By Jon Dougherty
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Trump administration should create an omnipresent “Office of the Inspector General” and hire Tom Fitton and Judicial Watch to run it.
They’d find so much corruption, and in record time, that no other oversight apparatus would be necessary.
Once again, the JW president has struck gold in his never-ending quest to get to the very bottom of what appears to be a bottomless pit of Obama-era corruption: Seems like our 44th president was not only well aware of Hillary Clinton’s criminal mishandling of highly classified emails, but he helped her cover it up.
As PJ Media‘s Debra Heine reported:
A former top FBI official has admitted under oath that a repository of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email records was obtained by the Obama White House and housed in the Executive Office of the President.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch recently coaxed the admission out of the former assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division, Bill Priestap, as part of a court-ordered discovery regarding Clinton’s unauthorized email server.
This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people. https://t.co/0Hv5fMdmQQ
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) April 23, 2019
According to a JW press release:
U.S District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides, as well as Priestap, to be deposed or answer writer questions under oath. The court ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”
Priestap was asked by Judicial Watch to identify representatives of Hillary Clinton, her former staff, and government agencies from which “email repositories were obtained.” Priestap responded with the following non-exhaustive list:
- Bryan Pagliano
- Cheryl Mills
- Executive Office of the President [Emphasis added]
- Heather Samuelson
- Jacob Sullivan
- Justin Cooper
- United States Department of State
- United States Secret Service
- Williams & Connolly LLP
So in other words, critics of the FBI’s and State Department’s earlier claims that they ‘couldn’t locate’ all of Clinton’s emails were right all along: They were spread over several government entities, at a bare minimum.
Priestap also testified that 48,982 emails were reviewed as a result of a warrant for Clinton email account information from the laptop of Anthony Weiner, who was married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, JW noted further.
All of Priestap’s responses are documented here.
“Priestap…is serving as assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division and helped oversee both the Clinton email and the 2016 presidential campaign investigations,” the press release states. “Priestap testified in a separate lawsuit that Clinton was the subject of a grand jury investigation related to her BlackBerry email accounts.”
Priestap was Peter Strzok’s boss, by the way.
“This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people,” said Fitton.
“No wonder Hillary Clinton has thus far skated – Barack Obama is implicated in her email scheme.”
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