FBI agents involved in the Hillary Clinton email scandal investigation were not only sworn to secrecy, they were also subject to lie detector tests.
According to a bombshell Fox News report, a Republican senator has confirmed that FBI agents were forced into extensive measures, something one former agent said could have a “chilling effect,” if they wanted to be involved in the Clinton probe.
Chief Intelligence Correspondence Catherine Herridge told Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File” that FBI agents were ‘sworn to secrecy” through “Case Briefing Acknowledgment” agreements.
A July 1 letter sent by a senior deputy to FBI Director James Comey to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, detailed the restrictions on agents. The letter, reviewed by Fox News, confirmed agents signed a “Case Briefing Acknowledgement” which says the disclosure of information is “strictly prohibited” without prior approval, and those who sign are subject to lie detector tests.
“The purpose of this form is to maintain an official record of persons knowledgeable of a highly sensitive Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence investigation,” the agreement attached to the Grassley letter reads, “….I (FBI agent) also understand that, due to the nature and sensitivity of this investigation, compliance with these restrictions may be subject to verification by polygraph examination.”
The measures show the extent to which the bureau has gone to keep additional details of the politically sensitive case from going public. While Comey has provided some information on why the FBI did not opt to pursue charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch repeatedly ducked questions on specifics of the case at a House hearing Tuesday.
An anonymous former agent told Fox News that the agreements can often lead to a “group think” mentality, as agents are not allowed to bounce ideas off each other because they’re only allowed to speak with other agents involved in the case.
The FBI’s Assistant Director Stephen D. Kelly said in a letter that the purpose of additional secrecy was “to maintain an official record of all persons knowledgeable of this highly unusual investigation, and to remind individuals of their obligations to protect classified and sensitive information.”
Ironically, the FBI’s investigation into Clinton found that she was “extremely careless” in mishandling classified information as Secretary of State, but did not recommend criminal charges against her.
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