Judicial Watch has uncovered emails that show Hillary Clinton’s attorney apparently demanded special treatment from the FBI once the email investigation was re-opened, demanding an “ASAP” chat.
Washington Examiner reported that emails obtained by a conservative watchdog show the frantic series of events that transpired at the FBI after then-FBI Director James Comey informed Congress in October 2016 that his bureau was reopening an investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of a private email server.
Hours after Comey sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28 informing lawmakers the probe he shut down that summer was getting news life less than two weeks before the presidential election, Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, emailed former FBI General Counsel James Baker to demand a call “ASAP.”
Baker told colleagues he spoke to Kendall, who he said complained Comey’s letter was “tantalizingly ambiguous” and made statements that were “inchoate and highly ominous,” according to an email thread released by Judicial Watch.
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Contents of various Department of Justice records obtained this week by the watchdog group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of Information Act filed last year suggest that the FBI interacted with both the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team in potentially sinister ways just prior to the general election on Nov. 8, 2016.
The first major revelation gleaned from the documents is that on the very same day that then-FBI Director James Comey essentially reopened the investigation into Clinton over her illicit use of a private email server, the bureau’s general counsel spoke with Clinton’s personal lawyer David Kendall.
According to Judicial Watch, within hours of Comey announcing to Congress on Oct. 28 that the bureau had found additional potentially classified Clinton emails on disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, Kendall specifically asked to speak with FBI general counsel James Baker.
Baker reportedly accepted the request and then sent out an email memo informing other senior members at the bureau about his discussion with Kendall. The next day then-FBI special agent Peter Strzok reportedly scheduled a conference call about the matter.
Eight days after this conference call, Comey announced that his review of Weiner’s laptop content had not changed his “conclusion” that Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted.
While the discovery regarding Baker’s correspondence with Kendall proves nothing by itself, the other revelations unearthed by Judicial Watch give a strong appearance of impropriety
First, it was Strzok — who was booted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion in 2017 and then fired from the bureau in 2018 over the anti-Trump text messages he’d exchanged with his paramour, then-FBI attorney Lisa Page — who examined Weiner’s laptop.
“[Redacted], Jon and I completed our review of all of the potential HRC work emails on the [Anthony Weiner] laptop. We found no previously unknown, potentially classified emails on the media,” he reportedly wrote to senior FBI officials on Nov. 6, the day Comey closed the investigation.
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That was a lie, according to Judicial Watch: “[T]here were at least 18 classified emails found on the Weiner laptop by the FBI. Paul Sperry’s RealClear Investigations report revealed that only 3,077 of the 340,000 emails ‘were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information.’”
Second, months earlier Page sent an email “concerning a potential quid-pro-quo between the State Department and the FBI — in which the FBI would agree to downgrade the classification level of a Clinton email in exchange for more legal attache positions that would benefit the agency abroad,” as reported by Fox News.
Though there’s reportedly no evidence to prove that the offer ever went through, the fact that the offer was ever even mean made is stunning unto itself.
Combined, these revelations suggest that the Clinton investigation was fixed, Judicial Watch Tom Fitton argued in a video statement published Monday.
“It is big news that, just days before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer pressured the top lawyer for the FBI on the infamous Weiner laptop emails,” he said.
“These documents further underscore that the fix was in for Hillary Clinton. When will the Justice Department and FBI finally do an honest investigation of the Clinton email scandal?”