Report: FBI ignored major lead on Hillary Clinton’s emails

When it was first revealed several years ago that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had used an unauthorized and unsecured private email server to handle both her routine and governmental communications, there was a primary concern that foreign actors might have gained access to that unsecured server and obtained classified and sensitive government information.

That possibility was seemingly dismissed by the Obama-era FBI — led by then-Director James Comey, who was later fired by President Donald Trump. But according to an exclusive report by The Epoch Times, transcripts from Congressional testimonies suggest Comey’s FBI was handed major evidence that Clinton’s emails were accessed by foreign parties — and either ignored it or deliberately suppressed it.

Metadata evidence of server access

In a lengthy piece of investigative reporting, Ivan Pentchoukov cites numerous transcripts of closed-door testimony by several current and former FBI officials, revealing that the FBI was made aware of early on — but did nothing about — metadata evidence which suggested that not only had a foreign third party gained access to Clinton’s email server, but that foreign third party also received a forwarded copy of every single message sent or received on that server.

That evidence was provided to the FBI in 2015 by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) — at that time Charles McCollough — who found the “anomalies” in the metadata during a forensic review of Clinton’s emails.

It is unclear exactly when in 2015 the ICIG passed that information along to the FBI, but the ICIG had first alerted the FBI to issues with Clinton’s server in July 2015, as per the Intelligence Authorization Act, which requires all government agencies to notify the FBI “immediately of any information, regardless of its origin, which indicates that classified information is being, or may have been, disclosed in an unauthorized manner to a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power.”

Nobody knows anything

That notification first became public knowledge during the 2018 Congressional testimony of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who had learned of it through McCollough, though that information was not contained in the extensive report Horowitz compiled regarding the FBI’s handling of the Clinton investigation.

Nevertheless, Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows took note of what Horowitz revealed about the metadata anomalies in that hearing, and questioned several FBI officials about it.

Unfortunately, as revealed in the review of the closed-door hearing transcripts, Meadows heard all of the FBI officials separately claim ignorance of such knowledge, suggesting the important lead passed along by McCollough was either ignored or suppressed by the FBI.

McCollough speaks

McCollough, who is now a partner at the Compass Rose Legal Group, simultaneously provided the FBI a modicum of cover while throwing them under the bus. He stated that he’d never alleged the FBI had covered up evidence, but also admitted the FBI had never really followed up with about what he had turned over to them.

“It was the FBI’s investigation. The flow of information was purposely one way from the ICIG to the FBI,” McCullough told the Times. “I was in no way overseeing what the bureau was doing, and I didn’t expect them to inform me of results of their investigation. Having spent 10 years of my life as an FBI special agent, I presumed they would take appropriate action with respect to whatever information I gave them. I did not follow up with them to ensure that was the case.”

Likely culprits: Peter Strzok and China

According to the Times, a process of elimination would suggest that fired FBI agent Peter Strzok — who became infamous for his anti-Trump text messages to FBI lawyer Lisa Page — was the only FBI official who both heard about the metadata evidence and stayed involved in the Clinton investigation to the end. As such, he could have ignored or suppressed the ICIG’s metadata evidence from all others.

Furthermore, testimony from another FBI official, combined with separate reports of a Chinese-owned company in the Washington D.C. area gaining access to Clinton’s emails, suggest that at least some in the FBI knew of the strong possibility that a foreign third party had obtained Clinton’s emails, but had ignored or suppressed that information in order to exonerate her and allow her to continue her presidential campaign.

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