DOJ Won't Release Top Secret Loretta Lynch Intercepts Suggesting Secret Deal To Rig Clinton Probe

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is refusing to release intercepted material alleging that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch conspired with the Clinton campaign in a deal to rig the Clinton email investigation, reports Paul Sperry of RealClear Investigations

The information remains so secret that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz had to censor it from his recently released 500-plus-page report on the FBI’s investigation of Clinton, and even withhold it from Congress.

Not even members of Congress with top secret security clearance have been allowed to see the unverified accounts intercepted from presumed Russian sources in which the head of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, allegedly implicates the Clinton campaign and Lynch in the scheme.

“It is remarkable how this Justice Department is protecting the corruption of the Obama Justice Department,” notes Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, which is suing the DOJ for the material.

Wasserman Schultz, Lynch and Clinton have denied the allegations and characterized them as Russian disinformation. 

True or false, the material is consequential because it appears to have influenced former FBI Director James B. Comey’s decision to break with bureau protocols because he didn’t trust Lynch. In his recent book, Comey said he took the reins in the Clinton email probe, announcing Clinton should not be indicted, because of a “development still unknown to the American public” that “cast serious doubt” on Lynch’s credibility – clearly the intercepted material.

If the material documents an authentic exchange between Lynch and a Clinton aide, it would appear to be strong evidence that the Obama administration put partisan political considerations ahead of its duty to enforce the law. -RealClear Investigations

Then again, if the intercepts are fabricated, it would constitute Russia's most tangible success in influencing the 2016 U.S. election - since Comey may not have gone around Lynch cleared Clinton during his July 2016 press conference - nor would he have likely publicly announced the reopening of the investigation right before the election - an act Clinton and her allies blame for her stunning loss to Donald Trump. 

The secret intelligence document purports to show that Lynch told the Clinton campaign she would keep the FBI email investigation on a short leash - a suggestion included in the Inspector General's original draft, but relegated to a classified appendix in the official report and entirely blanked out

What is known, based on press leaks and a letter Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent Lynch, is that in March 2016, the FBI received a batch of hacked documents from U.S. intelligence agencies that had access to stolen emails stored on Russian networks. One of the intercepted documents revealed an alleged email from then-DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz to an operative working for billionaire Democratic fundraiser George Soros. It claimed Lynch had assured the Clinton campaign that investigators and prosecutors would go easy on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee regarding her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Lynch allegedly made the promise directly to Clinton political director Amanda Renteria. -RealClear Investigations

“The information was classified at such a high level by the intelligence community that it limited even the members [of Congress] who can see it, as well as the staffs,” Horowitz explained last week during congressional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight authority over Justice and the FBI.

Congressional sources told RealClearInvestigations the material is classified "TS/SCI," which stands for Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information. -RealClear Investigations

Horowitz said that he has asked Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to work with the CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to figure out if the intercepted material can be rewritten to allow congress to see it. Once appropriately redacted to protect "sources and methods," said Horowitz, he hopes that members of congress can then go to the secure reading room in the basement of the Capitol Building, called the "tank," and view the materials. 

“We very much want the committee to see this information,” Horowitz said.

For some strange reason, CNN, WaPo and the New York Times have uncritically taken Lynch, Clinton and Wasserman Schultz's denials at face value, dismissing the compromising information as possibly fake and unreliable. Horowitz even quotes non-FBI "witnesses" in his report describing the secret information as "objectively false." 

FBI Sandbagging

While the FBI apparently took the intercept seriously, it never interviewed anyone named in it until Clinton's email case was closed by Comey in July 2016. In August, the FBI informally quizzed Lynch about the allegations - while Comey also reportedly confronted the former AG and was told to leave her office.

Comey said he had doubts about Lynch’s independence as early as September 2015 when she called him into her office and asked him to minimize the probe by calling it “a matter” instead of an “investigation,” which aligned with Clinton campaign talking points. Then, just days before FBI agents interviewed Clinton in July 2016, Lynch privately met with former President Bill Clinton on her government plane while it was parked on an airport tarmac in Phoenix. In a text message that has since been brought to light, the lead investigators on the case, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, made clear at the time their understanding that Lynch knew that “no charges will be brought” against Clinton.

Renteria, the Clinton campaign official, who ran for governor of California but failed to secure a top-two spot in the primary, insists the intelligence citing her was disinformation created by Russian officials to dupe Americans and create discord and turmoil during the election.  -RealClear Investigations

While Lynch has never been directly asked under oath by Congress about the allegation - she swore in a July 2016 session in front of the House Judiciary Committee "I have not spoken to anyone on either the [Clinton] campaign or transition or any staff members affiliated with them." 

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says he'll issue a subpoena for Lynch, but the panel's top Democrat Dianne Feinstein (CA) has to agree to it per committee rules. Grassley also said he would be open to exploring immunity for Comey's former #2, Andrew McCabe.

Feinstein may be hesitant to sign on, as she says she thinks Comey acted in good faith - which means she thinks Congress shouldn't have a crack at questioning a key figure in the largest political scandal in modern history.

"While I disagree with his actions, I have seen no evidence that Mr. Comey acted in bad faith or that he lied about any of his actions," said Feinstein during a Monday Judiciary panel hearing. Former Feinstein staffer and FBI investigator Dan Jones, meanwhile, continues to work with Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS on a $50 million investigation privately funded by George Soros and other "wealthy donors" to continue the investigation into Donald Trump.

