committed.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is confident that the new documentation further proves a conspiracy to conceal Clinton’s scandalous communications as secretary of state during former President Barack Obama’s first term that were stored on her private email server.
“Judicial Watch caught the FBI in another cover-up to protect Hillary Clinton,” Fitton asserted, according to a Judicial Watch press release issued Friday. “These records show that the FBI is hiding a chart detailing possible violations of the law by Hillary Clinton and the supposed reasons she was not prosecuted.”
Caught red-handed on paper?
The newly acquired records were obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that it filed in January 2018 after the DOJ failed to respond to its 2017 FOIA request in the case, Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice.
Currently, the government watchdog organization is maneuvering to collect all of the remaining communications transmitted between FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.
“The newly obtained emails came in response to a May 21 order by U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to the FBI to begin processing 13,000 pages of records exchanged exclusively between Strzok and Page between February 1, 2015, and December 2017,” Judicial Watch informed. “The FBI may not complete review and production of all the Strzok-Page communications until at least 2020.”
The covert scheme to hide Clinton’s numerous violations involves the controversy leading into the 2016 presidential election that could have swayed the vote in the former first lady’s favor.
“Three days after then-FBI Director James Comey’s press conference announcing that he would not recommend a prosecution of Mrs. Clinton, a July 8, 2016, email chain shows that the Special Counsel to the FBI’s executive assistant director in charge of the National Security Branch – whose name is redacted – wrote to Strzok and others that he was producing a ‘chart of the statutory violations considered during the investigation [of Clinton’s server], and the reasons for the recommendation not to prosecute…’” the press release continued.
Charted illegalities …
The communication announcing that the chart was being produced was divulged – with the sender’s name redacted.
“I am still working on an additional page for these TPs [talking points] that consist of a chart of the statutory violations considered during the investigation, and the reasons for the recommendation not to prosecute, hopefully, in non-lawyer friendly terms,” the message states, according to Judicial Watch, which noted that the FBI continues to withhold the contents on the chart.
However, Strzok’s communications that he forwarded to others were revealed.
“I have redlined some points … Broadly, I have some concerns about asking some our [sic] senior field folks to get into the business of briefing this case – particularly when we have the D’s [Comey’s] statement as a kind of stand-alone document,” Strzok stressed in his message obtained by Judicial Watch. “In my opinion, there’s too much nuance, detail and potential for missteps, but I get they may likely be asked for comment.”
A response to Strzok was then sent by an official who remains undisclosed.
“The DD [Andrew McCabe] will need to approve these before they are pushed out to anyone,” the unidentified official told Strzok in the revealed message. “At the end of last week, he wasn’t inclined to send them to anyone, but, it’s great to have them on the shelf – in case they’re needed.”
The chain of communications was strung along by another unidentified official.
“I’m really not sure why they continued working on these [talking points],” the second unidentified official expressed in the trail of messages. “In the morning, I’ll make sure Andy [McCabe] tells Mike [Kortan] to keep these in his pocket. I guess Andy just didn’t ever have a moment to turn these off with Mike like he said he would.”
The involvement of more FBI officials was also revealed in acquired messages.
“On May 15, 2016, James Rybicki, former chief of staff to Comey, sends FBI General Counsel James Baker; Bill Priestap, former assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division; McCabe; Page; and others an email with the subject line ‘Request from the Director,’” the press release divulged before relaying the communication:
“By NLT [no later than] next Monday, the Director would like to see a list of all cases charged in the last 20 years where the gravamen of the charge was mishandling classified information,” Rybicki wrote. “It should be in chart form with: (1) case name, (2) a short summary for content (3) charges brought, and (4) charge of conviction. If need be, we can get it from NSD [National Security Division] and let them know that the Director asked for this personally.”
More cover-ups …
More cover-up efforts were also exposed in the communications recently obtained by the government watchdog.
“Also revealed was that Beth Wilkinson – a lawyer for Clinton aides during the email investigation – was ‘haranguing’ the FBI to return laptops the agency had,” WND reported. “At one point in a discussion about meetings, Page responds, ‘I’m ignoring all this and going to bed.’”
More revelations about the Clinton email scandal were divulged after an inquiry by a member of FactCheck.org requested information from the FBI pertaining to inconsistencies between statements that were given by Clinton and Comey on the matter.
“We’re looking into it and will get back to you this afternoon,” Strzok wrote at the time, according to WND. “The answer may require some tweaking; the question is whether this is the forum to do it.”
Strzok’s heads-up sent Page about Clinton’s possible exposure in the email matter pertaining to the Benghazi scandal where American diplomats were massacred was also divulged.
“In response to a March 29, 2016, article in The Hill, forwarded by Strzok to Page, reporting that Judge Royce Lamberth ordered limited discovery for Judicial Watch in its lawsuit against the State Department for Clinton’s emails (related to the Benghazi attack) – and thus opening Clinton up to possible depositions by Judicial Watch – Page responds simply: ‘Oh boy,’”
Last year, Fitton suspected that more communications between Strzok and Page were being concealed by the FBI.
“I don’t believe for one minute that the Strzok-Page texts are really missing,” Fitton expressed at the time, according to a January 2018 Judicial Watch press release. “The IRS told us that Lois Lerner’s emails were ‘missing,’ and we forced them to admit they existed and deliver them to us.”
He expressed his dismay that government officials continued to give his group the runaround when requesting documents that should have been made readily available him.
“The State Department hid the Clinton emails, but our FOIA lawsuits famously blew open that cover-up,” Fitton added. “We fully intend to get the ‘missing’ Strzok and Page documents, and it is shameful the FBI and DOJ have been playing shell games with these smoking gun text messages. Frankly, FBI Director Wray needs to stop the stonewalling.”