The argument that the investigation into Hillary Clinton was biased just took a very interesting turn.
In recently released transcripts, Lisa Page, the former FBI attorney dismissed from the case over her now-infamous anti-Trump text messages with former top agent Peter Strzok, testified it was actually the DOJ that refused to let the FBI go after Hillary for “gross negligence.”
Lynch’s Controversial Decision
At the time this decision was made, Loretta Lynch was still the U.S. Attorney General. She specifically said she had removed herself from the investigation and was allowing James Comey, the then-FBI Director, to decide if Clinton was going to be indicted or not.
However, Page’s testimony contradicts that statement. While testifying before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees last summer, Page stated the FBI “did not blow over 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 testified.
However, when they discussed the matter with prosecutors from the Justice Department, the DOJ told the FBI to not pursue this angle.
“We had multiple conversations with the Justice Department about bringing a gross negligence charge. And that’s, as I said, the advice that we got from the Department was that they did not think — that it was constitutionally vague and not sustainable,” Page told the committee.
When specifically asked if the FBI stopped pursuing these charges because the Justice Department told the FBI it would not charge her on this, Page stated, “That’s correct.”
Time to Call Lynch
Page’s testimony puts a completely different spin on the narrative to this point. It also begins to shed some light on why Comey was drafting the letter about not indicting Hillary months before the investigation concluded as well as why the wording on that letter was changed so drastically.
If Comey had already been given that directive by the DOJ, he more or less knew he had nothing with which he could charge Hillary. It would also explain why the reopened investigation was wrapped up so quickly.
Let’s not forget, during the same timeframe, Lynch had her mysterious meeting with Bill Clinton on the tarmac. Is it possible Bill got wind of the possible charges and called on Lynch to make sure they were not pursued? Is it possible Lynch then turned around and gave her prosecutors the edict that “gross negligence” was not an option?
For those very reasons, Lynch should be called before the House committee again, but that will probably not happen with Democrats calling the shots right now. How this specific angle was not pursued by Republicans while they were in charge proves how inept and useless these House committees and investigations really are.