Of interest, Amanda Renteria is also former Feinstein staffer. Also recall that Feinstein leaked Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson's Congressional testimony in January.

Lynch was dinged in the IG report over an "ambiguous" incomplete recusal from the Clinton email "matter" despite a clandestine 30-minute "tarmac" meeting with Bill Clinton one week before the FBI exonerated Hillary Clinton.

Interesting how a "dossier" full of falsehoods about Trump not only released to the public, but was used by the FBI as part of an espionage operation on the Trump campaign - while an intercepted communication from Russia is suddenly classified as so top-secret that even members of Congressional intelligence oversight committees can't see it.

Comments

38BWD22 1982xls Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:36 Permalink

 

I hope that Trump (and the weasels in Congress as well as any brave allies he may have in the Agencies) will step in and CRUSH the bugs.

My guess and hope is that he will.

He was elected to #MAGA.  Don't count him out.  He may yet win bigly for all Americans (except the filthy rats we seem to see every day).

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Joe Davola wildbad Tue, 06/26/2018 - 13:59 Permalink

So the redacted emails, are those part of the original Hillary server emails?  If so, what about the rest of the emails - I gotta know what kind of yoga pants she prefers!

Or are they emails between the russkies about stuff they saw in emails exfiltrated from the DNC?  Or from Podesta?

And why are the methods being protected?  If these documents are on a generically connected to the internet server, there are plenty of ways those could have been lifted.  The only legitimate reason behind protecting the method/source is that they gleaned from official Russian networks behind whatever firewalls/protections they employ for classified information, otherwise this is the $75,000 conference room table excuse.

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Automatic Choke RAT005 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 14:26 Permalink

Secret classification is intended to protect national security.

Use of classification to hide malfeasance or incompetence by government agents is illegal.

When are we going to get a crackdown on this?   Justice should be rooting out those who sign off on this classification and putting them in jail, pure and simple.   Incarceration, felony stamp on the forehead, cancellation of all government benefits and pensions.

 

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True Blue Automatic Choke Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:09 Permalink

The only legitimate government secrets (in a country where we are supposed to be the final arbiters of right and wrong) are nouns -persons, places and things. Verbs, actions, occurrences (what the gov't does) etc. are never legitimate 'secrets' and should never be.

You can keep your missiles, ships etc. secret, but you cannot keep secret what you do with them, or the whole thing is nothing but a corrupt dictatorship with no representation for the people, just kubuki theater and manufactured 'consent'.

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glenlloyd jrcowboy49 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:56 Permalink

Yes, they really do.

Purposefully withholding the information won't sit well with the population at this point. With all credibility at the Govt level basically gone govt officials can't block public information without taking a huge beating.

Someone needs to release the info, if you don't you'll be asking for a big fight. This is not only because of the Clinton linkages but because it involves how the whole case against Hillary by Comey was dismissed as nothing...which we all know now was not a nothing.

If people can't count on equity in the judicial system then you will have angry mobs to deal with.

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Dickweed Wang Team_Huli Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:48 Permalink

Trump!!  Time for you to step in...

 

Exactly!  Time for Trump to declassify all the shit they've been using the "national security" tag on to hide the information (and their totally illegal activities) from CONgress and the public. If he does that watch heads explode all over Dee See.  Trump also would need to triple his bodyguard unit if that happens.

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No Time for Fishing Dickweed Wang Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:40 Permalink

Agree only to a point. If he does declassify it all they will intentionally include something that is not only harmful to a secret agent or the like that will result in something bad and provable occuring. He needs to allow someone from the outside like one of the Judicial Watch guys to have free reigns to review any and all documents and report back to the president and key members of congress. 

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D503 Goldennutz Tue, 06/26/2018 - 16:33 Permalink

Oh, now I get it!

Now that Zerohedge says it's real news, it is now real news.

But when it comes from a source unvetted by the Associated Press™ and linked to by the news scraper and doom porn preference selected site ZH...it's still fake news...until ZH says it's true...and then you can believe it's true. 

Because reading Zerohedge is like seeing it in person, but Qanon is, "like, just your opinion, man."

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Pickleton D503 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 21:30 Permalink

"Now that Zerohedge says it's real news, it is now real news."

 

The imbecile (YOU) is pretending that's not ENTIRELY and ONLY how the imbecile left makes news.

Perhaps you've heard that they keep insisting you're an idiot (you are) and they tell you what they think you should know.

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ChiangMaiXPat D503 Tue, 06/26/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

Q was real but has since been co-opted. In what world do you live in where Israhell & Central Banks are catered to by pushing a “regime change” narrative in Iran that is pushed by new Q posts. Perpetual war is not America’s interest but certainly appeases the Neocons of The Project for a New American Century.

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Betrayed Joe Davola Tue, 06/26/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

Look this is not hard to understand. The NSA has all the emails and data. If Trump wanted this to come out he could order the military to seize all the data and start the process for prosecution. Ether in Military court or thru the normal process. 

It all goes to show, except to trumptards that this is a charade. Theater for the easily distracted to keep the peoples eye's off the treason going on by those running this shit show. Zionists of which Trumpenstien is firmly in their grip.

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Buckaroo Banzai wildbad Tue, 06/26/2018 - 14:07 Permalink

The Jew Rosenstein and the Jew Horowitz seem to be conspiring to do major damage control. Meanwhile, Wray is doing a first class impression of a deer in the headlights. I'd demand that Sessions unrecuse himself and put a stop to the obfuscation and foot-dragging, but honestly it looks like the longer this drags on, the worse and worse it gets for ZOG.

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