New Emails Shed Light on FBI’s Crooked Approach to Clinton Case
What would we do without Judicial Watch? Tom Fitton’s conservative watchdog organization sometimes appears to be the only group in America determined to get to the bottom of the FBI’s crooked handling of the Hillary Clinton email case. It is only through their aggressive determination that we have any inside look at all into the FBI’s 2016 machinations.
The latest bombshell comes to us thanks to a Judicial Watch lawsuit, which forced the FBI to turn over internal emails dating back to the end of the election season. These emails show us what senior-level FBI officials were saying during the days when FBI Director James Comey officially re-opened the investigation into Clinton’s emails.
The most revealing email is from then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, who wrote on October 28th, 2016 to inform the Bureau’s top officials that he’d received a message from Hillary Clinton’s personal attorney.
“I received the email below from David Kendall and I called him back,” Baker wrote. “Before doing so I alerted DOJ via email that I would do that. He said that our letter was ‘tantalizingly ambiguous’ and made statements that were ‘inchoate and highly ominous’ such that what we had done was worse than transparency because it allows people to make whatever they want out to make out of the letter to the prejudice of Secretary Clinton. I told him that I could not respond to his requests at this time but that I would discuss it with others and get back to him.”
In other words, Kendall was fired up about Comey’s message to Congress announcing that the FBI had found additional emails on the laptop of Anthony Weiner. Clinton’s lawyer was tearing the FBI up one side and down the other for endangering his client’s presidential campaign, and he apparently thought that Hillary’s political ambitions should have been enough for the FBI to put their criminal investigation on hold.
“I suggest that we have some kind of follow up meeting or phone call with this group either this evening or over the weekend to address this and probably other issues/questions that come up in the next 24 hours,” Baker wrote to the FBI brass. “Sound reasonable?”
Further emails show that the FBI’s top officials – including disgraced former agent Peter Strzok – scheduled a quick conference call the next day to determine how to move forward. Only a week later, after what turned out to be a thoroughly unsatisfactory review of the new emails, Comey closed the case once again and issued a statement exonerating Clinton for her crimes. Later evidence showed that the FBI only reviewed a small fraction of the 700,000 emails on Weiner’s laptop.
In a statement, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it was just another sign of the FBI’s willingness to bend over backwards to accommodate the Democratic nominee.
“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,” Fitton 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?”