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FBI General Counsel Talked to Hillary's Lawyer re: Comey’s Letter on Weiner Laptop Clinton Emails
www.judicialwatch.org ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2019 | Staff

Posted on 02/12/2019 7:26:39 AM PST by Red Badger

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it received 215 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice revealing former FBI General Counsel James Baker discussed the investigation of Clinton-related emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop with Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall. Baker then forwarded the conversation to his FBI colleagues.

The documents also further describe a previously reported quid pro quo from the Obama State Department offering the FBI more legal attaché positions if it would downgrade a redaction in an email found during the Hillary Clinton email investigation “from classified to something else.”

The newly obtained emails came in response to a May 21 order in a January 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed after the DOJ failed to respond to a December 4, 2017 FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:18-cv-00154)). Judicial Watch seeks:

All records of communications, including but not limited to, emails, text messages and instant chats, between FBI official Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page; All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Peter Strzok. All travel requests, travel authorizations, travel vouchers and expense reports of Lisa Page.

On October 28, 2016, the day that Comey sent a letter to Congress regarding the FBI’s discovery that the Weiner laptop contained Clinton’s emails. Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer David Kendall, within hours, emails Baker requesting a call “ASAP” about the Comey letter. Baker describes his follow-up call to senior FBI officials:

I received the email below from David Kendall and I called him back. Before doing so I alerted DOJ via email that I would do that.

[Redacted paragraph]

He said that our letter was “tantalizingly ambiguous” and made statements that were “inchoate and highly ominous” such that what we had done was worse than transparency because it allows people to make whatever they want out to make out of the letter to the prejudice of Secretary Clinton.

I told him that I could not respond to his requests at this time but that I would discuss it with others and get back to him.

I suggest that we have some kind of follow up meeting or phone call with this group either this evening or over the weekend to address this and probably other issues/questions that come up in the next 24 hours. Sound reasonable?

Baker’s heads up on the Kendall call was sent to:

Then-Director James Comey; since fired; Then-Associate Deputy Director David Bowdich, who later replaced Andrew McCabe as deputy director; Michael Steinbach, the F.B.I.’s former executive assistant director for national security; Then-Assistant Director of Counterintelligence E.W. Priestap, now retired; James Rybicki, former chief of staff to Comey; FBI intelligence analyst Jonathan Moffa; Former Acting Assistant Director Jason V. Herring; Michael Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, now retired; Former principal deputy general counsel Trisha Anderson; Strzok and Page

The emails show that a conference call for the above senior officials was set up for the next day by Peter Strzok. (Two days before the election, on November 6, Comey sent a second letter reporting that the FBI’s review of the Weiner laptop material would not change his “conclusion” that Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted.)

On October 13, 2016, former FBI attorney Lisa Page sent an email, which apparently references a related Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit and further discusses a previously reported quid pro quo offer from the State Department:

Jason Herring will be providing you with three 302s of current and former FBI employees who were interviewed during the course of the Clinton investigation. These 302s are scheduled to be released to Congress in an unredacted form at the end of the week, and produced (with redactions) pursuant to FOIA at the beginning of next week. As you will see, they describe a discussion about potential quid pro quo arrangement between then-DAD in IOD [deputy assistant director in International Operations Division] and an Undersecretary at the State Department whereby IOD would get more LEGAT [legal attaché] positions if the FBI could change the basis of the FOIA withhold re a Clinton email from classified to something else. [Emphasis added]

The lawsuit also forced the release of a November 6, 2016, email by then-FBI official Peter Strzok telling Bowdich, Priestap, Rybicki, Page, former FBI General Counsel James Baker and others: “[Redacted], Jon and I completed our review of all of the potential HRC work emails on the [Anthony Weiner] laptop. We found no previously unknown, potentially classified emails on the media.”

As Judicial Watch previously reported, there were at least 18 classified emails found on the Weiner laptop by the FBI. Paul Sperry’s RealClear Investigations report revealed that only 3,077 of the 340,000 emails “were directly reviewed for classified or incriminating information.”

The new records also include a September 2, 2016, email that Comey forwards containing a press release issued that day by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), in which Grassley criticized the FBI for not publicly releasing many unclassified records related to the Clinton email-server investigation, as demanded by Congress. In his cover note responding to Grassley’s charge, Comey tells his top aides, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” Page then responds with, “Outstanding.”

On October 23, 2016, Strzok forwarded to Page and others the Wall Street Journal article revealing that Andrew McCabe’s wife had received a half million dollars for her Democratic state senate campaign. Page responded that the article, “shaded or omitted or mischaracterized” facts “in order to get out the story [the reporter] wanted to tell.” She claimed the WSJ story was just “another depressing chapter in this whole post-investigation saga.”

“It is big news that, just days before the presidential election, Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer pressured the top lawyer for the FBI on the infamous Weiner laptop emails,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These documents further underscore that the fix was in for Hillary Clinton. When will the Justice Department and FBI finally do an honest investigation of the Clinton email scandal?”

