Skip to comments.Flashback: FBI gave Clinton email investigation ‘special’ status
Posted on 12/04/2017 6:52:20 PM PST by TigerClaws
Shortly before last years election, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given special status, according to documents released Wednesday.
McCabes Oct. 23, 2016, email to press officials in the FBI said the probe was under the control of a small group of high-ranking people at the FBIs headquarters in Washington.
As I now know the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team, McCabe wrote in the email. He said he had no input when the Clinton email investigation started in summer 2015, while he was serving as assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington office.
[The Washington office] provided some personnel for the effort but it was referred to as a special and I was not given any details about it, he wrote.
FBI officials on Wednesday night refused to answer what McCabe meant by calling the Clinton email probe a special or why it was restricted to a small team at headquarters when it began.
We dont have anything to add to the documents that were released, bureau spokeswoman Carol Cratty wrote The Hill.
The note was contained in more than 70 pages of emails the FBI released on its public records site known as The Vault.
The emails chronicled McCabes efforts to address a separate controversy involving his wifes 2015 campaign for political office.
McCabes references to a special status for the Clinton probe are likely to be used as ammunition by Republican lawmakers critical of former FBI Director James Comeys handling of the Clinton investigation.
Republicans have slammed his decision not to criminally charge the former secretary of State for transmitting classified information through an unsecure private email server.
Comey, who was fired by President Trump earlier this year, has said that while the FBI found evidence of criminal violations it did not have enough evidence to prove Clinton intended to violate the law.
He also has repeatedly insisted the investigation was handled through normal channels and in an entirely apolitical and professional way.
Several Republican lawmakers are now pressing for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the way the email case was handled.
They have raised questions about edits to Comeys statement clearing Clinton of criminal wrongdoing.
Comey originally drafted a statement declaring that Clinton had been grossly negligent in handling classified materials, a term that would support a felony charge. FBI officials edited the statement before its release in July 2016 to simply say she was extremely careless and should not be criminally charged.
Comey also disclosed this spring he was originally ordered by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to call the Clinton email case an investigation but rather to use the more politically demur term matter.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Judiciary Committee have also launched an investigation.
Clinton has long denied she engaged in any criminal activity, though she acknowledged she had been sloppy in the use of personal email for classified matters.
Sessions said this week that he is reviewing the Republicans concerns but wont be pressured into naming a special prosecutor unless certain legal requirements are met.
McCabe wrote the email to help FBI press officials try to address questions from a Wall Street Journal reporter who in October 2016 reported that McCabes wife, Jill McCabe, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) when she ran for Virginia state Senate in 2015.
At the time, the FBI had ongoing criminal investigations into both Clintons email server and McAuliffes fundraising. Charges were never filed in either case.
McCabes email to his press shop was designed to show he did not have a conflict of interest when his wife took the McAuliffe money. He wrote a chronology showing he had recused himself from any Virginia corruption cases and was not directly involved in the Clinton case during the time his wife ran and lost the 2015 race.
McCabe wrote that he finally took charge of the Clinton email case in February 2016, when he was promoted to deputy director. By that time, the FBI was eight months into the investigation and his wife had lost the election three months earlier.
The McCabe emails released Wednesday have relevance to another controversy as well. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the governments official whistleblower agency, and the Justice Department inspector general are both investigating whether McCabes conduct during his wifes campaign violated the Hatch Acts prohibition on FBI agents engaging in partisan activities.
A former FBI agent produced evidence to investigators showing McCabe wore campaign shirts at some of his wifes events, and made a social media post encouraging voters to support his wife.
Separately, documents released by McAuliffes office show McCabe joined his wife for a meeting in March 2015 during which the then-Virginia governor was asked to support her bid for office. McCabes official FBI bio was submitted to the governors office in advance of the meeting.
The emails released Wednesday redact the part of McCabes timeline that addresses the period surrounding his meeting with McAuliffe.
They also show McCabe fielded several emails on his official FBI account about his wifes political campaign, including from people praising her performance on the campaign trail and a draft press release announcing his wifes campaign from the Virginia Democratic Party.
His wife emailed him on his official government account to alert him when she got the offer to run for the seat as a Democrat. Wow, what did you say? McCabe wrote back.
In another email, McCabe forwarded information about his wifes campaign Facebook page to a person whose name was redacted. Check her out on Facebook as Dr. Jill McCabe for Senate, the FBI executive wrote.
He also emailed his wife one day with praise for her campaign performance. You hit it out the park as always, McCabe wrote his spouse. Well done, lovely wife.
A source familiar with the ongoing investigations of McCabe told The Hill that investigators are now in possession of the new emails and will weigh whether they show any activities that violate the Hatch Acts prohibition on agents partisan activity.
The source added that investigators are particularly interested in details surrounding the McCabe-McAuliffe meeting involving his wifes campaign in March 2015.
After exhonerating Hillary and Huma, they moved on to begin the soft coup attempt against the incoming POTUS, Donald Trump.
The former official also said that Strzoks allegiance to (Deputy Director Andrew) McCabe was unwavering and very well known. According to another source, with direct knowledge of the Jan. 24 interview, McCabe had contacted Flynn by phone directly at the White House. White House officials had spent the earlier part of the week with the FBI overseeing training and security measures associated with their new roles so it was no surprise to Flynn that McCabe had called, the source said.
McCabe told Flynn some agents were heading over (to the White House) but Flynn thought it was part of the routine work the FBI had been doing and said they would be cleared at the gate, the source said.
It wasnt until after they were already in (Flynns) office that he realized he was being formerly interviewed. He didnt have an attorney with him, they added.
We also now now who this F.B.I. official was:
“Comey originally drafted a statement declaring that Clinton had been grossly negligent in handling classified materials, a term that would support a felony charge. FBI officials edited the statement before its release in July 2016 to simply say she was extremely careless and should not be criminally charged.”
It was none other than FBI section chief Peter Strzok.
Same anti-Trumper who interviewed Flynn leading to the charges against the General.
“Small team” says it all, now that we have a bit more information.
Recall when the weiner matter broke and agents in NYC found info on wieners phone sufficient to stall the whitewash of Clintons email probe. The info went to DC to the special unit and died. Allegedly the nyc agents and nypd detectives were enraged.
Yes. The F.B.I. came and seized the computer and ‘took over.’ Now we know why - damage control and cover up. Good point.
Yeah right.... Everyone know them dimocraps allways have GOOD intentions so they can never do no wrong....
Thank God for all the deplorable voters that we were able to shine a light on corruption. Imagine if Clinton had been elected. All this would be gone forever.
Yeah and at that time there was skuttle butt that the enraged n.y.cops were going to tell all....???
Strzok seems to have his hand in a lot of things.
Basically it was a DoJ cabal. Strzok was a loyal player. He was a pawn though.
Who were the real players here? Comey? Lynch? Holder? HRC? Obama?
You have to go back and rethink what we know.
When Lynch said she’d rely on the decision the F.B.I. would make regarding the emails, she was referring to Strzok. So the game was fixed.
That would make Director Comey a cat’s paw to Hilly’s deep state plants.....love it....
The FBI is dirty.
There was a reference to what the FBI called a “skinny team” in one of the early Strzok threads this month.
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