Christopher Wray is the focus of intense lawmaker scrutiny today. The House Judiciary Committee plans to shine a harsh, bright, light in the FBI Director’s eyes and subject him to an intense interrogation. “Why are there two different standards of justice? Why doesn’t the FBI and the Justice Department have to comply with subpoenas by the Congress for information that the American people need to have and should have and should have access to? Why is that happening?“ Scott Perry (R-Pa) wants to know. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) adds, “we want answers.”
The watchdog committee just learned that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “wrote an email on his official government account stating that the Hillary Clinton email probe had been given ‘special’ status.” A press conference was held yesterday by a group of seriously concerned Republican lawmakers.
According to Gaetz, “we now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures. The current deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, sent emails just weeks before the presidential election saying that the Hillary Clinton investigation would be special. That it would be handled by a small team at headquarters, that it would be given special status. We’ll also investigate the unprecedented bias against President Trump that exists when we allow people who hate the president to participate in the investigations against him.”
“From then-Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, secretly meeting with former President Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac on June 27, 2016, to the description of how Hillary Clinton handled classified information being downgraded from ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless,'” Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga) fumes, “there are many questions with no answers.”
Gaetz points out that “James Comey himself has admitted in testimony that he drafted the exoneration statement of Hillary Clinton before even interviewing her or other key witnesses. We seem to have a departure from the normal application of the law.”
The emails dug up by Judicial watch make things even more interesting. McCabe’s Wife’s state Senate run was almost entirely backed by Clinton Foundation board member Terry McAuliffe. Around the same time, McAuliffe was under investigation himself for a scam operation he was running with Hillary’s brother, Anthony Rodham, to fraudulently peddle green cards to a Chinese electric car making company.
“The FBI is compromised. Mr. McCabe should have been nowhere near the Hillary Clinton investigations,” insists Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch. The emails surfaced in response to a FOIA lawsuit filed by the group.
One thing the emails show is McCabe waited until the last minute, November 1, 2016, one week before the election, to recuse himself from the investigation into the personal and insecure server, stashed in the Clinton’s bathroom closet, which hosted her email. “That he saw fit to recuse himself only days before the election further demonstrates the FBI’s Clinton email investigation was a sham. No wonder it took a year and a federal lawsuit to get these records. It is well past time for the Justice Department to reopen the Clinton email investigation.”
Judicial Watch’s FOIA requests were ignored, forcing them to file suit to obtain the records. The only reason they seem to have been released is that the Justice Department also demanded to see the same records. As part of the disclosure, 70 pages of emails relating to “McCabe’s efforts to address a separate controversy involving his wife’s 2015 campaign for political office,” finally saw the light of day.
The emails also show that when McCabe was asked if he played any role in his wife’s campaign, he lied. “No.” He claims he “played no role, attended no events and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind.” He forgot to mention the social media posts of him “wearing a T-shirt supporting his wife’s campaign during a public event and then posting a photo on social media urging voters to join him in voting for his wife.” Sessions and the DOJ are currently investigating McCabe for campaign and ethics violations.
Five days after the world first found out about Clinton’s private server, “Former Clinton Foundation board member ” McAuliffe sat down with the McCabes to “recruit her for a run for the state Senate.” McAuliffe handed over $700,000 making up almost half of the campaign war chest. Just before he himself came under investigation.
In the “cash-or-green-card scam,” McAuliffe and Anthony Rodham, Hillary’s brother, “exploited” 32 Chinese investors by swearing to “leverage political connections in order to get their immigrant visa applications to the top of the pile, and then be approved.” According to a lawsuit filed later, “the Chinese investors were essentially pouring money into Greentech with the promise of winning permanent residency in the U.S. under the green card program.” Each one of the 32 had forked over $560,000.
The pair assured investors they had an insider at the State Department. “Rodham boasted about being former President Bill Clinton’s brother-in-law and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s brother in order to encourage people to invest in the company. Defendants milked these connections in marketing materials. Defendants exploited those relationships to assure investors of both the success of the company and their ability to obtain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (‘USCIS’) approval of the visa applications.”
Mark Meadows, (R-NC) the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus wants to see some justice out of the Justice Department. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is responsible for the FBI and he needs “to get involved in the investigation.” Meadows declares, “It is time that we get to the bottom of it, and I call on Attorney General Sessions. It is time for him to show the type of leadership to make sure the American people get the answers they deserve, because we can not allow the highest law enforcement agency in the land to actually be in a situation where they allow partisanship to determine who is actually not only guilty or innocent, but certainly we can’t allow it to happen when indeed it should be a nonpartisan, nonbiased way.”
The House Judiciary committee isn’t holding their breath waiting for Jeff Sessions to check all the facts, they want answers now.