Judicial Watch is at it again, breaking news about the laughable FBI “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server for classified State Department business. Monday evening, JW finally acquired another 200 or so more messages (these were emails) exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page that showed the FBI completely failed to make the “302” notes that were supposed to have documented at least four significant interviews with key witnesses in the Hillary case. I mean, there is just no record of these interviews, and that is highly unusual. The new Strzok/Page messages also show –- but we knew this –- that when Hillary was testifying, she had two of her own people in the room with her. Of those, Cheryl Mills was a witness in the case and also acting as Hillary’s attorney.
Much more on this at the link…
On the other hand, here’s something to ponder: While the Justice Department released the Strzok/Page communications, they rejected an order from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan to release the transcripts of wiretapped conversations between then-incoming national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak during the Trump transition . They said only that these materials were not relevant to Flynn’s sentencing. Well, so what? Something’s likely going on here.
Other materials show that FBI General Counsel James Baker ordered the Bureau to expedite requests for documents from Hillary Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall. In other words, they were to get them out to her as soon as they could before the election. “In my view,” Baker wrote, “we need to move as quickly as possible on this...” Reportedly, in their haste they granted access to her attorneys to top-secret classified material found on her private server even though her legal team lacked the proper security clearances to see it.
Incidentally, this has to be a sore point with Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, whose Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests have languished for months and even years before being responded to, if they ever are.
Now that our suspicions are being confirmed about the Hillary email investigation, investigative reporter John Solomon offers this excellent review of what we know so far and lists the questions he has for Hillary Clinton…
Not all of the breaking news involves Hillary. Former Trump attorney John Dowd has called the entire Mueller report “a fraud” now that he knows a voicemail transcript between him and a lawyer for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was edited in a way that was deceptive. (The Justice Department actually complied with Judge Sullivan’s order to release the transcript of that call, a voicemail message.) The report took a completely appropriate and proper conversation and made it appear sinister, smearing the attorneys. Appearing on Monday’s HANNITY show, Dowd made an outstanding point by asking the question: “Isn’t it ironic that this man who kept indicting and prosecuting people for process crimes committed a false statement in his own report?
“By taking out half my words,” he continued, “they changed...the tenor and the contents of that conversation with [Flynn’s attorney Rob Kelner]. And it’s an outrage. And there’s probably more of it.”
Alan Dershowitz explained why this is so serious: a special counsel report, by definition, is always going to be one-sided. There is no exculpatory evidence. So the evidence that’s there needs to be clear and trustworthy –- and in context. On its face, this looks like an example of weaponizing the criminal justice system. (Once again, though, Dershowitz maintained that he is satisfied that Hillary wasn’t prosecuted. We have to part ways there, as she clearly broke laws, obstructed justice and endangered national security.)
This edited transcript in the Mueller report sounds suspiciously like the work of the disreputable Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s right-hand man on the special counsel team, who has made quite a name for himself hiding exculpatory evidence in other cases. Since finding out about this, Devin Nunes, ranking Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for the release of all backup and source documentation for what he has rightly dubbed ‘the Mueller dossier.”