New revelations have allegedly emerged regarding the FBI’s probe of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Republicans on key congressional committees have reportedly found that the FBI believed there was evidence that some laws were broken when Clinton and her top aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, reports The Hill.
This follows a CNN report in December that a former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, Peter Strzok, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey’s description of how Clinton handled classified information.
Strzok reportedly changed Comey’s written description of Clinton’s actions as “grossly negligent,” which is criminal, to “extremely careless,” which is not.
As for the new revelations, congressional investigators say they have received FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information in Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality.
An admission of false statements by one key witness in the case was also uncovered, the investigators said.
The name of the witness is redacted from the FBI documents but he was reportedly an employee of a computer firm that helped maintain Clinton’s personal server after she left office as secretary of state. The witness admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.
The investigators also confirmed that the FBI began drafting a statement exonerating Clinton of any crimes while evidence was still outstanding and before agents had finished interviewing witnesses.
In a Dec. 21 briefing of the House Judiciary Committee, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said the investigation of the Clinton email case was controlled by a small group in Washington headquarters rather the normal process of allowing field offices to investigate possible criminality in their localities.
Some Republicans on the committee are convinced these latest revelations prove that FBI leadership rigged the outcome to clear Clinton.
“This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.”
However, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a top Democrat on the committee, argued otherwise.
“To the extent that the Assistant Director of the FBI was involved in that investigation, and recognizing that the investigation itself presented a unique set of circumstances, his testimony did not raise any concerns that would justify the Republicans’ outsized obsession with Hillary Clinton’s emails two years after the fact,” he said.
More revelations are likely forthcoming in the first quarter of 2018, when the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release its initial findings in the case.
Sources: The Hill, CNN / Featured Image: C-SPAN via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: US Federal Government via Wikimedia Commons, Maggie Hallihan/Wikimedia Commons