Opinion| Another day, another damning revelation about the Obama-era DOJ and FBI.
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Last week, The Epoch Times reported that congressional investigators had gathered enough evidence to believe that the FBI ignored a major lead in the Clinton-email probe.
The office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General informed the FBI in 2015 that a forensic review of Hillary Clinton’s emails unearthed anomalies in the metadata of the messages. The evidence in the metadata suggested that a copy of every email Hillary Clinton sent during her tenure as the secretary of state was forwarded to a foreign third party.
Here’s where the intelligence community’s defense crumbles:
The existence of the lead was first revealed during the public testimony of Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz in June last year. Horowitz acknowledged the existence of the specific lead and said he spoke about it to Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) Charles McCullough. Yet, despite the alarming nature of the referral, Horowitz’s 568-page report on the FBI’s handling the Clinton-email investigation made no mention of the lead or how the bureau handled it.
It’s bad enough that anomalies identifying foreign recipients of the Clinton emails were reported to the FBI at the outset of this investigation and then weren’t followed up on by the agents in charge of the investigation, but for IG Horowitz’s report to have completely ignored this important piece of information raises serious questions.
Did Horowitz omit it, or did Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and/or FBI director Christopher Wray order it scrubbed from the Inspector General’s 568-page report before the report’s release was authorized by them?
Rep. Mark Meadows first noticed the omission and led the questioning of several current and former FBI officials about the lead, including Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bill Priestap, Jonathan Moffa, John Giacalone, and James Comey.
From here, the evidence turns from bad to worse for then-FBI director James Comey.
ICIG McCullough told The Epoch Times:
“Having spent 10 years of my life as an FBI special agent, I presumed they would take appropriate action with respect to whatever information I gave them. I did not follow up with them to ensure that was the case.”
The FBI didn’t take appropriate action. Far from it.
Comey transferred at least one investigator with expertise in Chinese espionage off the team.
Counterespionage Section Chief Charles Kable who previously led investigations against “known and suspected Chinese intelligence officers in the U.S.” for a year and five months starting in 2009, was transferred to the Washington field office by Comey.
Then-Section Chief Dean Chappell was cited as an expert on Chinese espionage in a Fox News article published two weeks after the start of the Clinton-email probe. Little is known about the rest of Chappell’s career with the Bureau.
It’s believed that both had been briefed about the anomalies by McCullough.
Strikingly, neither is mentioned in IG Horowitz’s 568-page report.
Again, did Horowitz omit it, or did Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and/or FBI director Christopher Wray order it scrubbed from the report before the report’s release was authorized?
It now appears that with the exception of Comey, every person in the chain of command above Strzok had been replaced by the former FBI director at different points during the Clinton-email investigation.
That would mean that Strzok would have been the only remaining member of the Clinton email investigation team that had been briefed by ICIG McCullough.
If he didn’t share information regarding the anomalies with Clinton’s emails that pointed to a foreign power have received every one of them, then nobody would have been the wiser.
Now remember that in August of 2018 President Trump identified China as the recipient of Clinton’s emails:
Hillary Clinton’s Emails, many of which are Classified Information, got hacked by China. Next move better be by the FBI & DOJ or, after all of their other missteps (Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Ohr, FISA, Dirty Dossier etc.), their credibility will be forever gone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
That was around the same time that we learned Sen. Dianne Feinstein had employed a Chinese spy for twenty years.
Now consider how ICIG McCullough was marginalized by, and suffered blowback from, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. Additionally, emails released by Wikileaks suggested, McCullough was targeted by the Clinton campaign.
Now consider all of these suggestions that a covering up of Chinese espionage in light of the hundreds of billions of dollar lost to annual exfiltration of wealth to the Chinese.
What are they hiding? The investigations into Donald Trump have gone on far too long without any findings of wrongdoing on the part of the president, and absent predicate evidence to even justify having launched them, to believe that there’s not something big that Trump’s enemies don’t want to answer for.