The transcripts of former FBI attorney Lisa Page testimony to the House Judiciary and Oversight committee in July 2018 were released to the public on Tuesday.
The FBI had discussed charging Hillary Clinton with “gross negligence” under the Espionage Act, which is a serious crime, but Obama’s Justice Department told them they would not pursue it.
The FBI 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,” she said.
Page further testified the DOJ put a stop to that: “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.” The specific statute being referenced, 18 U.S. Code § 793, deals in part with “gross negligence” in the handling of national defense information, which Clinton came under scrutiny for possibly violating.
Page said they had multiple multiple conversations with the Justice Department about bringing a gross negligence charge, but the DOJ kept pushing back.
Page later testify that the DOJ told the FBI that “the ‘gross negligence’ standard in 793(f), was unconstitutionally vague, but she did not know why.
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