Last month, United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers, and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials — including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, and FBI official E.W. Priestap — will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath. The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:

Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system; whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: again; hillary; huma; laptop; weiner
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1 posted on 02/12/2019 7:26:39 AM PST by Red Badger
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2 posted on 02/12/2019 7:27:47 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: Red Badger

bttt


3 posted on 02/12/2019 7:27:59 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

The cracks in the wall are getting larger.....................


4 posted on 02/12/2019 7:30:29 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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Our government masters don't have to follow "the law".

The illegal invaders don't have to follow "the law".

But our #FakeCongress, elected by illegal invaders in CaliMexifornia, is forcing us peasants to follow "the law" at gunpoint.

I'm thinking we should be done obeying these lawless scum.

5 posted on 02/12/2019 7:32:07 AM PST by an amused spectator (Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer's p*ssboy)
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It’s been 752 days since DJT assumed the presidency and NOT ONE FBI agent has stepped forward to blow the whistle on corruption. Despite what Hannity and others may say the corruption runs deep and wide among the rank and file.


6 posted on 02/12/2019 7:35:02 AM PST by JonPreston
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To: an amused spectator

If there is no law.......then there is no law


7 posted on 02/12/2019 7:36:07 AM PST by bert ( (KE. N.P. N.C. +12) Honduras must be invaded to protect America from invasion)
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Yeah but why do we have to learn this from Judicial Watch? What have our effin congressmen and DOJ been doing for the past two years?


8 posted on 02/12/2019 7:36:38 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Heaven has a wall and gates. Hell has open borders.)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah but why do we have to learn this from Judicial Watch? What have our effin congressmen and DOJ been doing for the past two years?


9 posted on 02/12/2019 7:36:39 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Heaven has a wall and gates. Hell has open borders.)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah but why do we have to learn this from Judicial Watch? What have our effin congressmen and DOJ been doing for the past two years?


10 posted on 02/12/2019 7:36:39 AM PST by Rennes Templar (Heaven has a wall and gates. Hell has open borders.)
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To: JonPreston
It’s been 752 days since DJT assumed the presidency and NOT ONE FBI agent has stepped forward to blow the whistle on corruption. Despite what Hannity and others may say the corruption runs deep and wide among the rank and file.

Amen. Clearly they love their pensions more than country.


11 posted on 02/12/2019 7:37:50 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Red Badger

when do we hang these bastards?


12 posted on 02/12/2019 7:38:24 AM PST by Dont tread and Live (waso)
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To: Rennes Templar

The MSM, ABCNNBCBS, won’t report it.

Congress is full of swamp things.

The DOJ/FIB is compromised.

Plus they ‘Don’t comment on ongoing investigations.’........


13 posted on 02/12/2019 7:39:25 AM PST by Red Badger (We are headed for a Civil War. It won't be nice like the last one....................)
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To: Rennes Templar

I think the congress-losers sit around counting their investments, planning their retirement and figuring out how to lie to their constituents.


14 posted on 02/12/2019 7:39:46 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: bert
If there is no law.......then there is no law

My favorite line in the whole world, from the Battle of Athens, 1946:

The former GIs have the jail with the lawless scum deputies surrounded, and one of the deputies mocks them, asking them why they don't call "the law".

The reply? "There is no law in McMinn County."

15 posted on 02/12/2019 7:41:47 AM PST by an amused spectator (Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer's p*ssboy)
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To: Rennes Templar

What have our effin congressmen and DOJ been doing for the past two years?
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Covering it all up.


16 posted on 02/12/2019 7:43:00 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents_Know Islam, No Peace-No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Red Badger

Unless you have someone in law enforcement willing to pursue this, it is all superfluous.


17 posted on 02/12/2019 7:43:00 AM PST by lurk
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That was my big worry about the Secret Service, too, after 8+ years (and now always) covering for FraudCo, and submitting to his various purges.

I still think Trump’s personal security detail has been responsible for keeping him and his family safe.


18 posted on 02/12/2019 7:43:01 AM PST by treetopsandroofs
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To: Red Badger

We still have klintoon operatives/lawyer (Jeannie Rhee) on the Mueller team.

These people are traitors and they need to be arrested, hauled in front of a military tribunal and in most cases executed. Treason is a political crime and it’s the chief executive that needs to act, not the AG or DOJ staff. If we ever want stop the rogue DOJ, Trump must execute his constitutional authority very soon. If Trump stays on the defensive, he will lose everything.

Trump needs to something decisive like this otherwise the indictments at SDNY, DC and Chicago kangaroo courts will eat him up.


19 posted on 02/12/2019 7:44:14 AM PST by grumpygresh (The only check on a rogue DOJ and FBI is jury nullification.)
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Obama and Valarie Jarrett should be on that decision tree.


20 posted on 02/12/2019 7:44:25 AM PST by outofsalt (If history teaches us anything, it's that history rarely teaches us anything.)
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