(National Sentinel) Criminal Probes: Republican lawmakers on key committees say they have uncovered new evidence of irregularities and contradictions involving the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, in which she improperly handled classified data.
As reported by The Hill, for the first time congressional investigators say they have obtained written evidence that the FBI believed there were indications and additional evidence some laws were violated when the former secretary of state for President Obama and her top aides sent classified information through her unsecured private email server.
“That evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the ‘sheer volume’ of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case, the investigators said,” as quoted by The Hill.
While the name of the witness has been redacted from the FBI documents, The Hill noted further that lawmakers have said he was an employee with a computer firm that helped maintain Clinton’s private email server after she left the Obama administration.
Also, lawmakers said the witness admitted belatedly that he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had already been subpoenaed by Congress.
In addition, the congressional investigators confirmed that the FBI had started drafting a statement letting Clinton off the hook for any crimes even while evidence that pertained to subpoenas remained outstanding and before agents had talked to more than a dozen key witnesses.
Those witnesses included Clinton and the computer firm employee who permanently erased her email archives just days after the emails were subpoenaed by Congress, investigators told The Hill.
Some Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, which deposed current FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in December, said they are now convinced there was a plot to exonerate Clinton no matter how much illegality agents uncovered.
“This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing before the holidays. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.
“I think we have more questions than answers based on what we’ve learned,” Gaetz added.
Lawmakers are expected to learn much more about the FBI’s actions and those of its top leaders, including fired FBI Director James Comey, during their investigation of Clinton, in the first half of this year. The Justice Department’s inspector general “is expected to release initial findings in what has become a wide-ranging probe into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email case as well as whether agents and supervisors had political connections, ethical conflicts or biases that affected their work,” The Hill reported.
Comey said during his July 2016 press conference exonerating Clinton that the agency found she had mishandled classified information, which is normally a felony. He also noted that agents had found at least 110 emails that were marked “top secret” or “secret” at the time she transmitted or received them.
GOP congressional investigators told The Hill multiple drafts of Comey’s statement eventually exonerating Clinton also included specific language acknowledging there was “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information.”
Meanwhile, Fox News host Sean Hannity discussed the possibility that Clinton and others including her top aide Huma Abedin should be worried.
“This year is going to be massive in terms of news especially about the corrupt media. And they are very, very nervous, rightly so, people like Hillary Clinton. They should be nervous. People will be going to jail. I promise you,” he said.
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