In addition to his public testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last summer, disgraced former FBI Agent Peter Strzok also testified behind closed doors for several hours. The contents of that testimony have not been released until now, and there’s no question that Democrats were eager to keep it hidden from public view for as long as possible. The transcript, like that of Strzok’s lover, Lisa Page, is a damning indictment of Obama’s Department of Justice and their bias towards the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The latest revelation from Strzok is that the Department of Justice negotiated a secret deal with Clinton that would put any and all Clinton Foundation communications found on her private server off-limits for FBI investigators. This is extraordinary, because there were already concerns swirling around about Clinton’s role as Secretary of State and how it related to her connection with the charity. Many Republicans have accused Clinton of running a “pay-to-play” scheme with the global foundation, giving U.S. diplomatic preference to individuals and countries that donated hefty sums to the charity.
This avenue might have been something for the FBI to peruse while scouring the server for inappropriate classified material. But because the DOJ felt it necessary to treat Clinton with kid gloves, those emails were put out of bounds.
“Were you given access to [Clinton Foundation-related] emails as part of the investigation?” asked Judiciary Committee lawyer Zachary Somers in last year’s hearing.
“We were not,” replied Strzok. “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. 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.”
According to whose attorneys? Clinton’s? Why would it be even slightly difficult for the federal government to put their eyes on a server that was being used to conduct federal government business? This is not a situation that called for any negotiations; this is a situation that called for a determined Department of Justice willing to treat Hillary Clinton as they would the target of any other investigation.
The fact that Hillary Clinton held full power over what emails the FBI was permitted access to makes the entire investigation a joke. Okay, so the Clinton Foundation emails were off limits, along with the recipes she used to exchange with her daughter. What else? What other kinds of chicanery would the FBI had found if they’d had access to the 30,000 emails Clinton deleted from that server?
If this investigation had been conducted in accordance with the law, instead of with the sole purpose of exonerating the Democratic nominee for president, we might have those answers.