DOJ reached agreement with Clinton lawyers to block FBI access to Clinton Foundation emails…
The Justice Department “negotiated” an agreement with Hillary Clinton’s legal team that ensured the FBI did not have access to emails on her private servers relating to the Clinton Foundation, former FBI special agent Peter Strzok testified during a closed-door appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last summer, according to a newly released transcript.
Republicans late last year renewed their efforts to probe the Clinton Foundation, after tax documents showed a plunge in its incoming donations after Clinton’s 2016 presidential election. The numbers fueled longstanding allegations of possible “pay-to-play” transactions at the organization, amid a Justice Department probe covering foundation issues, Fox News reports.
“Were you given access to [Clinton Foundation-related] emails as part of the investigation?” Somers
“We were not. We did not have access, My recollection is that the access to those emails were based on consent that was negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton.
Although the FBI eventually took possession of the servers, the possession was based upon the negotiation of Department of Justice attorneys for consent. A significant filter team” was employed at the FBI. To work through the various terms of the various consent agreements. Limitations imposed on agents’ searches included date ranges, and names of domains and people
The agreement was reached, because “according to the attorneys, we lacked probable cause to get a search warrant for those servers and projected that either it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.” ~ Strozak
Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chaired the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee until 2017, said the arrangement signaled that agents wanted willful blindness.
“What’s bizarre about this, is in any other situation, there’s no possible way they would allow the potential perpetrator to self-select what the FBI gets to see, the FBI was aware that the servers contained classified information in unclassified settings. The FBI should be the one to sort through those emails — not the Clinton attorneys.
The DOJ’s goal, make sure they hear no evil, see no evil — they had no interest in pursuing the truth.
The DOJ’s behavior, including its award of immunity to top Clinton aides early on in the investigation, signaled a clear double standard: They didn’t go make a deal with anyone in Trump’s orbit. They seized it. They used guns and agents — and just went in there and took it.
The Clinton Foundation isn’t supposed to be communicating with the State Department anyway, The foundation — with her name on it — is not supposed to be communicating with the senior officials at the State Department.” ~ Jason Chaffetz
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.