Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the transcripts of the interviews conducted between Congress and since-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, revealing that the Departement of Justice (DOJ) may have worked with Hillary Clinton to prevent the FBI from investigating Clinton Foundation emails from her private server.
Watch Collins’ announcement about the transcripts:
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) March 14, 2019
Collins made the announcement that the transcripts would be made available because “the Amerian people deserve transparency and deserve to know what transpired at the highest echelons of the FBI.” It didn’t take long for Strzok’s statements on the Clinton Foundation to catch the eye of conservatives.
According to Strzok, the FBI was unable to access any emails regarding the Clinton Foundation because of a deal “negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton.”
Strzok claimed that agents were not allowed to investigate any emails pertaining to the foundation for the sole reason that the DOJ had come to that agreement with Clinton’s attorneys. He claimed that counsel for the DOJ told the FBI they did not have probable cause to look at the servers that contained the Clinton Foundation emails.
He also claimed that the FBI was told not to seek a warrant for those servers because “it would take a very long time and/or it would be impossible to get to the point where we could obtain probable cause to get a warrant.”
Strzok also alleged that, once the FBI got its hands on Clinton’s private email servers, it was only allowed to search them with the consent of Clinton’s legal team. He explained that the server search “was worked out between DOJ attorneys and counsel for Secretary Clinton.”
In other words, Clinton’s attorneys decided which servers the FBI could analyze and which ones it could not.
This entire investigation into Clinton was sparked by the fact that she had used a private email server during her time serving as secretary of state. When she was finally asked to turn over the private servers, there were thousands of missing emails that she claimed she deleted because they were on personal matters, not state matters.
As IJR reported earlier, Collins also released the transcript of former FBI assistant general counsel Lisa Page, which revealed that the DOJ may have told the FBI not to prosecute Clinton for her use of a private server.
Clinton maintains that there were no pay-for-play issues with her foundation and the State Department. The foundation experienced a 15-year low in donations after she lost the election in 2016.