“Shadowy” FBI Official Protected Obama After Unsecured Email Exchange With Hillary
Additional text messages sent and received by disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok were recently handed over to Congress, reports the AP.
Buried in the report are text messages between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page discussing how hackers likely obtained an email exchange between then-President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The exchange was later covered-up by the FBI after the incident was removed from Comey’s closing statement on Clinton’s email investigation.
One of the messages references a change in language to Comey’s statement closing out the email case involving Clinton, Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election. While an earlier draft of the statement said Clinton and President Barack Obama had an email exchange while Clinton was “on the territory” of a hostile adversary, the reference to Obama was at first changed to “senior government official” and then omitted entirely in the final version.
Who protected Obama from the potential fallout? Meet FBI Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap.
Conservative Tree House reports:
Enter FBI Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap to clean up a messy issue.
From the text messaging between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ/FBI Lawyer Lisa Page, we see that Bill Priestap helped create the carefully worded manuscript FBI Director James Comey delivered in July 2016 to extricate Clinton from her illegal action. However, Bill Priestap’s editorial focus was very specific:
It was Asst. FBI Director W.H. “Bill” Priestap, in his role within the DOJ/FBI “small group”, who removed the connection of President Obama to the email account of Secretary Clinton:
Earlier this month, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) released Comey’s closing statement on the FBI’s Clinton email investigation.
The Hill‘s John Solomon revealed:
Ex-FBI Director James Comey’s original statement closing out the probe into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server was edited by subordinates to remove five separate references to terms like “grossly negligent” and to delete mention of evidence supporting felony and misdemeanor violations, according to copies of the full document.
Comey also originally concluded that it was “reasonably likely” that Clinton’s nonsecure private server was accessed or hacked by hostile actors though there was no evidence to prove it. But that passage was also changed to the much weaker “possible,” the memos show.
Comey’s original draft stated, “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statute proscribing gross negligence in the handling of classified information and of the statute proscribing misdemeanor mishandling, my judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
In the closing statement, the terms “gross negligence” and “misdemeanor mishandling” where edited to “potential violations of the statutes.”
In December, Johnson alleged “hostile actors” had likely gained access to Clinton’s private email server containing classified information.