Friday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said evidence had been uncovered showing that the FBI gave the investigation of 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s improper use of an unauthorized email server while secretary of state a “special status.”
According to the Florida Republican, who is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the process afforded to Clinton was different than it would have been for “any other American.”
“We now have evidence that the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton did not follow normal and standard procedures,” he said. “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.”
GOETZ CALLED FOR AN IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION:
“I am immediately calling for an investigation into the special treatment that the FBI gave Hillary Clinton.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 22, 2017
Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee Goetz is calling for an investigation into why Hillary Clinton’s FBI case was labelled “special” by the FBI’s Andrew McCabe:
The Hill reports:
Shortly before last year’s election, 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, according to documents released Wednesday.
McCabe’s Oct. 23, 2016, email to press officials in the FBI said the probe was under the control of a small group of high-ranking people at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington.
“As I now know the decision was made to investigate it at HQ with a small team,” McCabe wrote in the email. He said he had no input when the Clinton email investigation started in summer 2015, while he was serving as assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington office.
“[The Washington office] provided some personnel for the effort but it was referred to as a ‘special’ and I was not given any details about it,” he wrote.
FBI officials on Wednesday night refused to answer what McCabe meant by calling the Clinton email probe a “special” or why it was restricted to a small team at headquarters when it began.
“We don’t have anything to add to the documents that were released,” bureau spokeswoman Carol Cratty wrote The Hill.
The note was contained in more than 70 pages of emails the FBI released on its public records site known as The Vault.
The emails chronicled McCabe’s efforts to address a separate controversy involving his wife’s 2015 campaign for political office.
McCabe’s references to a “special” status for the Clinton probe are likely to be used as ammunition by Republican lawmakers critical of former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation.
Remember that the DOJ’s Loretta Lynch also wanted Clinton’s case to be called an “incident” and not an investigation. It looks like all intel agencies were doing all they could to protect Clinton. Was it to save themselves from exposure in the Uranium One case or something else?