REPORT: The FBI Considered Charges Against Hillary Clinton In 2016 But The DOJ Stopped It

Hillary Clinton was apparently facing potential charges from the FBI in 2016 but was stopped by the Department of Justice.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Lisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with ‘gross negligence’ in 2016, and DOJ told them no

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing “gross negligence,” but the Justice Department shut them down.

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Newly released transcripts from Page’s private testimony in front of a joint task force of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in July 2018 sheds new light on the internal discussions about an investigation into Clinton’s emails.

This goes back to the FBI’s “Midyear Exam” investigation, which looked into whether Clinton committed crimes when she sent and received classified information on her unauthorized private email server while serving as secretary of state.

Comey cleared Clinton of all charges in a press conference on July 5, 2016.

Page told the committee that the FBI “did not blow over gross negligence.” Responding to a question from Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, Page testified the FBI, including Comey, believed Clinton may have committed gross negligence.

“We, in fact — and, in fact, the Director — because, on its face, it did seem like, well, maybe there’s a potential here for this to be the charge. And we had multiple conversations, multiple conversations with the Justice Department about charging gross negligence,” she said.

This conflicts with the account provided by former attorney general Loretta Lynch.

From Real Clear Politics in April 2018:

In an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she does not recall “concerns being raised” by then-FBI Director James Comey when the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private e-mail scandal was categorized as a ‘matter.’ Comey later publicly testified before Congress that he felt “queasy” being told to use that terminology to describe how the Justice Department was handling the probe…

“Comey says you wanted to call it the ‘Clinton matter,’ he wants to call it the Clinton investigation. To the extent though that he noted it, that it bothered him, did he go to you and question your credibility with regard to the Clinton case?” Holt asked the former AG.

“I can tell you though that it was a meeting like any other that we had, where we talked about the issues,” Lynch answered. We had a full and open discussion about it.”

It’s not too late to correct this mistake. Just saying.

 

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