Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Ex-FBI official: ‘No conspiracy’ to prevent Trump’s election

Ex-FBI official: ‘No conspiracy’ to prevent Trump’s election

(FoxNews.com) Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under questioning from Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe last summer that "the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information", the congressman alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony. Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations.

Strzok insisted that he did not have an "insurance policy" to keep Trump from getting elected and noted how neither he nor anyone else at the FBI leaked details of the Trump campaign investigation even though such a disclosure would have been harmful to his election efforts.

"When you have the. corrupt triumvirate of [former FBI Agent Peter] Strzok, [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew] McCabe and Page, when they have been involved from day one from the email controversy, through the original Russian Federation investigation, through the appointment of [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller, this just shows that there is a two-tiered system", Collins said.

Page, who served as a special counsel to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, has been criticized by Republicans for exchanging texts with Peter Strzok (a former FBI counterintelligence official) that were critical of Trump. Page left the team before the text messages were discovered. Strzok was later fired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Trump called out Justice Department over its possible mishandling of the email investigation in a tweet Wednesday.

Facts first: Trump's claims about the Justice Department and Clinton email investigation are not supported by Page's recent testimony or the conclusions reached by independent investigators. The inspector general concluded in June of previous year that "the prosecutors' decision was based on their assessment of the facts, the law, and past Department practice in cases involving these statutes".


In the transcript, Page asserted, "Many of us in law enforcement dislike the subject of our investigations".

Precisely what "decision" Trump is referencing is unclear.

Shortly thereafter, disgraced and fired former FBI Director James Comey would hold a press conference, just a few months prior to the 2016 election, in which he infamously stated that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" against Clinton.

The attorney general at the time was Loretta Lynch. "And, we're going to say, we're going to get this out and we're going to put it in ways that people can easily understand, not a large dump, we're going to take it methodically as we go, as we get them cleared, and we're going to get them out to the American people".

"The Clinton investigation was whether she mishandled classified information. He is making an analogy", Page said.

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