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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Top Clinton Aides Face No Charges After Making False Statements To FBI
The following article appeared on the
Daily Caller on December 4th
The FBI agent who was fired from
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team for sending
anti-Donald Trump text messages conducted the interviews with two Hillary
Clinton aides accused of giving false statements about what they knew of the
former secretary of state’s private email server.
Neither of the Clinton associates,
Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, faced legal consequences for their misleading
statements, which they made in interviews last year with former FBI section
chief Peter Strzok.
But another Strzok interview subject
was not so lucky.
Michael Flynn, the former national
security adviser, pleaded guilty last week to lying during an interview he gave
on Jan. 24 to Strzok and another FBI agent. Circa journalist Sara Carter reported on Monday that Strzok took part in that interview
with the retired lieutenant general.
At the time, Strzok was the FBI’s top
investigator on the fledgling investigation into Russian interference in the
presidential campaign. He was appointed to supervise that effort at the end of
July 2016, just weeks after the conclusion of the Clinton email probe. CNN reported on Monday that as the FBI’s No. 2
counterintelligence official, Strzok signed the documents that officially
opened the collusion inquiry.
The starkly different outcomes from
Strzok’s interviews — a felony charge against Flynn and a free pass to Mills
and Abedin — are sure to raise questions from Republicans about
double-standards in the FBI’s two most prominent political investigations. FBI
Director Christopher Wray will likely be pressed on the Strzok scandal on
Thursday when he attends an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary
Strzok was also a prominent part of
the Clinton investigation, so much so that he conducted all of the most
significant interviews in the case.
Along with Justice Department
attorney David Laufman, Strzok interviewed Clinton herself on July 2, 2016. The
pair also interviewed Mills, Abedin and two other Clinton aides, Jake Sullivan
and Heather Samuelson.
Summaries of the interviews, 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
“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.
But undercutting those denials are
email exchanges in which both Mills and Abedin either directly discussed or
were involved in discussing Clinton’s server.
“hrc email coming back — is server
okay?” Mills asked in a Feb. 27, 2010 email to Abedin and Justin Cooper, a
longtime aide to Bill Clinton who helped set up the Clinton server.
“Ur funny. We are on the same
server,” Cooper replied.
Mills and Abedin were also involved
in an Aug. 30, 2011 exchange in which State Department official Stephen Mull
mentioned that Clinton’s “email server is down.”
And in a Jan. 9, 2011 email exchange,
Cooper told Abedin that Clinton’s server had been malfunctioning because
“someone was trying to hack us.”
“Had to shut down the server,” wrote
Cooper, who told the FBI in his interviews that he discussed Clinton’s
server with Abedin in 2009, when it was being set up.
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.
Chaffetz was not buying Comey’s
“I think she lied to everybody,” he
said of Mills in an interview on Fox News the night of the Comey hearing.
“There’s direct evidence that she
actually did know [about the server],” said Chaffetz, who added that Comey’s
defense of Mills “makes no sense.”
Chaffetz suggested that Mills would
have had an incentive to deny knowing about the server during Clinton’s State Department
tenure because it would allow her to cite attorney-client privilege to avoid
discussing certain aspects of Clinton’s email setup. Mills began working as one
of Clinton’s lawyers just after they left the State Department.
Strzok’s role in the Clinton and
Russia investigations took on a new significance on Saturday after the
bombshell revelation that the FBI veteran exchanged politically-charged text
messages last year.
Strzok was kicked off Mueller’s team
over the summer after the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered
that he sent the messages to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress. The
watchdog has been investigating the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton email
Page also worked on the Mueller team
for a short time over the summer.
The DC also discovered that Strzok’s wife, a Securities and
Exchange Commission attorney named Melissa Hodgman, has a strong pro-Clinton
bias. Her Facebook account shows she’s a member of groups called “We Voted for
Hillary” and “Thank You Obama.”
It was reported back in August that
Strzok had been removed from the Mueller team to the FBI’s human resources
department. Mueller’s office had declined for months to comment on the
mysterious personnel move.
It was also revealed on Monday that Strzok was the FBI agent responsible
for softening language that Comey used in his July 5, 2016 statement closing
the Clinton investigation. Strzok edited a rough draft of Comey’s speech,
changing out the phrase “grossly negligent” — a term which has legal weight —
with the softer phrase, “extremely careless.”
The FBI and Special Counsel’s Office
did not respond to requests for comment.
Ed. Neither Mills nor Abedin--big time Clinton hacks--received any sort of punishment for their countless lies to Congress OR to fellow Clinton associate Strzok. No doubt, just an oversight!