Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch threatened an FBI informant to stop him from revealing attempts from people within Russia’s nuclear industry to curry favor with Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, according to reports.
The businessman’s attorney, Victoria Toensing, who served in the Reagan administration and as Senate Intelligence Committee, told The Hill that her client was threatened with “loss of freedom” when he wanted to file a lawsuit to reveal the true Russian corruption during the presidential campaign in 2016.
“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” Toensing said. “And so my client, the same part of my client that made him go into the FBI in the first place, says, ‘This is wrong. What should I do about it?’”
The attorney said she has memos that prove the Justice Department threatened the informant during the presidential campaign.
She said that her client saw “a lot of bribery going on around the U.S.,” but he signed a nondisclosure agreement at the behest of the FBI.
“They said they would bring a criminal case against him for violating an NDA,” Toensing said.
The informant’s civil attorney described the pressure levied against the man by the DOJ, in emails obtained by The Hill.
“The government was taking a very harsh position that threatened both your reputation and liberty,” the attorney wrote in one email.
“As you will recall the gov’t made serious threats sufficient to cause you to withdraw your civil complaint,” she said in another.
The topic was discussed by President Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow, along with his son, and fellow attorney, Jordan Sekulow, on his “Jay Live” radio show on Tuesday.
“This goes back to 2009 so I’m assuming this informant goes back to sometime around then. He was not threatened about speaking until the 2016 election. It was during the 2016 presidential election that the DOJ and FBI threatened to enforce the agreement with prosecution,” Jordan noted.
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“But,” Jordan said. “We have a different DOJ now — that could allow this informant to speak openly without fear of prosecution.”
That is precisely what Toensing said she wants President Trump’s DOJ to do.
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