FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok points down the hallway as he arrives for a House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing, Thursday, July 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) is on a tear. The newly released transcripts of former FBI official Peter Strzok’s closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees last June revealed an “agreement” between DOJ lawyers and Clinton’s counsel to block FBI agent’s access to Clinton Foundation emails. In addition, the transcripts add weight to the theory that Clinton’s ultimate exoneration was never in question. The full transcript can be viewed here.
Although Strzok, skilled in the art of interrogation, did his best to evade questions, Congressional investigators were still able to glean some vital information.
House Judiciary Committee General Counsel Zachary Somers asked Strzok if he “was given access to [Clinton Foundation-related] emails as part of the investigation.”
We were not. We did not have access, My recollection is that the access to those emails was based on consent that was negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton.
Although the FBI eventually took possession of the servers, it was based upon the negotiation of Department of Justice attorneys for consent.
A significant filter team was employed at the FBI to work through the various terms of the various consent agreements. Limitations imposed on agents’ searches included date ranges, and names of domains and people.
The agreement was reached, because according to the attorneys, we lacked probable cause to get a search warrant for those servers and projected that either it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.
Later in his testimony, Strzok said “that agents had access to the “entire universe” of information on the servers when using search terms to probe their contents.”
Can you imagine that? Prior to an investigation into a potential crime, the subject’s lawyers negotiated with DOJ lawyers over what information FBI officials could and could not access. If only Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone and all the others had been offered that option.
Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton spoke to the Conservative Citizen on Thursday. Fitton, through innumerable Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, has been instrumental in exposing the deep state’s conspiracy against Trump.
He pointed out that the DOJ, if this had been a normal investigation, would have obtained a search warrant to take possession of Clinton’s server immediately. Instead, they negotiated with her lawyers. He called it a “pretend” investigation. He provides some interesting insight in the video below.
Former Utah Congressman and current Fox News‘ contributor Jason Chaffetz weighed in:
What’s bizarre about this is, in any other situation, there’s no possible way they would allow the potential perpetrator to self-select what the FBI gets to see. The FBI was aware that the servers contained classified information in unclassified settings. The FBI should be the one to sort through those emails — not the Clinton attorneys.
The DOJ’s goal was to make sure they hear no evil, see no evil — they had no interest in pursuing the truth.
The DOJ’s behavior, including its award of immunity to top Clinton aides early on in the investigation, signaled a clear double standard. They didn’t go make a deal with anyone in Trump’s orbit. They seized it. They used guns and agents — and just went in there and took it.
The Clinton Foundation isn’t supposed to be communicating with the State Department anyway. The foundation — with her name on it — is not supposed to be communicating with the senior officials at the State Department.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said, “There was an orchestrated effort, a conspiracy, to ensure Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted.”
Nothing about the investigations into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server or the false accusations that Trump had colluded with Russians to win the presidency followed standard protocol. Nope, these were custom made. They were ordered and designed by top Obama administration officials, and then implemented by Obama’s weaponized DOJ and FBI. The persecution of Donald Trump has continued for nearly three years.
But thanks to the persistence of men like Devin Nunes, Doug Collins and Tom Fitton, the truth is starting to come out. And once a little bit of truth is revealed, there comes a day when the floodgates open and the complete picture emerges. And I feel confident that day is coming.