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Judicial Watch: DOJ, FBI ‘Were Bending Over Backwards to Protect Hillary Clinton’

By Brady Kenyon | June 18, 2018 | 3:43pm EDT
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“It's upsetting to see documented evidence of the FBI and DOJ bending over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton,” Tom Fitton, president of the government watchdog group Judicial Watch said Friday.

Discussing the FBI’s email investigation of Clinton on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Fitton cited an Inspector General’s report released last Thursday detailing FBI efforts to exonerate Clinton:

“Look, Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal. So, it's upsetting to see documented evidence of the FBI and DOJ bending over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton and deferring to her on virtually every issue and deciding early on not to prosecute her and just go through the motions of an investigation despite all the evidence that we had uncovered that she knew what she was doing was inappropriate.”

“She was warned by her national security team and her security team not to do it, and that she did it to avoid disclosure and accountability, all of which goes to the heart of guilt in terms of trying to figure out what her intent was for mishandling classified information and other government documents.”

Fitton suggested political bias may also have been at play at the Justice Department:

“The documentation shows a Justice Department that was desperate to protect Hillary Clinton while at the same time, as these texts indicate, was gearing up to go after Donald Trump at the very same time.”

Below is a transcript of Tom Fitton’s remarks last Friday on Tucker Carlson Tonight:

CARLSON: Today's report reveals, as we just said, that if James Comey, no matter what you think of his politics, repeatedly and demonstrably broke protocol and engaged in insubordinate behavior.

Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch and he joins us tonight. Tom, you make a living filing requests, FOIA requests for government documents. You have a sharp eye for what's been deleted from documents.

Are you confident these 500-odd pages are the whole story of the investigation into the Clinton email scandal?

TOM FITTON, JUDICIAL WATCH PRESIDENT: Well, it's the beginning of the story in the least because, obviously, there is this connection between Peter Strzok, the Clinton emails and the Russia investigation, which is yet to be analyzed by the I.G.

Look, Judicial Watch uncovered the Clinton email scandal. So, it's upsetting to see documented evidence of the FBI and DOJ bending over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton and deferring to her on virtually every issue and deciding early on not to prosecute her and just go through the motions of an investigation, despite all the evidence that we had uncovered that she knew what she was doing was inappropriate, she was warned by her national security team and her security team not to do it, and that she did it to avoid disclosure and accountability, all of which goes to the heart of guilt in terms of trying to figure out what her intent was for mishandling classified information and other government documents.

It's incredible. I think your viewers need to look at the report themselves. Don't trust the media analysis of it because -

CARLSON: That's for sure.

FITTON: The documentation shows a Justice Department that was desperate to protect Hillary Clinton while at the same time, as these texts indicate, was gearing up to go after Donald Trump at the very same time.

So, when you compare and contrast what happened with Mrs. Clinton with what was going on with President Trump - or then-candidate Trump - these same people were working with the Clinton campaign (INAUDIBLE) Fusion GPS, to target and spy on the man.

CARLSON: That's an excellent point. We are leading with this objective analysis, but the data are in this report and worth reading. Thank you. Tom Fitton, good to see you.

FITTON: You're welcome.

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