Newly obtained documents indicate the Obama FBI went along with a cover-up of evidence in its investigation of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information.
The Justice Department drafted an agreement with the lawyer for Clinton and top aide Cheryl Mills, Beth Wilkinson, that limited the scope of the investigation, according to the documents, which were obtained through a FOIA request by attorney Ty Clevenger.
The agreement prevented the bureau from examining evidence of the infamous BleachBit deletion of some 33,000 emails on Clinton’s unauthorized and unsecure server, the Gateway Pundit reported.
The FBI essentially agreed to perform an investigation in which it wasn’t allowed to examine key evidence.
Then, while still under an order to preserve evidence, Clinton arbitrarily changed email retention policies and deleted all emails older than 60 days, from January 2009 through October 2014.
An October 2016 investigative report by Paul Sperry in the New York Post provides context. Sperry reported FBI officials visited Clinton’s lawyers’ office in Washington to examine six laptop computers containing the former secretary of state’s classified emails.
The lawyers “declined to provide consent” to search the laptops, let alone seize them, Sperry reported, claiming they may contain “privileged communications.”
The material on the laptops included Top Secret information that the attorneys were not authorized to handle, the Gateway Pundit noted.
But the FBI chose not to subpoena the evidence, instead saying it “wished to arrange for secure storage of them in a manner agreeable to both the FBI and the attorneys.”
Clevenger is representing Texas investment adviser Ed Butowsky in his libel suit against National Public Radio its online stories about Butowsky’s role in publicizing assertions that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich may have been involved in leaking Democratic emails.
Among the documents released by Clevenger was a letter from Sen. Charles Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Devin Nunes, R-Calif., to Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch in early October 2016.
Grassley recites the fact that former FBI Director James Comey assured Congress that the FBI investigated Clinton’s alleged obstruction of justice and intentional destruction of records.
However, the FBI agreed only to search four Clinton email addresses, even it the address was later changed to another address. No emails from Mills were permitted to be searched.
That ensured that no emails covering the destruction of evidence was permitted to be examined, the Gateway Pundit noted.
Further, the FBI agreed to delete any evidence it discovered that was outside the agreed parameters.
And, ultimately, the FBI agreed to destroy the laptops.
In addition, if the headers for emails on the Blackberry devices of Clinton and her staff were missing a date, the emails were excluded from the investigation as well.
The FBI also agreed to circumvent future FOIA requests.
Ultimately, immunity agreements were given to anyone connected with Clinton, including Mills, Heather Samuelson, Bryan Pagliano, Paul Combetta and John Bentel.
Grassley’s letter to Lynch indicates the date of the Wilkinson immunity agreement was June 10, 2016, the Gateway Pundit pointed out.
That was the day that Comey changed the wording in his letter exonerating Clinton from “gross negligence” to “extremely careless.”