As part of the pseudo-investigation–I call it that because any time the conclusions are written before for the investigation really begins you have a whitewash, not an investigation–into Hillary Clinton’s email server, several of her senior aides were interviewed. The interviews were startling in a number of ways. For instance, Cheryl Mills was questioned as a suspect/subject in the investigation but she was also Hillary Clinton’s attorney and present when Clinton was interviewed. This is something that is usually not permitted. Not only that, Mills claimed attorney-client privilege over conversations she’d had with Clinton while serving as Clinton’s chief-of-staff and was told, in advance, the areas she would be questioned about. (See Andy McCarthy and Trey Gowdy for their take.) Most of that, however, is on Department of Justice which acted as Hillary Clinton’s in-house legal team during the investigation.
The Daily Caller is reporting that the FBI also has some answering to do.
Summaries of the interviews [of Mills and Abedin], known as 302s, were released by the FBI last year.
A review of those documents conducted by The Daily Caller shows that Mills and Abedin told Strzok and Laufman that they were not aware of Clinton’s server until after she left the State Department.
“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.”
Abedin also 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 states.
We know that is false because there are emails from 2009 and 2010 in which both Mills and Abedin discuss Hillary Clinton’s private server, including hacking attempts directed at it.
Making it more obvious, James Comey admitted knowing that these answers are false:
Former FBI Director James Comey defended the Clinton aides’ inconsistent statements in 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 Jason Chaffetz, a former Utah congressman who served on the committee last year.
Denying knowledge of the server when the server is the central focus of the whole investigation is hardly peripheral. (I’d also note that absolutely no one is howling for Comey to be charged with obstruction of justice for dropping the investigation of two people who blatantly and casually lied to the FBI.)
And the lead investigator in questioning both Mills and Abedin was none other than our good pal, Peter Strzok.
Strzok is the former head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division until his removal from that job in August. And, unlike with Michael Flynn, Strzok didn’t think it useful to pursue charges of lying to the FBI in this case. Since then we’ve learned that he was involved in literally every part of the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as instigating the “collusion” investigation on the strength of the Trump dossier he received from Fusion GPS. And we know he was, if not a Clinton partisan, at least anti-Trump and pro-Clinton during the 2016 election as well as being a close friend of deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe.
But this is all just a coincidence because we all know how noble and above-it-all the FBI is.