(National Sentinel) Corruption: Two of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aides made false statements to an FBI agent who has since been identified as having exchanged anti-Trump texts with an FBI lawyer, but neither of them were charged with the same crime former national security advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to on Friday.
As reported by The Daily Caller, aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills told former FBI section chief Peter Strzok neither had any knowledge of their boss’ illicit private email server that she used to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state to President Obama. But email exchanges reviewed by the news site revealed that both were aware of it and indeed sent their own emails through it.
However, neither of them faced any legal consequences for their false statements.
But another figure — Flynn — did after he made false statements to the very same FBI investigator, Strzok. He pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent.
As noted by Circa News‘ Sara Carter and Fox News‘ Sean Hannity, Strzok took part in interviewing Flynn. A former U.S. intelligence official told Carter, “With the recent revelation that Strzok was removed from the Special Counsel investigation for making anti-Trump text messages it seems likely that the accuracy and veracity of the 302 of Flynn’s interview as a whole should be reviewed and called into question.”
Form 302 is a summary of an interview.
As to Clinton’s former aides, “the starkly different outcomes from Strzok’s interviews — a felony charge against Flynn and a free pass to Mills and Abedin — are sure to raise questions from Republicans about double-standards in the FBI’s two most prominent political investigations,” The Daily Caller reported.
FBI Director Christopher Wray is scheduled to appear for an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, where he will most likely be questioned about the Strzok scandal.
In addition to being a principal actor in the collusion investigation against Trump, Strzok was also the primary investigator in the Clinton email probe. “Along with Justice Department attorney David Laufman, Strzok interviewed Clinton herself on July 2, 2016. The pair also interviewed Mills, Abedin and two other Clinton aides, Jake Sullivan and Heather Samuelson,” The DC noted.
A review of the 302s from the Abedin and Mills interviews show that they told the FBI investigator and lawyer they were not aware of Clinton’s private email server.
Mills did not learn Clinton was using a private server until after Clinton’s [Department of State] tenure,” reads notes from Mills’ April 9, 2016 interview. “Mills stated she was not even sure she knew what a server was at the time.”
In addition, Abedin denied knowing about Clinton’s server until leaving the State Department in 2013.
“Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge,” the summary of Strzok’s interview with Abedin says.
But emails sent and received by both aides clearly show they were aware of the server’s existence and were actually using it to communicate back and forth.
“hrc email coming back — is server okay?” Mills asked in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and Justin Cooper, the latter a longtime aide to Bill Clinton and one who helped set up the Clinton server.
“Ur funny. We are on the same server,” Cooper replied.
Both aides were also involved in an Aug. 30, 2011, during which State Department official Stephen Mull noted that Clinton’s “email server is down.”
Moreover, in a Jan. 9, 2011, exchange, Cooper told Abedin he had to shut the server down because “someone was trying to hack us.”
“Had to shut down the server,” wrote Cooper, who also told the FBI in his interviews that he talked about Clinton’s server with Abedin in 2009 as it was being set up.
The misleading statements were excused by former FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a House Judiciary Committee hearing held on Sept. 28, 2016.
“Having done many investigations myself, there’s always conflicting recollections of facts, some of which are central [to the investigation], some of which are peripheral,” Comey told former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who was serving on the committee last year.
Chaffetz was clear that he was not buying Comey’s explanation.
“I think she lied to everybody,” Chaffetz responded, adding there was “direct evidence that she actually did know [about the server].” He added that Comey’s defense “makes no sense.”
Also on Monday, it was revealed that Strzok was responsible for softening Comey’s language in the July 2016 statement to the media about why he was not recommending Clinton be indicted for mishandling classified information through her server.
Strzok edited a rough draft of Comey’s statement, exchanging the phrase “grossly negligent” — a term which has legal weight — with a softer phrase, “extremely careless.”
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