Email Scandal: Last week we realized “foreign entity” could have been secretly receiving Hillary Clinton’s emails whereas she was Secretary of State, together with many who contained categorised data. And that the FBI apparently ignored this data throughout its “investigation.” The response by the press to this bombshell? Crickets.
At one level throughout Peter Strzok’s congressional testimony final week, Rep. Louie Gohmert made a shocking declare: FBI investigators had been instructed that Clinton’s emails had been surreptitiously forwarded to a “foreign entity.” And the FBI investigators who had been allegedly conducting a radical, unbiased, skilled probe into Clinton’s mishandling of categorised supplies ignored it.
Here’s the eye-opening trade between Gohmert and Strzok (you possibly can watch the trade on C-SPAN):
Gohmert: You mentioned earlier on this listening to you had been involved a few hostile overseas energy affecting the election. Do you recall the former Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough having an investigation into an anomaly discovered on Hillary Clinton’s emails?
Let me refresh your reminiscence. The Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough despatched his investigator Frank Rucker together with an IGIC lawyer Janette McMillan to transient you and Dean Chapelle and two different FBI personnel who I will not identify presently, about an anomaly that they had discovered on Hillary Clinton’s emails that had been going to the non-public unauthorized server that you just had been presupposed to be investigating?
Strzok: I keep in mind assembly Mr. Rucker on both one or two events. I don’t recall the particular content material or discussions.
Gohmert: Mr. Rucker reported to these of you, the 4 of you there, in the presence of the ICIG lawyer, that that they had discovered this anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going by means of their non-public server, and after they had completed the forensic evaluation, they discovered that her emails, each single one besides 4, over 30,000, had been going to an deal with that was not on the distribution listing. It was a compartmentalized bit of data that was sending it to an unauthorized supply. Do you recall that?
Strzok: Sir, I do not.
Gohmert: He went on the clarify it. And you did not say something, you thanked him, you shook his hand. The drawback is it was going to an unauthorized supply that was a overseas entity unrelated to Russia and from what you’ve got mentioned right here, you probably did nothing greater than nod and shake the man’s hand once you did not appear to be all that involved about our nationwide integrity of our election when it was involving Hillary Clinton. So the forensic examination was completed by the ICIG — and so they can doc that — however you got that data and you probably did nothing with it.
So, briefly, one in every of the lead investigators in the Clinton electronic mail case apparently realized overseas entity was getting all Clinton’s emails — together with many who contained categorised data — and … did nothing.
In truth, between the preliminary and closing drafts of former FBI director James Comey’s assertion, the wording modified from it was “reasonably likely” that “hostile actors” gained entry to her emails to “possible.”
In his feedback on the earlier draft, Strzok mentioned: “we have no evidence classified information was ever shared with an unauthorized party.”
If what Gohmert is saying is true, and he repeatedly claims to have the proof, the disinterest proven by the FBI at this revelation is just astounding. The complete objective of the investigation was to find out whether or not Clinton had damaged the legislation by being “grossly negligent” in her dealing with of categorised materials. All of her emails ending up in the palms of a “foreign entity” would — by any trustworthy estimation — represent gross negligence.
If the FBI did certainly ignore this bombshell, it provides additional proof that the Clinton electronic mail investigation — and most definitely the Trump/Russia investigation — was severely compromised by political bias.
Remember, too, that Strzok was the FBI agent who, when his girlfriend Lisa Page requested if Trump would turn into president, Strzok responded “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Strzok can also be one in every of the 5 officers concerned in the Clinton electronic mail case that the Justice Department inspector normal particularly singled out for his or her actions throughout the investigation that “brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the (Clinton) investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI.”
So, at the second we’re left with some troubling questions. Who is that this “foreign entity”? Is Gohmert proper that the FBI dismissed proof from the intelligence neighborhood about Clinton’s emails being compromised? Will lawmakers ever get to the backside of this? And will the mainstream press ever present the slightest curiosity on this growth?