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To: Senator Grassley, Chairman, Finance Committee
Senior Member, Judiciary Committee
Senator Johnson, Chairman, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
From: Majority Staff, Finance Committee
Majority Staff, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Date: August 14, 2019
Re: Investigation of the DOJ’s and FBI’s Handling of the Clinton Investigation
Dear Chairman Grassley and Chairman Johnson:
We write to provide you with information that we developed as part of your investigation into the mishandling of highly classified information and operation of a non-government server for official business by Secretary Clinton and her associates. Statements made in a joint bipartisan staff interview by intelligence community officials involved in the classification review raise particular concerns that senior State Department officials sought to downgrade classified material found on the server.
Your investigation began in March 2015 with an initial focus on whether State Department officials were aware of Secretary Clinton’s private server and the associated national security risks, as well as whether State Department officials attempted to downgrade classified material within emails found on that server. For example, in August 2015, Senator Grassley wrote to the State Department about reports that State Department FOIA specialists believed some of Secretary Clinton’s emails should be subject to the (b)(1), “Classified Information” exemption whereas attorneys within the Office of the Legal Advisor preferred to use the (b)(5), “Deliberative Process” exemption. Whistleblower career employees within the State Department also reportedly notified the Intelligence Community that others at State involved in the review process deliberately changed classification determinations to protect Secretary Clinton.1 Your inquiry later extended to how the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) managed their investigation of the mishandling of classified information.
In August 2018, news articles alleged that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary Clinton’s non-government server and inserted code that forwarded nearly all of her emails to the foreign company.3 The reporting indicated that two Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) officials – Frank Rucker and Jeanette McMillian – discovered the code and brought the possible intrusion to the attention of the FBI.4
originally posted by: DAVID64
A few low level peons may get thrown under the bus, but the power players will never be charged or see the inside of a courtroom, much less a jail cell.
There's a reason you always see them smiling and laughing. They know they're safe.