Guest post by Joe Hoft
In a press conference in early July 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI was not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton as a result of the FBI’s investigation into her emails.
Unfortunately, new evidence proves Comey knowingly exonerated Clinton and closed the FBI’s investigation without the key evidence to do so!
According to Time on July 5th, 2016 [emphasis added] –
FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a criminal case against Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal email server as Secretary of State, though he criticized her handling of the emails.
Comey said that 110 of Clinton’s emails contained classified information at the time they were sent and received, adding that Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information and that it’s possible “hostile actors” could have gained access to the server.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.“We are expressing to [the] Justice [Department] our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.” He said the FBI found “no intentional misconduct.”
“This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” Comey added. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
The Justice Department will make the final decision on whether to bring charges against Clinton now that the FBI’s investigation has concluded. Attorney General Loretta Lynch previously said she expected to follow the FBI’s recommendation.
The key reason Comey did not charge Clinton in regard to the email scandal is because Comey couldn’t prove criminal intent:
“We could not prove that the people sending the information, either in that case or the other case with the secretary, were acting with any kind of mens rea, with any kind of criminal intent,” he concluded.
FBI Agent Peter Strzok and the DOJ’s David Laufman interviewed Clinton on July 2nd, 2016. She was not placed under oath nor recorded. In attendance were David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, Katherine Turner, Amy Saharia, two FBI agents, and six DOJ officials.
During the FBI interview, Hillary testified she didn’t know the big “C” meant classified during her testimony to the FBI, which then formed the basis for Comey’s decision to not charge Clinton criminally:
After reviewing an email dated April 9, 2012, with subject line ‘Call to President Banda,’ CLINTON stated she did not remember the email specifically,” the FBI’s notes say. “When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph within the captioned email, CLINTON stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order. CLINTON could not say for sure if the parenthetical ‘C’ is used for portion marking classified documents.”
A few hours after Hillary was interviewed by the FBI and DOJ, she told CNN through a phone interview that she never had possession of anything classified (after she spent hours being shown email after email after email with a classified marking on them).
The FBI’s Peter Strzok, who ran the interview with Hillary, texted his lover FBI attorney Lisa Page and noted this –
2016-07-02Midyear DOJ5:43 pm Peter Strzok text: And she just gave a phone interview to CNN[source]
2016-07-02Midyear DOJ5:49 pm Lisa Page text: What did she say?[source]
2016-07-02Midyear DOJ5:58 pm Peter Strzok text: Just she never sent or received anything marked as classified, that she didn’t want to comment on the interview out of respect for the investigation, that she was glad to have been able to help resolve the matter.[source]
These texts show that Strzok completely glossed over the fact that Clinton just lied about her testimony in her CNN interview.
But more importantly, the only way possible to determine if Clinton had foreknowledge about how to handle classified material is to talk to the guys that actually trained Clinton on security indoctrination, but the investigation outcome was already predetermined without that foremost piece of evidence.
In short, Comey didn’t have the evidence in place to know whether Clinton even did or did not act with criminal intent before exonerating Clinton. The key evidence of interviewing those who provided Hillary with instructions on how to handle classified emails had not yet taken place when the interview with Hillary on July 2nd 2016 occurred.
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:03 pm Peter Strzok text: Yeah. If we want the draft done for the D [Director Comey] tomorrow, post-edit.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:22 pm Peter Strzok text: Also, talked to [redacted]. He said the two details never talk to each other.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:56 pm Lisa Page text: And hey, remind me brief call with andy [McCabe]. He agrees finding out those answers probably doesn’t change anything, but I still think that he expects you guys to do so, even post-Tuesday. Anyway, we’ll talk.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:59 pm Peter Strzok text: And how do we do investigation after D announces we’ve completed it? We believe we know the guy who did brief, [redacted][source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:06 pm Lisa Page text: Because the D says he’s not going to say complete, just nearly complete or something like that.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:08 pm Peter Strzok text: Ok. [Redacted]. We can go there. Any other due outs? I suppose I should just wait to talk to you.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:08 pm Lisa Page text: No, just that they both thought it would be important to get the answer to the questions about her security indoctrination, ongoing training, etc.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:09 pm Lisa Page text: And I imagine you can probably just do it by phone.
On Saturday July 2nd 2016 the FBI still had not interviewed whomever discussed how to handle classified information with Hillary Clinton when she became US Secretary of State in 2009 under President Barack Obama. The 4th of July in 2016 was on the following Monday and on Tuesday the corrupt FBI Director Comey exonerated Hillary from any criminal acts related to her email server and related activities (i.e. destroying evidence, maintaining emails in a non-secure non-government server, lying about the emails and server, etc.).