The transcripts of former FBI attorney Lisa Page was made available to the public on Tuesday and it revealed a bombshell.
The FBI had discussed charging Hillary Clinton with “gross negligence,” which is a crime, but former President Obama’s Justice Department told them “no.”
They were hampered from the very start and told that the Justice Department would not prosecute Clinton for the crime, The Washington Examiner reported.
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing “gross negligence,” but the Justice Department shut them down.
Newly released transcripts from Page’s private testimony in front of a joint task force of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in July 2018 sheds new light on the internal discussions about an investigation into Clinton’s emails. This goes back to the FBI’s “Midyear Exam” investigation, which looked into whether Clinton committed crimes when she sent and received classified information on her unauthorized private email server while serving as secretary of state.
Comey cleared Clinton of all charges in a press conference on July 5, 2016.
Page told the committee that the FBI “did not blow over gross negligence.” Responding to a question from Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, Page testified the FBI, including Comey, believed Clinton may have committed gross negligence.
“We, in fact — and, in fact, the Director — because, on its face, it did seem like, well, maybe there’s a potential here for this to be the charge. And we had multiple conversations, multiple conversations with the Justice Department about charging gross negligence,” Page said.
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“The Justice Department’s assessment was that it was both constitutionally vague, so that they did not actually feel that they could permissibly bring that charge,” she said.
Ratcliffe asked Page if the decision to negate the “gross negligence” charge was a direct order from the Department of Justice.
“When you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: ‘You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to…,” Ratcliffe said.
Page interrupted the representative abruptly and answered him by saying “That’s correct,” the transcript said.
Page said that the Justice Department told them that “the ‘gross negligence’ standard in 793(f), it was their assessment that it was unconstitutionally vague.”
She was asked why the DOJ said that and she said “I really don’t know… I am confident that it was based on their own research in consultation with others, but I don’t have personal knowledge about what the Department did in order to come to that conclusion.”
Lisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with ‘gross negligence’ in 2016, and DOJ told them no https://t.co/mNzssf9Rx7
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) March 12, 2019
Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/KPQKINBtrB
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 13, 2019
“During her interview with the Judiciary Committee . . . [Lisa] Page was questioned at length about [the “insurance policy”] and essentially confirmed this referred to the Russia investigation.” https://t.co/wETA4OOAXO
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) March 12, 2019
#EndWitchHunt–@TomFitton: Lisa Page’s testimony confirms that key FBI officials did bend over backwards to protect Hillary Clinton. This shows the Russia probe has been irredeemably compromised & needs to be shut down as Mueller relied on Page & Strzok. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/R4901KoDao
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) March 12, 2019
Lisa Page’s testimony raises significant questions that need to be investigated by the DOJ Attorney General. My Latest: Explosive Lisa Page Testimony: Dossier Timeline Contradictions And DOJ Interference https://t.co/tUyNt9x5kT via @SaraCarterDC
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) March 13, 2019
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