By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) A panel of legal experts on Wednesday discussed various aspects of a 2017 New York Times report indicating that a hacked email — likely by Russia — sent to the FBI indicated that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch made sure the fix was in to clear favored Democratic presidential candidate Hillary of any charges stemming from her mishandling of classified emails.
“If this is true, it’s absolutely explosive,” said Ken Starr, a former independent counsel who was appointed to investigate various scandals involving then-President Bill Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Clinton during the 1990s.
“That shows that there is a very serious issue of integrity at the very top of the Justice Department,” Starr added.
We reported in September 2017 that fired FBI Director James Comey had decided months in advance that Clinton was not going to be charged under the Espionage Act, despite the fact that she, on multiple occasions, violated the law through serial mishandling of highly classified information via her unprotected personal email server.
Comey had made his decision even before his agents had a chance to interview more than a dozen key witnesses — including Clinton herself.
“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second—that’s no way to run an investigation,” Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote in a letter to the FBI. “The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy.”
“According to the unredacted portions of the transcripts, it appears that in April or early May of 2016, Mr. Comey had already decided he would issue a statement exonerating Secretary Clinton,” the senators said.
That helps explain why Lynch recused herself from the probe — she knew that Clinton wasn’t going to be recommended for prosecution by a corrupt Comey, as we noted in January 2018:
As reported by PJ Media’s Debra Heine, according to new documents that have been turned over to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Lynch was already aware of Comey’s plan to clear Clinton when she announced just days before she would ‘accept whatever the FBI decided.’
Comey made his announcement during an unbelievable press conference on July 5, 2016 — unbelievable, because before he said “no reasonable prosecutor” would take up the case, he laid out everything she had done wrong (that agents had found up to that point). And everything Comey laid out was legally actionable. In other words, the national security violations committed by Clinton were many times worse than violations by “regular” Americans who did far less but were nevertheless tried, convicted and jailed.
Also, fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok exchanges texts with his lover, then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, regarding Lynch’s recusal. On July 1, 2016, Lynch came out publicly and said that because of that meeting, she would accept Comey’s recommendation, whatever it was.
The next thing we know, Comey’s exonerating Hillary.
Strzok, who was kept in the loop as all of this developed because he was in charge of Clinton’s email investigation, received a text from his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page on July 1, the day Lynch ‘recused’ herself:
‘And yeah, it’s a real profile in courage [sic] since she knows no charges will be brought.’
The Fox News panel noted that what Lynch, Comey, and others did to exonerate Clinton was much more than simple obstruction of justice because they decided not to charge the former secretary of state for political reasons.
“It’s obstruction and many other things,” said criminal defense attorney David Schoen. “What these people did…[they] tore down the reputation of one of the greatest agencies [the FBI] in the history of the country.
He went onto note that “so-called civil libertarians like [House Judiciary Committee chairman] Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) should be outraged” by what Lynch, Comey, et al did to the DoJ and bureau.
“That tells you their Trump hatred outweighs everything else in their agenda.”
Brett Tolman, a former U.S. attorney during Comey’s tenure, added that Americans “should be afraid of the pattern we’re starting to see.”
“We have seen the director of the FBI follow a pattern of hiding things that he doesn’t want us to see, leaking things that he hopes to get out there, not charging Hillary Clinton when many of us thought there should have been charges,” he said, adding that Comey did what he did because he believed Hillary was going to win the 2016 election.
“He was going to cover for her after she became president,” Tolman noted further. “Then the same pattern seems to occur with the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court.”
“That’s what Congress should be looking into, is what is it those in power are doing with the power they have,” Tolman said.
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