Government watchdog group Judicial Watch has released 218 pages of FBI emails — they include former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — and the documents highlight some concerning things about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The emails concerning an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton used a private email server to discuss classified information while she served as secretary of state show that the FBI was nowhere near as thorough as they were in their investigation into Donald Trump.
One email shows what Judicial Watch has labeled as “special treatment” for Hillary Clinton and her lawyer. The email reveals that FBI officials were looking to “expeditiously” fulfill a request by Clinton’s lawyer for official records.
“On August 16, 2016, at 10:02 p.m. Baker emails then-Associate Deputy Director David Bowdich; Michael Steinbach, former executive assistant director for national security; former Acting Assistant Director Jason V. Herring; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson; Michael Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, now retired; James Rybicki, former chief of staff to Comey; and others to inform them that he ‘just spoke’ with Clinton’s lawyer Kendall, who requested documents from the FBI,” reads the Judicial Watch report.
It continues, “Baker says he told Kendall he would ‘need to submit a request.’ Baker tells them, ‘I said we would process it expeditiously.'”
That’s a very accommodating attitude and is certainly enough to wonder whether political bias played a role in the intelligence community’s investigation of Clinton.
Other emails read like the FBI is working for Clinton’s lawyer, but what is more concerning than that “special treatment” are the gaps in the investigation.
Some of the emails refer to “302” documents, which are notes on an interview conducted with someone involved in an official investigation. Page says in one email that four 302s are nonexistent. Page admits that the reports “had never been written.” The emails provide no reason for why these reports were not written or what specific interviews they would have referred to.
If all of this is not enough for you to be concerned about political bias within the intelligence community then consider other previous reports about the Clinton investigation. Fox News reported in 2016 that two “bankers boxes” of Clinton’s emails simply went missing during the investigation.
And if the names Strzok and Page sound familiar, that is because the two were later dismissed from the Mueller investigation after it was discovered that they were not only having an extramarital affair, but they were also exchanging troubling political texts about Donald Trump.
Strzok at one point referred to the Mueller investigation as an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the presidency. After Trump did win, he texted Page saying he was “depressed.”
The Mueller investigation took over two years and spent tens of millions of dollars to determine that the president never colluded with Russia. They picked through the president and his administration with a fine-tooth comb and came up with nothing. Compare that investigative behavior to how Clinton was treated and the only rational response is concern. We should all be incredibly concerned of this blatant bias being so prevalent in the top ranks of the intelligence community.
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