For nearly two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating potential Russian involvement in the 2016 election. During this time, President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign associates have been raked over the coals by the liberal media.
At the same time, the mainstream media has largely ignored the FBI’s and the Obama Justice Department’s blatant efforts to bend over backwards to help Hillary Clinton secure the White House in 2016. Recently issued internal FBI emails confirmed the despicable measures that were taken.
The FBI handed over the e-mails in response to a lawsuit brought by transparency organization Judicial Watch. According to Fox News, the numerous documents “showed the agency’s highest-ranking officials scrambling to answer Hillary Clinton’s lawyer in the days prior to the 2016 presidential election, on the same day then-FBI Director James Comey sent a bombshell letter to Congress announcing a new review of hundreds of thousands of potentially classified emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop.”
Besides scurrying to try to appease Clinton’s lawyer, the newly released information “also included discussions by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page concerning a potential quid pro quo between the State Department and the FBI.” Unbelievably, the proposed agreement involved the FBI agreeing to essentially hide that Clinton emails were classified in return for additional legal positions that would benefit the FBI overseas. This would allow the FBI to send more agents to nations where its access is typically restricted.
According to Fox News, “The quid pro quo would have involved the FBI providing some other public reason for withholding the Clinton email from disclosure amid a Freedom of Information Act request, besides its classification level.” While the outrageous allegations of a discussed quid-pro-quo are disturbing, no indications exist that the proposed agreement was ever set into motion.
At the time, the FBI was facing a boatload of criticism from both the left and the right over Clinton’s email investigation. Interestingly, the recently released documents showed Comey quoting 19th century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. He allegedly assured his subordinates, “To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Not surprisingly, the FBI didn’t respond to Fox News’ request for a comment on the released emails. On October 28, 2016, the disgraced Comey turned the presidential contest on its head when he informed Congress that his agency would efficiently examine the contents of Weiner’s laptop.
Fox News reported, “The Justice Department’s internal watchdog later faulted the FBI for failing to review the Weiner laptop through much of the fall of 2016, and suggested it was possible that now-fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok may have slow-walked the laptop analysis until other federal prosecutors pressured the FBI to review its contents.”
On that faithful afternoon of October 26, Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, demanded answers from the FBI. The released documents showed the agency sprang into action. Numerous emails found on the computer were between the former first lady and her senior advisor Huma Abedin who was married to Weiner at the time.
According to Fox News, “Despite claims by top FBI officials, including Strzok, several of those emails were determined to contain classified information.” The released documents uncovered that James Baker, former FBI General Counsel, wrote to the FBI’s top officials, including Comey, Strzok, and Page in an email, which read, “I received the email below from David Kendall and I called him back. Before doing so I alerted DOJ via email that I would do that.”
Judicial Watch also discovered an email Strzok sent to FBI leaders on November 6, 2016. In the redacted correspondence, he said, “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.”
But, Fox News reported, “at least 18 classified emails sent from Abedin’s account were found by the FBI on the Weiner laptop. And, despite Strzok’s apparent claim, FBI officials later conceded they had not manually screened all of the nearly 700,000 emails on the laptop, but instead used computer technology to prioritize which emails to screen as Election Day rapidly approached.”
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, maintained in a statement, “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. 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?” Unfortunately, the answer to Fitton’s question is probably never.