According to Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, “the truth was trampled on a Phoenix tarmac,” but that’s nothing compared to the charge of a cover up.
In an op-ed published Sunday by FoxNews.com, Fitton explained that the results of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit showed the Federal Bureau of Investigation was more concerned about who leaked the meeting between former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, on the tarmac of the Phoenix Airport on June 27, 2016, than the impropriety of that meeting.
The infamous meeting that was said to have focused strictly on their grandkids took place while the FBI, which reported to Lynch, was investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a “personal” email server.
Fitton said when the media reported on the meeting, it triggered a hunt for the leaker and resulted in the FBI, under former Director James Comey, being “fully complicit in a cover-up that attempted to influence a presidential election for a favored candidate – Hillary Clinton.”
“What we haven’t known, until now, is that a frantic scramble erupted in the halls of the FBI to cover up this meeting,” Fitton wrote. “In fact, the FBI turned its sharp light not on the scandalous meeting between the attorney general and Bill Clinton – but rather on one of the whistleblowers who got the word out.”
He explained that the FBI “told us flat-out that it couldn’t find any records,” but they knew that was untrue because Judicial Watch received documents in a separate FOIA lawsuit that showed additional documents “tucked away at the FBI headquarters.”
Stating an untruth is sometimes called lying, which brings to mind a question posed by investigative journalist Sharyl Attkinson after President Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. The former CBS News correspondent is suing the DOJ for alleged “unauthorized and illegal surveillance” of her computers and telephones.
We know what happens when someone lies to the FBI. My question is: what happens to the FBI when *they* lie? (Asking for a friend.)
— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) December 1, 2017
The Judicial Watch lawsuit would produce another 30 pages of information, which the government watchdog group received late Thursday.
More from Fitton on what the documents show:
Now we know why the FBI played shell games. The documents show that FBI officials were concerned solely about the leaking of details of the tarmac meeting. None of the documents show top agency officials cared one whit about the propriety of the meeting itself, but only about who blew the whistle on the covert tête-à-tête.
In one email, an FBI official writes “we need to find that guy.” And in another we learn that the Phoenix FBI office was contacted “in an attempt to stem any further damage.” An FBI official working on Lynch’s security detail even goes so far as to suggest non-disclosure agreements to keep the full facts from coming forth.
“No wonder the FBI didn’t turn these documents over until we caught it red-handed, hiding and lying about them,” Fitton concluded.
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