Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton: IG reports Are 'Both Coverups and Exposés at the Same Time'

By Susan Jones | May 31, 2018 | 6:04am EDT
Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group. (Photo: Screen capture/Fox News)

(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department inspector-general will soon release his report examining how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation. Even before the report is released to the public, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on it next week, on June 5.

One of the people who has pushed and even sued for answers on the Clinton email investigation is Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch. He discussed the anticipated IG report with "Fox & Friends First," early Thursday morning:

"I don't know what's going to be in it. My experience with IG reports is that they're both cover-ups and exposés at the same time. The FBI and DOJ did a lot wrong in that sham investigation of the Hillary Clinton's email system. You had the Loretta lynch (tarmac) meeting with Bill Clinton that this DOJ is still covering up information on.

"And on the other hand, Hillary Clinton has something to complain about. Where, you know, she wasn't prosecuted, yet James Comey in order to make it seem like they were doing something legitimate, attacked her while protecting the institution of the FBI and the reputation of the Justice Department, which was really working overtime to protect her."

Fitton noted that if anyone lied to investigators, they could be referred for criminal prosecution by the Justice Department's inspector-general. He also suggested that former FBI Director James Comey or former Attorney General Loretta Lynch may be found at fault.

"And then of course, you've got these FBI officials, Peter Strzok, who was obviously anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton based on the text messages he had. He was the lead investigator for the FBI."

Fitton said the Clinton email investigation and the Trump-Russia investigation are "two sides of the same coin," because the same FBI people were involved in both investigations.

"So you can't talk about the Clinton email investigation without talking about what I believe to be the illicit targeting of the Trump campaign by the same people who were covering up the Clinton email investigation.

"That's why people are upset, because they know Trump was being targeted for specious reasons, while Hillary Clinton, where you have obvious violations of the law, was getting kid gloves treatment," Fitton said.

Peter Strzok, an FBI counterintelligence agent, investigated the Clinton email investigation, and he was later assigned to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation, until the discovery of thousands of text messages he exchanged with Lisa Page, a fellow FBI agent, with whom he was having an extra-marital affair.

Those text messages show an anti-Trump, pro-Hillary bias.

Strzok was removed from the Mueller probe when the DOJ-IG discovered the text messages, and he now works in the FBI's Human Resources Department. Page resigned from the FBI a few weeks ago.

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