Judicial Watch: New Emails Show FBI Gave Special Treatment to Clinton's Demands Just Before Election

Michael W. Chapman | June 5, 2019 | 4:55pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) -- In its ongoing investigation of the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email case and the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, Judicial Watch revealed this week that new emails -- obtained through their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department -- show that the FBI moved swiftly to meet the demands of Clinton's lawyer to provide him with its investigative documents on Clinton just two months prior to the 2016 election.

“These incredible documents show the leadership of the FBI rushed to give Hillary Clinton her FBI interview report shortly before the election,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“And the documents also show the FBI failed to timely document interviews in the Clinton email ‘matter’ – further confirming the whole investigation was a joke," said Fitton.  "AG Barr can’t reopen the Clinton email investigation soon enough.”

Judicial Watch obtained the new FBI emails as part of its FOIA lawsuit against the DOJ, which was filed on Jan. 24, 2018. In the lawsuit, Judicial Watch is seeking all records of communications, such as emails, text messages, and instant chats between (now former) FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI attorney Lisa Page.

Strzok and Page, whose text messages have revealed they were vehemently anti-Trump, were involved in an adulterous affair and were lead figures in the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia collusion case. 

Strzok and Page, despite their animus towards Trump, were also intimately involved in the early stages of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of collusion, a two-year, $35 million investigation that confirmed there was no collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russians in 2016.

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In an Aug. 16, 2016 email, obtained by Judicial Watch, then-FBI General Counsel James Baker contacted Lisa Page and other top FBI officials stating that he "just spoke" with Clinton lawyer David Kendall, who was requesting documents from the FBI about their investigation of Clinton. Baker tells the people cc'd on the email that he told Kendall, "we would process it expeditiously."

"I just spoke with David Kendall," Baker wrote.  "I conveyed our view that in order to obtain the documents [FBI investigative material] they are seeking they need to submit a request pursuant to the Privacy Act and FOIA. I said they could submit a letter to me covering both statutes. They will send it in the morning."

Former FBI counterintelligence chief Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page. (YouTube)

"I said that we would process it expeditiously," Baker wrote.  "David asked us to focus first on the Secretary’s 302 [FBI interview report]. I said OK. [Redacted] We will have to focus on this issue tomorrow and get the 302 out the door as soon as possible and then focus on the rest of the stuff." (Emphasis added.)

On Aug. 17, 2016,  Kendall sent a FOIA/Privacy Act request on "behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton" to Baker requesting "expeditious processing." Baker, in turn, emailed Lisa Page, and other top officials, such as Associate Deputy Director David Bowdich, Acting Assistant Director Jason V. Herring, and Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson.

Baker wrote, "In my view, we need to move as quickly as possible on this, but pursuant to David’s oral request last night, we should focus first on Secretary Clinton’s 302…. Is the end of this week out of the question for her 302?"

Former FBI Director James Comey, left, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. (YouTube)

A later email that day reveals that Herring, Page, Strzok, and other FBI officials would "coordinate a plan for processing and releasing" Clinton's 302. 

On Aug. 21, 2016, Baker sent another email to the officials concerned that he would "alert" David Kendall prior to Clinton's 302 being posted on the FBI's FOIA Vault webpage. 

Three days later, "the acting FBI FOIA unit chief said he sees 'no problem' with giving Hillary's attorney a heads up before her records were posted to the Vault," reported Judicial Watch

On Sept. 2, 2016, Clinton's interview documents were released, approximately two months before the presidential election. 

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