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Former NYPD Commissioner Calls for Obstruction Investigation into Clinton Email Probe

17 March, 2019, 05:11 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 24 FBI Director James Comey speaks as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York listen during a news conference for announcing

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok did not believe his affair with FBI lawyer Lisa Page could have made him vulnerable to blackmail by foreign operatives, according to recently released transcripts of his closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee. Again, it's worth noting that most of the meatier coverage came from Trump-friendly outlets like Fox News. Page left the team before the text messages were discovered. Page wrote to Strzok on August 8, 2016.

Facts first: Trump's claims about the Justice Department and Clinton email investigation are not supported by Page's recent testimony or the conclusions reached by independent investigators.

According to Lisa Page's testimony, the Federal Bureau of Investigation considered charging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with gross negligence under 18 U.S. Code § 793 for her alleged handling of classified information. The inspector general concluded in June of previous year that "the prosecutors' decision was based on their assessment of the facts, the law, and past Department practice in cases involving these statutes".

Precisely what "decision" Trump is referencing is unclear.

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Further, Page's account contradicts sworn testimony given by fired FBI Director James Comey about the case.

In response to a question by Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Page stated, "We had multiple conversations with the Justice Department about bringing a gross-negligence charge".

Strzok also said Comey initially concluded Clinton had shown "gross negligence" in how she handled classified information - a finding that could lead to charges - but dialed that back to "extreme carelessness" by the time he finished his memo.

Strzok also explained a text of his from May 2017, in which he said he had "unfinished business" from the Clinton investigation he hoped to settle in the Trump probe, as a reference "to a much broader effort of the government of Russia to interfere with our presidential election" - because Russian operators were using the results of the Clinton investigation "in a way to disrupt our election". He said under oath the FBI investigative team unanimously believed Clinton shouldn't be prosecuted.



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