Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) alleged in a Tuesday tweet that former FBI assistant general counsel Lisa Page “confirmed to [him] under oath” that the FBI was instructed by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice not to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “for gross negligence in the handling of classified information.”
The Texas congressman sounded off on Twitter to share one of his key findings from his questioning during Page’s private July 2018 testimony to a joint task force made up of members on the House Judiciary and House Oversight committees.
Lisa Page confirmed to me under oath that the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information. pic.twitter.com/KPQKINBtrB
— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) March 13, 2019
The tweet — which included a screenshot from the exchange between himself and Page from the testimony transcript — claimed Page “confirmed” to Ratcliffe that the Obama DOJ “ordered” the FBI to “not consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information.”
According to the committee transcript, Ratcliffe asked:
“Okay. So, let me get this if I can, I know I’m testing your memory, but when you say advice you got from the [Justice] Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to –”
Page interjected by affirming, “That is correct.”
Page made headlines last year after it was revealed that she and fellow former FBI colleague Peter Strzok exchanged text messages critical of the president while working on the Trump-Russia and Clinton investigations. Page left the Bureau in May 2018 while Strzok was fired by the FBI in August of that year.
Ratcliffe’s tweet comes the same day that the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), formally entered nearly 400 pages of the testimony transcript into the congressional record while speaking on the House floor, as IJR Red reported.
Correction [3/13/19, 11:40 a.m. EST]: A previous version of this story referred to DOJ official Bruce Ohr as a former employee. We have corrected the error.