Judicial Watch publishes 218 pages of emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act
According to internal FBI emails, bureau officials attempted to facilitate a Hillary Clinton‘s lawyer’s request for information just weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Judicial Watch, the Conservative watchdog group, published 218 pages of emails it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Monday.
The communications between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page is also contained within the documents, many which correlate to the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s user of her private email server while acting as secretary of state.
Both Strzok and Page, both former FBI agents, sent thousands of texts to each other about the Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations, which prompted accusations of bias.
Upon the discovery of the texts, Strzok was removed from the Russia investigation.
According to one email, Page said that reports on witness interviews (known as 302’s) “had never been written” in the Clinton emails investigation.
But the email failed to disclose why reports were not written or to which witnesses they related.
James Baker, the then-FBI General Counsel, promised Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, that the FBI would move promptly to provide a copy of Clinton’s 302
“I just spoke with David Kendall … I conveyed our view that to obtain the documents they are seeking, they need to submit a request pursuant to the Privacy Act and FOIA,” Baker wrote on Aug. 16, 2016.
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“I said they could submit a letter to me covering both statutes. They will send it in the morning. I said that we would process it expeditiously. David asked us to focus first on the Secretary’s 302. I said OK,” Baker said, adding they would “get the 302 out the door as soon as possible.”
Just days later, Baker said he planned to inform Kendall when Clinton’s 302 would be made available online.
“I don’t see a problem with giving Kendall a heads up,” the FBI’s FOIA unit chief wrote.
The FBI posted the 302 on its website on Sept. 2, 2016.
Judicial Watch claims that the emails prove Clinton received “special treatment” from officials before the election.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement:
“These incredible documents show the leadership of the FBI rushed to give Hillary Clinton her FBI interview report shortly before the election,”
“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.”
In March, Judicial Watch uncovered documents which appear contradict Clinton’s testimony she gave under oath in 2015 – that she had already surrendered all of her classified emails to the State Department.
In the emails, Clinton roams from seemingly sensitive foreign policy concerns in Israel to assisting her daughter get a job at the State Department, according to Fox News.
Clinton is also found discussing foreign policy concerns with then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.